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Falklands express gratitude for ‘freedom’ 40 years after invasion

The people of the Falkland Islands expressed their gratitude for the “freedom” to mark the 40th anniversary of the landing of British forces on the islands as part of its recapture from Argentina in 1982.

On May 21 and 22, 1982, British troops carried out an amphibious landing at San Carlos in the Falkland Islands. Argentine forces then surrendered on June 14, 1982.

The last landmines were cleared as recently as 2020, but craters, rubbish and countless memorials can still be seen scattered around the islands.

Today, 40 years after the invasion, the Falkland Islands government says it is a “forward-looking nation, determined to take control of its own destiny and shape its own success”.

Andrew Pollard, pictured in the Falkland Islands (Andrew Pollard/PA)

Andrew Pollard is a sixth generation Falkland Islander. He was born in West Yorkshire and moved to the Falklands aged seven.

Now 44 years old, he works as a wildlife guide and photographer.

Speaking to the PA news agency, he described his gratitude for the “freedom” enjoyed by the islanders.

“Although we are from the Falkland Islands, we are also very passionate about being British.

“People here are very grateful for what we have, whether it’s the natural environment or the community spirit.

“Freedom is also something that people cherish deeply. Many have experienced this demise and so I think I cherish things more.

Christ Church Cathedral in Port Stanley is the southernmost Anglican cathedral in the world (Henry Jones/PA)

In early 2013, the Falkland Islands held a referendum on their political status as a British Overseas Territory.

The result was that 99.8% voted in favor of remaining as such.

Mr Pollard said the vote ‘clearly showed the feelings of islanders’, but added that ‘there is ongoing frustration on the islands that in 2022 the right to self-determination is being largely ignored by many’.

“We are of course very grateful for all the global support we receive. For many here, the invasion of Ukraine by (an) aggressive neighbor Russia evokes many memories of 1982 and similarities can be drawn.

Ms Betts told PA that the Falkland Islands are a ‘thriving independent community’ (Arlette Betts/PA)

Arlette Betts, 77, was born in the Falkland Islands and has lived there all her life except for a brief stay in Plymouth during the 1982 conflict.

She runs a guesthouse in Port Stanley, the capital, and told PA about her experience in the Falklands.

“I am passionate about the Islands and I have taken every opportunity to promote them.

“My company has made this very easy. The wildlife and ruggedness are unique and the beaches (are) spectacular. When the sun is shining and there is no wind, it is magnificent.

Ms Betts said islanders were still thinking about the war, but added: ‘In a weird way, although I think the war has done us a favor.

“I don’t think the Falklands would be where they are today otherwise.

“We are now a thriving independent community with the exception of our defense of course. It is very comforting to know that they are there to protect us.

The Ministry of Defense maintains a permanent presence in the Falklands, with over 1,000 personnel stationed there, along with fast Typhoon jets and the Royal Navy’s HMS Forth.

A pair of Typhoon jets flying over the Falkland Islands (MOD Crown Copyright/PA)

Despite their remoteness, the Falkland Islands are nevertheless well connected to the outside world.

The main airport, RAF Mount Pleasant, receives two flights from the UK each week, known as the Air Bridge, as well as a weekly flight from Santiago, Chile.

The Falklands also have a regular cargo delivery approximately every six weeks.

“Overall the Falklands are well stocked with most things,” Ms Betts told PA.

“The supermarkets are extremely well stocked. In fact, there’s very little you can’t get here. The airlift brings a lot of mail, so people are buying online,” Ms Betts added.

The Falkland Islands government is the largest employer, with agriculture, retail and tourism among the other main employers.

The sport is played across the Falklands; the country is represented at the Commonwealth Games and an annual horse race is held every Christmas. The Stanley Golf Club claims to be one of the southernmost golf courses in the world.

Residents live in Port Stanley, or “Camp”, a term used to refer to anywhere outside of Stanley.

Port Stanley was recently among eight places to earn coveted city status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Pete Biggs, Speaker of the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen for this very rare award”, adding: “This celebration of his extraordinary reign comes at a time when we, in the Falkland Islands, are also reflecting an extraordinary time in our own history, as we remember the events of 74 days in 1982 when we were invaded.

“For our small community, it was an unprecedented time, but I am delighted that, 40 years after those dark days, we are being recognized in this way – I think it shows how far we have come in this period. Over the past four decades, we have built a thriving and prosperous nation that continually looks to the future while respecting our past.

2 e-commerce stocks down more than 50% to buy right now


So far, 2022 hasn’t been kind to investors, and it’s been particularly tough on e-commerce stockholders. The pandemic-induced rapid growth of online shopping over the past two years appears to be easing and investors are fleeing the e-commerce sector.

However, despite the short-term headwinds, the macro trend towards greater use of e-commerce is alive and well. According to Statista, global e-commerce retail sales are expected to grow from $5.5 trillion in 2022 to $7.3 trillion in 2025. Two companies particularly well positioned to capitalize on this trend are Etsy (ETSY -1.14%) and MercadoLibre (MELI -3.23%).

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Etsy: a one-of-a-kind shopping experience

Etsy operates an online marketplace that connects buyers and sellers around the world. It focuses on unique, handmade products that cannot be found at mass retailers. This exclusivity attracts more and more buyers to Etsy’s website, and these buyers incentivize more sellers to list their wares on the platform, creating a virtuous cycle of growth.

Etsy’s first-quarter 2022 results failed to impress the market, and shares plunged around 20% the day after the company released them. Revenue increased 5.2% year over year. Gross merchandise sales – the total dollar value of all items the company sold in its marketplace – rose a moderate 3.5%. These figures may seem worrying taken in isolation. However, looking at the longer-term trend puts the company’s progress into perspective.

Metric 2019 2020 2021
Revenue $818 million $1.726 billion $2.329 billion
Revenue increase 35.56% 110.86% 34.97%
Gross Merchandise Sales $4.975 billion $10.281 billion $13.492 billion
Growth in gross merchandise sales 26.53% 106.66% 31.23%


Given the magnitude of the massive increase in revenue and gross merchandise sales over the past two years, it’s understandable that growth in 2022 will be relatively subdued. Another major factor contributing to its slower growth rate is economic uncertainty. High inflation, a myriad of supply chain issues and Russia’s war in Ukraine have created conditions in which many consumers are tightening their purse strings.

Overall, however, Etsy takes the hassle out of small business owners and artists by making it easy and quick to set up online stores and giving them access to a large, established audience. And for shoppers, it has become a go-to destination to pick up gifts for loved ones or shop for items to celebrate special occasions. It’s no surprise that from 2019 to the end of the first quarter of 2022, the number of buyers on the platform more than doubled (from 46 million to 95 million) and the number of sellers almost tripled (from 2. 7 million to 7.6 million).

The company estimates it has a $466 billion market opportunity. Compared to its annual revenue, this gives it a long streak of growth. With stocks trading at a price/sales valuation below 5 – close to a five-year low – Etsy will likely reward new investors handsomely over the long haul.

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MercadoLibre: Democratizing e-commerce and financial services in Latin America

MercadoLibre, founded in 1999 in Argentina, was one of the first e-commerce players in Latin America. Operating as a marketplace for buyers and sellers, it has established itself in 18 countries, although it derives the bulk of its revenue from Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. The company is an undisputed leader with around 30% e-commerce market share in the region.

The company has widened its moat by investing in its logistics and shipping network, Mercado Envios, which helps sellers on its platform deliver goods faster. In the first quarter, Mercado Envios shipped 22% more items than in the prior year period, and approximately 55% of those shipments were delivered the same or next day.

MercadoLibre also allows customers to easily pay for their purchases with its Mercado Pago platform. Mercado Pago was originally launched to simplify and digitize its payment transactions, but has evolved into a financial services ecosystem that includes credit cards, installment payments, personal loans and cryptocurrency trading. .

In the first quarter, approximately 81 million unique users took advantage of MercadoLibre’s business and financial services. As more users visit the company’s website and mobile app, its digital real estate is rising in value and ad revenue nearly doubled from the year-ago quarter.

So far, MercadoLibre has weathered the challenges of uncertainty surrounding consumer spending, high inflation and rising interest rates, and reported strong first quarter results. And despite tough comparisons due to the pandemic-induced surge in e-commerce over the past two years, MercadoLibre grew revenue 63% year-over-year in the first quarter. Gross merchandise volume reached $7.7 billion, up 27%. Mercado Pago saw a strong increase in total processed payment volume, up 72% to $25.3 billion. And the company also became profitable on a GAAP basis, recording a net profit margin of 2.9%.

In the wake of the recent market sell-off, MercadoLibre shares are trading at a price-to-sell ratio of around 5, their lowest valuation in the past five years. With its strength in the Latin American market and the opportunity ahead of it, neglecting MercadoLibre will likely prove to be a missed opportunity for investors.

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Francisco Ortega on Celtic transfer radar as Argentina full-back ‘explores’ Mohanad Jeahze contingency plan


A deal for Argentinian left-back Francisco Ortega is said to be “explored” by Celtic this summer.

After winning the Scottish Premiership title, competition for Greg Taylor seems to be a priority for Ange Postecoglou this summer.

Forgotten Boli Bolingoli looks set to lift the curtain on his spell at Celtic Park this summer, and Velez Sarsfield star Ortega appears to be on Parkhead’s wishlist.

The daily mail report that the 23-year-old has had positive drug reports and a deal is currently ‘explored’.

Postecoglou has distanced himself with a deal for Iraq international Mohanad Jeahze in recent weeks, and Ortega could present a viable alternative.

Reports in Sweden claim that Hammarby is preparing for a transfer for his full-back from Celtic and is considering replacing Jeahze.

Interest in Ortega comes with the transfer floodgates set to open at Celtic with a permanent move for Jota seemingly high on the agenda.

The winger is set for further talks with Parkhead when he returns from Ibiza vacation with the club ready to pay Benfica £6.5million to secure the player.

The Portuguese side should have a sell clause of up to 30%.

Jorge Castañeda on AMLO and the resilience of dictatorships

No to foreign intervention. Daniel Ortega, Raúl Castro and Nicolas Maduro. Cartoon by PxMolina / Confidential

“We must continue to put pressure, but without having any illusions. Dictatorships have proven to be resilient.

By Carlos F. Chamorro (Confidential)

HAVANA TIMES — Former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda has stressed the importance of maintaining political pressure on the dictatorships of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. At the same time, however, he warned of “the resilience of these dictatorships, so repressive, and ready to accept all kinds of economic deprivation as long as they remain in power. Meanwhile, many Venezuelans, Cubans and Nicaraguans simply prefer to leave their country,” and engage in mass emigration.

In an interview with Confidentialthe Mexican political expert and professor at New York University analyzed the conditions that Mexican President Lopez Obrador set for the Summit of the Americas, insisting that he will only participate if Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela are invited to the regional high-level meeting which will take place in Los Angeles from 6 to 10 June.

Twenty-nine countries, including Mexico and Argentina, have condemned the takeover by Nicaraguan police of the OAS offices in Managua, ordered by the Ortega regime, and the violation of diplomatic immunity that this entails. There were no votes against the resolution, although Honduras, El Salvador and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines abstained. What does this vote of condemnation mean politically?

I believe that Ortega’s raid on the OAS headquarters in Managua was so outrageous that even countries like Mexico, Argentina or Bolivia could not abstain or oppose the resolution of condemnation . In that sense, the resolution and the fact that so many countries voted in favor of it was a step forward.

However, I would not confuse the favorable vote on this very particular subject with the possibility of invoking the Inter-American Democratic Charter against Nicaragua. I keep thinking the votes just aren’t there for such a resolution.

This week, Ortega judges completed the cycle of bogus trials and guilty verdicts against 53 of the political prisoners currently in jail. Political prisoners were sentenced to terms ranging from 8 to 13 years in prison. Can the countries of the Americas or the European Union exert effective political pressure against the Ortega dictatorship outside the OAS, since the OAS as a hemispheric body cannot influence this crisis?

They have done it before: the European Union has pressed, and the United States has also imposed sanctions or condemnations, but it seems that the Ortega dictatorship is simply not vulnerable to this type of measure. They simply ignore them and go ahead with their repressive dictatorial practices. Apparently, they don’t feel obligated to heed that kind of condemnation, or even punishment. This is the problem of a dictatorship which is ready to accept anything to stay in power. They are able to do it.

AMLO, Biden and the Summit of the Americas

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Amador (AMLO) has said he will only attend the upcoming Summit of the Americas if Biden invites the dictatorships of Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela. This requirement has led other presidents, of various stripes, to advocate for a policy of non-exclusion. What impact could the possible absence of certain Latin American presidents have on this summit?

I see it in terms of hierarchy. The absence of Mexico and Brazil from the Los Angeles summit – the latter for reasons that have nothing to do with Cuba, Nicaragua or Venezuela, but rather the personal whims of President Bolsonaro – l he absence of these two great Latin American economies would certainly weaken it. And everything seems to indicate that these two countries will not be present. On the other hand, there are small countries [who are also threatening to stay away], some of the Caribbean communities of Caricom, plus Honduras, Bolivia; it’s not that they aren’t important, but of course the absence of Honduras, for example, or Bolivia, doesn’t have the same impact as that of Mexico or Brazil.

In my opinion, what remains unresolved is what Argentina will decide, what Chile will decide. Everything seems to indicate that President Fernandez [of Argentina] as well as President Boric [of Chile] will go to Los Angeles, and that will help Biden a bit. However, it is a fact that this is a very serious blow for Biden. It won’t have much of an impact on US domestic politics because it’s focused on other things right now. But, yes, it again reinforces the impression that Biden has generated for a while, since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, of incompetence and incompetence.

What will be the underlying theme of this Summit? For some, it will be the non-exclusion of Latin American countries. For others, the main subject is the democratic agenda, or the impunity of dictatorships. What, in the end, will prevail?

I think there will be a debate about whether or not Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela should have been invited to the summit. Of course, Mexicans [will bring this up], even if Lopez Obrador himself is not present. He will have his little fit, his personal anger, demanding, “Why didn’t you invite my little friends?” It’s logic. However, I don’t think this issue will take too long at the summit, because I imagine what many countries want to talk about, especially the United States, is migration, supply chain issues and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which will not be over by then. I think these will be the main topics of the summit, not so much if the Cuban, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan dictatorships have been invited.

With the vacuum of American leadership in Latin America and the presence of China, which is very strong economically – Is there a way for Latin America to arbitrate or influence the political crisis of these dictatorships, beyond the objection that Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela were or were not invited?

There is no common meeting ground. The most serious, the disaster, is that everything has been tried during all these years, especially in the case of Venezuela. I don’t know how many times negotiations have been attempted there, with the mediation of the Dominicans, the Norwegians, the Spaniards. They tried to overthrow Maduro with more or less outlandish schemes, and more or less serious ones. Nothing worked. Nor was there an overture in Venezuela to celebrate democratic elections under international observation. The problem is that nothing seems to work. In the case of Cuba, it is obvious that nothing worked. Obama’s overtures have brought no overtures to Cuba. We have seen this before. With Nicaragua and with Venezuela, everything has been tried but there has been no change. I thought we were doomed to a sort of perpetuation of the status quo, until perhaps biological inertia had its effect.

The resilience of dictatorships

Indeed, dictatorships have shown a kind of resilience. On the other hand, some elements reveal great fragility and raise questions about their long-term viability. This is what we see in Nicaragua; that’s what we see in Cuba, from the point of view of the economy. The question is whether there is a strategy to get out of these Latin American dictatorships in the medium term, because clearly there is no short-term solution.

I don’t think there is any in the long term either. I insist: everything has been tried. Improving the economy of these countries – if it were possible – wouldn’t bring any change either, I think. Tighten them more? Well, [that won’t work] Is. I don’t see how Cuba’s economic situation could get any worse than it already is; and I don’t think Venezuela can be any worse than it was a few years ago when it really hit rock bottom, although things have improved a bit in recent months.

The problem is that the regimes in these countries are so repressive, so cynical and so brazen that they are prepared to accept all the economic deprivation, all the hardship, the shortages, everything, as long as they can maintain themselves able.

Meanwhile, people – Nicaraguans, Venezuelans, Cubans – prefer to leave. Six million Venezuelans have left; huge numbers of Cubans are leaving. I think that in April the Cuban emigration has already reached the levels of emigration observed during the Mariel exodus of the 80s; the current exodus certainly far exceeds the levels of emigration on small boats in 1994. And in the case of Nicaragua, you know how many Nicaraguans are fleeing the country.

Dictatorships crumble from within, under external pressure that conditions relief on the restoration of democratic freedoms, in order to bring about change. This is what happened at the end of the 1980s with the Chilean plebiscite and the Pinochet dictatorship. Can external pressure help restore democratic freedoms to produce change?

In any case, it is better to maintain this pressure than to release it, but without having any illusions. I think that at this point, it is better to face the facts and conclude that it is very difficult to force these three dictatorships to open up and respect freedom: free political prisoners in Nicaragua, Cuba , in Venezuela too, but above all in Nicaragua and Cuba; respect the freedom of the press and of assembly, the freedom to demonstrate; hold elections without fraud. It has proven very difficult to achieve this, with carrots or sticks, because these are dictatorships that have sufficient repressive capacity to impose their will and not give in to pressure, internal or external.

Can these dictatorships endure and prove viable in the long term?

They already have. Who would have thought in 2013 that we would celebrate Nicolas Maduro’s almost 10 years in power? Or that Raul Castro would be 92 and still be in power in some sense? Or that for Daniel Ortega, his own health is perhaps the only obstacle to his perpetuity in power? We must take note of this tremendous resilience and continue, but without having too many illusions.

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Everything about the event celebrated in more than 80 countries

World Metrology Day, celebrated on May 20 each year, is observed to highlight the need for precise units of measurement and the contribution of metrologists, organizations and institutes to the scientific study of metrology.

The annual event is observed in over 80 countries to celebrate the necessity and impact of measurement in our daily lives.

Metrology is the scientific study of measurement that is necessary to avoid inaccurate conclusions. Metrologists are committed to developing new techniques, instruments and procedures to ensure greater accuracy in high-speed measurements.

Metrology plays an important role in scientific discovery and innovation in various fields, including industrial manufacturing, commerce and environmental studies.

The theme for World Metrology Day 2022 is “Metrology in the Digital Age”. The theme was chosen due to the growing importance of digital technology to revolutionize the community and to be one of the most exciting trends in society today.

The day is celebrated jointly by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) and the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) as well as other national metrology organizations.

History and significance

World Metrology Day was launched at the 21st General Conference on Weights (CGPM) in October 1999.

This date was chosen because it coincides with the signing of the Meter Convention on May 20, 1875. The Meter Convention is considered the beginning of formal international collaboration in metrology.

Seventeen nations, including the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria-Hungary, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Portugal, Belgium, Norway and the former Ottoman Empire, signed the treaty.

The treaty helped bring global uniformity in units of measurement. It also led to the creation of the BIPM, which is an intergovernmental organization with 59 members, and the International Bureau of Weights and Measures.

Banco BBVA Argentina SA announces its results for the first quarter of 2022


Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Banco BBVA Argentina SA (NYSE; BYMA; MAE: BBAR; LATIBEX: XBBAR) (“BBVA Argentina” or “BBVA” or “the bank“) today announced its consolidated results for the first quarter (1Q22), ended March, 31st2022.

From January 1, 2020the Bank has started reporting its inflation-adjusted results in accordance with IAS 29. For ease of comparison, the figures for the comparable quarters of 2021 and 2022 have been updated in accordance with IAS 29 to reflect the cumulative effect of the inflation adjustment for each period up to March 31, 2022.

1Q22 Highlights

  • BBVA Argentina’s inflation-adjusted net profit in 1Q22 was $4.0 billion27.1% less than the $5.5 billion compared to the fourth quarter of 2021 (4Q21), and 12.3% below the $4.6 billion published in the first quarter of 2021 (1Q21).
  • In 1Q22, BBVA Argentina posted an average inflation-adjusted return on assets (ROAA) of 1.4% and an average inflation-adjusted return on equity (ROAE) of 9.0%.
  • In terms of activity, total consolidated financing to the private sector in 1Q22 amounted to $413.2 billion, down 8.4% in real terms from 4Q21 and 10.3% from 1Q21. During the quarter, the decrease was mainly explained by a decrease credit card and discounted instruments 9.3% and 17.8% respectively. BBVA’s consolidated market share in private sector loans reached 7.89% in 1Q22.
  • Total consolidated filings in 1Q22 totaled $797.3 billion, decreasing by 3.0% in real terms during the quarter and increasing by 1.2% during the year. The quarterly decline is mainly due to demand deposits, which fell by 9.6%. The Bank’s consolidated market share in private deposits reached 7.12% in 1Q22.
  • In 1Q22, the non-performing loan (NPL) ratio reached 1.29%, with a coverage ratio of 219.75%.
  • The cumulative efficiency ratio in 1Q22 was 72.2%, higher than 69.1% in 4Q21 and slightly lower than 72.5% in 1Q21.
  • In 1Q22, BBVA Argentina achieved a regulatory capital ratio of 23.5%, resulting in a $110.1 billion or 188.2% exceed the minimum regulatory requirement. The Tier I ratio was 23.3%.
  • Total liquid assets represented 79.6% of the Bank’s total deposits in 1Q22.

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About BBVA Argentina

BBVA Argentina (NYSE; BYMA; MAE: BBAR; LATIBEX: XBBAR) is a subsidiary of the BBVA Group, the main shareholder since 1996. In Argentinait has been one of the leading private financial institutions since 1886. Nationally, BBVA Argentina offers personal and corporate banking services to a wide clientele, including: individuals, SMEs and large corporations.

BBVA Argentina’s goal is to offer everyone the era of opportunities, based on the real needs of our customers, providing them with the best solutions and helping them make the best financial decisions through a simple and practical experience. . The institution is based on solid values: “The customer comes first, We think big and We are one team”. At the same time, its responsible banking model aspires to a more inclusive and sustainable society.

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Have you taken out a payday loan with AMG? You could get a refund


Today, the FTC is sending a second round of refunds to some of those affected by a major payday loan program run by AMG Services, Inc. that used names like 500FastCash, OneClickCash, Ameriloan, UnitedCashLoans, and USFastCash, among others. . If you got a payday loan online from an AMG-related company, you may receive a check in the mail. If you do, cash it before August 17, 2022.

The FTC sued AMG for charging people far more for the loans than they originally agreed to pay and sent the first round of refunds in 2018. Now the FTC is sending over 690,000 refund checks totaling $152 million. wondering if the check you received is real? To visit ftc.gov/amg to verify your check.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Checks will arrive automatically. You do not need to make a request or complete a claim form.
  • Checks expire August 17, 2022, so don’t wait to submit yours.
  • To verify that the check is from the FTC, go to ftc.gov/amg.
  • For any questions regarding your check or the refund process, call the administrator (Rust Consulting) at 1-866-730-8147, or email [email protected].

And remember that the FTC will never ask you to pay money or give out your account information for a refund. So if someone asks you for something in exchange for your AMG refund check, it’s a scam. Report it to ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

Buenos Aires Weather | Nine out of ten urban households in Argentina have internet access


According to a new report, nine out of ten households in Argentina’s urban agglomerations have Internet access, with two out of three households having at least one computer.

The national survey on access to and use of information technology, carried out by the INDEC national statistics office as part of its permanent household survey (EPH), revealed that if the Connectivity adoption has slowed during the coronavirus pandemic, its positive trend has continued.

At the end of 2019, 17.2% of households in the main cities of the country were not connected, a figure which fell to 9.9% by the end of the following year. As of December 31, 2021, however, the share of households without internet access had fallen to 9.5%.

In addition, two out of three households in these same cities have a computer installed.

Regionally, the survey found that the highest internet penetration is in Patagonia, where only 7.2% of households do not have web access. In the Metropolitan Area of ​​Buenos Aires (AMBA), the figure rises to 8.2%, with 96.1% of all households in the federal capital benefiting from the possibility of going online.

Going down to the cities, only 2% of households in Ushuaia have no connectivity, followed by 2.8% in Cómodo Rivadavia and 3.6% in Rio Gallegos.

Conversely, in Rosario, 21% of households are not connected, compared to 17.3% in Resistencia, in the province of Chaco.

The INDEC report also revealed that 88 out of 100 Argentines have a mobile phone and 87 out of 100 use the Internet through at least one device.

Overall, there was an increase in the use of all technologies at the national level, with internet use up 1.7%, computer use up 1.4% and an increase 0.2% of mobile phone adoption.


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UK is ‘cynical’ when it backs Ukrainian territorial integrity and denies Argentina over Falklands – MercoPress


Taiana: UK ‘cynical’ when backing Ukrainian territorial integrity and denying Argentina over Falklands

Wednesday May 18, 2022 – 10:20 UTC

“It is the British who say that the territorial integrity of Ukraine must be defended, and it is the British who deny the defense of the territorial integrity of Argentina,” Taiana castigated.

Argentine Defense Minister Jorge Taiana again accused the British government of being “cynical” since it has a double standard, on the one hand they support Ukrainian sovereignty and on the other hand they deny the Argentina’s legitimate rights over the sovereignty of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands

“It is the British who say that the territorial integrity of Ukraine must be defended, (from Russia) and it is the British who deny the defense of the territorial integrity of Argentina, it is cynical, the lack of respect for the law and disrespect for international law,” Taiana said at an event at Argentina’s main naval base in Puerto Belgrano.

