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    Meta's new AI model can translate 200 different languages - including many low-resource ones not supported by current translation systems - thanks to the work of what CEO Mark Zuckerberg calls 'one of the world's fastest supercomputers.' The company dubs its effort No Language Left Behind (NLLB) and it hopes to enable more than 25 billion translations across Meta's apps each day. Although there are more than 7,100 known languages spoken worldwide today, many of them do not have enough data sets available in order to train AI.  Scroll down for video  'The AI modeling techniques we used are helping make high quality translations for languages spoken by billions of people around the world,' Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement These so-called low resources languages include Egyptian Arabic, Balinese, Sardinian, Nigerian Fulfulde, Pangasinan and Umbundu - which are spoke by a sizeable population but not as much on the internet itself.  'The AI modeling techniques we used are helping make high quality translations for languages spoken by billions of people around the world,' Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg...
    Republican Alabama U.S. Senate hopeful Katie Britt sees $40 billion in aid for Ukraine as a mistake by policymakers. During an appearance on Mobile, AL radio FM Talk 106.5, Britt criticized a $40 billion appropriation for Ukraine aid as “America last” and listed several priorities that should have precedent. “If you look at that $40 billion vote, and you look at the fact that was between that time period and September — I am all about helping Ukraine but handing them such an enormous amount of money when we have so many issues here at home that need to be addressed, that need attention from our own government — it is incredibly frustrating, and to me, it is the definition of ‘America last.'” “It is probably because I am literally listening to people every day and whether it is people wanting to see the border finished in sealing and securing our border, and not just for national security but also we need to create an environment where we can drive up American wages instead of down American wages. If you...
    There were always two objectives for the Platinum Jubilee, one easy, the other more complex. The easy one is applauding the Queen. With only four days to go until the start of the big Jubilee weekend, the sense of excitement and patriotism is here for all to see. Thousands of street parties have been organised from village greens to city centres, high streets are awash with Union Flags, flowers and bunting. If you want to assess the popularity of the Queen, look around. Her Majesty must be the only world leader more popular today – 70 years after she took the job – than she was on the day she began. Presidents and prime ministers are lucky if they remain popular for seven months. Already she is the longest-serving monarch in our islands’ story, and her reign spans one of the most remarkable and transformative periods of history. And therein lies the more complex challenge. How to tell the story of the United Kingdom over the Queen’s seven-decade reign from the post-war privations of the 1950s, through flower power and...
    President Joe Biden on Friday will push cities to hire more cops and fund crime prevention programs amid a surge in violence across the U.S. He also will brag about the $10 billion from the American Rescue Plan being used to prop up communities when he meets with mayors, police chiefs and local public officials at the White House. In remarks in the Rose Garden, Biden will note the state and local leaders who are using American Rescue Plan funding for safety measures, and call on other state and local leaders to make similar investments quickly, the White House said. Many cities - including New York, Washington D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles - have reported a surge in violence since the coronavirus pandemic began.  The timing of Biden's remarks is tied to the summer season, when there has historically been more violent crime compared to winter months.  But crime and the federal response is expected to be a major issue in November's election, which will determine which party controls Congress.   President Joe Biden will push cities to hire more cops and fund...
    An employee works at Shopify's headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.Chris Wattie | Reuters Shares of Shopify plunged more than 13% in premarket trading on Thursday after the company reported first-quarter results that missed analysts' estimates, and said it will acquire logistics start-up Deliverr for $2.1 billion in cash and stock. Shopify posted adjusted earnings of 20 cents per share, while Wall Street had expected 63 cents per share, according to a Refinitiv survey of analysts. Revenue grew 22% year over year to $1.2 billion, but that still fell short of Wall Street's projected $1.24 billion. The Canadian company, which makes tools for companies to sell products online, also announced it plans to acquire Deliverr, a San Francisco-based start-up that provides fulfillment services to merchants selling their wares across Amazon, Walmart, eBay and other online marketplaces. Deliverr ships over a million orders per month for thousands of merchants in the U.S., Shopify said. "Being able to offer a delivery promise and fast fulfillment across all these channels boosts conversion," Shopify CFO Amy Shapero said in a statement. "We are confident Deliverr's...
    COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine (CBS) — The nonprofit Wreaths Across America wants to put the tallest flagpole in the world in part of rural Maine. The “Flagpole of Freedom Park” site in Columbia Falls would become the only spot in the United States to honor all 24 million American veterans in one place. The flagpole would be built on a hill so the top would reach 1,776 feet above sea level. It would also have two observation decks and a museum. Around the flag would be 55 individual remembrance walls with the names of every single veteran in U.S. history etched in them – “the equivalent of 411 Vietnam Wall Memorials.” “It’s right in the flight path of the planes that go back and forth overseas,” Wreaths Across America’s Morrill Worcester said. “This pole is going to be flying the last flag that they’ll see. And also it’s the first flag they’ll see when they come home.” Phase one of the project will cost $1 billion and would be paid for with private donations.  
