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    The United States was among more than 40 countries that agreed to work together to assist war crimes investigations in Ukraine. The agreement was signed at the Ukraine Accountability Conference in The Hague on Thursday, only hours after a Russian strike left more than 20 people dead in what Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declared a terrorist attack. Ukrainian and Western leaders have repeatedly accused the Russian military of committing war crimes and targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure. Russian leaders have denied the allegations. IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL FACES AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE AS TEHRAN SELLS WEAPONS TO RUSSIA "In all situations across the world where international crimes are committed, we should feel the same urgency for action and for cooperation. I believe that the work we do today can set a model for action that can be used to accelerate accountability efforts in all situations addressed by my office," said International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan in a statement. The agreement included a $20 million pledge to the ICC and the Ukrainian prosecutor general's office, which is leading the investigation within the...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Donors pledged about $160 million for the U.N. agency helping Palestinian refugees, but it still needs over $100 million to support education for more than half a million children and provide primary health care for close to 2 million people and emergency cash assistance to the poorest refugees, the agency’s chief said Friday. Briefing reporters on the outcome of Thursday’s donor conference, Philippe Lazzarini said the pledges when turned into cash will enable the U.N. Relief and Works Agency known as UNRWA to run its operations through September. But “I do not know if we will get the necessary cash to allow us to pay the salaries after the month of September,” he said. “We are in an early warning mode,” Lazzarini said. “Right now, I’m drawing the attention that we are in a danger zone and we have to avoid a situation where UNRWA is pushed to cross the tipping point, because if we cross the tipping point that means 28,000 teachers, health workers, nurses, doctors, engineers, cannot be paid.” UNRWA was established to provide...
    In this article TWTRSAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 16: Oracle chairman of the board and chief technology officer Larry Ellison delivers a keynote address during the 2019 Oracle OpenWorld on September 16, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Oracle chairman of the board and chief technology officer Larry Ellison kicked off the 2019 Oracle OpenWorld with a keynote address. The annual convention runs through September 19.Justin Sullivan | Getty ImagesA new filing shows that Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, venture capital firm Sequoia and crypto exchange platform Binance are among a cohort of investors that plan to support Elon Musk's $44 billion Twitter takeover. The SEC filing, published Thursday, shows that Musk has secured $7.14 billion in total. Multibillionaire Ellison is contributing $1 billion, making him the biggest new backer, while Sequoia is contributing $800 million. Binance, which has no doubt benefited from Musk's love of crypto, has committed $500 million. Other investment firms backing Musk's bid include Qatar Holding, which is contributing $375 million, and Fidelity, which has pledged $316 million. The new commitments will help Musk to cut the margin...
    After a secret, high-level trip to Ukraine on Sunday, the United States announced over $700 million in military assistance for Ukraine and allies and the return of U.S. diplomats to the war-torn country. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin left reporters across the border in Poland on Sunday as they ventured into Ukraine to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in what was the first official U.S. visit to Ukraine since Russia's Feb. 24 invasion. The pair of Cabinet secretaries reportedly informed Zelensky that the U.S. would provide $713 million in foreign military financing for Ukraine and 15 allied and partner countries, which included $322 million specifically for Kyiv. FIRES BREAK OUT AT RUSSIAN OIL STORAGE FACILITIES NEAR UKRAINE After the trip concluded, a U.S. official reportedly told media in Poland that President Joe Biden would soon announce Bridget Brink, currently U.S. ambassador to Slovakia, as his nominee to be ambassador to Ukraine, a position that has been vacant for two years. The official also reportedly announced that U.S. diplomats would begin to...
    The parent companies of Facebook and Google have teamed up for a nearly $1 billion project that they hope will fight climate change. They plan to purchase carbon capture technology when it is developed. Source: Freethink/Youtube Meta and Alphabet joined Frontier, a subsidiary of a payment processor called Stripe, that pledges spending will eventually go into approved carbon capture projects. Frontier is an advanced market commitment, which means that once developers create technology, they already know they will be able to sell it. This is used for many things, including new vaccines or drugs that are extremely expensive to develop, and advanced market commitment creates a safety net so companies don’t have to worry about it being profitable. Being publicly-funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content.Click here to Support Us The members of Frontier have pledged to spend $925 million through 2030 on technologies that could help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. As we know, carbon dioxide emissions are a large reason for the global warming emergency that we are in....
