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    Related news The Economic Affairs Commission of Congress has accelerated this week the processing of the reform of the Capital Companies Law that introduces loyalty shares in Spanish listed companies, among other developments. Congress expects to approve it this Tuesday, almost a year after presenting the draft. As reported to Europa Press Parliamentary sources, the presentation closed with just one meeting to review this reform, with contributions from practically all parliamentary groups, so it is foreseeable that the rule will be sent to the Senate with a high degree of consensus. More of fifty amendments approved in a single stroke of the PSOE, the PP, United We Can, Citizens, the PDeCAT and even a transactional amendment with Vox, which will thus see a contribution embodied in a law of the coalition Government negotiated from the Vice Presidency of Economic Affairs, led by Nadia Calviño . Changes Among the changes...
    US Park Police names first Black female chief in 230-year history Biden pledges support for Texas amid recovery from winter storm Best & Worst Refi Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Price Alert: These SUVs Are Now Only $19,000 (Deal Of The Day) Ad Microsoft 0% APR Until 2022 is 100% Insane Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/31 SLIDES © Heyday Films, Sony Pictures Releasing, 20th Century Fox Ask any parent and they’ll likely tell you that while they adore their...
    By Stanley Widianto JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia has authorised a private vaccination scheme to run alongside its national programme so that companies can buy state-procured vaccines to inoculate their staff, a ministerial regulation showed on Friday. The scheme, which will be one of the few private vaccination progammes in the world, has drawn some criticism from health experts who warn it could worsen inequity. The world's fourth most populous country has launched an ambitious programme to vaccinate 181.5 million people for free in about a year, but business had been pushing for a way of inoculating their staff faster to open up the economy. The regulation stipulates that effective this week companies can buy vaccines and inoculate employees and their families for free at privately-run health centres. State-owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma will distribute the vaccines to the health centers, according to the regulation. The vaccines used for the scheme...
    AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — One of the emerging response to a winter weather catastrophe in Texas, that caused one of the worst power outages in U.S. history, is unusual for the Lone Star State: calls for more regulation. All the groceries spoiled and the water was out for days. Then Melissa Rogers, a believer in the Texas gospel that government should know its place, woke up to a $6,000 energy bill before the snow and ice even melted. READ MORE: Dallas Police Charge 20-Year-Old Vivianna Alvarez With Shooting Murder Of Jonathan Wernhammer “The roads were awful, but we were running around town trying to get money from every single bank we could possibly think of,” said Rogers, 36, whose Fort Worth family of four was left with $80 after the charges drained her accounts and took her husband’s paycheck. On Thursday, managers of Texas’ power grid are expected to receive a...
    Austin, Texas — All the groceries spoiled and the water was out for days. Then Melissa Rogers, a believer in the Texas gospel that government should know its place, woke up to a $6,000 energy bill before the snow and ice even melted. "The roads were awful, but we were running around town trying to get money from every single bank we could possibly think of," said Rogers, 36, whose Fort Worth family of four was left with $80 after the charges drained her accounts and took her husband's paycheck. Now, the emerging response to a winter catastrophe that caused one of the worst power outages in U.S. history is not the usual one in Texas: demands for more regulation. On Thursday, managers of Texas' power grid, the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas, are expected to receive a lashing in the first public hearings about the crisis at the...
    Night Owls is a themed open thread appearing at Daily Kos seven days a week. Ari Berman at Mother Jones writes—Republicans Are Taking Their Voter Suppression Efforts to New Extremes From Georgia to Iowa. Republicans are concocting new ways to suppress Democratic votes: After record turnout in 2020, Republican-controlled states appear to be in a race to the bottom to see who can pass the most egregious new barriers to voting. According to a new analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice, 253 bills to restrict voting access have been introduced in 43 states already this year. Georgia is ground zero for the GOP’s escalating war on voting, targeting the voting methods that were used most by Democratic voters in 2020 and which contributed to flipping the state blue and electing two Democratic senators. On Tuesday, Georgia’s Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Dugan introduced a bill repealing no-excuse absentee voting, which 1.3 million Georgians used...
    By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — All the groceries spoiled and the water was out for days. Then Melissa Rogers, a believer in the Texas gospel that government should know its place, woke up to a $6,000 energy bill before the snow and ice even melted. “The roads were awful, but we were running around town trying to get money from every single bank we could possibly think of," said Rogers, 36, whose Fort Worth family of four was left with $80 after the charges drained her accounts and took her husband's paycheck. Now, the emerging response to a winter catastrophe that caused one of the worst power outages in U.S. history is not the usual one in Texas: demands for more regulation. On Thursday, managers of Texas' power grid are expected to receive a lashing in the first public hearings about the crisis at the...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — All the groceries spoiled and the water was out for days. Then Melissa Rogers, a believer in the Texas gospel that government should know its place, woke up to a $6,000 energy bill before the snow and ice even melted. “The roads were awful, but we were running around town trying to get money from every single bank we could possibly think of,” said Rogers, 36, whose Fort Worth family of four was left with $80 after the charges drained her accounts and took her husband’s paycheck. Now, the emerging response to a winter catastrophe that caused one of the worst power outages in U.S. history is not the usual one in Texas: demands for more regulation. On Thursday, managers of Texas’ power grid are expected to receive a lashing in the first public hearings about the crisis at the state Capitol — where the...
    Klarna co-founder and CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski speaks on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2019 on December 11, 2019.Noam Galai | Getty Images LONDON — The boss of European fintech giant Klarna says he's "deeply worried" about posts promoting bitcoin on Twitter and thinks regulators should act to protect people from potential losses. Sebastian Siemiatkowski told CNBC that, though he thinks bitcoin could be an "interesting technology," he fears retail investors may get drawn in by tweets urging people to buy the cryptocurrency without thinking about the risks involved. "If I go on Twitter and search for bitcoin, I can see people writing: 'Buy now or you're going to miss the biggest opportunity of your life,'" Siemiatkowski said in an interview Wednesday. "If I would take Klarna stock and advertise it with similar writing I would get a fine or I would even be put to jail," he added. "I am...
    The most powerful companies on the internet have never been less popular in Washington, and industry-wide regulation has never seemed to close. So on March 1st at 2PM ET. The News Brig is hosting a event about regulating the internet — from antitrust to privacy to the many proposals for changing Section 230. Like a lot of things in 2021, we’ll be holding this event remotely, meeting over video and taking live audience questions online. It’s free, and you can register online right now. The event will kick off with a keynote from Senator Amy Klobuchar, one of the sponsors of the SAFE TECH Act, discussing how she’s approaching tech regulation across a variety of issues, as well as her agenda for the next congressional term. After that, we’ll have a panel focusing specifically on Section 230 reform, featuring the following panelists: Michael Cheah, General Counsel at...
    In an extraordinary backflip, Facebook announced Tuesday it will reverse its block on Australian users sharing news on its site and accept proposed government media bargaining laws that force it to pay for content. The capitulation came after Prime Minister Scott Morrison called Facebook “arrogant,” warning against “Big Tech companies who think they are bigger than governments and that the rules should not apply to them.” Discussions between Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg have now delivered a result in the government’s favor and stemmed the fierce public backlash against the media giant. “Mark Zuckerberg said to me today [restoring pages] will occur in coming days,” Frydenberg said, the ABC reports. Frydenberg added Australia had been a “proxy battle” for the rest of the world on the regulation of Google and Facebook. “I have no doubt that so many other countries are looking at what is happening here in Australia, because of...
    This Monday, the Mexican Federation reported that they decided to give the three points to Atlas in the match of day 7 of the Guardians 2021 of the MX League for improper alignment of Federico Viñas by América; the Eagles have already demonstrated in this regard. Through a statement shared through social networks, the whole of Coapa asked Liga MX and FMF to review the regulations although they assumed responsibility for the events. «The directive assumes full responsibility for the fact and we are sorry for what happened. Without the error made, we would not have been exposed to the sanction of the Disciplinary Commission, which we accept in its entirety, « they said in the statement. “However, we make a request to the Liga BBVA MX and the Mexican Soccer Federation to thoroughly review the guidelines and regulations of the competition. The America Club considers that it is disproportionate that...
    (CNN)The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to a Trump administration rule barring federally funded health care providers in the Title X family planning program from referring patients for abortions.Lower courts have split on the Trump administration's regulation, which critics call a "gag rule" and is currently in effect in most states.The court's decision comes after President Joe Biden signed a presidential memorandum directing the Health and Human Services Department to immediately move to consider rescinding the rule, and as abortion opponents looking for a Supreme Court fight over reproductive rights, most recently in South Carolina, continue to advance state restrictions on the procedure.The justices consolidated three cases concerning the rule to hear in a single challenge, the court announced on Monday. The rule concerns Title X, a federally funded program that served about 4 million people a year in 2019, according to HHS. It provides resources...
