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Trump rallies his base to treat coronavirus as a ‘hoax’  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:40

Trump rallies his base to treat coronavirus as a ‘hoax’At a South Carolina rally on the eve of the Democratic primary, the president also sought to manage expectations about the White House’s response to the outbreak.


AOC takes down Ted Cruz over coronavirus comment  » 
29 Feb 2020, 0:22

AOC takes down Ted Cruz over coronavirus commentNew York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has delivered an online lesson to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz after he questioned her authority to comment on matters of science.


Mexico Has Two Coronavirus Cases, Health Officials Say  » 
28 Feb 2020, 22:30

Mexico Has Two Coronavirus Cases, Health Officials Say(Bloomberg) -- A 35-year-old man was confirmed as the first coronavirus case in Mexico, the country’s deputy health minister said on Friday. A second case was verified by a state health official.The first patient has a mild case and has been put in quarantine along with family members in the country’s Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference for further testing, deputy health minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said at the National Palace.The man is a resident of Mexico City who took a trip to Italy in February. The case is Mexico’s first, and the second known instance in Latin America after Brazil confirmed a case on Wednesday.“We have the capacity to deal with the situation,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said at his morning press conference.The man traveled to Bergamo, Italy, for a conference, where he had direct contact with an infected Italian national who normally lives in Malaysia.The second case, in the northern border state of Sinaloa, is a 41-year-old man who also traveled to Italy, said Efren Encinas Torres, the state’s health minister in an interview on Radio Formula. That patient is in isolation, as is a colleague he traveled with, who has not presented any symptoms.Local health officials sent details to the national agency for confirmation.“We see the state laboratory’s confirmation as valid, but nevertheless we will verify it in our own laboratory,” Lopez-Gatell said.Separately, Lopez-Gatell said that a cruise ship that had been stopped in Cozumel on suspicion of possible infection had no cases aboard and that passengers would be allowed to disembark.Worldwide, more than 83,000 cases have been confirmed and deaths from the virus have topped 2,800 people. On Friday, Iran, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the U.K. all reported new infections. Nigeria confirmed the first infection south of the Sahara desert.The Mexican peso fell 0.7% to end the day at 19.6437 per dollar, its weakest close since October 2019. Mexico’s benchmark Mexbol stock index plunged 2.6% after the coronavirus news.(Adds details about second case in lead and sixth paragraph. A previous version added case details, worldwide numbers and stock move.)To contact the reporters on this story: Justin Villamil in Mexico City at jvillamil18@bloomberg.net;Lorena Rios in Mexico City at lriost@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Carolina Wilson at cwilson166@bloomberg.net, Nacha Cattan, Dale QuinnFor 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.


North Korea's Kim guides military drills, warns 'serious consequences' if virus breaks out: KCNA  » 
28 Feb 2020, 22:19

North Korea's Kim guides military drills, warns 'serious consequences' if virus breaks out: KCNANorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw military drills on Friday, state media KCNA said on Saturday, a rare public outing amid efforts to prevent an outbreak of the coronavirus in the isolated country. North Korea has not confirmed any cases of the virus, but state media said a month-long quarantine period had been imposed for people showing symptoms and "high-intensity" measures were taken including reinforcing checks in border regions and at airports and sea ports. On Feb. 16, Kim made his first public appearance in 22 days to visit a mausoleum marking the anniversary of the birth of his father and late leader Kim Jong Il.


Stock markets are headed for a 40 percent plunge, says economist who predicted financial crisis  » 
28 Feb 2020, 22:09

Stock markets are headed for a 40 percent plunge, says economist who predicted financial crisisThe end of a very rough week for U.S. markets brought a worrying prediction.While one expert warned fallout from the global coronavirus outbreak could be "worse than the financial crisis" of 2008, the economist who correctly predicted that very crisis is now saying the idea of a major global recession "doesn't sound too farfetched."Nouriel Roubini, a New York University business professor and market prognosticator who foretold the housing bubble burst, told Yahoo Finance on Friday to expect "severe" consequences as the coronavirus continues to rattle markets. How severe? He told Der Spiegel it could be worse than investors even believe at this point, predicting "global equities to tank by 30 to 40 percent this year."He said people "prefer to believe in miracles," (not necessarily referencing President Trump's prediction the coronavirus will "disappear ... like a miracle,") and don't realize the "simple math" tells us that realistically, a squeezed Chinese economy will mean downturns around the globe. "This crisis will spill over and result in a disaster," said Roubini.Roubini, who is often nicknamed Dr. Doom for his frequent pessimistic predictions, also saw doom and gloom for Trump's future as president as a result of any economic strife. Asked by Der Spiegel, Roubini said Trump would likely try to benefit politically from the outbreak, but "will lose the election, that's for sure." Pointing to past incumbent presidents getting ousted amid geopolitical tensions that damaged the economy, he said "The Democratic field is poor, but Trump is dead. Quote me on that!"Though the week just saw a 3,500-point drop for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Roubini warned: "It is far from being over." Read more at Der Spiegel.More stories from theweek.com A coronavirus recession would likely end Trump's presidency Court: Don McGahn can defy congressional subpoena Democrats ponder a coup d'Bernie


Traveling during the coronavirus outbreak? Here’s what you need to know  » 
28 Feb 2020, 21:56

Traveling during the coronavirus outbreak? Here’s what you need to knowWith COVID-19 spreading around the globe, the U.S. State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued these travel advisories.


I Fought the Taliban. Now I'm Ready to Meet Them at the Ballot Box.  » 
28 Feb 2020, 21:35

I Fought the Taliban. Now I'm Ready to Meet Them at the Ballot Box.Afghanistan Vice President-elect Amrullah Saleh's family was tortured by the Taliban. Now he's ready to give peace a chance.


More than 30,000 pounds of yogurt spilled on New York highway after accident  » 
28 Feb 2020, 21:17

More than 30,000 pounds of yogurt spilled on New York highway after accidentA tractor trailer carrying more than 30,000 pounds of yogurt in western New York jackknifed on a highway Thursday afternoon.


Many Venezuelans struggle to put food on the table in crisis  » 
28 Feb 2020, 21:11

Many Venezuelans struggle to put food on the table in crisisFor Yeri Guerra, getting by during hard times in Venezuela means sometimes skipping meals so her two young boys still at home can eat before heading to school. According to a survey recently published by the U.N. World Food Program, one of every three Venezuelans cope with food insecurity, unable to get enough to meet their basic dietary needs. In an apparent shift for Venezuela, people surveyed said food is now available in a country once riddled by shortages, but it's more difficult to afford because they've lost their jobs as Venezuela's crisis deepens.


Americans of all parties agree: Joe Biden is old, Michael Bloomberg is rich  » 
28 Feb 2020, 20:49

Americans of all parties agree: Joe Biden is old, Michael Bloomberg is richPollsters at The Associated Press and NORC gave the public a chance to describe presidential candidates in one word or short phrase. The results were... telling.Democrats described former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg as nearly equal parts "smart," "young," and "gay." Independents and Republicans were far more likely to describe him as "gay," as well as "inexperienced," and "centrist." Philanthropist Tom Steyer was more overwhelmingly described as "rich" by Democrats, while independents and Republicans opted for "inexperienced."While former Vice President Joe Biden scored some mentions of "good person" among Democrats, he mostly got "old." Independents and Republicans also mostly called him "old," followed by "corrupt" and "creepy."Democrats and independents similarly described Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as "old" at the highest rate, though Republicans went straight for "socialist," followed by "old," and "communist."> How poll respondents described 2020 candidates in one (or a few more) words. https://t.co/I53LZ1dSR1 pic.twitter.com/GbcahfoHCl> > — Philip Bump (@pbump) February 28, 2020Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is older than Biden and just months younger than Sanders, is universally regarded as "rich" (a fair assessment), and Republicans said he's "buying the election."Democrats were split in describing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as "smart" and "strong," though independents and Republicans view her primarily as a "liar," as well as "crazy" and a "woman," which is hardly up for debate.While the Democratic candidates were generally regarded more positively by members of their own party, surveyed Republicans didn't come up with great words for President Trump. Most Republicans simply said "president," followed by "bumbling" and "jerk."The AP-NORC poll was conducted Feb. 12-16 via phone interviews with 1,074 adults. The margin of error is ±4.2 percentage points. View the full results at AP-NORC.More stories from theweek.com Stock markets are headed for a 40 percent plunge, says economist who predicted financial crisis A coronavirus recession would likely end Trump's presidency Court: Don McGahn can defy congressional subpoena


Federal appeals court rules against Trump in two major immigration cases  » 
28 Feb 2020, 19:16

Federal appeals court rules against Trump in two major immigration casesThe 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a block on the administration’s policy of forcing migrants seeking asylum to wait in Mexico while the cases play out.


Bill Gates says the coronavirus is a pandemic and a 'once-in-a-century pathogen.' Here are the solutions he's proposing to fight it.  » 
28 Feb 2020, 19:06

Bill Gates says the coronavirus is a pandemic and a 'once-in-a-century pathogen.' Here are the solutions he's proposing to fight it."COVID-19 has started behaving a lot like the once-in-a-century pathogen we've been worried about," Gates wrote in a new op-ed.


3 US airlines are canceling flights to global destinations outside of China as coronavirus spreads — here's the list  » 
28 Feb 2020, 18:30

3 US airlines are canceling flights to global destinations outside of China as coronavirus spreads — here's the listUS airlines are axing flights to numerous destinations in South Korea, Italy, and Japan as coronavirus continues to spread around the world.


Laurene Powell Jobs says she won't pass down her and Steve Jobs' billions to their children: 'It ends with me'  » 
28 Feb 2020, 18:15

Laurene Powell Jobs says she won't pass down her and Steve Jobs' billions to their children: 'It ends with me'Powell Jobs, who is worth an estimated $24 billion, said she believes a massive accumulation of wealth is "dangerous for a society."


Montenegro's president accuses Serbia and Russia of undermining independence  » 
28 Feb 2020, 18:09

Montenegro's president accuses Serbia and Russia of undermining independenceMontenegro's president accused Serbia and Russia on Friday of using the Serbian Orthodox Church to undermine his country's pro-Western government as it seeks European Union membership. Milo Djukanovic, who has ruled for over three decades, said that a series of rallies against a religion law which have been led by Serbian Orthodox clerics in the tiny Balkan country were intended "to question Montenegro's independence." Metropolitan Ilarion, a Russian Orthodox Church cleric, has voiced support for the interests of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro.


Billionaire Steyer shakes up primary with slavery reparations plan  » 
28 Feb 2020, 18:08

Billionaire Steyer shakes up primary with slavery reparations planFor centuries, South Carolina's Charleston was the largest port of entry for the transatlantic slave trade. Now, a billionaire activist named Tom Steyer is shaking up the state's Democratic primary by advocating slavery reparations for African Americans. A California financier turned philanthropist and environmental campaigner, Steyer has poured tens of millions of dollars into the state ahead of Saturday's vote -- with a single-minded focus on the black voters who make up 60 percent of its Democratic electorate.


Chicago police boost mass transit presence amid crime spike  » 
28 Feb 2020, 17:57

Chicago police boost mass transit presence amid crime spikeA spike in crime on Chicago's rail system and some recent high profile outbursts of violence has prompted the city's police department to put 50 more officers in trains and on platforms and assign four detectives to investigate nothing but Chicago Transit Authority crimes, officials announced Friday. Hours after the new security plan was unveiled, Chicago police said an officer shot a person on the platform of a CTA station in the Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Days before the announcement by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Interim Chicago Police Superintendent Charlie Beck, riders began seeing more police SWAT officers boarding trains and manning platforms on the nation's second largest public transit system.


