Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria wanted to add a new baby girl to their family after suffering two pregnancy losses to give their children the little sister they "craved".
Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria wanted to add a new baby girl to their family after suffering two pregnancy losses to give their children the little sister they "craved".
The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been trying to find a way out of the bloody crisis that has racked fellow member Myanmar since the military ousted an elected government led by democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi. The military has shown little willingness to engage with its neighbours and no sign of wanting to talk with the government it ousted.
(Bloomberg) -- Europe’s late but accelerating vaccination push is allowing monetary officials to begin pondering an economic future free of the curse of the coronavirus.While European Central Bank policy makers will reiterate existing emergency stimulus settings with a horizon of March 2022 when they meet by video this week, the step-up in immunizations across the region has emboldened some of them to start a public discussion on what might happen when the pandemic no longer menaces the euro region.There’s a spectrum of views on that outlook. Dutch central bank Governor Klaas Knot favors tapering crisis bond purchases as soon as the third quarter, while his French colleague, Francois Villeroy de Galhau, cites March as a possible end date. President Christine Lagarde reckons monetary support will be needed “well into the recovery.”ECB officials know only too well that weaning financial markets off emergency stimulus is a fraught task. For now, they have the comfort of knowing that they still have time before any winding down of stimulus needs to begin, and in the meantime they can look across the Atlantic for a guide to the pitfalls.The Bank of Canada has already hinted that it might be one of the first Group of Seven institutions to start paring back monetary policy support. At the central bank’s next decision on Wednesday, officials may announce slower bond purchases, a policy shift that their counterparts in Frankfurt can only dream of for now.What Bloomberg Economics Says:“The ECB will no longer have to fret about rising government borrowing costs when it meets on April 22. A full assessment of the pace of asset purchases will not happen until June, but the tone of this week’s press conference may offer some hints on the debate to come. The hawks are likely to focus on the successful containment of bond yields and the economic recovery, while the doves will be more cautious.”--David Powell, senior euro-area economist. For full analysis, click hereElsewhere, central bankers in Russia, Israel and Indonesia also hold rate decisions and China follows up record-breaking GDP data with its high-profile Boao forum.Click here for what happened last week and below is our wrap of what is coming up in the global economy.U.S. and CanadaIn the U.S., investors will be watching for the latest reading of weekly jobless claims -- after they dropped to a new pandemic low -- to gauge whether upside momentum in the labor market is holding. Reports on manufacturing, services, new and existing homes sales are also due out.Officials at the Federal Reserve are in blackout ahead of their next policy meeting on April 27-28.If the Canadian central bank’s decision on Wednesday proceeds to detail next steps to pare bond purchases, such a roadmap would set policy apart from the neighboring U.S., where the Fed isn’t expected to attempt a so-called taper until next year.The BOC has been buying a minimum of C$4 billion ($3.2 billion) in government bonds each week, accumulating more than C$250 billion over the past year. That pace is likely no longer warranted with an outlook that appears to improving dramatically by the week, helped by a recovery in commodity prices and a robust housing market.Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make a pitch for tens of billions in additional spending to support the recovery.For more, read Bloomberg Economics’ full Week Ahead for the U.S.AsiaChina is signaling it’s open for business with the resumption of its high-profile Boao forum, where key leaders, senior government officials and business executives will discuss the economy’s outlook in a post-pandemic world. Among likely speakers are PBOC’s Governor Yi Gang, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, Apple’s Tim Cook, Tesla’s Elon Musk and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink.Japanese export figures will offer an indication of how firmly world demand is recovering as the pandemic grinds on. Early April figures for South Korea will provide an even more up-to-date snapshot of the health of global trade, as will Taiwan export orders for March.Japan inflation numbers