    Getty New York Jets owner Woody Johnson on May 3, 2019. Yesterday on April 5, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson announced that the franchise will be donating $1 million in Ukrainian relief. According to the press release: “The donation will be split between various organizations, each receiving $100,000, over the course of a year. The first organization to receive a donation is Plast Scouting – USA.” The Jets have also pledged to match any and all staff donations of medical supplies, in addition to the financial support. “These donations will positively impact Ukrainian refugees and their families with essential supplies,” voiced Johnson. “The need for resources is continuously growing. Our thoughts continue to be with the innocent lives who have been affected and all those who are suffering.” ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Jets! Personal Connection to UkraineJohnson’s wife, Suzanne, has a personal connection to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The press release explained that she “grew up in a...
    MacKenzie Scott MacKenzie Scott is worth billions, but she’s not trying to keep it. Unlike most rich folks, she’s generously giving the bulk of it away to worthy causes.  A Tuesday announcement revealed that Scott donated $436 million to Habitat for Humanity International and 84 of its U.S. affiliates. As the Associated Press reports, it is the largest publicly disclosed donation from the well-known philanthropist since her pledge in 2019 to give away nearly all of her wealth. RELATED STORY: Texas women driving hours, flooding clinics in Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Kansas for abortions Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity International’s CEO, told AP, “We could not be more excited to get the gift at a time when, in some ways, the state of housing affordability is the worst that it has been in modern times.” According to a press release from the organization, Reckford said that thanks to the donation,  “Habitat is well-positioned to meaningfully advocate for the systemic and societal changes needed to improve equitable access to affordable housing.” Scott is worth about $48 billion, according to Forbes. In the past two years, she has donated over $8 billion...
    Kunis added, "The people of Ukraine are strong and brave but being strong and brave doesn’t mean you’re not worthy of support. We need to support the people of Ukraine. Please help us." Standing with Ukraine means supporting Ukrainians. #StandWithUkraine (1/2)https://www.gofundme.com/f/stand-with-ukraine\u00a0\u2026 — ashton kutcher (@ashton kutcher) 1646350981 #StandWithUkraine (2/2)pic.twitter.com/3njMN01dHJ — ashton kutcher (@ashton kutcher) 1646351693
    Actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are promising to match every donation up to $1 million for refugees fleeing war in Ukraine, the couple said on social media."In 48 hours, countless Ukrainians were forced to flee their homes to neighboring countries. They need protection. When you donate, we'll match it up to $1,000,000, creating double the support," Reynolds wrote Saturday on Twitter in promoting donations to the United Nations refugee agency.Lively posted a UNHCR photo on Instagram showing a child, saying the agency is "providing life saving aid." In 48 hours, countless Ukrainians were forced to flee their homes to neighboring countries. They need protection. When you donate, we’ll match it up to $1,000,000, creating double the support.⬇️ https://t.co/xCFL1Lptuw https://t.co/CHp48E1KLQ— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 26, 2022Ukrainians crowded onto trains and waited in long lines for hours to leave the country after Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine on Thursday. About 368,000 refugees have managed to leave, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported Sunday.SEE ALSO: Chef José Andrés and World Central Kitchen help feed refugees in Ukraine: 'We must come together'EMBED...
    More than half of adults eat a pasta dish every week, but the most beloved and comforting version — gooey, cheesy macaroni and cheese — has always been aimed at kids. Until now. Santa Cruz’s Gooder Foods is a pandemic-born startup aimed at bringing much-needed nutrition to those noodles without sacrificing taste. Its first product, Goodles, is a grown-up mac and cheese that’s packed with protein, fiber and superfoods. CEO Jen Zeszut, formerly of Cerebelly, co-founded the company in 2020 with former Kraft brand manager Paul Earle, Annie’s Homegrown co-founder Deb Luster and Hollywood actress and philanthropist Gal Gadot. Together, they’ve raised $6.4 million with backing from tech and celebrity heavyweights, including Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson. Goodles launched online in November with a six-month supply that sold out in two weeks flat. Since then, they’ve doubled capacity at their colorful downtown headquarters to increase production of their four flavors: a classic Cheddy Mac cheddar; Shella Good, an aged white cheddar version; Twist My Parm, an asiago and Parmesan mix; and Mover & Shaker,...