    (CNN)President Joe Biden on Thursday will announce $1 billion in funding from his administration's signature bipartisan infrastructure law for cleanup and restoration of the Great Lakes in remarks from Lorain, Ohio.The bulk of funding is targeted to restore what the Environmental Protection Agency has identified as severely degraded "Areas of Concern." The administration projects that funding from the infrastructure law -- combined with funds from annual Great Lakes Restoration Initiative appropriations and other sources -- should allow restoration of at least 22 areas of concern across Wisconsin, New York, Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois by 2030, with infrastructure funding also benefiting three additional sites over the same period."The Great Lakes are a vital economic engine and an irreplaceable environmental wonder, supplying drinking water for more than 40 million people, supporting nearly 1.5 million jobs, and sustaining life for thousands of species," EPA Administrator Michael Regan wrote in a statement shared with CNN on Wednesday. "Through the investments from President Biden's bipartisan infrastructure deal, we will make unprecedented progress in our efforts to restore and protect the waters and the...
    In this article TWTRA person in a mask walks by the New York Twitter offices after they announced they will close their re-opened offices effective immediately in response to updated CDC guidelines during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., July 29, 2021.Andrew Kelly | ReutersTwitter reported earnings for the fourth quarter of 2021 Thursday that missed analyst estimates on earnings, revenue and user growth. Shares popped more than 4% during premarket trading. Here are the key numbers: Earnings per share: 33 cents, adjusted vs 35 cents expected, according to a Refinitiv survey of analysts Revenue: $1.57 billion vs $1.58 billion expected, according to Refinitv Monetizable Daily Active Users (mDAUs): 217 million vs 218.6 million expected, according to StreetAccount The company provided revenue guidance for the next quarter ranging from $1.17 billion to $1.27 billion, while analysts had expected about $1.26 billion, according to Refinitv. Twitter also announced a new $4 billion share buyback program. Half of that will be an accelerated share repurchase with the remaining being repurchased...
    Nine of the 10 Republicans in the state's congressional delegation voted against the $550 billion bill. Pennsylvania is set to be on the receiving end of billions of dollars in federal funding under President Joe Biden's infrastructure package, legislation that was opposed by all but one of the 10 Republicans in the state's congressional delegation. On Jan. 25, the Department of Health and Human Services announced $100 million in aid to help families across the country pay home heating and air conditioning bills, the first installment of a five-year program. More than $3.4 million of that will go to Pennsylvania. On Jan. 14, the Transportation Department announced that Pennsylvania would receive $1.63 billion over the next five years to improve bridges across the state, of which more than $327 million will come in fiscal year 2022. Both allocations come from funding made available under the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a $550 billion investment in transportation, water systems, broadband, and electrical grid infrastructure. The bill passed the Senate in August...
    President Joe Biden, with help from former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, has resettled more than 66,000 Afghans across the United States in a matter of six months as part of his massive resettlement operation — the largest in American history. The Biden administration announced the newest Afghan resettlement totals, noting that about 9,000 Afghans are living on U.S. military bases in Wisconsin, Virginia, and New Jersey that were turned into quasi-refugee camps months ago. To date, Biden has brought more than 76,000 Afghans to the U.S. Top administration officials have conceded that minimal vetting has been conducted. In a news release, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) touted the involvement of Welcome.us — a non-governmental organization (NGO) created by Clinton, Bush, and Obama with the financial backing of multinational corporations like Facebook, Microsoft, and Walmart to resettle as many Afghans in American communities as possible. The Chamber of Commerce is also helping to funnel Afghans into American jobs. This week, reports circulated that Biden is looking to bring thousands more Afghans to the U.S. with no end in sight...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki reaffirmed President Joe Biden's commitment to opening up schools across the country to in-person learning on Monday but stopped short of saying that teachers in Chicago should end their five-day strike. Psaki fielded repeated questions during Monday's press briefing about the protest by the Chicago Teachers Union and confirmed that the White House has been in contact with Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot in recent days about the negotiations. CHICAGO SCHOOLS CANCEL CLASSES FOR FOURTH-STRAIGHT DAY AMID TEACHER STRIKE "We have been very clear, publicly and privately, that we want to see schools open, that the president fought for additional assistance in the American Rescue Plan, $130 billion, including $5 billion that went to Illinois, $10 billion that went to testing across the country to ensure we were prepared and had resources needed to address whatever may come up in the pandemic," she said in one exchange. "The president's view is that schools should be open across the country, and more than 95% are, across the country, that the mental...
    Located 55,000 light-years away from Earth is a hydrogen filament that astronomers say is the largest structure in the Milky Way. Called Maggie, this massive hydrogen filament is 3,900 light-years long (one light-year equals 5.87 trillion miles) and 130 light-years wide and formed more than 13 billion years ago. An international team led by astronomers from the Max Planck Institute of Astronomy (MPIA) measured the structure using the European Space Agency's (ESA) Gaia satellite. Co-author Juan Soler already found the first clue to this object a year ago and named it 'Maggie' after the longest river in his home country of Colombia, called the Río Magdalena. 'Maggie was already recognizable in earlier evaluations of the data. But only the current study proves beyond doubt that it is a coherent structure,' Soler said in a statement. Scroll down for videos The massive hydrogen filament, called Maggie, is 3,900 light-years long (one light-year equals 5.87 trillion miles) and 130 light-years wide and formed more than 13 billion years ago. This means it is more than 16 trillion miles long Hydrogen formed about...