are still likely to show falling prices ahead of a Bank of Japan meeting the following week that is set to show inflation failing to reach 2% during Haruhiko Kuroda’s stint as governor.Indonesia is set to keep interest rates steady at Tuesday’s meeting.For more, read Bloomberg Economics’ full Week Ahead for AsiaEurope, Middle East, AfricaInitial data on economic activity in April will likely show the U.K.’s dominant services industry has rebounded strongly as larger parts of the economy reopened. The same can’t be said about activity in major euro-zone economies reeling under renewed restrictions.U.K. inflation, meanwhile, probably stayed well below the Bank of England’s target in the previous month.Read more: U.K. Economy Picks Up Steam as Hiring Restarts With Lockdown EndIsrael is expected to keep rates on hold at 0.1% on Monday as the central bank helps steer the world’s most-vaccinated economy out of lockdown. The central bank chief said the low long-term interest-rate policy will continue as long as there isn’t an unexpected inflationary surge, and the primary goal is to return to growth.Data on Wednesday will probably show that Ghana’s economy grew 1.3% in the fourth quarter after the country eased pandemic restrictions. In South Africa, inflation is forecast to accelerate to 3.3%, back within the lower bound of central bank’s target range.For more, read Bloomberg Economics’ full Week Ahead for EMEALatin AmericaLook for Brazil’s economic activity indicator posted Monday to show a second straight decline in February, which reflects the end of government aid to poor families, rising prices and a deadly new phase of the pandemic.Though well short of the crisis in Brazil, a new wave of the virus in Colombia likely undercut February’s economic activity index after a -4.6% print in January.In Mexico, a report out Thursday should put bi-weekly inflation up near a three-year high, pressured by core goods and energy. Analysts see Banxico holding at 4% this year, year-end inflation just above the 4% target ceiling with growth at a decade-high.The country’s unemployment rate probably held near a five-year high in March while retail sales data should betray significant slack in the economy.Don’t let Thursday’s report on Argentina’s economic activity –- it likely rose for a 10th month in February -- obscure the big picture: After three years of recession, more than 40% of the country has fallen into poverty, it’s cut off from credit markets, Covid-19 cases have spiked and inflation is surging.For more, read Bloomberg Economics’ full Week Ahead for Latin AmericaFor 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.
Le riaperture in Italia dal 26 aprile fanno infuriare Massimo Galli. "Il premier Draghi sul Covid non ne ha azzeccata una", dice l'infettivologo del Sacco di Milano in un'intervista a Il Fatto Quotidiano. La preoccupazione di Galli è che possano tornare a salire i contagi. "Ci saranno un milione di infezioni attive in Italia o pensate che tutti i positivi si fanno il tampone e vengono a saperlo?", domanda il direttore del reparto di Malattie infettive del Sacco e docente alla Statale. "Sotto casa mia qui a Milano c'è un mercatino all'aperto, poco fa (ieri mattina, ndr) ci sono passato ed era strapieno come non succedeva da mesi. Il punto è che con l'annuncio di venerdì è stato dato un messaggio di 'liberi-tutti' che proprio non ci potremmo ancora permettere. Almeno fino a una migliore copertura dei settantenni con la prima dose e degli ottantenni con la seconda. Mi sembrano obiettivi ancora lontani". Galli fa poi l'esempio di quanto accade in altri Paesi: "La Francia, che con le vaccinazioni è messa più o meno come noi, le scuole le ha chiuse. Nel Regno Unito hanno fatto un lockdown duro e stanno riaprendo solo ora. Anthony Fauci ha affermato che gli Stati Uniti sono ancora ben lontani dall'avere il problema sotto controllo. A me piacerebbe tantissimo far parte della schiera che pensa l'Italia sia messa benissimo, ma purtroppo non è così". Si aspettava la vittoria della linea-Salvini? "Se devo essere franco non avrei pensato prevalesse così velocemente -risponde Galli-. Ma sono in profondo disaccordo con tutta la strategia adottata dall'Italia. Mi duole dirlo, perché su Mario Draghi, come milioni di italiani, riponevo molte aspettative, ma sulla pandemia non ne ha azzeccata ancora una". Altri errori, secondo l'esperto, sono stati commessi nella gestione del caso del vaccino AstraZeneca e il rischio trombosi: "Sul vaccino AstraZeneca abbiamo avuto un allineamento passivo su posizioni internazionali che non ci potevamo permettere visto lo stato della diffusione del contagio in Italia. Inutile dire, come fa Maurizio Crozza che è un attento osservatore, come sia più facile essere colpiti da un fulmine che da una trombosi dopo il vaccino. Troppe concessioni sono state fatte anche al partito trasversale pro riapertura delle scuole".