    Share this: Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg will spend $120 million in an effort to reduce the soaring numbers of deaths from drug overdoses, he announced today at a healthcare summit he organized. The pledge more than doubles the $50-million philanthropic commitment he made toward the same goal in 2018. Bloomberg’s pledge follows a preliminary finding from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that 93,000 people had died from drug overdoses in 2020, the majority of them from using opioids. The number of deaths during the first calendar year of the pandemic grew 30% over the total for 2019 and is the highest for a single year on record. “We’re clearly going in the wrong direction,” said Kelly J. Henning, who leads the public-health program at Bloomberg’s grant-making organization, Bloomberg Philanthropies.
    VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Czech Republic pledged on Tuesday 530,000 euros to Lithuania to secure the its border with Belarus in the wake of thousands of migrants crossing over from the former Soviet republic. Lithuania, a European Union member country that sits on the 27 nation bloc’s northeastern border, has faced an influx of mostly Iraqi migrants in the past few months streaming from neighboring Belarus. It has accused the government of Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko of encouraging the migrant flow in retaliation for EU sanctions against his country following the diversion of a passenger plane to arrest a dissident journalist aboard. Lithuanian Interior minister Agne Bilotaite and Czech foreign minister Jakub Kulhanek signed a document that’s expected to expedite construction of the fence along the border with Belarus. “Lukashenko continues to weaponize illegal migration as a means to blackmail Lithuania and by extension, the EU,” said Kulhanek. “He has to be stopped.” The move comes after Lithuania asked fellow EU countries and the bloc’s border agency Frontex for assistance. In August, the EU Commission pledged...
    The Prince George’s County executive and police chief are addressing reaching a settlement in a lawsuit against the Maryland county, following a claim of discrimination and bias inside its police department. “This settlement allows us to continue the path that we are already on by reforming this department,” County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said. Alsobrooks’ statement comes days after a $2.3 million settlement was announced Tuesday over a lawsuit filed by the Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association and the United Black Police Officers Association on behalf of 12 officers with Prince George’s County police. The lawsuit claimed systemic racism existed in the department — in policing and also promotion and discipline of officers. The lawsuit also claimed that officers who spoke up experienced retaliation. “While there were things that we certainly disagreed on, to include some of the individual claims that were made, we agreed that overall, our department needed meaningful and lasting change,” Alsobrooks said. Alsobrooks said that the lawsuit was filed not long after she took office and that reforms have been made and continue to be made at...
    A wealthy Florida couple has filed a lawsuit demanding that the Catholic school their daughters attend return their $240,000 donation and reimburse their younger daughter's tuition for teaching 'woke' LGBTQ curriculum. Anthony and Barbara Scarpo pledged to donate $1.35 million to the Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa, Florida at a fundraising event in 2017.  They had asked that the money be used toward the school's 'master plan' and for scholarships for disadvantaged students, according to the Tampa Bay Times. By 2018, they had already paid $240,000 towards their pledge and have raised more than $9 million for the school. For their efforts, the school renamed its auditorium the Scarpo Family Theater and named the two philanthropists co-chairs of the school's fundraising campaign. But the wealthy couple, who own a diamond and jewelry import company as well as the First Trust Funding Group, have filed a lawsuit demanding that their pledge be rescinded and the tuition they had already paid for their younger daughter, who has been transferred to another school, be donated to the Catholic charity of their choice....
    A Florida couple is suing a Catholic school once attended by their children in an effort to have their $1.35 million pledge rescinded, saying the school has "lost its way" by embracing "woke culture" and distancing itself from mainstream Catholicism.  Anthony and Barbara Scarpo announced the pledge in 2017 to the Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa, which their two daughters attended at the time, the Tampa Bay Times reported. They asked that the money be used for the school's master plan and to provide scholarships for disadvantaged students.  Four years later, a 45-page lawsuit accuses the school of fraud and giving priority to "gender identity, human sexuality and pregnancy termination among other hot button issues" over Catholic teachings. The Scarpos are also not pleased with the way the school has dealt with race issues and said students were made to feel guilty for being White and for their families having the money to send them to the academy.  As of 2018, the couple had paid $240,000 toward the pledge and raised more than $9 million for the school....
