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    UFC newlyweds Tecia Torres and Raquel Pennington are hoping to fund their dream party wedding with the help of OnlyFans. The couple, who have been together for several years, legally tied the knot at a courthouse earlier this week. 5UFC stars Tecia Torres and Raquel Pennington recently tied the knot 5The pair legally tied the knot last weekCredit: [email protected] 5The couple have been together for several yearsCredit: [email protected] 5Torres and Pennington hope to have a big party wedding for their friends and familyCredit: [email protected] 5The duo will plan to pay for the wedding with earnings from their OnlyFans accountsCredit: [email protected] But the duo are hoping to host a swanky party for their friends and loved ones - which they plan to partly finance with OnlyFans accounts. Torres, 32, revealed their plans in a gushing Instagram post announcing their nuptials. The Tiny Tornado wrote: "Meet my beautiful wife! "Just call me Mrs. Pennington. We made it official today. I married my greatest love. READ MORE IN SPORTBEER WE GO VanZant vows to celebrate first bare-knuckle win with pint of beer in...
    A MISSING girl's father wrote a second letter from jail thanking the donors to his daughter's reward fund, which is tangled up in litigation. Don Wells, whose daughter Summer went missing last June, authored a religious-based poem in his thank you note to donors as he finishes his sentence for a DUI arrest. 3Summer Wells disappeared from her home June 15, 2021Credit: Wells family 3What happened to Summer and where she is remains a mystery for than a year laterCredit: Wells family 3Don Wells wrote this letter to the people who donated to his daughter's reward fundCredit: findsummerwells.com "We wanted to thank everyone who donated to the reward fund in the hopes of bringing our precious daughter back home," Wells wrote. "We can assure you she is worth everything to us and more as she loves everyone, is blameless, and deserves to be in school with her peers becoming a young lady. "It kills us to think about what she might be going through." The reward fund was set up to encourage tipsters to come forward with any information they had to...
    Sir Mark Rylance has flown to the US to 'grieve' his younger brother who has died in a horror cycling crash in California as friends and family raised $130,000 (£110,000) for the actor's bereft niece to go to college this Autumn, MailOnline can reveal today. Wine expert Jonathan Waters was cycling in the city of Oakland late one evening a fortnight ago when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle, suffering fatal head injuries.  The local fire department, who were first on the scene, gave immediate treatment but, despite being rushed to hospital, the 60-year-old affectionately called 'Jonno' by friends and family, died the following morning.  He had one daughter, Hazel, with her mother, Kate Razo. Their child is due to go to arts college, and a charity page to 'support her' financially following her father's death has already raised $130,000, MailOnline can reveal.  It is another terrible loss for Sir Mark, 62, after one of his two step-daughters died from a fatal brain haemorrhage in 2012. Nataasha van Kampen, a gifted filmmaker, was just 28 when she unexpectedly died on a...
    Matthew McConaughey and his wife have launched a fundraiser to support the families and friends of the 19 children and two teachers who were shot and killed at an elementary school last week. McConaughey, 52, was born and raised in Uvalde, Texas and his mother, Kay, was a teacher at St. Philip's Episcopal School just a mile away from Robb Elementary School, where 18-year-old Salvador Ramos opened fire last Tuesday. Following the shooting, the Academy Award-winning actor issued a statement calling for gun control, and on Friday, he and his wife, Camila, made their way south from their home in Austin to the small town to help comfort the community as they start burying the young children. By Thursday, the celebrity couple announced the launch of their Just Keep Livin' Foundation's Uvalde Relief Fund. 'Matthew and Camila McConaughey have been on the ground in Uvalde for the last few days since the mass shooting, the loss is tragic,' read a statement on the foundation's Instagram page. 'While the spirit of the community is in pain, the unanimous support of families...
    Soaring numbers of wealthy Americans are buying 'golden passports' that grant them citizenship to New Zealand, Portugal and other 'safe' countries over fears of impending civil war in their home country.  Henley & Partners, a firm that helps the wealthy shop around for citizenship across the globe, said sales to American nationals worth between $50 million and $20 billion have shot up more than 337 percent since 2019, Business Insider reported.  Countries involved - including Portugal, Malta, New Zealand and Austria offer citizenship or visas that lead to citizenship in return for heavy investment in the host national, and a visit of just a few days there each year.   Latitude Residency & Citizenship and Dasein Advisors, two other citizenship firms, said they too have seen more inquiries from American clients over the past three years than in the previous 20 combined.  'We've all lived through the past two and a half years,' Reaz Jafri told Insider, referencing the pandemic and the civil unrest that followed.  'It all just reminded us how vulnerable and frail we are, and people who have means are...
    Released Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 5:42 p.m. Standard confirms the termination of the sale to 777 partners and officially transfers ownership. Pierre Locht has been appointed interim CEO. Standard sales have been officially recorded for the US Investment Fund 777. The lease club announced in a press release on its website on Tuesday. “Our club’s sale decision (or closure) between Bruno Venancy and 777 partners ended on Tuesday, April 19.” Newsletter: “The sale (or closing) of our club between Bruno Venanci and 777 Partners ended on Tuesday 19th April. The transfer of ownership is now official. A temporary transition system has been established in which the various leaders of the club departments liaise with the managers of the American company. Within this framework, Pierre Locht has been appointed interim CEO. The purpose of this process is to allow the players of the 777 partners to have time to learn about the definitive performance of the teams in the future, while being able to make all the decisions necessary for the club in...