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Lionel Messi scored twice, including a stunning solo goal, as Barcelona blew away Athletic Bilbao to win the Copa del Rey on Saturday, consigning their opponents to a second final defeat in two weeks. The cup was won and lost in a whirlwind 12 minutes in Seville, which saw Barca score four times to clinch an emphatic 4-0 victory, with Messi at his devastating best.It remains to be seen if his seventh Copa del Rey triumph is the last trophy Messi lifts in Barcelona colours but if this was to be a final flourish, the 33-year-old crafted a fitting farewell. "It's very special to be captain of this team where I have spent my whole life and very special to be able to lift this cup," Messi said.His first goal, and Barca's third, started with the Argentinian in his own half before a charging run down the right and a surge forward into the penalty area gave him the chance for a simple finish. With the club's new president Joan Laporta in the crowd, Ronald Koeman's first title as Barcelona coach should also significantly boost his chances of remaining in charge beyond the summer. "To win a title is important for me," Koeman admitted afterwards.Yet Laporta was noticeably evasive when asked about Koeman's future. "He is doing well," he said.Koeman took over a team at rock bottom, humiliated by an historic loss to Bayern Munich and wounded by the attempts of Messi to leave the club for free. But this 31st Copa del Rey success for the club is a testament to progress made and Koeman will hope it not only helps convince Messi to stay but gives Barca momentum now in a neck-and-neck title race in La Liga."Despite the changes at the club and the young players, at Barca you have to always fight for trophies," Koeman said. "We have the first one and now we are going to fight to the last game in La Liga."'Turned it around'Gerard Pique said it felt like the club had been "reset". "Sometimes you fall down and you have to get up," Pique said. "It has been a difficult year but the team has turned it around."Messi was sent off when Athletic Bilbao beat Barcelona, also at the La Cartuja, in January to win the Spanish Super Cup but they never looked like pulling off a repeat. After Athletic lost to their Basque rivals Real Sociedad in last year's postponed final only two weeks ago, lifting themselves for another showpiece in the same stadium and against a tougher opponent was always going to be a big ask. "In both finals we played well below the level that we're capable of," said Athletic coach Marcelino Garcia Toral. Barcelona were almost ahead after four minutes as Sergio Busquets played in Messi, who rolled back for Frenkie de Jong but his sidefooted finish came back off the far post. Sergino Dest dragged wide while Inigo Martinez had Athletic's best chance but as he stretched for the bouncing ball, he could only poke over.Athletic seemed to have played their way into the match before half-time but Barcelona came out with renewed vigour, with Unai Simon making two brilliant saves to deny Antoine Griezmann and then Busquets, both from close range. But when the resistance gave way, it became a collapse, with goals scored in the 60th, 63rd, 68th and 72nd minutes to leave Athletic's hopes in tatters. First, Messi slipped in Dest down the right and his cross was diverted in by Griezmann before the second came from the opposite flank, Jordi Alba curled in a cross for De Jong to nod in. The third was a spectacular from Messi, who started the move in his own half, leaping over one challenge and dodging another. He took the ball back from Dest and drove down the right wing, away from three opponents and inside. Messi twice played off De Jong, the second time after motoring forward into the penalty area, where he darted between two last Athletic defenders and slid the finish into the far corner. His second, and Barca's fourth, was more straight-forward, Alba pulling a cross back for the Argentinian to tuck under a weak right hand from Simon and inside the post. For Athletic, there was no way back.(AFP)
Ben Askren's fight against Jake Paul was everything his peers feared.