25 Glass Coffee Tables for Any and Every Living Room  » 
28 Feb 2020, 17:46

Central Park Five's Kevin Richardson slams Bloomberg campaign  » 
28 Feb 2020, 16:58

Central Park Five's Kevin Richardson slams Bloomberg campaignKevin Richardson, a member of the Central Park Five, has hit out at Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s presidential run and his blocking of a multimillion-dollar settlement over the group’s wrongful persecution.Mr Richardson, one of the five teenagers wrongfully convicted for the shocking assault of Trishia Meili in 1989, was reported to have criticised Mr Bloomberg at an event outside his campaign office in Manhattan.


Trump 'could suck coronavirus out of 60,000 people' and he'd still be criticized – Huckabee  » 
28 Feb 2020, 16:17

Trump 'could suck coronavirus out of 60,000 people' and he'd still be criticized – Huckabee* Top Republican on Fox News defends Trump and Mike Pence * Vice-president leading coronavirus containment effort in US * Whistleblower: US coronavirus staff were untrained and unprotectedDonald Trump could “personally suck” the coronavirus “out of every one of the 60,000 people in the world, suck it out of their lungs, swim to the bottom of the ocean and spit it out, and he would be accused of pollution for messing up the ocean”, a top Republican has claimed.Former Republican Arkansas governor and ex-presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made the outlandish statement on Twitter on Thursday night and on Fox News’ Fox & Friends show on Friday morning.> Mike Huckabee says Trump "could personally sick the virus out of every one of the 60,000 people in the world, suck it out of their lungs, swim to the bottom of the ocean and spit it out, and he would be accused of pollution for messing up the ocean." pic.twitter.com/X7xbC5ebDz> > — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 28, 2020According to the World Health Organization (WHO) more than 82,000 cases of the coronavirus have in fact been confirmed worldwide, with about 2,800 deaths. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 60 confirmed cases in the US.In the US, Huckabee’s widely ridiculed comment followed the publication of a column for Fox News in which he took aim at criticism of Trump’s choice of Vice-President Mike Pence to lead US containment efforts.Critics have said Pence’s religious faith, plus the decisions he took as governor of Indiana on scientific and public health matters, make him a poor choice to lead efforts undermined by budget cuts and poor organization.Huckabee said Pence was “a proven leader who knows how to get people with different perspectives working together effectively” on public health matters including the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) outbreak of 2014.“Instead of calling for bipartisan cooperation in this life-or-death effort,” he wrote, “liberals reacted with collective outrage, even going so far as to ridicule the vice-president’s Christian faith as a way of suggesting that he’s not qualified for the role.“Numerous media outlets have also published and broadcast one-sided reports trashing Pence’s handling of an HIV outbreak as governor of Indiana, but such criticisms are both inaccurate and irrelevant.”The outbreak in question happened in 2015. Pence declared a public health emergency but many said faith-driven cuts to sexual health programs made the situation worse.Huckabee, the father of the former Trump press secretary Sarah Sanders, is not the first rightwing commentator to claim Democrats and the media are using concerns over the coronavirus outbreak to attack and undermine the president.Earlier this week, the conservative shock jock and presidential medal of freedom honoree Rush Limbaugh claimed “the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump” and said “the coronavirus is the common cold”.Some experts have criticised media coverage of the outbreak as inaccurate and potentially alarmist.According to the Guardian’s guide to the coronavirus, sufferers report “coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. In severe cases there can be organ failure. As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use … Recovery depends on the strength of the immune system. Many of those who have died were already in poor health.”The outbreak began in China. The WHO has not yet declared it a pandemic but international markets, trade, travel and sporting events have been severely affected. In the US on Friday the Dow Jones Index plunged again, at the end of the markets’ worst week since the financial crisis of 2008.In Geneva, a WHO spokesman said: “The outbreak is getting bigger. The scenario of the coronavirus reaching multiple countries, if not all countries around the world, is something we have been looking at and warning against since quite a while.”


Why is Iran's reported mortality rate for coronavirus higher than in other countries?  » 
28 Feb 2020, 15:53

Why is Iran's reported mortality rate for coronavirus higher than in other countries?Iran has now suspended parliament indefinitely due to the outbreak. Secretary of State Pompeo says the U.S. has offered to help Iran respond to the virus.


Shocking: China and the CIA Both Helped Saudi Arabia Get Their Own Ballistic Missiles  » 
28 Feb 2020, 14:20

Shocking: China and the CIA Both Helped Saudi Arabia Get Their Own Ballistic MissilesWell that was a bad idea.


The Strange Tale of How British Commandos Attacked Hitler's Fish Oil Production  » 
28 Feb 2020, 14:10

The Strange Tale of How British Commandos Attacked Hitler's Fish Oil ProductionMore important than you know.


Air Transat kicked a family off a plane after their daughter started coughing, as airlines tighten measures against coronavirus  » 
28 Feb 2020, 13:14

Air Transat kicked a family off a plane after their daughter started coughing, as airlines tighten measures against coronavirusTwo doctors told a family it was ok for their coughing baby to fly, but the pilot still removed them from the plane.


Judge refuses to reconsider releasing secret Jeffrey Epstein-related documents  » 
28 Feb 2020, 10:36

Judge refuses to reconsider releasing secret Jeffrey Epstein-related documentsA federal judge has denied a motion that could have allowed the release of more than 1,000 documents related to the investigation of crimes committed by Jeffrey Epstein and others.The motion, filed by the Miami Herald and investigative journalist Julie K. Brown, asked the judge to reconsider a previous decision to keep the files secret.


Malaysian king hits back at Mahathir amid crisis  » 
28 Feb 2020, 10:20

Malaysian king hits back at Mahathir amid crisisMalaysia's king struck down Friday a power play by 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad aimed at seizing momentum in a political crisis, capping a week of turmoil that has left the country effectively leaderless. Old foes Mahathir and Anwar Ibrahim are locked in a power struggle sparked by the elderly leader's resignation and their ruling coalition's collapse, following a failed bid to push out leader-in-waiting Anwar. Mahathir, currently interim leader, earlier announced the parliament session would take place Monday and the monarch, who appoints the premier, agreed with the decision.


Let Us Tell You All of the Reason Why the B-2 Bomber Rules  » 
28 Feb 2020, 7:00

Let Us Tell You All of the Reason Why the B-2 Bomber RulesMeet the B-2 Spirit.


A joke gone too far? Some police departments are offering to 'test' meth for coronavirus. Not everybody is laughing  » 
28 Feb 2020, 3:45

A joke gone too far? Some police departments are offering to 'test' meth for coronavirus. Not everybody is laughingLaw enforcement agencies across the nation are jokingly encouraging meth users to bring their drugs in so they can be tested for coronavirus.


Israeli ex-general takes third jab at ousting Netanyahu  » 
28 Feb 2020, 3:45

Israeli ex-general takes third jab at ousting NetanyahuFormer armed forces chief Benny Gantz will take a fresh shot at unseating Israel's veteran Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday after two previous electoral showdowns ended in deadlock. The 60-year-old has been in the public eye since first declaring political ambitions and running against Netanyahu in December 2018. Within months, his centrist Blue and White party shocked Israeli politics by matching Netanyahu's rightwing Likud in polls last April and then edged it in September.


Black Lives Matter activist Hawk Newsome on the current state of America  » 
28 Feb 2020, 3:33

Black Lives Matter activist Hawk Newsome on the current state of AmericaNewsome is chairman of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, and has spent his adult life advancing the cause of what he calls the "Second Civil Rights Movement."


A Chinese destroyer fired a weapons-grade laser at a US surveillance aircraft, US Navy says  » 
28 Feb 2020, 1:22

A Chinese destroyer fired a weapons-grade laser at a US surveillance aircraft, US Navy says"Weapons-grade lasers could potentially cause serious harm to aircrew and mariners," US Pacific Fleet said.


Trump Spends 45 Minutes With ‘Deep State’ Play Actors Amid Coronavirus Mayhem  » 
27 Feb 2020, 22:40

Trump Spends 45 Minutes With ‘Deep State’ Play Actors Amid Coronavirus MayhemNATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland—One day after briefing the press in an attempt to calm nerves about the spread of the new coronavirus, President Donald Trump spent 45 minutes talking to the lead actors of a low-budget conservative play about the so-called Deep State. Phelim McAleer, the playwright behind the play FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers, told The Daily Beast that the meeting with Trump had originally been scheduled for just 15 minutes but went 30 minutes longer than that. “We went for a 15-minute meeting that took 45 minutes,” McAleer said. “We were there for 45 minutes in the Oval Office, and he loves it, he loves the play.”Trump hasn’t seen the play, according to McAleer, but praised its concept: a script based entirely on congressional testimony and the text messages between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who discussed the FBI’s investigation into Trump’s campaign and Russia while having an affair. The play’s leads—Superman actor Dean Cain and former Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Kristy Swanson—also attended the White House meeting.  Lisa Page Sues FBI and the Justice Department for Leaking Her Texts With Peter StrzokMcAleer said Trump complained in the meeting about “why some people are in prison [and] why other people aren’t”—an apparent re-airing of grievances that law enforcement officials involved in investigating his campaign haven’t been charged, while his own campaign staffers have been.“He did most of the talking,” McAleer said. McAleer said he couldn’t remember whether coronavirus came up in his discussions with the president. “It was 45 minutes,” he said, “we talked about a lot of things.” The meeting was not listed on the president’s formal daily guidance and was only announced via a press release from New Hampshire Republican Party official with ties to James O'Keefe’s video sting operation, Project Veritas. What else Trump was up to on Thursday was not entirely clear. In uncharacteristic fashion, the president barely tweeted throughout the day, as the Dow Jones industrial average took another massive dive driven by fears that the spread of the virus may severely disrupt global commerce and medical supply chains. Late Thursday afternoon, he called the press in for a meeting with Trump-friendly African-American leaders and media personalities to discuss community empowerment, several of whom called him the best president since Lincoln.The White House did not return a request for comment. But according to three people who’ve independently discussed coronavirus with the president over the past three weeks, each said he seemed more preoccupied with his beliefs that Democrats and perceived enemies in the news media were going to try to use coronavirus panic to make him “look bad” than with the public health fallouts. “He made a joke about how he could invent a cure for the coronavirus tomorrow, and Nancy Pelosi would still find ways to criticize him for it,” said one source who privately spoke to Trump in the past weekWhile the president was out of sight, Vice President Mike Pence was not. On Wednesday, the VP was tasked with spearheading the administration’s response to the virus’ outbreak. And by Thursday he had made several appointments to supplement the task force, including tapping a former Obama administration official, Debbie Birx, who had previously served as U.S. global AIDS coordinator. That decision was widely cheered among Democrats and medical experts. But the goodwill was quickly replaced by concerns that the VP’s office was limiting public communication from various health agencies in an effort to assert control over messaging around the crisis. Officials at the office of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases, told The Daily Beast that he was not able to speak to the press because the White House was handling all media requests. Meanwhile, an official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they would not be able to return media inquiries for a matter of “days” despite the intense public interest in gathering and disseminating official information on the virus. Coronavirus May Explode in U.S. Overnight Just Like in ItalyPence himself did not brief the press on Thursday. But he did speak at a gathering of conservative activists known as CPAC. And while there, he spent time talking to two conservative media luminaries. According to the vice president’s pool report, Pence met with Fox News’ Sean Hannity for 15 minutes to discuss coronavirus for Hannity’s show. And Eric Bolling, a Sinclair TV host and friend of the president, told The Daily Beast that he too had an audience with Pence, behind the CPAC stage. “I asked him if he thought $2.5 billion [for a federal response] was enough... I even asked him why not go further than even [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer’s $8.5 billion ask...and say… $18 billion,” Bolling said. “Whatever we don’t spend, return to the Treasury? He said, ‘President Trump has made it clear’ that there will be as much funding as needed to fight an epidemic here.”According to Bolling, Pence said that he and Trump had talked about the administration’s coronavirus task force that day. Later on Thursday, Pence went to the Department of Health and Human Services to meet with the task force himself, during which he re-emphasized that the president’s vision is a “whole of government approach” and declared that “in the days ahead the full resources of the government will be brought to bear.” The vice president is slated to attend a fundraiser in Florida on Friday, hosted by former Congressman Vern Buchanon. As of now, the event appears to be still on. The VP’s office did not respond to numerous requests as to whether they were considering canceling.  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.


