A dog from Georgia gave birth to a whopping 17 puppies on August 23. They're now a month old — and absolutely adorable!
A dog from Georgia gave birth to a whopping 17 puppies on August 23. They're now a month old — and absolutely adorable!
Larson was reinstated by NASCAR this week and could return to the series as soon as 2021.
Crews battling a string of wildfires in drought-stricken Colorado braced on Friday for the return of high winds that have stoked flames in what authorities have called an unprecedented outbreak of late-season wildfires. Three of the largest wildfires in Colorado's history have raged this year and two of them are still growing. The largest, the Cameron Peak Fire, has scorched more than 206,000 acres (83,360 hectares), according to the fire-reporting site InciWeb, and as of Friday morning it was 57 percent contained.
A judge on Friday ordered the long-running criminal case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton returned to his home county in a legal victory for the Republican. Judge Jason Luong ruled that the securities fraud case should continue in Collin County, north of Dallas, siding with Paxton's defense attorneys who argued the case should be returned there after it was moved to Houston. Paxton pleaded not guilty in 2015 and the case has been stalled for years over legal challenges.
Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins was fined by the team for breaking COVID-19 protocols, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. ESPN reported Haskins was fined $4,833 for making a reservation for a family friend at the team hotel last weekend when Washington visited the New York Giants, which is against the rules. Haskins traveled with the team last weekend after missing the previous week’s game with a stomach illness.
Rachel Maddow charged that the president was "trying to intimidate" the White House correspondent in the days leading up to the debate.
Carbon Fiber Bike Market Research Report by Type (Mountain Bikes and Road Bikes), by Application (Bicycle Racing and Bicycle Touring) - Global Forecast to 2025 - Cumulative Impact of COVID-19New York, Oct. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report "Carbon Fiber Bike Market Research Report by Type, by Application - Global Forecast to 2025 - Cumulative Impact of COVID-19" - https://www.reportlinker.com/p05913731/?utm_source=GNW The Global Carbon Fiber Bike Market is expected to grow from USD 2,477.75 Million in 2019 to USD 3,653.16 Million by the end of 2025 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6.68%.Market Segmentation & Coverage:This research report categorizes the Carbon Fiber Bike to forecast the revenues and analyze the trends in each of the following sub-markets:Based on Type, the Carbon Fiber Bike Market studied across Mountain Bikes and Road Bikes. 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Talos Director Craig Williams joined Yahoo Finance to discuss why academic fraud is escalating in the age of remote learning.
The trailblazing company studying the use of the psychedelic drug found in magic mushrooms to treat mental health is starting to make waves.
LSO remains concerned by today’s release of the final PMPRB guidelines implementing the federal government’s patented medicine price controls.
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Democrat Joe Biden said Friday that if elected president he would mandate coronavirus vaccines be free for all Americans, part of a national strategy to "get ahead of this virus." "Once we have a safe and effective vaccine, it has to be free to everyone -- whether or not you're insured," Biden said in a speech laying out his pandemic response plan just 11 days before the US presidential election.President Donald Trump, who trails Biden in the polls, has also stressed that a vaccine -- which he says will be ready in the coming weeks -- should be free.But Democrats led by Biden have hammered Trump for failing to lay out and implement a nationwide response to a pandemic that has now killed more than 223,000 Americans."Covid-19 dwarfs anything that we've faced in recent history, and it isn't showing any signs of slowing down. The virus is surging in almost every state," Biden said in a speech in Wilmington, Delaware."We're more than eight months into this crisis and the president still doesn't have a plan," the 77-year-old former vice president said."He's given up. He's quit on you. He's quit on your family. He's quit on America."Biden said that if elected he would "immediately" put in place a national strategy "to finally get ahead of this virus, and get back our lives."That would include consulting governors of all 50 states during the presidential transition.Were he to take office, Biden would urge Congress to pass a major bill outlining everything needed to combat the virus, implement a national mask mandate in federal buildings and interstate transportation and implement a national testing plan equivalent to a seven-fold increase over today's testing level.(AFP)
Sacha Baron Cohen responded to Rudolph Giuliani’s denial of any inappropriate behavior allegedly caught in that hand-in-his-pants scene from the new Borat movie: “He did what he did.” Baron Cohen, who created and plays the title character in the new Borat Subsequent Moviefilm on Amazon Prime, appeared with costar Maria Bakalova on ABC’s Good Morning […]
Dwayne Haskins continues to fall out of favor in Washington.