Jake Paul has described his emphatic victory over Ben Askren as the “craziest moment of his life” as he dedicated the win to his late friend and security guard. The YouTube celebrity passed what was billed as by far his toughest boxing assignment to date with flying colours, stopping his opponent - a former MMA star - with a crushing right hand with less than a minute on the clock in round number one of Saturday night’s Triller Fight Club main event in Atlanta, Georgia.
A candlelight vigil was held at a Sikh temple in Riverside, California, on April 17 for the victims of a shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis.Four of the eight people killed in the shooting on Thursday were Sikh, according to Sikh Coalition. Signs were held to remember all eight victims during the California vigil.Video taken by Gurpeet Singh shows people gathered on a street corner at the Gurdwara Riverside showing their support for the families of the victims and calling for an end to “senseless violence”.“Time for us to stop being red or blue, and start being red, white and blue,” Singh told Storyful. Credit: Gurpeet Singh via Storyful
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A New York police officer was doused in a chemical after stopping a motorist for driving through a red light in Brooklyn, New York, on April 17.The driver later threw a lit Molotov cocktail at the police while being pursued, according to the New York Police Department.However, the cocktail bounced off a police car windshield and shattered on the street, according to news reports.This bodycam video shows the moment the officer is doused in a chemical after asking for a driver’s license and vehicle registration. Credit: New York Police Department via Storyful
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The Tories’ Andy Street is on course to regain the West Midlands for Boris Johnson in a major blow to Keir Starmer’s efforts to erode the Conservatives’ “red wall” powerbase outside London. An exclusive poll shows Mr Street is four points ahead of former Labour Cabinet minister LIam Byrne in the race to be mayor of the West Midlands even when second preference votes from “left-wing” parties are taken into account. The survey of 1,000 adults by pollster Find out Now and election experts Electoral Calculus shows Mr Street is seven points ahead on the first poll, by 52 pr cent to 45 per cent. When second preference votes from the LIbDems Jenny Wilkinson, Greens Steve Caudwell and a local independent candidate Ashvir Sangha, Mr Street is still ahead 52 per cent to 48 per cent. Martin Baxter, chief executive of Electoral Calculus said: “It’s another tight race for West Midlands Mayor, with Andy Street just ahead again according to our poll. But his lead is less than the margin of error, so it’s not done and dusted yet.” Mr Street, 57, came to politics after a career at the helm of John Lewis and his victory in the West Midlands mayoral election in September 2016 was seen as a major upset. In an interview last week, Mr Street suggested it was a harbinger of the political earthquake that saw Boris Johnson seize traditional Labour strongholds in the Midlands and the North in the 2019 general election. 'The West Midlands was where the Red Wall first crumbled,' he told the Daily Mail. “In 2005 we had just one MP in the Black Country, we've now got ten of the 13. “Some people on the Left like to make out this was an aberration in 2019 which occurred over the twin points of Brexit and Corbyn, and I simply reject that. This has been a much more long-term phenomenon here. “We moved forward in 2010, 2015, 2017, 2019. My election in 2017 was the first real breakthrough point in it. What happened after is history. “I do believe that what we will see at this next election is that the support for the Conservatives across some of those areas is much, much more deep-seated than the Labour Party would like us to believe.” It is a major test for the new Labour leader Mr Starmer and the result will provide an insight into whether he has managed to restore the party’s appeal with its grassroots voters disillusioned by the London-centric radical policies of Mr Corbyn. Chris Holbrook, chief executive of Find Out Now, said: “Politics in the West Midlands is an important part of the national picture, so we’re glad to be able to shine the spotlight on it with our polling.”
The bodies of two men were found in the Singapore River close to Clarke Quay early on Sunday (18 April) morning.