    President Joe Biden has resettled more than 52,000 Afghans across American cities, towns, and communities this year, the latest Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data reveals, in the largest refugee resettlement operation in American history. Biden’s massive Afghan resettlement operation started in mid-August after a botched withdrawal of United States Armed Forces from Afghanistan following a 20-year war that took the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Since then, Biden has resettled more than 52,000 Afghans across American communities in 46 states. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has admitted that vetting procedures for Afghans arriving in the U.S. are minimal. “We are not conducting in-person, refugee interviews of 100 percent individuals,” Mayorkas said during a congressional hearing in November. The resettlement operation has been aided by American taxpayer money, approved by Republicans and Democrats in Congress. In September, 49 House and Senate Republicans helped give Biden $6.4 billion to resettle an endless number of Afghans across the U.S. Earlier this month, 19 Senate Republicans and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) joined Democrats to throw more taxpayer money at Biden’s Afghan resettlement...
    NASA's $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope has been captured soaring through space by astronomers across the world.  The telescope, which blasted off from the Guiana Space Centre on Christmas Day, is seen as a mere speck in the sky among the stars.  One clip was captured by Gianluca Masi, manager of the Virtual Telescope Project, provided by the Bellatrix Astronomical Observatory in Italy.  It's based on a single 120-second exposure on December 29, collected with a robotic unit called 'Elena' that's remotely accessible in real-time over the internet.  When the footage was captured, the telescope was around 340,000 miles (550,000 km) away from Earth, or about 1.5 times further away than the Moon.  James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is currently about 40 per cent of its way to the second Lagrangian point (L2), an area of balanced gravity between the Sun and Earth, where it will spend more than a decade exploring the universe in infrared.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next NASA's 'planetary defence' DART spacecraft sends back its... From a 'Hot Jupiter' with an unusually...
    Taxpayers across New York will pay at least $5 million to resettle within the state nearly 2,000 Afghans brought to the United States by President Joe Biden as part of his massive Afghan resettlement operation. Last week, Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) announced an additional $2 million expense to resettle Afghans across New York. The total amount to resettle Afghans, which will fall entirely on New York residents, now comes to about $5 million. “With Afghan evacuees fleeing widespread instability in their own country, New York State is proud to take a leading role in the massive resettlement effort, and with this historic, first-of-its-kind investment, we will connect people with the support they need to flourish in their new home,” Hochul said in a statement. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks to reporters after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at the state Capitol, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in Albany, NY. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink) A number of refugee contractors, those whom the federal government showers with American taxpayer money to resettle thousands of refugees every year in the U.S., praised the investment. “Catholic...
    President Joe Biden’s massive Afghan resettlement operation, with no end date, has been funded by Congress to the sum of more than $13 billion thanks to 19 Senate Republicans who helped advance the plan. Late Thursday evening, House Democrats and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) passed a government funding bill that will keep the federal government operating through mid-February. In the bill is more than $7 billion in funding for the Biden administration to resettle an unlimited number of Afghans across the United States. In the Senate, 19 Senate Republicans joined Senate Democrats to send the bill to Biden’s desk — now authorizing, in total, $13.3 billion for the administration to resettle Afghans after 49 House and Senate Republicans voted in September to fund the resettlement operation $6.4 billion. These 19 Senate Republicans who backed the bill are: Roy Blunt (R-MO) Richard Burr (R-NC) Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) Bill Cassidy (R-LA) Susan Collins (R-ME) John Cornyn (R-TX) Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) John Kennedy (R-LA) Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Jerry Moran (R-KS) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) Rob Portman (R-OH) Mike Rounds...
    Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) says Democrats want more than $13 billion to resettle an endless flow of Afghans across the United States, even as they previously spiked far less in funding to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. On Thursday evening, every House Democrat and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) voted in support of a government funding bill that includes more than $7 billion to resettle tens of thousands, and potentially hundreds of thousands, of Afghans across the U.S. as part of President Joe Biden’s resettlement operation. Those funds are in addition to the $6.4 billion to resettle Afghans that 34 House Republicans and 15 Senate Republicans approved in September. The total amount, if the Senate passes the funding bill, will reach more than $13.3 billion — indicating that Congress will spend $140,000 per Afghan brought to the U.S. Banks, who led Republican opposition in the House to the funding bill, noted in a statement that the Afghan resettlement funding is far more than the billions in border wall funding that were previously spiked by House and Senate Democrats, as well as...
    In this article 9618-HK BABA VIDEO2:0902:09JD says more young Chinese consumers are buying domestic brands onlineCapital ConnectionGUANGZHOU, China — Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has racked up 311.4 billion yuan ($48.6 billion) in sales across its platforms as of 14:09 p.m. Beijing time during the Singles Day shopping event, smashing through its record last year. The figure JD.com released is referred to as transaction volume. It is the amount of money that is transacted across its e-commerce platforms and does not directly translate into revenue for the company — and it does not take into account returned items. Still, it's an indication of the appetite from shoppers on Singles Day or Double 11, a major shopping event in China that eclipses Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the U.S. in terms of sales. Last year, JD's transaction volume totaled 271.5 billion yuan. There are still several hours left of Singles Day this year with JD's sales ending at midnight China time on Friday, so that transaction volume will increase. JD rival Alibaba has not released any figures for transactions across...
    By Jennifer Gray | CNN meteorologist Weather and climate disasters in the US have taken more than 500 lives and cost over $100 billion so far this year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. In the first nine months of 2021, the US has already faced 18 disasters that have cost more than a billion dollars each, according to a report from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. This is the seventh consecutive year the US has had more than 10 disasters totaling more than a billion dollars. September alone brought “devastating impacts from four of the 18 disasters: flooding from Hurricane Ida, landfall of Hurricane Nicholas, and ongoing drought and wildfires tormenting communities in the West,” NOAA said. These disasters for 2021 include: nine severe storms, four tropical cyclones, two flooding events, one combined drought and heat wave, one wildfire event, and one combined winter storm and cold wave. From these disasters, 538 people have died so far in 2021. This is “more than twice the number of fatalities than from all the events that occurred in...