    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide the legality of a government regulation implemented under former President Donald Trump that bars health clinics from receiving federal family planning funds if they provide abortion referrals. The justices will hear appeals in cases in which 21 states including Oregon, California and New York, the city of Baltimore and organizations including the American Medical Association and Planned Parenthood challenged the 2019 regulation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. President Joe Biden, who took office on Jan. 20, said during the election campaign that he would reverse course from the Trump administration rule. Such a reversal would require a new regulation to be issued after the customary federal rule-making process. Critics have dubbed the Trump regulation a "gag rule" because they maintain that it prevents medical professionals from providing counseling about abortion if...
    Reuters February 22, 2021 0 Comments The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide the legality of a government regulation implemented under former President Donald Trump that bars health clinics from receiving federal family planning funds if they provide abortion referrals. The justices will hear appeals in cases in which 21 states including Oregon, California and New York, the city of Baltimore and organizations including the American Medical Association and Planned Parenthood challenged the 2019 regulation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. President Joe Biden, who took office on Jan. 20, said during the election campaign that he would reverse course from the Trump administration rule. Such a reversal would require a new regulation to be issued after the customary federal rule-making process. Critics have dubbed the Trump regulation a “gag rule” because they maintain that it prevents medical professionals from providing counseling about abortion...
    Two days before the storm began, Houston’s top elected official advised citizens to prepare as they would for a severe hurricane. Many listened to him: Texans who could stored food and water, while nonprofits and government agencies set out to help those who couldn’t. Miami World / APNews But few realized the fiasco that was to come. They couldn’t be prepared. As temperatures plummeted, and snow and ice hit the state, much of the Texas power grid collapsed, followed by its water systems. Tens of millions crowded into icy homes that slowly grew colder or fled to safety. And a proud state, wary of regulation and foreign aid, stood looking for help from other states and humanitarian groups as much of its 29 million inhabitants tried to survive. At a hospital, workers were standing outside to collect rainwater. Others were trained in a key that worked in...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration has begun drafting a regulation that would require automakers to offer electric cars for sale in Pennsylvania as a way to cut emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants that cause lung problems, it said Friday. At least 12 states already have a requirement for the zero-emission electric vehicles, including neighbors Maryland, New Jersey and New York. Drafting a regulation and shepherding it through the approval process often takes a year or more. READ MORE: $20,000 Reward Offered In Connection To Deadly Northeast Philadelphia Hit-And-Run That Killed 61-Year-Old Woman The rule would help ensure that automakers offer new zero emissions electric vehicle models for sale in Pennsylvania, the Department of Environmental Protection said. Right now, opportunities to test drive and buy electric vehicles in Pennsylvania are limited, it said. The department was unable to say what sort of percentage requirement it will propose,...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf's administration has begun drafting a regulation that would require automakers to offer electric cars for sale in Pennsylvania as a way to cut emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants that cause lung problems, it said Friday. At least 12 states already have a requirement for the zero-emission electric vehicles, including neighbors Maryland, New Jersey and New York. Drafting a regulation and shepherding it through the approval process often takes a year or more. The rule would help ensure that automakers offer new zero emissions electric vehicle models for sale in Pennsylvania, the Department of Environmental Protection said. Right now, opportunities to test drive and buy electric vehicles in Pennsylvania are limited, it said. The department was unable to say what sort of percentage requirement it will propose, since the regulation hasn't been drafted yet. Citing data from Atlas EV Hub, the department said...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is loosening citywide restrictions on bars and restaurants, citing positive trends in the battle against COVID-19. In July 2020, Frey issued Emergency Regulation No. 2020-17, which ordered bar areas within restaurants, breweries and other indoor entertainment spaces to close, disallowed counter service and limited where patrons could sit and drink inside those venues. Thursday, Frey revoked that emergency order on the basis of improvement in three COVID metrics: daily positive cases, positivity rate and the number of hospitalizations. Frey also said there have been no new outbreaks from Minneapolis food businesses in the past week. RELATED: Gov. Walz Launches ‘Vaccine Connector,’ Says It’s The Next Step In Rollout Strategy The mayor’s proclamation said “overall compliance with Emergency Regulation 2020-17 and other applicable restrictions was generally good and the continued need for a more restrictive stance than the state is no longer necessitated...
    Under pressure from construction professionals, the executive has just updated the “RE2020”.
    Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday hit back at Facebook’s move to block news in the country and called it “arrogant,” warning against “Big Tech companies who think they are bigger than governments and that the rules should not apply to them.” Morrison, on his Facebook page, said “Facebook’s actions to unfriend Australia today, cutting off essential information services on health and emergency services, were as arrogant as they were disappointing. “These actions will only confirm the concerns that an increasing number of countries are expressing about the behaviour of Big Tech companies who think they are bigger than governments and that the rules should not apply to them.” Morrison’s attack on the popular social network came after it announced “with a heavy heart” it will be banning Australian media outlets and censoring users within the country from sharing or viewing news articles on its service. As Breitbart...
    Facebook warned Monday that it will prevent people in Australia from sharing news on its platform if the Australian government moves forward with a plan to force both it and Google to pay news organizations for content shared on their platforms.   The announcement comes after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission released its plan for a mandatory code of conduct in late July. Under the plan, news organizations can negotiate with Google and Facebook over payments for their content — and if the groups can't reach an agreement after a three-month process, "an independent arbitrator would choose which of the two parties' final offer is the most reasonable within 45 business days."  Australia's Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, said Facebook and Google could be forced to pay "substantial penalties" of hundreds of millions of dollars if they fail to adhere to the policy, according to the BBC.  Facebook said in a statement...
    Millions of people in Texas awoke on Wednesday without heat again, as catastrophic power failures continued to plague the state following a historic winter storm that has killed 23 people so far.   A week of below-freezing temperatures has knocked about a third of the state's generating capacity offline, resulting in the greatest forced blackout in U.S. history and exposing the weaknesses of Texas' unique approach to power grid management. Experts blame Texas' independent energy grid, which avoids regulation in favor of market incentives, for allowing generators to shirk preparations for a once-in-a-decade winter storm. Texas is the only contiguous state with its own power grid, meaning it is not linked to other states and so cannot borrow power from them. It's a 'Wild West market design based only on short-run prices,' Matt Breidert, a portfolio manager at a firm called TortoiseEcofin, told the Washington Post.  Around 3.4 million people in Texas...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Democratic lawmakers want to create an independent board to regulate excessive prescription drug prices following a bipartisan effort last year to make insulin more affordable. The legislation, authored by Democratic Rep. Kelly Morrison, of Deephaven, would establish an independent Prescription Drug Affordability Board and an advisory council that would review the costs of new brand name prescription drugs. The board — seven members appointed by the governor and lawmakers — would set upper payment limits for the prices of drugs it determines are unaffordable to ensure purchasers and government programs can afford to provide the drug to those who need it. RELATED: We Were Elated: COVID Vaccines Give Hope To Minnesota Seniors “One in five Minnesotans had to forego prescription medicine in the past year due to cost, and that was in the midst of a global pandemic when people were already suffering economically,” Morrison said...
    John Leonard scored his first career goal and the San Jose Sharks earned just their second regulation win of the season with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night. "It means a lot, obviously," Leonard said. "It's a dream come true. You dream as a kid scoring a goal in the NHL. Fortunately enough it happened tonight and even better we got the win." CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM San Jose captain Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc added goals in a rare productive second period for the Sharks to help coach Bob Boughner earn his 100th NHL victory. Martin Jones made 26 saves. Sam Steel scored in the opening minute but the Ducks failed to take advantage of good opportunities later in the period and didn't score again until Max Comtois' goal in the third.  "The chances were there," coach Dallas Eakins said. "We...