(Bloomberg) -- California is bracing for the most powerful gusts of the 2020 fire season, raising the threat of widespread blackouts and more blazes in a region that’s already seen a record 4.1 million acres scorched this year.A storm coming off the Pacific into Oregon and Washington will push winds over the Sierra Nevada mountains, where gusts could reach up to 70 miles (112 kilometers) per hour in canyons and atop ridges on Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service.It raises the prospect that PG&E Corp., the state’s biggest utility, could shut power starting Sunday to prevent live wires from sparking blazes. The outages could affect a far larger area -- and more people -- than any of the company’s previous preemptive shutoffs this year, impacting the San Francisco Bay Area, a wide swath of the Sierra Nevada foothills, the Central Valley and the Central Coast, according to its website.“Sunday, Monday and Tuesday -- that is when the fire risk is really going to be enhanced, especially across Northern California,” said Jim Rouiller, lead meteorologist with the Energy Weather Group. “That is the target area.”Much of the U.S. West is under threat from wildfires as dry weather and stiff winds have turned hillsides, forests and scrub land into tinderboxes. In California, blazes this year have killed 31 people and destroyed more than 9,200 homes and businesses. In Utah, a utility is warning it may cut power to avoid fires. And in Colorado, officials closed Rocky Mountain National Park as firefighters battle nearby flames.Further east, winds ahead of this weekend’s Pacific storm will bring some dangers to Colorado and Utah on Saturday before rain and snow sweeps the region on Sunday, potentially bringing down the curtain on the worst of the fire season there, said Dave Houk, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.com.“This may actually, more or less, put an end to the Colorado fire season,” Houk said. “That is being a little optimistic, but certainly it will be better going forward.”In Utah, the arid weather has prompted Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s Rocky Mountain Power to warn it may cut power to about 1,800 customers in Sundance and Summit Park.California OutagesPG&E already has turned off power multiple times this autumn during dry, windy conditions when tree branches can blow into power lines and start a blaze. The company began resorting to the practice after its equipment caused some of California’s worst blazes, forcing the company into bankruptcy last year. PG&E emerged from Chapter 11 in July after having paid $25.5 billion to resolve fire claims.“They have a lot of work to do not just to restore their power but to restore the trust that they have failed to earn over the course of decades,” Governor Gavin Newsom said during a briefing Friday. “That is self-evident to anyone living in the Bay Area.”The blackouts this year have been more targeted, focusing mostly on Sierra foothill communities and higher elevations of the Bay Area.(Adds bankruptcy details and Newsom quote in final paragaphs)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Right about the same time he sealed the deal on the $7.8 million sale of his nearly 12,000-square-foot mansion in the celeb-packed Hidden Hills area of the San Fernando Valley’s far western suburbs, Canadian standup star Russell Peters, over the last couple of decades one of the most well known and highest earning comedians on […]
The mayor of Mexico City, the country's largest city, on Friday called on residents to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people as the capital grapples with a surge of coronavirus hospitalisations. Health authorities have been warning that large gatherings, such as the Nov. 1-2 Day of the Dead festivities that usually draw hundreds of thousands of people nationwide, could prompt another wave of infections. The pandemic has led to more than 874,000 infections and killed nearly 87,900 people in Mexico.