    Saudi Arabia's Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al-Saud speaks via video link during a virtual emergency meeting of OPEC and non-OPEC countries, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia April 9, 2020.Saudi Press Agency | Reuters OPEC heads into Thursday's meeting with Russia and other allies with a better command of world oil prices than it has had in years, analysts said. OPEC+, the organization and its allies, is expected to consider adding between 500,000 and 1 million barrels per day, but analysts said there is some talk it may consider no increase. Reuters reported that an internal OPEC report points out that the market could fall back into an oil glut after the group reverses its 6 million barrels a day of production cuts by April 2022. The report gave a boost to oil prices Wednesday. Brent crude futures, the international benchmark, were trading just over $75 a barrel Wednesday. West Texas Intermediate crude futures for August were just under $74 a barrel, the highest level since the fall of 2018. Oil...
    ELON Musk has declared that he plans to put his last remaining house in California on the market. Musk made the announcement on Monday, after declaring in May 2020 that he planned to rid himself of almost all of his physical possessions and to "own no house." 5 Elon Musk has declared that he plans to sell his last California homeCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5 The Tesla founder made the declaration in a tweet on Monday, after saying last year he plans to own no housesCredit: Twitter In a tweet, the Tesla and SpaceX founder wrote: "Decided to sell my last remaining house. Just needs to go to a large family who will live there. It's a special place." Earlier this month, Musk, 49, tweeted that he only has one house in the San Francisco Bay area, which has been rented out for events. If that house sold, Musk said, it "would see less use, unless bought by a big family, which might happen some day.” The SpaceX founder's Bay Area mansion, which was reportedly listed for sale on...
    CARBIS BAY, England -- Leaders from the Group of Seven industrialized nations are set to commit at their summit to sharing at least 1 billion coronavirus shots with struggling countries around the world - half the doses coming from the U.S. and 100 million from the U.K.Vaccine sharing commitments from U.S. President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson set the stage for the G-7 meeting in southwest England, where leaders will pivot Friday from opening greetings and a "family photo" directly into a session on "Building Back Better From COVID-19.""We're going to help lead the world out of this pandemic working alongside our global partners," Biden said. The G-7 also includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.The leaders hope the meeting in the resort of Carbis Bay will also energize the global economy. On Friday, they are set to formally embrace a global minimum tax of at least 15% on corporations, following an agreement reached a week ago by their finance ministers. The minimum is meant to stop companies from using tax havens and other tools to avoid...
    More On: G7 Summit Graham dismisses Biden-Boris Johnson pre-G7 meeting as ‘fluff and happy talk’ The new guy? Biden debuts at democracy’s most exclusive club Biden, Harris stepping onto the world stage for first foreign trips G-7 nations strike ‘historic’ tax deal to make tech giants pay fair share CARBIS BAY, England — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greeted world leaders on a wooden boardwalk on the freshly raked sand of Carbis Bay to open the Group of Seven summit Friday, offering elbow bumps to dignitaries gathering for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus was set to dominate their discussions, with leaders of the wealthy democracies club expected to commit to sharing at least 1 billion vaccine shots with struggling countries. A commitment from U.S. President Joe Biden to share 500 million doses and one from Johnson for another 100 million shots set the stage for the G-7 meeting under gray and moody skies in southwest England, where leaders will pivot Friday from their “family photo” by the seaside directly into a session...
    VIDEO9:0809:08What is the G-7?CNBC Explains LONDON — The leaders of the G-7 are expected to pledge a donation of 1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer nations this weekend as they try to ease concerns over vaccine nationalism.  The "most-advanced" economies of the world — as the G-7 defines itself — have been criticized for not sharing more vaccines with countries that have more limited resources. The United States, for example, legislated that it should only send vaccines abroad after it reached a satisfactory level of vaccination within its own borders. The U.K. and the EU have also received similar criticism. However, the G-7 nations (the U.S., U.K., Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan) want to end the pandemic next year, according to a statement published by the U.K. government on Thursday, and will therefore be stepping up their individual contributions. The U.K. already said Thursday that it will donate at least 100 million surplus coronavirus vaccine doses within the next year. The United States also said earlier this week that it would be donating 500 million doses of the...