    France is pressuring the European Union in recent days to regulations on large technology companies are modified to give more power to member states. Among these great technologies we have Google, Amazon, Facebook and, of course, Apple. Apple logo with flag of France As revealed by the Financial times, France wants to change the Digital Services Law, designed to tackling illegal content online in the European Union, so that each EU member state has the right to individually fine large technology companies and force them to remove content on their platforms. The drafted law specifies that only the EU countries where these companies are based have this capacity. Therefore, since Apple, Google and Facebook are based in the Republic of Ireland, only Ireland can sanction these companies or request content removal. France wants more power against big tech France’s proposal would give the 27 Member States of the European Union...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — John Leonard scored his first career goal and the San Jose Sharks earned just their second regulation win of the season with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night. San Jose captain Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc added goals in a rare productive second period for the Sharks to help coach Bob Boughner earn his 100th NHL win. Martin Jones made 26 saves. RELATED: Vincent Jackson, Former Chargers Wide Receiver, Dead At 38 Sam Steel scored in the opening minute for the Ducks, and Max Comtois had a goal in the third as Anaheim lost for the second time in three meetings with San Jose this season. John Gibson stopped 26 shots. The Sharks have had a rough start to the season, entering the game tied for last in the West Division. Their only previous regulation win came Jan. 24 at Minnesota...
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau scored 23 seconds into overtime and the Calgary Flames defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Monday night. Calgary salvaged the victory after squandering a 3-2 lead in the final minute of regulation. Dillon Dube, Milan Lucic and Elias Lindholm scored for the Flames in regulation. Rasmus Andersson had two assists. Tanner Pearson, Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser scored for Vancouver. Jacob Markstrom stopped 30 of 33 shots for the Flames. Thatcher Demko had 23 saves for Vancouver. Vancouver held a two-goal lead near the end of the first period but saw the game start to slip away on a series of costly mistakes. The game was the third of a four-game series between the teams. Calgary has two wins heading into the final matchup on Wednesday. Twenty-three seconds into overtime, Gaudreau scored with a shot from low in the left-hand circle. There were...
    Google and Facebook are 'very close' to deals with major Australian media to pay for news, a top government official said Monday, as the tech giants scramble to avoid landmark regulation. Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said talks with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai had made 'great progress' in resolving a standoff being closely watched around the world. Australia is poised to adopt legislation that would force digital companies to pay for news content, something that would create a global precedent and, according to Facebook and Google, wreck the way the internet works. Google and Facebook are 'very close' to deals with major Australian media to pay for news, a top government official said Monday The companies have threatened to partially withdraw services from the country if the rules become law, sparking a war of words with Canberra. But that disagreement appeared to ease Monday, with...
    On the occasion of the upcoming appointment of Delfina Gómez, as the next Secretary of Public Education, the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) approved a list of demands that will be delivered to the Secretary. The document includes salary and economic requirements, the regulation of the home office and a « basic technological basket ». The basic technological basket is a proposal made by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Cepal), it is made up of a laptop, a smartphone, a tablet and an Internet connection plan for households that do not have access to the network, this would have an annual cost of less than 1% of GDP. In this way, it seeks to improve working conditions and close the digital divide in the region, which has been exacerbated by the crisis of the covid-19 pandemic. Teachers will submit a request for hospital care to be...
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Tremell Murphy scored 17 points, including the go-ahead basket in overtime, and Drake rallied past No. 22 Loyola Chicago 51-50 on Sunday. Murphy’s layup with 2:50 remaining put the Bulldogs ahead for good, 49-48, in the defensive struggle between Missouri Valley Conference powers. Loyola had two shots blocked in the final 15 seconds before Murphy made the clinching steal and was fouled. Drake (20-2, 11-2 MVC) won despite shooting 33.3%. Loyola (18-4, 13-2) shot 35.1%. Cameron Krutwig and Aher Uguak scored 11 points apiece for the Ramblers. Loyola held a 42-32 lead with 8 minutes remaining, but Drake gradually clawed back into contention. Roman Penn’s layup with 1:23 left in regulation drew the Bulldogs even, and Loyola Chicago only had one more shot attempt in regulation as the game went OT tied at 45. Loyola tried to pull away with an 11-0 run in the...
    TORONTO (AP) — Brendan Gallagher scored with 3:07 left, Carey Price made 21 saves and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Saturday night. Tyler Toffoli tied it for Montreal at 6:11 of the third period, with Gallagher assisting on the play. Toffoli then helped set up Gallagher’s winner. Tomas Tatar, Montreal’s scoring leader last season, was a healthy scratch. Mitch Marner scored early in the first period for Toronto, and Frederik Andersen stopped 23 shots. Auston Matthews had an assist for Toronto to extend his points streak to 11. The Maple Leafs lost in regulation for the first time since Jan. 20. Toronto fell to 11-3-1 and saw its lead atop the North Division shrink to three points over the Canadiens. Montreal opened the season 7-1-2, but entered Saturday having lost three of its last four in regulation — all at home — including a...
    By CASEY SMITH, Associated Press/Report for America INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As Indiana lawmakers debate dozens of bills addressing environmental matters, tensions are flaring over whether the state should adopt greener initiatives or step back current policy affecting water, energy and other resources. While some measures in the General Assembly could bring reductions to Indiana’s carbon emissions and make stricter penalties for polluters, others would spur regulatory rollbacks that environmental advocates say could have long-lasting and damaging effects. Among the most contested is a bill seeking to remove protection from Indiana’s already diminished wetlands. If passed, the measure would repeal a 2003 law requiring the Indiana Department of Environmental Management permit activity in a state-regulated wetland and end enforcement proceedings against landowners allegedly violating current law. The proposal comes as President Joe Biden’s administration begins review of the previous administration’s rules like the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which narrowed the definition...
    NBA : By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net Cory Higgins scored 22 points, including a key basket in the last minutes, as Barcelona overcame a fantastic Dario Brizuela (career-high 33 points) and Unicaja Malaga 103 – 93 in overtime to complete the Copa del Rey semifinals bracket. Higgins drained the mid-range jumper for the 98 – 93 with 44 seconds to play and after Nikola Mirotic’s 2-2 free throws. In the next play, Brizuela was called with an offensive foul on Higgins and then a technical foul after protesting the refs’ decision. Malaga coach Fotis Katsikaris was also ejected at that moment with two technical fouls. Tim Abromaitis was the enough to force the overtime by beating Brandon Davies’ defense and scoring a tough basket with less than a second left in regulation. Malaga was down by six in the mid of the fourth period following a comeback...
    New York State Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a press conference announcing a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA on August 06, 2020 in New York City.Michael M. Santiago | Getty Images Amazon on Friday sued New York's attorney general Letitia James to block her from regulating its workplace safety response to the Covid pandemic, which Amazon says is an area already governed by federal law. The filing is an unusual move that shows Amazon is willing to go up against regulators as it faces legal challenges. Amazon's lawsuit seeks to pre-empt what is says is a threat by James to sue the company "if it does not immediately agree to a list of demands, many of which have no connection to health and safety and have no factual or legal basis." Amazon workers demanded more action from the company early in the pandemic to protect them from the virus....
    Editor’s note: We endeavor to bring you the top voices on current events representing a range of perspectives. Below is a column arguing that we need greater financial regulation after the GameStop fiasco. You can find a counterpoint here, where Steve Moore, a senior fellow at Freedom Works, argues that we should not create more regulations for hedge funds. As the economist Michael Roberts has noted, “‘Hedging’ used to be a way of reducing the risk of selling or buying.  Farmers waiting for their harvest to come in are uncertain about what price per bushel they will get at the market: will they get a price that makes them a profit and a living for next year or will they be made destitute? To reduce that risk, hedge companies offer to buy the harvest in advance at a fixed price. The farmer is guaranteed a price and income whatever the...
    LOS ANGELES — LeBron James hit the tying 3-pointer late in regulation and then broke up the Thunder’s final possession in overtime to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to their sixth consecutive victory, 114-113 over Oklahoma City on Wednesday night. James had 25 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the defending NBA champions, who survived their third consecutive overtime game. Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points, and Dennis Schröder had 19 points and seven rebounds. Al Horford scored 25 points and Kenrich Williams had a career-high 24 for the Thunder, who excelled at Staples Center despite having just eight available players for back-to-back narrow losses to the defending NBA champions. James hit a tying 3-pointer with 19.6 seconds to play in regulation, and Wesley Matthews hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer for the Lakers with 41.4 seconds left in overtime. After Luguentz Dort made a driving layup, James airballed a long jumper...
