The absconding rape accused and self-styled godman Nithyananda has begun issuing visas for visitors, it appears.
The absconding rape accused and self-styled godman Nithyananda has begun issuing visas for visitors, it appears.
The departures include the team's leading tackler and leading rusher.
Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba struck after Ademola Lookman opened the scoring for the hosts.
The 45th president campaigned on a promise to make America great again — but, as Ilhan Omar once told me, he never truly understood what made America great in the first place
Zion Williamson got a big win Wednesday.
Poet charged by President Joe Biden with composing a piece on unity and collective purpose
(Bloomberg) -- Alcoa Corp.’s warning that higher costs may weigh on its earnings this quarter muted any optimism from better-than-expected results at the end of 2020.The biggest U.S. aluminum maker reported fourth-quarter earnings that beat analysts’ expectations as aluminum prices surged and sales continued to improve from the reopening of economies. However, the company “anticipates lower quarterly performance” because of rising costs in its alumina business and lower selling prices for bauxite, it said in a statement Wednesday.The caution signal comes as Alcoa works to recover from coronavirus shutdowns at automakers and other customers that crimped demand earlier last year. The company said that while the magnitude and duration of the pandemic is unknown, it expects aluminum shipments of 2.7 million to 2.8 million metric tons this year, a drop from the 3 million tons the company shipped in 2020.Alcoa shares fell 2.6% at 6:21 p.m. after the close of regular trading in New York.The manufacturer has set a high bar for stock performance going into 2021, with its shares almost doubling in the final three months 2020, the best quarterly performance in records going back to 1980. Investors have bet that mending global economies and a receding pandemic will stoke metal consumption.Alcoa said on a conference call Wednesday that it expects less volatility and improved markets in 2021, and projected global aluminum consumption to rise 7% in 2021.Benchmark aluminum prices posted the biggest gain in the second half of a year since 2010 as manufacturers worldwide started to recover from the virus shutdowns. The metal had fallen to a four-year low in April as the pandemic crimped demand from automakers and other customers.Alcoa reported fourth-quarter earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $361 million, according to the statement Wednesday. That was higher than the $348.2 million average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.Alcoa said on the conference call with analysts that sustaining $375 million in capital expenditures is “reasonable” the next few years. The company also said it’s keeping its $2 billion-$2.5 billion net-debt target.The company said in late 2019 that it intended to pursue sales of non-core assets that would generate $500 million and $1 billion in net proceeds. It managed to get within that range after selling a rolling-mill business for $670 million and a waste-management facility for $250 million.(Updates with aluminum and spending outlooks in fifth and eighth paragraphs)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.
(Bloomberg) -- Joe Biden canceled the Keystone XL oil pipeline hours after becoming president, killing once again a cross-border project that had won a four-year reprieve under his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump.In one of his first major environmental actions, Biden on Wednesday revoked TC Energy Corp.’s pipeline permit, according to a person familiar with the orders Biden signed.The move brings Keystone’s fate full circle, repeating a decision made in 2015 by President Barack Obama to keep the pipeline from crossing the border. Trump reversed that in 2017 on his fourth full day in office over the objections of environmental groups.TC Energy said it was “disappointed” and would suspend work on the project, leading to the layoff of thousands of workers. The decision overturns “an unprecedented, comprehensive regulatory process that lasted more than a decade and repeatedly concluded the pipeline would transport much-needed energy in an environmentally responsible way,” said the Calgary-based company.TC Energy shares closed down 1.15%, to C$55.92 in Toronto trading.Environmentalists are counting on the latest rejection -- coming more than a dozen years since the pipeline was first proposed -- to stick. They argue the project would provide an outlet for heavy Canadian oil sands crude extracted in Alberta through particularly energy-intensive processes that ratchet up its carbon footprint.“Putting a stop to the dirty and dangerous Keystone XL tar sands pipeline immediately and once and for all would be an important first step and testament to the leadership of the diverse grassroots movement that has long pushed to stop it and other harmful pipelines,” said Tiernan Sittenfeld, a senior vice president with the environmental group League of Conservation Voters.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was critical of the decision.“The pipeline -- the most studied infrastructure project in American history -- is already under construction and has cleared countless legal and environmental hurdles,” Marty Durbin, president of the chamber’s Global Energy Institute, said in a statement. “This is a politically motivated decision that is not grounded in science.”Biden promised the action on the campaign trail, yet his formal step still provoked outrage from oil industry leaders, some Canadian interests and labor unions that support the project.“The Biden administration has chosen to listen to the voices of fringe activists instead of union members and the American consumer on Day 1,” said the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters in an emailed statement based on news reports before the action.Construction of Keystone XL already began last year, jump started with a $1.1 billion investment by the province of Alberta. Whole segments of the line, including one that crosses to U.S.