    Vice President Kamala Harris may be breaching her own finance ethics promise, according to her latest financial disclosure that shows she keeps assets hidden in a tax-advantaged trust. Increasing transparency and closing loopholes were among the Biden-Harris ethics pledges during the campaign, as they sought to draw a contrast with President Trump and his murky finances. But Harris's disclosure on Monday reveals that she has been a trustee of the KDH/DCE family trust since 2017. 'Trust assets are not reportable,' says the entry, effectively obscuring some of her holdings from public view. During the campaign, Kamala Harris and Joe Biden pledged to ensure beneficiaries of discretionary trusts disclosed all their holdings in order to avoid conflicts of interest The White House released the financial disclosure form filed by Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff. It shows they declined to report assets held by their KDH/DCE family trust Yet that is a practise that Harris promised to end during the campaign. The pledge was spelled out in the Biden Plan to Guarantee Government works for the People. It promised...
    Vice President Kamala Harris is hiding assets in a tax-advantaged family trust, a move that appears to violate an ethics pledge she and President Biden made on the campaign trail. According to Harris' financial disclosure form released Monday, she has been a trustee of the KDH/DCE family trust since 2017. The trust's assets "are not reportable," according to the filing, effectively obscuring some of the vice president's holdings from public view. PELOSI SAYS SHE HAS CONFIDENCE IN HARRIS ADDRESSING ROOT CAUSES OF BORDER CRISIS  The trust is inconsistent with Biden and Harris' campaign plan to crack down on such vehicles once in office. Biden and Harris pledged to work with Congress to "eliminate the trust loophole in existing financial disclosure law," and Biden said he would "require that any member of his Administration who is a beneficiary of a discretionary trust disclose all of its holdings." It is unclear why Harris does not have to adhere to the pledge and report the assets held in the trust. The vice president's office did not respond to a request for comment.  A...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci supports President Biden’s projection that Americans can achieve some sense of normalcy by July 4, citing the increasing number of coronavirus vaccines administered each day. The Biden administration achieved a major milestone when approximately 3 million vaccinations were administered in one day – a target that has been touted as the tipping point for the program. Maintaining that rate would likely allow Biden to achieve his goal of normal Fourth of July celebrations. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki downplayed Biden’s pledge, calling it "a baby step towards" normalcy, but Fauci supported Biden’s timeline. STEPHEN MILLER: TRUMP SAID LET'S PUT A MAN ON MARS, BIDEN SAID LET'S SEE IF WE CAN EAT BBQ "Those are quite reasonable goals and expectations," Fauci told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. "If you look at the number of vaccines that are going into people now, I think that goal of anybody 18 years of age or older will be able to get a vaccine by May 1 ... that’s quite reasonable." "If, in fact, we do that, and we continue to vaccinate...
    (CNN)The United States can expect to see a total of 240 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine by the end of March, drug companies told a House subcommittee Tuesday. Pfizer and Moderna -- the two companies with Covid-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use in the United States -- have pledged to make a combined total of 220 million doses available for shipment by the end of March. Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson, which could secure emergency use authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine from the US Food and Drug Administration later this week, has pledged to make 20 million doses available in the same time frame. The latest on the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines "If the emergency use authorization is received this week, we hope to contribute to ending this pandemic as soon as possible," Dr. Richard Nettles, J&J's vice president of medical affairs, told lawmakers.Read More Nettles said the company is prepared to immediately ship nearly 4 million doses upon authorization of the vaccine. Executives from each of the vaccine makers, along with executives from AstraZeneca and Novavax, testified before the House...
    Coronavirus vaccine developers told House members on Tuesday they plan to dramatically increase deliveries in the coming weeks. Executives from Pfizer and Moderna, the only two companies that have received emergency authorization from the U.S. government, said they will be able to deliver more than 130 million additional doses combined by the end of March. The companies said they are no longer facing shortages of raw materials, and have largely solved the manufacturing challenges that limited the initial production and resulted in bottlenecks, as demand has far outsripped supply. Combined, the two companies have contracts to provide 600 million doses, which they say will be ready by the end of July. Between every company the U.S. has contracted with, both the Trump and Biden administrations have secured enough pre-ordered doses to vaccinate the entire U.S. population almost twice over.  "Some of the companies here today are still short of the number of doses they promised to initially deliver when they testified before this subcommittee in July," said Rep. Diana DeGetteDiana Louise DeGetteHouse Democrats criticize Texas's 'shortcomings in preparations' on winter storms...