    By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James hit the tying 3-pointer late in regulation and then broke up the Thunder's final possession in overtime to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to their sixth consecutive victory, 114-113 over Oklahoma City on Wednesday night. James had 25 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the defending NBA champions, who survived their third consecutive overtime game. Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points, and Dennis Schröder had 19 points and seven rebounds. Al Horford scored 25 points and Kenrich Williams had a career-high 24 for the Thunder, who excelled at Staples Center despite having just eight available players for back-to-back narrow losses to the defending NBA champions. James hit a tying 3-pointer with 19.6 seconds to play in regulation, and Wesley Matthews hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer for the Lakers with 41.4 seconds left in overtime. After Luguentz Dort made a...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James hit the tying 3-pointer late in regulation and then broke up the Thunder’s final possession in overtime to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to their sixth consecutive victory, 114-113 over Oklahoma City on Wednesday night. James had 25 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the defending NBA champions, who survived their third consecutive overtime game. Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points, and Dennis Schröder had 19 points and seven rebounds. Al Horford scored 25 points and Kenrich Williams had a career-high 24 for the Thunder, who excelled at Staples Center despite having just eight available players for back-to-back narrow losses to the defending NBA champions. James hit a tying 3-pointer with 19.6 seconds to play in regulation, and Wesley Matthews hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer for the Lakers with 41.4 seconds left in overtime. After Luguentz Dort made a driving layup, James airballed a long...
    This vast envelope of subsidies and loans, for a planned total of 672.5 billion euros (2018 prices), should make it possible from this year to finance in each Member State a precise program of reforms and investments. Lhe European Parliament on Tuesday gave the green light to the regulation establishing the main tool of the EU’s vast post-coronavirus recovery instrument, the ‘Recovery and Resilience Facility’. This vast envelope of subsidies and loans, for a planned total of 672.5 billion euros (2018 prices), should make it possible this year to finance in each Member State a precise program of reforms and investments, for a revival that Europe wants green and digital, and to build a more “resilient” society. The results of the plenary vote were announced on Wednesday morning: 582 votes in favor, 40 against and 69 abstentions. The Parliament and the Council (Member States) reached a political agreement...
    A Republican in South Dakotas House of Representatives wants to give the states attorney general the power to review presidential executive orders and possibly void those considered unconstitutional. Republican state Rep. Aaron Aylward proposed legislation to give the states top legal officer the authority to review executive orders, which bypass congressional approval. Aylward introduced HB 1194, an act "to authorize the review of certain executive orders issued by the president of the United States," the Daily Wire reported Monday. The proposal stipulated executive orders first would be reviewed by South Dakotas Executive Council of the Legislative Research Board, which then would refer the order to the state attorney general and the governor, according to KELO-TV. "Once the referral has been made, the attorney general may examine the order to determine whether the state can seek an exemption or declare it unconstitutional," the TV report said. The proposed bill would allow...
    A legislative proposal in South Dakota’s House of Representatives seeks to give the state’s attorney general the authority to review presidential executive orders and possibly nullify those deemed unconstitutional. “State Rep. Aaron Aylward (R-Harrisburg) introduced HB 1194, which is described as an act ‘to authorize the review of certain executive orders issued by the President of the United States,'” the Daily Wire reported Monday. The process starts with a review by the Executive Council of the Legislative Research Board, then a referral from the Council sent to the state attorney general and the governor, according to KELO. “Once the referral has been made, the attorney general may examine the order to determine whether the state can seek an exemption or declare it unconstitutional,” the report continued: The proposed bill would also allow the attorney general to block implementation of any order deemed unconstitutional if the order refers to: A pandemic or...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's Office of Cannabis Regulation has a new chief as the state looks to license six new medical marijuana dispensaries. Matthew Santacroce, a former policy director for Gov. Gina Raimondo, began in mid-January, The Providence Journal reported Friday. Santacroce, who left the Raimondo administration in 2018, most recently worked at The Policy Lab, a collaborative think tank run by Brown University. The eight-member cannabis regulation office was created to reform and better regulate the state’s medical marijuana program. The state has not legalized recreational marijuana use. “His role will be ensuring the expansion of the medical program and that the priorities of the administration are carried out,” state Department of Business Regulation spokesperson Brian Hodge said. Raimondo proposed allowing six new medical marijuana dispensaries, on top of the three that already exist, as a way to improve access and to encourage more price competition. In...
    VIDEO3:3303:33As Facebook turns 17, traders share where the stock heads nextTrading Nation Seventeen years ago, the social network formerly known as TheFacebook.com launched in a Harvard dorm. Since then, its growth has been explosive. Facebook boasts 2.8 billion monthly active users, and at more than $750 billion in market cap, it is the sixth-largest company in the S&P 500. Since its mid-2012 IPO, the stock has surged nearly 600%. But any governmental regulation could put a wrinkle in Facebook's ability to keep on growing, New Street Advisors' Delano Saporu told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Thursday. "Facebook has done a good job as a social media platform because they have done M&A and inorganic growth," he said. "They use M&A to build, to insulate, to build their network, and if that's something that's taken away in the future — which we don't know what kind of regulation will come down from...
    Robby Beasley III had 14 points, includ ing a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of regulation, and Brandon Whitney had six of his 14 points in overtime as Montana beat Portland State 70-64 on Thursday night. Whitney made two free throws to cap a stretch where he scored six straight Montana points for a 62-56 lead with 1:31 to play. From there the Grizzlies went 8 for 8 from the foul line. The Vikings missed a potential clinching bucket with 7.8 seconds in regulation, as well as a difficult tip. Michael Steadman got the rebound, found Whitney, who got the ball ahead to Beasley. Beasley pulled up from a good six feet behind the NBA 3-point line on the right wing and knocked down the tying shot. Kyle Owens and Stead scored 12 points each for the Grizzlies (8-8, 4-5 Big Sky Conference). Khalid Thomas had 13 points for the...
    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Filip Forsberg scored in regulation and overtime, and the Nashville Predators beat the Florida Panthers 6-5 on Thursday night. Forsberg also had three assists as Nashville stopped a two-game slide. Matt Duchene scored twice, and Roman Josi and Calle Jarnkrok had the other goals for the Predators. Nashville was down 5-3 before Josi scored with 2:06 left in the third. Duchene then tied it with his second of the season with 56.8 seconds left in regulation. Forsberg skated in on a breakaway in overtime and beat Sergei Bobrovsky through the goaltender’s legs at 4:00. Bobrovsky finished with 35 saves. Juuse Saros started for Nashville and allowed five goals on 24 shots. Pekka Rinne finished the game, making 12 saves. More from CBSMiami.com Neighbor Describes FBI Shooting Suspect David Huber As A ‘Loner’ ‘Something Went Awfully, Awfully Wrong’ Says Former FBI Agent On Shooting Deaths Of FBI...
    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Filip Forsberg scored in regulation and overtime, and the Nashville Predators beat the Florida Panthers 6-5 on Thursday night. Forsberg also had three assists as Nashville stopped a two-game slide. Matt Duchene scored twice, and Roman Josi and Calle Jarnkrok had the other goals for the Predators. Nashville was down 5-3 before Josi scored with 2:06 left in the third. Duchene then tied it with his second of the season with 56.8 seconds left in regulation. Forsberg skated in on a breakaway in overtime and beat Sergei Bobrovsky through the goaltender’s legs at 4:00. Bobrovsky finished with 35 saves. Juuse Saros started for Nashville and allowed five goals on 24 shots. Pekka Rinne finished the game, making 12 saves. Jonathan Huberdeau had three goals and two assists for the Panthers. It was his first career hat trick. Huberdeau’s second goal, scored in the first period,...
    The UK financial services industry should focus on competing with the US and Asia rather than the EU. That’s the view of the boss of Barclays for the City after Brexit. Jes Staley told the BBC that although jobs that would have been created here have been moved to the EU, Brexit gives one of the UK’s most important sectors the chance to define its own agenda. “I think Brexit is more than likely on the positive side than on the negative side,” he said. “What the UK needs and London needs, is to make sure that the city is one of the best places, whether it was regulation or law or language, or talent that manages these flows of capital well, and I’ve said, in other cases, I think what London needs to be focused on is not Frankfurt or not, Paris, needs to be focused on New York...
    PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says he was “very upset” by the way social networks muzzled Donald Trump at the tail end of his U.S. presidency. Speaking in a recorded video chat with scholars, Macron cited Trump’s example in arguing for more government regulation of social media platforms. The comments, which Macron made in English, were released Thursday by the Atlantic Council think tank. “At the very second when they were sure” that he would not hold onto power, platforms that had previously “helped President Trump to be so efficient” in making himself heard “suddenly cut the mic and put the mic on mute and killed … all the platforms where it was possible for himself and his supporters to express themselves,” Macron said. “It was a unique answer to deliver, but it’s not a democratic answer,” he said. After years of being outlets for...
    New York Rangers face toughest test to date as Washington comes to town By: Jim Bay February 4, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditWith respect to the other teams that the New York Rangers have faced so far this season, the biggest challenge is coming to town on Thursday night in the form of the Washington Capitals. Heading into Wednesday night, the Capitals were currently tied for first place in the revamped East Division. Their 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins on Monday was their first in regulation through 10 games and was actually a game they should have won as they blew a three-goal lead for the second straight game. The Capitals have had some struggles to work through as well, as they had a coronavirus controversy that cost them their captain and a top player in Alexander Ovechkin for four games, along with...