    President Joe Biden’s administration is asking Congress to authorize about $6.4 billion in American taxpayer money to bring 95,000 Afghans to the United States for permanent resettlement. In a call with reporters on Tuesday, administration officials said the White House would request Congress to authorize about $6.4 billion in funding to resettle tens of thousands of Afghans across the U.S. Pro-mass migration groups had asked Biden to authorize $8 billion in funds for Afghans. Roughly $1.7 billion of the funding will go toward “funding and resources to the Afghans to help them set up a new home in the U.S.,” NBC News reports. In total, the administration official said they have already brought 65,000 Afghans to the U.S. for permanent resettlement over the last month and expect to bring an additional 30,000 Afghans to the U.S. The administration’s goal to resettle in the U.S. about 95,000 Afghans is the first glimpse into Biden’s massive resettlement operation — the largest since former President Barack Obama brought more than 12,000 Syrians to the U.S. from 2012 to 2016. Though Biden has pitched...
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate pushed ahead Monday with consideration of a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, with Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer promising to work with opposition Republican lawmakers to hold key votes on specific construction projects across the country. "Let's start voting on amendments," Schumer told the Senate as it started business for the week. He said a final vote on the legislation could be held “in a matter of days” but vowed to keep the chamber in session until work on the measure is completed — before recessing for the Senate’s annual August vacation. "The longer it takes to finish the bill, the longer we will be here." The package, one of President Joe Biden's top legislative priorities, would provide tens of billions of dollars to repair the country's deteriorating roads and bridges, advance broadband internet service throughout the country, expand rail and transit services and replace lead-piped drinking water systems. The package was negotiated over several weeks between a centrist group of 10 lawmakers and the White House, but now the remaining 90...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a $6 billion bill to expand access to high-speed internet across California. The historic legislation will expand the state’s broadband infrastructure, prioritizing unserved and underserved areas by spending $3.25 billion on a state-owned network equipped with high-capacity fiber lines that can carry large amounts of data over long distances; $2 billion to connect homes and business with local networks and enable tribes and local governments to access this funding; and $750 million for local governments and nonprofits to secure financing for broadband infrastructure. READ MORE: American Academy Of Pediatrics Recommends All Students Mask Up For In-Person Learning This Fall The bill also creates a broadband czar position at the state’s Department of Technology, and a broadband advisory committee with representatives from across state government. “This $6 billion investment will make broadband more accessible than ever before, expanding opportunity across the spectrum for students, families and businesses – from enhanced educational supports to job opportunities to health care and other essential services,” Newsom said in a statement. READ MORE: Rideshare Drivers Stage...
    The mastermind set to take over what would be one of the world’s largest entertainment conglomerates got his start as a high school graduate in the Hudson Valley. On Monday, May 17, AT&T and Discovery announced an agreement to combine WarnerMedia’s assets with Discovery’s businesses to create a standalone entertainment company that will be led by Discovery CEO David Zaslav, a graduate of Ramapo High School in Rockland County. Born in Brooklyn in 1960, Zaslav moved to the Hudson Valley at the age of 8. He was a captain of the Ramapo High School varsity tennis team.  He has been the president and CEO of Discovery Inc. since January 2007. Zaslav went on to play tennis at Cornell University for a year before transferring to SUNY Binghamton and graduating from law school at Boston University. According to the companies, the new company “will compete globally in the fast-growing direct-to-consumer business, bringing compelling content to DTC subscribers across its portfolio, including HBO Max and the recently launched discovery+.  “It will combine WarnerMedia’s storied content library of popular and valuable IP with...
    A gigantic six and a half inch hailstone fell amid a blitz of destructive storms that laid waste to parts of Texas and Oklahoma this week. The hailstone had meteorologists scrambling for the record books,  and is believed to be the largest ever to fall in the Lone Star State. The stone was captured and photographed beside a US quarter for scale by Lino Ramirez, a resident of Hondo, about 40 miles west of San Antonio. Ramirez shared the picture on social media, and it was examined by Matt Kumjian, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Pennsylvania State University who specializes in the study of giant hail.  Kumjian was able to estimate the stone's as between 6.27 and 6.57 inches across. 'This means [Wednesday's] hailstone counts as gargantuan and is one of only several well-documented cases of such large hail,'  Kumjian told the Washington Post. As massive as it was, it doesn't come close to threatening the US record eight-inch stone that was recorded during a hailstorm in Vivian, South Dakota, on July 23, 2010. Lino Ramirez, of Hondo, Texas, posted a...
    Apple will invest $430 billion into its United States operations and add 20,000 full-time positions across the country in an ambitious, five-year expansion, including a new $1 billion campus in North Carolina.  The company announced plans to open the new campus in North Carolina and add 3,000 full time technology jobs there focused on software engineering, artificial intelligence and machine learning.  The jobs in North Carolina would pay an average of $187,000 a year starting in 2023, the state's commerce department told the Charlotte Observer.  The facility will be built an undeveloped parcel of land in what's known as Research Triangle area in the Raleigh area, which gets its name from nearby North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina.  Apple announced plans for a $1 billion campus in North Carolina. A similar investment was made for a new Austin campus (pictured here, in a rendering), which expected to be completed by 2022. (Rendering: Studio8 Architects and WP Visions) An Apple spokesperson said they don't have renderings of what the North Carolina campus will...