Top Democrat signals Sanders needs majority to claim nomination  » 
27 Feb 2020, 21:51

Top Democrat signals Sanders needs majority to claim nominationUS House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday signaled to Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders that he would need an outright majority of delegates, not just a plurality, to win the party's presidential nomination. Washington's top Democrat declined to say whether she would support the candidacy of Sanders -- flagbearer for the left-wing -- if he arrived at the party convention in July with the most delegates among the candidates, but still short of a majority.


'He fought us every single step of the way': How Bloomberg embraced stop-and-frisk as mayor  » 
27 Feb 2020, 20:50

'He fought us every single step of the way': How Bloomberg embraced stop-and-frisk as mayor"He dug in and fought us all the way to his last day in office," an activist who opposed stop-and-frisk recalled.


Doomsday Mom Told Her Husband’s Kids Their Dad Was Dead Via Text Message  » 
27 Feb 2020, 19:57

Doomsday Mom Told Her Husband’s Kids Their Dad Was Dead Via Text MessageThe saga of doomsday couple Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell—from the missing kids to the dead spouses—has been one strange twist after another. But even those who have been following along may be shocked by a series of newly emerged text messages.The messages, obtained by East Idaho News, start with Vallow informing her then-husband Charles’ grown children that their father had “passed away” the day before.Of course, Charles Vallow had not simply passed away. He was shot dead on July 11 by Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, who told police it was a case of self-defense. But Lori refused to tell her stepsons that, or provide them with any useful information, the text messages reveal.“Hi boys. I have very sad news,” she wrote. “Your dad passed away yesterday. I’m working on making arrangements and I’ll keep you informed with what’s going on. Im still not sure how to handle things. Just want you to know I love you and so did your dad!!”The sons pressed for more information over the course of the afternoon, but received nothing in response.“Lori it’s been 3 hours. You’re not that busy. I don’t care what you’re doing,” one wrote.She replied, “I'm sorry you are so upset. I’m so upset too... I’m waiting to hear back from the Medical examiner to make sense out of all this for myself. Please be patient with me. It’s a crushing situation all around.”It’s not clear why she would have needed to hear from the medical examiner to make sense of Charles’ death; police have said she was there when Cox shot her husband, in front of 17-year-old Tylee and 7-year-old J.J.—Lori‘s two children who are now missing.Doomsday Writer Claimed Dead Wife Helped Him Find New OneThe increasingly exasperated sons pressed for funeral arrangements and explanations. None came. “Okay Lori. It’s been 3 days. You let us know our father passed away over a text message,” one wrote to her. “We need any information you have. What happened, when did it happen, how did it happen. Where is he now. Are there any funeral plans and can [we] be a part of it...“This isn’t a nonchalant topic you can just throw a text at and be done with it.”Lori’s response was that “these are your dads wishes.”“He and I discussed this a lot over the years we have been together. My plan is to have him cremated as he wished and then take all 5 of you kids to Hawaii to spread his ashes. He did not want a funeral. He wants a celebration of his life,” she wrote.One of the sons told East Idaho News that he and his brother figured out which mortuary had their father’s body and just showed up, but the funeral director was just as tight-lipped as their stepmother.“He was very shaky and nervous. We asked him for information, and he said something like, ‘I can’t tell you that. It was requested that I tell you nothing,’” the son said.Idaho Doomsday Couple Found in Hawaii—Without Missing KidsThe sons arranged a memorial service for their dad. Lori didn’t show up.At the time Charles was shot dead, he and Lori were estranged. She had begun reading the writings of Chad Daybell, a prolific Idaho-based author of apocalyptic novels for Mormon audiences, and she got involved with Preparing a People, a community of doomsday preppers where Daybell was a prominent voice.According to a divorce petition Charles Vallow filed in February 2019 and later withdrew, she had become “obsessive about near-death experiences and spiritual visions” and claimed to be “a god assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ’s second coming in July 2020.” He also claimed she threatened to kill him if he interfered with her plans.By July, Charles was living in Texas and Lori was in Arizona with Tylee and J.J., who was adopted and autistic. Charles traveled to see the children and, according to Lori, got into a physical confrontation with her, forcing Cox to rush to her rescue and shoot him.After Charles was killed, Lori moved with Tylee and J.J. to Idaho, where Daybell lived with his wife of nearly 30 years, Tammy. By October, Tammy was dead, too.Doomsday Writer Claimed Dead Wife Helped Him Find New OneDaybell said she felt sick, went to bed and never woke up. He declined an autopsy, and authorities listed the cause of death as natural. Two weeks later, he married Lori in Hawaii—where she had once lived with Charles and where she supposedly had planned to scatter his ashes.It does not appear that Tylee and J.J. were at the wedding. In fact, no one has seen Tylee since a family trip to Yellowstone National Park in early September, and J.J. has not been seen or heard from since Sept. 23.He stopped going to school, Lori got rid of his service animal, and some of the children’s belongings were put in a storage bin. According to Idaho police, Lori and Chad lied to neighbors about whether she even had children, or where they were.Alerted by extended family, police in Rexburg, Idaho turned up in December to check on the children. A police narrative included in court documents says Lori claimed J.J. was with a friend in Arizona and then called the friend in an unsuccessful effort to get her to lie.When cops returned the next day to probe further, Lori and Chad were gone. After they surfaced in Hawaii, an Idaho judge issued a court order demanding Lori return within a few days and produce the children.She didn’t show, and the judge signed an arrest warrant—allowing Hawaii police to take her into custody. Held on $5 million bail, she agreed Wednesday to waive extradition and return to Idaho to face charges of child desertion, contempt of court, and promoting criminal behavior.Through their Idaho attorney, both Vallow and Daybell have denied wrongdoing. In court in Hawaii on Wednesday, Vallow’s lawyer said the only reason she didn’t comply with the court order was because the judge planned to put the children in foster case—though he also provided no details about their whereabouts.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.


Indiana police officer arrested for pretending to arrest 15-year-old son  » 
27 Feb 2020, 19:56

Police rescue 24 babies, pregnant teens from Nigerian 'baby factory'  » 
27 Feb 2020, 18:35

Police rescue 24 babies, pregnant teens from Nigerian 'baby factory'Nigerian police have rescued 24 babies and four expectant mothers from an illegal maternity home in the southern oil city of Port Harcourt, a spokesman said Thursday.


Betsy DeVos orders probe after USA TODAY finds college evidently without faculty, students  » 
27 Feb 2020, 18:29

Betsy DeVos orders probe after USA TODAY finds college evidently without faculty, studentsBetsy DeVos has launched an Education Department investigation after a USA TODAY report showed a college apparently had no faculty or students.


Elise Stefanik, newest star of Trumpworld, has turned impeachment into a fundraising boon  » 
27 Feb 2020, 18:00

Elise Stefanik, newest star of Trumpworld, has turned impeachment into a fundraising boonLeveraging her impeachment performance, Rep. Elise Stefanik raised $3.2 million in the last three months of 2019, exceeding the reelection haul of progressive darling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.


Anger as Somali rapist and murderer pays 75 camels to escape death  » 
27 Feb 2020, 16:49

Deadly riots expose India's Hindu-Muslim divide  » 
27 Feb 2020, 15:32

Deadly riots expose India's Hindu-Muslim divideGul Mohammad had a flourishing footwear business until masked men armed with crude petrol bombs burnt down his shops during Delhi's sectarian riots, shattering the harmony between Hindus and Muslims in the neighbourhood. The Hindu-majority neighbourhood of Ashok Nagar on the northeast fringes of India's capital was once held up as an example of how people from different religious backgrounds could live side-by-side peacefully.


Pope cancels second day of engagements after falling ill  » 
27 Feb 2020, 14:44

Pope cancels second day of engagements after falling illPope Francis has cancelled official audiences for a second day in succession after being taken ill. The Vatican said the 83-year-old had celebrated morning Mass as usual and greeted participants at the end. He planned to keep his private meeting schedule as planned but decided to cancel official audiences. It did not reveal what the pontiff is suffering from, but he was coughing and blowing his nose during Ash Wednesday Mass this week. On Thursday, he cancelled a planned trip across the city to celebrate Mass with Rome priests. His illness comes amid an outbreak of coronavirus which has infected 650 people in Italy and caused disruption across the north of the country. Rome has had three cases, but all three people have recovered. On Thursday, Vatican officials refused to comment on whether Pope Francis has been tested for coronavirus, confirming only that he had missed a planned Mass for the start of Lent due to a slight illness. "This morning, the pontiff did not go to St. John Lateran basilica for the Penitential Mass with Roman clergy," Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement to The Telegraph. "Due to a light indisposition, he preferred to stay near [his Vatican residence] Santa Marta. Other duties are proceeding regularly."


Biden says he's not worried about Trump refusing to leave if defeated in November  » 
27 Feb 2020, 14:40

Biden says he's not worried about Trump refusing to leave if defeated in NovemberJoe Biden says he isn't worried about the prospect of President Trump refusing to leave his post if he’s defeated in November.


Seattle Is Socialism’s Laboratory, and It’s Not Pretty  » 
27 Feb 2020, 13:16

Seattle Is Socialism’s Laboratory, and It’s Not PrettyDemocratic socialists are in the middle of a hostile takeover of the Democratic Party. Led by the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and the “squad” of newly elected congresswomen, the hard-left coalition has laid out an ambitious agenda to transform the United States into a democratic socialist nation. While many commentators have dismissed the rhetoric around the Green New Deal, Housing for All, and End Cash Bail as pie-in-the-sky abstraction, in Seattle, the socialist coalition is quickly translating this agenda into a political reality.After the socialist Left’s stunning victory over business-backed moderates in last year’s municipal elections, Seattle has effectively become the nation’s laboratory for socialist policies. Since the beginning of the year, the socialist faction on the Seattle City Council has proposed a range of policies on taxes, housing, homelessness, and criminal justice that put into practice the national democratic-socialist agenda. In the most recent session, socialist councilwoman Kshama Sawant and her allies have proposed massive new taxes on corporations, unprecedented regulations on landlords (including rent control and a ban on “winter evictions”), the mandated construction of homeless encampments, and the gradual dismantling of the criminal justice system, beginning with the end of cash bail.Seattle’s socialists have established a narrative that provides the rhetorical basis for their policies. They argue that the corporate-technological elite, led by companies such as Amazon, has hoarded the rewards of the digital economy and created widespread misery for workers, renters, and people of color. As Seattle-based commentator and Marxist theoretician Charles Mudede has written: “We are in the 21st century. We are in one of the richest cities on earth. And yet, the old war between those who employ labor and those who sell their labor is still very much with us.”In the socialist vision, the “new class war” is now entering a more direct phase of conflict. They have launched a political campaign to dramatically curtail the power of corporations, landlords, and traditional neighborhood interests, and to build a coalition of socialists, progressives, unions, and the dispossessed that is capable of achieving power. In short, the solution to the class war is to win the class war.While conservatives and moderates have typically dismissed the socialist movement as a “big-city problem,” the new socialist agenda is no longer confined to the municipal boundaries of places such as Seattle, San Francisco, and New York. Increasingly, the hard-left coalition has turned these cities into “laboratories for socialism,” with the goal of eventually commercializing their policies through the national Democratic Party. Already, Bernie Sanders, the current front-runner in the Democratic primary, has proposed a nationalized version of the Seattle agenda: Tax Amazon, enact national rent control, construct public housing, and end cash bail.But Seattle’s socialists have gone one step further. In order to consolidate their newfound power, the progressive-socialists have begun to manipulate the democratic process in their own favor: first, by providing all Seattle voters with $100 in taxpayer-funded “democracy vouchers,” which are easily collected by unions, activists, and socialist groups; and second, by implementing a ban on corporate spending in local elections by companies like Amazon. At the same time, black-bloc activists and Antifa militants intimidate any potential opposition by disrupting events, vandalizing homes, and even orchestrating death threats against political adversaries.What can opponents of socialism do? First, recognize that it must be fought on all fronts. While the socialists form a small minority of the national electorate, they have demonstrated the capability of seizing power in America’s major cities, which are home to much of the digital “means of production” in tech, media, advertising, entertainment, and research. The business sector in cities such as Seattle must recognize that the progressive-socialists are no longer interested in gaining reasonable concessions; they intend to overthrow capitalism itself.Over the past decade, the dominant corporate strategy has been to quietly advocate for neoliberal economic policies, while pandering to the cultural mandates of “diversity and inclusion.” That era is now over. As the experience in Seattle reveals, the socialist Left cannot be appeased on cultural issues — they are fighting a war against capital and they intend to win it.If the business sector wants to protect its own interests, it must rapidly adapt to this new reality. It’s no longer enough for local Chambers of Commerce to drop leaflets before local elections; they must build a permanent counterbalance to the progressive-socialists. They must begin by commissioning original policy research, funding local neighborhood groups, and building a political alliance of conservatives, moderates, and old-line liberals. In other words, they must reestablish a balance of power in America’s cities.If nothing is done, the laboratories of socialism in America’s cities will become a national problem. It’s time to shut them down.