    A Vietnamese-born woman living in the US has tearfully revealed that she was expected to support her younger sister by paying her college tuition and all of her bills — and when she refused, her parents disowned her. TikToker Thea (@rewrite_mytrauma), a biotech venture capitalist with a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA, explained in a viral video that her parents sent her younger sister to the US for school, despite knowing that they couldn't pay for it. Thea had been charged with supporting her sister financially, and did so until her sister's spending got out of control. That's when she put her food down — but she said her parents were displeased with her decision and have called her 'stingy' and 'ungrateful.' A Vietnamese-born woman living in the US has tearfully revealed that she was expected to support her younger sister by paying her college tuition and all of her bills @rewrite_mytrauma I hesitated to post this videos because my whole life, i was told to never air dirty laundry. I'm not asking for help, just a safe space to...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A jury began deliberations Tuesday at a U.S. trial stemming from an audacious scheme involving former Goldman Sachs bankers to ransack a Malaysian state investment fund known as 1MBD. The jurors went to work after receiving lengthy instructions from U.S. District Judge Margo Brodie at a two-month trial in federal court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors allege former banker Roger Ng helped loot 1MDB by raising $6.5 billion for the fund through bond sales, then diverting $4.5 billion of it to himself and corrupt associates through bribes and kickbacks. “The harm to the people of Malaysia is immeasurable,” prosecutor Alixandra Smith said during closing arguments. “It is deeply unfair to everyone else who plays by the rules.” Ng’s defense attorneys have described the fraud against the fund as “perhaps the single largest heist in the history of the world.” But they contend prosecutors scapegoated Ng for crimes committed by others, including the government’s cooperating witness, Tim Leissner. “Roger is basically the fall guy for this whole thing,” attorney Marc Agnifilo said. “And Tim Leissner is looking to close...
    America's coronavirus tsar, Dr. Anthony Fauci, silenced any discussion about COVID being caused by a lab leak - and not through animal-to-human transmission - after helping a controversial scientist get millions in federal funding to study bats, a Vanity Fair investigation has revealed. Analyzing more than 100,000 leaked documents, the magazine claimed that Fauci's approval of Peter Daszak helped his nonprofit, EcoHealth Alliance, an organization dedicated to shielding society from emerging infectious diseases, to develop the COVID-19 virus in a laboratory in China. They also claim researchers associated with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, including Daszak, tried to hide evidence about the pandemic’s early spread as lab leak hypotheses began to emerge. While the report is not conclusive in how the pandemic was started, the magazine provides evidence that Daszak was aware the gain-of-function research his organization conducted was 'risky' and that he neglected to provide transparency about his projects to the U.S. government, as promised. Investigators allege U.S. government grants helped EcoHealth Alliance, an organization dedicated to shielding society from emerging infectious diseases, develop the COVID-19 virus in a laboratory in...
    The head of the United Nations’s flagship climate fund said it may have to pare back its emissions-cutting projects in developing countries if donors, especially the United States, do not pay their outstanding obligations. Speaking at the Green Climate Fund’s board meeting on Monday, the group’s executive director, Yannick Glemarec, said that without the additional funds, “some turn-off will be unavoidable.” “It’s one of my fears,” he added. Some have blamed the U.S. for the possible cutbacks, noting that former President Barack Obama paid only one-third of the $3 billion he pledged to the GCF in 2014. That deficit continued for four years under former President Donald Trump, who made zero payments to the group. “If the GCF needs to limit its operations in the near future due to lack of funding, it’s hard to find any single country more at fault than the United States,” ActionAid policy director Brandon Wu told Climate Home News. Though President Joe Biden has attempted to increase contributions to the GCF, his efforts have so far been stymied...
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A portion of ticket revenue from the Billie Jean King Cup matches between Ukraine and the United States next month will go to a relief fund to help those affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The U.S. Tennis Association announced Friday it will donate 10% of ticket revenue, and local sponsors also will make contributions. The best-of-five-match series will be held April 15-16 on an indoor hard court in Asheville, North Carolina. The winning country will advance to the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup Finals. The U.S. roster includes 2022 Australian Open runner-up Danielle Collins, 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, Top 20 player Jessica Pegula, Shelby Rogers and Desirae Krawczyk. Ukraine’s players are Elina Svitolina — a two-time Grand Slam semifinalist who has been ranked as high as No. 3 — Marta Kostyuk, Katarina Zavatska, Lyudmyla Kichenok and Nadiia Kichenok. Stacey Allaster, the USTA’s chief executive for professional tennis, said the event will be used “to continue advocating for peace, along with providing aid and support for the people of Ukraine.” ___ More...
                                 Presented by Emergent     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Thursday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! The House on Wednesday approved a long-term spending bill and an emergency aid package for Ukraine but faced unexpected drama as Democrats stripped out proposed COVID-19 relief funding that stirred a budgetary uprising in key states.    Early on Wednesday, top negotiators announced after months of discussions a deal on a $1.5 trillion spending agreement that will keep the government’s lights on through the end of September. The deal, coupled with nearly $14 billion in humanitarian and military aid for Ukraine, was set to pass early on Wednesday, allowing House Democrats to travel to Philadelphia for their...