Taiana also announced the creation of the Joint Maritime Command, “a decision to coordinate efforts to guarantee security and control, as well as to patrol our waters, our territorial sea, our exclusive economic zone”, explained the Minister of Defense .

“This common task shows the priority we give to the South Atlantic, defined for years by the coastal countries as an area of ​​peace and cooperation, and which is completely hampered by the permanent presence of a provocative and aggressive fleet of the United Kingdom in our Malvinas Islands”, insisted Taiana in front of all the senior officials of the Argentine Navy present.

Taiana went on to say that Argentina is the eighth country in the world in terms of territory, with enormous rich resources and a huge continental shelf, also one of the largest in the world, and is “a nation, a state which needs a strong armed force to guarantee our independence and our sovereignty”

“We need armed forces capable of deterring any enemy attack, with the ability to react quickly, strong and respected by other armed forces”

“It means recovering, repairing, modernizing, building and acquiring, in a process that will not be resolved in a few years, but it is a process in which a large majority of the Argentine community is engaged”

The minister praised the role played by the Argentine armed forces during the pandemic, “working side by side to defeat this invisible enemy that has cost too many lives and is still among us”, and promised better equipment and support for these national emergencies.

“We are well aware that from a professional point of view with better equipment we will have more opportunities, and we are aware that the members of our armed forces need better income conditions, and that we cannot have them at the current situation and levels”.

Taiana finally said it’s not just about increasing current income but bringing it up to the level of other security forces’, but that’s an effort the president is committed to and we’ll come up with a plan. achievable to make it possible. ”.

Virginians win $489 million in payday loan settlement – ​​The Virginian-Pilot


Online payday loan companies that charged up to 919% interest will spend $489 million to repay some 555,000 borrowers, to settle a class action lawsuit brought by eight Virginians.

The lawsuit alleged that Golden Valley Lending; Silver Cloud Financial, Inc.; Mountain Summit Financial, Inc.; and Majestic Lake Financial, Inc., all formed under the laws of the Habematolel Pomo Tribe of the Upper Lake Tribe in California, violated federal racketeering laws as well as Virginia’s usury and credit licensing laws to consumption.

He also leveled the same charges against three Kansas City, Missouri businessmen whose companies processed the loans, provided the capital the tribal corporations used to make the loans, and collected the bulk of the profits from the company.

Companies advertised online loans of up to $1,000 with the promise that borrowers could be approved in seconds. according to the lawsuit prepared by Consumer Litigation Associates based in Newport News, the Virginia Poverty Law Center and the law firm Kelly Guzzo in Fairfax.

One of the Virginians who sued, George Hengle, paid a total of $1,127 on three loans, with interest rates of 636%, 722% and 763%. Another, Steven Pike, paid $1,725 ​​on his loan with an interest rate of 744%, while Elwood Bumbray paid $1,561 on a loan with an interest rate of 543% and Lawrence Mwethuku paid $499.50 on a loan with an interest rate of 919%.

Under the terms of the settlement, Tribal Businesses will forgive $450 million in balances owing on their loans. The businessmen will pay $39 million, which will be distributed to the borrowers as compensation.

Borrowers in Virginia, along with those in 21 other states, will get back any money they paid to lenders that exceeded their loan principal amount.

Borrowers in 26 other states will receive the difference between their state’s statutory interest rates and the interest they paid on their loans. Nevada and Utah borrowers will not receive any refunds; Utah has no formal cap on payday loan rates, and Nevada’s cap limits interest on payday loans to 25% of the borrower’s gross monthly income.

Virginia law caps loan rates at 12% unless a business obtains a consumer credit license. For these companies, the General Assembly capped rates at 36%, after years of daily press reports of high-interest loans.

The two law firms and the Poverty Law Center that filed the lawsuit have filed several others against payday and online lenders over the years, including one settled for $433 million in 2019.

The poverty law center also operates a helpline where borrowers can call for help at 866-830-4501.

Dave Ress, 757-247-4535, [email protected]

Paulo Dybala in tears as the Argentine striker says goodbye to Juventus fans; Watch


Monday’s Juventus vs Lazio match ended in a 2-2 draw and Juve fans also bid farewell to skipper Giorgio Chiellini and striker Paulo Dybala who played their last home game for the club. Both players will leave the club after Juventus’ trip to Fiorentina next week, which will be the last match of the season. Dybala, 28, announced on Monday that he would be leaving the club at the end of the campaign.

Paulo Dybala bids farewell to Juventus

After the match ended, Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala were honored after the game, with Dybala unable to contain his own emotions as he was celebrated by the fans. Dybala’s contract expires this summer and the striker had already tweeted on Sunday that it would be his last game for Juventus at home.

Dybala in his tweet wrote, “It’s hard to find the right words to say goodbye to you,” he wrote. “There are so many years and so many emotions in all. I thought we would have stayed together a few more years, but fate took us on different paths. I will never forget everything you told me. you gave; every game, every goal. I grew and learned with you. I lived a dream. It has been seven magical years with 12 trophies and 115 goals that no one will ever be able to take away. Ever. Thank you for supporting me in difficult times.

He further wrote: “Thank you to those who have been with me over the last few years: from the first to the last, from fans to club members, everyone, managers and teammates, staff and directors. Wearing this important shirt alongside the captain’s armband was one of the proudest moments of my life, which I hope to show my children and grandchildren one day. Tomorrow will be my last game in this jersey, it’s hard to imagine but it will be our last goodbye. He won. It won’t be easy, but I’ll walk onto the pitch with a smile and a head held high, knowing that I gave it my all for you.”

Paulo Dybala’s career with Juventus

Talking about Paulo Dybala’s career with Juventus, the striker joined Turin club Palermo in 2015 and was a key member of the team that won five consecutive Serie A titles. while scoring 115 goals. He also won the Coppa Italia four times as he played in Juve’s Champions League final defeat in 2017. Dybala was named in the Serie A team of the year four times, having become a star since leaving Palermo in 2015.

The aggressive policy of the United States against Cuba denounced in Argentina


Buenos Aires, May 16 (Prensa Latina) The United States continues to apply an aggressive policy against Cuba, based on actions aimed at causing hunger, suffering, disease and despair in our people, denounced the ambassador from Cuba to Argentina, Pedro Pablo Prada.

During a speech at the 46th Buenos Aires International Book Fair, the diplomat condemned the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington on Cuba and its hardening during the Covid-19 pandemic.

At this time, Cuba is struggling not only to overcome the terrible impact of this health crisis, but also that of the blockade and the 243 measures added by former President Donald Trump (2017-2021), aimed at directly affecting families, a- he noted.

At the worst time of the pandemic, when everyone was buying ventilators for their health systems, we were denied them because the United States owns most of the patents on these items and does not allow us to buy technology with more than 10% US components, he added.

He also highlighted the efforts made by Cuban scientists and researchers to overcome these obstacles, design their own devices and produce three vaccines (Soberana 02, Soberana Plus and Abdala) against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

In these circumstances, more blocked than ever, our country invested in a factory to produce 100 million doses per year, not only for the Cuban people, but also for others who needed them. Additionally, it has sent 52 medical brigades to 46 countries to fight Covid-19, he said.

On the other hand, he noted that, in recent years, the American government has financed, to the tune of more than 20 million dollars, the organization of subversive actions on the island.


Reading High’s Ruben Rodriguez selected for Puerto Rico U18 basketball team

Reading High junior Ruben Rodriguez has been chosen to play for Puerto Rico’s U18 national team, he said on Sunday night.

Rodriguez and Puerto Rico will compete in the FIBA ​​Americas Championship from June 6-12 in Tijuana, Mexico. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, the United States and host nation Mexico will also participate in the tournament.

“It’s honestly a blessing,” Rodriguez said. “It’s crazy to think about being part of the team. They called my dad (Reuben Sr.) and he came into the room and told me.

He has received scholarship offers in recent weeks from Drexel, Jacksonville and Mount St. Mary’s.

Earlier this month, the 6-1 Rodriguez was named to the Pennsylvania Sportswriters Class 6A All-State First Team for the second straight season.

He joined a short list of Berks players who were twice selected to the first team, including Lonnie Walker IV and Stu Jackson of Reading High, Stevie Mitchell of Wilson, Donovon Jack of Central Catholic and Berks Catholic and Ron Krick of West Reading.

Rodriguez led Reading High (26-4) to its first Berks Conference title in three years and its second straight District 3 6A championship, the first time the Red Knights have won back-to-back district crowns since 1976-77 .

He averaged 19.8 points per game, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.2 steals. He scored a school-best 50 points in less than three quarters in a 111-43 win over Daniel Boone in January.

He reached 1,000 points during his high school career, which began at Muhlenberg, and during his two seasons with the Red Knights. He has 1,291 in total, including 1,003 at Reading.

And now he is part of a national team.

“I’m excited to see how everyone is playing basketball,” he said. “I look forward to discovering different cultures. This will help me in every way.

Buffalo massacre: They point the finger at racial hatred and investigate a manifesto that makes an unusual reference to Argentina


the community of Buffalo is still shocked by the murder which happened at a local supermarket on Saturday, where an 18-year-old shooter killed ten people with an assault rifle while streaming the whole thing live on Twitch. She had planned everything, every step, every movement. researchers point to racial hatred as the motive for the attack, while trying to confirm the authenticity of a manifesto circulating on social networks, which would have been written by the murderer.

The text is a pamphlet loaded with messages of hatred, anti-Semitism, racism, conspiracy theories, memes and even an unusual mention of Argentina. It also contains a sketch of the scene of the slaughter, as well as a step-by-step planning of the execution, from the start of the live broadcast to the weapons chosen.

Police sources have investigated the veracity of the text, although they preferred not yet to confirm whether it was the authorship of the shooter. What they were able to tell AP is that they are working with the parents of the detained boy, identified as Payton S. Gendron, who surrendered to authorities after the attack.

Ten people died in the attack on a supermarket in Buffalo, in the United States, they point the finger to an attack by racial hatred. Photo: Reuters.

In the manifesto, the author had planned that he would surrender in the event of an encirclement.

So far, the preliminary investigation has determined that Gendron I’ve seen white supremacist websites and racist conspiracy theoriesand had researched the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand in 2019 and the massacre in Norway in 2011, the source said.

Moreover, it turned out that the young man had already threatened to massacre at school, for which he was taken to psychological treatment, according to sources in the case reported to the AP agency.

A text full of hate

The alleged Buffalo shooter’s manifesto began circulating on social media shortly after the massacre. is about a text of 180 sheets charged with anti-Semitism and racismwhere the author tries to justify the attacks based on an alleged advance against the “white population”, relying on the conspiracy theory known as “The Great Replacement”.

Buffalo shooter Payton Gendron arrested by police.  (Erie County District Attorney Photo/via REUTERS)

Buffalo shooter Payton Gendron arrested by police. (Erie County District Attorney Photo/via REUTERS)

He argues that Western society is under attack from the low “white” birth rate, which is also overtaken by the high “immigrant” birth rate, which — according to the author — they will replace them in the next few years. This is a very popular point of view among far-right forums American and even in some mass media.

Proponents of this theory also support the dangerous theory that it is part of a scheme orchestrated by a ruling elite, made up of bankers and Jewish communities, who fund a “leftist” agenda to eradicate white populations.

In the midst of this delirium, the author of the manifesto gives as an example on several occasions the Argentina, since it considers itself to be “a white country”, a fact that is not compatible with the multicultural reality of the nation. Already on the first page it indicates that this is the only “white” place in the West where the birth rate exceeds the 2.06 births necessary for this race not to lose the predominance of “migrants”.

A fragment of the Buffalo shooter's purported manifesto, where he mentions Argentina as

A fragment of the alleged Buffalo shooter’s manifesto, where he mentions Argentina as “a white country”

According to these data, whose source is Wikipedia, the country has an index of 2.24. Throughout the manifesto, the author draws on a series of alternative sources and dubious data to support building a story which, he claims, motivated him to carry out the massacre.

“Have been undergo an invasion on a level never seen in history. Millions of people crossing our borders, legally. Invited by the state and companies to replace the whites who have failed to reproduce, ”explains the terrorist.

In his rationale, races “biologically belong” where they were “made to be”. “Whites don’t belong in Nigeria for the same reason blacks don’t belong in England,” she said. Even here, he makes a conspiracy pirouette, considering that Argentina is one of the few exceptions, along with Uruguay, Australia or the United States, where the territory “now belongs to the whites”.

The author considers it to be “a war” and “a genocide to the descendants of Europeans”, which takes place all over the world. He further states that he “wasn’t born a racist”, but rather “became a racist after meeting ‘The truth’“.

The plan of the supermarket that included the author of the manifesto.

The plan of the supermarket that included the author of the manifesto.

He also adds that he became aware of these postulates in the 4chan forums, during the months of the pandemic. The text has many similarities to the manifesto produced by Brenton Harrison Tarrant, author of the Christchurch mosque massacre in New Zealand in 2019. Even the author of the text mentions it as “one of his inspirations”.

Throughout the 180 pages, the author publishes an enormous number of antisemitic memes, a “questions and answers” section on the motivations for the massacre and a detailed map of the supermarket where the shooting took place, with a step-by-step of what his attack would be, which he planned to end in a black area of ​​the neighborhood.

Also the list of weapons used and a call to action for others to “follow their task”.

how was the attack

Gendron, who lives in the Conklin area of ​​New York, drove over 300 miles to Buffalo to attack the supermarket Top market friendly. For the investigators, this is a clear sign of the racist nuance that the aggressor wanted to give him, since the premises were located in an area where African-American communities predominate.

Pain at the site of the attack.  (Photo Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)

Pain at the site of the attack. (Photo Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)

Dressed in a bulletproof vest and a helmet, Gendron was equipped with an assault rifle on which he had the names of other shooters who inspired him. Descend started shooting accurately at people of African descent. He entered the supermarket and continued the massacre. She knew where to go.

Among those killed was Aaron Salter, a retired police officer and security guard, who shot Gendron multiple times, Buffalo Police Chief Joseph Gramaglia said. A bullet hit the attacker’s armor, but did not penetrate it. Gendron then killed Salter, before shooting the other victims.

Also deceased was Ruth Whitfield, 86, the mother of retired Buffalo Fire Chief Garnell Whitfield, who in a statement to the Buffalo News praised her mother as “a mother of orphans”. She was “a blessing to all,” he added.

Another victim was Katherine Massey, who had gone to the store to shop, according to the newspaper.

Erie County Sheriff John Garcia specifically called the shooting a hate crime. “It was pure evil,” added Garcia. Twitch said in a statement that it ended Gendron’s stream “less than two minutes after the violence began.”

Gendron, confronted by police in the store lobby, put the gun to his neck, but officers convinced him to drop it. He was charged later Saturday with murder and appeared before a judge in paper overalls.

A crowd gathered to mourn those killed in the shooting (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A crowd gathered to mourn those killed in the shooting (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The authorities believe that Gendron investigated the demographic makeup of the area around the supermarket Tops Friendly Market and was looking for communities with large African American populations, the source said.

Yvonne Woodard, a resident of Buffalo, broke down outside the AP agency. “It’s too much. I try to pull myself together but I can’t. You can’t even go quietly to a store, it’s madness,” she said.

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Former Argentine youth star, 28, dies in crash with twin brother


Former Barcelona winger and Argentina Under-20 international Maxi Rolon has died in a car accident which also claimed the life of his footballing twin brother Ariel.

Both men were killed instantly after they lost control of the Fiat Punto they were traveling in around a bend and crashed into a tree. The accident happened around 8 a.m. local time on Saturday on the main road between the towns of Pujato and Casilda in Argentina’s Santa Fe province.

FC Barcelona said in a tweet on news of the tragedy involving their 28-year-old ex-player: “We are appalled by the death of Maxi Rolon, a young footballer with Barcelona from 2010 to 2016. We express our sincerest condolences and send full support to his family. Rest in peace.”

The Argentine Football Association said: “We deeply regret the loss of young footballer Maximiliano Rolon, who played for national youth teams and was South American Under-20 champion in 2015.”

Pelé’s longtime club Santos, where Rolon spent a year, also expressed their dismay in a tweet, saying, “Our condolences to all his family and friends. Rest in peace Max.”

Rolon selected for Argentina and Barcelona

The two men were playing football for teams in the town of Chabas, near the scene of the accident. They were on their way to pick up a relative in Rosario, the town where former Barcelona star Lionel Messi was born and raised when their car went off the road. No other vehicles were involved, but a routine investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Rolon, born in Rosario, began his youth career with local club Atletico Lujan before joining Barcelona’s youth roster in 2007. He moved to La Masia, the Catalan giant’s famed youth academy which has produced players world class including Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, three years later.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 18: Hector Bellerin of Arsenal duels for the ball with Maxi Rolon of FC Barcelona during the UEFA Youth League Quarter Final match between FC Barcelona U19 and Arsenal U19 at Mini Estadi on March 18, 2014 in Barcelona, ​​Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Barcelona tweeted a message of sympathy

He made his professional debut in October 2014 and scored his first senior goal for Barcelona reserves in September the following year. Rolon left Barcelona for Brazilian side Santos in February 2016 and returned to Spain early the following year for a short-lived spell with second division side CD Lugo.

As well as representing Argentina at the South American Youth Championship in Uruguay in 2015 with another brother Leonardo, Maxi was also included in the squad for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. .

It will take a lot more to ‘level’ the UK – POLITICO


Brian Groom is a former associate editor of the Financial Times and is the author of “Northerners: A History, from the Ice Age to the Present Day” (HarperNorth).

Northern England, where textile mills, coal mines, shipyards and steel mills once led the world in the Industrial Revolution, is once again in the spotlight.

Now a key proving ground for regeneration – which the developed world still grapples with – the future of the region will have significant political and economic consequences for Britain.

For decades, countries have been trying to revive former industrial regions, with mixed results. Regional disparities within advanced countries have been widening since the late 1980s, according to the International Monetary Fund. programs have had partial and temporary benefits, overall they have failed to stem the region’s relative decline.

The North’s share of Britain’s economic output has fallen from 30% after World War I to around 20% today – the reverse of London and the South East’s growth. Despite this, the economy of the North remains larger than that of countries like Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Norway and Sweden, and if it underperforms, the whole economy British is held back.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised, amid some skepticism, to ‘level out’ the UK’s economy, which is home to some of the biggest geographical disparities in productivity, pay, skills and health in the world. all the great nations. A difficult task amid rising inflation, pressure on living standards and the fallout from war in Ukraine – and all as the UK tries to carve out a future outside the Union European.

In this sense, the Johnson government has set itself ambitious medium-term objectives. In a recent white paperhe proposed 12 ‘missions’, including a commitment that ‘by 2030 employment and productivity will have increased in every region of the UK, each containing a globally competitive city, and l “gap between the best performing regions and the others will close”.

The document’s goals were widely welcomed, but critics warned that a lack of detailed implementation, lack of funding and a cautious approach to decentralization would make them difficult to achieve.

Johnson’s Tories made a major push into the traditionally Labor-voting north in the last general election of 2019 – almost half of their gains were in so-called ‘red wall’ seats in the north, midlands and south. North East Wales And to keep those seats, Johnson must now persuade voters in the North that the tide is turning.

But being able to do so will also be complicated by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

EU regional programs have helped fund a host of projects, including the Echo Arena in Liverpool and the National Football Museum in Manchester, as well as business centres, technology centres, vocational training, housing upgraded and renewable energy, environmental and broadband projects. And even if the government replaces money with a Shared Prosperity FundNorthern think tanks still complain of a miss to win over the next three years.

In truth, however, while valuable, neither the EU programs nor the British government’s regeneration efforts have narrowed the economic divide.

Could other European countries offer useful lessons?

Without a doubt, the most spectacular regeneration effort of modern times has been The revival of East Germany.

At the time of reunification in 1990, output per worker was around 60% of the level of the former West Germany, but it is now 85%. The programs implemented have included social spending, infrastructure and business support. Basically, there was cross-party support and the projects were designed to last for decades.

German reunification was, of course, exceptional. The cost is estimated at hit 2,000 billion euros, partly financed by a solidarity tax on German adults. The UK’s £4.8 billion Upgrade funds and £3.6 billion Cities funds look puny in comparison. And it seems unlikely that resources will be available on a scale comparable to that of Germany.

Another question is whether sufficient powers and funding will be devolved to mayors and councils. The white paper invites nine English regions to apply for devolution deals, and some current mayors in places such as Greater Manchester and the West Midlands will be offered additional powers, similar to those in London.

However, little fiscal autonomy is offered here. According to the Institute for Government think tank, over the past decade central government grants to councils have been cut by 37% in real terms.

The picture is not entirely bleak for the North, however. Its major cities, including Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Liverpool, have revived to a degree few would have predicted in the 1980s – although they still struggle with deprivation.

These achievements have all involved a partnership between local elected officials and businesses and also, to some extent, central government. And while former mining towns, coalfields and seaside towns are more difficult to revive and may require different policies, the same type of partnership seems essential.

To date, regeneration policy in England has been hampered by lukewarm plans that have chopped and changed with each change of government, and even prime minister. Johnson’s “leveling up” follows “rebalancing” and the “Northern Powerhouse” under David Cameron.

But it is the people who live and work in an area who know best what it needs. And a successful recovery of the North must involve public-private partnership, significant investment, long-term programs, multi-stakeholder support, central government buy-in and local autonomy.

The North of England has contributed so much to the global economy and culture, whether through engineers like Richard Arkwright, inventor of the hydraulic framework for cotton spinning and developer of the factory system, and George Stephenson , father of the railroad, or social reformers like Josephine Butler, women’s suffrage activists like Emmeline Pankhurst, and writers like the Brontës and William Wordsworth.

The North knows what is best for it, and it also knows not to place its future solely in the hands of national politicians. True revival is unlikely to occur unless it involves the talents, energy and entrepreneurship of northerners themselves.

Virginia Court Approved $489 Million in Aid for Victims of Illegal Internet Payday Loans


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – The federal court in Richmond has given preliminary approval to a class action settlement that would provide $489 million in relief to victims of illegal internet lending.

The ruling was released Thursday, May 12, and will affect approximately 555,000 consumers who have been charged more than 600% interest on loans by predatory internet payday lenders.

Litigation against predatory lenders began more than three years ago when a coalition of law firms, including the Virginia Poverty Law Center, Kelly Guzzo and Consumer Litigation Associates, came together to address the ongoing challenge of lending illegal wages.

“These law firms have taken the illegal lenders to court,” said Jay Speer, executive director of the Virginia Poverty Law Center. “We are very grateful for their tenacity and passion in engaging in this three-year fight for today’s settlement.”

Today’s settlement is one of many these law firms have secured with illegal internet lenders in recent years, including a $433 million settlement in 2019.

The proposed settlement provides $450 million in consumer debt forgiveness that will be paid in cash for most consumers.

The settlement will also set aside $39 million for the creation of a common fund for those who have repaid illegal amounts.

Settlement Class Members will not need to submit a Claim Form and will receive notice by email or US Mail.

In addition to litigation, VPLC helps borrowers through the organization’s predatory lending hotline to 866-830-4501 and advocating for better laws to protect borrowers.

Malvinas, Falklands and Lines on UK Map – IDN-InDepthNews

POV of Manish Uprety FRAS and Jainendra Karn

Manish Uprety FRAS is a former diplomat and ALCAP special adviser for Asia and Africa and Jainendra Karn is a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Any views or opinions expressed are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of IDN-InDepth News.

NEW DELHI (IDN) — A recent Tweet by Piers Morgan on the impending and inevitable collapse of the UK recalled one of the February 2022 Twitter posts titled “Will Britain’s tightrope strategy allow Argentina to reclaim Malvinas (Falklands) in 2023-24?.”

An exchange with Twitter Falklands Wars: History of the Falkland Islands on the issue has been very rewarding. It brought back memories of past interaction with Mateo Abel Brunetti, then representative of the Argentine Republic in the MERCOSUR Youth Parliament, PARLASUR, who mentioned that Argentina had been waiting since 2003 to have a dialogue with Britain. at the United Nations on the Falklands – Question of the Falklands.

Jainendra Karn & Manish Uprety FRAS>

Although the Ukraine-Russia conflict has occupied the global media space since late February, it seems that the Malvinas-Falkland issue is slowly gaining prominence within the international community.

During his visit to New Delhi in April 2022, Argentine Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero, while praising Indo-Argentinian ties and discussing bilateral issues like defense and atomic energy, also raised the Malvinas- Falklands.

In his article published on April 2 in The Guardian, Minister Cafiero had affirmed that the dispute with Great Britain was not settled with the “cessation of hostilities” in 1982 and called for the resumption of bilateral dialogue.

There is indeed merit in his argument that the mere result of an armed conflict between Argentina and Britain cannot settle a territorial dispute like the Malvinas-Falkland Islands.

In the early 20th century, when Britannia ruled the waves, Argentina was one of the wealthiest places on earth. In 1913, Argentina was richer than France or Germany, almost twice as prosperous as Spain.

With the rise of the United States in the 20th century, like Great Britain, Argentina too gradually lost this privileged position. The country has failed to generate growth-supporting institutions despite its wealth, and a series of adverse external shocks have disadvantaged its former successful growth model.

The rise of the United States, which was once a British colony, inspired many other countries to take inspiration from the struggle for American independence. In his appeal to Indians to resist British rule, Mahatma Gandhi often referenced and drew inspiration from the American Revolution.