    Apple announced plans Monday to invest $1 billion to open a new 3,000-employee campus near Raleigh, North Carolina. Those employed at the campus will be working on machine learning, artificial intelligence, software engineering “and other cutting-edge fields,” Apple said in a press release. Apple did not provide a timeline for when the campus will be complete. The company said it will also establish a $100 million fund to support schools and community initiatives in the Raleigh-Durham area and across the state. That’s in addition to over $110 million Apple expects to invest in infrastructure spending, such as broadband, roads and public schools, across the 80 North Carolina counties with the greatest need. Apple’s North Carolina campus will be located in the so-called Research Triangle area, named for its proximity to North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina. Apple CEO Tim Cook has an MBA from Duke. Apple is “building toward a greener and more equitable future.”Visions of America/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images “At this moment of recovery and rebuilding, Apple is doubling down...
    SVP and Director at IBM Research Arvind Krishna speak on stage during the 2016 Wired Business Conference on June 16, 2016 in New York City.Brian Ach | Getty Images IBM shares rose 4% in extended trading on Monday after the enterprise technology and services maker reported first-quarter earnings that came in better than analysts had expected. Here's how the company did: Earnings: $1.77 per share, adjusted, vs. $1.63 per share as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv. Revenue: $17.73 billion, vs. $17.35 billion as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv. Revenue grew by 0.9% on an annualized basis in the quarter, compared with a 6% decrease in the prior quarter, according to a statement. The company reiterated previous guidance of revenue growth for the full year. IBM's Global Technology Services segment, which handles managed services, outsourcing and support, contributed $6.37 billion in revenue. Its revenue was down 1% year over year and more than the FactSet consensus estimate of $6.32 billion. IBM plans to spin off part of the segment as a standalone public company called...
    Sunday on “Fox News Live,” Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) discussed his recent visit to the United States-Mexico border with a group of his colleagues. Braun described the border crisis as lacking “humanity,” which he said was the most “shocking” part of his trip. He hammered President Joe Biden for undoing former President Donald Trump’s policies and thus laying out the “welcome sign.” “As Lindsey [Graham] said, the squalor, the lack of humanity was shocking,” Braun recalled. “But the thing that got me more than anything … is the system behind it punctuated by around midnight when we got there Thursday, going down to the Rio Grande, and being heckled by the coyotes and smugglers at the Border Patrol folks. I asked what were they saying. They were saying whatever you do, we’re going to keep coming. The immensity of the issue and the sophisticated system behind it — that’s something you don’t hear. And that is that most of these kids coming across already have relatives here that have crossed illegally — $4,000 a person.” “It is like a travel...
    New York : President Biden wants the entire population to have access to the COVID-19 vaccine in May. Photo: Alex Wong / . The government of the president Joe biden will take an additional step in the distribution of vaccines against COVID-19 towards the most vulnerable communities, in addition to facing disinformation campaigns. It is an investment of $ 10 billion dollars that are part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP), advanced the White House. The funds, applied by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in charge of the secretary Xavier Becerra, will also serve for a new program to vaccinate dialysis patients across the country, it was said. “Kidney disease disproportionately affects racial and ethnic minorities, as 34% of dialysis patients are black and 19% are Hispanic”, indicated the authority. The resources will be to expand access to vaccines and better serve communities of color, rural areas, low-income populations and other disadvantaged. “This funding will expand access to vaccines for vulnerable populations and increase confidence in vaccines across the country.”adds the government....
    BRUSSELS, March 22 (.) – A European Union plan based on cheap loans helped 30 million people keep their jobs in 18 bloc countries last year, when the coronavirus pandemic froze economies across the region, stabilizing employment in 2.5 million companies, according to a report by the European Commission. Under the scheme, the EU used its AAA credit rating to make € 100 billion in loans available to governments that used short-term work schemes to keep people in their jobs by subsidizing part of their salary. While EU loans may not have been attractive to those with the lowest borrowing costs, such as Germany or the Netherlands, the € 90.6 billion disbursed across 18 countries saved them 5.8 billion in interest payments, he said. the Commission. “The instrument supported between 25 and 30 million people in 2020,” the EU executive arm said in a statement. “This represents around a quarter of the total number of people employed in the 18 beneficiary Member States.” Such labor support kept unemployment almost unchanged last year during the 27-nation bloc’s biggest recession, with the...
    MOUNTAIN VIEW (CNN) — Google is the latest tech company to commit to more office space despite the ongoing pandemic and the rise of remote work. On Thursday, Google said it plans to invest more than $7 billion in offices and data centers in the United States and create at least 10,000 additional full-time jobs this year. READ MORE: Gov. Gavin Newsom Admits Mistakes During 1st Reopening In Interview - Could Have Done A Much Better Job “Coming together in person to collaborate and build community is core to Google’s culture, and it will be an important part of our future,” CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post. “So we continue to make significant investments in our offices around the country.” Google said it will invest more than $1 billion this year in its home state of California. The company also plans to expand its other offices, including adding thousands of roles in Atlanta, Washington, DC, Chicago and New York. Google plans to invest $250 million in New York City this year and will grow its headcount in the...