    February 19, 2021 | 3:19 pm G7 leaders announced that they have pledged to set aside a total $ 7.5 billion in support of COVAX, the international program aimed at ensuring global vaccine equity, after a virtual meeting chaired by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. They announced an increase in financial commitments of more than $ 4 billion for ACT-A and COVAX, bringing the collective support of the G7 to $ 7.5 billion. In addition, they invited all partners, including the G20 and international financial institutions, to join us in increasing support for ACT-A, including to increase access of developing countries to WHO-approved vaccines to through the COVAX facility. It doesn’t make sense for us to vaccinate our individual populations; we have to make sure that everyone is vaccinated because it is a global pandemic and it is no use that one country is far ahead of another, we have to move together Boris Johnson told the other heads of state Ahead of the conference, Johnson confirmed that the UK will share the majority of its...
    PARIS (AP) — Nineteen meals delivery companies in France including Uber Eats and Deliveroo have pledged to the French government to reduce their operational waste, officials said Monday. With the pandemic-forced closure of restaurants, there has been a boom in home food delivery — generating more waste that ever before. The companies have now signed a charter to end the systematic delivery of disposable cutlery and sauces from next month, to set a 2022 target to use 100% recyclable packaging and limit single-use plastic packaging to 50%. A French government committee will monitor the companies’ progress every six months. In 2019, even before the pandemic, the country of 67 million recorded as many as 600 million items of single-use packaging from home deliveries going into the trash. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Left-wing activist and actor John Cusack blasted the NFL for “hypocrisy.” The 2012 star called the NFL’s announcement to spend $250 million to “stop systemic racism” a “PR” stunt because Colin Kaepernick, the NFL starting quarterback turned social justice activist, still doesn’t have a roster spot on a team. “NFL says it’s giving 250 million to combat systemic rascism [sic] – Hmm- how about letting Colin Kaepernick back into the league?” John Cusack tweeted. In a follow-up tweet, the Say Anything star added, “NFL – U can give Colin what back ups make – no? Some of them make 5 mill a year – then you still have 245 million to spend on the PR, and you won’t look all look like complete hypocrites- Which – you still do.” NFL – U can give Colin what back ups make – no? Some of them make 5 mill a year – then you still have 245 million to spend on the PR and you won’t look all look like complete hypocrites-Which – you still do … https://t.co/XAWsChDc9N — John Cusack (@johncusack) February 8, 2021...
    Snowy owl seen in Central Park after 130 years, a rare spotting of an unpredictable Arctic bird Biden says inauguration one of the most consequential in a long, long time Oil Rises With U.S. Supply Drop and OPEC+ Pledge to Rebalance (Bloomberg) -- Oil resumed its rally amid U.S. crude inventories and a pledge from OPEC and its allies to clear an oil surplus. © Bloomberg A pedestrian passes oil storage silos at an oil and gas storage facility, operated by Gazprom Neft PJSC, in Belgrade, Serbia, on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Crude whipsawed near $11 a barrel after a major index tracked by billions of dollars in funds bailed out of near-term contracts for fear prices may turn negative again. Futures in New York rose above $56 a barrel, after initially paring gains, after the release of a U.S. government inventory report on Wednesday. While the data showed domestic crude stockpiles fell nearly 1 million barrels, less than expected, the continued downtrend of inventories and rising crude exports fueled optimism around a tightening market. Crude prices have...
    Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart.Adam Jeffery | CNBC In the wake of the George Floyd protests, Walmart pledged to boost diversity within its own ranks and contribute $100 million over five years to help fight systemic racism across the country. On Monday, the company gave an update on that effort. Walmart and its foundation will distribute the first $14.3 million to 16 nonprofit organizations. The grants will go toward groups that are tackling racial inequities in various ways, such as educating communities of color about the Covid-19 vaccines, reducing debt for students at historically Black colleges and universities and providing internet access and technology to children who are attending school remotely. Walmart is one of many companies that promised to throw its money and weight behind addressing racial disparities after Floyd's killing. Yet as the country's largest employer and retailer, its actions have additional significance. The company's CEO Doug McMillon also leads the Business Roundtable, a powerful corporate voice made up of many of the country's most prominent chief executives. When the company made its initial pledge in June, McMillon...