-Canadian border, have already been built.TC Energy has worked to make the project more palatable to a Democratic administration, inking labor agreements with four major pipeline unions last August, agreeing to sell an equity stake in the line to indigenous communities along the route and promising to power it entirely with renewable energy.Still, Keystone XL has been a lightning rod for controversy and a litmus test for environmentalism almost since it was first proposed in 2005. The 1,179 mile (1,897 kilometer) segment is designed to move oil from Alberta through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, then connect with an existing network feeding crude to the Gulf Coast. The line would carry as much as 830,000 barrels of oil a day.Opponents argue it will stimulate oil sands development, contributing to climate change.Years ago, proponents of the controversial crude pipeline argued that more of Canada’s cheaper, heavy crude would help fuel producers on the U.S. Gulf Coast wean off supplies from countries like Venezuela or the conflict-prone Middle East.But refiners in Texas and Louisiana have become increasingly flexible, using more of the abundant light oil from shale fields. Plus, Canadian crude’s price advantage has narrowed, and imports from the country have roughly doubled in a decade to a steady flow of more than 3.5 million barrels a day, without Keystone XL.“It’s not an issue for refiners,” said Robert Campbell, head of oil products research at Energy Aspects Ltd. “They can switch into domestic light. The hurt would be on oil sands producers.”Sandy Fielden, director of oil research at Morningstar Inc., said doing away with Keystone in the short run won’t affect the supply of Canadian oil because of plans to expand another line and use existing infrastructure.“Those will be sufficient to meet local needs at least for now,” Fielden wrote in a statement. “If anything, scrapping the Keystone XL system would favor U.S. buyers since it would cause a backup of supplies in Canada that would ultimately pressure prices lower and more attractive.”From the archive -- Why the Keystone Project Is Controversial: QuickTakeCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed disappointment in the pipeline decision.“While we welcome the president’s commitment to fight climate change, we are disappointed,” Trudeau said in a statement. “I look forward to working with President Biden to reduce pollution, combat climate change, fight COVID-19, create middle class jobs, and build back better by supporting a sustainable economic recovery for everyone.”Keystone XL was one of only a handful of energy and mining projects Biden took an explicit stand against while on the campaign trail. Environmentalists emboldened by his move on Keystone are already pressuring him to revoke a critical authorization allowing continued operation of Energy Transfer LP’s Dakota Access oil pipeline and take action against Enbridge Inc.’s plan to replace and expand its aging Line 3 pipeline from Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin.“It’s exciting news,” said Dallas Goldtooth, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network. “Now what are you going to do about Line 3 and the Dakota Access pipeline? We are happy, but we want to see what comes next.”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 Andrés Manuel López Obrador continued his spat with Twitter on Wednesday, accusing one of the companies’ representatives in Mexico of having previously worked for politicians of the conservative opposition National Action Party. López Obrador suggested the social media company might be biased, and he displayed a resume that he said showed the executive's previous work for National Action senators and ex-President Felipe Calderon. While López Obrador didn’t name the executive, it was a clear reference to Twitter's public affairs director for Mexico and Latin America, Hugo Rodriguez.
(Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks looked set to climb Thursday after the S&P 500 reached a record on optimism that fiscal spending will revive growth and bolster corporate earnings. The dollar weakened.Australian equities advanced and futures in Hong Kong and Japan pointed higher. In the U.S., the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 Index jumped more than 2% and the S&P 500 posted its best first-day reaction to a presidential inauguration since at least 1937. Netflix Inc. and chip-maker ASML Holding NV were among companies that gained on solid results.Treasuries were little changed. Oil pared a rally late in the trading session as concerns over lackluster consumption amid the pandemic crept back in. Gold and copper climbed. The loonie rose to a two-year high after the Bank of Canada predicted a strong second half rebound.Investors looked past a fresh stumble in the rollout of vaccines and elevated infection rates, toward the promise of increased economic support and an expanded federal effort to get shots to more Americans under President Joe Biden. Stimulus plans in Japan and Europe will come under further scrutiny Thursday after central bank decisions in those jurisdictions.“If stimulus happens at the same time that people get vaccinated, the optimism can’t help but build,” said Keith Buchanan, a portfolio manager for GLOBALT Investments in Atlanta. “It’s a fairly safe bet there will be another stimulus package with more direct payments to consumers and individuals and more help for small businesses.”Investors are counting on more aid to help propel economic growth under Biden, who is planning a flurry of executive orders on his first day. Still, it won’t be all smooth sailing, with Janet Yellen encountering early Republican resistance to Biden’s relief plan in her confirmation hearing to become Treasury secretary.On the virus front, Germany suffered record daily deaths and a study on the South African variant raised concern about the efficacy of vaccines.These are some key events coming up:Policy decisions are due Thursday from the Bank of Japan, Bank Indonesia and the European Central Bank.Earnings are due from companies including Kia Motors Corp., Schlumberger Ltd. and Yes Bank Ltd.These are the main moves in markets:StocksS&P 500 futures rose 0.1% as of 8:36 a.m. in Tokyo. The gauge climbed 1.4% on Wednesday.Futures on Japan’s Nikkei 225 climbed 0.8%.Hang Seng futures earlier gained 0.2%.Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index rose 0.8%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index slipped 0.1%.The yen was at 103.52 per dollar.The offshore yuan was at 6.4616 per dollar.The euro bought $1.2116.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries held at 1.08%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude dipped 0.6% to $52.99 a barrel.Gold was at $1,871.57 an ounce.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.