    Michael Regan, tapped to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, assured Republican senators he doesn’t view regulation as the sole method of dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions to meet President Biden’s climate promises. Regan, during his nomination hearing Wednesday, said the EPA would move “with a sense of urgency on climate change” and that he supported Biden’s climate agenda, which he touted as “aggressive” and “ambitious” but separate from the liberal Green New Deal. Nonetheless, Regan, who serves as secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, sought to assure Republican senators that he wouldn’t use emissions mandates as a sledgehammer that would crush jobs in energy-producing states. Republicans largely responded positively to their exchanges with Regan, suggesting he could face an easier path to confirmation. “I do believe that regulation is not the sole answer,” Regan said during an exchange with Indiana Republican Sen. Mike Braun. During his...
    As physicians, the past year’s challenges of COVID-19 and poor air quality from wildfires have focused our attention on the health of our lungs. Unfortunately, according to the American Lung Association, the Bay Area experiences the fifth highest year-round levels of air pollution in the entire nation, and that’s before you add in the extra burden of pollution from our annual wildfires. However, there is hope for addressing one source of local air pollution, particulate emissions from refineries. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is considering a stricter regulation that would require local oil refineries to upgrade their facilities with the best current technology. This technology would remove harmful particulate pollution from emissions to protect the communities living near these plants. Our lungs are particularly vulnerable to a type of air pollution called particulate matter, or PM 2.5. Vehicles, industrial sources, wood burning and refinery emissions are the major...
    British journalist and author of "Madness of Crowds" Douglas Murray slammed Big Tech companies Tuesday, saying that the time to regulate them is "long overdue", but cautioning that he is concerned about who will be in charge of reining them in and what the new rules might be. During an appearance on "Fox & Friends", Murray slammed Silicon Valley, claiming that their companies have "galvanized everything" and that in the past other corporations would have been subject to monopoly laws and merger commissions much sooner. The British author and journalist went on to tell Steve Doocy that the "core of the issue" is that tech companies skew to the left and that he can envision a situation in which lawmakers try to "pretend" that the issue with Big Tech is conservative voices on the platform. GABBARD: BIG TECH CONTROLS WHO GETS TO HAVE A VOICE "We can’t talk about...
    The logo of Swedish payment provider Klarna is shown on the display of a smartphone on April 22, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.Thomas Trutschel | Photothek | Getty Images LONDON — Popular "buy now, pay later" shopping services like Klarna will fact stricter regulation under proposals announced by the U.K. government Tuesday. The Treasury said buy now, pay later (BNPL) firms would come under the supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which regulates financial services firms and markets in Britain. Such firms will be required to conduct affordability checks before lending to customers, the government said, while people will also be allowed to escalate complaints to the U.K.'s financial ombudsman. BNPL products are used as an alternative to credit cards and have exploded in popularity during the coronavirus pandemic, as people turned to online shopping due to lockdown restrictions. Popularized by the Swedish start-up Klarna, these services let customers spread...
            by Cameron Kerkes  Senator Elizabeth Warren called for an SEC investigation into Reddit posts and other entities, according to a letter she sent to the Acting Chair of the SEC. After Redditors discovered large hedge funds had shorted massive quantities of GameStop ($GME), retail investors bought $GME in a frenzy, sending it surging  600%, and causing hedge funds to lose approximately $5 billion dollars. Popular investment platforms such as Robinhood responded by halting the ability of investors to freely purchase more shares, making their only option to sell. “To what extent did online message boards, such as those on Reddit… impact the fluctuation of GameStop’s share prices? Did any of these practices violate existing securities laws?” Warren asked the Acting SEC Chair. “What steps will the SEC take to ensure that securities markets better reflect prices that are in line with the intrinsic and fundamental value of underlying companies?” Elizabeth...
    MONTREAL (AP) — Jacob Markstrom made 37 saves for his second shutout of the season, Johnny Gaudreau and Mikael Backlund scored, and the Calgary Flames handed the Montreal Canadiens their first regulation loss of the season, 2-0 on Saturday night. The Flames improved to 3-3-1, snapping a three-game losing streak that included a 4-2 loss to the Canadiens on Thursday night. Montreal dropped to 5-1-2. Gaudreau opened the scoring on a power play at 3:34 of first period with his fifth of the season. Backlund scored into an empty net with 34 seconds left. Jake Allen made 31 saves for the Canadiens. CAPITALS 4, BRUINS 3 WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored in overtime in his return, Vitek Vanecek made 40 saves in his sixth consecutive start, and Washington beat Boston. Ovechkin beat Tuukka Rask clean off the rush 28 seconds into OT in his first game since Jan. 19....
    MONTREAL (AP) — Jacob Markstrom made 37 saves for his second shutout of the season, Johnny Gaudreau and Mikael Backlund scored, and the Calgary Flames handed the Montreal Canadiens their first regulation loss of the season, 2-0 on Saturday night. The Flames improved to 3-3-1, snapping a three-game losing streak that included a 4-2 loss to the Canadiens on Thursday night. Montreal dropped to 5-1-2. Jake Allen made 31 saves for the Canadiens. Gaudreau opened the scoring on a power play at 3:34 of first period with his fifth of the season. Backlund scored into an empty net with 34 seconds left. UP NEXT Flames: At Winnipeg on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights. Canadiens: Host Vancouver on Monday and Tuesday nights. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. A bitter, years-long political dispute ended quietly over Zoom Friday, in a short meeting full of procedural jargon and bureaucratic niceties. With that, the regulation of alcohol and tobacco in the state of Maryland officially changed hands. It was the first meeting of a new entity called the Maryland Alcohol and Tobacco Commission ― and the end-product of a political fight between the Maryland General Assembly and Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D). By law ― a bill passed during the 2019 legislative session after years of acrimony ― regulation of the alcohol and tobacco industries in the state of Maryland was stripped from the comptroller’s office on Jan. 1. With Friday’s action, those duties were officially turned over to the Maryland Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC), a new agency under...
    Senator Elizabeth Warren called for an SEC investigation into Reddit posts and other entities, according to a letter she sent to the Acting Chair of the SEC. After Redditors discovered large hedge funds had shorted massive quantities of GameStop ($GME), retail investors bought $GME in a frenzy, sending it surging  600%, and causing hedge funds to lose approximately $5 billion dollars. Popular investment platforms such as Robinhood responded by halting the ability of investors to freely purchase more shares, making their only option to sell. “To what extent did online message boards, such as those on Reddit… impact the fluctuation of GameStop’s share prices? Did any of these practices violate existing securities laws?” Warren asked the Acting SEC Chair. “What steps will the SEC take to ensure that securities markets better reflect prices that are in line with the intrinsic and fundamental value of underlying companies?” Elizabeth Warren has been...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Zdeno Chara scored for the first time with his new team to cap a five-goal second period, and the Washington Capitals came back to stun the New York Islanders with a 6-3 victory Thursday night. The Islanders led 3-0 before Washington scored four goals in 5:09. Conor Sheary scored his first two with the Capitals, Garnet Hathaway tied it and John Carlson gave them the lead on the power play. Then Chara’s slapper from just inside the blue line beat Semyon Varlamov clean, making it five unanswered goals in under 10 minutes. The 43-year-old former Boston Bruins captain was mobbed by teammates at the bench while Islanders players looked shell-shocked by the turn of events. “Very excited to get the first goal as a member of Washington Capitals, but I returned to the bench to the guys right away because I just wanted to share that joy...
    House members and staff wouldn't be able to carry guns on the sprawling Capitol grounds under legislation introduced Thursday by a pair of Democratic lawmakers. This is the second straight Congress that California Reps. Jared Huffman and Jackie Speier have sought to roll back a regulation on the books for more than a half-century, which exempts members of Congress from the firearm rules that apply to everyone else, other than law enforcement, who visits or works at the U.S. Capitol. Presently, only members of Congress and law enforcement can carry concealed firearms on Capitol grounds, but members cannot carry their firearms in legislative chambers and adjacent areas, not including the sergeants-at-arms. The measure, No Congressional Gun Loophole Act, is likely to receive more attention than earlier efforts in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol siege that left five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer. Since 2017, Washington,...