(Bloomberg) -- Emerging-market stocks rose for a fourth week as U.S. lawmakers negotiated a stimulus agreement. The rally was tempered by rising virus cases around the world as winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere. Turkey’s central bank unexpectedly kept interest rates on hold, while Hungary’s policy makers also stood pat. China’s recovery from the coronavirus slump continued in the third quarter and showed signs of broadening in September, keeping the economy on track to be the world’s only major growth engine.The following is a roundup of emerging-market news and highlights for the week through Oct. 23:Highlights:U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Friday put the onus on each other to re-energize flagging stimulus talks as the prospect for further virus relief legislation before the election fades fast.President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden traded charges of secretly taking money from foreign interests, after the former vice president addressed head-on Trump’s efforts to portray him as corruptA top U.S. intelligence official said Iran and Russia are attempting to interfere with the presidential election, with Iran spreading false information to American votersChina’s gross domestic product expanded 4.9% in the third quarter from a year ago, missing economists’ forecast for 5.5% growth. Still, retail sales and industrial production gained momentum in SeptemberThe yuan advanced to the strongest since July 2018, testing China’s tolerance for gainsChina is going all out in remembrance of its participation against the U.S. in the Korean War, sending a message to Washington that it’s not intimidated by American military mightTurkey raised the upper band of its interest-rate corridor, but unexpectedly left its benchmark on hold, risking further volatility in the liraHungary’s central bank kept the interest on its most influential monetary-policy instrument at 0.75% for a third weekThai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha ordered the withdrawal of the week-old state of emergency in the capital that barred large gatherings, in a bid to pacify pro-democracy protestersProtests against police brutality in Nigeria, now in their third week, have turned increasingly deadly after the authorities cracked down on the upheavalProtesters clashed with security forces, looted stores and burnt barricades in many Chilean cities on the first anniversary of an outbreak of social unrestZambia’s entered extra time in its bid to win debt relief from its Eurobond holders after a key group of investors representing 40% of the Eurobonds abstained from voting rather than outright rejecting its debt-standstill proposalCoronavirus cases are surging again in the U.S. and Europe. The seven-day average of U.S. deaths on Wednesday hit the highest in a month, while in Europe, governments have started deploying curfews and other restrictions more widelyCaught between their status as Latin America’s economic standout and growing internal outrage over inequality, Chileans start a process of self-definition on Sunday as they choose whether and how to draft a new constitutionArgentina’s battle to control its currency is upending South America’s second-largest economy, wreaking havoc on everything from household finances to the production and sale of common goodsTwo of Argentina’s largest creditor groups excoriated the government for mismanaging the economy, saying the country was headed for disaster just seven weeks after restructuring $65 billion in debtAsia:The Asia-Pacific region is likely to see economic output remain below pre-pandemic trends over the medium term, even as China’s recovery leads the rest of the world, according to the International Monetary FundChina is preparing to grant additional quota for funds to invest in securities overseas, Caixin reported, a move that would allow more capital to flow out of the countryChina will likely post positive economic growth for the full year and the leverage ratio is expected to stabilize in 2021, the central bank governor saidOffshore loan volumes in the Greater China region rebounded in the third quarterIndia’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to remain as popular as ever even as the country battles one of the world’s worst virus outbreaksSupport is growing within India’s government to formally start talks on a trade deal with TaiwanIndia will allow visitors, except tourists, to resume entryIndia’s government has set aside about 500 billion rupees ($6.8 billion) to vaccinate the country, according to people with knowledge of the matterIndia’s central bank got more bids for state-issued bonds than it offered to buy back, an early indication of demand at the first such auction, with authorities keen to keep yields in checkSouth Korea’s early trade data showed exports falling in October driven by fewer working days, while daily average shipments