    By Alasdair Pal and Euan Rocha NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Leaders of the United States, India, Australia and Japan agreed to pool financing, manufacturing and distribution capacity to send 1 billion coronavirus vaccines across Asia by the end of 2022, India's foreign secretary said on Friday. The so-called "Quad" group of four nations want to expand global vaccinations and counter China's growing vaccination diplomacy in Southeast Asia and around the world. India is the world's biggest vaccine maker. The collaboration was "most pressing and valuable", foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla told a news conference in India's capital New Delhi after the four-way virtual summit. "The four countries have agreed to a plan to pool their financial resources, manufacturing capabilities and capacities, and logistical strengths so as to ramp up the manufacturing and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines in the Indo-Pacific region," he said. "We believe this will speed up the process of post-pandemic recovery and enable families and businesses to put the COVID-19 crisis behind them." India will use its manufacturing capacity to make U.S. vaccines, with financing coming from...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The feeding South Florida Food Bank is one of several locations families turned to during the pandemic and now that the COVID Recovery Bill has been signed, organizers here are hoping the families will finally get long-term assistance. “The year before the pandemic feeding south Florida distributed 61 and half-million pounds, now we went from 61 million to 183 million pounds, that’s a threefold increase so there’s been a huge surge in demand,” Paco Veleze the CEO Feeding South Florida. READ MORE: Boy, 11, Hospitalized Following Dog Attack In Lauderhill Veleze adds the pandemic left thousands in need, but he’s encouraged that the American Rescue plan has carved out billions to expand the Food Stamp Program to help many of those families. “They have extended the 15% increase to those food stamp benefits through the end of September so that’s a huge win for them as far as the after the school meal program. They’re extending those free meals through the end of summer and they’re also providing pandemic EBT similar to snap for those...
    By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Dubious intermediaries have offered governments across the European Union a total of about 1 billion non-existent COVID-19 vaccine doses worth about 14 billion euros, the bloc's anti-fraud agency told Reuters on Monday. Such middleman are asking for advance payments and giving no delivery details, Ville Itala, the head of the European anti-fraud office OLAF, said, stressing that pharmaceutical companies insist they sell directly to governments. "It's quite massive," he added. "They send an offer, which is not a real one. In fact, there is as such no vaccines attached to the offer from what we have seen so far," he said. The scams OLAF was investigating came from both professional criminals and individual opportunists tied in a long chain of intermediaries often leading outside the EU, Itala said. In Italy, authorities said they were investigating an offer for COVID-19 vaccines made by unnamed intermediaries to Veneto regional authorities amid warnings of growing vaccine fraud. Itala said OLAF was not yet aware of counterfeit vaccines being pushed on the EU market but that was bound...
    Texas weather: Power grid improves after days of outages cause heat, water and food shortages Why water is a huge issue for Texans right now © CVS CVS CVS posted $268.7 billion in total revenues for 2020 – a 4.6% rise year-over-year. Its fourth-quarter revenue also rose, but its net income plummeted by more than 40%, partly because of the pandemic. CVS said its staff had administered more than 3 million coronavirus vaccines across the US so far. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. CVS posted rising annual revenues on Tuesday, but revealed a big drop in fourth-quarter income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Load Error The drugstore chain said its total revenues for 2020 were $268.7 billion - a 4.6% rise year-over-year. It also said its staff had administered more than 3 million COVID-19 vaccines. Its fourth-quarter revenue also rose 4% to nearly $70 billion, but its net income dropped by more than 40%. This was caused by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and a loss on early extinguishment of debt...
    Josh Kushner’s venture-capital firm has raised another $2 billion that it plans to invest in a mix of startups and more mature companies. Thrive Capital announced its seventh venture fund Thursday, saying it will put $1.5 billion into late-stage firms and $500 million toward early-stage investments. “These new funds will expand our capacity to invest across a variety of stages, sectors and geographies,” the firm said in a blog post. Thrive has backed buzzy startups in a range of industries since Kushner — the husband of supermodel Karlie Kloss and brother of ex-White House adviser Jared Kushner — founded the firm in 2009. Its latest fund is twice as large as the $1 billion investment pool that Thrive, which currently manages a $9 billion portfolio, announced in 2018. A spokesman for Thrive declined to say what kinds of companies the firm will target for its next investments, but its previous bets include tech stalwarts such as Instagram and Spotify along with upstarts such as Robinhood, the stock-trading app that ended up at the center of the recent GameStop frenzy....
    My neighbor is the G.O.A.T.: Tom Bradys neighbors relish Buccaneers success Virtual Mardi Gras Events That Let the Good Times Roll Qualcomm stock drops despite earnings beat, 5G sales surge amid supply constraints © Getty Images EARNINGS RESULTS Load Error Qualcomm Inc. shares dropped in the extended session Wednesday, after the chip maker’s revenue came in slightly lower than expected, acknowledging that industry-wide supply constraints were affecting performance. “Notably, our strong performance and our outlook would have been even stronger had we not been supply constrained,” Qualcomm Chief Executive Steve Mollenkopf said on the analyst call. Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon elaborated on the call about the supply situation. “We have seen, I think, probably shortage across the entire industry,” Amon said. Chip demand is outpacing supply for many chip makers and hardware companies in today’s digital-dominated, COVID-19 environment. In early January, Qualcomm said Amon will succeed Mollenkopf as CEO on June 30. “The V-shaped recovery that we’ve seen across the industry and all of the accelerated digitization is driving semiconductors, and we see that across...