    People walk past the headquarters of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank, in Beijing, China September 28, 2018. Jason Lee | Reuters BEIJING — The central Chinese government is making it clear that fintech companies like Ant Group fall under the same stringent financial regulation as banks. Many start-ups in China and other countries are using new technology to sell cheaper and faster financial services, from money transfers to loans. Rapid consumer adoption has prompted banks to work with the start-ups, which often emphasize they are technology or fintech companies, rather than financial institutions. "But fintech is still finance in essence, so the principle of 'same business, same rules' should apply," Pan Gongsheng, deputy governor of the People's Bank of China, wrote in an opinion piece in the Financial Times Wednesday. Pan also heads the national foreign exchange regulator, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.VIDEO3:0003:00Razer is still focused...
    (CNN)The Capitol insurrection brought renewed attention to the dangers of disinformation and conspiratorial politics and has sparked new efforts to curb the reach of such conspiracies. While that happened quickly with former President Donald Trump, who has been deplatformed and impeached, addressing the more entrenched problem of the right-wing media landscape has proven more difficult. Nicole HemmerEnter the Fairness Doctrine, a regulation in place from the late 1940s until 1987 that dictated balanced coverage of controversial issues on broadcast radio and television. After its repeal, Rush Limbaugh's radio show and Fox News quickly emerged to become two of the most influential political institutions in the US, the cornerstone of a right-wing media ecosystem of radio shows, cable networks and online platforms that would flourish in the coming decades. A popular argument, commonly made when frustrations with right-wing media peak, and back in vogue after the insurrection, goes something like...
    Supermarket in London – TOLGA AKMEN /AFP Cutting red tape in environmental regulation could increase the number of carcinogens in products on UK shelves, ministers have been warned. A new Environment Bill, which returns to the Commons on Tuesday, will set out how the environment is to be regulated in Britain now EU legislation can be repealed. The Government has commissioned a task force, led by Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, to cut legal red tape on a variety of issues after Brexit, but a coalition of environmental groups has warned ministers that loosening regulation could create hazards such as exposing the public to carcinogens that are banned in EU law. Officials have previously stressed that any regulatory reforms would “not come at the expense” of environmental standards. The environmental groups, which include the RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, say the new Environment Bill would...
    UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Jordan Eberle scored twice, Mathew Barzal had a goal and two assists and Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves as the New York Islanders beat the New Jersey Devils 4-1 on Thursday night. The Islanders improved to 3-1-0, while the Devils lost for the first time in regulation, falling to 2-1-1. Varlamov has all three Islanders’ wins, allowing only one goal. That came early in the second period by forward Nathan Bastian, who ended Varlamov’s season-opening shutout streak at 142 minutes and 10 seconds, the eighth-longest in NHL history to begin a season. UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – JANUARY 21: The New York Islanders defend against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Nassau Coliseum on January 21, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Devils 4-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) “He’s been pretty consistent. It’s been really nice to see him come...
    UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Jordan Eberle scored twice, Mathew Barzal had a goal and two assists and Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves as the New York Islanders beat the New Jersey Devils 4-1 on Thursday night. The Islanders improved to 3-1-0, while the Devils lost for the first time in regulation, falling to fall to 2-1-1. Varlamov has all three Islanders’ wins, allowing only one goal. That came early in the second period by forward Nathan Bastian, who ended Varlamov’s season-opening shutout streak at 142 minutes and 10 seconds, the eighth-longest in NHL history to begin a season. Barzal opened the scoring with his second goal of the season at 4:43 of the first. Josh Bailey and Noah Dobson had assists. Eberle made it 2-0 at 19:39 of the first, beating goalie Scott Wedgewood with a backhand off a feed from Anders Lee. Barzal had the other assist. Wedgewood...
    Bitcoin slumped 10 per cent to a ten-day low, retreating further from record highs, with traders citing fears of tighter US regulation. The world's most popular crypto-currency, it fell as low as $31,977. It has lost nearly a quarter since touching a record $42,000 on January 8.  The pullback comes amid growing concerns that bitcoin is one of a number of financial market price bubbles.  Crypto-slump: Bitcoin fell as low as $31,977, meaning it has lost nearly a quarter since touching a record $42,000 on January 8. Fears President Biden's administration could attempt to regulate crypto-currencies have also weighed on sentiment. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Wetherspoons poised to snap up ailing rival pubs at cheap... Rock-bottom interest rates spark share trading surge:... Hipgnosis hits right note with investors... But industry... Issa brothers name former M&S chief Lord Rose as chairman...
    The Ohio Department of Health suspended vaccine provider, SpecialtyRX, after it improperly stored 890 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the Ohio Department of Health reported. In an announcement released Wednesday, the ODH stated that SpecialtyRX was given 1,500 doses of the vaccine for eight long-term care facilities. The vaccine provider gave residents the first dose and had 890 remaining. After considering a transfer of the remaining doses to another company, SpecialtyRX realized they had neglected to monitor refrigerator and freezer temperatures where the doses were stored. (RELATED: Amazon Offers To Help Biden Administration With Vaccine Effort After Sitting On The Sidelines For A Month) ODH instructs vaccine providers to record the temperatures of refrigerator and freezer storage for the vaccine doses daily, ODH reported. Employee Jessica Mueller puts the Pfizer-Biontech Covid-19 corona virus vaccine into an ultra-low freezer at the vaccine warehouse where the doses will be preserved before...
    With the deployment of wind and solar installations, the production of electrical energy becomes more variable according to the circadian and seasonal cycles, the cloud cover, and the wind regime. Smoothing the supply of green energy through storage is becoming a necessity. We must therefore not only progress in energy storage technologies but also create an incentive regulatory framework for storage. Definitions As long as the demand for electricity is not able to adapt to fluctuations in supply, real-time balancing of the network will require great flexibility of supply, and in particular the storage / removal of electrical energy. produced by the sun and the wind. In the electrical system, energy storage is understood to mean ” deferring the end use of electricity to a time after it was produced, or converting electrical energy into a form of energy that can be stored, conserving that energy and converting it...
    The American Petroleum Institute said Thursday that it supports the direct federal regulation of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from current and existing oil and gas operations. The position is a shift and concession by the largest oil and gas trade group, which is trying to position itself as willing to cooperate with certain aspects of President Biden’s aggressive agenda to combat climate change while opposing other efforts to limit fossil fuel production. Methane, the main component of natural gas, is a greenhouse gas more potent but shorter-lived in the atmosphere than carbon. "This is a new position for API, but we think given where the industry is at this time and the continued importance of reducing methane, it was critical we update this position as the administration changes,” API CEO Mike Sommers told the Washington Examiner in an interview. “We look forward to working with the Biden administration in...
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Bo Horvat scored the shootout winner and the Vancouver Canucks overcame Tyler Toffoli’s hat trick to beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-5 on Wednesday night. Horvat, Vancouver’s captain, put a shot between the legs of Montreal goalie Carey Price to make the Canucks winners in their home opener. Horvat and Brock Boeser each finished with two goals and an assist for Vancouver in regulation. Tyler Motte also scored and J.T. Miller had three assists. Canucks goalie Braden Holtby stopped 31 shots in regulation and overtime. Carey Price had 23 saves for the Canadiens, who are unbeaten in regulation so far this season. In addition to Toffoli’s scoring, Jesper Kotkaniemi had a goal and an assist and Brendan Gallagher scored his first of the season. Boeser forced overtime 16:51 into the third period, blasting a snap shot past Price for his second goal of the game....
    EU commissionner in charge of financial services, financial stability and the Capital Markets Union, Mairead McGuinness speaking in Brussels. – Kenzo Tribouillard/Shutterstock Brussels warned Britain against deregulating the City of London or introducing “light touch” financial rules after Brexit on Tuesday. Mairead McGuinness said that British firms would not be given access to the bloc’s Single Market unless UK rules were sufficiently robust. The EU commissioner for financial services is responsible for granting “equivalence” to UK financial services, which is regulatory approval giving market access. Ms McGuinness said she would not grant equivalence to 28 sectors until the UK gave more details on how far it planned to diverge from EU rules. She said that Brussels was concerned about the risk to financial stability that a light touch regulation of the City could pose. “Can I just say very frankly that many of us remember that era of...
    After the events on Capitol Hill in Washington, which left 5 dead and ended the presidency of Donald Trump in a political maelstrom, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube have decided to censor the President of the United States and to suspend, or even to close definitely his accounts. The decision is spectacular, as Donald Trump had made his Twitter account his main communication tool. To realize what this represents, in 2020 alone, Donald Trump sent 6,280 tweets, or 17 tweets per day on average, and retweeted 5,956 times. The closure of the US president’s account has inevitably created a heated debate between supporters of free speech and those calling for content to be regulated. Twitter, like other social networks, is a private company that operates a content platform. For several years, companies in Silicon Valley have developed content regulation in order to fight against hate speech in particular. However,...
    Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has insisted that he will protect and enhance workers’ rights going forward The UK has an opportunity to reform regulation that is derived from EU law, but won’t deliberately antagonise its biggest trading partner immediately after the Brexit deal. That was one of the key messages sent to around 30 business leaders in a meeting led by the Prime Minister, the Chancellor and the Secretaries of State of Business and International Trade. One business leader told the BBC that the government, “in the absence of enormous government spending power, given the state of the public finances, should look at whether deregulation could do some of the post-Brexit, post-Covid heavy lifting to stimulate business”. Another said that there was an ideological divide within the Conservative Party about the potential to “rip up the rule book” when it came to regulation. However, the government has insisted that...
    President-elect Joe Biden is set to nominate Gary Gensler, a former Goldman Sachs banker who chaired the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the Obama administration’s early years, as the next chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Biden announced the pick Monday, along with his plan to name Rohit Chopra as the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Chopra, a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission, is considered an ally of Sen. Elizabeth Warren. He helped launch the agency in 2008 and served as deputy director during the Obama administration. Gensler was fiercely critical of Wall Street during his time at the CFTC and fought for more regulation of the derivatives business, surprising some in finance and the administration. President Obama declined to nominate him for a second term and Gensler was replaced by Timothy Massad,  who was seen as far less threatening to Wall Street firms. Gensler has many critics...
    The Junta de Castilla y León has issued a statement in which it maintains the curfew in force, “as long as it is not without effect by the means established in the Law”, in addition to regretting that the Government tries to “hinder” a rule whose “sole objective” is to “protect” the life and health of people and “reduce as much as possible” the damage to the economy. In this sense, and before the appeal announced by the Ministry of Health against the agreement on the curfew, the autonomous government recalls that the epidemiological and health situation is of “extreme gravity” in Castilla y León and in the whole of Spain. “The accumulated incidence has multiplied by five since January 1 and the number of patients admitted for Covid-19 has doubled in community hospitals,” the statement said. Thus, it regrets that the Government of Spain “try to hinder” With...
    Game over: The worst video game movie adaptations 15 things that will cost more in 2021 Wild beat regulation buzzer, then win in OT to stun Kings © Provided by The Comeback The Minnesota Wild won a game in highly improbable fashion on Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings. It appeared that the Kings would take a two-goal lead in the final 40 seconds of regulation on an empty-netter, but their shot hit the post. the kings hit the post on an empty net, VERY close call pic.twitter.com/rAJMcCVYDN — Hockey Wilderness (@hockeywildernes) January 17, 2021 The Minnesota Wild won this game pic.twitter.com/DT42onPSxt — Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) January 17, 2021 That kept Minnesota alive, and in a chaotic sequence, Ryan Suter amazingly tied the game 3-3 with 00.3 seconds remaining in regulation. RYAN SUTER SCORES WITH LESS THAN A SECOND LEFT IN REGULATION pic.twitter.com/klUfj4lfZZ — FOX Sports North...
    The Scottish authorities have introduced a new restriction pack that come into force this Saturday and that includes, among other measures, the imposition by regulation of teleworking, the prohibition of the sale of take away food or the prohibition of the sale of alcohol to consume outside authorized establishments. The new regulation also eliminates the legal loophole that allowed people perform non-essential activities after leaving home due to essential activity, Scottish public television reports, STV. These restrictions apply to all areas in alert level 4 within the five-tier system established by Edinburgh. Scotland accumulates more than 7,000 deaths from coronavirus and has imposed confinement throughout the month of January, thus prohibiting any non-essential displacement. In the United Kingdom, more than 3.3 million cases and 87,295 deaths have been recorded and it is in full peak of the third wave with more than 50,000 new cases a day on...
    Once again the extension of the ERTEs it is still the subject of debate. On January 31, the term approved in the previous extension ends and the Government and social agents return to sit down to negotiate. The agreement is not simple and, after meeting for hours on Monday, both parties met again for next Thursday. Government and social agents will continue negotiating next Thursday the extension of temporary employment regulation files (ERTE) after finishing the meeting on Monday without agreement. The Executive and the unions have called for a new meeting on January 14 at 4:30 p.m., according to union sources. For their part, sources from the Ministry of Labor have indicated that there have been important advances during the meeting this Monday, which has addressed the need to ease procedures, among other issues. Last Friday, during the first meeting to extend ERTE beyond January 31, there was agreement...
    Number 10 said the new committee will “refresh the strategy on making better regulation outside the EU, review existing rules and cut red tape for businesses”. – BEN STANSALL Rishi Sunak has been charged by Boris Johnson with leading a bonfire of Brussels red tape now that the UK has left the European Union. The Chancellor of the Exchequer is to chair a new Better Regulation Committee in Downing Street which will focus on cutting EU red tape for businesses. The Prime Ministers said he wanted the changes to allow the Government “to seize opportunities in the UK as an independent nation”. Number 10 said the new committee will “refresh the strategy on making better regulation outside the EU, review existing rules and cut red tape for businesses”. A source said: “With newfound control of our laws, reviewing and reforming regulation will be at the forefront of the Government’s...
    Banks don't want to do business with gun manufacturers, so Republicans spring into action. Democrats long ago lost the messaging battle on regulations by calling them “regulations.” Every single regulation is a protection because left unimpeded, corporations will run roughshod over consumers, the environment, and anything else that stands in the way of their profits. But to put in that context, it’s a clear and easy distinction between the Democrats and Republicans: Democrats want to protect the public from the excesses of capitalism while Republicans want businesses to do whatever the f--- they want.  Simple, right? Except it’s not exactly true. Republicans are just as pro-regulation when it impacts one of their friends.  The last act of Brian Brooks, acting head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, as he headed to the exits was to finalize a rushed regulation prohibiting banks from blacklisting entire industries. Why was this important to Brooks...
    In Chile, financial technology companies (fintech) were called to participate in a survey on the state of the industry in the country; poll called by the Ministry of Finance, in conjunction with the Inter-American Development Bank. In a press release, the Chilean public body stated that it was seeking to update the existing information on Chile’s fintech ecosystem. “The main objective of collecting said information is to identify the degree of development and maturity of fintech companies in Chile, market trends and dynamics of competition and collaboration with the traditional financial sector, as well as possible entry barriers or regulatory gaps for the new players in technological innovation in the financial industry ”. Ministry of Finance, Chile. Finnovista, a transnational consulting firm for the fintech industry, is in charge of conducting the survey, in conjunction with the Chilean Fintech Association. The survey is aimed at enterprises specialized in payments, financing...
    ECB’s Christine Lagarde calls for Bitcoin regulation
    In the last hours there has been speculation that Formula 1 could delay the long-awaited change of regulations that is called to reduce the differences that exist between the teams to 2023. This is something that would be a setback for teams that were confident they could hunt down Mercedes. Especially Alpine, who hopes Fernando Alonso be champion again Ferrari, which has Carlos Sainz and with Leclerc to end the reign of Lewis Hamilton. According to the Italian press, Formula 1, which has already delayed the regulation change from 2021 to 2022 due to the coronavirus, is considering delaying it one more year due to the delicate economic situation that Great Britain, where seven of the ten teams are based, have their headquarters. Faced with the stir caused by this information, a Formula 1 spokesperson stated in Autosport: “Any suggestion that the 2022 rules will be delayed is incorrect and...
    Crypto regulation has been an issue that has gained quite a bit of strength especially during 2020. However, it is far from being a recent issue. Even so, Christine Lagarde, president of the ECB, reiterates the need to regulate Bitcoin. Immediate regulation for Bitcoin! Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank (ECB), participated in an interview on . Next where she argued that “Bitcoin is a highly speculative asset, which has carried out some fun business and interesting and totally reprehensible money laundering activity” . So it ensures that the leading crypto needs to be regulated. However, “this has to be applied and agreed at a global level because if there is a leak, that leak will be used.” In this sense, “global cooperation, multilateral action is absolutely necessary, whether initiated by the G7, transferred to the G20 and then expanded. It is something that needs to be...