Belarus leader says nation being forced to merge with Russia  » 
27 Feb 2020, 12:26

Belarus leader says nation being forced to merge with RussiaThe president of Belarus said Thursday that his country is "being forced into integration” with Russia and insisted that real integration of the two countries' economies implied “sovereignty and independence” for Belarus. “We remain committed, as always, to real integration without being forced into integration,” President Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting with Mikhail Myasnikovich, chair of the Eurasian Economic Commission.


Police identify victims, shooter in Milwaukee brewery shooting rampage  » 
27 Feb 2020, 11:22

Police identify victims, shooter in Milwaukee brewery shooting rampagePolice in Milwaukee on Thursday identified the five brewery employees shot and killed by a co-worker who later took his own life in the latest spasm of gun violence plaguing U.S. workplaces and schools. The motive for the carnage was unclear a day after the shooting at the landmark Molson Coors Beverage Co complex shook Wisconsin's largest city. "Reasons for this are still under investigation," Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said.


Iran Can’t Hide Its Coronavirus Explosion, But It’s Trying Hard—and Putting the World in Danger  » 
27 Feb 2020, 10:26

Iran Can’t Hide Its Coronavirus Explosion, But It’s Trying Hard—and Putting the World in DangerIran’s deputy health minister was drenched in sweat at the press conference on Monday where he vehemently denied Tehran was covering up the extent of the coronavirus outbreak. He kept wiping his brow with his handkerchief and was in visible distress as he said quarantines were a “Stone Age” way to address the problem, and Iran doesn’t need them. Then, sure enough, that night he tested positive for the virus himself and put himself in quarantine. The irony of Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi’s case would be funny almost, were Iran’s conspicuous bungling of the coronavirus threat not a menace to the whole region and, indeed, to the world. As The Daily Beast’s partner publication, IranWire, revealed in an exclusive report Thursday, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has tried to address the epidemic by telling doctors to shut up about it, much as Chinese authorities in Wuhan did, disastrously, when the disease was just starting to spread last December.The “official figures” from Iran give the game away. At last count, 16 people have died from COVID-19, but only 95 cases had been confirmed. As Wired UK points out, that would be a death rate of about 17 percent, when the data available from China, where there are huge numbers to work with, suggests the death rate is closer to 2 percent. The statistics don’t add up. Canadian researchers cited by Wired suggest the Iran outbreak probably involves more than 18,000 people, and counting.* * *SILENCING THE DOCTORS* * *Following is the full IranWire article written by Aida Ghajar:IranWire can exclusively report that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have threatened Iranian medical specialists with reprisals if any of them were to disclose information regarding the spread of coronavirus in Iran.A group of specialist doctors met with Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Feb. 22, during which they reported on the latest findings regarding the spread of coronavirus in Tehran and other Iranian cities. But soon after the meeting, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) approached the doctors through the health ministry’s security office and warned the doctors not to leak any information from their discussions. The doctors were told that, if any details did leak, they would be held responsible and would suffer the consequences.Despite these threats, the information received by IranWire shows the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak, especially in Tehran. The doctors who were present at the meeting offered Harirchi their assessment of the official news and figures and told him that the figures published by the government do not match the reality of the situation.As one of these doctors—whose name is withheld because of the threats from the Revolutionary Guards—told IranWire: “The statistics published by the government have nothing to do with reality of the situation and the number of infections is much higher than what the media reports. If things go on like this and if the Islamic Republic does not cooperate with the World Health Organization, we must expect a great disaster in the coming months and, only in Tehran, tens of thousands will be infected by coronavirus. This scientific estimate does not even include other epicenters like Qom. If we cannot come up with a framework to cooperate with the World Health Organization, our situation will become many times worse than in China.”This doctor pointed out that, right now, a number of clinics in Tehran have been quarantined and the government’s attempts to keep the reality of the situation a secret is a “crime” in the legal sense of the word.“Refusing to divulge real information to Iranians and to the international community is officially a crime because it endangers the lives of people not only in Iran but in other countries as well.”Donald Trump Takes Coronavirus So Seriously He Just Put Mike Pence in ChargeIn many countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Canada, Iraq, Turkey, and Lebanon, the first cases of coronavirus infections were brought in by Iranian citizens or by travelers who had visited Iran. This has led many countries to close their borders with Iran, in the air and on the ground.According to this doctor, the outbreak of coronavirus in Iran occurred just after the outbreak in China. “But the problem started when we did not recognize that this virus is the same as China’s coronavirus,” the doctor said. “We made a mistake when we identified it as a variant of influenza viruses.… But, after it became known that it had been a mistake, [officials] continued as before and did not disclose the facts.”* * *THE GOVERNMENT IS CLUELESS* * *The doctor said Iran’s government has no plans for containing the crisis. Officials have “no other choice except secrecy,” he added. “This will disgrace the Islamic Republic, if it becomes known that its government is clueless. But this can lead to a humanitarian disaster.”According to this doctor, after the meeting with the health minister was over, the Revolutionary Guards contacted each doctor who had been at the meeting. “They told us that we will be held responsible for even the smallest leak. But I could not keep silent anymore,” he said.On Monday, two days after the meeting and after the doctors were threatened, Gen. Hossein Salami, the top commander of the Revolutionary Guards, called Health Minister Saeed Namaki and announced that the Guards were ready to provide any and all assistance in fighting coronavirus and preventing its spread.On Feb. 25, in a televised speech, President Hassan Rouhani asked people to trust only statements by the health ministry for information about coronavirus.The Iranian Cyber Police have meanwhile reported that they have arrested a number of “rumor-mongers” about coronavirus since Feb. 21. Gen. Hossein Rahimi, commander of Tehran’s Cyber Police, announced the arrests.“Persons who want to create trouble for the people by spreading rumors and lying in cyberspace must know that the police surveils their behavior and will act against them decisively,” he said.Earlier on Feb. 21, Gholamreza Jalali, commander of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization, accused foreign media of “creating panic” by publishing inaccurate or misleading figures about coronavirus infections. He emphasized that coronavirus must not be turned into a “political crisis.”Jalali is the same official who, after floods had inundated many parts of Iran in early 2019, made strange statements about extreme weather, accusing Israel of “cloud stealing.” He claimed that “joint committees of Turkey and Israel” had stolen moisture and snow from the clouds over Iran.With the Islamic Republic and the Revolutionary Guards turning the coronavirus outbreak into a security issue, by treating infection figures as state secrets, by arresting people for “rumor mongering” and, now by threatening doctors whose duty is to tell the truth about infectious diseases, it seems the experts may be proved right about the likelihood of a humanitarian disaster. If the Islamic Republic continues in this way, we must expect a much bigger disaster than what is happening in China—not only for Iranians but for the world.The Russian Models Instagramming From China's Coronavirus CapitalRead 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.


Why President Trump Can’t Pardon Roger Stone  » 
27 Feb 2020, 9:30

Man gets life for kidnapping stepdaughter, holding her captive for 19 years  » 
27 Feb 2020, 8:36

Man gets life for kidnapping stepdaughter, holding her captive for 19 yearsHenri Michelle Piette kidnapped his victim in 1997, when she was 12, and subjected her to nearly 20 years of physical and sexual abuse before she escaped.


Crime Against Humanity: China Has Never Forgotten Japan's Bloody Assault On Nanking  » 
27 Feb 2020, 6:00

Crime Against Humanity: China Has Never Forgotten Japan's Bloody Assault On NankingA combination of factors led to some of the worst atrocities in history.


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Banned! New York sends plastic bags packing  » 
29 Feb 2020, 2:25

Banned! New York sends plastic bags packingConsumerist mecca New York targets its throwaway culture this weekend with a ban on single-use plastic bags that has been years in the making and is still rare in America. New Yorkers like to see themselves at the forefront of efforts to save the environment but are used to receiving groceries in free plastic bags, often doubled up to ensure sturdiness. On Sunday, that will change when New York becomes only the third US state to outlaw the non-biodegradable sacks blamed for choking rivers, littering neighborhoods and suffocating wildlife.


Here's How P/E Ratios Can Help Us Understand HPC Holdings Limited (HKG:1742)  » 
29 Feb 2020, 2:15

Here's How P/E Ratios Can Help Us Understand HPC Holdings Limited (HKG:1742)The goal of this article is to teach you how to use price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). We'll look at HPC Holdings...


Harley-Davidson looks for new leadership to end its sales struggle  » 
29 Feb 2020, 2:09

Harley-Davidson looks for new leadership to end its sales struggleJochen Zeitz was asked to take over after Chief Executive Officer Matthew Levatich stepped down following the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based company's worst sales performance in at least 16 years. Harley-Davidson said Zeitz will serve as interim CEO until an external search firm helps find a new chief executive. Michael Uhlarik, founder of consultancy Motorcycle Global, said Levatich's exit was expected.


Malaysia's Mahathir says to be PM candidate for former ruling coalition  » 
29 Feb 2020, 2:09

Malaysia's Mahathir says to be PM candidate for former ruling coalitionMalaysia's Mahathir Mohamad said on Saturday he has agreed to be the prime ministerial candidate of the former ruling coalition, which collapsed this week when he resigned as prime minister. "I am now confident that I have the numbers needed to garner majority support in (parliament)," Mahathir, now the interim prime minister, said in a statement, after meeting leaders of the Pakatan Harapan coalition. "I am therefore prepared to stand as prospective candidate for prime minister."


Trump wins key court case on snub of Congressional subpoenas  » 
29 Feb 2020, 2:08

Trump wins key court case on snub of Congressional subpoenasThe White House won a key victory for presidential power Friday when an appeals court rejected a lawsuit over President Donald Trump blocking his former legal advisor from honoring a Congressional subpoena. The Washington appeals court ruled two-to-one that the US judicial branch has no power to decide whether Trump could prevent former White House counsel Don McGahn from testifying in an investigation of the president by the House Judiciary Committee.


Key Things To Watch Out For If You Are After SH Group (Holdings) Limited's (HKG:1637) 3.9% Dividend  » 
29 Feb 2020, 2:06

Key Things To Watch Out For If You Are After SH Group (Holdings) Limited's (HKG:1637) 3.9% DividendCould SH Group (Holdings) Limited (HKG:1637) be an attractive dividend share to own for the long haul? Investors are...