In fact, Gandhi’s nonviolent and peaceful activism against the British sparked America’s interest in the Indian independence movement. The US administration was not prepared to support British colonial rule over India forever and the US Congress, media and public remained loyal to India’s cause.

A resolution proposed by Senator John J Blain of Wisconsin on July 17, 1930 directed the State Department to ensure a just and peaceful settlement of the Indian situation. He condemned Britain’s Indian policy for being responsible for “the most atrocious repression and inhumane conduct”.

The pressure of American public opinion, the anti-imperialist position of the Soviet Union and Chinese support for the cause of India’s freedom (China was then governed by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek) forced the Great Britain to accept in principle that the transfer of power to India was ‘sine qua non’ at the end of the war.

On April 14, 2022, Russia urged Argentina and Britain to resume sovereignty talks over the Falkland Islands to settle the sovereignty dispute in accordance with UN resolutions. China has also proclaimed its support for Argentina’s claims to the Falkland Islands.

The UK has objected to China backing Argentina’s claim to the Falkland Islands and British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss was quick to reject ‘any questions about Falkland sovereignty’ outright. ; the essential question remains whether contemporary Britain is in a position of influence or importance to blow the winds in its own direction.

As of December 2020, UK general government gross debt was £2,206.5 billion, or 104.5% of its GDP. With inflation in the UK hitting 7% in 2022, there is a big risk that half a million children will be pushed into poverty. The cost of living crisis could push more than a million people into destitution in Britain.

Poverty is steadily increasing in Britain and not only the UK Poverty Report 2022 but also the Institute of Development Studies makes a stark mention of it. It was truly appalling that 22% of the UK population lived in poverty even before the pandemic, but the Covid-19 crisis has pushed poor households even deeper into poverty.

The recent episode of Councilor Diana Butler of UKIP, the party that successfully led Britain’s independence from the EU through its BREXIT campaign, shows that there is significant dissonance in Britain and among the public Britain on important international strategic issues.

Britain is one of the main voices of economic sanctions against Russia, but as the conflict in Ukraine enters its third month, the Russian ruble has become the best performing currency in the world against the US dollar, while that Russia has almost doubled its monthly income from the sale of fossil fuels. to the EU.

Diana Butler had claimed that the Russian attack on Ukraine could have been prompted by the actions of the Ukrainian government, while the British public is more likely to believe that BREXIT has strengthened the British response to the Ukraine crisis rather than ‘weaken.

Britain’s past is tainted by its history of colonization, slavery, rapacious plunder, plunder and exploitation on an unprecedented scale, and continued wrongdoing and irresponsibility even as a member United Nations P-5.

It was not just the recent fiasco in Afghanistan but also support for Pakistan in the Bangladeshi genocide of 1971 that led to the creation of Bangladesh, the list of British shenanigans around the world is endless.

It is very easy for Britain to blame the United States for the invasion of Iraq and for Tony Blair to convert to Roman Catholicism to wash away his sins which lead to the death and destruction of innocent people, but are they the mark of a responsible nation, especially it’s a P-5 member.

The United Nations specifically recognized the Malvinas Falklands territorial dispute in 1965 and defined Resolution 2065, encouraging urgent negotiations between Argentina and Britain.

There have been new demands from the region to recognize Argentina’s call to discuss sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, such as the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament, but Britain has refused to negotiate at time and time again, what Argentina asserts is not “in accordance with international law”. ”

Whether the UK could be ‘thrown into the sea’ by an underwater Russian nuclear strike is a rhetorical question, but the things that come to such a state are not just a sad commentary on the failure of international diplomacy, dialogue and peacekeeping in the 21st century, but also the growing irrelevance of Britain and Europe which were once a sort of backwater of Asia and their people among the poorest in the world.

Clinging in desperation might be the English way, but will it help when the writing on the wall says the lines on the map can move not only from side to side, but also from North to south.

All of this couldn’t come at a worse time. The Office for Budget Responsibility predicts that real household incomes in Britain will fall by 2.2% in 2022 and that Britons will experience the biggest drop in living standards since records began in 1956. The surge in the Inflation has forced cash-strapped Britons to hire coffins before having their loved ones buried in cardboard.

Peace is the only path to progress and prosperity. And who better to be an apostle of peace and non-violence than Mahatma Gandhi, on whose birthday the UN celebrates the International Day of Non-Violence on October 2 each year.

Even Britain recognized Mahatma Gandhi’s contributions by unveiling his status in Westminster’s Parliament Square in 2015, albeit alongside that of Winston Churchill whose hatred of Mahatma Gandhi and Indians is well known.

Who knows if Britain, following the path of peace as shown by Mahatma Gandhi, might agree to give the Falklands to Argentina, just as British India was induced to create and agreed to giving Pakistan to its Muslim population through the Indian Independence Act of 1947 duly passed by the British parliament. ? Everything is possible.

Sinn Féin is set to become the biggest political force for the first time in a century and the issue of Irish reunification is already in the air with the elections in Northern Ireland. Britons like Piers Morgan openly predict the “inevitable collapse” of the UK.

But the world cannot afford to have another flashpoint in the aftermath of the conflict in Ukraine. Another 78-day Falklands War between Britain and Argentina like in 1982 is unimaginable and would be a disaster in the 21st century.

And for a rapidly declining power like Britain that is a faint shadow of its past, the sooner it moves towards settling its international disputes, the better. Any passage of time will only diminish and weaken one’s ability to bargain and bargain because procrastination as a political measure only brings diminishing returns.

During the recent visit to India by the Argentine Foreign Minister, Santiago Cafiero, the Commission for Dialogue on the Question of the Malvinas Islands was launched by the Argentine Government.

The Commission seeks to promote compliance with United Nations resolutions and statements by other international bodies on the Malvinas Islands issue, which call for the resumption of negotiations between Argentina and Great Britain.

The settlement of international disputes and the maintenance of peace and security are imperatives for the international community. The Charter of the United Nations aims for the peaceful settlement of disputes and the UN has always recommended diplomacy and advocated dialogue for the peaceful settlement of disputes.

The pursuit of peace is more important than ever, and the sooner the Malvinas-Falklands dispute is settled, the better it will be for the two countries – Britain and Argentina – their peoples and for the world. [IDN-InDepthNews – 14 May 2022]

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Expensive tortillas: Latin America’s poor struggle to afford staples


No item is more essential to Mexican tables than the corn tortilla. But the surge in inflation overwhelming Latin America and the rest of the world means people like Alicia García, a housekeeper at a restaurant in Mexico City, have had to cut spending.

Months ago, García, 67, bought a stack of tortillas weighing several kilograms to bring home to his family every day. Now, her salary doesn’t go that far and she limits herself to just one kilogram (2.2 pounds).

A worker packs tortillas to sell for 20 Mexican pesos per kilogram, about a dollar, at a tortilla factory in Mexico City, Monday, May 9, 2022. Almost a year ago, the same tortilla factory was selling a kilo of tortillas for 10 Mexican Pesos. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Fernando Llano/AP

“Everything has gone up here,” she told The Associated Press as she stood outside a tortilla shop. “How am I, earning minimum wage, supposed to afford it?”

Just as inflation is not limited to tortillas, whose prices in the capital have soared by a third over the past year, Mexico is not alone. Latin America’s biggest price spike in a generation has made many widely consumed local products suddenly hard to reach. Ordinary people are relying on daily life to become a more painful struggle, with no relief in sight.

Countries had already absorbed higher prices due to supply chain bottlenecks related to the COVID-19 pandemic and government stimulus programs. Then, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at the end of February caused fertilizer prices to rise sharply, affecting the cost of agricultural products, including corn. Global fuel prices have also jumped, making items trucked to cities from the countryside more expensive.

In Chile, annual inflation was 10.5% in April, the first time in 28 years that the index reached double digits. Colombia’s rate reached 9.2%, its highest level in more than two decades. In Argentina, whose consumers have been dealing with double-digit inflation for years, price increases have reached 58%, the highest in three decades.

In beef-crazed Buenos Aires, some households have started looking for alternatives to this staple.

“We had never bought pork before; now we buy it every week and use it to make stew,” Marcelo Gandulfo, a 56-year-old private security guard, said after leaving a butcher shop in the middle-class neighborhood of Almagro. “It’s a bit cheaper, so that makes a difference.”

Last year, the average Argentinian consumed less than 50 kilograms of beef for the first time since annual data was first collected in 1958, according to Argentina’s Beef Promotion Institute. In recent months, prices have “increased much more than normal”, said Daniel Candia, a 36-year-old butcher.

“I’ve been in this business for 16 years, and this is the first time I’ve seen something like this,” he said.

Latin America as a whole is suffering from “sudden price spikes in basic necessities,” World Bank President David Malpass told an online conference on Thursday. He noted that the prices of energy, food and fertilizers were increasing at a rate not seen for many years.

A woman walks past a fruit vendor at a street <a class=market in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. High inflation in Brazil is eroding consumers’ purchasing power and angering potential voters, who blame President Jair Bolsonaro for not doing enough about it. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)” height=”2315″ width=”3400″/>

A woman walks past a fruit vendor at a street market in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. High inflation in Brazil is eroding consumers’ purchasing power and angering potential voters, who blame President Jair Bolsonaro for not doing enough about it. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

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Around the world, central banks are raising interest rates in an attempt to slow inflation. Brazil’s central bank embarked on one of the most aggressive rate hike cycles in the world, with inflation surging above 12%, its fastest pace since 2003. In addition to factors fueling regional inflation, commodities Brazilian farms have become more expensive due to drought and frost. The price of tomatoes, for example, has more than doubled over the past year.

Higher rates are a government’s main tool to fight high inflation. But raising rates carries the risk of weakening an economy to the point of triggering a recession. Last year, the World Bank estimated that the region’s economy grew by 6.9% after rebounding from the pandemic recession. This year, Malpass said, it’s only expected to grow 2.3%.

“That is not enough to make progress in reducing poverty or social discontent,” he added.

Brazilian newspapers tell their readers what foods they can substitute for their usual produce to help stretch the family budget further. But some products, like coffee, are irreplaceable, especially in the country that produces more of it than any other in the world.

Ground coffee has become so expensive that shoplifters have started to take interest in it, said Leticia Batista, a cashier at a supermarket in Sao Paulo.

“It breaks my heart, but I told a lot of them to give the powder back,” Batista said in the upscale neighborhood of Pinheiros.

In her own more humble neighborhood, she says, the cost of coffee “is a big issue.”

At the more upscale end of the java spectrum, Marcelo Ferrara, a 57-year-old engineer, used to enjoy a daily espresso at his local bakery. Its cost has climbed 33% since January, to 8 reais ($1.60). He therefore reduced his consumption to two per week.

“I just can’t afford to have too many,” Ferrara said as she gulped one down.

For decades, the countries of the region have suffered simultaneously from galloping inflation. A key difference now is that global economies are much more interconnected, said Alberto Ramos, head of Latin America macroeconomic research at Goldman Sachs.

“Interest rates will have to rise, otherwise inflation will run wild and the problem will get worse,” Ramos said. “Governments cannot be afraid to use tariffs. It is a proven medicine to bring down inflation.

So far, however, the higher rates offer little hope that inflation will come down significantly in the near term. The International Monetary Fund forecast last month that average inflation in the region, excluding Venezuela, will slow to 10% by the end of the year. That’s not far below the 11.6% rate recorded at the end of 2021 and still more than double the 4.4% expected for advanced economies, according to the IMF’s World Economic Outlook.

“It will take at least two years of relatively tight monetary policy to deal with this,” Ramos said.

This means that belt-tightening and going without certain consumer staples, for now, is likely the new norm for the poorer members of society in the notoriously unequal region. More than a quarter of Latin America’s population lives in poverty – defined as living on less than $5.50 a day – and that is expected to remain unchanged this year, according to a World Bank study released last month.

Sara Fragosa, a 63-year-old housewife in Mexico City, made no secret of her anger over rising prices during an interview at a market stall.

“Those who are poorer are worse off, while the wealthy are only increasing,” said Fragosa, who said he replaced his regular purchases of beef with quinoa and oats.

“You’re not used to it,” she said, “but you have no choice.”


AP Savarese journalists reported from Sao Paulo and Politi from Buenos Aires

The dinosaur “Death Shadow” – the largest predatory raptor – discovered in Argentina | The Weather Channel – Articles from The Weather Channel


The Maip megaraptor standing next to an average human

(Scientific reports, Rolando et al)

Many of us grew up with a complicated mix of awe and fear of the extraordinary titans of the Jurassic Parks film series. I mean, an island full of hungry, prowling reptiles, gnashing their teeth and hungry for humans? Sounds like the best kind of cardio to me!

While the grandeur of these creatures was confined to silver screens for many of us, that is not the case for thousands of paleontologists. They work on these gigantic ancient remains to uncover the mysteries of life before civilization. Every once in a while, a species is discovered that causes a stir far beyond the niche communities of paleontologists.

One of these eddies announced recently by Argentine paleontologists is the “Maip Macrothorax”. But you can call it by its more popular (and appropriate) name – the shadow of death dinosaur.

The Shadow of Death Dinosaur

The Maip Macrothroax is a 70 million year old apex predator that weighed up to six tons and was about nine to ten meters long. These incredible dimensions make this fearsome mega-raptor larger than any other during the Cretaceous period that spanned 145 to 66 million years ago.

The Maip Macrothorax is named after Maip – an “evil” mythological figure of the indigenous Aonikenk people of Patagonia. The “macrothorax” refers to the enormous expanse of the creature’s chest cavity, which was about 1.2 meters (3.9 ft) wide.

Quote from Aranciaga

The fearsome creature likely fed on smaller dinosaurs which it tore to shreds with its razor-sharp 16-inch talons, says paleontologist Mauro Aranciaga, a doctoral student at Argentina’s National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) and the one of the co-authors of the study.

The amazing animal had two sharp, curved claws per foreleg – a common trait of many raptors – which helped them grip their prey. Despite its imposing stature, the Maip also featured a complex system of muscles, bones, and ligaments that helped it stand upright on its hind legs and remain agile while walking or running.

The Maip is currently the southernmost mega-raptor ever discovered, as well as one of the last mega-raptors to inhabit Earth before the extinction of the dinosaurs around 66 million years ago.


“We defeated the epidemic with Maip,” said Fernando Novas, leader of the team that collected Maip’s bones in El Calafate days before the global pandemic broke out in mid-March 2020.

Although the mandatory lockdown caused hiccups in discovery, it did not dampen researchers’ morale. They took fossil samples home to clean and study, saying the features of this dinosaur were very novel.

“Although the pandemic prevented us from returning to our workplace, we managed to continue the study of Maip’s morphological traits,” Novas proudly recounts.

Researchers unearthed Maip from one particular location: Estancia La Anita, just outside El Calafate. The dinosaur roamed in a hot habitat with lush jungle vegetation, a stark contrast to the region now home to huge mountains, glaciers and lakes – a result of the emergence of the Andes mountain range.

“Of all those organisms that lived [in Estancia La Anita] at that time we collected fossil remains, and now, with Maip, we have added a super predator that completes the food pyramid,” explains Aranciaga.

This discovery required months of meticulous excavation, cleaning and classification of a large cache of bones: vertebrae as well as pieces of rib, hip, tail and arm.

The Mysterious Megaraptors

Megaraptors were a group of flesh-eating giants that roamed the expanses of what would be considered present-day South America. Although the name seems reminiscent of the ever-famous velociraptors and Utah raptors that Jurassic Park popularized, it should be noted that true raptors do not form a single taxonomic group like canids (dogs). Instead, they’re grouped by common characteristics the creatures shared, such as being feathered and possessing a long, stiff tail.

Some recent studies have even proposed that Megaraptors and their relatives may actually be tyrannosauroids – a superfamily of dinosaurs that includes the spectacular Tyrannosaurus Rex.

However, Maip’s bones were different from those of a tyrannosaur. The Maips were light animals with hollow bones, which made them relatively agile. This discovery has provided valuable insight into the anatomy of megaraptors, says Aranciaga.

Although Maip has helped researchers solve several questions, such as their behavior with other carnivorous dinosaurs, there is still a lot to answer. “We still do not know several parts of the skeleton of this animal, such as the skull and the arms; that’s why we plan to return to look for more fossils,” says Novas.

Adding to the enigma that megaraptors have posed, Aranciaga explains that aspects of their hunting behavior have yet to be elucidated; for example, what would have been their favorite prey, among other things.

Paleontologists are thus organizing a new expedition to collect additional data on these ancient inhabitants of southern Patagonia, which they plan to complete in early 2023.

The study was recently published in the journal Scientific Reports and can be viewed here.


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Europe’s Energy Balance – Project Syndicate


Sanctions are an important and powerful weapon, and they put some pressure on the Kremlin. But unless the West uses them wisely, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who seems to believe in his paranoid propaganda and oversees the world’s largest nuclear arsenal, could conclude that his regime has nothing to lose.

MADRID — The gruesome scenes left after Russia’s withdrawal from Bucha, where Ukraine accuses Russian troops of torturing and massacring civilians, have intensified pressure on the West to provide more offensive weapons to Ukraine and for Europe to ban Russian energy imports. But beyond the legitimate question of Europe’s willingness to pay such a high price on behalf of Ukraine lies the stark reality that sanctions are no silver bullet.

Calls for sanctions began long before the invasion. When Russia was massing troops near the Ukrainian border, the Ukrainian government — and some U.S. lawmakers — urged the United States and Europe to impose pre-emptive sanctions and provide Ukraine with stronger security guarantees. But Western leaders hesitatedarguing that sanctions would hamper their ability to reach a diplomatic solution.

Of course, in geopolitics as in life, the hindsight is 20/20: we now know that these diplomatic efforts were in vain. What we don’t know is whether pre-emptive sanctions would have motivated Russian President Vladimir Putin to rethink his plans, especially since the pre-emptive sanctions probably wouldn’t have been as severe as the package of measures imposed after the launch of the invasion by the Kremlin.

This package, after all, is the most comprehensive and coordinated punitive action taken against a major power since World War II. Overcoming initial reservations, the European Union joined the United States in cutting off Russian banks from the arteries of global finance within days. The West also froze a large part of the foreign exchange reserves of the Russian central bank – a unprecedented step this surely triggered a red alert in China, with its $3.25 trillion in official reserves.

At first, the sanctions seemed to have the desired effect. Within a week the ruble had fell by a third against the US dollar. Falling stock prices forced authorities to suspend trading on the Moscow Stock Exchange for almost a month. Russia’s GDP is expected contract by 10 to 15% this year.

But, even as the noose of sanctions continue to to squeeze, the Russian markets seem to be stabilizing. Thanks to vigorous intervention by the authorities, the ruble is now trade close to pre-war levels, and the stock market recouped some losses. With violence showing no signs of abating, Western governments must be clear about what sanctions can and cannot achieve – and how much sacrifice is acceptable.

Sanctions, first used in the Peloponnesian Wars, have been an instrument of foreign policy for around 2,500 years. While their sophistication and complexity have increased over time, the basic mechanic has remained the same: inflict enough economic pain to force the target to change its behavior.

But the most Full analysis of the use of sanctions, conducted by researchers at Drexel University, revealed that the objectives of the sanctions were completely achieved in only 35% of cases. Where sanctions have had an impact, as in South Africa during apartheid, they have been combined with other measures to advance a specific foreign policy objective.

Moreover, even well-targeted sanctions and asset freezes have limited effectiveness against autocracies. Since North Korea for Iran, dictatorial regimes protect themselves and their cronies from economic hardship through convoluted schemes to evade sanctions. Putin’s regime – including his cronies – has proved to be skillful to ensure that the sanctions do not affect them.

Instead, ordinary Russians will pay the price for today’s sanctions. And, contrary to the hopes of some in the West, it is unlikely to lead to fall from power. Dictators are not particularly vulnerable to changes in public opinion. And a revolution does not seem imminent, not least because of the work of growing repression and the powerful propaganda machine of the Kremlin.

By “cancelation“Russian Culture and Editing”unprovoked“attacks on the country’s economy, according to the Kremlin narrative, the West is trying to destroy Russia – just as Putin had long warned. Anyone in Russia who opposes the “special military operation” in Ukraine is a “traitor» or a « gnat », ready to « sell his own mother ».

With no independent media to refute these stories, Russians seem largely convinced. A recent survey by the Levada Center indicates that 83% of Russians approve of Putin’s actions in Ukraine, up from 69% in January – a relevant statistic, complex realities in Russia notwithstanding.

As Putin’s regime has insulated itself from the pain of sanctions, Europe faces high costs of its own. In today’s economically interdependent world, sanctions often involve high costs for both parties. Although Western economies are not particularly dependent on Russia as a whole, Europe depends on it for much of its energy. Thus, while the U.S. Congress voice to ban all Russian energy imports, EU leaders have only targeted russian coalno oil or gas.

A complete ban on Russian energy imports to Europe would undoubtedly increase pressure on the Kremlin. But such a decision should be approached with caution. As German Chancellor Olaf Scholz recently warned, the economic and social costs of a sudden embargo would be enormous. It will take time to wean Europe off Russian natural gas while maintaining European social and economic stability.

Equally important, sanctions are an integral part of a larger negotiation strategy. Once the West has unleashed all of its greatest economic weapons, it will have no leverage. There must be room for escalation in response to Putin’s actions, particularly the deployment of chemical or tactical nuclear weapons.

The West’s arsenal in Ukraine is clearly limited. Sanctions are an important and powerful weapon, and they put some pressure on the Kremlin. But given their limitations – and the costs that must be borne by both the West and ordinary Russians – they must be used wisely. Otherwise, Putin, who seems to believe in his paranoid propaganda and oversees the world’s largest nuclear arsenal, might conclude that he has nothing to lose.

BUSD Administrator Leaves for Superintendent Position in St. Helena District

Rubén Aurelio, academic director of Berkeley Unified, will take over as superintendent of the St. Helena School District this summer. Credits: Ruben Aurelio

A second high-level administrator will leave Berkeley Unified for a superintendent position in another school district in California.

Rubén Aurelio, Berkeley’s academic director, has been nominated as a finalist for a superintendent position in the St. Helena School District, pending board approval on May 19.

In February, Berkeley Superintendent Brent Stephens announced his departure from BUSD after a three-year term. He will take over as superintendent of the Lafayette School District.

“I am delighted and honored to work with our board of trustees in Saint Helena,” Aurelio said in a statement released by the Saint Helena School District.

Aurelio joined BUSD less than a year ago in July. As Director of Academics and Associate Superintendent of Educational Services, he oversaw the district’s principals and its instructional programs, including curriculum and professional development, with the goal of improving student achievement.

Lisa Pelosi, President of the St. Helena School Board, praised Aurelio for his “experience in administration, excellent work ethic, focus on student and family engagement, and building community partnerships.”

Pelosi said the board is excited about his “new outlook and vision,” adding that having a bilingual English and Spanish superintendent would be an asset to the district. Located in Napa Valley, the St. Helena School District serves fewer than 1,200 students, 53% of whom are Latino and 44% white.

Aurelio grew up near Los Angeles in a monolingual Spanish family that immigrated from Argentina. Prior to his role at BUSD, Aurelio worked at schools in the East Bay. He held administrative positions at San Leandro Unified, West Contra Costa Unified and Oakland Unified after starting as an elementary school teacher and principal.

“I am impressed with the great accomplishments of the district leadership staff, teachers and classified employees,” Aurelio said of St. Helena in the statement. “My commitment to leading the district is strong, and I look forward to collaborating with our staff, community members, community leaders, partners, and with students and their families.”

Aurelio will succeed Marylou Wilson, who is retiring as superintendent of the St. Helena School District after eight years, on June 30.

In a February statement on his retirement, the Saint Helena School District praised Wilson for “overcoming incredible challenges: operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires and economic downturns for the community.” The district said the “greatest testimony of [Wilson’s] Leadership” reopened schools in November 2020 and kept them open with no school closures.

BUSD has not yet announced who will become the next Academic Director.

Business Intelligence Market Research Report by Model, Software, Vendor, End Use, Application, Region – Global Forecast to 2027



Business Intelligence Market Research Report by Model (Human, Hybrid, and Machine), Software, Vendor, End-Use, Application, Region (Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe, Middle East, and Africa) – Global Forecast up to in 2027 – Cumulative impact of COVID-19

New York, May 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report “Decision Intelligence Market Research Report by Model, Software, Provider, End-Use, Application, Region – Global Forecast to 2027 – Cumulative Impact of COVID -19” – https://www.reportlinker.com/p06259237/?utm_source=GNW

The global Business Intelligence Market size was estimated at USD 9,768.98 million in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 10,712.67 million in 2022, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 9.83% to reach 17,153, USD 10 million by 2027.

Market statistics:
The report provides market size analysis and forecasts for five major currencies: USD, EUR, JPY, GBP, AUD, CAD, and CHF. It helps organizational leaders make better decisions when currency data is readily available. In this report, the years 2019 and 2020 are considered as historical years, 2021 as the base year, 2022 as the estimated year and the years from 2023 to 2027 as the forecast period.

Segmentation and market coverage:
This research report categorizes business intelligence to forecast revenue and analyze trends in each of the following submarkets:

Based on the model, the market has been studied through human, hybrid and machine.

Based on software, the market has been studied through analytics and machine learning.

Based on vendor, the market has been studied across major cloud vendors and start-ups.

On the basis of end use, the market has been studied in BFSI, Healthcare, Media & Entertainment, Oil & Gas, Retail, and Transportation.