    She lived the high life in Manhattan after swindling her victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. But now ‘fake heiress’ Anna Sorokin claims she is finally broke. Russian-born Sorokin, who masqueraded as a wealthy German socialite, has been granted ‘poor person’s relief’ in filing her appeal against her conviction for grand larceny and theft, DailyMail.com can reveal. Sorokin, who is the subject of the new Netflix series Inventing Anna — which says it was inspired 'by the true story of a total fake' — was given help by a court to cover the costs of filing her appeal and other legal fees. The 31-year-old had formally requested ‘limited' relief, for which she would have to prove she had little or no money. Sorokin had been due to file the appeal by February 22nd but she has yet to do so. Anna Sorokin has applied for limited poor person's relief to get state aid to fund her appeal against her convictions for grand larceny and theft The Russian-born criminal was convicted of scamming New York banks and socialites out...
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    (CNN)The US is taking immediate action on Monday to prohibit American dollar transactions with the Russian central bank and fully block the Russian direct investment fund, senior administration officials said, an aggressive move that aims at some of Russia's most powerful means of mitigating the effect of sanctions.The steps are meant to prevent Russia from accessing a "rainy day fund" that officials said Moscow had been expecting to rely upon during the invasion of Ukraine. Instead of using the reserves to buffer a plummeting ruble, Russia will no longer be able to access the funds it keeps in US dollars.The sweeping new sanctions -- taken with Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Canada, the European Union and others -- come as Russia's economy is already in freefall. "No country is sanction proof," a White House official said. "Putin's war chest of $630 billion in reserves only matters if you can use it to defend his currency, specifically by selling those reserves in exchange for buying the ruble." "After today's actions that will no longer be possible, and fortress Russia will be...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — US cuts off Russian central bank, sanctions state investment fund, in hard-hitting retaliation for Ukraine invasion. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Dave McCormick, a businessman who recently moved to Pittsburgh from Connecticut, announced on Thursday his candidacy for the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey. In an interview seen only on KDKA, political editor Jon Delano asked McCormick about his Pennsylvania roots, which some of his opponents have questioned. “I am announcing today that I am running for the U.S. Senate, and I am running as a candidate that is battle-tested and Pennsylvania true,” McCormick told KDKA on Thursday. McCormick — who was born in Washington, Pennsylvania, grew up in Bloomsburg, southwest of Wilkes-Barre, and worked for a time in Pittsburgh — says he’s always been a Pennsylvanian even though he’s lived out-of-state since 2005. Residency has become an issue because fellow Republican candidates Jeff Bartos and Kathy Barnette accuse McCormick, along with Mehmet Oz of New Jersey and Carla Sands of California, of being carpetbaggers, returning to this state just to run for office. Delano: “Are you moving back to Pittsburgh just to run for the United States Senate?” McCormick: “Well, you know, I think that...
    Prince Andrew has settled a £6.6 million debt with a French socialite, paving the way for him to sell his beloved ski chalet to fund his alleged sex abuse case. Isabelle de Rouvre, 74, sold her house, Chalet Helora, to her then-friends Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson in 2014 for £18million. Andrew and Fergie agreed with Ms de Rouvre that the house would be paid for in instalments. But Ms de Rouvre claimed the Yorks failed to make the final instalment of £5m for the property in the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Verbier. Initially Ms de Rouvre agreed that it could be deferred until December 2019, with interest accruing, but the pair still did not honour the agreement despite repeated demands. Glamorous Ms de Rouvre, saddened by the breakdown in trust, was forced to launch a legal battle in the Swiss courts two years ago in an attempt to recoup the sum owed to her by the Duke of York. The Duke finally paid late last year, and Ms de Rouvre has now said: 'The war is...
    The CEO of the world's largest hedge fund firm is stepping down to consider a run for the US Senate in Pennsylvania, The Hill reports. David McCormick's departure was announced Monday by Connecticut-based Bridgewater Associates, the outlet said. McCormick began working for Bridgewater in 2009 and was named co-CEO in 2017, according to his Linkedin page. He was then named CEO in 2020. The military veteran and Princeton graduate previously worked as the US Treasury undersecretary for international affairs in the George W. Bush Administration, according to his profile. Deputy CEO Nir Bar Dea and board member Mark Bertolini have taken over as co-CEOs in place of McCormick, the news outlet reports. Click here for more from The Hill.
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — David McCormick has resigned as CEO of one of the world’s largest hedge funds, Connecticut-based Bridgewater Associates said Monday, as McCormick moves closer to declaring his candidacy for U.S. Senate in his native Pennsylvania. McCormick has yet to officially declare his candidacy, although he has aired at least two TV commercials across Pennsylvania, bought a house in Pittsburgh and held closed-door meetings with party brass and donors. READ MORE: Ed Gainey Sworn In As Pittsburgh's 1st Black MayorThe company’s brass said on its website that McCormick “made the decision to leave Bridgewater Associates in order to consider running for the open Senate seat in his home state of Pennsylvania.” McCormick, 56, had worked for Bridgewater Associates and lived in Connecticut since 2009. The race to replace retiring two-term Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in bellwether Pennsylvania is expected to be one of a handful of competitive contests across the country this year that will determine control of the Senate. The primary election is May 17. READ MORE: NASA: Exploding Meteor 'Likely Culprit' In Pittsburgh's New Year's Day...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans-based oil company has agreed to turn over a $432 million cleanup trust fund and pay an additional $43 million to settle a federal lawsuit over cleaning up abandoned wells leaking since 2004, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. “This settlement represents an important down payment to address impacts from the longest-running oil spill in U.S. history,” Nicole LeBoeuf, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency’s National Ocean Service, said in a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Attorneys for Taylor Oil Co., which agreed to drop three lawsuits challenging government cleanup orders and measures, did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment. As is common in such agreements, the proposed settlement said Taylor does not admit any liability. U.S. District Judge Greg Gerard Guidry will decide whether to approve the proposed consent decree after a 40-day public comment period. Sixteen wells off Louisiana have been leaking since September 2004, when a subsea mudslide caused by Hurricane Ivan knocked over a Taylor production platform, dragging and breaking a cluster of...