continued to recover on resilient tech demandThe nation plans monthly issuance of two-year bonds from JanuarySouth Korea will take market stabilizing measures in case of one-sided movements in the FX market, its finance minister saidThe central banks of South Korea and China renewed bilateral currency swap agreement and expanded it to 400 billion yuanThailand’s newly-appointed central bank governor signaled he’s against excessive use of monetary and fiscal policies to tackle crisesThailand’s key equities gauge tumbled to a six-month low on concern anti-government protests will hurt company earnings and delay an economic recoveryFinance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said Thailand will unveil more measures to boost liquidityIndonesia aims to start sovereign wealth fund operations early next year as part of efforts to develop a new business model to help drive growth, according to an officialThe country is considering to reopen its international borders to regular travelersInvestments in Indonesia rebounded in the third quarter as funds shift to islands outside of its economic center of JavaThe Philippines shortened curfew hours in Manila and eased the stay-at-home order in a bid to boost its economy. The country will also welcome back foreign nationals starting Nov. 1 and allow Filipino travelers to leave without Covid-19 antigen tests as the Southeast Asian nation continues to reopenThe government is watching the international market for its next issuance of dollar-denominated bondsFinance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said the economy is projected to shrink by 6% this year while a “strong rebound” is likely in 2021Malaysia’s United Malays National Organization party expressed its support for the government in a boost to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s leadershipSri Lanka’s central bank kept borrowing costs unchanged for a second meetingEMEA:S&P Global Ratings Services cut its assessment of Zambia’s debt to selective default after the nation said it couldn’t meet payments and skipped a coupon on its EurobondsSouth Africa is recording a worrying increase in coronavirus infections, especially in the Western Cape province, according to Health Minister Zweli MkhizeIvory Coast’s ruling party said it will return to international capital markets to help fund a 62 trillion CFA franc ($111 billion) spending plan if President Alassane Ouattara wins re-election this monthOman will need further measures to keep its budget deficit in check, its Finance Ministry saidOman waded back into the international debt market for the first time in more than a year with a $2 billion bond sale after raising the possibility of assistance from its Gulf neighborsA burst of debt deals in the Gulf has pushed issuance to a record in the region as borrowers rush to shore up their oil-dependent budgets before the U.S. electionThe World Bank anticipates that economies in the Middle East and North Africa will contract more deeply than initially estimatedEmirates NBD PJSC braced for credit losses by more than doubling the amount of money set aside in provisions amid the coronavirus pandemic as it reported a 55% slump in its nine-month profitRussia and Saudi Arabia held a second phone call this week to discuss the OPEC+ agreement after officials from the group warned of the potential for a weaker oil market in 2021Russia doesn’t rule out delaying scheduled production hikes by the OPEC+ alliance, President Vladimir Putin saidRussia’s daily coronavirus mortality figures understate the real toll from the disease, according to a former employee of the Kremlin’s statistics agencyA Ukrainian bond offering was canceled for the second time this year, showing the country’s difficulties in overcoming investor concernsPolish government bond yields have fallen below zero, joining a small number of elite emerging markets in central and eastern Europe with the luxury of getting paid to borrowPoland’s new daily coronavirus cases rose to a recordThe Czech Republic registered a daily record of new Covid-19 cases, confirming the worst current outbreak of the disease in EuropeTurkey is sticking to its demands that the U.S. transfer missile technology and share production for Ankara following its purchase of a Russian air-defense system that has alarmed NATO partnersTurkey’s sovereign wealth fund postponed its debut Eurobond sale due to adverse market conditions that would have likely resulted in a higher cost than expectedThe Turkish central bank’s double-edged interest-rate decision left most analysts unconvincedThe Bank of Israel will buy 35 billion shekels ($10.4 billion) more in government bonds and provide cheap credit for small businesses to boost the economySaad Hariri returned as Lebanon’s prime minister, a year after stepping down in the face of nationwide protestsRomania reported a new daily record of Covid-19 cases and the most deaths since