Biden must balance the horror of Covid-19 with the hope to come

Biden must balance the horror of Covid-19 with the hope to come

It may not feel like it right now after a horrific winter, but America has never experienced a moment this hopeful since the pandemic began. The tantalizing promise borne by the quickening rollout of new vaccines, however, is tempered by warnings from President Joe Biden’s team that a new cycle of sickness, death and isolation may loom if the country tries to grab its freedom too fast. On Monday, it emerged publicly that three companies — Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson — will deliver sufficient doses to fully vaccinate…

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The digital transformation of trade finance: An urgent present and a bright future

The digital transformation of trade finance: An urgent present and a bright future

Trade is the lifeblood of the global economy—it drives growth and competitiveness. It promotes fairness. It spurs innovation and efficiency. When trade flows in a rules-based system, jobs, wages, and investment increase. Underpinning trade at every stage of the global supply chain: trade finance. By providing liquidity and cash flows and lowering risks, trade finance ensures that buyers receive their goods and sellers receive their payments. Simply put, the movement of goods and services across borders doesn’t occur without trade finance. Yet the world faces a massive and persistent trade…

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Europe’s unified vaccination strategy is splintering as countries turn to Israel, China and Russia for help

Europe’s unified vaccination strategy is splintering as countries turn to Israel, China and Russia for help

The European Union’s 27-nation vaccine strategy is splintering as member states turn to nations outside the bloc to boost a faltering rollout plagued by supply issues, contract skirmishes and sluggish takeup. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced Monday that he intends to work with Israel and Denmark on future vaccine production and cooperation around developing further shots to combat new coronavirus mutations. He will visit Israel with Danish leader Mette Frederiksen on Thursday. The Austrian leader has been sharply critical of the EU’s vaccine strategy and the bloc’s regulator, the European…

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Supreme Court allows release of Trump tax returns to NY prosecutor

Supreme Court allows release of Trump tax returns to NY prosecutor

The Supreme Court cleared the way for a New York prosecutor to obtain former President Donald Trump’s tax returns, dealing a massive loss to Trump who has fiercely fought to shield his financial papers from prosecutors. The documents will be subject to grand jury secrecy rules that restrict their public release. The ruling is a bitter loss for Trump, even if the tax records are shielded from public disclosure, after he consistently argued that the subpoena issued by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance was overbroad and issued in bad faith….

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Baby deaths probe at Telford Hospital Nhs Trust

Baby deaths probe at Telford Hospital Nhs Trust

Baby deaths probe at Telford hospital finds ‘immediate and essential’ action is needed to improve maternity care across whole of England – as health minister slams NHS trust’s ‘shocking failings’ A probe into the death of babies babies at Telford hospital has found ‘immediate and essential,’ action is needed to improve maternity care across the whole of England – as a health minister slammed an NHS trust’s ‘shocking failings’. The inquiry into deaths and allegations of poor care at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) was set up…

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Italy World Cup hero Paolo Rossi dies aged 64

Italy World Cup hero Paolo Rossi dies aged 64

Paolo Rossi, the Italian footballer who single-handedly demolished Socrates’s Brazil in the 1982 World Cup, has died Footballer Paolo Rossi, who was Italy’s World Cup hero in 1982 has died at the age of 64. Tis death was announced by Italian TV channel RAI for whom he worked as a sport pundit in recent years. His wife, Cappelletti Federica, posted a photo of herself and her husband to her Instagram account along with the words “per sempre” – “forever”. She did not disclose the cause of his death. Rossi’s name…

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Hackers steal Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine data in Europ

Hackers steal Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine data in Europ

U.S. drug maker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech said on Wednesday that documents related to development of their COVID-19 vaccine had been “unlawfully accessed” in a cyberattack on Europe’s medicines regulator. The European Medicines Agency (EMA), which assesses medicines and vaccines for the European Union, said hours earlier it had been targeted in a cyberattack. It gave no further details. Pfizer and BioNTech said they did not believe any personal data of trial participants had been compromised and EMA “has assured us that the cyber-attack will have no impact…

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UK economy officially enters recession for first time in 11 years

UK economy officially enters recession for first time in 11 years

The UK economy suffered its biggest slump on record between April and June as coronavirus lockdown measures pushed the country officially into recession. The economy shrank 20.4% compared with the first three months of the year. Household spending plunged as shops were ordered to close, while factory and construction output also fell. This pushed the UK into its first technical recession – defined as two consecutive quarters of economic decline – since 2009. Chancellor Rishi Sunak told the BBC that the government was “grappling with something that is unprecedented” and…

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Nigerian 22-year-old’s musician sentenced to death for committing ‘blasphemy’ against Prophet Muhammad in a song he shared over Whatsapp

Nigerian 22-year-old’s musician sentenced to death for committing ‘blasphemy’ against Prophet Muhammad in a song he shared over Whatsapp

The 22-year-old’s song praised an imam from the Tijaniya Muslim brotherhood Song critics claimed it gave the imam higher status than the Prophet Muhammad Protesters burnt down Sharif’s family home amid widespread demonstrations Protesters burnt down his family home demanding his prosecution, leading to his arrest. The singer had gone into hiding after sharing the song, which praised an imam from the Tijaniya Muslim brotherhood to the point where it gave him higher status than the Prophet Muhammad, the BBC reported. The prosecutor, Inspector Aminu Yargoje, described the verdict as…

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Kim Kardashian sets up meeting with President Trump and newly freed prisoners to discuss criminal justice reform

Kim Kardashian sets up meeting with President Trump and newly freed prisoners to discuss criminal justice reform

Kim Kardashian has set up a meeting with President Trump to discuss criminal justice reform. According to USA Today, the reality star, 39, will meet with the leader, and three newly freed prisoners, at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the subject. The ex-prisoners, Tynice Nichole Hall, Crystal Munoz, and Judith Negron, were granted clemency by the President due to the reform.  Tynice, 36, served nearly 14 years of an 18-year sentence for allowing her apartment to be used to distribute drugs. A statement released by the White House…

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