Singer’s Elliott Seeks to Replace Twitter CEO Dorsey  » 
29 Feb 2020, 2:03

Singer’s Elliott Seeks to Replace Twitter CEO Dorsey(Bloomberg) -- Activist investor Elliott Management Corp. has taken a sizable stake in Twitter Inc. and plans to push for changes at the social media company, including replacing Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey, according to people familiar with the matter.The New York-based firm has nominated four directors to Twitter’s board, said the people, who asked to not be identified because the matter isn’t public.There are only three seats becoming available at this year’s annual meeting but Elliott wanted to ensure that it nominated enough directors to fill all three seats or any other vacancies that may arise, the people said. The exact size of Elliott’s stake couldn’t be determined.Elliott approached San Francisco-based Twitter about its concerns privately and has had constructive discussions with it since then, the people said.Representatives for Elliott and Twitter declined to comment.Elliott’s push comes at a pivotal time with the U.S. election, Summer Olympics and other major events, like the spread of the coronavirus, which tend to attract more users and advertisers to Twitter.The company has, however, fallen behind on innovation, choosing to focus on its core service while other social media competitors like Snap Inc. and Instagram develop filters and stories popular with their users.Potential TargetTwitter has been a potential target for activist investors for years. The company only has one class of stock, which means co-founder Dorsey doesn’t have voting control of the company like Facebook Inc.’s Mark Zuckerberg or Snap co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy.Dorsey is one of the only people to serve as CEO of two large public companies at the same time -- he also runs Square Inc. That makes him a potential target for criticism whenever Twitter stumbles. He has also said he plans to work up to six months a year in Africa.Elliott isn’t the only investor to voice concerns about Dorsey and Twitter’s governance.In December, Scott Galloway, a professor of marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business, penned a letter about his own concerns as an investor in the company.‘Weapons of Mass Entrenchment’“To be clear, my primary objective is the replacement of CEO Jack Dorsey,” Galloway said in an open letter to the company’s executive chairman, Omid Kordestani. “However, your firm’s weapons of mass entrenchment include a staggered board that may force shareholders to seek to replace other directors, including yourself, first.”Since Dorsey returned as CEO in July 2015, the company’s shares have fallen 6.2%, while Facebook’s have gained more than 121% during that time.Twitter rose 0.6% to $33.20 in New York trading Friday, giving the company a market value of about $26 billion. The shares rose as much 7.9% after the close of regular trading.‘Bugs’ BlamedThe stock declined more than 20% on Oct. 24 after the company delivered third-quarter results that fell far short of analyst estimates. Twitter also said at the time its privacy issues involving targeting data would continue to weigh on its advertising business. The company blamed “bugs” in the way it targeted ads and shared personal information for the miss.Elliott has a long history of agitating for changes at some of the world’s largest companies. This month, the firm disclosed a stake in Japan’s SoftBank Corp. and said it planned to push for a larger share buyback and governance changes at the firm’s Vision Fund.Elliott has also pushed for changes at AT&T Inc., EBay Inc., Marathon Petroleum Corp. and Pernod Ricard SA.(Updates with Twitter’s response in fifth paragraph)\--With assistance from Kurt Wagner and Jillian Ward.To contact the reporters on this story: Scott Deveau in New York at sdeveau2@bloomberg.net;Ed Hammond in New York at ehammond12@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Liana Baker at lbaker75@bloomberg.net, Matthew Monks, Michael HythaFor 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.


Singer’s Elliott Seeks to Replace Twitter CEO Dorsey  » 
29 Feb 2020, 2:03

Singer’s Elliott Seeks to Replace Twitter CEO Dorsey(Bloomberg) -- Activist investor Elliott Management Corp. has taken a sizable stake in Twitter Inc. and plans to push for changes at the social media company, including replacing Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey, according to people familiar with the matter.The New York-based firm has nominated four directors to Twitter’s board, said the people, who asked to not be identified because the matter isn’t public.There are only three seats becoming available at this year’s annual meeting but Elliott wanted to ensure that it nominated enough directors to fill all three seats or any other vacancies that may arise, the people said. The exact size of Elliott’s stake couldn’t be determined.Elliott approached San Francisco-based Twitter about its concerns privately and has had constructive discussions with it since then, the people said.Representatives for Elliott and Twitter declined to comment.Elliott’s push comes at a pivotal time with the U.S. election, Summer Olympics and other major events, like the spread of the coronavirus, which tend to attract more users and advertisers to Twitter.The company has, however, fallen behind on innovation, choosing to focus on its core service while other social media competitors like Snap Inc. and Instagram develop filters and stories popular with their users.Potential TargetTwitter has been a potential target for activist investors for years. The company only has one class of stock, which means co-founder Dorsey doesn’t have voting control of the company like Facebook Inc.’s Mark Zuckerberg or Snap co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy.Dorsey is one of the only people to serve as CEO of two large public companies at the same time -- he also runs Square Inc. That makes him a potential target for criticism whenever Twitter stumbles. He has also said he plans to work up to six months a year in Africa.Elliott isn’t the only investor to voice concerns about Dorsey and Twitter’s governance.In December, Scott Galloway, a professor of marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business, penned a letter about his own concerns as an investor in the company.‘Weapons of Mass Entrenchment’“To be clear, my primary objective is the replacement of CEO Jack Dorsey,” Galloway said in an open letter to the company’s executive chairman, Omid Kordestani. “However, your firm’s weapons of mass entrenchment include a staggered board that may force shareholders to seek to replace other directors, including yourself, first.”Since Dorsey returned as CEO in July 2015, the company’s shares have fallen 6.2%, while Facebook’s have gained more than 121% during that time.Twitter rose 0.6% to $33.20 in New York trading Friday, giving the company a market value of about $26 billion. The shares rose as much 7.9% after the close of regular trading.‘Bugs’ BlamedThe stock declined more than 20% on Oct. 24 after the company delivered third-quarter results that fell far short of analyst estimates. Twitter also said at the time its privacy issues involving targeting data would continue to weigh on its advertising business. The company blamed “bugs” in the way it targeted ads and shared personal information for the miss.Elliott has a long history of agitating for changes at some of the world’s largest companies. This month, the firm disclosed a stake in Japan’s SoftBank Corp. and said it planned to push for a larger share buyback and governance changes at the firm’s Vision Fund.Elliott has also pushed for changes at AT&T Inc., EBay Inc., Marathon Petroleum Corp. and Pernod Ricard SA.(Updates with Twitter’s response in fifth paragraph)\--With assistance from Kurt Wagner and Jillian Ward.To contact the reporters on this story: Scott Deveau in New York at sdeveau2@bloomberg.net;Ed Hammond in New York at ehammond12@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Liana Baker at lbaker75@bloomberg.net, Matthew Monks, Michael HythaFor 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.


China Posts Weakest Factory Activity on Record  » 
29 Feb 2020, 2:01

China Posts Weakest Factory Activity on Record(Bloomberg) -- Activity in China’s manufacturing sector contracted sharply in February, with the official gauge hitting the lowest level on record, highlighting the devastating impact of the coronavirus on the economy and raising the risk of a worsening global stock rout.The manufacturing purchasing managers’ index plunged to 35.7 in February from 50 the previous month, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Saturday, well below the median estimate of economists of 45.The non-manufacturing gauge also dropped to a record 29.6, compared with 54.1 in January. Values below 50 denote worsening conditions.The coronavirus outbreak that started in China is spreading to multiple continents, with the threat of a pandemic tipping U.S. stocks Friday into the worst rout in any week since October 2008. As the world’s largest exporter is already operating far below capacity as millions of workers and consumers remain quarantined, the data underline the scale of the task to return output to normal at a time when the global economy is under threat.“Most people were comparing the impact of the coronavirus with that of SARS, but I think it is on par with that of the financial crisis in 2008,” said Larry Hu, head of China economic research at Macquarie Securities Ltd. “The shock brought by the coronavirus is huge and the situation looks really bad in the short-term,” although there will be a rebound in March and a significant recovery in the second quarter, he said.The drop in the manufacturing gauge in February was largely due to virus control measures that have made it hard for workers to travel back after Lunar New Year, and left factory owners with limited raw materials to restart production. That said, progress has been made in recent weeks, with Bloomberg Economics estimating Chinese factories were operating at 60% to 70% of capacity this week.pic.twitter.com/FrDKmJGaJN— Tom Orlik (@TomOrlik) February 29, 2020 As of Feb. 25, the work resumption rate at mid- and large-enterprises in the PMI survey was 78.9%, and was 85.6% at mid- and large-scale manufacturing companies, according to an NBS statement.The services sector has taken a hard blow as most businesses rely on human interaction, which is constrained by tight control of people mobility within and across cities. The indexes for construction and services both plumbed record lows in data back to 2012.What Bloomberg’s Economists Say...“The data confirm the worse fears about a juddering halt in China’s economy in the first quarter, with significant spillovers to the region and the world.”The PMI should recover a little in March, but the damage will be far from being unwound.\-- Chang Shu, David Qu, Tom OrlikSee here for full note“We expect year-on-year growth in all activity data to be negative in January-February,” wrote Lu Ting, chief China economist at Nomura International Ltd, prior to the data release. “Business resumptions have been disappointingly slow.”The virus outbreak has prompted economists to scale back their estimates for China’s expansion this quarter, with the median forecast at 4.3%. Analysts are split on whether the economy will suffer a short-term slide that’s swiftly reversed as the virus is brought under control or a longer-lasting slump.(Updates with comment and more details throughout.)To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Lin Zhu in Beijing at lzhu243@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jeffrey Black at jblack25@bloomberg.net, James Mayger, Shamim AdamFor 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.


China's factory activity posts record contraction as coronavirus bites  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:59

China's factory activity posts record contraction as coronavirus bitesFactory activity in China contracted at the fastest pace on record in February, highlighting the damage from the coronavirus outbreak on the world's second-largest economy. China's official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) fell to a record low of 35.7 in February from 50.0 in January, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Saturday, well below the 50-point mark that separates monthly growth from contraction. The sombre readings provide the first official snapshot of the state of the Chinese economy since the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic which has killed almost 3,000 people in mainland China and infected about 80,000.


Does Greentech Technology International Limited's (HKG:195) CEO Salary Compare Well With Others?  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:56

Does Greentech Technology International Limited's (HKG:195) CEO Salary Compare Well With Others?Dong Nie has been the CEO of Greentech Technology International Limited (HKG:195) since 2013. This report will, first...


Trump says coronavirus is Democrats' 'new hoax' in raucous South Carolina rally ahead of primary  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:54

Trump says coronavirus is Democrats' 'new hoax' in raucous South Carolina rally ahead of primaryTrump is holding a rally in South Carolina the day before the state's critical Democratic presidential primary and amid coronavirus fears.


Don’t Buy COSCO SHIPPING Holdings Co., Ltd. (HKG:1919) Until You Understand Its ROCE  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:47

Don’t Buy COSCO SHIPPING Holdings Co., Ltd. (HKG:1919) Until You Understand Its ROCEToday we'll evaluate COSCO SHIPPING Holdings Co., Ltd. (HKG:1919) to determine whether it could have potential as an...


Does Time Interconnect Technology (HKG:1729) Have A Healthy Balance Sheet?  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:38

Does Time Interconnect Technology (HKG:1729) Have A Healthy Balance Sheet?Some say volatility, rather than debt, is the best way to think about risk as an investor, but Warren Buffett famously...


Sino Land Company Limited Beat Analyst Estimates: See What The Consensus Is Forecasting For Next Year  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:35

Sino Land Company Limited Beat Analyst Estimates: See What The Consensus Is Forecasting For Next YearAs you might know, Sino Land Company Limited (HKG:83) just kicked off its latest half-yearly results with some very...