Everyone will again be watching the vote totals for Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, but the math says no candidate is likely to be voted in.
On his way out the door, President Donald Trump pardons a former Googler, Jack Ma reappears and Wattpad gets acquired. Although Donald Trump is no longer president of the United States as I write this, he still held the role on Tuesday evening, when he included former Googler Anthony Levandowski (who had been sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing trade secrets) in his final set of 73 pardons.
'This is democracy's day': Biden sworn in as 46th president of the United StatesMillions watch inauguration from home as chief justice administers oath of office at Capitol, two weeks after mob riot * Joe Biden sworn in as president – follow live
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On the very spot where President Joe Biden delivered his inaugural address, an insurrectionist mob had tried — and failed — to overturn his election just two weeks before. Nearby, at the West Terrace doors, a Capitol police officer was brutally assaulted with a flagpole in a one of the siege's most chaotic moments.
China said on Wednesday it wanted to cooperate with President Joe Biden's new U.S. administration, while announcing sanctions against "lying and cheating" outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and 27 other top officials under Donald Trump. The move was a sign of China's anger, especially at an accusation Pompeo made on his final full day in office that China had committed genocide against its Uighur Muslims, an assessment that Biden's choice to succeed Pompeo, Anthony Blinken, said he shared.
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Fox NewsHours after Fox News anchor Chris Wallace heaped praise upon President Joe Biden’s inaugural address, his network colleague Greg Gutfeld roundly mocked the Fox News Sunday moderator’s remarks and, of course, tore apart the new president’s speech.Immediately following Biden’s speech, in which he called upon Americans to “end this uncivil war,” Fox News viewers were greeted Wednesday afternoon with Wallace labeling it “the best inaugural address I have ever heard.” Beyond that, the veteran news anchor also touted Biden’s warning to the media about spreading disinformation and lies—something many of his Fox cohorts have especially profited from throughout the Trump era.During Wednesday’s broadcast of Fox News’ The Five, resident liberal panelist Juan Williams first grilled Gutfeld about the post-election predictions from right-wing media pundits (and QAnon conspiracy theorists) that President Donald Trump would somehow remain in office.“What happens now that Joe Biden is in office?” Williams wondered aloud.Gutfeld ignored the question, making a snide remark about the Russia investigation and claiming Williams just wanted him to “take the bait.” From there, the pro-Trump Fox host went on a lengthy rant about the inauguration’s messaging.“I believe there should be a call for unity until you consider the source, a party, and a candidate that pushed smears, that ginned up racial division and other kinds of divisions toward half a population,” he groused, somehow not talking about Trump. “The Democrats manufactured the divide!”“They seasoned it and watered it and it culminated in a year of violence on, get this, both sides,” Gutfeld continued, invoking Trump’s infamous Charlottesville defense that the Fox host now believes was fake news. “So the Dems are great at creating a problem and saying they have a solution. This is called extortion!” The Fox host additionally claimed that the “media-industrial complex” has created division, echoing a previous argument he made the day after the deadly Capitol riots, in which he claimed Trump supporters were “justified” in their distrust of the media or elections.“Other than that, Juan, an amazing inauguration,” Gutfeld snarled. “I agree with Chris Wallace, the greatest inauguration I’ve ever seen in my entire life!”Continuing with the over-the-top mockery of Wallace, he shouted: “And I’ll even go further than Chris Wallace: It’s the greatest inauguration I will ever see! Ever see! I think we should just stop with the inaugurations!”Gutfeld’s mocking outburst comes as the network deals with declining ratings by overhauling its weekday lineup to emphasize right-wing opinion programming—an obvious effort to attract disgruntled pro-Trump viewers who abandoned over Fox’s accurate election-night news reporting. Gutfeld himself is reportedly in consideration for a daily late-night talk show, while Fox recently let go a number of news staffers, including political editor Chris Stirewalt, who was the face of Fox’s election decision desk.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.