Based on the application, the market has been studied through demand forecasting, discovery of cause and effect links and optimization of logistics.

Based on region, the market has been studied in Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa. The Americas are studied in more detail through Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United States is studied in more detail through California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. Asia-Pacific is studied in more detail across Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. Europe, the Middle East and Africa are studied in more detail in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Cumulative impact of COVID-19:
COVID-19 is an unparalleled global public health emergency that has affected almost every industry, and the long-term effects are expected to impact industry growth over the forecast period. Our ongoing research amplifies our research framework to ensure inclusion of the underlying issues of COVID-19 and potential pathways forward. The report provides insights into COVID-19 considering shifts in consumer behavior and demand, shopping patterns, supply chain rerouting, current market force dynamics, and significant interventions governments. The updated study provides insights, analysis, estimates, and forecasts considering the impact of COVID-19 on the market.

Cumulative impact of the 2022 Russian-Ukrainian conflict:
We continuously monitor and update reports on political and economic uncertainty due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Negative impacts are widely predicted globally, particularly in Eastern Europe, the European Union, East and Central Asia, and the United States. This controversy has severely affected lives and livelihoods and represents profound disruptions to business dynamics. The potential effects of the ongoing war and uncertainty in Eastern Europe are expected to negatively impact the global economy, with particularly harsh long-term effects on Russia.

This report reveals the impact of demand and supply, pricing variants, strategic vendor adoption, and recommendations for the Business Intelligence Market considering the current update on conflict and of its global response.

Competitive Strategy Window:
The strategic competitive window analyzes the competitive landscape in terms of markets, applications and geographies to help the vendor define an alignment or match between its capabilities and opportunities for future growth prospects. It describes the optimal or favorable fit for vendors to adopt successive strategies of merger and acquisition, geographic expansion, research and development, and new product introduction strategies to execute further business expansion and growth. during a forecast period.

FPNV positioning matrix:
The FPNV Positioning Matrix evaluates and categorizes the vendors in the Business Intelligence Market based on business strategy (Business Growth, Industry Coverage, Financial Viability, and Channel Support) and Customer Satisfaction. product (value for money, ease of use, product features, and customer support) that helps businesses make better decisions and better understand the competitive landscape.

Market share analysis:
The market share analysis offers the analysis of the vendors considering their contribution to the overall market. It gives the idea of ​​its revenue generation in the overall market compared to other providers in the space. It provides information on the performance of vendors in terms of revenue generation and customer base compared to others. Knowing the market share gives an idea of ​​the size and competitiveness of suppliers for the reference year. It reveals the characteristics of the market in terms of accumulation, fragmentation, dominance and merger.

Competitive scenario:
The competitive scenario provides an analysis of the prospects of the various business growth strategies adopted by the vendors. The news covered in this section provides valuable insights at various stages while keeping abreast of business news and engaging stakeholders in the economic debate. The competitive scenario represents press releases or company news categorized into merger and acquisition, agreement, collaboration and partnership, new product launch and improvement, investment and funding, and awards, recognition and expansion. All the news collected helps the vendor to understand the gaps in the market and the strength and weakness of the competitors, thus providing insights to improve the product and service.

Enterprise Usability Profiles:
The report thoroughly explores recent significant developments by leading vendors and innovation profiles in the global Business Intelligence Market including Advanced Micro Devices, AiCure, Arm Limited, Atomwise, Inc., Ayasdi AI LLC, Baidu, Inc. , Clarifai, Inc., Cyrcadia Health, Enlitic, Inc., Google LLC, H2O.ai., HyperVerge, Inc., IBM, Intel Corporation, Iris.ai AS., Lifegraph, Microsoft, NVIDIA Corporation, Sensely, Inc., Verdis and Zebra Medical Vision, Inc..

The report provides information about the following pointers:
1. Market Penetration: Provides comprehensive information about the market offered by major players
2. Market Development: Provides detailed information on lucrative emerging markets and analyzes penetration in mature market segments
3. Market Diversification: Provides detailed information on new product launches, untapped geographies, recent developments and investments
4. Competitive Assessment and Intelligence: Provides a comprehensive assessment of market shares, strategies, products, certification, regulatory approvals, patent landscape, and manufacturing capabilities of key players
5. Product Development and Innovation: Provides smart insights into future technologies, R&D activities, and breakthrough product developments

The report answers questions such as:
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2. What are the inhibiting factors and impact of COVID-19 shaping the Global Business Intelligence Market during the forecast period?
3. What are the products/segments/applications/areas to invest in during the forecast period in the Global Business Intelligence Market?
4. What is the competitive strategic window for opportunities in the Global Business Intelligence Market?
5. What are the technology trends and regulatory frameworks in the global business intelligence market?
6. What is the market share of the major vendors in the global business intelligence market?
7. Which modes and strategic moves are considered suitable for entering the global Business Intelligence market?
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Radar AM PYMNTS: Insta Payday; Sales channels


Today is Wednesday May 11th and it’s National Eat What You Want Day, so maybe it’s time to get some pizzas made by a robot and delivered by drone. Today is also Alvaro Bedoya’s confirmation vote at the Federal Trade Commission, but Republicans have called for his name to be removed, so anything can happen. Here’s what should be on your radar this morning.

Insta Payday: With 52% of adults living paycheck to paycheck, instant access to wages can be a retention benefit as well as a financial boost. The latest Expanding Payments Choice Playbook® from PYMNTS, a collaboration with Onbe, examines how using instant payroll can help companies build financial security and employee loyalty while reducing turnover. READ MORE

Sales channels: While 61% of online merchants increased their use of marketplaces last year, 40% of marketplace-native businesses don’t believe these avenues will make or break their future. Marketplaces are generally just one of many sales channels for retailers, with only 12% of them selling exclusively online. In Online Sellers: The Future is Multi-Channel, PYMNTS examines the e-commerce landscape and what drives merchants today. READ MORE

Africa packaging: The perception of products made in Africa needs a packaging reboot, Birame Sock, founder and CEO of African B2B marketplace Kwely, told PYMNTS. Poor packaging has led to poor product positioning, but Kwely believes that with the right tools, local producers can succeed in the global market. READ MORE

Crypto compliance: Cryptocurrencies operate on blockchains, which are publicly available and highly transparent, Andrew Fierman, head of sanctions strategy at Chainalysis, told PYMNTS. Once information is stored on a blockchain, it cannot be changed or deleted, allowing anyone to examine the entire transaction lifecycle – a plus for in-depth investigations into illicit behavior. READ MORE

ICYMI: The increased use of automation and robotics in the food industry is helping to fill the labor gap, but consumer preparedness varies by country. The Yo-Kai Express automated restaurant is seeing greater adoption in Japan, where it just launched last month because people are used to vending machines, COO Amanda Tsung told PYMNTS. The restaurant is also in the United States and Taiwan. READ MORE



On: Shoppers who have store cards use them for 87% of all eligible purchases – but that doesn’t mean retailers should start buy now, pay later (BNPL) options at checkout. The Truth About BNPL and Store Cards, a collaboration between PYMNTS and PayPal, surveyed 2,161 consumers to find out why providing both BNPL and Store Cards is key to helping merchants maximize conversion.

Bloomberg New Economy Gateway Latin America Reveals Program for Inaugural Event, May 18-19


Public and private sector leaders meet to discuss critical growth opportunities and challenges in the region

NEW YORK and PANAMA CITY, May 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The first Bloomberg New Economy Gateway Latin America will feature global and regional leaders addressing the region’s most important issues, including the economic shocks of the war in Ukraine, the ongoing Covid recovery and the catalysts for the next wave of innovation-driven growth. The event will take place on Wednesday May 18and Thursday May 19in Panama City, Panama.

Guest speakers include Juan Sebastian Gonzalezspecial assistant to President Biden; Michelle Bacheletformer President of Chile, now United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; Vanessa Rubio Marquez, former Mexican Undersecretary of Finance; and from Panama Minister of Trade and Industry Ramon Martinez de la Guardia.

The complete agenda of the event is available on this link.

The highlights of the program of the first day, Wednesday May 18include:

Does Ukraine change everything?” a panel exploring the geopolitical implications of Russia invasion, in particular the impact on global supply chains, and the consequences for Latin America More precisely. Panelists include Mauricio Claver-CaronePresident, Inter-American Development Bank; Shannon O’NeilVice President, Council on Foreign Relations; Stanley MottaCEO and President, Motta International; and Marko PapicPartner and Chief Strategist, Clocktower Group.

former president of Chile and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet Jeria will be interviewed by Stephanie FlandersSenior Editor and Head of Bloomberg Economics.

Business and finance leaders will discuss “Overcome Latin America Growth challenges.” Boom and bust cycles plagued Latin America for decades. What kinds of policies and strategies could help stimulate growth? Speakers include Craig S. SmithGroup President, International, Marriott International Inc.; Landon LoomisVice President of Boeing Latin America & Caribbean; Marcelo Claure, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Claure Capital; and Margaret MyersDirector, Asia & Latin America Program, Inter-American Dialogue.

Highlights of the second day of the Bloomberg New Economy Gateway Latin America event on Thursday May 19, include:

Setting the American agenda by Latin America. Juan Sebastian Gonzalezspecial assistant to the president and senior director of the NSC for the Western Hemisphere in the White House, will be interviewed by the editorial director of Bloomberg New Economy Erik Schatzker.

The coronavirus pandemic was devastating in Latin America with Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru suffer from some of the highest death rates. What roles should the private and public sectors play in preparing for the next public health crisis? Speakers include Erika MouynesMinister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Panama; Daniel NathrathFounder and CEO, Ada Health; Rolf Hoengerhead of the Latin America area of ​​Roche Pharmaceuticals; Sylvia Varelaregional vice president in Latin America and country president MexicoAstraZeneca.

With 80% of its population in cities, Latin America is the most urbanized region in the world, but the adoption of clean technologies is lagging. The panel “Accelerating urban innovation towards a more sustainable future” will explore the main obstacles to adoption and ask the question: what is the place of companies in the construction of the sustainable cities of tomorrow? Speakers include Daniel Quintero CalleMayor, Medellin; George GordonVice President, Head of Latin America, Uber; and Simone Tripepiresponsible for Enel X South America.

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Dead diver found with $20m worth of cocaine on Newcastle coast | Northern Beaches Review

Senior police investigating the death of a diver in Newcastle found with an estimated $20 million worth of cocaine say the 50kg drug importation was clearly attempted by a ‘well-trained professional group’ .

Emergency teams were called to Heron Road in Kooragang – Newcastle port – around 9.30am on Monday where they found a man with over 50kg of illicit drugs in the immediate area.

Police said on Tuesday morning the diver was found unconscious in the water at Pier 2 at the Port of Newcastle, and members of the public performed CPR on him – but he died at the scene.

The cocaine is said to have a street value of $20 million.

It is not yet known exactly how the diver got into trouble before his death.

NSW Police Organized Crime Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Robert Critchlow said the man remains unidentified after checking all available Australian databases.

Investigators on site. Image: New South Wales Police

Detective Superintendent Critchlow said investigators were also looking for information about a rubber ducky inflatable vessel and a five-meter aluminum Quintrex runabout with a green stripe seen in the area around midnight Sunday.

He said the cause of the diver’s death was unclear but he was wearing a rebreather, described as “specialist diving equipment used by people with a high level of training”.

Police are investigating the possibility that the drugs were smuggled into Australia attached to a ship from the Marshall Islands port of Maduro – Aret. G Majuro – who appears to have left Argentina about a month ago.

The ship remained in port on Tuesday morning but was expected to be able to continue its voyage on Tuesday evening – all crew members were questioned by police.

Australian Border Force Acting Superintendent Anthony Wheatley said 50kg of cocaine was “a significant amount”.

Superintendent Wheatley said hiding drugs underwater was seen around the world and in most cases the crew of the ship carrying the drugs were doing it unknowingly.

Detective Superintendent Critchlow said the high market value of cocaine in Australia made it an attractive target for international traffickers.

“We’ve detected this methodology intermittently over the years,” he said.

“Often the ships are innocent agents – they are used by criminal groups to bring in drugs out of the blue.

“It’s a high-end sophisticated operation, they envision moving goods and people around the world.

“The high retail price in Australia is a huge lure for international traffickers and they are targeting our community with this poison to sell for profit.

“Setting up an expedition of this magnitude is a rather complicated arrangement and done in a very very professional way.

Marine Area Command investigators and police divers continued their search for additional clues on Tuesday.

The Organized Crime Squad and the Australian Federal Police are also investigating the case.

Investigators on site.  Image: New South Wales Police

Investigators on site. Image: New South Wales Police

The diver is expected to be examined by the coroner on Tuesday.

Detective Superintendent Critchlow said it was concerning that there appeared to be more people than the dead involved in the operation at Berth Two, but appeared to have been “left for dead”.

“The presence of two boats indicates at least two other people,” he said.

“It’s pretty disgusting that this man was left for dead, no matter what he was involved in.”

This story ‘High end operation’: Diver dead, $20m worth of cocaine found first appeared on the Newcastle Herald.

Bitcoin Fades Towards $30,000 As Global Crypto Market Cap Falls (Cryptocurrency: BTC-USD)


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Bitcoin (BTC-USD), the world’s first-ever cryptocurrency, plunges toward $30,000 in Monday afternoon trading as speculators are increasingly adopting the sell trigger on risky assets.

Looking at its intraday price action, bitcoin (BTC-USD -10.8%) extends losses from Monday morning, changing hands at $30.8,000 shortly before 3:30 p.m. ET. Ethereum (ETH-USD) -11.0%) also drops to $2,280 in the last 24 hours. The three major US equity indices are also facing increased volatility and selling pressure, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq (COMP.IND) -3.4% most.

The global crypto market cap is crashing to $1.41T from $3T just about six months ago, according to data from CoinMarketCap.

The risky environment in the cryptosphere resembles that of tech and internet stocks during the Dotcom collapse in the early 2000s, wrote billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban, known as a strong proponent of the decentralized space, in a Twitter. Publish.

“Crypto is going through the lull that the internet has been through,” Cuban pointed out, adding that “using smart contracts to improve business and profitability” will be the next driver, although “chains that copy what everyone world has, will fail.”

Stablecoins are not as “stable” as advertised. Amid a crypto market sell-off, some stablecoins are unpegged as crypto whales dump huge stakes. Earlier, TerraUSD (UST-USD), the third-largest stablecoin by market capitalization, broke its peg to the US dollar amid a series of major outflows. Since then, the algorithmic stablecoin has fallen to $0.95 around 2:45 p.m. ET. Undersecretary of the Treasury for Home Finance Nellie Liang in mid-February digs deeper into the risks and benefits of stablecoins, pointing out that they aren’t really backed dollar-for-dollar.

In other crypto-related news, Argentina’s central bank had banned banks from offering digital asset services, according to a statement dated May 5. “The measure ordered by the BCRA Board of Directors aims to mitigate the risks associated with transactions with these assets that could be generated for users of financial services and for the financial system as a whole,” the statement said.

In the meantime, here’s what a crypto bloodbath looks like: the binance coin (BNB-USD -14.3%), ripple (XRP-USD -14.5%), solana (SOL-USD -13.6%), cardano (ADA-USD -16.6%), dogecoin (DOGE-USD -14.2%), avalanche (AVAX-USD -16.1%), polka dot (DOT-USD -17.4%), wrapped bitcoin (WBTC-USD -10.9%), close to the protocol (NEAR-USD -5.8%), polygon (MATIC-USD -17.4%), Litecoin (LTC-USD) -16.4%) uniswap (UNI-USD -11.4%), bitcoin cash (BCH-USD -13.8%) and algorithm (ALGO-USD -15.7%).

Previously, shares of crypto miners fell more than bitcoin as investors turned away from risky assets.

Argentinian president on his way to Europe, leaves the country in the hands of his internal rivals — MercoPress

Argentinian president on his way to Europe, leaves the country in the hands of his internal rivals

Monday, May 9, 2022 – 10:55 UTC

“The idea is to be able to continue Argentina’s insertion into the world,” Cerruti said.

Argentinian President Alberto Fernández leaves on Monday for a European tour which, regardless of what he can achieve (or not) in economic and political terms, will at least save him from the controversies within the Frente de Todos (FdT) while he was in power. at the same time leaving Vice-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (CFK) at the head of the executive.

President Fernández’s tour begins Monday in Spain and ends Thursday in Germany, the day inflation data for April will be announced.

Alberto Fernández leaves behind a political scenario in which CFK admitted that choosing him was “an act of intelligence” but giving him the freedom to choose his cabinet was a “generous action”.

CFK’s son, MP Máximo Kirchner on Sunday underlined the loss of purchasing power of the Argentine people. He made the remarks during a ceremony commemorating the 103rd birthday of Peronist icon Evita Duarte.

“Néstor and Cristina (Kirchner) did not flinch when it came to defending the workers,” Kirchner said. He also called for the creation of “political spheres” to amplify management decisions.

The governor of Buenos Aires, Axel Kicillof, also stressed that “where there is a right, there is a duty; no one can forget why we won the elections; these rights must be respected.”

The criticisms of the pure and hard Kirchnerian groups against the Minister of Economy Martín Guzmán are not new.

After all the friendly fire he has suffered in recent days, Fernández will leave the country. Presidential spokeswoman Gabriela Cerruti explained that the trip had been planned for a long time. He will start in Spain with a meeting with Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, then travel to Germany to hold a meeting with Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

“The idea is to be able to continue Argentina’s insertion into the world and to have conversations about the international situation that Europe is going through, especially at the moment,” Cerruti said.

She added that there will also be meetings with businessmen aimed at “obtaining investments for Argentina and continuing on this path of growth”.

The last meeting between Sánchez and Fernández took place in early June 2021, in Buenos Aires, while the bilateral meeting with Scholz will take place the day the figures from the National Institute of Statistics and Census are released.

Government officials are well aware that the inflation figures will be far from good, although some in the president’s inner circle have been reported as sufficiently confident that they will be “a bit better” than those in March.

Estimates from private consulting firms reveal that despite a slight deceleration, inflation in April will remain around 6%.

Minister Martín Guzmán said last week that “April inflation will be much lower than March” and that “the worst is over”.

supply chains: China’s Covid lockdowns disrupt global supply chains

China’s shutdowns to contain Covid have hampered operations at the world’s biggest port in Shanghai and stalled activity in major cities, affecting supply chains for companies from Tesla Inc. to Apple Inc.

Monday’s trade data will provide clues to the extent of the damage. China’s export growth likely slowed to its weakest pace since June 2020, while imports likely contracted for a second month, a sign of weak consumer spending as millions of Shanghainese and elsewhere were confined to their homes.

As a global manufacturer, the disruptions in China are weighing on the global economy and adding another risk to the inflation picture. In Shanghai, where most of the population has been in some form of lockdown for more than five weeks, the government is trying to get production back on track. Yet many foreign companies still say they are unable to resume operations. Early indicators of the trade are not promising. South Korean exports, a barometer of global demand, rose by double digits in April, but shipments to China fell, suggesting China’s slowdown is a product of its own Covid restrictions.

What Bloomberg Economics says:

“Disruptions to production and deliveries can negatively impact shipments. The production and delivery components in official April PMI data deteriorated to the worst levels since the nationwide lockdown in early 2020.” –By Team Asia Economists.

Inflation data in China will also be a focus as shortages of food and other goods, also triggered by lockdowns, drive up costs. Consumer price growth is expected to pick up, while factory gate inflation likely remained elevated in April.

Top Communist Party leaders have pledged more stimulus to achieve an economic growth target of around 5.5% this year. Credit data for April, due this week, will show whether monetary and fiscal support has had the desired effect of fueling borrowing.

Meanwhile, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang warned of a “complicated and serious” employment situation. He asked all ministries and regions to prioritize measures to help businesses keep their jobs and overcome the current difficulties, according to a statement on Saturday evening.

Elsewhere, the US could see another high inflation figure, UK gross domestic product data for the first quarter could already point to a slowdown in growth and Mexico’s central bank is expected to raise its bonds again. interest rate.


Outside of China, highlights from Asia include a Wednesday rate decision in Malaysia, where authorities are likely to reverse the global tightening trend as inflation remains subdued and downside risks for the economy remain.

After the Reserve Bank of India’s surprise hike, April inflation data will come under scrutiny on Thursday as economists reassess their policy forecasts.

Indonesia and the Philippines release first quarter GDP data on Monday and Thursday. In Japan, data on wages and household spending will be released at the beginning of the week.


April’s Consumer Price Index report released on Wednesday is the high point of an otherwise quiet week for economic releases. Inflation is expected to have moderated on a monthly and annual basis, partly reflecting lower gasoline prices which have since recovered.

While inflation likely peaked in March at 8.5%, the highest in four decades, price pressures are expected to remain elevated, which will keep Federal Reserve officials on track to steadily raise costs. borrowing in the coming months.


Following Wednesday’s half-point hike in the Fed’s benchmark rate, investors will be watching for a series of speeches from central bankers, including John Williams, Christopher Waller, Thomas Barkin and Loretta Mester.

A US measure of prices paid to producers in April is due out on Thursday and should show some moderation in the pace of wholesale inflation. The week ends with a reading of consumer sentiment from the University of Michigan.

Europe, Middle East, Africa

Economists forecast a respectable 1% increase in UK GDP for the first quarter, although that may mask a period of no growth at all in March.

Thursday’s data will provide the backdrop to an outlook that the Bank of England says is turning sour, with double-digit inflation likely to crush any expansion towards the end of the year.


The BOE revealed this scenario on Thursday as it made a fourth straight rate hike. A perspective on that could emerge on Monday as policymaker Michael Saunders delivers a speech in London.

Economists said Germany’s ZEW indicator of investor expectations on Tuesday fell further in April from a level that was already the worst since the pandemic erupted in 2020.

Industrial production in the euro zone for the month of March due Friday has probably contracted significantly. Several European Central Bank policymakers will speak, including President Christine Lagarde on Wednesday.

Among the inflation reports due this week, that from the Czech Republic on Tuesday may attract attention, potentially hitting a new high above 13% for April.

That of Russia will be even higher. Economists expect inflation there to have topped 18%, a dramatic increase in the space of just two months – effectively doubling since the invasion of Ukraine. The central bank predicts further price spikes.


Other reports include Russian trade data on Wednesday, highlighting the impact of sanctions on imports and exports in March, and April car sales figures.

In Ghana, data on Wednesday is expected to show inflation accelerating further, from nearly 20% in March, which was the highest rate in more than a decade.

The country’s central bank meets later this month, with economists predicting it could raise rates by up to 200 basis points.

Latin America

Mexico releases monthly and bi-weekly consumer price data for April on Monday ahead of the central bank’s rate decision later in the week. Early estimates are that annual readings are stabilizing near two-decade highs for both baseline and major results.

With inflation now more than double the 3% target, most analysts expect Banxico to raise the benchmark rate to 7% on Thursday with a fourth consecutive half-point hike and an eighth consecutive increase overall. A consensus is around 8.5% as the probable level of the key rate at the end of the year.


In Brazil, look for April’s annual consumer price reading on Wednesday to top 12%, more than three times the target. After raising its key rate to 12.75% on May 4, the central bank signaled that an 11th consecutive rate hike is likely for next month.

Expect Argentina’s monthly consumer prices to have cooled after March’s 6.7% jump, even as the annual pace topped 56%. Many local economists see this reaching 60% by the end of the year.


In Peru, the central bank, which is battling the fastest inflation in two decades, is expected to extend a record tightening cycle and raise the policy rate to 5%. As with its regional counterparts, the bank is not done yet.

After a leak, the religious division on legal abortion appears

The American faithful are bracing — some with cautious joy and others with impending dread — for the Supreme Court to potentially overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and end the nation’s right to legal abortion.

An overturning of the 49-year-old’s decision has never seemed more possible since a draft notice suggesting the judges could do so was leaked this week. While religious believers at the heart of the decades-old fight against abortion are shocked by the breach of High Court protocol, they are still deeply divided and their beliefs on the contentious issue are more entrenched than ever.

National polls show that most Americans support access to abortion. A Public Religion Research Institute survey from March found that a majority of religious groups think it should be legal in most cases – except for white evangelical Protestants, 69% of whom said the procedure should be banned in most or all cases.

In conservative Christian corners, the draft notice has raised hopes. Religious groups that have historically taken a strong anti-abortion stance, including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, have urged worshipers to pray for Roe’s overthrow.

The Reverend Manuel Rodriguez, pastor of the 17,000-person Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in New York’s Queens borough, said his mostly Latino congregation is encouraged by the prospect of Roe’s disappearance at a time when the courts in some Latin American countries such as Colombia and Argentina have decided to legalize abortion.

“You don’t fix a crime by committing another crime,” Rodriguez said.

Bishop Garland R. Hunt Sr., senior pastor of The Father’s House, a predominantly African-American nondenominational church in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, agreed.

“It is the result of continued and necessary prayer since 1973,” Hunt said. “As a Christian, I believe that God is the giver of life – not politicians or judges. I definitely want to see more babies protected in the womb.

No faith is monolithic on the issue of abortion. Yet many adherents of religions that do not ban abortion are dismayed that a view held by a minority of Americans could supersede their individual rights and religious beliefs.

In Judaism, for example, many authorities say that abortion is permitted or even required in cases where the woman’s life is in danger.