Trump Holds South Carolina Rally as Virus Fears Roil Markets  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:30

Trump Holds South Carolina Rally as Virus Fears Roil Markets(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump went ahead with a campaign rally in South Carolina on Friday, even as his administration struggles to reassure Americans that they aren’t threatened by the coronavirus outbreak.“So far, we have lost nobody to coronavirus in the United States. Nobody,” Trump told the cheering crowd in Charleston, crediting his policies. “And it doesn’t mean we won’t.”But he said his administration is prepared for “the worst,” and dismissed media “hysteria.” He also asserted that Democrats support border policies that could promote the spread of the virus.Markets extended their rout on Friday, with the benchmark S&P 500 index falling 11% for the week, the most since October 2008, on concerns the spread of coronavirus will be a drag on the global economy. The sell-off has continued despite efforts by Trump and his top officials to calm investors’ fears.Senator Bernie Sanders, the Democratic front-runner, said earlier Friday that Trump should scrap his rally -- the day before South Carolina’s Democratic primary -- and focus on containing the virus.“You would think that you’d have a president of the United States leading -- working with scientists all over the world, bringing people together to figure out how we’re gonna deal with this crisis,” Sanders said. “Hey Mr. Trump, why don’t you worry about the coronavirus rather than disrupting the Democratic primary right here in South Carolina?”Trump said Thursday that he’s trying to send “calming” signals to the public, and that includes keeping to his scheduled rally.“Some people say I’m trolling Democrats, and maybe I am,” Trump said.At the rally, Trump said Democrats’ border policies threaten the health of people in the U.S.“The Democrat policy of open borders is a direct threat to the health and well-being of all Americans,” Trump said. “You see it with the coronavirus.”He blamed Democrats for “politicizing the coronavirus” after he overcame the “impeachment hoax” and allegations about ties between his campaign and Russia.“This is their new hoax,” Trump said.Trump on Wednesday tapped Vice President Mike Pence to oversee a task force managing the government’s response to the coronavirus. The president has at the same time appeared focused on politics.As markets opened Friday morning and resumed the sell-off, Trump took to Twitter to deride Democratic candidate Tom Steyer and disparage a Fox News poll that predicted he’d lose his bid for re-election to most of the remaining Democratic candidates.Pence, too, was working on Trump’s re-election Friday, flying to Florida for fund raisers. He scheduled a meeting to discuss coronavirus with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in between remarks in West Palm Beach to the Club for Growth, a conservative political action committee, and at a fund-raiser for House Republicans in Sarasota.The president and some White House officials have accused Democrats and the media of exaggerating the risk posed by the coronavirus, which has infected more than 83,000 people and killed more than 2,300 outside the U.S. The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., said on the Fox News program “Fox & Friends” on Friday that Democrats “seemingly hope that it comes here and kills millions of people so that they can end Donald Trump’s streak of winning.”No elected Democrat in Washington or presidential candidate has publicly made such remarks.White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, speaking Friday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington, indicated that the administration is preparing for significant disruptions.“Are you going to see some schools shut down? Probably. Maybe see impacts on public transportation? Sure, but we do this. We know how to handle this,” Mulvaney said.(Updates with Trump comments starting in 11th paragraph.)\--With assistance from Mario Parker.To contact the reporters on this story: Josh Wingrove in Washington at jwingrove4@bloomberg.net;Tyler Pager in Washington at tpager1@bloomberg.net;Mario Parker in Washington at mparker22@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alex Wayne at awayne3@bloomberg.net, Joshua Gallu, John HarneyFor 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.


Should We Worry About Hebei Yichen Industrial Group Corporation Limited's (HKG:1596) P/E Ratio?  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:28

Should We Worry About Hebei Yichen Industrial Group Corporation Limited's (HKG:1596) P/E Ratio?Today, we'll introduce the concept of the P/E ratio for those who are learning about investing. We'll look at Hebei...


California Has Second Mystery Case; Rate Cut Eyed: Virus Update  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:22

California Has Second Mystery Case; Rate Cut Eyed: Virus Update(Bloomberg) -- California had its second case of coronavirus infection from an unknown origin. The U.S. raised its travel advisory for Italy, the epicenter of the outbreak in Europe. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the U.S. central bank is prepared to cut interest rates.U.S. President Donald Trump said his administration is prepared for “the worst” and Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said school closings in the U.S. are likely. Fear over the economic fallout sent U.S. equities to their worst week since the financial crisis.More than 50 countries have now reported infections. The virus continued its spread, including the first infection south of the Sahara, in Nigeria. Mexico also confirmed its first case.Key DevelopmentsConfirmed cases worldwide pass 84,000; deaths top 2,800Traders speculate on the Fed’s first emergency cut since 2008There’s nowhere in the market to hide from the virusLimited virus testing in Japan masks true scale of infectionClick VRUS on the terminal for news and data on the coronavirus and here for maps and charts. For analysis of the impact from Bloomberg Economics, click here.China Reports Just Four Cases Outside Hubei (8:33 a.m. HK)China reported 427 new coronavirus cases for Feb. 28, of which 423 were in Hubei, according to China’s National Health Commission. That takes total confirmed cases in the country to 79,251.There were 47 deaths from the infection in China on Feb. 28, of which 45 were in Hubei. Some 39,000 people in China have now been discharged from hospital.U.S. Postpones Meeting with Asian Leaders (8:21 a.m. HK)The Trump administration postponed a meeting with Asian leaders that was set to be held next month in Las Vegas, citing efforts to contain the coronavirus. The U.S. made the decision in consultation with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a White House official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.ASEAN includes 10 countries in Southeast Asia. China, the epicenter of the outbreak, is not among the members.California Has Case of Unknown Origin (7:32 a.m. HK)A second person in California was diagnosed with the coronavirus despite a lack of known ties to other infected patients or areas. It’s a further sign that the disease is likely spreading in some parts of the U.S.The patient “had no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected individual,” the Santa Clara County Public Health Department said in a statement Friday.Japan’s Government to Subsidize Leave for Parent (1 a.m. HK)With mass school closures starting Monday, the government will provide subsidies to companies to support paid leave for parents to look after primary-school children, Nikkei reported. Companies in Japan must pay at least 60% of worker wages when employees stop working due to a request from the company.U.S. Raises Travel Advisory to Italy (5:45 p.m. NY)The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its second-highest travel warning for Italy, citing the continuing spread of the coronavirus in the country.“At this time, CDC recommends avoiding non-essential travel to Italy,” the State Department said Friday on its travel advisory website. “Travelers should review and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines for the prevention of coronavirus if they decide to travel to Italy.”Italy has 888 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 21 deaths linked to the illness.WHO Says Travel Bans Don’t Prevent Virus’s Spread (5:40 p.m.)The World Health Organization, in a status report on Friday, said a preliminary analysis of countries that blocked entry of travelers from China “suggest that such measures may have delayed the importation of new cases, but did not prevent the importation of the disease.”The United Nations agency has recommended against imposing travel or trade restrictions to combat the outbreak.Trump Considers More Travel Restrictions (5:30 p.m. NY)President Donald Trump says he’s considering expanding travel restrictions due to the spread of the coronavirus to countries other than China.“We’re looking at that right now, and we’re looking at a couple of countries, a few countries, that have a little bit disproportionately high number, and we’re going to make that decision very soon,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday, as he left for a campaign rally.The U.S. imposed restrictions on travel from China on Jan. 31, including banning entry of non-Americans who’d been to China within the previous 14 days. As the virus spreads, Trump comments raise the prospect of other restrictions or travel advisories.No Connection of Patient to Air Base, Azar Says (4:10 p.m.)The California patient who may be the first coronavirus case in the U.S. of unknown origin doesn’t appear to be connected to a nearby air base where Americans were evacuated from Asia, an administration official said.“Our current thinking is we do not believe it could be connected to the Travis Air Base repatriation efforts, just in terms of the timing of when she presented symptoms,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters in Washington Friday.There were no people with symptoms on the base before the woman became ill, Azar said. The lack of a link to the base isn’t ironclad, however, and health authorities still don’t know how the woman contracted the coronavirus, he said.“This individual is a suspect community-transmission case at this point -- meaning we do not have a definitive link,” he said.Google Cancels Conference in Las Vegas (3:36 p.m. NY)Google canceled a major internal gathering, the latest in a wave of events and conferences being called off around the world.The sales and marketing event was set to take place in Las Vegas in March, a Google spokesman said. “In light of the evolving coronavirus situation, we made the decision to cancel an internal event that would have brought thousands of employees together from across two continents,” the spokesman said.Google will also ban business travel to and from Japan and South Korea starting March 2, according to an internal employee memo seen by Bloomberg.German Intensifies Border Health Checks (3:22 p.m. NY)A German government task force announced plans to intensify health checks for cross-border travel into the country, and said people arriving from South Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran must declare their medical status upon arrival. Passengers from China are already required to do so.Train passengers entering Germany now must also fill out forms about their condition, while rail operators will be required to report symptomatic travelers to authorities.The task force also said large events should be canceled.Powell Says Fed Poised to Act (2:47 p.m. NY)Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the coronavirus “poses evolving risks” to U.S. economic growth and signaled the central bank is prepared to cut interest rates to support the longest-ever expansion.The statement issued by Powell before the financial markets closed for the U.S. weekend came as stocks posted their seventh-straight daily loss, prompting calls for near-term interest-rate cuts from Wall Street banks. Yields on U.S. Treasury securities, one of the world’s safest assets, have fallen to record lows.Amazon Tells Workers to Avoid Non-Essential Travel (1:50 p.m. NY)Amazon.com Inc. this week asked employees to defer non-essential travel out of caution around the spread of the coronavirus, a spokeswoman said.Dave Clark, the leader of Amazon’s worldwide logistics and operations teams, told employees in its largest unit to put off travel until at least the end of April, according to a memo first reported by the New York Times. The company employs 798,000 people globally, including more than 50,000 at its Seattle headquarters.Separately, the company pulled out of the Game Developers Conference, scheduled for next month in San Francisco.CDC Plans Surveillance in 6 Cities Next Week (1:40 p.m. NY)In an effort to broaden surveillance for the coronavirus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aims to have six U.S. cities running tests on individuals with flu-like symptoms next week. It’s an effort to broaden monitoring beyond those already identified as at risk, such as travelers from China.The move comes after California identified the first possible case of the virus in a patient with no apparent link to international travel or other known cases. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a briefing Friday that surveillance is increasingly important, adding that the CDC aims to rapidly expand the program to all 50 states.Congress Seeks as Much as $8 Billion for Virus Fight (11:57 a.m. NY)Congress is closing in on a deal for emergency spending of $6 billion to $8 billion to fund the U.S. response to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.Members of both parties have called President Donald Trump’s initial plan to spend $2.5 billion -- with only $1.25 billion in new funds -- insufficient and have been working this week to settle on an amount. Congressional staff members are set to work through the weekend on a package that could be introduced early next week in the House, the person said.The funding would be used to expand disease surveillance, bolster state and local health agencies, fund work on vaccines and drug treatments and help fortify the strategic national stockpile with protective gear, including masks and respirators.WHO Raises Global Risk Outlook to ‘Very High’ (11:09 a.m. NY)The World Health Organization raised its global risk assessment for the novel coronavirus to “very high” from “high” as several countries are struggling with containment.Mike Ryan, director of the agency’s Health Emergencies Program, said it would be unhelpful to declare the disease a pandemic at this point.Countries including China, Singapore, Nepal and Vietnam have shown that containment measures can work, the WHO said.Italy May Suspend Some Mortgage Payments (10:42 a.m. NY)Italy, the epicenter of the outbreak in Europe, is expected to approve emergency measures, including suspending payments of utility bills and some mortgage payments, to support companies and families in the areas most affected by the coronavirus outbreak, according to a draft of a measure seen by Bloomberg.Small- and medium-sized businesses in affected areas will have preferential access to a state relief fund, according to the draft, which may change before a cabinet meeting later Friday.Cases in Italy soared to 650 on Thursday from 400 a day earlier.Lawmakers Unsatisfied After Briefing on Whistle-Blower (10:30 a.m. NY)U.S. lawmakers left a briefing by top health officials saying they hadn’t received satisfactory answers to their questions about a possible violation of infection protocols in handling coronavirus evacuees. The allegations were raised in a whistle-blower complaint to Congress.California Democrat John Garamendi, whose district is home to the first possible case of the virus with no apparent link to international travel or other known cases, said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention briefers couldn’t say whether proper procedures were following at Travis Air Force Base, where the evacuees were quarantined.He said that health workers in his district have been sent home following potential exposure. “They say it is a community infection and it’s going to be much bigger,” he said.California Democrat Mark Takano said CDC officials promised to follow up with lawmakers later Friday about the allegations of violated protocols. Takano also said that National Institutes of Health infectious-disease expert Anthony Fauci denied a report that he has been muzzled by the White House.Fed’s Bullard Says Rates Cuts Possible (9:22 a.m. NY)Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said he would back interest-rate reductions if the coronavirus develops into a worldwide pandemic, but last year’s cuts are already supporting the economy.“Further policy rate cuts are a possibility if a global pandemic actually develops with health effects approaching the scale of ordinary influenza, but this is not the baseline case at this time,” Bullard, who doesn’t vote on monetary policy this year, said Friday in prepared remarks to be delivered in Fort Smith, Arkansas.Virus Could Disrupt U.S. Schools, Transportation: Mulvaney (9:08 a.m. NY)Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney acknowledged that the coronavirus is likely to cause disruptions to everyday life, such as school closures and changes to public transportation.“Are you going to see some schools shut down? Probably. Maybe see impacts on public transportation? Sure, but we do this. We know how to handle this,” Mulvaney said at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington on Friday.Iran’s Parliament Suspends Sessions Indefinitely (8:16 a.m. NY)Iranian state TV reported that the country’s parliament has suspended sessions indefinitely. Earlier, Iran reported that cases had soared to 388 and there were eight more deaths, taking the total toll to 34. The country’s health minister said he expects “an upward trajectory” in confirmed coronavirus cases in the next few days.Iran has shut universities and public spaces for another week. Travelers suspected of having the coronavirus will be stopped at city entrances and sent into quarantine for 14 days, according to state TV.The Iranian health-care system is “not robust,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in response to questions about the Islamic Republic’s ability to fight the virus. Iran isn’t sharing sufficient information on the virus, he said during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Michelle Fay Cortez in Minneapolis at mcortez@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Drew Armstrong at darmstrong17@bloomberg.net, Steve GeimannFor 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.