    What else? Dalio, the founder of the world's largest hedge fund, reportedly drew the inferences from his newly-developed "health index," which is featured in his new book. The system "rates around a dozen nations on 18 different factors ranging from debt burdens and economic output to military strength and innovation." Though the 18 factors provided a more complete picture, Dalio appears to focus in on the three elements mentioned above when making the dire prediction. Forbes said Dalio also highlighted the U.S.'s "increased conflict and polarization due to widening wealth gaps."Anything else?The news comes as the U.S. continues to experience the effects of soaring inflation under the Biden administration. In October, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the year-over-year rise in the consumer price index had reached its highest level in over 30 years. In the meantime, the country battles a supply chain crisis and labor shortages. The economic downturn is one reason a majority of Americans believe the U.S. is heading in the wrong direction. All the while, China appears to be gaining on the U.S. in...
    ROME (AP) — The Italian telecommunications company TIM is assessing a non-binding “indication of interest” by the U.S. investment fund KKR to acquire the entire capital share, a potential 11 billion-euro deal. Any agreement would need the OK of the Italian government. TIM in a statement issued on Sunday evening says its board of directors met and “acknowledged” the fund’s interest in launching a possible public tender. The due diligence process is expected to take four weeks. Although TIM is a private company quoted on the stock exchange, because it is considered a strategic asset for Italy, the Italian government can exercise its so-called “golden power” option to oppose any acquisition it considers wouldn’t be in the public’s interest. TIM’s statement said its board “acknowledged the intention” of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., to date qualified as “non-binding and indicative.” TIM said that among conditions is a “minimum level of acceptance of 51%” for both ordinary and savings shares. KKR’s indication of interest was described by TIM as “friendly” and aimed at obtaining approval by TIM’s directors...
    The Federal Election Commission (FEC) made a recent decision that would allow foreigners to fund ballot measures in the United States, Axios reported Tuesday. Foreigners are currently not allowed to donate to U.S. political candidates, Axios reported. The FEC decision could allow foreign nationals to influence U.S. referendum campaigns, according to the outlet. The majority ruled in a July decision that foreigners are allowed to fund ballot measures because, under the Federal Elections Campaign Act, ballot measures are not “elections” that involved individuals, according to Axios. Even though the ruling was based on federal jurisdiction, states still have the sovereignty to hold foreigners accountable with regard to funding ballot measures, according to Axios. There are seven states that are currently banning foreign funding on ballot measures, according to Axios. Maine Democratic Gov. Janet Mills vetoed legislation that would bar foreigners from funding ballot measures, Axios reported. The decision does not make a specific indication on to what extent do foreign funding could influence domestic policy issues like congressional redistricting, according to Axios. Redistricting is often put to a ballot measure....
    Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN)The US, UK, France, Germany and European Union will help fund South Africa's transition away from coal, in a multilateral effort that could serve as a model for other developing nations to ditch the fossil fuel.The announcement on Tuesday provided a semblance of hope at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, where the mood has been low after the G20 leaders' summit failed to put an end date on the use of coal, as some member countries and the COP26 presidency had sought to do.Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the UK said the initial $8.5 billion partnership would help South Africa to decarbonize its coal intensive energy system. The details of the specific funding were not announced, and diplomats expect the fine print to be worked out in the months ahead. US President Joe Biden stressed that trillions in public and private funding will be needed to help the developing world move away from fossil fuels."By assisting and responding to the needs of developing countries, rather than dictating projects from afar, we can deliver the greatest...
    Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, is introducing legislation aimed at banning funding "gain-of-function" research in China while calling for a "full accounting" of how U.S. tax dollars were spent on the research. "For years, American tax dollars were funneled into Communist China, funding dangerous experiments on coronaviruses at the Wuhan Lab, while the head of the division funding those activities, Dr. Fauci, failed to tell the truth to Congress," Ernst said in a press release Monday.  "We need a full accounting of how and where our tax dollars are being spent—enough is enough. The FAUCI Act will put an end to U.S. funding of gain-of-function research in Communist China, go after government officials who intentionally mislead Congress, and bring about badly needed transparency and accountability." Joni Ernst . (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) REP. BRIAN MAST: BIDEN'S VACCINE MANDATE – THIS POLICY RIGHT OUT OF A DYSTOPIAN NOVEL The proposed legislation comes as Dr. Anthony Fauci has faced backlash from some lawmakers for denying that the National Institutes of Health used tax dollars to fund gain-of-function research. Reports later revealed that...
