Sir Kenny Dalglish celebrates his 70th birthday on Thursday, March 4.
Here, the PA news agency looks at a few memorable photographs on and off the pitch.
Sir Kenny Dalglish celebrates his 70th birthday on Thursday, March 4.
Here, the PA news agency looks at a few memorable photographs on and off the pitch.
Pete Alonso and Jonathan Villar each hit an RBI single in the eighth inning to give the New York Mets a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the first game of their doubleheader Tuesday. Dominic Smith socked an early two-run homer for the Mets, who took the opener of a four-game series between NL East rivals in extra innings. With the Mets down a run, Alonso opened the bottom of the eighth with a sharp single off Héctor Neris (0-1) that scored placement runner Francisco Lindor from second.
Andy Behrens and Dalton Del Don recap the 49ers trade for the #3 pick and analyze some notable picks in early fantasy drafts.
(Bloomberg) -- Texas is again facing a possible power-grid emergency, less than 60 days after widespread blackouts left millions without light and heat for days during a deep winter freeze.The grid operator is asking for conservation and warned it could declare an emergency to bring more power plants online after a mild cold front failed to reduce demand as expected at the same time that 25% of generators are offline for repairs. Wholesale electricity prices jumped as high as 10,000% in some parts of the state.“We don’t anticipate having any outages,” said Bill Magness, Chief Executive Officer of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. “But it is a day we are seeing tight conditions on the grid.”The warning comes just two months after Texas suffered from catastrophic blackouts during a winter storm that knocked out nearly half of the state’s generation capacity. State lawmakers are now scrambling to put in place a series of market reforms designed to avoid a repeat of the calamity that left more than 100 people dead.Officials at the grid operator, known as Ercot, stressed that Tuesday’s conditions are not a repeat of the February crisis.“This is not an extended winter storm that is going to last five days,” Ercot Vice President of Grid Planning and Operations Woody Rickerson told reporters. “This is a shorter event.”Blackouts would only occur if reserve power supplies fell below 1,000 megawatts from more than 3,0000 now. That’s unlikely, Rickerson said. He acknowledged that Ercot didn’t correctly forecast solar and wind production Tuesday, resulting in the supply tightness. At the same time, the grid operator expected milder weather to reduce demand across Texas but when cooler air stalled in one part of the state, temperatures -- and consumption -- remained higher than expected in large cities including San Antonio and Houston.Many power plants schedule annual maintenance for this time of year, when demand is expected to be lower due to lower temperatures. A few plants were also offline to make repairs related to the February storm, Rickerson said.The average spot on-peak electricity at Ercot’s North Hub jumped more than 10,000% to $1,975.96 a megawatt-hour as of 4 p.m, according to grid data compiled by Genscape. Prices are capped at $2,000 a megawatt hour, after regulators suspended the previous $9,000 cap following the energy crisis.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
aPriori Technologies announces today that the company has received an additional round of investment led by Gutbrain Ventures.
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Univision, which has been under new ownership since the end of 2020, has teamed with stakeholder Grupo Televisa to create a new global Spanish-language media giant. Under the terms of the sweeping deal revealed this evening, Univision will pay $4.8 billion for the assets of Televisa, a Mexican production powerhouse that already was a minority […]
He just turned 24 this February, and with a core under the age of 27, this isn’t the end of the story for the Nuggets. The momentum has stopped for now, but there’s always another way to the cup.
The former Drake coach exuded energy and confidence as she addressed a group at the Lloyd Noble Center on Tuesday that included most of the players from last season’s team, which finished strong for now-retired coach Sherri Coale. History shows it can be done — Oklahoma reached the Final Four three times under Coale. “The potential to be able to fill this place and the potential to be able to compete for championships is absolutely what drew me here, and it is absolutely what we want to be able to do here," Baranczyk said.