    More On: COVID vaccine New CDC director has bad news for New York about COVID-19 vaccines Biden administration blames vaccine rollout delay on Trump White House UK serial killer offered COVID vaccine, sparking outrage Can my pushy boss force me to get vaccinated and go back to the office? President Biden’s pledge to distribute 100 million shots of COVID-19 vaccines in his first 100 days in office does not mean 100 million Americans will be vaccinated during that time, Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted Sunday. That volume of vaccinates will only see around 67 million people fully inoculated, because both current vaccines require two shots, he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “Let me clarify that because there was a little bit of an understanding. What we’re talking about is 100 million shots in individuals,” the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director said. “At the end of a hundred days, you’re going to have some people who will have gotten both shots, and some will still be on their first shots,” Fauci added. Fauci had been confronted with...
    Just over one in 10 American voters claim the coronavirus vaccine distribution isn't great as Joe Biden's team doubles down on his promise to get 100 million Americans vaccinated in his first 100 days in office. According to an NBC News poll, 11 per cent of voters say the vaccine administration, from distribution to shot, isn't 'going very well.' Of the Americans who claim delivery of vaccinations is falling short of the goal post, 64 per cent say the federal government is to blame. The president's team is putting the onus on predecessor Donald Trump for not developing a good plan to distribute vaccines after two different vaccines, from Moderna and Pfizer, were approved for emergency use by the FDA toward the end of his administration. 'We need more vaccines, we need more vaccinators and we need more vaccine sites,' Biden's White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain told NBC on Sunday. Joe Biden's Chief of Staff Ron Klain doubled down Sunday on the new administration's promise to distribute 100 million vaccines in his first 100 days in office,...
    More than 150 National Guard on inauguration duty test Covid positive Trump wanted an attorney general who would help him pursue election fraud claims Ambani’s Reliance Doubles Down on 5G Pledge After Record Profit (Bloomberg) -- Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani doubled down on his promise to offer 5G services on his wireless network as early as this year, as his conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd. reported a record profit aided by its consumer businesses. © Bloomberg Sim card packets for Reliance Jio, the mobile network of Reliance Industries Ltd., are arranged for a photograph at a store in Mumbai, India, on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. Reliance Industries, India's biggest company by market value, posted a 13.5% jump in quarterly net income as growth in telecom and retail business helped outweigh a slump in petrochemical operations. The group’s wireless operator, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. -- India’s largest -- has started advance tests to prepare the fifth-generation, high-speed network, it said in a statement Friday. But the tycoon’s plans hinge on the availability of spectrum as the Indian government still hasn’t auctioned...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki started off her first full day by ducking the growing questions about the Biden’s administration’s vaccine rollout goal, and whether it is ambitious enough to address the Covid-19 pandemic. Near the end of Psaki’s Thursday press conference, Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller revisited a question that he had put to the president himself barely an hour earlier in the Oval Office. Noting that Biden’s goal of averaging one million Covid-19 daily doses for the first 100 days would essentially be self-fulfilling based on the current rate of vaccine administration, Miller pressed: “Shouldn’t we set the bar higher? That’s basically where the U.S. is right now.” To which Biden brushed off the reporter’s skepticism, in an exasperated reply: “When I announced it you all said it’s not possible,” he said. “Come on, give me a break, man. It’s a good start, 100 million.” As of Thursday morning, the CDC Covid data tracker site reported 17.5 million vaccine doses had been administered since mid-December. Relatedly, one vaccine tracker found that the initial, sluggish pace of vaccine shots had...