    Pippa Middleton and James Matthews jetted off to Texas for the US Grand Prix despite Covid-19 travel restrictions, it has been revealed.  The Duchess of Cambridge's 38-year-old sister and her hedge fund manager husband, 46, were spotted trackside on October 22 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, ahead of the race on October 24.   James, a former Formula 3 racing driver and CEO of investment firm Eden Rock, was appointed to the board of British F1 racing team Williams Racing in September last year and was on hand to cheer on drivers Nicholas Latifi and George Russell. The couple travelled to the US despite most British nationals being banned from entering due to Covid-19 restrictions. Restrictions will be lifted on November 8.  The Duchess of Cambridge's 38-year-old sister and her hedge fund manager husband were spotted trackside on October 22 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, ahead of the race on October 24. The couple appeared in good spirits as they spoke to guests Pippa, who shares children Arthur and Grace with James, looked chic for...
    Bitcoin has rallied close to its all-time high price on speculation that US regulators will soon clear the path for physically-backed cryptocurrency exchange-traded funds to begin trading in the country. Having started 2021 at around $30,000, Bitcoin has risen 27.7 per cent in the last month alone and 97.9 per cent this year, with the cryptocurrency currently trading at $60,330.50. The current price reflects a six-month high for the volatile asset, which remains slightly off its all-time high price of $64,895 hit in April. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have rallied in the past month on reports that the SEC will allow the listing of a Bitcoin ETF Bloomberg reported last week that the US Securities and Exchange Commission will allow the country’s first Bitcoin futures ETF to being trading as soon as this week. Supporters of Bitcoin believe the move would lead to greater adoption from big institutional investors, many of which are unable to invest directly in the digital coins, and therefore an influx of cash to drive the price even higher. Analysts say growing concerns about inflation have...
    Afghanistan will soon get its own trust fund if the United Nations chief’s plan to alleviate a crushing economic crisis comes to pass. “The World Bank can create a trust fund, and that trust fund can pay directly to people in need,” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters Monday. “[U.N. Development Program] has a trust fund that can then pay directly to people in need or organizations in need. So we need to inject cash in the economy.” That call followed a weekend of meetings between U.S. and Taliban officials in Doha, the new home of the American diplomats who worked in Kabul before the militant group overthrew the internationally recognized Afghan government as U.S. forces withdrew from the country. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other Western officials have argued that humanitarian aid can be provided to Afghanistan in a manner that does not empower the Taliban, while the militants demand wider diplomatic recognition and support. “Without food, without jobs, without their rights protected, we will see more and more Afghans fleeing their homes in search of a better life,”...
    US and Chinese scientists were planning to create a new coronavirus before the pandemic erupted, leaked proposals show.  Last month, a grant application submitted to the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) revealed that an international team of scientists had planned to mix genetic data of similar strains to create a new virus. The grant application was made in 2018 and leaked to Drastic, the pandemic origins analysis group.   'We will compile sequence/RNAseq data from a panel of closely related strains and compare full length genomes, scanning for unique SNPs representing sequencing errors. 'Consensus candidate genomes will be synthesised commercially using established techniques and genome-length RNA and electroporation to recover recombinant viruses,' the application states. US and Chinese scientists were planning to create a new coronavirus before the pandemic erupted, leaked proposals show. Pictured: The Wuhan Institute of Virology, whose scientists were involved in a grant proposal for the research This would result in a virus which had no clear ancestor in nature, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert told The Telegraph. The expert, who asked the paper not to...
    Senate Republicans are expected to block a bill on Monday that would fund the government and head off a U.S. debt default as part of a strategy to saddle Democrats with a hike in the nation's borrowing ceiling ahead of next year's midterm elections. While both sides agree the $28.4 trillion limit on borrowing must be raised before the federal government defaults on its loans or has to stop paying military personnel or social security benefits, they are deadlocked over who should act. The result is increasingly dire warnings of financial catastrophe and recession that could cost up to six million jobs.  The first deadline in a high-stakes week, with President Biden's vast spending plans on the line, comes on Monday evening.  Republicans have made clear they will not back a bill to fund the U.S. government through Dec. 3 and suspend the nation's borrowing limit until the end of next year.       'This could not be simpler,' said Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell last week. 'If they want to tax, borrow, and spend historic sums of money without our input,...
    Scientists in the Chinese city where Covid emerged planned to alter coronaviruses and release them into bat caves 21 months before the pandemic kicked off, leaked documents have revealed. Dr Peter Daszak, president of New York-based EcoHealth Alliance, proposed working with a group of scientists from the Wuhan Institute of Virology to carry out the research.  The experts wanted to genetically enhance coronaviruses and release them among bats in Yunnan — around 1,240miles (2,000km) south west of Wuhan — in the hopes it would stop new viruses jumping from bats to humans.  The proposals set out plans to release a bat coronavirus featuring 'novel chimeric spike proteins' — which are spotted on Covid — into caves to innoculate them against the virus.  They also wanted to create a genetically-enhanced virus that could infect humans easier, according to papers unearthed last night.  Researchers asked the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) for $14.2million (£10.4million) cash to fund the project. But it turned the proposal down over concerns it would put 'local communities at risk'. The documents, published by a team...