the start of the pandemicLatin America:Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro stepped up criticism of a Chinese vaccine being developed in partnership with a renowned research institute in his countryConsumer prices rose more than forecast in mid-October amid surging food costs, fueling bets the central bank may lift its key rate by early next yearEconomy Minister Paulo Guedes said he’s fighting to make it clear that the government won’t drop its spending capBrazil needs to spend less in order to induce growth, central bank President Roberto Campos Neto saidInvestors are giving up on Argentina just six weeks after it pulled off a $65 billion debt restructuringThe country is considering adjustments to its tax and social security structures as part of a plan to address economic imbalances, the Economy Minister saidArgentina’s parallel foreign exchange rate hit a record low; exports slowed last month while imports shot up amid the new currency controlsChile’s two-year credit default swaps fell to the lowest level since a wave of protests and riots started a year ago, even as the country braces for a constitutional referendumMexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday that the central bank needs to cut interest rates further to help reactivate the economy, even as a spike in inflation is slowing an easing cycle and may end it altogetherMexico’s inflation accelerated above the ceiling of its target range in the first half of October, cramping the central bank’s space for more rate cutsMexico reached a deal to supply water to the U.S. under a seven-decade-old treaty, ending an escalating conflictThe nation’s biggest economic risk is a second wave of Covid-19 infections and there should be more caution at the workplace to prevent that, Finance Minister Arturo Herrera saidColombia plans to present at least seven projects this year that can be financed using part of a $5 billion credit line with a U.S. development bank, according to its top diplomat in WashingtonPeru’s President Martin Vizcarra criticized a bid by a group of lawmakers to impeach him over bribery allegations, barely a month after an initial attempt to oust him over a separate graft caseThe government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is approaching some of the nation’s creditors in a bid to lay the groundwork for a debt deal should sanctions ease after next month’s U.S. electionAn influential Trump administration official secretly met with a representative of Maduro’s regime in Mexico City in September to try to negotiate the Venezuelan leader’s peaceful exit from powerThe market for bonds sold by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company could finally be awakening from a months-long slumberSuriname plans to use the 30-day grace period on a coupon payment due Oct. 26, giving it more time to work with external creditors(An earlier version corrected the time stamp to say 4:20 p.m. in New York)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Tim Patrick has emerged as the NFL’s unlikeliest of go-to receivers. The 27-year-old wideout who arrived in Denver as a practice squad player in 2017 was buried on the Broncos’ depth chart behind Pro Bowler Courtland Sutton, highly touted rookies Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler, and 2018 fourth-rounder DaeSean Hamilton just two months ago.
Italian singer Laura Pausini has released "Io Si (Seen)," written by 11-time Oscar nominee Diane Warren. The song is taken from “The Life Ahead” starring Sophia Loren. “lo Si” (Seen) is the Grammy winner’s second entry in the original song race, with hopse to land a nom for the 93rd Academy Awards set for next April. Warren, […]
This week, Estonia hosted the Three Seas Summit. On paper, the initiative is aimed at improving infrastructure in 12 former Warsaw Pact states and Austria, countries that lie between the Baltic, the Black Sea and the Adriatic. But since its creation, the Three Seas Initiative has become the focus of increasing international tension. The outcome of this year’s Three Seas Summit (TSI) in Estonia: a billion-dollar pledge of loans from Washington, a 200-million dollar investment by technology giant Google, and promises by Estonia (also home to the Nato cyber warfare center) to create the cyber-backbone of the Three Seas Initiative.But the TSI is not just another forum where national leaders can rub shoulders.The TSI was initiated by Poland and Croatia in 2015, and is a brainchild US think tank like the Atlantic Council. On the surface, it focuses on promoting investment in north-south connectivity (transport infrastructure, transport, energy supply) to counter the post cold war pattern which is east-west oriented . . . think of gas pipelines running from Russia to EU core countries through Germany.Poland, traditionally squeezed between European superpowers, and often divided internally, was looking for alternatives.It found a ready partner in the US.