“This decision would prohibit abortion where our religion allows us to do so,” said Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, Scholar-in-Residence at the National Council of Jewish Women, “and it bases its concepts on when life begins on the someone else’s philosophy or theology.”

In Islam, similarly, there is room for “all aspects of reproductive choice, from family planning to abortion,” said Nadiah Mohajir, co-founder of Heart Women and Girls, a Chicago nonprofit that works with Muslim communities on reproductive rights and other gender issues. .

“A particular political program infringes on my religious and personal right and freedom,” she said.

According to new data released Wednesday by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, 56% of American Muslims say abortion should be legal in most or all cases, a figure that roughly matches the beliefs of American Catholics. .

Donna Nicolino, a student at Fire Lotus Temple, a Zen Buddhist center in Brooklyn, said her faith calls followers to be compassionate toward others. Restricting or banning abortion ignores the reasons women have abortions and would hurt the poor and marginalized the most, she said.

“If we really value life as a culture,” Nicolino said, “we would take things like ensuring maternal health care, health care for children, decent housing for pregnant women.”

Sikhism prohibits sex-selective killings — female infanticide — but is more nuanced when it comes to abortion and promotes compassion and personal choice, said Harinder Singh, senior research and policy fellow at Sikhri, a New Jersey-based nonprofit that creates faith-based educational resources.

A 2019 survey he co-led with research associate Jasleen Kaur found that 65% of Sikhs said abortion should be the responsibility of the woman rather than the government or religious leaders, while 77 % said Sikh institutions should support those considering abortion.

“The Sikh community surveyed is very clear that no religious or political authority should decide this issue,” Singh said.

Compassion is a virtue also emphasized by some Christian leaders who are calling on their staunchly anti-abortion colleagues to turn down the heat as they speak out on the issue.

The Reverend Kirk Winslow, pastor of Canvas Presbyterian Church in Irvine, California, said he views abortion through a human and spiritual lens rather than a political issue. Communities should turn to solutions such as counseling centres, parenting classes, health care and education, he said, instead of getting “swept up in a culture war”.

He has counseled women who wondered if they should have an abortion and stresses the importance of empathy.

“Amidst the pain, fear and confusion of an unexpected pregnancy, no one ever said, ‘I’m thrilled to have an abortion,'” Winslow said. “And there are times when having an abortion may be the best chance we have of bringing God’s peace to the situation. And I know many would disagree with that position. I would only answer that most have not been in my office for these very real and very difficult conversations.

Similarly, Caitlyn Stenerson, pastor of the Evangelical Alliance Church and campus pastor in the Twin Cities Area of ​​Minnesota, called on church leaders to “use caution,” keeping in mind that women on their pews may have had abortions for various reasons and may be grieving. and dealing with trauma.

“As a pastor, my job is not to heap more shame on people but to bring them to Jesus,” Stenerson said. “We are called to speak the truth, but with love.”

Ahead of a final court ruling expected this summer, religious leaders on both sides are bracing for the possibility that abortion will become illegal in many states.

The Reverend Sarah Halverson-Cano, senior pastor of Irvine United Congregational Church in Irvine, Calif., said her congregation is considering providing sanctuary and other support for women who may travel to the state to terminate their pregnancy. On Tuesday, the day after the draft notice was leaked, she led worshipers and community members at an abortion rights rally in nearby Santa Ana.

“Our faith calls us to meet the needs of those in need,” Halverson-Cano said. “It is time to stand with women and families and reflect on how to respond to this horrific injustice.

Niklas Koehler, president of the Students for Life group at Franciscan University in Steubenville, a private Catholic college in eastern Ohio, said he and others regularly attend a special Mass on Saturday with prayers for the end of abortion. They then cross the state line to nearby Pittsburgh to hold a prayer vigil and distribute leaflets outside an abortion clinic.

Such actions will continue to be necessary even if the draft notice becomes the law of the land, Koehler said, because abortion is likely to remain legal in states like Pennsylvania.

“We will continue to pray outside the clinic,” he said.


Bharath reported from Los Angeles and Henao from New York. Associated Press writers Giovanna Dell’Orto in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Peter Smith in Pittsburgh contributed.


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The next frontiers of the lithium boom


Lithium is becoming an increasingly important topic in the oil and gas world as companies realize the importance of lithium-ion batteries in the future of global energy. It will be key to the energy transition, not only for use in batteries for electronic devices, but also for electric vehicles (EVs) and for storing renewable energy for regular release. So what are countries around the world doing to fuel lithium production? Automakers around the world are stimulate demand for lithium as they increase their production of electric vehicles, many automakers are planning to roll out several new models of electric vehicles by 2030. Particularly across Europe where several countries have announced bans on the sale of new internal combustion engine cars for the end of the decade, lithium batteries will become a necessity in the future of transportation. In fact, the World Bank estimates that lithium production will have to increase quintupled to meet global needs and climate goals by 2050.

In the United States, several energy companies are racing to find new lithium supplies to boost production over the next decade and beyond. Currently, the only active lithium mine in the United States is the Thacker Pass mine in Nevada, which means that many companies are trying to find other sources across the country.

Currently, most lithium supplies come from South America and Australia, with the largest reserves in Chile. The United States produces approximately 2% of global lithium and hosts 4 percent of the reserves. To find new sources, the United States would likely have to conduct surface mining or brine mining, which environmentalists say could cause environmental damage. Although energy companies argue that the development of the lithium market would eventually support the phasing out of fossil fuels.

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Now, a possible location for lithium mining has been discovered on the California-Mexico border in the Salton Sea – a landlocked lake that may soon become known as Lithium Valley. General Motors Co. last week signed an agreement with Controlled Thermal Resources (CTR) to produce lithium at the deserted Salton Sea site. The California Energy Commission has been exploring the area since 2019 and believes it could provide approximately 40% of global lithium demand.

The Salton Sea region has been nearly abandoned due to lake contamination which has driven away tourists and left ghost towns in their wake. These new exploration and production operations could bring jobs back to the region. Responding to environmental concerns, three companies working on the lake are introducing chemical processes that could extract lithium in a more environmentally friendly way.

Currently, there are 11 geothermal power plants near the lake. President and CEO of BHE Renewables, Alicia Knapp, Explain “We’re already pumping 50,000 gallons of brine per minute through all of our 10 geothermal facilities to the surface…and we’re using the steam from that brine to generate clean power. So we’re really halfway there. -way as far as we have the lithium here in our hands.” EnergySource and CTR are also looking for greener ways to access lithium resources.

Argentina is seeing a similar boost in its lithium industry as Australia’s Lithium Energy Limited (LEL) and the Hanaq Group, with Chinese and Argentinian investments, are teaming up to explore the endorheic Olaroz-Cauchari Basin for lithium resources. Argentina is part of ‘lithium triangle’ with Bolivia and Chile. Hanaq already operates the Providencia silver mine in the northern province of Jujuy, and now wants to explore other resources that could fuel the energy future.

Once permits are granted, this could create much-needed jobs in the area. Both groups aim to foster the sustainable development of the basin to hopefully produce large quantities of lithium for battery production in the future.

However, not all countries are willing to share their resources, with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) unwavering in his decision to nationalize Mexico’s energy industry. His political party MORENA recently passed a law nationalizing the country’s lithium reserves, meaning the creation of a state group for their management.

Unlike Argentina’s brine-based reserves, Mexico’s lithium is clay-based, requiring new technologies to extract the lithium at a higher cost. However, without international participation in the extraction of its reserves, mining seems increasingly unlikely. Mexico has the potential to play an important role in the future of battery production, particularly due to its strong manufacturing industry, but by nationalizing its energy sector it will not play a major role in supplying batteries. energy for global transition.

New discoveries in the United States give optimism for lithium production in new parts of the world, while exploration potential in Argentina will likely further expand the reach of the South American lithium triangle. Although lithium production remains relatively low at present, the industry is undergoing substantial investment, which will allow it to grow at a rapid pace over the next decade. Several countries that have the potential to exploit lithium must now decide if they want to be part of this production push.

By Felicity Bradstock for Oilprice.com

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This Week in Pieces: Markets Slide for Fifth Straight Week, Argentina’s Largest Private Bank Offers Bitcoin

This week in parts. Illustration by Mitchell Preffer for Decrypt.

For the fifth consecutive weekmajor cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum have fallen, even as signs of wide-scale adoption continue to emerge: US customers of Gucci will be able to pay with bitcoin in select stores later this summer.

Still, prices are a good indicator of where the blockchain industry is headed, and at the time of this writing Bitcoin was down 6% to $35,981 and Ethereum was down 4% to 2 $678 in the last seven days.

Ethereum has always had the technological advantage over Bitcoin because it is compatible with smart contracts, which means that developers can create decentralized applications (dApps) and groups of people can form DAOs (decentralized autonomous organizations that mimic functionalities of real organizations) with rules applied by automated programs. contracts.

Some of the biggest losers this week were among the so-called “Ethereum Killersaka smart contract enabled layer 1 blockchains. Polkadot fell 10% to $14, Avalanche fell 6% to $57, Terra’s LUNA crashed 10% to $73 and Solana had sunk 11% to $82 at the time of this writing. .

A cryptocurrency has flourished this week. TRON’s native TRX token has surged 35% in the past seven days to trade at $0.084. It’s unclear what’s driving this surge, but investors may pile into TRX in anticipation of TRON’s Next Algorithmic Stablecoin.

TRON’s stablecoin will be pegged to the dollar using a mechanism similar to Terra’s algorithmic stablecoins. For every TerraUSD minted, a dollar of LUNA is burned. TRON has announced that it wants to raise $10 billion in reserve funds to help its new stablecoin maintain its foothold. Curiously, Terra CEO Do Kwon raises $10 billion worth of Bitcoin in reserve for the same reason.

Is Justin Sun copying Do Kwon?

News of the week

On Monday, Japanese video game developer Square Enix announced in a statement that it sells several franchises, including Tomb Raider and Deus Ex, and three of its studios to Embracer Group. The 300 million dollars raised by the sale will finance new projects, potentially blockchain based games.

In Argentina, customers of the country’s largest private bank, Banco Galicia, on Monday tweeted their surprise that the bank has started to offer four cryptocurrencies to clients: Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD Coin and XRP.

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission announced on Tuesday that it was changing the name of its “Cyber ​​Unit” to “Cryptographic assets and cybernetic unity,adding that the agency would hire 20 staff to help monitor the crypto sector.

The Hawaii State Senate that day approved invoice SB2695co-signed by Sens. Donovan DelaCruz and Rosalyn “Roz” Baker, to establish a working group on blockchain and cryptocurrency. The measure, “A Bill for a Cryptocurrency Law,” aims to see how the state can regulate, oversee, and potentially utilize blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed an executive order directing several state agencies to review cryptocurrencies and recommend ways to integrate them into California’s current system.

To like Executive Order of President Joe Biden, Newsom’s does not introduce legislation or offer guidance to state agencies. Instead, it directs the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to coordinate with the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency and the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation, to create a “harmonized regulatory approach to crypto assets between state and federal authorities”. .”

In Central Asia that day, Uzbekistan not only legalize solar powered crypto miningthis has actually prompted miners to install their own solar panel systems as they will now be exempt from income tax. Those who still depend on the national electricity grid will have to pay double the regular rates, plus surcharges during peak hours.

Also on Wednesday, news broke that France’s market regulator, AMF (similar to the SEC), had registered Binance France as DASP, or “digital asset service provider”. National banking regulator ACPR has approved the registration. France is the first major EU country to allow Binance to operate within its jurisdiction. Binance is the first major exchange to be listed as a DASP in the country.

On Friday, Amit Zavery, vice president of Google Cloud, told employees in an email seen by CNBC that Google’s cloud platform formed a team to increase Google’s support for “Web3 and crypto-related technologies.”

Finally, on Saturday, Sony announced a partnership with the Theta blockchain-based video streaming platform. The collaboration will bring two types of 3D NFTs to Sony’s Spatial Reality Display (SRD) unit. The SRD tracks users’ movements and adjusts the display to provide users with a 3D TV experience without the need for 3D glasses.

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Graphical representation of the global economy: the Fed leads a week of rate hikes

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The Federal Reserve led a host of central banks in raising interest rates this week with its strongest move yet to rein in inflation, which has been high for decades.

Policymakers in the United States have raised rates the most since 2000, while those in Australia have seen a bigger-than-expected increase. India surprised markets with its first unanticipated rate change since the depths of the pandemic, and the Bank of England raised interest rates to their highest level since the financial crisis and warned of a possible recession.

Here are some of the charts that appeared on Bloomberg this week on the latest developments in the global economy:


The Fed raised its benchmark interest rate by half a percentage point. Central banks in Australia, Iceland, India, Brazil, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Poland and Chile have also tightened policy to control rapid inflation.


Hiring in the United States grew at a healthy pace in April, but a shrinking workforce could increase pressure on employers to raise wages even further to bring workers back.

Diesel stocks are collapsing on the US East Coast, which could cause more problems for consumers, truckers and farmers ahead of the summer driving season. Stockpiles of distillates – used as transportation fuel as well as to heat homes – fell to 22.4 million barrels last week, the lowest level on record.

The storm of chaos in supply chains has intensified for U.S. manufacturers, with lead times of 100 days – the longest recorded by the Institute for Supply Management since 1987. In addition to transportation delays and shipping, the inability to hire makes things more difficult for producers.

For the first time ever, farmers around the world – all at the same time – are testing the limits of how little chemical fertilizer they can apply without devastating their yields at harvest time. The first forecasts are grim.


Two years of economic stagnation and almost 600,000 job losses are the price to pay to bring UK inflation under control, Bank of England estimates show.

German factory orders fell more than expected after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine clouded the outlook for the economy by adding to inflationary pressure and disrupting global supply chains.


China’s strict lockdowns to curb Covid-19 infections are weighing heavily on the economy and upending global supply chains, with President Xi Jinping under pressure to deliver on promises to support growth. The damage wrought by April’s shutdowns in the main financial center of Shanghai, the car manufacturing hub of Changchun and elsewhere was laid bare by the first official data of the month.

Inflation in South Korea accelerated in April at the fastest pace since 2008, prompting the central bank to issue a statement amid mounting pressure for it to raise interest rates further during the policy meeting this month.

Emerging Markets

Turkey and Argentina are recording the highest inflation rates in the Group of 20 as price pressures intensify in the global economy.

Saudi Arabia’s economy grew at the fastest pace in more than a decade in the first quarter, largely on the back of soaring oil prices and increased production.

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Mayor Eric Adams delivers remarks at the Cinco de Mayo celebration

May 6, 2022

Commissioner Manuel Castro, Mayor’s Office of Immigration Affairs: [Spanish]. Well, good evening and welcome to New York City’s Cinco de Mayo celebration at Gracie’s Mansion, hosted by Mayor Eric Adams. My name is Manuel Castro and I am the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigration Affairs. And although I am responsible for the welfare of more than three million immigrants in New York and have been adopted by many communities over the past few months, I am especially honored to be here today in as the first Mexican-American Commissioner to hold this position.

Commissioner Castro: [Spanish]. So Cinco de Mayo is really a symbol of perseverance, despite all odds, despite all odds, it’s really our David vs. Goliath story. And that is why for immigrants it is a particularly important holiday for us. And that resonates because our communities here in the United States have faced so many challenges. And especially for the past two years, myself, as many of you know, crossed the Mexico/US border when I was five years old, growing up undocumented here in the city. And with other undocumented young people, I created the Dreamer Movement. And ever since, we have been fighting for our communities and for our families. And so it’s a testimony of what you can do in New York, that I can now stand here and be a commissioner for the city of New York.

Commissioner Castro: So first and foremost I want to thank Mayor Adams for his commitment to New Yorkers, with my experience, for his commitment to immigrants, by appointing someone with my experience as commissioner. So thank you, Mayor Adams, for this opportunity and for your commitment to immigrants in New York. You will see in this room, a broad representation of the thriving Mexican community in New York, from NYPD officers working to keep our community safe, striving for representation within the force, to delivery workers who have been so essential and have risked their lives throughout these years, to the teachers, administrators, civic leaders, nonprofit leaders, who over the past few years and decades have grown this community. So I want to congratulate you and thank you for being here. [Spanish]. Once again, thank you, Mayor Adams, for opening your doors and for your commitment to this community. And I mean, and our community means, [Spanish]. With that, I am proud to welcome the Mayor of New York City, Mayor Eric Adams.


Mayor Adams: Oh, Commissar, we have a full house. Oh, I want to know… You translate for me, don’t you?

Translator: I translate for you.

Mayor Adams: OK.

Translator: Yes. So you need to take a break.

Mayor Adams: Because I want my words to be heard.

Mayor Adams: I want my words to be heard.

Mayor Adams: I am not the mayor of anglophones. I am the mayor of all the languages ​​spoken in this city. When I was campaigning, I was on the train one day. It was in May. And I sat across from a family from Mexico. The mother was there with her baby. That just graduated from school. I looked at her. I saw my mother. I saw the pride. I saw hope. I saw the aspiration. The dream. From one day… Having her baby… Going from a kid to hopefully becoming mayor of the town. I went to her. And I told her she reminded me of my mother. And if I become mayor, I will do my best to make the voices and concerns of all New Yorkers heard.

Mayor Adams: I’m not just going to say it. I will do it. That is why I appointed Commissioner Castro, a dreamer and the first Mexican to hold this post. And we’re going to have so many more firsts. The first Latino to serve as the commissioner of the Department of Correction. The first African-American woman to serve as New York City Police Commissioner. You will see the continuation of those who will be the first to represent our city. I don’t know your concerns if you’re not at the table with me to address those concerns. Other people will talk about it, I’ll take care of it.

Mayor Adams: In this room today we have the leaders and consul generals of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina and, of course, Mexico. And for far too long, you haven’t been in this house, the house of the people. We haven’t had a Cinco de Mayo celebration since 2008, so welcome. And to my brother, my good friend, the Consul General of Mexico, my brother Jorge, I can’t say how much I appreciate you, so much. And we’d like to congratulate tonight’s winner, Francisco Puebla, who helped catch the subway shooter last month at Sunset Park. And NYPD Detective Carlos Ramos. And the delivery people, who keep us going and allow the city to function. When everyone died, they got up.

Mayor Adams: Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of courage in the face of adversity. Against all odds. Fight for your independence. Struggle for self-determination. Fight to be included in your society. I say this to say that this courage, this strength, this self-determination cannot be left in the 19th century. That must be what you do, right here in America. It’s a celebration of freedom and opportunity. And that speaks to all of us.

Mayor Adams: Every New Yorker and American came from somewhere. So if someone says you’re going back to your country, you’re saying you’ll do it when they get back to theirs. You are on the front line to get us through these difficult times. New York City is America’s Mexico City. And you are representative of the diversity of our great city. And so, to my Mexican brothers and sisters. I want to thank you, not only for what you have done during COVID. But somewhere over there is the mother I saw on the train. I want to thank her for aligning me with my goal as mayor. And we will continue to move our city forward, in the right direction.

Mayor Adams: And Consul General, no matter how significant this day is, there is an even more significant moment for this day. It’s Commissioner Castro’s birthday. Happy birthday. So now I want to bring my good friend, the General Council of Mexico, to greet you. And he’s a true representative of what’s special about this city. And what we have to offer. General Consul.



Commissioner Castro: [Spanish]. And then I would like to invite Commissioner Ed Mermelstein and Commissioner Fred Kreizman. Join me, please. Commissioner Mermelstein and Commissioner Kreizman have both been great friends and colleagues. And so they will share a few words today. Well, first of all, commissioner Ed Mermelstein. Thank you.

Commissioner Edward Mermelstein, Mayor’s Office of International Affairs: Thank you, Commissioner Castro, and happy birthday. Again, my name is Edward Mermelstein, and I’m the commissioner of international affairs for the city of New York. My team and I are very proud to be with you tonight to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Puebla. I want to thank the general council and council staff who are with us this evening. Thank you all for your cooperation. Thanks also to General Council Islas and the Council of Mexico for their support of this event.

Commissioner Mermelstein: My office serves as a link between New York City and the international community, including the Counselor Corp and more than 70 trade commissions. We work daily to attract and retain businesses here and globally share the opportunities available in our cities. We also work with consulates to ensure that New York City agencies have access and resources and services for consulates.

Commissioner Mermelstein: I would like to join Mayor Adams, my fellow commissioners, and our entire administration in wishing everyone a wonderful Cinco de Mayo and recognizing and celebrating the wonderful contributions of Mexicans and Mexican Americans to New York and the United States. Feliz Cinco de Mayo.

Commissioner Fred Kreizman, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit: Good evening. Fred Kreizman, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit. First of all, I just wanted to say good evening. And what an honor it is here to be back at Gracie mentioned to celebrate this wonderful Cinco de Mayo. Thank you, Mayor Adams, for recognizing the importance, the value of this community. And also the value of appreciation he has for this community by appointing the first Mexican Commissioner to Commissioner Castro. We regularly work closely together to ensure that communities across the city are served and well represented. And that the voice of the people is felt in all the agencies of the city. Once again, thank you, Mayor Adams, for ensuring that the diversity of the city is strong, that it is recognized and that everyone is valued. Thank you, Mayor. Thank you to everyone who participated. A happy Cinco de Mayo. And happy birthday, Manny.

Commissioner Castro: Thank you. We have a few certificates that we would like to present to some members of our community today. But first, I would like to recognize the presence of several of our incredible commissioners. Commissioner Gary Jenkins is here with us today from the Department of Social Services. Commissioner Jenkins, where?

Commissioner Castro: I want to make sure the community gets to know all of the Commissioners and how important this event is to us today. And we want to be sure to work closely with the committee. Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez is here with us today from the Department of Transport. Commissioner Annabel Palma of the Commission on Human Rights. And Commissioner Sewell of the New York Department of the NYPD.

Commissioner Castro: And I’m sure I’m missing a few more commissioners, but I wanted to make sure you all know how important this community and our Latino immigrant community is, that we’re all here today. And so to present our first certificate to Detective Carlo Ramos of the Mexican Police Association NYPD. I would like Commissioner Sewell to join me and Mayor Eric Adams.




Commissioner Castro: The next certificate will be given to Francisco Puebla. One of our newest heroes who recently identified the Sunset Park Shooter. And we want to honor him today. Not only is he Mexican, but his last name is Puebla. Please.



Mayor Adams: Hold on, hold on. And we really want to thank our amazing District Attorney, Borough of the Bronx, DA Darcel Clark, who is truly a true partner in public safety. And also speaking of the Bronx, check out some of these photos, our Bronx Borough president, Vanessa Gibson, is also there. You know, I just want to make sure. And I see our Acting Fire Marshal, I just saw her face to face here, Commissioner Kavanagh who is also here in the back. Erick Salgado, another of our senior leaders is here. I now see your faces appear.

Jorge Islas Lopez, Consul General of Mexico in New York: And for the final certificate, we welcome Cesar Solano, Juan Solano of the NYC Delivery Food Movement. The Deliverers.


Lopez Islands: Live! So to conclude the program, [Spanish].

Mayor Adams: I thought I also saw Commissioner Palma here. Let’s have a birthday cake and some food!


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Polymer Concrete Market Research Report by Class, Type, Bonding Agent, Application, End Use, Region – Global Forecast to 2027



Polymer Concrete Market Research Report by Class (Polymer Impregnated Concrete, Polymer Modified Concrete, and Polymer Resin Concrete), Type, Bonding Agent, Application, End-Use, Region (Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa) – Global Forecast to 2027 – Cumulative Impact of COVID-19

New York, May 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report “Polymer Concrete Market Research Report by Class, Type, Bonding Agent, Application, End-Use, Region – Global Forecast up to in 2027 – Cumulative impact of COVID-19” – https://www.reportlinker.com/p06254901/?utm_source=GNW

The global polymer concrete market size was estimated at USD 549.44 million in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 589.84 million in 2022, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.52% to reach USD 849.36 million. here 2027.

Market statistics:
The report provides market size analysis and forecasts for five major currencies: USD, EUR, JPY, GBP, AUD, CAD, and CHF. It helps organizational leaders make better decisions when currency data is readily available. In this report, the years 2019 and 2020 are considered as historical years, 2021 as the base year, 2022 as the estimated year and the years from 2023 to 2027 as the forecast period.

Segmentation and market coverage:
This research report categorizes the Polymer Concrete to forecast revenues and analyze trends in each of the following submarkets:

Based on the class, the market has been studied on Polymer Impregnated Concrete, Polymer Modified Concrete and Polymer Resin Concrete.

On the basis of type, the market has been studied on acrylate, epoxy, furan, latex, polyester, and vinyl.

Based on Bonding Agent, the market has been studied through Natural Resin and Synthetic Resin.

Based on application, the market has been studied across containments, floor blocks, pump bases, trench drains, and waste containers.

On the basis of end use, the market has been studied in infrastructure, non-residential structures, and residential structures.

Based on region, the market has been studied in Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa. The Americas are studied in more detail through Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United States is studied in more detail through California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. Asia-Pacific is studied in more detail across Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. Europe, the Middle East and Africa are studied in more detail in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

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Enterprise Usability Profiles:
The report thoroughly explores recent significant developments by leading vendors and innovation profiles in the global polymer concrete market including ACO Group, Armorock, Basetek, BASF, Crown Polymers, DOW Chemical, Dudick, Ergonarmor, Forte Composites, Fosroc, Kwik Bond Polymers. , Mapei, MEA Group, Sauereisen and Sika.

