The European Commission is likely to tap financial markets in "late spring" to finance pre-payments for 27 national plans for recovery from the pandemic, seeking to borrow tens of billions of euros, European Economic Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said. Gentiloni said February and March would be key months for the Commission's assessment of how each of the 27 EU governments wants to spend its share of the EU's 750-billion-euro recovery fund, which will then be validated by EU finance ministers. "This means that in late spring, the Commission will go to financial markets to raise this money... with the goal of disbursing the pre-financing of this 13% to each country with an approved plan," he said.
AC Milan defender Theo Hernandez had a "false positive" for coronavirus last weekend while teammates Ante Rebic and Rade Krunic have both now recovered, the Italian league leaders confirmed on Thursday.
Union Pacific's fourth-quarter profit chugged ahead as shipping volume improved for the first time since before the coronavirus pandemic slowed the economy to a crawl last year. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.25 per share.
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Turning Mount Everest’s trash into treasure Courtesy: Ivar Studios / Sagarmatha Next Location: Nepal Trash collected from the world's tallest mountain Courtesy: Goran Thulin will be transformed into art and displayed at a nearby gallery Courtesy: Sagarmatha Next Used oxygen bottles, torn tents, cans, and plastic wrappers are usually dumped or burned in open pits polluting the air and water, and contaminating the soil (SOUNDBITE) (Nepali) SAGARMATHA NEXT PROJECT COORDINATOR, PHINJO SHERPA, SAYING: "It is a unique idea, to collect garbage and display it in a museum. This will further increase tourism. At the same time, this will also lead to waste management and encourage the young generation to visit the area." Courtesy: Tommy Gustafsson / Sagarmatha Next Courtesy: Goran Thulin
An early morning walk in Geraldton, Western Australia, provided a local resident with the sight of a shark or shovelnose ray feeding close to shore on January 21.In footage captured by Paula Moses, the creature can be seen flapping against the waves at Point Moore Beach.“The shark had come in much shallower but I was too late to capture that on video,” Moses told Storyful.She added, “It appeared to be in the midst of a feeding frenzy, going up and down a small stretch of beach for about five minutes before swimming off into deeper water.”The “little dude” was “having some breakfast,” Moses said on Facebook.Commenters on the video suggested the fish could have been some species of shovelnose ray, rather than a shark. Credit: Paula Moses via Storyful
AC Milan players Rade Krunic, Ante Rebic and Theo Hernandez are available for selection again after their latest coronavirus tests, the Serie A club announced on Thursday. Croatia forward Rebic and Bosnia midfielder Krunic have made a full recovery from the virus and received negative results, while defender Hernandez was found to have received a false positive test on Sunday. “AC Milan announces that both Ante Rebic and Rade Krunic underwent a molecular swab test with negative results and this morning had the medical exams required to resume professional activity,” a club statement read.
Valverde eyes Olympics as López and Mas target Tour de France, Soler the Giro, and all four hit the Vuelta
A regional election in Catalonia, initially set for next month, remains up in the air after a court took a preliminary decision Thursday against a 3-month delay ordered by the northeastern Spanish region’s government due to the surge of COVID-19. The Catalonia High Court said that, pending a final decision on the matter before Feb. 8, the election should preventively be kept for Feb. 14 instead of pushing it back to May 30. The timing leaves little choice to half a dozen political parties divided along the lines of left and right, but also between support or opposition for the region's independence, other than to begin preparations for the vote.
Nathan Evans’ rendition of The Wellerman went viral on TikTok last month.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21 — A housewife who was caught shoplifting food for her children was today given food aid personally delivered in a surprise visit and act of kindness by the Petaling Jaya police...
Bordeaux flanker Cameron Woki was drafted into the France squad for the opening Six Nations game against Italy following the withdrawal of Gregory Alldritt, the French federation announced on Thursday.
Russian prosecutors warned supporters of Alexei Navalny on Thursday against staging demonstrations, after his probe into President Vladimir Putin's alleged "palace" became the Kremlin critic's most-watched YouTube investigation.
Zanskar (Ladakh) [India], January 21 (ANI): Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Thursday attended the ongoing Zanskar Winter Sports and Youth Festival and assured sports infrastructure development in the Union Territory.