    In its press release, Apple also promised to open an Apple Developer Academy in Detroit. It will help and inspire young Black people to be better creators, coders and entrepreneurs. Apple says the program will be available to announcing in Detroit, regardless of their experience, and developed in partnership with Michigan State University. The Academy will comprise of two courses — the first is a 30-day introductory program, while the second is a 10-to-12-month scheme built around iOS app development and creating a business that leverages the App Store. Once it launches later this year, the company expects roughly 1,000 people to complete the courses annually. Apple’s support doesn’t stop there. The company has promises to invest $10 million in Harlem Capital, an early-stage VC firm, so that it can better support companies with diverse founders. Apple will give a further $25 million to Siebert Williams Shank’s Clear Vision Impact Fund, which will support minority-owned small and medium-sized businesses, especially those that work in underserved markets or promote inclusivity. Finally, Apple will be making a contribution to the King Center,...
    GHISLAINE Maxwell's stepkids are reportedly "heartbroken" that their "proxy mother" is in jail over Jeffrey Epstein, says one of her PR representatives. Brian Basham, a PR executive for Maxwell, said that Maxwell's husband Scott Borgerson and his two kids from a previous marriage were "devastated" as Maxwell, 58, continues to sit in a Brooklyn jail. 5Maxwell's stepchildren are reportedly upset she's in jailCredit: Getty Images - Getty "Scott is devastated and so are his children because Ghislaine has been their proxy mother," Basham told the DailyMail. The kids themselves have tumulted into the public eye, Basham said. "They had been living in perfect harmony until this broke," Basham said of Maxwell and her stepchildren. "I'm told Scott's kids have had to be taken out of school because of all the attention." Basham said he's trying to get Maxwell freed, saying he finds her prosecution to be an unfair imprisonment and Maxwell's treatment in jail as inhumane. 5Maxwell's legal team is working on a $30 million bail package to set her free before the holidaysCredit: Reuters "This is evil," Besham said of...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Over 50 donors pledged $370 million Tuesday to the U.N. fund to finance humanitarian emergencies caused by conflict, climate change, natural disasters, the coronavirus pandemic and gender-based violence, the United Nations said. The U.N. humanitarian office said pledges to the Central Emergency Response Fund for 2021 are higher that those announced a year ago for 2020. It said top-ups for this year’s appeal, also announced Tuesday, bring the overall funding for 2020 to $620 million. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the pledging event that the fund, known as CERF, “is one of the most effective ways to help people trapped in sudden and deteriorating crises” and is quickly able to reach “under-funded emergencies that have fallen off the world’s radar -- or were never on it.” In 2020, the U.N. humanitarian office said, CERF provided life-saving assistance to some 65 million people across 52 countries and territories at a total value of more than $900 million — “the highest ever amount allocated by CERF in a single year.” Guterres said a record $225 million went to...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Over 50 donors pledged $370 million Tuesday to the U.N. fund to finance humanitarian emergencies caused by conflict, climate change, natural disasters, the coronavirus pandemic and gender-based violence, the United Nations said. The U.N. humanitarian office said pledges to the Central Emergency Response Fund for 2021 are higher that those announced a year ago for 2020. It said top-ups for this year’s appeal, also announced Tuesday, bring the overall funding for 2020 to $620 million. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the pledging event that the fund, known as CERF, “is one of the most effective ways to help people trapped in sudden and deteriorating crises” and is quickly able to reach “under-funded emergencies that have fallen off the world’s radar — or were never on it.” In 2020, the U.N. humanitarian office said, CERF provided life-saving assistance to some 65 million people across 52 countries and territories at a total value of more than $900 million — “the highest ever amount allocated by CERF in a single year.” Guterres said a record $225 million went to...
    (CNN)Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced Monday that he will give $791 million in grants as part of his Bezos Earth Fund to 16 organizations that are working to protect the environment.The fund is part of the CEO's $10 billion pledge to support scientists, activists, NGOs and organizations working to protect the environment."I've spent the past several months learning from a group of incredibly smart people who've made it their life's work to fight climate change and its impact on communities around the world," Bezos wrote in an Instagram post on Monday announcing the news. "I'm inspired by what they're doing, and excited to help them scale." Jeff Bezos dumped $3 billion worth of Amazon stockThe full list of grantees are a mix of big name NGOs, labs, reforestation and climate justice groups. They include: The Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund, ClimateWorks Foundation, Dream Corps Green For All, Eden Reforestation Projects, Energy Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, The Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Nature Conservancy, NDN Collective, Rocky Mountain Institute, Salk Institute for Biological...
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