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Dry weather to boost Argentina soybean crop in coming days: BA grain swap

A combine harvester used to harvest soybeans is seen at a farm near Pergamino, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Argentina April 27, 2021. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

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May 5 (Reuters) – Most of Argentina’s agricultural areas will see little to no rainfall over the next seven days, the Buenos Aires Grain Exchange (BdeC) said on Thursday, which will help speed up the harvest of the 2021/22 soybean which has a production estimate of 42 million tonnes.

Argentina is the world’s largest exporter of soybean oil and meal, and according to the BoC’s weekly crop report on Wednesday, farmers in the South American country had harvested 54.7% of 16, 3 million hectares of soya planted.

“Most of the Argentine agricultural zone, much of the Paraguayan agricultural zone and the Uruguayan agricultural zone will experience little to no precipitation (less than 10 millimeters), with pockets of moderate precipitation,” the BdeC said in its weather report. weekly.

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The dry conditions favor the work of the combine harvesters in the fields where the cereal must be harvested.

BdeC said the national average soybean yield so far was 3.09 tons per hectare, higher than the average originally forecast. However, the entity did not say it could change its harvest estimate.

As for the 2021/22 corn, the BdeC indicated that the grain harvest, with an estimated production of 49 million tonnes, was completed on 25% of the sown areas.

“The harvest is progressing slowly as many growers are prioritizing the soybean harvest and, on the other hand, a large number of batches of summer cereals are at physiological maturity but still with high moisture in the grains,” the BdeC said. .

Argentina is the world’s second largest corn exporter after the United States.

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Esports around the world: Argentina

Esports Around The World is a series of profiles describing the esports ecosystem in various countries around the world. the The series ties into our ESI Washington DC event taking place May 16-18, 2022, which will focus on the growth of esports around the world. The event will include an embassy tour, the first of its kind, alongside ESI’s combination of networking, education and branded debate. Learn more here.

The Esports Around The World series will feature major and minor esports nations around the world.

RELATED: Esports Around the World: South Korea


The esports market in South America is largely split between “Brazil” and “LATAM” due to language, cultural differences and market size. Argentina is part of the LATAM bloc, along with countries like Chile and Peru. This does not prevent local teams from participating in Brazilian tournaments or initiatives that integrate the two markets like Ubisoft’s Copa Elite Six. However, the level of investment in the local scene is still well below that of its larger neighbour.

The main stakeholders in Argentine esports are Spanish production company LVP (Liga de Videojuegos Profesional), responsible for some of the biggest tournaments in the country; the television company Flow, owned by Telecom Argentina; as well as international sponsors such as Logitech, AMD and AORUS.

Argentinian esports has had two explosive moments in the last three years. The first was in 2019, when current FaZe Clan player Thiago ‘k1ng’ Lapp caught the attention of local mainstream media for winning nearly $1 million (~£800,000) in Fortnite. The second was in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically increased online esports viewership as Argentines stayed inside their homes. New momentum has been given to the scene thanks to the qualification of the esports organization 9z Team at the PGL Major Antwerp 2022.

Lapp’s success in Fortnite has helped boost the popularity of battle royale games, but the country’s most popular competitive game remains Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). A widespread internet cafe culture and the huge popularity achieved by previous titles in the Counter-Strike franchise in the 2000s make CS:GO and the FPS genre hugely popular today. Partly thanks to this, Riot Games’ first-person shooter Valorant appears to be growing as an esport, driven by strong performance from KRÜ Esports.

Additionally, as mobile gaming grows in Argentina – and the entire South American region as a whole – Garena’s Free Fire battle royale is taking a particularly strong hold in the country.

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Government recognition

There is no official recognition or specific regulations for esports in Argentina. For most non-endemic mainstream businesses and investors, there is a culture in the country of waiting for regulation before investing, which means government recognition will be an important step in unlocking investment on the scene.

However, the Argentine province of Córdoba has invested in the “Córdoba eSports” project, having organized a FIFA competition called “Copa Cordobesa de Fútbol Electrónico” in April 2022. The province’s Minister of Science and Technology, Pablo De Chiara has publicly stated that competitive gaming “will be a boost for the entire video game industry which is part of the knowledge economy and generates hundreds of jobs.”

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Notable tournaments and leagues

Argentina has a few smaller tournaments focused on the country, but many of its larger leagues and competitions are larger LATAM circuits in which Argentine organizations compete.

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Notable esports organizations

Note that this is a non-exhaustive list and exclusion does not mean that an organization is not notable.

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National Associations / Federations

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Education initiatives

Argentina being part of the Spanish-speaking world, many educational projects from North America, Europe and other Latin American countries are available to the Argentine public.

The Federación del Deporte Universitario Argentino (FeDUA – Argentine University Sports Federation) promotes esports projects through a close relationship with the esports association DEVA. Additionally, the University Esports Argentina platform, which is backed by brands such as Philips, Intel, and Logitech, hosts an ongoing schedule of several esports events, including League of Legends, Rocket League, Free Fire, Clash Royale, and Rainbow. Six Siege.

In 2021, the city of Buenos Aires launched a project called ‘Academia de Videojuegos’, also in association with DEVA, to promote esports and educate people about the industry.

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The United States would be an outlier in the global abortion access trend if Roe v. Wade was canceled

As women in the United States are on the verge of losing the constitutional right to abortion, courts in many other parts of the world have taken the opposite direction.

When the final decision of the United States Supreme Court is delivered, expected in late June or early July, the world will be watching. The Biden administration’s budget for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) includes funds for “increased access to maternal health care and voluntary family planning.”

In a report in late 2019, the Council of Foreign Relations tracked nearly 30 cases of countries this century that expanded access to abortion services, with only a handful opting to tighten restrictions.

It is not yet known what impact there will be outside the United States of the leaked draft opinion suggesting that the United States Supreme Court could overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade.

But for activists who for years have campaigned demanding free access to abortion, often taking the United States as a model, it is a discouraging sign and a reminder that hard-won gains are not necessarily permanent.

“While the steps taken in recent years to decriminalize and legalize abortion in places like Argentina, Ireland, Mexico and Colombia have been a huge victory for the global community,” said Agnes Callamard, Secretary general of human rights group Amnesty International, in a statement, “there are grim signs that the United States is not keeping pace with the progress the rest of the world has made in protecting sexual and reproductive rights” .

Abortion rights activists celebrate in Bogota February 21 after Colombia’s constitutional court approved the decriminalization of abortion, lifting all limitations on the procedure until the 24th week of pregnancy. (Fernando Vergara/The Associated Press)

In Colombia, the Constitutional Court in February legalized the procedure up to the 24th week of pregnancy, part of a broader trend seen in heavily Catholic parts of Latin America.

The February decision in Colombia established a general right for women to have an abortion within the 24-week period, whereas previously they could only do so in specific cases, for example if a fetus had malformations or if a pregnancy resulted from rape. Abortion is still allowed after this period in these special circumstances.

“A terrible precedent”

The decision fell short of advocates’ hopes for full decriminalization, but Catalina Martinez Coral, director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, who was among the groups advocating abortion case in Colombia’s high court, said he still left the country with the “most progressive legal framework in Latin America.”

Martinez Coral is worried about the potential American change.

“This is a terrible precedent for years to come for the region and the world,” she said.

Protesters hold signs reading ‘Abolish the punishment for abortion’ in Seoul on July 7, 2018. In 2021, South Korea’s government decriminalized abortion. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled last year that criminalizing abortion was unconstitutional. As the nation’s highest court, its ruling bars all courts from charging a woman with a felony for terminating a pregnancy.

However, laws banning abortion are still in effect in most of Mexico’s 32 states, and nongovernmental organizations that have long called for decriminalization are lobbying state legislatures to reform them. Abortion was already readily available in Mexico City and some states.

To the south, in Argentina, lawmakers passed a bill in late 2020 legalizing abortion up to and after the 14th week for circumstances similar to those described in the Colombia ruling.

It is also widely available in Cuba and Uruguay.

But the expansion of access to abortion has not spread to all of Latin America, with many countries limiting it to certain circumstances, such as Brazil, the most populous country in the region, where it does not is allowed only in cases of rape, risk to the woman’s life and certified cases. congenital malformation anencephaly. Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is seeking re-election in October, recently said he sees legalizing abortion as a public health issue, drawing criticism in a country where few approve of the procedure.

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Other places have total bans with no exceptions, such as Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. Courts in the latter have sentenced women to long prison terms for aggravated homicide, even in cases where prosecutors suspected a miscarriage was actually an abortion.

Many African countries also maintain complete bans, but in October 2021 Benin legalized abortion in most cases up to 12 weeks. This has dramatically increased safe access to the procedure after the Minister of Health reported that nearly 200 women died each year from complications of clandestine abortions. Previously, abortion was permitted in cases of rape or incest, risk to the woman’s life or serious fetal malformation.

Liberalization in Europe, Israel

Most European countries have legalized abortion, including predominantly Catholic countries. Ireland did so in 2018, followed by tiny San Marino in an electoral referendum last fall. It remains illegal in Andorra, Malta and Vatican City, while Poland last year tightened its abortion laws.

It has also been widely available in Israel since 1978 and relatively uncontroversial, permitted by law before the 24th week with the approval of hospital “termination committees” made up of medical professionals including at least one woman.

Laws and interpretations vary across the Muslim world.

Abortion has been legal for up to 12 weeks in Tunisia for decades, but in Iran it has been banned since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Last year the head of Cairo’s highest religious institution, Al-Azhar, said abortion is not the solution, even in cases where a child is likely to be seriously ill or disabled.

Global Eye Drops Market was valued at USD 13530 Million in 2021 and is expected to grow with a CAGR of 6.46% during the forecast period to reach a market value of USD 19758 Million by 2027



The market is expected to grow due to the increase in eye infection cases in the population. Higher prevalence of eye diseases such as dry eye, redness, itchy eyes, conjunctivitis, pain, glaucoma, etc.

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further drive the growth of the global eye drops market over the next five years. Excessive screen time and penetration of smart phones, laptops, TVs and electronics further support the growth of the global eye drops market over the next five years. Governments around the world are actively investing in the health sector and increasing the production of pharmaceutical and therapeutic products in recent years. Growing import and export of pharmaceutical and therapeutic products such as eye drops is further contributing to the growth of the global eye drops market over the next five years. Additionally, consumers across the country have been spending on healthcare services to get excellent patient care. Rising disposable income of the people is also supporting the growth of the market. Technological advancements in product manufacturing, expansion in logistics sector with easy distribution of products are further contributing to the growth of the global eye drops market over the forecast period.
The global eye drops market is segmented by type, drug class, disease indication, distribution channel, competitive landscape and regional distribution. Based on type, the market is further differentiated into prescription and over-the-counter.

Prescription-type eye drops are expected to hold the largest market revenue shares and dominate the market segment over the next five years due to the increase in eye disease cases. also contributes to the growth of the segment.

Over-the-counter eye drops are expected to achieve the fastest growth owing to the increasing trend of consumers to self-medicate their conditions of eye burning and redness, etc. of the sub-segment as well as the growth of the global eye drops market in the next five years.
Johnson & Johnson Inc., Genentech, Inc. (Roche), Alcon Inc., Pfizer, Inc., Bausch Health Companies, Inc., Bayer Corporation, Allergan, Inc. (AbbVie), Abbott Laboratories, Inc., KC Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Akorn, Inc. are some of the major players in the global eye drops market.

Years considered for this report:

Historical years: 2017- 2020
Base year: 2021
Estimated year: 2022E
Forecast period: 2023F – 2027F

Goal of the study:

• To analyze the historical growth of the global eye drops market size from 2017 to 2021.
• Estimate and forecast the global Eye Drops market size from 2022E-2027F and the growth rate till 2027F.
• To classify and forecast the global eye drops market based on type, drug class, disease indication, distribution channel, competitive landscape, and regional distribution.
• To identify the dominant region or segment in the global eye drops market.
• To identify drivers and challenges for the global eye drops market.
• Examine competitive developments such as expansions, new product launches, mergers and acquisitions, etc., in the global eye drops market.
• To identify and analyze the profile of major players operating in the global eye drops market.
• To identify the key sustainable strategies adopted by market players in the global Eye Drops Market.
The analyst conducted extensive primary and secondary research for this study. Initially, the analyst searched for a list of companies around the world.

Subsequently, the analyst conducted primary research surveys with the identified companies. During the interviews, the respondents were also asked about their competitors.

Using this technique, the analyst could include companies that could not be identified due to the limitations of secondary research. The analyst looked at the manufacturers, distribution channels and presence of all major players across the globe.
The analyst calculated the size of the global eye drops market using a bottom-up approach, wherein the data of various end-user segments was recorded and forecasted for the coming years. The analyst obtained these values ​​from industry experts and company representatives and validated them externally by analyzing historical data for these products and applications to derive an appropriate overall market size.

Various secondary sources such as company websites, news articles, press releases, company annual reports, investor presentations and financial reports were also studied by the analyst.

Key target audience:

• Manufacturers and suppliers of eye drops
• Distributors and other stakeholders
• Government bodies such as regulators and policy makers
• Organizations, forums and alliances related to eye drops
• Market research and consulting firms
The study is helpful in providing answers to several critical questions which are important for industry stakeholders such as manufacturers, suppliers, partners, end users etc. besides enabling them to elaborate investment strategies and to capitalize on market opportunities.

Report Scope:

In this report, the global eye drops market has been segmented into the following categories, in addition to industry trends which have also been detailed below:
• Eye Drops Market, by Type:
o Prescription
o Over the counter
• Eye drops market, by drug class:
o Anti-allergy
o Anti-glaucoma
o Anti-inflammatory
o Anti-VEGF
o Others
• Eye drops market, by disease indication:
o Eye allergy
o Glaucoma
o Eye infections
o Dry eye diseases
o Retinal disorders
• Eye drops market, by distribution channel:
o Hospital Pharmacy
o Retail pharmacy
o Online pharmacy
• Eye Drops Market, By Region:
o North America
United States
o Europe
Russian Federation
o Asia-Pacific
South Korea
o South America
o Middle East and Africa
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates

Competitive landscape

Company Profiles: Detailed analysis of the major companies present in the global eye drops market.

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Vecchio strengthens its 2022 roster behind four other additions

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — CSUB Women’s Soccer is adding four more to its 2022 recruiting class, bringing the total number of incoming athletes to ten. The head coach Sebastien Vecchio and his team continue to replenish the roster with a solid group of returning players heading into the upcoming season.

“I’m extremely excited to continue building this program with these student-athletes,” Vecchio said. “They are not just talented people, but good people overall, with a lot of character and integrity.”

Catalina Roggerone (Mendoza, Argentina), Brynn Phillips (Bakersfield, CA), Ashlynn Baker (Murrieta, CA) and Kalea Eichenberger (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) each add depth in a different court position strengthening the Roadrunners for the fall 2022.

Catalina Roggerone | Midfielder | Mendoza, Argentina | Saint Leonard Murialdo Institute

“Cata is a proven central midfielder keen to make an impact in our program with the ability to cover a lot of ground while his work rate is fantastic,” explained Vecchio. “Adding another national team player to this list says a lot about the direction this program is going.”

Catalina Roggerone is the second engagement of the `Runners in Argentina. She made a run in the national tournament with the Absolute Mendoza team in 2018, placing second. The following year, Roggerone won the quadrangle with the U-17 national team knocking out Paraguay, Uruguay and Chile. His individual accolades include Outstanding Footballer in the Andes Talleres Club and Athlete of the Year (Mendoza) Llama Awards.

In April 2022, Catalina was called up to play in the quad once again this time with the Argentina U-20 national team and an opportunity to qualify for the World Cup.

Roggerone also played volleyball, hockey and artistic gymnastics at the Saint Leonardo Murialdo Institute. She was an honor roll student and held a high school grade point average of 15 in 2020.

Brynn Phillips | Defender | Bakersfield, California | Freedom HS

“Brynn loves CSUB and this community,” Vecchio exclaimed. “She’s a versatile player, very competitive and she’s the ultimate team player!”

Vecchio didn’t have to look far for Brynn Phillips, a standout defenseman for Bakersfield. Phillips has built an impressive prep career in the CSUB backyard. She was a first-team Southwest Yosemite All-League first-team selection, a first-team All-Area Award, and a four-year varsity athlete at Liberty High School. 2020 top scorer for South Valley Surg G04 Howlett. SWYL center section. Patriots.

Phillips was also a track and field athlete helping the Patriots win five SWYL titles between two sports. In track and field, she earned second-team SWYL All-League honors, Freshman of the Year, and was a varsity athlete for four years.

Brynn Phillips will graduate from LHS this spring.

Ashlyn Baker | Guardian | Murrieta, California | Vista Murrieta HS

“Ashlynn has all the tools to be a top goaltender at the Division 1 level,” Vecchio said. “She has high expectations for herself and for this program and we look forward to working with Ashlynn on a daily basis.”

Ashlynn Baker is no stranger to winning at a high level, winning four consecutive league championships and making three CIF playoff appearances. This season, she helped Vista Murrieta advance to the second round of the CIF playoffs and received a second All-League team honor.

Baker’s club team, Murrieta Surf Elite Academy G04, was first in Cal South and eighth in the nation in 2020. They also played FNL flag football.

An excellent student, Ashlynn Baker was named to the All-Scholastic team this year and has been an erudite athlete for three consecutive years.

Baker will graduate from VMHS this spring.

Kalea Eichenberger | Transfer | Rancho Cucamonga, California | Etiwanda HS

Vecchio said: “Kalea will be an exciting player to watch this fall. She has a lot of raw quality to come and we can’t wait to see her development over her four years here at CSUB!”

Kalea Eichenberger showed resilience at the start of her football career after having to recover from an injury that kept her out of the junior year.

While in college all four years, Eichenberger went from a second-team Base League winner her sophomore year to a first-team All-League and All-CIF Southern Section winner her senior year. She won two league titles and three consecutive trips to the quarterfinals of the CIF playoffs.

Kalea Eichenberger was also a runner on the Etiwanda High School track team and will graduate with honors this spring.

First Airbus A321XLR out of the paint shop


Airbus started the first week of May with a bang: following the confirmation of the agreement with Qantas for the 12 A350-1000s of the Sunrise project and the extension of the A321XLR order for the Australian operator, the first fuselage narrow of the company came out of the paint shop.

The A321XLR, for eXtra Long Range, is expected to debut in the second quarter of this year, completing its certification process and aiming to enter service in 2023.

The company posted a video of the plane’s painting process on its social media:

Its autonomy of 8,700 km makes it possible to connect, for example, Miami – Buenos Aires; New York-Rome; London – New Delhi or São Paulo – Lisbon.

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The model will be present with a variety of customers seeking to expand the transatlantic point-to-point market: American Airlines and United Airlines, Aer Lingus, JetBlue, Iberia or more recently Air Canada.

Middle East Airlines, Flynas, Saudia, Air Arabia aim to expand their presence in Southeast Asia and Africa. India-based IndiGo plans to land in Europe with the model.

VietJet Air, Air Asia X and Cebu Pacific will allow them to land in Australia or expand secondary markets in India or the Middle East.

JetSMART and SKY Airline will be the launch customers in Latin America and the Caribbean, planning to land in Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean from Argentina, Chile and Peru.

Frontier Airlines is the only US carrier planning to use the A321XLR in southern Latin American markets.

Wizz Air will be the largest European operator of the A321XLR to date, but where the carrier will use it is a mystery.

Falklands conflict remains an ‘open sore’ for Argentina, says ambassador

The memory of the Falklands War is an “open wound” for Argentina, the country’s ambassador to the UK has said.

Speaking to the PA news agency to mark the 40th anniversary of the conflict, Javier Figueroa said the disputes over the sovereignty of the islands were “ridiculous”, and he compared the situation to relations between South Korea North and South Korea.

He said most young people in the UK had no idea that “Britain has a beef with Argentina over the South Atlantic”.

The issue of island sovereignty does not have “high visibility” in public opinion in the UK, he said, but in Argentina it has “enormous visibility in public opinion and ruling class”.

Mr Figueroa said: “This asymmetry is a problem.

“In Argentina, war is always a wound – an open wound. It’s been almost 40 years, but in Argentina it’s a deeply emotional issue.

“It’s not just emotional, it’s also political. The Falklands [Falklands] issue is my country’s highest foreign policy priority.

He said the issue looks like a “roaring monster in a room” when it comes to UK-Argentina relations, and he wants to resume negotiations with the UK government to discuss the islands’ sovereignty.

Javier Figueroa at the Ambassador’s office in Belgrave Square (Victoria Jones/PA)

“It’s unbelievable that after 40 years we have a situation like North Korea/South Korea in the South Atlantic, which is ridiculous,” he said.

Mr Figueroa referred to a recent poll by charity Help for Heroes which showed the Falklands conflict was at risk of becoming a ‘forgotten war’, with half of 18-34 year olds saying they don’t know when the war will took place, and one in 10 of that age group believing the islands are in the English Channel.

“I am quite sure that the new generation [do not] have an idea regarding the war or that Britain has a beef with Argentina regarding the South Atlantic,” Mr Figueroa said.

“That says a lot about the actual level of knowledge…and that’s also a problem.”

The ambassador said the 40th anniversary of the conflict offered “an opportunity to pay tribute to all the people who died in a war which, in my opinion, was almost a stupid war”.

He noted that there had been only three civilian casualties from friendly fire from British forces, with both sides fighting “very valiantly”.

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He said: “Any war is a mistake – I think it’s a tragedy, but there were almost 1,000 dead in this war, 600 Argentine soldiers and servicemen and 300 or more British soldiers lost their lives, and I think we have to pay tribute to the families.

He said the way the conflict is commemorated in the country has changed, with the military dictatorship viewing the war with “shame” and trying not to recognize veterans, while now veterans have more rights in terms of social care and access to pensions.

“Argentina regained democracy more than 40 years ago and in a way the war contributed to that, in a way accelerated a process in which civil society and political parties in Argentina began to regroup and fight against the dictatorship,” he said. .

Mr Figueroa said he believed the way young people in the UK remembered the British Empire was also changing and that for Argentina the British takeover of the Falklands had symbolized a ‘recovery of the colonial question’ .

He continued: “I see a growing debate here about the British Empire, what it was, what it means, the good heritage and the bad heritage.

“I clearly believe that the younger generation has a clearly different vision than the older generations.”

He said that any Latin American country considers “national integrity as something sacred”.

Mr Figueroa added: “Perhaps this cannot be understood in the UK, because the UK was never invaded… in Latin America, when this conflict started in the 19th century, almost all the Latin America was recently independent from foreign powers.

“It was a repeat of the colonial question…and because of that, I think it is so powerful in our political consciousness, not only in Argentina but in all of Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Colonialism as memory “rings a different bell” in public opinion in Africa and south of the Rio Grande, he said.

Mr Figueroa added that it was in Britain’s interest to foster good relations with Latin America “because in the context of Brexit there will be opportunities”.

He said: “Clearly the UK is saying it wants to play a new role in the world and we believe that new role must be based on law.

“We really believe that in the future the British government will view our conflict through this prism, the prism of international law.”

Government approves import of 0.55 tonnes of GM soybean meal to help poultry industry

The government has approved the import of about 0.55 million tonnes (mt) of genetically modified (GM) soybean meal, a key ingredient in poultry feed.

According to a notice from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, shipments of soybean meal must be imported by September 30, 2022.

In August 2021, on an exceptional basis due to domestic supply constraints, the government had authorized the import of 1.2 tons of GM soybean meal to help the poultry industry cope with rising prices of Food for animals. But only about 0.6 tons could be imported due to time constraints. Soy flour is mainly imported from Argentina.

The poultry industry had asked the government to allow the balance of 0.6 tonnes of soybean meal from last year this year. Ricky Thaper, treasurer of the Poultry Federation of India, said imports would help bring prices down, helping to lower the cost of feed.

Earlier in the week, the Soybean Processor Association of India (SOPA) said importing soybean meal would be “counterproductive” and depress the domestic price of soybeans.

“India has sufficient stock of soybean meal and import would negatively impact the crushing of soybean crop which is expected to start from October 2022 after harvesting of kharif crop,” it had been told. FE DN Pathak, Executive Secretary of SOPA.

Lower domestic prices are expected to hit farmers the hardest, Pathak said. Currently, soybean prices are hovering around Rs 6,800 per quintal against a minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 3,950 per quintal.

SOPA’s Pathak said the poultry industry’s estimated annual demand of 9 tonnes is rather high. The processors body had estimated that the annual demand for soybean meal for the poultry industry was 5 to 6 tonnes.

In a communication to Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary of the Ministry of Livestock, SOPA said that at the end of the current season which ends in September 2022, the country will have a carryover stock of 2 tonnes of unground soybeans before new kharif crops. arrived.

“There is no justification for importing soybean meal as higher domestic prices for soybeans and soybean meal are a reality,” the SOPA communication said.

Of the total soybean production in the country, 81% is used as soybean meal while 18% is extracted as oil and the rest is considered as processing losses. Currently, domestic soybean meal prices are around Rs 68,000 per ton, while imported prices are currently around Rs 58,000 per ton, which includes 16% import duty.

The Ministry of Agriculture has estimated the country’s soybean production for the 2021-22 crop year (July-June) at 13.12 tons, while according to SOPA’s estimate, the production is around 11, 88 tons.

Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan contribute over 90% of India’s soybean production.