Is Quanzhou Huixin Micro-Credit Co., Ltd.'s (HKG:1577) High P/E Ratio A Problem For Investors?  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:18

Is Quanzhou Huixin Micro-Credit Co., Ltd.'s (HKG:1577) High P/E Ratio A Problem For Investors?The goal of this article is to teach you how to use price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). To keep it practical, we'll...


Coronavirus updates: WHO increases risk to 'very high,' tells governments to 'wake up'  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:17

Coronavirus updates: WHO increases risk to 'very high,' tells governments to 'wake up'The WHO has increased the risk assessment of coronavirus to 'very high'. Here's the latest COVID-19 news.


Zach Harris to Speak About Ethanol Extraction and the Future of Extraction Technology in the Hemp Industry  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:15

Zach Harris to Speak About Ethanol Extraction and the Future of Extraction Technology in the Hemp IndustryZach Harris, co-founder and CEO of Pinnacle Stainless (Denver, CO, USA), will bring deep knowledge of extraction technology to the forefront of the U.K. hemp industry during the Hemp and CBD Expo this weekend. Harris will cover the basics of extraction methodologies, focusing specifically on ethanol extraction, in addition to speaking about the future of the industry and the role that extraction plays.


WeissLaw LLP: Qurate International, Inc. is the Subject of a Legal Investigation  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:11

WeissLaw LLP: Qurate International, Inc. is the Subject of a Legal InvestigationWeissLaw LLP, a national class action and shareholders' rights law firm with offices in New York, California and Georgia, announces an investigation of Qurate International, Inc. (NYSE: QRTEA, QRTEB) ("Qurate," or the "Company").


Do You Know What Beijing Enterprises Environment Group Limited's (HKG:154) P/E Ratio Means?  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:09

Do You Know What Beijing Enterprises Environment Group Limited's (HKG:154) P/E Ratio Means?Today, we'll introduce the concept of the P/E ratio for those who are learning about investing. We'll apply a basic...


Second case of unexplained coronavirus appears in California, raising fears of community infection  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:06

Second case of unexplained coronavirus appears in California, raising fears of community infectionThe nation's second case of unexplained coronavirus - in which a person emerges with the infection with no obvious indication of how the virus was transmitted - has been reported in California


Harley-Davidson CEO Steps Down After Five-Year Sales Slump  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:05

Harley-Davidson CEO Steps Down After Five-Year Sales Slump(Bloomberg) -- Harley-Davidson Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer Matt Levatich stepped down Friday after failing to arrest a chronic sales slump, leaving the iconic American motorcycle maker midway through a multiyear makeover.Levatich will be replaced on an interim basis by Jochen Zeitz, a board member credited with reviving the Puma sneaker brand, the company said in a statement.Levatich, who joined Harley in 1994, had been wrestling with several headwinds as CEO, including an aging customer base in the U.S., its biggest market, and heightened tariff costs from President Donald Trump’s trade wars. Harley’s first electric motorcycle, LiveWire, won positive reviews but has yet to kickstart sales or help it achieve greater market share abroad.Harley was caught flat-footed by competition from more affordable, lightweight bikes as heavy motorcycles like Marlon Brando rode in the movie “The Wild One” went out of style, said David MacGregor, an analyst at Longbow Research in Independence, Ohio.While there’s no denying it’s a difficult niche of the consumer market, there were also missteps by management, MacGregor said. “They’re finally figuring it out, but they’re three years behind the curve,” he said by phone. “The board members and investors were just not willing to wait.”Road to Recovery?Shares of the Milwaukee-based company have plunged 18% this year, and its $4.6 billion market capitalization is down by more than half from when Levatich took over. Harley’s stock declined 2.3% to $30.47 Friday before Levatich’s departure was announced.U.S. sales dropped for a fifth straight year in 2019. That period covers most of Levatich’s tenure as CEO, which began in May 2015. Retail sales in the U.S. have risen only once in the past 21 quarters. That inability to spur growth presaged an earnings miss when Harley reported its latest quarterly profits in January.As recently as last month, Levatich expressed confidence the company was on the road to recovery. “Our return to growth is not in the distance -- it’s right around the corner, and 2020 is our pivotal year,” the CEO told investors on a Jan. 28 earnings call.Levatich’s departure comes after the company moved in January to grant long-term shareholders the power to directly nominate board members, a concession meant to boost investor influence.Millennial ScootersHarley has been investing in new products including electric motorcycles and middle-weight models to appeal to a younger demographic, but that has added pressure to margins. To help find younger buyers, Levatich hired the company’s first-ever brand president last April, only to dismiss him six months later, citing unspecified conduct that didn’t align with its corporate culture.The stock staged a recovery in late 2016 when a new engine briefly boosted U.S. sales volumes and Levatich, who is reportedly 55, announced a restructuring plan designed to save the company millions. But the boom proved short-lived.“They had it, they lost it, they got it back and lost it again,” said Ken Harris, co-founder of Cadent Consulting Group, a Chicago-based marketing and sales consulting firm. “When people aged out, they had no one to replace those buyers.”“A millennial would rather have a powered scooter than a Harley Davidson,” Harris said. “I’m not surprised that they had to make a change.”Trade War WoesLevatich’s tenure came at a time when many manufacturers were tested by mounting tensions between the U.S. and its biggest trading partners. The Harley CEO went from being one of the first company leaders to be welcomed to the White House in early 2017 to contending with angry tweets about closing a U.S. factory and adding production overseas to avoid tariffs.Those extra costs dented profits at the company, which had pinned its near-term turnaround hopes on growth in international markets. After Harley announced in June 2018 that it would shift some production out of the U.S. to sidestep tariffs imposed by the European Union in retaliation for U.S. levies on imported aluminum and steel, President Trump attacked the company for months -- even threatening to back a boycott of the company’s bikes.Harley went ahead with plans to ship motorcycles to Europe and China from a new factory in Thailand, which allowed it to mitigate almost all of a $100 million cost burden from the tariffs on U.S.-made bikes. This was part of an effort to get half of its revenue from outside the U.S. by 2027, but that promised growth hasn’t come fast enough to offset the drag from the steady decline in sales in its home market.Acting CEOLevatich’s acting replacement, Zeitz, who’s been on Harley’s board since 2007, was named chairman as part of the reshuffling announced Friday. The company said he will remain in that role “once a new CEO is appointed” as a permanent replacement.Zeitz was the youngest executive to head a German public company when he became CEO of sporting-goods maker Puma SE in 1993. The 56-year-old led the company for nearly 18 years, increasing sales about 15 over during his tenure.He also is a philanthropist who collects African art, which is in the eponymous Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, South Africa.(Updates with market cap decline during CEO tenure from fifth graf)\--With assistance from David Welch.To contact the reporter on this story: Gabrielle Coppola in Detroit at gcoppola@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Chester Dawson at cdawson54@bloomberg.net, Melinda GrenierFor 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.


China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Corporation Ltd Beat Analyst Estimates: See What The Consensus Is Forecasting For Next Year  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:05

China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Corporation Ltd Beat Analyst Estimates: See What The Consensus Is Forecasting For Next YearLast week, you might have seen that China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Corporation Ltd (SGX:G92) released its full-year...


Hedge Funds Finally Do Their Job Amid Chaos of Stock Tumble  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:04

Hedge Funds Finally Do Their Job Amid Chaos of Stock Tumble(Bloomberg) -- At long last, beleaguered hedge fund managers may be having their moment.After a decade of mostly mediocre returns -- at least compared with the red-hot stock market -- hedge funds this month appear to have survived the worst drubbing for equities since the financial crisis. Some even made money.Macro manager Alan Howard is among the winners so far, along with stock pickers Crispin Odey and Russell Clark. Estimates from big banks during the week showed fundamental stock hedge funds were either eking out gains or losing a matter of basis points this year, contrasting with the more than 11% drop in the S&P 500 Index this week.“Finally, after many years, you might look at this month and say that hedge funds are doing what they are supposed to do,” said Craig Bergstrom, chief investment officer at the $7.8 billion Corbin Capital Partners, which invests in hedge funds.This week saw the MSCI World Index fall the most since the 2008 financial crisis, as the World Health Organization raised its global risk level for the coronavirus and as a growing number of corporations warned of hits to sales and profits. Yields on U.S. 10-year treasuries are at all-time lows, and oil is below $50 a barrel.Paul Tudor Jones, who runs the $8 billion Tudor Investment Corp., was one of the first investors to sound alarms about the virus last month.“We’ve got a curve ball with this coronavirus, I think it’s a big deal,” he told CNBC in an interview on Jan. 21 from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “From a trading standpoint, there’s zero way I’d want to be long until -- we really need about two weeks to see what type of spread we get.”Posting GainsBrevan Howard Asset Management’s macro fund climbed about 3% this month through Feb. 26, according to a person familiar with the matter, and investors in other macro funds say they expect Howard’s peers will produce positive returns, too. That’s because these funds generally started the year being long bonds and short oil, bets that have made even more money as expectations have grown that the virus will weigh on the global economy and that the U.S. will cut interest rates.Some managers also were long gold, which initially climbed about 10% this year before paring gains this week. And some cut their exposure to stocks in the last several weeks, investors said.“Hedge funds with the most directional exposure, of course, will feel the pain this month but the more dynamic diversified, insurance-type strategies have held up really well,” said Adam Taback, chief investment officer for private wealth management at Wells Fargo & Co. Long-short credit managers are doing better than expected, he said, as spreads have started to widen out.The large multi-manager firms eked out positive returns as well, with both Izzy Englander’s Millennium Management and Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management gaining less than 1% this month, according to people familiar with their performance.Stock-picking firm Marshall Wace gained a little more than 1% in its Global Opportunity Fund, another person said. Stock bears did even better. Clark’s Horseman Global Fund surged 6% in the seven days to Feb. 26, while Odey’s flagship European fund gained about 5%.Stock funds that tend to concentrate their portfolios around fewer names suffered in the market downturn. David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital dropped 3.4% in the month, and Bill Ackman’s publicly traded Pershing Square Holdings Ltd. fell 3.5% through Feb. 25.Bets at stock funds include shorting luxury tourism and buying health-care companies.Seiga Asset Management, a Hong Kong-based hedge fund backed by Blackstone Group Inc., told investors in a letter on Feb. 13 that one of its picks is B-Soft Co., a Chinese company that supplies electronic medical charts to hospitals. The fund anticipates China will accelerate spending on the health-care system in the wake of the crisis.One multibillion-dollar hedge fund manager, who asked not to be identified, said he expects recovery in China to be gradual rather than V-shaped, because workers in some parts of the country are struggling to return to plants that reopened. In the short term, he’s shorting casinos, hotels and cruise operators. He’s betting on some Asia-based health-care companies, as well as online gaming, which he anticipates will do well with large swaths of people under quarantine.Pedro Escudero anticipates more deals may emerge. He runs DPM Capital, a $160 million long-short equity hedge fund that was up 124% last year, Bloomberg reported in January. He expects markets will move lower once the U.S. confirms a wider spread of the virus. At that point, it may be time to buy, he said by phone.“This will be a first- or second-quarter event, and will slow things down -- but I think the Fed is going to have to move, and that this is an incredible time to start picking good valuations,” he said by phone. “March will be probably be the best time to buy stocks since December 2018.”(Adds returns for Greenlight and Pershing Square in 13th paragraph)\--With assistance from Melissa Karsh and Nishant Kumar.To contact the reporters on this story: Katherine Burton in New York at kburton@bloomberg.net;Hema Parmar in New York at hparmar6@bloomberg.net;Katia Porzecanski in New York at kporzecansk1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Sam Mamudi at smamudi@bloomberg.net, David Scheer, Josh FriedmanFor 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.