    A pill that could treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has shown promise in animal trials.  Current treatments for the condition, which affects one in 11 Americans, include electronic brain stimulation and potentially even using hallucinogens.  But biotechnology company Neurovation Labs is hoping to develop the first drug for the condition.  The pill will be less invasive than these types of treatments and may be easier to access for many. The New York City-based firm has received funding from the U.S. Army and Air Force, and the military branches hope to develop stronger treatments for the condition that affects more than one out of every ten service members.  Neurovation Labs are developing a potential PTSD treatment that works in pill form that showed promise in mice in clinical trials and have received funding from the U.S. Army and Air Force Dr Jennifer Perusini, founder of the biotechnology company, told Defense One that PTSD has a biomarker called GluA1 that can be created by the brain when it goes through trauma. Perusini trialed an experimental drug on mice as part of her...
    The Taliban were last night blocked from getting their hands on more than £330million Afghanistan was due to receive from the International Monetary Fund next week. Following pressure from the US Treasury, the IMF announced that, as a result of the fall of Kabul, it has suspended access to its cash, part of a fund to help poorer nations through the pandemic. ‘There is currently a lack of clarity within the international community regarding recognition of a government in Afghanistan, as a consequence of which the country cannot access... IMF resources,’ a spokesman said. Following pressure from the US Treasury, the IMF announced that, as a result of the fall of Kabul, it has suspended access to its cash, part of a fund to help poorer nations through the pandemic ‘As is always the case, the IMF is guided by the views of the international community.’ Afghan and US officials say most of the Afghan central bank’s £7billion assets are held outside the country and are thus likely to be out of reach of the Taliban. On Monday the...
    Sweaty Betty has been sold for close to £300 million Sweaty Betty has been sold for close to £300 million to US firm Wolverine Worldwide after demand for its 'bum sculpting' leggings and padded sports bras soared.  The brand, which counts celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and Halle Berry (pictured) as fans, was founded in 1998 in London and has around 60 stores in the UK and Asia, and also sells from concessions in Selfridges, Harrods and department stores in the US.  The new owner, best known as a shoe manufacturer, has bought it from L Catterton, the private equity company co-owned by Bernard Arnault, boss of Louis Vuitton owner LVMH and the world's richest man.  Sweaty Betty was boosted by the strong demand during the pandemic as women looked for comfy clothes for home and exercise.  It had already boosted sales to £79.9 million in 2019, up from £63.1 million in 2020, narrowing losses to £1.1 million from £4.2 million. The new owners may push Sweaty Betty into footwear, while its expertise could be used to boost other...
    A $2.1 billion bill to fund the Capitol Police, National Guard and resettlement of Afghans who helped U.S. troops sailed through the Senate Thursday afternoon on a 98-0 vote. The bill was brokered by Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy and Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, the two top lawmakers on the Senate Appropriations Committee. The deal, which also provides funding for COVID-19-related measures around the Capitol complex, was reached amid reports that the Capitol Police was set to run out of money in the coming weeks. Leahy and Shelby had been at odds over the bill’s ideal size for weeks, but reached an agreement Wednesday. “We have the responsibility to take care of the Capitol Police in the wake of their incredible service on January 6th, and to reimburse our National Guard for costs incurred protecting the Capitol,” Mr. Leahy said in a statement after the deal was reached. “We have the responsibility to pay for costs we have already incurred as a result of the pandemic. “It is also critical that we not leave behind those who helped us in...
    US fund Platinum Equity is valued at $ 5.25 billion (4. 4.43 billion) by chemist Solenis, 49% by German firm PASF and 51% by Clayton, Doubler & Rice, according to a report released on Tuesday. “Solanis’ corporate value in the transaction is $ 5.25 billion, taking into account net debt of $ 2.5 billion.BASF said. Also read:BASF uses 3D printing to transfer In 2018, German Chemicals Group concluded a deal to buy a 49% stake in Solanis from Clayton, Doubler & Rice Funds. The purpose of the transaction is for BASF to combine its operations with paper and water purification with an American company that is one of the world’s leading experts in this field. The new company operated as a joint venture, shared between BASF and Clayton, Duplicate & Rice Fund, but operated under the name Solenis. It had revenues of 2. 2.8 billion last year. According to the transaction announced on Tuesday, the two former partners “Completely deviate from Solanis”, Which will transfer 100% ownership to Platinum Equity. “Sales are expected to be completed by the end of...
    A $500 million U.S. fund to compensate relatives of 346 people killed in two fatal Boeing 737 Max crashes has opened, the claim administrators told Reuters on Tuesday.  The fund, which opened on Monday, is part of a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department. Boeing Co. in January agreed to pay $500 million to compensate the heirs, relatives and beneficiaries of the passengers who died in Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in 2018 and 2019.  Each eligible family will receive nearly $1.45 million, and money will be paid on a rolling basis as claim forms are submitted and completed, said administrators Ken Feinberg and Camille Biros in a joint statement. Families have until October 15 to complete claim forms.  The Justice Department and Boeing declined to comment.  The fund is part of a $2.5 billion Justice Department settlement reached in January with Boeing after prosecutors charged the company with fraud over the certification of the 737 Max following a Lion Air crash on Oct. 29, 2018, and an Ethiopian Airlines disaster on March 10, 2019.  ...