“It is a geopolitical project that aims at maintaining central and eastern Europe in the Euro-Atlantic space and cut the link with Russia,” said Pierre-Emmanuel Thomann, president of the geopolitical think tank Eurocontinent and a lecturer at the University of Lyon.US shale gasLast but not least: the TSI would create a market for US shale gas, a direct competitor for the Russian-German Nord Stream gas pipeline project, which pumps gas provided by Russian energy giant Gazprom via the Baltic States into the EU’s main territory.The importance Washington attributes to the project was underlined by US President Donald Trump, who attended the 2017 TSI Warsaw Summit.That triggered the attention of the EU – never too happy with the project - and then European Council member Jean-Claude Juncker attended the 2018 TSI Bucharest meeting, while the EU Regional Development Fund was earmarked to supply 155 billion euros.A start, “but not enough,” estimates Thomann who says that bringing the infrastructure of the 12 TSI states up to western European levels would require between 500 and 600 billion dollars.Covid-19 spoils the partyBut the Covid-19 pandemic has stopped the project in its tracks. The whole summit was done by online tele-conferencing, while the upcoming US elections prevent other countries from making “bold decisions,” says Thomann, who also noted the presence of German and EU observers who “did not make commitments” in terms of money supply to the project – no more mention was made of the 155 billion euros due to come from the Regional Development Fund.“The Covid-19 recovery fund is also linked to the EU budget,” according to Thomann. “Because of the Covid crisis there will be a lot of competition (between EU member states when it comes to access to EU money. Priorities have changed.”Divide Europe?He also noted a change of attitudes towards the project, notably by Germany.“Germany was suspicious of the project, because it was initiated by the US, and it would create a new bloc that would divide Europe.”Germany is against that because “it is the central power which tries to maintain all the countries around - with Germany as the center.”So Germany joined TSI “to neutralise” attempts by the project that could harm German interests. This triggered the EU commitment, so the project “wouldn’t go against EU objectives”.The problem is that if the estimated number of 500-600 billion dollarsis not reached, the individual TSI countries won’t have enough money to upgrade their infrastructure.And that’s where China sees a chance.Initiated by Beijing in 2012, the Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries (CCCEEC,) today dubbed the “17 + 1” project, brings together a group of European and Asian nations under China’s management as part of its Belt and Road Inititative (BRI,) the trillion dollar infrastructural project that spans the Eurasian continent.'Systemic rival'Some of the CCCEEC countries, notably Poland and Hungary, are also part of the Three Seas Initiative.But the EU has become increasingly suspicious of China’s moves into Europe. The “17+1” cooperation signed BRI-related preliminary agreements with Beijing, without first consulting Brussels. Beijing's other investments and acquisitions have seen some European politicians accuse the Chinese of “buying up Europe”. In the 2019 EU-China Strategic Outlook, Brussels calls China a “systemic rival.” Most recently, French president Emmanuel Macron said that the EU needs a unified strategy instead of individual national policies. “I agree, that we, democracies on the European continent should stick together and guard our values and not allow non-democracies to expand their imperial schemes,” Veiko Spolitis, a former Lithuanian member of parliament who now works as a fellow for the Latvia Institute of International Relations in Riga told RFI.But Brussels first talked austerity, not soft loans for development projects. Now it is more concerned with finding out how to pay for the massive debts generated by the Covid-19 crisis.Contradiction“If we don’t want to let China in, then Paris, Berlin, London, however Brexit turns out, have to get together and really strategically think about the further integration of the EU,” said Spolitis.“It’s a contradiction,” Thomann concurred. The TSI and the Chinese '17+1' are “competing geopolitical projects. Eastern European countries try to get the best of all different contradictory geopolitical objectives.” In the end, he expects that no matter who wins the US elections, a great deal of pressure will be exerted on the TSI member states to not align with China’s infrastructural plans.In the end, Thoman estimates the Chinese may back off. “It will be easier for them to reach Central Asia and cooperate with Pakistan,” as a result of mounting pressure on Europe not to cooperate with China, and increasing skepticism in Europe regarding China as well.