    By Larry Keane Shannon Watts wants to know what’s in your wallet. Even more, she wants what’s in your wallet to decide what you can buy. Michael Bloomberg’s front woman for his bought-and-paid-for gun control group Moms Demand Action is demanding credit card companies monitor and police cardholder purchases. Specifically, she wants credit card companies to ban purchases of precursor firearm parts. Watts derides them as so-called “ghost guns” and wants to ban their sale.  Her claim is that the ATF recovered 10,000 of these “ghost guns” last year, but those included firearms with obliterated serial numbers and older firearms not legally required to serialized. Here’s the problem. It’s perfectly legal for anyone who can buy a gun to build their own at home. She’s stomping her foot and demanding that credit card companies do what tech companies are doing. She wants them to dictate law and to be the...
    PHOTO VIA AIRBNB/FACEBOOKA Senate Republican on Monday filed a proposal that could refuel a debate about regulation of vacation rental properties. The bill (SB 522), filed by Sen. Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah, would largely give the state control of regulation of vacation rentals, preventing local restrictions. Local governments could only regulate the rentals in the same way as other properties in neighborhoods, a restriction that cities and counties have strenuously opposed in the past. Diaz’s bill is filed for the legislative session that will start March 2. He sponsored a similar measure during the 2020 session, but it did not pass. The regulatory issue has sparked a long-running battle pitting local government officials against advertising platforms, such as Airbnb. Support local journalism in these crazy days. Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to bring you up to the minute news on how Coronavirus is affecting...
    Key facts: The consultation will be active until March 21 for those interested in the cryptocurrency market. The authorities believe that stablecoins play an important role in today’s economy. Since this month of January, the Government of the United Kingdom (UK) has been consulting with the British about a regulation proposal for the use of anchored cryptocurrencies or stablecoins in their territory. The proposal is being submitted to a public evaluation that will end on March 21. Those interested can send their responses through an email enabled by the Department of the Treasury (HM Treasury, for its acronym in English). With it, it seeks that the UK regulatory framework «is equipped to reap the benefits of new technologies, supporting innovation and competition, while mitigating risks for consumers and financial stability ”, as stated in the document All parties interested in the subject can participate in the...
    Reuters January 11, 2021 0 Comments Shares of Twitter Inc tumbled over 6% on Monday after its move to permanently suspend U.S. President Donald Trump’s widely-followed account spurred concern among investors over the future regulation of social networks. Twitter said on Friday its suspension of Trump’s account, which had 88 million followers, was due to the risk of further violence following the storming of the U.S. Capitol last week. The move drew criticism from some Republicans for quelling the president’s right to free speech, while European Union Commissioner Thierry Breton said the past week’s events likely heralded a new era of heavier official control. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose relations with Trump have been frosty, criticized Twitter’s ban and warned through a spokesman that legislators, not private companies, should decide on potential curbs to free expression. The attention drawn to Twitter increased investors’ worries that it could be more...
    Chinese President Xi JinpingFred Dufour | AFP | Getty Images GUANGZHOU, China — China's recent moves to regulate large technology giants are part of its broader push to become a technological "superpower," one expert told CNBC. Like the U.S. and European Union, China is working out how to regulate the technology sector in many areas, from data protection to antitrust. China's technology companies have grown, largely unencumbered by regulation, and become among the biggest in the world. And there are a number of regulations that have come into effect or are in the works. In November, China's central bank and regulators released draft rules on so-called microlending, which included provisions such as capital requirements for technology firms offering loans. China's State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) has also published draft rules looking to stop monopolistic practices by internet platforms. It is one of the most wide-sweeping proposals in China to regulate...
    Democrats are looking to take Silicon Valley to task for its role in facilitating the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, as the party looks to take control of Congress and the White House. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., told The Washington Post that companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, “bear major responsibility for ignoring repeated red flags and demands for fixes.” He added that the companies waited “until well after there was blood and glass in the halls of the Capitol,” to act on the riots. “They have done enduring damage to their own credibility,” Blumenthal continued, “and these events will renew and refocus the need for Congress to reform big tech.” Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, which is owned by Google, suspended President Donald Trump’s accounts or removed some of his posts, but Democrats claim that these measures are “long-overdue,” and are pushing for Trump to be permanently banned....
    15 Times ‘The Simpsons’ Predicted the Future (Photos) Buying an RV at Costco? Read this first Luka Doncic, Mavs take down Nuggets in OT after wild finish to regulation The Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets played a highly entertaining game Thursday night in front of a national audience on TNT, with Dallas ultimately coming out on top 124-117 in overtime. © Provided by The Comeback The finish to regulation was especially entertaining. Denver led 107-106 with 7.7 seconds remaining, when the Mavericks ran a pretty play out of a timeout. Luka Doncic took the inbounds pass, and the Nuggets understandably closed in to double-team the 2021 NBA MVP favorite. That left Max Kleber open, and the unselfish Doncic found Kleber for a go-ahead three with 2.4 seconds remaining. Maxi Kleber! CLUTCH! pic.twitter.com/nmQok1Ik8T — NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 8, 2021 But on the next play, Nikola Jokic hit a...
    Big tech stocks fell sharply Wednesday as Democratic gains in Georgia stoked fears that the feds could tighten regulations on the industry’s dominant players. Futures contracts linked to the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 index tumbled about 1.3 percent as of 8:12 a.m. with Democrats poised to flip both the Peach State’s Senate seats — likely giving them control of a chamber that could help President-elect Joe Biden rein in tech titans and hike corporate taxes. The Rev. Raphael Warnock beat incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, and fellow Democrat Jon Ossoff had a narrow lead over Sen. David Perdue in their too-close-to-call race. Shares in the so-called FAANG tech stocks — Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google parent Alphabet — all fell further than the Nasdaq in premarket trading. Facebook was the biggest loser, dropping about 2.4 percent to $264.40 as of 8:19 a.m. “With a Senate now likely controlled by...
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently laid out his opposition to proposed cryptocurrency regulation, stating that it would create “perverse incentives for cryptocurrency customers to avoid regulated entities for cryptocurrency transactions.” The Verge reports that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently expressed his opposition to  proposed cryptocurrency regulations which he believes will hurt his payment processing company Square and create “unnecessary friction and perverse incentives for cryptocurrency customers to avoid regulated entities for cryptocurrency transactions.” Square purchased $50 million in bitcoin in October and has moved heavily into the cryptocurrency sector in recent months. A new regulation proposed by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) would require financial institutions such as Square to collect personal information about the parties involved in cryptocurrency transactions. More information on these regulations can be found here. The regulations propose that financial institutions collect the name and physical address of both parties of any large transaction that they’re involved...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Malcolm Brogdon capped a 21-point, 11-assist performance by bouncing in a driving, one-handed floater with 1.7 seconds left in overtime, and the Indiana Pacers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 118-116 on Monday night. Victor Oladipo scored 25 points for Indiana, hitting a 29-foot 3-pointer and following that up with a steal from Lonzo Ball to spark a six-point comeback in the final 20 seconds of regulation. Myles Turner made the game-tying 3 with 8.2 seconds left in regulation and had 17 points and three blocks before he fouled out with a minutes left in overtime. Domantas Sabonis had 19 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out with about four minutes left in regulation. Brandon Ingram scored 31 points and Zion Williamson added 24 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, which led 104-94 with 3:46 left in regulation after Ingram’s three-point play on a short pull-up...
    Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter and Square, isn’t happy about the new proposed cryptocurrency regulation. He emphasized how the regulation would hurt Square, a financial services company, in a letter posted to the company website. In October, Square bought $50 million in bitcoin. The company also has invested heavily in the cryptocurrency ecosystem, so Square has plenty of skin in the game. The regulations create “unnecessary friction and perverse incentives for cryptocurrency customers to avoid regulated entities for cryptocurrency transactions,” Dorsey writes. The regulation could end up driving customers “to use non-custodial wallets or services outside the U.S.” The regulation, proposed by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), would require financial institutions (like Square) to collect personal information about the parties involved in cryptocurrency transactions. You can read a deep-dive on them here, but the more important requirement is for financial institutions to collect the name and physical...
    The Chinese tech billionaire behind Asia's version of Amazon has reportedly not been seen in public for more than two months after falling foul of President Xi Jinping. Jack Ma, one of China's most successful and outspoken tycoons, criticised the country's 'pawnshop' financial regulators and state-owned banks in an incendiary speech in Shanghai in October. He called for reform of a system that 'stifled business innovation' and likened global banking regulations to an 'old people's club'.  The speech angered the Chinese government, which viewed Ma's criticisms as an attack on the authority of the Communist Party, and led to its extraordinary clampdown on Ma's business activities.  In November, officials in Beijing 'dressed down' Ma and suspended the blockbuster $37billion initial public offering of his Ant Group on the direct order of President Xi, the Wall Street Journal reports. They then advised Ma to remain in China before launching an anti-monopoly investigation...