Rain puts Delta farmers behind on planting – AgFax


Plantation of rice. Photo: University of Arkansas

The planting in Arkansas is not going as planned. The weather played an adverse role this year, preventing typical seedling progress. As of April 25, the USDA crop progress report said Arkansas was 14% of normal, compared to 41% planted at this time last year and a 5-year average of 48%. The weather is not favorable this week either, but there is still time to recover.

Mississippi also lags behind, registering 25% this week, down from 45% last year and a 5-year average of 41%. Louisiana and Texas are progressing well, both at par with 80% and 77% respectively. Emergence in Louisiana and Texas is also strong, showing 70% and 61% emergence, while Arkansas is only 6% against an average of 21% and Mississippi at 7% against an average by 20%.

On the ground, new crop contracts in Texas are around $1/cwt over September futures for high-grade rice and half that for other varieties. In Arkansas, prices register at $15.50/$16.25. The milled rice trade hasn’t been exciting and there doesn’t seem to be much on the horizon.

Rice milled in the United States is still quoted at over $670 pmt, while other Western Hemisphere players come in at $555 pmt in Brazil, $540 pmt in Uruguay and $545 pmt in Uruguay.

A NASS GAIN report on Argentina was released this week showing production expected to be 780,000 tonnes on a milled basis, or 2 million gross tonnes, planted from 432,000 acres. Planting is scheduled for August and, as of publication, the drought is not expected to ease, so the acres will look like last year.

The situation here is much like the mid-grain market in California, where river and reservoir levels are at record highs, hampering normal planting decisions. Add to that the global spike in fertilizer prices, it will be difficult to maintain rice acreage where drought is rife.

Exports are expected to fall to 340,000 tonnes from 370,000 tonnes last year. The big wild card will be Brazil, as it is expected to import large quantities from its neighbors due to their drought.

In Asia, the story is the same too. India maintains a price cap, stable in the price range of $355-360 pmt. Thailand moved higher this week, up to $430 pmt from $410 pmt a week ago. Vietnam is tied with last week at $415 pmt.

To be seen in the coming months, the impacts of the increase in fuels and fertilizers for these historically cheap production regions. The extents of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine are still being uncovered, and the repercussions will be felt for months in the food supply chain.

USDA’s weekly export sales report shows net sales of 16,400 MT this week, down 75% from the previous week and 53% from the previous 4-week average. The increases were mainly in Japan (12,000 MT), Canada (1,400 MT), Costa Rica (1,000 MT), Mexico (900 MT) and Argentina (300 MT).

Exports of 88,800 MT were significantly up from the previous week and up 84% from the previous 4 week average. The destinations were mainly Mexico (31,400 MT), Colombia (30,800 MT), Japan (12,000 MT), Costa Rica (11,000 MT) and Canada (2,300 MT).

In the futures market, the stock rose in price, possibly due to slow planting in Arkansas, a potentially shorter crop. Average daily volume was 1,205, down 41%, and open interest was 10,417, about the same as last week.

Press Freedom Celebrated at Washington Diplomat’s Pre-WHCD Party


Diplomats, journalists and lawmakers celebrated journalism and press freedom Friday at a White House Correspondents’ Dinner at the Argentine Embassy in Washington, D.C.

The Washington diplomat’s annual party has made a resounding comeback after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event brought together the diplomatic and international community for an evening of celebration that promoted press freedom.

The event also paid tribute to journalists who have lost their lives while pursuing a story.

“We have partnered with the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation, to help share the stories of some of the journalists who have sadly lost their lives reporting,” Washington Diplomat publisher Victor Shiblie said at the start of the event. .

Organizers have teamed up with the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation — an organization dedicated to building a national memorial in DC — to create wine bottle labels with the names and stories of some of the world’s fallen journalists .

Shiblie highlighted the efforts of the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation to design, develop, build and maintain a memorial to fallen journalists that will serve as a lasting tribute to reporters, photojournalists, producers, editors and others who have died in the line of duty. journalists.

Among those present were Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), former Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce, Argentine Ambassador Jorge Argüello and his wife Erika Grinberg, and Director of the Office of International Relations from the Smithsonian, Aviva Rosenthal.

With more than 300 attendees, the party took over an entire floor of the Embassy, ​​with the ballroom reserved for dancing. DC’s political community danced with a DJ to a mix of international music with impromptu salsa dancing and Bollywood moves.

While COVID-19 vaccinations and masks were strongly encouraged, there were no requirements. Very few attendees were seen wearing masks.

The Embassy showcased Argentina’s finest food and wine, including asado, empanadas and dulce de leche.

The best and most beautiful sunrises and sunsets in the world and Argentina


Who hasn’t researched, when planning a trip, what was the best place in that destination to see the sunrise or sunset? Now, a tool simplifies research: Based on data from TripAdvisor, consultant Mornings.co.uk has created maps with the best places in the world to see the sunrise and sunset.

To do this, he searched the travel platform for “things to do” and used the keywords “sunrise” and “sunset” in each country, and analyzed the results that had the most reviews by users.

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Thus, the best destination to see the sun rise is the Angkor Wat temple (in Cambodia), with over 10,000 mentions; and the best place to see how he hides is the Mallory Square in Key West, Florida (USA)with 9,800 mentions.

Read also: From space you can see 15 sunrises and 15 sunsets a day

The best places in Argentina to see the sunrise and sunset

According to the map, in Argentina, the most impressive sunrise is the one recorded from Mount Fitz Roy or Chalténlocated between Los Glaciares National Park (Argentina) and Bernardo O’Higgins National Park (Chile).

On the other hand, the best sunset in the country based on traveler reviews on TripAdvisor can be seen from Puerto Maderoemblematic neighborhood of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.

The best in the world

The map of the best sunsets (Photo mornings.co.uk)
The map of the best sunsets (Photo mornings.co.uk)

In addition to Angkor Wat; Haleakala Crater (Hawaii, USA), Taj Mahal (India), Borobudur Temple (Indonesia) and Grand Canyon South Rim (USA) round out the top 5 best places to see the sunrise in the world.

To read also: Favorite for the sun: how to do the optical thing that has become a trend in networks

When it comes to sunset, Mallory Square in Key West is followed by Burj Khalifa (Dubai, UAE), Top of the Rock (New York, USA), Piazzale Michelangelo (Florence, Italy) and the Tanah Lot temple (Bali, Indonesia). ).

Buenos Aires Weather | Crystal balls get cloudier


What English speakers call “think tanks” – well-funded groups of brilliant people surrounded by computers trying to imagine what will happen in the coming decades – have their uses. Although the predictions they make are often totally wrong, they will always be needed by politicians and businessmen who must look into the future and prepare for whatever seems to come.

It all depends on their judgement. As Argentines discovered in the decades following World War II, finding themselves “on the wrong side of history” as a result of choices made while change was in the air can be horribly costly; three quarters of a century later, the country is still paying a heavy price for letting its government flirt too ostensibly with the Axis powers. While it might have seemed reasonable enough to hedge your bets in the early 1940s, when Nazi Germany was invading its neighbors with dismissive ease, the future that many foresaw, whether with fear or pleasure, did not hold. did not materialize and Argentina had a lot of trouble fitting in. the international order that would be built by the United States. Over the years, a reluctance to realize that anything definitive had happened persisted and continued to hold back development.

The US-led order is now in trouble, not only because Russia has engaged in an imperialist rampage, but also because its creator, and primary beneficiary, is going through a monumental crisis of confidence, while the China, which until recently was only a minor player on the world stage, has become a far more formidable rival to the United States than the Soviet Union ever was.

Like many of his compatriots, Vladimir Putin thinks that Russia, which, with a lot of territory, inherited from the Soviet Union many vices and some virtues, among which a real respect for education, fully deserves a place in the top table, an illusion that neither the North Americans nor the Chinese share, even if the latter were careful not to say so out loud. With a population 10 times smaller than China’s and a much smaller economy based largely on the export of raw materials, the late Senator John McCain once ridiculed it as a “gas station run by a mafia pretending to be a country”.

However, in addition to a large amount of gas and oil, Russia has a stockpile of nuclear weapons as well as large armed forces. These had an impressive reputation until they attempted to conquer Ukraine, only to be driven back to the gates of kyiv. The current opinion seems to be that they are an easily demoralized and ill-equipped mob who would not last more than a few days against NATO. It may be an exaggeration, but there are Western military experts who say that once armed with the advanced gadgets that have been promised and are already delivered, the Ukrainians could successfully bring all surviving Russian soldiers back to where they came from.

This prospect worries those who fear that a defeat on the battlefield and the growing impact of economic sanctions could make Russia as miserable and vengeful as North Korea, but officials in Washington and London do not find not at all that worrying possibility. As far as they are concerned, the Russians deserve to be beaten, which is a bit harsh for the millions of people who had never before thought that Ukraine posed an existential threat to their country and should therefore be demolished.

Putin has, or had, his admirers in the West. Lefties like it because it’s against the United States and NATO, righties because it’s against many social trends they find distressing, but for all but the most bigoted, the invasion of Ukraine, followed by the destruction of entire cities and an increasing number of atrocities, was a step too far. By behaving in a manner reminiscent of the horrors perpetrated by Hitler and Stalin, Putin could well have doomed Russia to a Chinese satellite future.

It stands to reason that until he is arrested, Putin will continue to do great damage, not only to his own country and to Ukraine, but also to many other parts of the world. The sudden increase in food prices it has caused is expected to have extremely unpleasant consequences for countries in Africa and the Middle East, which need imports from Ukraine to fight hunger, while that Europeans have grown accustomed to relying on Russian gas and gasoline for heating. their homes and fuel their economies. Even Argentina, which in theory could quickly replace Russia as a major supplier of natural gas but which to do so would require huge investments in stupidly delayed infrastructure projects, is being shaken by the shockwaves emanating from from Ukraine. As the country is flat, there are likely to be severe gas shortages when winter kicks in.

Thanks to its immense demographic size and the talents of its inhabitants, China would already be the first world power if the communists had been defeated by the forces of Chiang Kai-shek; after retreating to Taiwan, the Nationalists implemented policies that led to rapid economic growth. After Deng Xiaoping replaced Mao’s ruinous version of Marxist economics with what might be called neoliberalism with Chinese characteristics, the mainland embarked on a similar path. On a per capita basis, it is still much poorer, but if per capita incomes were to rise, China’s economy would be larger than those of all Western countries combined.

The result is that not only Argentina, but most other countries must decide whether it would be better for them to cultivate their relations with what could soon be the supreme superpower or to assume that the United States will recover from their self-inflicted internal misfortunes and, with the help of Europeans, Japanese, Canadians, Australians and, perhaps, Indians, manage to maintain the predominantly Western “rules-based world order” for many decades to come. The rhetoric coming out of Washington suggests Republican and Democratic politicians are taking the Chinese challenge much more seriously than most did before Donald Trump signaled that now was the time to start pushing back.

Argentina is western. She would find it very difficult to find a comfortable place in the hierarchical system envisioned by Peking men who, like most others of old, firmly believe that their own traditions are superior to those of lesser peoples. However, in many circles, hostility towards the American “empire” means that many see China as a welcome counterweight. If the competition between the two grows fiercer, as seems likely, such prejudices could possibly do as much harm as the feelings aroused by individuals who found fascism attractive – unless, that is, the China does win so and those who favored it. can congratulate themselves on their foresight.a

A partial solar eclipse is occurring soon. Here’s Who Can See It – WABE


If you own a pair of eclipse glasses, you might be lucky enough to use them on Saturday.

On April 30, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in South America, Antarctica, and the Pacific and Southern Oceans, according to NASA.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, temporarily blocking sunlight. During a partial solar eclipse, the moon is not perfectly aligned with the Earth and the sun, so it will not completely cover the sun. Instead, the sun will appear to have a crescent shape, NASA said.

Here’s how to see the eclipse and what you might see:

How to see the eclipse

The solar eclipse will be mainly visible in the southern hemisphere.

The people of “Chile, Argentina, most of Uruguay, western Paraguay, southwestern Bolivia, southeastern Peru, and a small part of south- western Brazil” will have the best chance of seeing it, according to NASA.

It will first be visible at 2:45 p.m. ET (6:45 p.m. Coordinated Universal Time) and will peak at 4:42 p.m. ET (8:42 p.m. UTC).

To view the eclipse safely, you need a special pair of eclipse viewing glasses or solar viewing glasses. Sunglasses don’t count. And never look directly at the sun during an eclipse.

If you don’t have the right glasses, you can create a mini projector to reflect the eclipse image onto a flat surface.

The next eclipse that will be visible in North America will be on October 14, 2023. It will be an annular eclipse, which occurs when the moon is further from the sun and therefore does not completely cover it. The distance gives the illusion of a “ring of fire” around the moon.

Copyright 2022 NPR. To learn more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Danone seals a strategic alliance with CCU for its Water business in Argentina



Press release – Paris, April 29, 2022

Danone seals a strategic alliance with CCU
for its Water business in Argentina

Danone and Compañía Cervecerías Unidas (CCU) today announce a strategic alliance, as CCU Argentina has acquired a significant minority stake in Aguas Danone de Argentina. This partnership will allow the two companies to enrich their beverage offering and strengthen their operations in the country.

Aguas Danone from Argentina declared:
“The The strategic alliance announced today provides Danone with a highly prestigious partner in the region, and our agreement is an important step that strengthens both companies in a highly competitive market. Danone has a history of partnerships in Argentina, and we are proud that Aguas Danone de Argentina is partnering with CCU to better serve Argentinian consumers.“.

Compañía Cervecerias Unidas said:
We are proud to announce this alliance with Aguas Danone de Argentina. It represents the opportunity to enter a new beverage category in the country and jointly promote the development of brands such as Villavicencio, Villa del Sur, Levité and Ser, among others. This will generate greater momentum in the water industry with a stronger value proposition for all consumers“.

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Subject to regulatory requirements, Danone does not undertake to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements. This document does not constitute an offer to sell, nor a solicitation of an offer to buy Danone securities.


Vancouver signs Argentina-Paraguay midfielder Andres Cubas to DP deal 4/29/2022


The Vancouver Whitecaps, bottom of the overall standings with a 1-6-1 record (win-loss-tie), have signed a 25-year-old Designated Defensive Midfielder contract Andres Cubas of French second division Nimes for a reported transfer fee of $3 million.

Cubas, who played for Argentina in the 2015 U-20 World Cup, was born in Argentina and scouted by the then Paraguayan national team coach. Ramon Diaz, the former Argentine star, while in Boca Juniors’ youth program. Cubas, whose father is from Paraguay, made his debut for his national team in a friendly in 2019. He appeared in the 2021 Copa America and five 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

The Whitecaps, who have conceded all 17 goals in eight games, hoped to acquire Cubas in December for the start of the season, but Nimes still hoped at that time to win back promotion to Ligue 1. Nimes are now in ninth place.

“We could have secured the position earlier with just another signing, but we were really on to him,” the Vancouver sporting director and CEO said. Axel Schuster. “We wanted to fix it in December or January. But we also wanted to fix the problem with a player where we are 100% convinced that he is not only a bit fitter, that he is a player who can make a difference in the medium and long term for this club. .

“It was a waiting game for the right guy. We are ready to wait. And now we have to bring him in and show everyone he’s the good guy.

Cubas, who left Boca Juniors in 2018 aged 22 after 28 first-team appearances, played two seasons with Argentinian club Talleres before joining Nimes in 2020. He will be available for his MLS debut after acquire their Canadian and American work permits.

Buenos Aires Weather | Ualá launches mobile payments for small businesses in Mexico


Argentina Ualá, the mobile payments company backed by George Soros, Steve Cohen and Tencent Holdings, is expanding into merchant services in Mexico.

The company is launching mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) units on Wednesday, allowing small businesses to process payments on the spot and receive an immediate deposit of sales to their bank accounts, said Ualá founder and chief executive Pierpaolo. Barbieri. Companies will also be able to invoice via payment links.

Ualá, which provides a multitude of financial services based on a prepaid card managed via a mobile application, plans to invest up to US$100 million over the next two years in the launch of new products and the scale of existing operations in the country.

“We believe Mexico has the potential to represent 50% of all of our business in the future,” Barbieri said in an interview. “We are focusing on Mexico, betting on its growth.”

The company will charge a 2.99% fee per sale to merchants using its mPOS units, said Maia Eliscovich, head of Ualá Bis, as the company is known. Units will cost 339 pesos (around $17) and can be acquired through the company’s app and website.

Ualá was valued at $2.5 billion in its last funding round and launched operations in Colombia earlier this year. The startup is also backed by Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp.

The company has more than five million customers through the multiple services it offers in Argentina, Mexico and Colombia.

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by Andrea Navarro, Bloomberg

Colorado Mountain College to host Vail Valley start on May 6

This year will be a return to traditional Colorado Mountain College commencement ceremonies, such as here at the Vilar Center in 2019. The College’s Vail Valley campus will return to the center on May 6 to celebrate graduation.
David Watson/Courtesy Photo

For the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado Mountain College’s in-person commencement ceremonies will be open to the public. Although graduates were permitted to invite a limited number of guests early last year, this year the college is inviting members of the community to join in the celebration of graduate achievements.

Students at CMC’s 11 campuses will receive certificates of professional competence, associate’s degrees, and bachelor’s degrees.

The keynote address for the Vail Valley Campus graduation will be delivered by Melina Valsecia, Executive Director of the Eagle Valley Community Foundation.

In addition to her role at the Eagle Valley Community Foundation, Valsecia served as executive director of Neighborhood Navigators of Eagle County and managed the Mobile Cultural Resource Alliance. A native Spanish speaker, Valsecia grew up in Argentina and earned her undergraduate degree in Paraguay. Valsecia moved to Eagle County in 2007 and earned a master’s degree in public health and national certification in health education.

Valsecia will target graduates at the start of the school year on May 6. The Colorado Mountain College Vail Valley campus will celebrate the start beginning at 5 p.m. at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek.

For more information and for details on each commencement ceremony, visit coloradomtn.edu/graduation.

The global satellite services industry is expected to reach $152.8 billion by 2027


DUBLIN, April 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The report “Global Satellite Services Market (2022-2027) by Type, End User and Geography, Competitive Analysis and Covid-19 Impact with Ansoff Analysis” has been added to from ResearchAndMarkets.com offer.

The global satellite services market is estimated at USD 131.2 Bn in 2022 and should reach USD 152.84 Bn by 2027, growing to a CAGR by 3.1%.

Market dynamics are forces that impact pricing and stakeholder behaviors in the global satellite services market. These forces create price signals that result from changes in the supply and demand curves for a given product or service. The forces of market dynamics can be related to macro-economic and micro-economic factors. There are dynamic market forces other than price, demand and supply. Human emotions can also drive decisions, influence the market and create price signals.

As market dynamics impact supply and demand curves, policymakers aim to determine how best to use various financial tools to stem various strategies aimed at accelerating growth and reducing risk.

Company Profiles

The report provides a detailed analysis of competitors in the market. It covers the analysis of financial performance of listed companies in the market. The report also offers detailed information about recent development and competitive scenario of the companies. Some of the companies covered in this report are Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd., EchoStar Corporation, Eutelsat SA, Inmarsat plc., Intelsat SA, Measat, Intersputnik, PCCW Global, SES SA, Viasat, Inc, etc.

Countries studied

  • America (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, United StatesRest – Americas)
  • Europe (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Swiss, UKRest of – Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Egypt, Israel, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab EmiratesRest of MEA.
  • Asia Pacific (Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, TaiwanRest of Asia Pacific)

Competitive quadrant

The report includes Competitive Quadrant, a proprietary tool to analyze and assess the position of companies based on their industry position score and market performance score. The tool uses various factors to classify players into four categories. Some of these factors considered for analysis are financial performance over the past 3 years, growth strategies, innovation score, new product launches, investments, market share growth, etc

Ansoff analysis

The report presents a detailed analysis of the Ansoff matrix for the global satellite services market. Ansoff Matrix, also known as Product/Market Expansion Grid, is a strategic tool used to design business growth strategies. The matrix can be used to assess approaches in four strategies viz. Market development, market penetration, product development and diversification. The matrix is ​​also used for risk analysis to understand the risk associated with each approach.

The analyst analyzes the global satellite services market using the Ansoff matrix to provide the best approaches a company can take to improve its market position.

Based on the SWOT analysis done on the industry and industry players, the analyst has designed appropriate strategies for market growth.

Why buy this report?

  • The report offers a comprehensive assessment of the global satellite services market. The report includes in-depth qualitative analysis, verifiable data from authentic sources, and market size projections. Projections are calculated using proven research methodologies.
  • The report has been compiled through extensive primary and secondary research. The main research is done through interviews, surveys and observations of renowned personnel in the industry.
  • The report includes in-depth market analysis using Porter’s 5 forces model and Ansoff’s matrix. Additionally, the impact of Covid-19 on the market is also presented in the report.
  • The report also includes the regulatory scenario in the industry, which will help you to make an informed decision. The report discusses the major regulatory bodies and major rules and regulations imposed on this industry across various geographies.
  • The report also contains competitive analysis using Positioning Quadrants, the analyst’s competitive positioning tool.

Main topics covered:

1 Description of the report

2 Research methodology

3 Executive Summary

4 Market dynamics
4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Increase in demand for high resolution imagery
4.1.2 High demand for managed network services
4.1.3 Increased focus on applications and data services
4.2 Constraints
4.2.1 Strict regulations related to satellite services
4.2.2 High investment cost
4.3 Opportunities
4.3.1 Increasing Ground Station Network as a Service for Next Generation Satellites
4.3.2 Develop satellite capacity and related infrastructure
4.3.3 Growing Application of AI in Satellite Services
4.4 Challenges
4.4.1 Unreliable signal
4.4.2 Decrease in demand for television services from developed economies
4.4.3 Issues with Compliance with Applicable Export Control Laws and Regulations

5 Market Analysis
5.1 Regulatory scenario
5.2 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
5.3 Impact of COVID-19
5.4 Ansoff matrix analysis

6 Global Satellite Services Market, by Type
6.1 Presentation
6.2 Consumer Services
6.3 Fixed satellite services
6.4 Mobile satellite services
6.5 Remote sensing
6.6 Spaceflight management services

7 Global Satellite Services Market, By End User
7.1 Presentation
7.2 Media
7.3 Government and Defense
7.4 Aeronautics and aerospace
7.5 Retail and business
7.6 Others

8 Americas Satellite Services Market
8.1 Presentation
8.2 Argentina
8.3 Brazil
8.4 Canada
8.5 Chile
8.6 Colombia
8.7 Mexico
8.8 Peru
8.9 United States
8.10 Rest of the Americas

9 Europe Satellite services market
9.1 Presentation
9.2 Austria
9.3 Belgium
9.4 Denmark
9.5 Finland
9.6 France
9.7 Germany
9.8 Italy
9.9 Netherlands
9.10 Norway
9.11 Poland
9.12 Russia
9.13 Spain
9.14 Sweden
9:15 a.m. Swiss
9.16 UK
9.17 Rest of Europe

ten Middle East and africa Satellite services market
10.1 Presentation
10.2 Egypt
10.3 Israel
10.4 Qatar
10.5 Saudi Arabia
10.6 South Africa
10.7 United Arab Emirates
10.8 Rest of MEA

11 APAC Satellite Services Market
11.1 Presentation
11.2 Australia
11.3 Bangladesh
11.4 China
11.5 India
11.6 Indonesia
11.7 Japan
11.8 Malaysia
11.9 Philippines
11.10 Singapore
11.11 South Korea
11.12 Sri Lanka
11.13 Thailand
11.14 Taiwan
11.15 Rest of Asia Pacific

12 Competitive Landscape
12.1 Competitive Quadrant
12.2 Market Share Analysis
12.3 Strategic Initiatives
12.3.1M&A and investments
12.3.2 Partnerships and collaborations
12.3.3 Product Developments and Improvements

13 company profiles
13.1 Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd.
13.2 EchoStar Corporation
13.3 Eutelsat SA
13.4 Inmarsat plc.
13.5 Intelsat SA
13.6 Mesat
13.7 Intersputnik
13.8 PCCW Global
13.9 SES SA
13.10 Viasat, Inc.
13.11 Thuraya Telecommunications Company
13.12 China Satellite Communications Co., Ltd.
13.13 Spacecom International
13.14 Thaicom Public Company Limited
13.15 ImageSat International
13.16 L3Harris Technologies Inc.
13.17 Maxar Technologies
13.18 Planet Labs Inc.
13.19 Satellite Imagery Society
13.20 SpecTIR LLC
13.21 East View Geospatial Inc.
13.22 Trimble Inc.
13.23 Ursa Space Systems Inc.
13.24 Lockheed Martin
13.25 Dish Network
13.26 Boeing Satellite Systems, Inc.
13.27 Northrop Grumman
13.28 Iridium Satellite Communications
13.29 ST Engineering
1:30 p.m. Hiber Global
13.31 ThinKom Satellite

14 Appendix

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Argentina’s tax agency backs creation of global crypto reporting system to prevent evasion


AFIP, Argentina’s tax agency, supports the creation of a centralized system that serves as a registry for cryptocurrency holders. According to statements by its leader, this would make it easier for tax agencies around the world to fight tax evasion. The organization has previously used financial information to collect taxes from Argentinian users with overseas bank accounts.