    More On: Boeing 737 Max Boeing’s largest 737 Max model jets off on maiden flight Boeing to pay $17 million to settle 737 jet production issues US airlines begin repairs on Boeing 737 MAX planes, expect quick return Boeing shares fall as jetmaker announces pause of 737 Max deliveries A $500 million victim compensation fund for the relatives of the 346 people killed in two Boeing 737 MAX crashes has opened. The fund is the result of a settlement with the Justice Department that was reached in January after prosecutors charged the company with fraud over the certification of the 737 MAX. Boeing agreed to pay $500 million to compensate the heirs, relatives and beneficiaries of the passengers who died in the two flights in 2018 and 2019. Each eligible family will receive nearly $1.45 million and money will be paid on a rolling basis as forms are submitted, claim administrators Ken Feinberg and Camille Biros told Reuters. Families have until October 15 to submit the forms. Feinberg and Biros did not immediately return The Post’s request...
    Toyota is allocating $5 million worth of stipends and sponsorship opportunities for U.S. Paralympic athletes hoping to compete in the Paralympic Games this year in Tokyo or the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. The Japanese car manufacturer will partner with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Foundation, which would provide a one-time stipend of $3,000 to all eligible Team USA Paralympic athletes who are in training to compete in the games. JAPAN UNDER PRESSURE TO SCRAP OLYMPICS AMID SLOW VACCINATION PACE "As a TOP partner of the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee, and in alignment with the values of Toyota, we're proud to have the opportunity to support all eligible Team USA Paralympic athletes who will represent our country on the world's largest stage," said Lisa Materazzo, group vice president for Toyota Marketing and Toyota Motor North America, in a statement. Toyota will also offer sponsorship opportunities for athletes who are named to the U.S. Paralympic Team. Toyota will also lend its engineering expertise to Paralympic athletes who require specialized equipment or human guides while competing. CLICK HERE...
    More On: campaign finance Trump calls Stormy Daniels claims a ‘chapter of Fake News’ as FEC drops case Donovan awarded $1.5M in taxpayer funds for mayoral bid despite dad’s $2M to PAC New Yorkers paying historic price to replace Bill de Blasio as mayor New Mexico governor shells out $62,500 for alleged crotch grab He’s the foreign billionaire you’ve never heard of and he’s using his vast fortune to help sway US elections. Reclusive Swiss-born Hansjörg Wyss, 85, who lives in Wyoming, gave $208 million over four years from his non-profits to other groups that backed Democrats and progressive causes, The New York Times reported. Wyss does not appear to be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the US, which prohibits him from donating directly to political campaigns. Federal Election Commission records show he made such contributions until 2003 and then his donations disappeared. “You don’t see his name show up in FEC filings but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he hasn’t poured hundreds of millions of dollars into influencing US politics or policy,” said Anna Massoglia, an...
    TEEN Kyle Rittenhouse is accused of opening fire on protesters with an AR-15-style rifle, killing two people, and wounding a third. The fatal shooting took place in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August of 2020. 5Kyle Rittenhouse carries a weapon as he walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, WisconsinCredit: AP Did US police donate to Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense fund? A donation for $25 associated with the official email address for Sergeant William Kelly of the Norfolk (Virginia) Police Department was made to Kyle Rittenhouse's defense fund, according to The Guardian. The donation was made anonymously, the outlet reported. “God bless. Thank you for your courage. Keep your head up. You’ve done nothing wrong," read a comment that went with the donation. “Every rank and file police officer supports you. Don’t be discouraged by actions of the political class of law enforcement leadership.” Kelly serves as the executive officer of internal affairs in the department, according to The Guardian. 5Rittenhouse walks with another armed civilian in KenoshaCredit: AP The outlet reported that a "data breach at a Christian crowdfunding website" identified police...
    Lawrence Jones and Steve Hilton reacted to members of the media beginning to question Dr. Fauci on 'Fox News Primetime,' and asked whether U.S. taxpayers are "paying for the research that eventually ended up as the pandemic virus."   LAWRENCE JONES: The media is slowly starting to catch on. Ever since he burst on to the national scene last year, Dr. Anthony Fauci has become one of the most recognizable people in America. He is everywhere. On every channel, at every briefing. He’s even on every cover of every magazine…and every time he’s on, he’s doing his best to inform the American people about the status of the pandemic. And he’s never been wrong. Not once. Not about masks. Not about social distancing. And certainly not when he said we only needed two weeks to slow the spread. In the eyes of the left and the media, Dr. Fauci is untouchable. Criticize Fauci, and you’ll be smeared as being anti-science. Question the origin of the Coronavirus and say it may have come from a lab, you’re a conspiracy theorist. STEVE HILTON:...
    Overdose deaths likely claimed the lives of nearly 90,000 Americans left isolated and broke amid the pandemic, new data suggests.  Between September 2019 and August 2020, there were 88,295 'predicted' overdose deaths - a rough estimate based on early data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  That's a record-high for that period, and outstrips drug overdose fatalities from the prior September-to-August period by 19,000 deaths. Fatal overdoses belong to a category dubbed by the CDC 'deaths of despair.' Along with alcoholism and suicide, these fatalities are driven isolation and poverty.  The latest data are a sobering reminder that a second health crisis - the opioid epidemic - continues to rage in America, both overshadowed and fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Overdose deaths for 2020 could easily exceed 90,000 by the time they are fully tallied, a Commonwealth Fund analysis predicts.  Drug overdose deaths spiked by 50% amid the pandemic, peaking at 9,000 death  a month in the spring (blue). Three-quarters of those deaths involved opioids (green), and 80% of opioid deaths involved synthetic drugs like fentanyl...