Pope Francis, who is scheduled to visit Iraq in March, on Thursday condemned a twin suicide bombing that killed at least 32 people in a Baghdad market as a "senseless act of brutality". In a message sent in his name to the Iraqi president, the pope gave no indication as to whether the bombing would affect his planned trip. "In deploring this senseless act of brutality, he (the pope) prays for the deceased victims and their families, for the injured and for the emergency personnel in attendance," the message said.
Italian police arrested 50 people on Thursday and placed a prominent centrist politician under investigation in a crackdown on the 'Ndrangheta mafia that prosecutors say lays bare its efforts to launder cash and buy influence. The 'Ndrangheta is based in the southern region of Calabria, the toe of Italy's boot, and has surpassed Sicily's more famous Cosa Nostra to become the most powerful mafia group in the country -- and one of the largest crime gangs in the world. Among those placed under investigation was Lorenzo Cesa, head of the small UDC party, who was in the national spotlight last week after he rejected overtures from Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to join the ruling coalition, which has lost its absolute majority in parliament.
Nithin Lukose’s Malayalam-language “Paka: The River of Blood,” Chhatrapal Ninawe’s Marathi-language “Ghaath” (Ambush) and Sreejith Karanavar’s Konkani-language “Aiz Maka Falea Tuka” (Today Me Tomorrow You) were among the winners at India’s Film Bazaar project market that concluded on Thursday. “Paka” and “Ghaath” were presented in the Work in Progress lab strand of the Bazaar, while […]
“Hi I’m Maren. I am a professional astrologer, current philosophy graduate student and entrepreneur.” When is the right time to trade bitcoin? Could the answers be in the sky? The cryptocurrency’s mysterious movements baffle many financial analysts. Enter Maren Altman, bitcoin investor and astrologer. The 22-year-old has been following the movements of celestial objects to predict price fluctuations since last summer. And while many people might mock her methods, she has built up a 1 million-strong following on TikTok. “My TikTok on this absolutely blew up a few weeks ago." "In my readings when I see this coming up I know there was a huge scale breakthrough." "If you’re excited to look at the upcoming astrology for bitcoin for 2021 – make sure you like, subscribe, hit the notification bell so you never miss what the stars have in store for you financially or otherwise.” Earlier this year, the New Yorker told her followers to watch for a price correction on January 11th. Why? Because Saturn was going to cross Mercury. Indeed bitcoin fell 21% on that day before recovering most of its losses, slamming the brakes on a meteoric rally that’s seen the cryptocurrency double from early December to a record $42,000 at the beginning of January. “I get a lot of people as a joke saying things like, I trust you with my life or like things like that, and I think that a lot of it is satire because I think a lot of people do understand that I'm not an oracle. I'm just someone who studies patterns and I'm good at studying patterns. I don't feel comfortable making any financial advice. Like I don't tell people when to buy or sell. I'm looking at price trends, but that depends on you like eye dollar cost average. I do buy based on my own predictive data, but I also am just buying on a regular basis and investing and what not.” But how does it work? For the uninitiated, Mercury – the planet – represents bitcoin’s price data and Saturn is a restricting indicator. “So astrology can be thought of like a giant mirror or a symbolic language where certain signifiers of planetary alignments are archetypes and they represent themes in the world like growth or restriction or aggression or peace. And when we look how that is interplaying with the chart of a given moment, whether that is a human life or a company, when we look at how the current sky is overlaying on top of something that's already created, we can see how current events are impacting on something that's already happened.” So what do the stars have in store for the world’s favorite cryptocurrency in the coming months? Maren says she sees favorable indicators in February and early March but a big price correction mid-March and that May will be bullish.
Pakistan has ordered a U.S.-based website propagating the faith of Pakistan's minority Ahmadis shut down over allegedly blasphemous content, one of the site's managers said Thursday. Harris Zafar said Pakistan’s Telecommunication Authority earlier this month issued a legal notice for him and fellow American Amjad Mahmood Khan, who also manages Trueislam.com, demanding that the site be shut down. Zafar said the website is based in the U.S., where both he and Khan live and work, and called Pakistan's action “a brazen act of suppression of freedom of expression and freedom of religion."
Rory McIlroy began his 2021 season in sparkling fashion, assembling a spotless 64 to take a one-shot first round lead over Ryder Cup team-mate Tyrrell Hatton at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Thursday.