    The Western Energy Alliance, a trade group representing 200 companies engaged in oil and natural gas exploration and production in the western United States, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging President Joe Biden’s executive order to halt drilling leases on federal land. The Alliance said the order conflicts with existing law and would result in a loss of $33.5 billion in lost Gross Domestic Product (GDP) across eight western states over the course of Biden’s first term. It noted that the majority of companies it represents are small businesses with an average of 14 employees. The order also contradicts Biden’s claim it will fight climate change, citing that the decision also will cost over $8.8 billion annually in conservation funding. “The complaint challenges Biden’s order as exceeding presidential authority and constituting a violation of the Mineral Leasing Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act,” the press release announcing the lawsuit said. “The law is clear. Presidents don’t have authority to ban leasing on public lands,” Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Alliance, said in a...
    Oregon health-care workers were stuck in a snowstorm with expiring vaccines. So, they gave shots to strangers caught in traffic. A Trump advisor who promised to eat his shoe if Biden won is refusing to do it, citing debunked election-fraud claims European Box Office Drops $7.5 Billion in 2020 Due to COVID-19 European cinemas were battered by the COVID-19 pandemic, with box office falling across the continent, resulting in billions in lost revenue.  Figures released Thursday by the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), a cinema industry body, showed a box office drop of 70.6 percent across Europe in 2020, with theatrical revenues plunging a total of $7.5 billion (€6.2 billion) across 38 European territories.  The declines comes after a strong 2019, which saw admissions top 1.34 billion across Europe—the highest figure in 15 years — and box-office figures hit $10.65 billion (€8.8 billion).  Although government response to the coronavirus pandemic varied widely between European countries — nations like Italy and Spain introducing a swift and severe lockdown early while others, including Sweden and the Netherlands, opting for less restrictive...
    West Virginia touts COVID-19 vaccination success story as national rollout sputters Fauci throws lots of shade at Trump in his first comments as a Biden adviser IBM Sales Decline Across All Units, Sending Shares Tumbling (Bloomberg) -- International Business Machines Corp. reported quarterly revenue that missed analysts’ estimates, signaling Chief Executive Officer Arvind Krishna’s turnaround plan will take more time to pan out. Load Error Sales fell 6.5% to $20.4 billion in the three months ended Dec. 31, the Armonk, New York-based company said Thursday in a statement. That was below the $20.75 billion analysts had forecast, on average, and marked the 10th consecutive quarter with no year-over-year increase in revenue. The shares fell in extended trading. Last October, Krishna announced he would spin off IBM’s managed infrastructure services unit into a separate publicly traded company. The division, which is currently part of IBM’s Global Technology Services division, handles day-to-day infrastructure service operations, like managing client data centers and traditional information-technology support for installing, repairing and operating equipment. While the unit accounts for about a quarter of IBM’s...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The lights remain dark on stages in New York and across the country, but Broadway and small music halls will get some relief in the recently signed stimulus package. People who work in the industry have spent months rallying for support and say it’s only a start. Rachel Chavkin, the Tony Award-winning director of the 2019 winner for Best Musical “Hadestown,” and hundreds of other artists successfully lobbied Congress for financial help, and now, $15 billion from the recently signed stimulus bill will go to independent performance arts venues around the country. “Hadestown,” like the rest of theatre, has been closed since March 12. “The theater industry was one of the first to close, and it’s going to be one of the last to reopen, and so we are going to need extraordinary help,” Chavkin told CBS2’s Dick Brennan. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Ask CBS2’s Dr. Max Your Vaccine Questions COVID Vaccine FAQ From CDC Find A New York City Testing Site Near You Check NYC Testing Wait Times Explanation Of N.Y.’s Yellow, Orange, Red Zones (.pdf)...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is giving away billions of dollars – and some of that money is headed to South Florida. Scott has committed to donating $4.2 billion dollars to hundreds of charities across the country, who have been fighting the impact of the pandemic. “Our first reaction was surprise, followed by gratitude,” said Cristina Blanco with the United Way of Dade County. “It is just a transformational, great donation,” said Kathleen Cannon, United Way of Broward County CEO  and president. Many of the 384 charities receiving money provide services for underserved communities. In South Florida, Meals on Wheels in Plantation, YMCA South Florida and the United Way of Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward County have been selected. “I don’t think anybody knew in such a short time in just several months that she would literally be giving away over $4 billion dollars. It is a surprise and it is unbelievable. We are putting together a strategy team to work on how to invest that in this community and how to make...
    MELBOURNE – Specialised drones are being tested in a program to boost koala numbers on Australia’s east coast, dropping seeds of gum trees as part of a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) scheme to regenerate bushland torched in the country’s historic bushfires. Gum tree leaves are koala’s main food source and restoring bushland and forest habitat razed in the 2019-2020 fires is key to their long-term survival in New South Wales state. The fires killed or displaced 3 billion mammals, birds and reptiles, the WWF estimates and destroyed or damaged up to 7 billion trees across 11 million hectares (37 million acres) of Australia’s southeast, equal to half the area of the United Kingdom. WWF’s Australia unit is seeking to raise A$300 million ($210 million) over five years to fund the initiative to try the seed drones and other methods to revive forest habitat, aiming to double koala numbers on the east coast. “The magnitude of the bushfire crisis requires us to respond at a scale that’s never been done before,” said WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman. A personnel prepares to conduct drone seeding to help regenerate Australia’s forests after devastation bushfires, in Aroona,...