    Banking giant Credit Suisse has axed two senior executives as it suffered billions of pounds worth of losses following the collapse of hedge fund Archegos and the British finance firm Greensill.  Brian Chin, CEO of its investment bank, and Lara Warner, chief risk and compliance officer, both announced they would step down amid a cull that affected at least five other senior staff, as bonuses for all top executives were withdrawn for the year and the dividend cut.  Credit Suisse said it was set to lose an astonishing £3.4bn ($4bn) from the collapse of Archegos, a hedge fund run by  the billionaire Bill Hwang, who has suffered what one analysis called 'the biggest loss of private wealth in history'.  Meanwhile, Greensill's collapse could produce another £2.53bn ($3.5bn) of losses - leading to a total hit of £5.4bn ($7.5bn), according to an analysis by JP Morgan. Credit Suisse has forecast a first-quarter loss across all divisions of £690m ($960m).  The collapse of Greensill has created unwelcome headlines for former Prime Minister David Cameron, who was a paid lobbyist for the firm. Texts...
    The plan was adopted by 8 votes to 1 by the city council of this city of 75,000 inhabitants in Illinois, on the shores of Lake Michigan. It plans to distribute $ 400,000 from a $ 10 million fund, generated by marijuana tax revenues, to up to 16 families who can use it for housing. For city councilor Robin Rue Simmons, architect of this program, this is a “first step” after years of discussion and contributions from residents. “This initiative is not a full reparation. We all know that the path to reparation and justice in the black community is going to be the work of a generation. There will be many programs and initiatives and more funding.” , she explained. Under the plan, qualifying residents will receive $ 25,000 which they can use to improve their homes or obtain mortgage assistance. To be eligible, they must be descendants of a black person who lived in Evanston between 1919 and 1969 and suffered from discriminatory housing practices, including “redlining” – unfair denial of services such as loans – by...
    Poll: Nearly 60% Americans think those without vaccine should work from home China urges Australia to close offshore detention centres Streamer Imane "Pokimane" Inys has some exciting Among Us news for fans.  © Provided by Win.gg Pokimane In a recent Twitch stream with Trainwreckstv, Pokimane revealed that she donated money to Hafu and 5up, allowing the streamers to create a custom map for the popular social deduction game. Pokimane exclaimed that the custom map is dropping before the next official Among Us map, but it will be "cooler" and even "look better."  "It's going to be awesome," Pokimane said.  Pokimane didn't share any details about the custom map quite yet. Hafu is a World of Warcraft pro and streamer. She has become an even more popular content creator thanks to the Among Us hype. 5up is a YouTube streamer who has yet to further reveal his identity. Both content creators are collaborating to create the new Among Us map.  Pokimane is no stranger to Among Us herself. She participated in a big Among Us stream with US Congresswoman Alexandria...
    Bloomberg A fund manager favors battered Latin American debt (Bloomberg) – A fund manager that has outperformed 99% of its peers in the past three years is racking up debt from the worst-performing region in the developing world. Dan Shaykevich, Co-Head of Sovereign and Emerging Markets Bonds, Vanguard Group Inc., has increased its holdings of Latin American sovereign and corporate bonds in its US $ 1.8 billion fund to more than 40% this year, 5 percentage points more than at the end of 2020, arguing that the bonds are cheap after a difficult The beginning of the year Latin America is the only emerging market region where spreads on dollar bonds widened this year, according to JPMorgan indices, as the worsening pandemic exacerbated economic difficulties and increased the possibility of downgrades. to credit ratings. The situation is radically opposite to November and December, when the region’s bonds outperformed their peers amid a risk-driven rally. “Certainly, we view Latin America as attractive relative to Asia and the Middle East,” Shaykevich said. . In other places, with few exceptions, bonds are too...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt University has landed a $5 million donation to set up an academic hub focused on the U.S. presidency. The Nashville university says alumni couple Carolyn Thomas Rogers and Robert Moss Rogers offered the gift to establish the Center for the American Presidency, which will bear their names. Their donation will fund a new leading presidential scholar; two fellows; a director for the center; a research fund; visiting presidential scholars and prominent leaders; and immersion experiences for undergraduate students. In 2018, the couple established the university’s Chair in American Presidency, currently held by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Tennessee, Associated Press
    (CNN)Representatives of Jeffrey Epstein's estate are looking to sell his US Virgin Island properties to fund the Epstein Victims' Compensation Program, which paused all payouts last week, according to an attorney for the estate.Epstein maintained a home on Little St. James, which he acquired in 1998, and purchased nearby Great St. James in 2016, according to a lawsuit filed last year.Dan Weiner, an attorney for the estate, told CNN in a written statement the co-executors of the estate received "expressions of interest from numerous parties regarding the two USVI properties, and 2-3 bona fide offers to purchase them." Great St. James, bottom, and Little St. James Islands, are both owned by the estate of Jeffrey Epstein. The islands are shown here in a July 2019 photo.The proposed sale of the properties comes after program administrators for the victims' fund announced Friday they were pausing payouts because the estate was low on cash. Because of "uncertainty" over funding, the program said it is holding compensation determination offers until March 25 or later depending on when the estate can provide the...
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