Entangled right whale with fishing buoy stuck in mouth appears to be ailing off Nantucket  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:03

Entangled right whale with fishing buoy stuck in mouth appears to be ailing off NantucketThe buoy is lodged in the baleen toward the front of the whale’s mouth and likely makes it hard for her to close her mouth.


Wall Street in coronavirus contingency mode with staff, visitors, regulators  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:02

Wall Street in coronavirus contingency mode with staff, visitors, regulatorsWASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Big U.S. banks have been rolling out contingency plans to respond to the global coronavirus outbreak - requiring some staff to work from home, implementing travel restrictions, and talking to regulators about potential stresses. The preparations come amid growing fears that the fast-spreading virus which has infected around 83,000 people in more than 50 countries could lead to a global recession. On Friday, U.S. presidential candidate and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren sent a letter to the five largest U.S. banks asking how they are preparing to mitigate the risks of the outbreak.


Wall Street in coronavirus contingency mode with staff, visitors, regulators  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:02

Wall Street in coronavirus contingency mode with staff, visitors, regulatorsWASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Big U.S. banks have been rolling out contingency plans to respond to the global coronavirus outbreak - requiring some staff to work from home, implementing travel restrictions, and talking to regulators about potential stresses. The preparations come amid growing fears that the fast-spreading virus which has infected around 83,000 people in more than 50 countries could lead to a global recession. On Friday, U.S. presidential candidate and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren sent a letter to the five largest U.S. banks asking how they are preparing to mitigate the risks of the outbreak.


HAGENS BERMAN, NATIONAL TRIAL ATTORNEYS, Encourages Crown Castle (CCI) Investors Who Have Suffered Losses to Contact its Attorneys: Securities Fraud Case Filed  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:01

HAGENS BERMAN, NATIONAL TRIAL ATTORNEYS, Encourages Crown Castle (CCI) Investors Who Have Suffered Losses to Contact its Attorneys: Securities Fraud Case FiledHagens Berman urges investors in Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE: CCI) who have suffered significant losses to submit their losses now. A securities class action has been filed, establishing court deadlines for certain Crown Castle investors.


Is Plover Bay Technologies Limited's (HKG:1523) CEO Overpaid Relative To Its Peers?  » 
29 Feb 2020, 1:00

Is Plover Bay Technologies Limited's (HKG:1523) CEO Overpaid Relative To Its Peers?Kit Wai Chau became the CEO of Plover Bay Technologies Limited (HKG:1523) in 2015. This analysis aims first to...


Safe Access for Everyone (SAFE) Tours Medical Cannabis Facilities to Ensure Best Practices for the State of Georgia  » 
29 Feb 2020, 0:55

Safe Access for Everyone (SAFE) Tours Medical Cannabis Facilities to Ensure Best Practices for the State of GeorgiaSAFE, a Georgia based advocacy group for medical cannabis patients and parents, toured the east coast and Canadian medical cannabis facilities to research best practices. These facilities have been operating for at least a decade and have developed best practices for producing the highest quality medicine.


Why Justin Allen Holdings Limited’s (HKG:1425) Return On Capital Employed Is Impressive  » 
29 Feb 2020, 0:53

Why Justin Allen Holdings Limited’s (HKG:1425) Return On Capital Employed Is ImpressiveToday we'll evaluate Justin Allen Holdings Limited (HKG:1425) to determine whether it could have potential as an...


A Close Look At ISDN Holdings Limited’s (SGX:I07) 10% ROCE  » 
29 Feb 2020, 0:46

A Close Look At ISDN Holdings Limited’s (SGX:I07) 10% ROCEToday we'll look at ISDN Holdings Limited (SGX:I07) and reflect on its potential as an investment. Specifically, we're...


Stock markets suffer worst week since financial crisis  » 
29 Feb 2020, 0:45

Stock markets suffer worst week since financial crisisNew York (AFP) - Global stocks slumped again Friday to mark the largest weekly drop since the 2008 global financial crisis over fears the coronavirus could wreak havoc on the world economy.


Regulators move to fine telecoms for selling location data  » 
29 Feb 2020, 0:43

Regulators move to fine telecoms for selling location dataUS regulators moved to impose fines Friday against the nation's four major wireless carriers for selling location data of customers without their consent. The Federal Communications Commission proposed fining T-Mobile more than $91 million; AT&T some $57 million; Verizon $48 million, and Sprint $12 million. The wireless firms were accused of having disclosed mobile network user location data to a third party without authorization from customers, the FCC said.


Does R3D Global Limited's (ASX:R3D) CEO Pay Matter?  » 
29 Feb 2020, 0:40

Does R3D Global Limited's (ASX:R3D) CEO Pay Matter?Florence Fang became the CEO of R3D Global Limited (ASX:R3D) in 2017. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO...


Earnings Update: Mesoblast Limited Just Reported And Analysts Are Trimming Their Forecasts  » 
29 Feb 2020, 0:35

Earnings Update: Mesoblast Limited Just Reported And Analysts Are Trimming Their ForecastsAnalysts might have been a bit too bullish on Mesoblast Limited (ASX:MSB), given that the company fell short of...


Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited's (HKG:1398) 5.2% Dividend Yield Looks Pretty Interesting  » 
29 Feb 2020, 0:33

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited's (HKG:1398) 5.2% Dividend Yield Looks Pretty InterestingIs Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (HKG:1398) a good dividend stock? How can we tell? Dividend paying...


Thunderbird Entertainment Reports on Second Quarter Results  » 
29 Feb 2020, 0:33

Thunderbird Entertainment Reports on Second Quarter ResultsThunderbird Entertainment Group Inc. (TSXV:TBRD, OTC - THBRF) (Thunderbird or the Company), today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended December 31, 2019, and provided a corporate update.


Trump wins bid to block McGahn testimony sought by House Democrats  » 
29 Feb 2020, 0:32

Trump wins bid to block McGahn testimony sought by House DemocratsA divided U.S. appeals court handed President Donald Trump a major legal victory on Friday by dismissing a Democratic-led congressional panel's lawsuit seeking to enforce a subpoena for testimony from former White House Counsel Donald McGahn. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit endorsed the Trump administration's argument that the court had no place in settling the closely watched dispute between the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government.


Why We’re Not Impressed By Baguio Green Group Limited’s (HKG:1397) 5.5% ROCE  » 
29 Feb 2020, 0:27

Why We’re Not Impressed By Baguio Green Group Limited’s (HKG:1397) 5.5% ROCEToday we'll look at Baguio Green Group Limited (HKG:1397) and reflect on its potential as an investment. To be...


United Airlines sharply cuts flights to Asia, cancels investor day  » 
29 Feb 2020, 0:23

United Airlines sharply cuts flights to Asia, cancels investor dayUnited Airlines Holdings Inc said on Friday it was sharply cutting flights to Japan and South Korea, as travelers worried about the coronavirus outbreak slash ticket purchases for those destinations. It also canceled its investor day that had been due to be held on March 5. With investors firmly focused on how the company is managing the near-term impact of the coronavirus, United said it was not "practical to expect that it can have a productive conversation focused on its long-term strategy next week."


United Airlines sharply cuts flights to Asia, cancels investor day  » 
29 Feb 2020, 0:22

United Airlines sharply cuts flights to Asia, cancels investor dayUnited Airlines Holdings Inc said on Friday it was sharply cutting flights to Japan and South Korea, as travelers worried about the coronavirus outbreak slash ticket purchases for those destinations. It also canceled its investor day that had been due to be held on March 5. With investors firmly focused on how the company is managing the near-term impact of the coronavirus, United said it was not "practical to expect that it can have a productive conversation focused on its long-term strategy next week."


Earnings Miss: Michael Hill International Limited Missed EPS By 26% And Analysts Are Revising Their Forecasts  » 
29 Feb 2020, 0:18

Earnings Miss: Michael Hill International Limited Missed EPS By 26% And Analysts Are Revising Their ForecastsLast week, you might have seen that Michael Hill International Limited (ASX:MHJ) released its half-yearly result to...


Big Air Trampoline Park To Open In Chandler, AZ  » 
29 Feb 2020, 0:18

Big Air Trampoline Park To Open In Chandler, AZBig Air Trampoline Park® is excited to announce a new location Chandler, Arizona to open in March 2020. The park will be the Orange County company's ninth location and its first location in Arizona.


Turkey-Russia tensions soar after deadly Syria strike  » 
29 Feb 2020, 0:16

Turkey-Russia tensions soar after deadly Syria strikeThe leaders of Russia and Turkey held crisis talks Friday after 33 Turkish soldiers died in an air strike in Syria, as Ankara ramped up pressure on Europe by threatening to flood in migrants. The United States and United Nations urged an end to the Russian-backed Syrian offensive against rebel holdouts, but Turkey appeared intent on easing tensions with Moscow by pinning the blame squarely on President Bashar al-Assad's regime.


Did You Miss AusNet Services's (ASX:AST) 14% Share Price Gain?  » 
29 Feb 2020, 0:14

Did You Miss AusNet Services's (ASX:AST) 14% Share Price Gain?Stock pickers are generally looking for stocks that will outperform the broader market. And in our experience, buying...


Investor Alert: Kaplan Fox Investigates Sterling Bancorp, Inc.  » 
29 Feb 2020, 0:14

Investor Alert: Kaplan Fox Investigates Sterling Bancorp, Inc.Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP (www.kaplanfox.com) is investigating Sterling Bancorp, Inc. ("Sterling Bancorp" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: SBT). A class action securities lawsuit has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased Sterling Bancorp common stock from November 17, 2017 through December 8, 2019, inclusive (the "Class Period").





Technology

PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World Competition  » 
21 Oct 2019, 15:01

PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World CompetitionThe winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.


7 tax scams to watch out for this year  » 
7 Apr 2019, 12:00

7 tax scams to watch out for this yearIn case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.


Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur  » 
2 Nov 2017, 18:48

Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial SlurThe daughter's name is Nicarri.


What the CIA thinks of your anti-virus program  » 
8 Mar 2017, 18:46

What the CIA thinks of your anti-virus programPARIS (AP) — Peppering the 8,000 pages of purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking data released Tuesday by WikiLeaks are reviews of some of the world's most popular anti-virus products.


Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls  » 
13 Jan 2016, 23:22

Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone CallsJeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”


Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States  » 
22 Sep 2015, 23:29

Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United StatesPope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday. As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit. Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.






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