    Feeding America, the nation’s largest food-relief organization, is warning of a six billion to eight billion meal shortage over the next 12 months, which could leave millions of Americans hungry amid the pandemic. The dire shortage comes as tens of millions of Americans have turned to local food banks for help amid the pandemic-triggered surge in unemployment and food insecurity.  Feeding America, which has a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, said it faces a deficit of up to ten billion pounds of food between now and June 2021. The organization estimates that the total need for charitable food over the next year will reach 17billion pounds - more than three times last year’s distribution. Adding to the strain, not all food banks are seeing federal assistance and the number of donations and volunteers have dwindled. Feeding America, the nation’s largest food-relief organization, warns of a six billion to eight billion meal shortage over the next 12 months. People line up to receive food at a food bank in Anaheim, California on July 14 above Earlier this...
    Breonna Taylor: Outrage over lack of charges turns into protests across the US Americas most successful employee-owned companies WeWork sells majority stake in its China business for $200 million as cost cutting continues WeWork has sold a majority stake in WeWork China to growth equity investor Trustbridge Partners for $200 million. Michael Jiang, operating partner of Trustbridge Partners, has been appointed acting chief executive of WeWork China.  WeWork's China business was valued at $5 billion in a 2018 funding round.  © Provided by CNBC General view of WeWork Weihai Road flagship is seen on April 12, 2018 in Shanghai, China. World's leading co-working space company WeWork will acquire China-based rival naked Hub for 400 million U.S. dollars. (Photo by Jackal Pan/Visual China Group via Getty Images) LONDON — Office space provider WeWork has sold a majority stake in its China business to existing shareholder Trustbridge Partners for $200 million, after the coronavirus pandemic intensified its financial difficulties.   Load Error The New York-headquartered company, which buys and leases prime real estate in the world's biggest cities, has...
    New Delhi, September 22: Despite the global Covid-19 pandemic, Twitter has recorded 6.1 billion K-pop related Tweets in the past 12 months. With over 300 K-pop Topics (by artists names) that can be followed on Twitter, fans around the world can immediately see the best Tweets and easily join the global conversation about their favourite artists, the company said in a statement on Monday. K-pop is a genre of popular music originating in South Korea that has taken the world of music by storm. #KpopTwitter is one of the largest global conversations on Twitter. K-Pop Band BTS to Unleash the Glimpse of Their New Track on TikTok. “To celebrate 10 years of #KpopTwitter success, we have partnered with K-pop Radar to give out K-pop data across 20 markets to show how the passionate global K-pop community shares their love and connects with their favourite artists around the world,” Twitter said. In addition, Twitter is organising an exclusive “Decade of #KpopTwitter” global live party at the #TwitterBlueroom, bringing together several of the K-pop pioneers (#SUNMI @miyaohyeah, Wonder...
    London (CNN Business)Britain has reached a free trade agreement with Japan, its first with a major economy since leaving the European Union earlier this year.The UK Department for International Trade said in a statement that the deal was agreed to in principle on Friday and will increase trade between the two countries by about £15.2 billion ($19.5 billion). UK businesses won't face tariffs on 99% of exports to Japan, including on products such as knitwear, biscuits and coats. "This is a historic moment for the UK and Japan as our first major post-Brexit trade deal," said international trade secretary Liz Truss, who touted benefits for the manufacturing, food and drink, and tech industries.Japanese car manufacturers including Nissan (NSANF) will enjoy reduced tariffs on parts coming into the United Kingdom and streamlined regulatory procedures, according to the statement.The UK government is racing to replicate dozens of EU trade deals with third countries before its transitional agreement with the bloc expires at the end of the year. If the deals don't materialize, British companies could face barriers to doing business in most...
    New York state's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the largest public transit system in North America, says it needs a $12 billion bailout from the federal government in order to withstand the worst financial crisis in its history. “The MTA simply cannot wait any longer for relief from Washington,” Patrick J. Foye, the MTA's chairman and CEO, said Wednesday. “New York’s economic future, and the country’s, relies on a strong MTA powering progress. If the Senate fails to step up and deliver $12 billion, it would be a devastating blow to mass transit as we know it.” Without help from the federal government, subway service could be cut by 40% and commuter rails service by 50%, officials said at a finance meeting. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC LIKELY TO PROMPT MAJOR CHANGES IN HOW PEOPLE COMMUTE It’s not just New York that’s hurting, as public transit nationwide has been hit by a double whammy of decreased income and increased costs due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ridership is way down as the pandemic has kept many workers and students home. At the same time, costs associated with keeping trains and...
    Politician Tulsi Gabbard, ‘West Side Story’ star Rita Moreno among influential women from U.S. territories What is Uber Eats? Heres what you need to know about the ride-hailing services food delivery app Online Shopping and Essential Goods Propel Walmart to Earnings Beat Even as stores gradually reopen to the public and restrictions ease on nonessential businesses, shoppers are still turning to digital channels and stocking up on necessities — a trend that has helped propel Walmart Inc. to an earnings and sales beat. © Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP For the second quarter, the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer reported profits of $6.48 billion, or $2.27 per share, from last year’s $3.61 billion, or $1.26 per share. On an adjusted basis, earnings per share amounted to $1.56, handily topping analysts’ expectations of earnings of $1.25 per share. Revenues also advanced 5.6% to $137.7 billion, versus Wall Street’s bets of $135.37 billion. More from Footwear News Retail Earnings This Week: Big-Box Chains to Make Big Gains, Off-Price Could Fall Victim to COVID-19 Walmart Extends Store Hours -- Here's How It's Keeping Shoppers Safe Walmart's...
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