(Bloomberg) -- Francisco Partners is looking to sell its minority stake in Availity LLC, a health-care information technology company backed by some of the country’s biggest health plans, according to people familiar with the matter.Francisco, which owns just under a third of the company, is working with an adviser on the sale, which is in early stages, said the people, who asked to not be identified because the matter isn’t public. Availity as a whole is worth $2 billion, including debt, the people said.Representatives for Francisco and Availity declined to comment on the sales process.A spokesperson added in a statement that the company “is enjoying a period of rapid growth, having added 10 new health plans and hundreds of thousands of new providers to the platform in the last two years.”Francisco led a growth equity investment in the company in 2017 with its existing investors, a group that included Anthem Inc., Humana Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, according to a statement at the time. Insurer Health Care Service Corp. and Florida Blue are also investors, a spokesperson said.Jacksonville, Florida-based Availity says it runs the nation’s biggest real-time information network that connects providers, health plans and technology partners. It has the goal of disrupting “an antiquated health-care system” by improving the ways stakeholders communicate with each other, according to its website.Founded in 2001 as a joint venture between Humana and Florida Blue, Availity also helps health-care providers with the complex, back-end administrative processes behind moving money between insurers and medical providers.(Updates with comment from Availity starting in fourth paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
President Joe Biden will withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan before this year's 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, finally ending America's longest war despite mounting fears of a Taliban victory, officials said Tuesday. The drawdown delays only by around five months an agreement with the Taliban by former president Donald Trump to pull troops, amid a growing consensus in Washington that little more can be achieved.The decision came as Turkey announced an international peace conference on Afghanistan in hopes of reaching an agreement that brings stability to a nation battered by nearly 40 years of war. But the Taliban, newly emboldened, said they would boycott the conference.Biden, who will make an announcement Wednesday, had earlier mused about keeping a residual force to strike at Al-Qaeda or an emergent Islamic State extremist threat or making withdrawal contingent on progress on the ground or in slow-moving peace talks.In the end, he decided to do neither and will order a complete withdrawal other than limited US personnel to guard the US installations including the imposing embassy in Kabul, a senior official said."The president has judged that a conditions-based approach, which has been the approach of the past two decades, is a recipe for staying in Afghanistan forever," the official told reporters on condition of anonymity.Under the Trump administration's February 2020 deal with the Taliban, all US troops would leave by May 2021 in return for the insurgents' promise not to back Al-Qaeda and other foreign extremists -– the original reason for the 2001 invasion.The Biden official said the withdrawal would begin in May and that the delay was largely logistical, with troops possibly out of Afghanistan well before September 11.The official warned the Taliban -- who are observing a truce with US but not with Afghan forces -- not to strike coalition forces as they leave, saying that in response to any attack "we will hit back hard."Taliban 'confident' Fighting will likely grind on. A threat assessment report published Tuesday by the director of national intelligence said the Taliban "is confident it can achieve military victory." While in control of cities, Afghan forces "have struggled to hold recaptured territory or re-establish a presence in areas abandoned in 2020," it said.Afghan civilians have long paid a disproportionate price in the fighting and the rise of the Taliban has raised particular fears among many Afghan women. The Taliban, who enforce an austere brand of Sunni Islam, banned women from school, offices, music and most of daily life during their 1996-2001 rule over much of Afghanistan. Two decades later, 40 percent of schoolchildren are girls.The Biden official said the United States would use non-military "tools at our disposal" to promote women's rights including bolstering civilian assistance.But Afghan women have been largely shut out of talks between the Taliban and Kabul on a lasting peace deal in the country, with activists arguing this could compromise their fragile, hard-won rights going forward.Peace effort in Turkey Biden's decision came as Turkey announced the dates of a US-backed peace conference that would bring together the Afghan government, the Taliban and international partners.The April 24-May 4 conference will aim to lead to "a roadmap to a future political settlement and an end to the conflict," the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.But Mohammad Naeem, spokesman for the Taliban office in Qatar, said the insurgents will not participate in any conference on Afghanistan's future "until all foreign forces completely withdraw from our homeland."Many observers believe that the Taliban think they have already effectively won and can wait out the US withdrawal, as little progress has come out of on-off talks in Qatar.In a sign of the wide international concerns, diplomats said that all of Afghanistan's neighbors had been invited to take part including Iran and China, which both have tense relations with the United States.Also in attendance would be both Pakistan, the Taliban's historic supporter, and its rival India, a staunch ally of the Kabul government which has strongly backed the US presence. A decade ago, the United States had some 100,000 troops in Afghanistan as part of a "surge" strategy by then president Barack Obama to defeat the Taliban.The troop figure by the end of Trump's presidency had gone down to 2,500 as support for military action waned.Even onetime backers of the war have voiced concern about limited gains on the ground as well as infighting and corruption in Kabul and questioned whether the $2 trillion spent in Afghanistan could have had better uses at a time of growing alarm about China.Senator Tim Kaine, an ally of Biden, said the United States accomplished a primary goal 10 years ago by killing Osama bin Laden and it was time to "refocus American national security on the most pressing challenges we face."But Representative Mike McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he was "shocked and appalled" by Biden's decision.The withdrawal means "abandoning our Afghan partners during critical peace negotiations and allowing the Taliban a total victory," he said.(AFP)
Lawyers for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin began their defense Tuesday by calling an expert witness who testified that the force used on George Floyd was “justified.”
Florida's two Republican senators are steering clear of voicing support for Rep. Matt Gaetz, branding sex trafficking accusations against him serious but calling it premature to say what should happen to their fellow Floridian and GOP lawmaker. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott were the latest cautious comments about Gaetz by Republicans, who have mostly taken neutral stances or said nothing about him.
The former head of Whitehall procurement became an adviser to Greensill Capital while still working as a civil servant in a move approved by the Cabinet Office, it has emerged. Downing Street has announced an independent review into how the failed firm secured Government contracts, following a series of reports on former prime minister David Cameron’s lobbying on behalf of the company. Correspondence between the Cabinet Office and the head of the official Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba) has revealed that Bill Crothers joined Greensill as a part-time adviser to the board in 2015.
The 51-year-old actress said her children could be on the big screen in the near future during an interview with the 3rd Hour of TODAY
(Bloomberg) -- Oil extended gains in early Asian trading after an industry report pointed to another decline in U.S. crude stockpiles that followed an upbeat assessment of the demand outlook from OPEC.Futures in New York rose 0.6% in New York after advancing 0.8% on Tuesday. The American Petroleum Institute reported crude inventories dropped by 3.61 million barrels last week, according to people familiar, which will be a third weekly draw if confirmed by government data Wednesday. OPEC boosted its consumption forecast for this year and predicted the market recovery will continue in the coming months, despite fears about a virus flare-up.Oil’s sizzling start to the year faltered in mid-March as some regions saw a resurgence in Covid-19 cases, raising concerns about near-term fuel demand. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said in its monthly report Tuesday that rising consumption should help to trim stockpiles even as OPEC+ readies to return more barrels to the market from May.The coronavirus, however, is clouding the outlook for demand with some countries renewing restrictions and lockdowns to curb its spread. That’s been highlighted by normally bustling streets in India left deserted.See also: China Clamps Down on Independent Oil Refiners to Curb CapacityThe prompt timespread for Brent was 39 cents a barrel in backwardation -- where near-dated contracts are more expensive than later-dated ones -- on Tuesday. That compares with 40 cents at the start of April.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
At Fool HQ, the end of March brings cherry blossoms, warm weather, and a mailbag full of wonder and connection.
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Simmons was happy to talk up his scoring outburst, but neglected to mention Jordan Clarkson's 40-point effort in the same game.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden's administration has told Congress it is proceeding with more than $23 billion in weapons sales to the United Arab Emirates, including advanced F-35 aircraft, armed drones and other equipment, congressional aides said on Tuesday. A State Department spokesperson said the administration would move forward with the proposed sales to the UAE, "even as we continue reviewing details and consulting with Emirati officials" related to the use of the weapons.