Argentina Tax Agency Supports Creation of Crypto Holder Registry

AFIP, which is Argentina’s national tax collection agency, wants to advance its efficiency in collecting crypto-related taxes. In this sense, the organization has expressed its public support for the creation of a registry of cryptocurrency holders, making changes to include digital assets in the current system of automatic data exchange managed by the Organization. Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The boss of AFIP, Mercedes Marco del Pont, declared at an event that:

It is necessary to include e-money, digital currencies and cryptographic assets in international information exchange mechanisms to prevent them from becoming instruments facilitating evasion.

In addition, Marco del Pont also explained the regulator’s recent experience in combating tax evasion by taxpayers who do not have bank accounts or assets in the country. The regulator has managed to exploit the exchange of information with other countries to access a significant part of these funds.

AFIP strengthens controls

Argentina’s tax authority managed to include digital wallets, i.e. funds that users had stored on fintech platforms, among the assets that can be seized to pay the tax debt. This measure enabled the organization to intervene in more than 5,000 cases where taxpayers had no other assets to seize. This is possible because the organization receives reports from fintech companies about their clients’ holdings.

Of these actions, Marco del Pont said:

We have deepened the recovery of the State’s capacities in terms of control to fight against evasion and fraud, emphasizing the increase in the contribution to the recovery of sectors with greater contributory capacity.

The Argentine government is trying to raise funds to pay off its debt with the International Monetary Fund, and one of its strategies is to implement new methods of tax collection. In March, the organization began directly reviewing the movements of cryptocurrency traders, sending some requirements to report their cryptocurrency movements. Additionally, a bill to tax assets Argentines hold around the world, including cryptocurrencies, was introduced in the Senate earlier this month.

What are your thoughts on creating a global cryptocurrency holder information registry? Tell us in the comments section below.


Sergio Goschenko

Sergio is a cryptocurrency journalist based in Venezuela. He describes himself as late in the game, entering the cryptosphere when the price surge happened in December 2017. Having a background in computer engineering, living in Venezuela and impacted by the cryptocurrency boom at social, it offers a different point of view. on the success of crypto and how it helps the unbanked and underserved.

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BBVA reduces overall energy consumption per employee by 14% in two years


In 2021, the bank achieved a 67.5% reduction in direct carbon dioxide emissions globally compared to 2015, approaching the 68% target set for 2025. Additionally, in 2021, 79 % of the energy consumption of BBVA facilities worldwide came from renewable sources. , exceeding the 70% target set in the bank’s 2025 commitment on direct environmental impacts. BBVA become carbon neutral in terms of direct emissions in 2020. In 2021, the bank offset more than 102,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

Support the circular economy

One of the main drivers of accelerating climate change is waste generation resulting from linear consumption practices. BBVA is therefore supporting the transition to circular consumption thanks to sustainable construction standards and the implementation of ISO 14001-certified environmental management systems. In order to minimize the volume of waste sent to landfill, the bank provides clearly demarcated areas in its facilities for precise sorting of waste for subsequent recycling. .

BBVA has launched a series of recycling initiatives: in 2018, for example, the bank launched the plastic-free BBVA initiative as part of its sustainability strategy. BBVA has partnered with Sodexo, its catering supplier, to eliminate as much plastic as possible in its headquarters and offices around the world, and to replace plastic packaging and cutlery with biodegradable materials.

Elsewhere, the bank donates surplus food from restaurants at its Madrid headquarters to the San Juan Bautista de la Orden de Malta soup kitchen, under the aegis of the Banco de Alimentos charity.

BBVA recently received the ‘Hacia Residuo Cero’ certificate from AENOR for its headquarters in Madrid and for its back-office processing center in Malaga. The certificate recognizes the bank’s beneficial role in recovering waste and accurately sorting waste for recycling, which supports a successful circular economy.

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The exclusivity of studying abroad at Duke


Twelve Latinx organizations on campus recently (re)requested nine ways Duke can improve representation and support for its Latinx students in and out of the classroom. I propose a tenth way to achieve this objective. Duke University and the Global Education Office (GEO) should offer more diverse study abroad programs in Latin America and the Caribbean to better reflect the Latinx/Latin student body instead of overemphasizing on Spain.

I’m a white transient Latina from South Texas who struggles to speak Spanish – not exactly the image one might conjure up when thinking of the Latinx community. Yet our community is not as homogeneous as some assume. The Latinx community consists of beautiful and diverse races, ethnicities, nationalities, food, cultures, histories, and even dialects! Yet despite such diversity on a campus where approximately 10% of undergraduate students are Latinx, Spain continues to be overrated as representative of the Spanish-speaking world, especially in the study abroad programs of Duke. While many Latin American countries have colonial ties to Spain, hence the term “Hispanic” for those of Spanish ancestry, Spain is not synonymous with Latin America. Spain even uses its own “vosotro/a“pronouns while the rest of Latin America uses”ustedes.” Overemphasizing Spain has the greatest impact on underrepresented and underserved students with limited options. The lack of program diversity runs counter to GEO’s mission to provide programs that offer “a mosaic of cultural and personal experiences” and to Duke’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

My experience trying to find a representative study abroad program may be one of the many experiences Duke students have. Considering that 49% of Trinity graduates in the Class of 2020 have studied abroad, I never doubted that I, too, would apply for a study abroad program while at Duke. Studying abroad was the perfect opportunity for me, as a low-income, fourth-generation Spanish-Mexican student, to fully immerse myself in my distant ancestry. By studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country, I had hope that I could finally reclaim my family’s Spanish language and Mexican heritage that the Texas government stripped from my family over generations via strict school restrictions. in English and open discrimination against immigrants and Mexicans. -American population. However, given my insufficient Spanish abilities, my status as a Trinity student, and the availability of the program, my dreams of rediscovering my family’s culture were not as attainable as I thought.

There is no Duke-In study abroad program in Mexico. Duke-In programs are the only study abroad programs where a student can receive financial aid. Additionally, Duke’s GEO doesn’t even include Mexican universities in their list of “Duke-approved” study abroad programs. Of course, students can request that a program in Mexico be “approved by the Duke”. Yet Duke still limits travel to more than a dozen Mexican states due to US sanctions or “high risk” of “health, safety and security.” However, other universities, such as UNC, continue to host programs in states like Guanajuato, an area deemed “restricted” by Duke.

There are four separate “Duke-In” study abroad programs in Spain; yet GEO only offers three between Chile and Costa Rica, all of which require a Global Health concentration, Pratt status, or advanced Spanish language requirements. While the “Duke-In” programs in Spain accept all levels of Spanish language, the “Duke-In” programs in Chile and Costa Rica require at least an upper-intermediate understanding of Spanish. Even on the list of “Duke-Approved” programs, there are only three Latin American countries for students to choose from: Argentina, Chile, and Ecuador. It does not include a community with a long history of forced assimilation, oppression and neglect.

Duke’s Latinx community deserves better. So, informally on behalf of my community, I demand more attention to the diversity of the Latinx community here at Duke. The lack of inclusive study abroad opportunities reflects a failure to recognize the plethora of characteristics that define our community. Additionally, it further suppresses Latin cultures, limits our access to emotionally engaging academic pursuits, and promotes our Spanish. conquistadores. With the inclusion of Latinx students and faculty, let’s add more programs to the funded “Duke-In” list. Or, if that’s not yet possible, let’s expand the list of “Duke-approved” programs and offer grants to make them more accessible to students. There are 21 Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Spain is a culturally rich country, but most Latinx students do not claim it as their ancestral homeland nor do they prefer programs in Spain. There’s power in representation, and a prestigious institution like Duke can start with what it does best: providing a world-class education through diverse perspectives.

Kaylin Hernández is a sophomore at Trinity studying public policy and political science.

Fife Flyers: James Isaacs on life after retirement – playing in Argentina


The Fife Flyers defender has hung up his skates after five seasons with the Kirkcaldy club and nine in the EIHL.

And he left the dressing room as Fife’s ‘iron man’ after playing his 306th and final game to lead the club’s non-homegrown players in official EIHL appearances.

And he was the last player of the 2013-14 campaign to leave the league, signing a season after former team-mate Scott Aarssen, the penultimate member of the 13-14 Club.

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James Isaacs hung up his skates at the end of the 2021022 season (Photo: Steve Gunn)

Any thought of a leisurely stroll into retirement is off the table as the player seeks to move to work in London, complete his masters thesis – and consider playing roller hockey in Argentina.

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Isaacs graduated with Honors in Banking and Finance Law from the University of Abertay before pursuing his Masters.

The end goal could take him south to begin work in the coming months.

James Isaacs with the Gardiner Conference Trophy. Photo: Steve Gunn

“Ten years ago I never thought this could happen, but it’s something I really want to do.

“If everything works out with a job in London, I could start in January.

“Between work and free time to travel, it’s a new beginning. This certainly relieves the pressure of retirement.

And the locker room will remain a part of his life as he trades his skates for rollerblades and travels 7,000 miles to Buenos Aires for the Roller Games.

James Isaacs in action against the Aalborg Pirates (Photo: Jillian McFarlane)

The championships are set to begin in September and, for Isaacs, that would lead to a once-in-a-lifetime achievement.

“If I can play with the Canadian team, I would have played hockey on all continents,” he said.

The defender has been part of the national roster since 2015, when the team won gold in Italy, and the chance to travel to Argentina will also allow him to trek to South America – just like the next team in Fife will take to the ice.

Fife Flyers Hockey Show, organized with the Fife Free Press – James Isaacs with goalkeeper Adam Morrison (Photo: Derek Young)

The bonds forged in the Kirkcaldy dressing room will remain strong, however.

“I’ve made lifelong friends here and I keep in touch with the guys I’ve played with over the years – I have to talk to Carlo Finucci every day,” he said.

The season just ended was arguably the toughest as the team struggled from day one, but there were also many highs.

“Winning the conference was a lot of fun and the next year was great too – we came very close until injuries hit us.

“This season hasn’t been a great year, but sometimes that’s how things are.

“We lost a ton of confidence in January and February when we didn’t play any weak teams – it was Sheffield, then Nottingham and Belfast continuously. It’s tough, and then you see the team go down the table.

“It’s funny – when school gets tough, you go to hockey to keep your balance, and vice versa – but this year I also started applying for jobs and adding that it pissed me off. may have put on edge a few weeks.

“I’ve finished all my classes and my thesis is due in August – that’s another reason to hang up my skates.

“Seeing him reunite is quite exciting.”

Why Argentina is increasingly embracing crypto


According to a new report from BBC.

The Argentine peso, the country’s national currency, is already highly volatile and subject to a series of financial controls that make buying and investing with the currency increasingly onerous for ordinary citizens. Amid this uncertainty, the cryptocurrency enjoyed a stratospheric boon. According to Chainalysis, Argentines won $1.86 billion in cryptocurrency in 2021.

“When you have restrictions, you need tools for freedom,” said Jerónimo Ferrer, a crypto enthusiast in Argentina. BBC News.

In the 1990s, Argentina’s financial system was in dire straits, with citizens seeing their life savings disappear and their personal bank accounts completely frozen. Today, the situation is still precarious, with Argentines of all income levels facing restrictions on foreign currency transactions.

“It’s our money, and it’s the only money politicians can’t destroy,” Ferrer told the BBC.

Long-standing distrust of the government’s handling of the Argentine peso has also caused many Argentines to embrace Bitcoin. In a town in Patagonia, 40% of companies are ready to make payments in Bitcoin. Many see it as protection against worsening inflation. Currently, the year-on-year inflation rate stands at over more than 50 %a surprising figure where the depreciation of the peso continues to pinch most Argentine wallets.

Yet cryptocurrency adoption has been uneven in Argentina, as elsewhere. “Today, it’s not a technology that everyone can access,” said blockchain consultant Lucia Lizardo. BBC. The vast majority of crypto enthusiasts are young and male, who enjoy benefits such as a relatively stable income and technical training.

Argentina’s central bank has warned the public about a proliferation of cryptocurrency scams targeting user wallets. But that hasn’t deterred most investors.

The explosion in the number of users has also been boosted by the fact that it is cheaper to mine Bitcoin in the country due to low energy costs.

“I trust math and software more than politicians,” Ferrer told the BBC. “I think Bitcoin for Argentinians should be a no-brainer.”

Welsh Rugby Union | Club & Community


It was in the desert in front of 40,000 in Dubai, but if he can go back and deliver a similar performance for the Wizards in the Indigo Group Premiership Cup Final at the Principality Stadium today, he will be more how happy. .

Aberavon take on Newport in the third and final game of day two of the ‘Road to Principality 2022’ showpiece matches. After Trimsaran against Bedwas and Bargoed against Neath in the championship events, the stage will be set for Thomas and his teammates to strut their stuff.

“I still have very vivid memories of 2009 – it’s a day in my life that will never leave me. I will think of this occasion when we miss the Principality and hope for a repeat,” said Thomas, 37. .

“I’ve always wanted to play a final in the home of Welsh rugby and I’m delighted we’ve been able to stay strong and successful this season. It was bitterly disappointing when COVID hit in 2019 and we had to face Merthyr in the semi-finals of the WRU Challenge Cup.

“It felt like a missed opportunity as we had real momentum behind us back then. Now we have the chance to fulfill our dream, although we know how tough it will be against Newport.

Throughout his professional career with the Scarlets, Gloucester, Dragons and London Welsh, he never had the chance to taste the special atmosphere of a final. He didn’t make the 23 when the Scarlets reached the PRO12 final.

Aled Thomas with the Melrose Cup

That’s why he intends to make the most of his last big day, even if it will probably be a little less clement than this beautiful day in Dubai.

“I remember coming out for the final and heading towards a wall of photographers. The crowd noise was incredible and for the first time in my career as a seven we lined up for the national anthems,” recalls Thomas. “It was special. Then we beat Argentina and won the World Cup!

If nothing will ever top that, he would certainly take a win at Aberavon today as a close second. He rode to Cardiff with his 11-year-old son Zac for kicking practice on Friday to get his bearings and knows the battle between his boot and that of Newport’s Will Reed could prove vital.

Reed is back in the Black & Amber group for the final after missing his last two league games due to Dragons call-ups. Significantly, Newport lost at home to RGC and Merthyr to lose their old grip on the Premiership title chase.

At 20, Reed is considered one of Wales’ rising No.10 stars and played for Wales U20 last year. One of his successors this year, Dan Edwards, learned his trade at Aberavon under Thomas’ tutelage this season.

“Will and Dan are both excellent prospects. Will works so well with Matt O’Brien in the Newport backline and will definitely be someone we have to watch,” Thomas said.

“I have loved working with Dan this season and I think he has a very bright future ahead of him. I think having a mix of experience and youth works well and while he pushes me to meet the highest standards to be selected, I like to think I can offer him the benefit of the knowledge I have. acquired during my professional career.

“I’ve signed for at least one more year and if I can help Dan fit into the Ospreys setup, I’ll feel like I’ve done him, the club and the game a favor.”

But today it’s all about winning. The Aberavon pack have a fearsome reputation and will want to get the upper hand from the set piece, while Newport will be looking for a smoother encounter.

Wales U18 coach O’Brien provides the ‘X-Factor’ in Newport’s back line and the stage is set for a classic encounter.

Bearish Sentiment Drives Lower Oil Prices


Sunday April 24, 2022 / 07:48 / by Josh Owens of Oilprice.com / Header image credit: Reuters

While there are still plenty of supply risks that could push oil prices higher, bearish sentiment has taken over such weak oil markets due to lower Chinese demand and the expectation of a global economic slowdown.

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The outlook for weaker global economic growth continued to weigh on crude prices, with the US Fed hinting at a half-point interest rate hike at the next policy meeting in May and the woes China’s COVID-related lockdowns drag on as Shanghai announces another round of lockdowns. Upside risks are still on the table, with the European Union considering oil sanctions against Russia and Libya on the brink of war, but for now, bearish sentiment is dragging prices down.

Russia’s ruble payment system is compatible with EU law. The European Commission declared that Russia’s new gas payment system that would convert prices into rubles from Gazprombank, a subsidiary of the country’s gas giant Gazprom (MCX:GAZP), could be compatible with the EU sanctions regime, allaying fears in the European gas market.

The world is heading for a prolonged energy crisis. The world must find $1.3 trillion in additional investment by 2030 to increase global energy production and improve infrastructure, US investment bank JP Morgan has said. mentionedotherwise the world risks seeing energy demand exceed supply by 20%.

US SPR barrels should stay home. The US Department of Energy rewardcontracts for 30 million barrels of SPR crude, with an American refiner Valero (NYSE: VLO) and Saudi-owned Motiva Enterprises, picking up the largest volumes at 6.85 and 4.05 million barrels, respectively, implying that most barrels will be refined in the country.

China’s overseas coal ban halts 15 projects. According to a recent studyChina’s decision to ban overseas coal financing has shut down 15 power generation projects with a total capacity of 12.8GW and could potentially shut down an additional 37GW that are currently in phase of pre-construction.

The United States wants Brazil to produce more oil. Bento Albuquerque, Brazilian Minister of Energy mentioned the United States has asked the Latin American country to produce more crude to bring down oil prices, a feat that Brazil considers logistically difficult, as production recently hovered around 3 million barrels per day.

Argentina wants gas connections in a context of booming gas production. While Argentine gas production increased by 10% in March to reach a new monthly record, Argentina mentioned he wants to speed up the construction of gas connections that would connect the Vaca Muerta shale field to Buenos Aires, with the government calling for a mid-2023 deadline for the Nestor Kitchener gas pipeline project (which has not even been awarded the contract).

Low-production wells are becoming an emissions headache in the United States. According to a new studylow-production oil and gas wells that account for just 6% of total U.S. production are emitting more than half the methane from all well sites, a harbinger of methane monitoring changes to come from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Russia asks for full pre-payment when bidding for rough. Russian national oil company Rosneft (MCX:ROSN) possesses asked for full prepayment in rubles (alternatively Chinese yuan or Turkish lira as well) in its latest Urals and ESPO tender for cargoes loaded in May, amid markedly weak buying interest from the West.

American refiners receive the last Russian shipments. As the April 22 deadline for U.S. refiners to stop buying Russian crude and products goes into effect today, a total of nine tankers delivered their cargo to the USGC, the overwhelming majority of which carried crude oil. fuel oil.

LyondellBasell leaves American refining and closes Houston. International Chemistry Major LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) announcement he would permanently close the 265,000 bpd Houston refinery by the end of 2023 and exit U.S. refining altogether, citing high costs and low margins as key reasons for the decision.

Shell is preparing to sell its stake in Russian gas to Chinese companies. According to the media reportsBritish oil major Shell (LON:SHEL) is in talks to sell its 27.5% stake in the Sakhalin-2 LNG project with Chinese state-owned oil companies CNOOC (HKG:0883), CNPC (SS:601857), and Sinopec (SS:600028).

Carbon prices in Europe are soaring due to weak auctions. European carbon prices have exploded to a seven-week high of €89 per metric ton this week, most likely coming on the back of market participants rebuilding positions amid weak auction activity and falling gas prices.

PEMEX will finally pay its debt. Thanks to windfall profits from high crude prices, Mexico’s national oil company PEMEX would have resume its debt maturities this year, totaling some 5 billion, no longer obliging the State to make the payments of its expenses.

Copper hit by unease in Chinese demand. Along with other industrial metals, copper prices stumbled this week, down to $10,230 per metric ton, on fears that longer-than-expected lockdowns in China and aggressive monetary tightening in the United States could hamper demand, as seen in rising stocks of copper.


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PSG Transfer News Roundup: Argentina squad willing to sacrifice for Lionel Messi, Parisians interested in Manchester City winger, and more


Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) were crowned Ligue 1 champions after a 1-1 draw against Lens at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.

Lionel Messi put the hosts ahead with a sublime finish but the visitors fought back through Corentin Jean in the dying moments of the game. It is the eighth title of champion of the Parisians in ten years, the tenth in total.

Meanwhile, Mario Kempes believes Argentina are ready to sacrifice for Messi at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. In addition, the Parisians are interested in a Manchester City winger.

On that note, here’s a rundown of PSG’s top transfer stories as of April 23, 2022:

Argentina national team ready to sacrifice for Lionel Messi, says Mario Kempes

Lionel Messi has had a glorious run with the national team recently.

Argentina legend Mario Kempes believes the Albiceleste are better placed to besiege the FIFA World Cup this year. The South American nation claimed their first international title in nearly three decades last year when they triumphed at the Copa America, with Messi playing a key role in their triumph. The 34-year-old, in the aftermath, also ended his duck with the national team by winning his first senior silver medal.

Messi has endured a difficult campaign with PSG so far, scoring just nine times after the competition since arriving from Barcelona on a free transfer last summer. However, there is no denying his importance to the national team.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is the heartbeat of La Albiceleste, who enjoyed good form under Lionel Scaloni’s management. The 34-year-old will now have his sights set on the holy grail of football.

Speaking to TNT Sports Argentina, relayed by Let’s talk about PSGKempes highlighted the Argentina team’s ability to complement Lionel Messi, saying:

“I see him much better, with self-confidence, with personality. They know they have to sacrifice themselves for Messi.”

Messi is set to make his fifth and final appearance at the quadrennial tournament this winter. Argentina are partnered with Mexico, Poland and Saudi Arabia in Group C.

PSG interested in Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez has had a successful season with Manchester City so far.
Riyad Mahrez has had a successful season with Manchester City so far.

PSG are interested in Riyad Mahrez, according to PSG Talk via Nabil Djellit. The French giants are ready to let Angel Di Maria go this summer once his current deal expires. Manager Mauricio Pochettino wants a replacement for the Argentine and has his eyes on Mahrez.

The Algerian has been in a vein of rich form this season for Manchester City, registering 23 goals and eight assists in 41 games. His current contract expires in 2023, and the Parisians hope to overtake him this summer. However, the French giants are expected to face stiff competition from Real Madrid for the signing of Mahrez.

Mauricio Pochettino opens up about Kylian Mbappe’s future

Kylian Mbappé's future is up in the air.
Kylian Mbappe’s future is up in the air.

Mauricio Pochettino isn’t too worried about Kylian Mbappe’s future. The Frenchman is in the final months of his current deal with the Parisians. He is yet to commit to the club with Real Madrid looking to sign him.

Speaking During a press conference, Pochettino hinted that a decision on Mbappe’s future may have to wait until the summer, saying:

“No, as a coach, I don’t mind; this kind of situation does not only exist at PSG. It’s not the first nor the last time this will happen at all clubs. Selfishly, I would like to keep it, take it on vacation with me and even at home (laughs).”

He continued:

“We all want him to extend; This is obvious. But these decisions belong to the club, to the player. But first you have to be a champion. Only after the end of the season will we be able to deal with the various individual cases.”

Mbappe, who won his fifth Ligue 1 title on Sunday, has scored 33 goals and provided 22 assists in all competitions this season.

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Argentina will not modify its debt of 45 billion dollars with the Minister of Finance of the IMF


BUENOS AIRES: Argentine Economy Minister Martin Guzman said Friday night that a $45 billion debt deal with the International Monetary Fund would not be changed, following a meeting with the director of the IMF, Kristalina Georgieva.

“We are not going to change the objectives of the program with the IMF,” Guzman told local media.

The South American country’s centre-left Peronist government led by President Alberto Fernandez reached a staff-level deal with the international lender in early March to avoid a default.

The deal sets out a new 30-month funding schedule to replace a failed US$57 billion program from 2018 that the grain-producing nation was unable to repay after years of recession, d galloping inflation and capital flight.

However, Guzman warned without giving further details that there will be a shift in focus to focus on the social safety net due to the fallout from the Russian invasion of Ukraine which triggered global inflation.

Argentina has long suffered from extremely high inflation. However, the war increased price spikes in Argentina as well as much of Latin America. Argentina’s inflation in 2021 exceeded 50%.

(Reporting by Maximilian Heath; Editing by Andrea Ricci)

The traditional “third position” of Peronism is the key to international cooperation


The diplomatic maneuvers of Russia and Ukraine on the question of a peace agreement, or at least a ceasefire, naturally raise the question of a possible lifting of Western sanctions against Russia. US officials have already made clear that Washington will lift previously imposed sanctions if the current military operation ceases.

The United States is trying to use the sanctions as an incentive to push Moscow into negotiations. The logic here is simple: the continuation of the conflict means the escalation of the sanctions, while the end of the conflict would lead to the abolition or the easing of the restrictive measures. However, this simple and logical model does not work in practice. Moscow probably doesn’t think the sanctions will be lifted or suspects they could be reimposed alongside a new set of political demands. Recent historical experience confirms these fears. Is it possible in this case to put sanctions on the agenda of the negotiations? Yes it’s possible. But such a framing of the question necessitates a discussion of the specific parameters of sanctions de-escalation, rather than abstract promises or demanding positions. In turn, the specifics involve the segmentation of the introduced restrictions into distinct components. Their cancellation can be done sequentially or simultaneously.

The key segments of the restrictive measures against Russia are:

First. Sanctions against the Central Bank, the Ministry of Finance and the National Provident Fund. Among other things, we are talking about the freezing of Russian reserves in the EU. It is possible that these funds will be transferred to Ukraine for the restoration of the armed forces and infrastructure. It should also be noted here that the freezing and the risk of confiscation affects Russian state property, as well as the assets of blocked Russian individuals and organizations, from bank and real estate accounts to yachts and football clubs. In fact, we are talking about forced seizure. Given Russia’s heavy involvement in the global economy, such a process could turn into an unprecedented expropriation of public and private property from Russia and its citizens abroad.

Second. Financial sanctions against Russian banks, infrastructure, energy and other companies. Blocking sanctions (i.e. prohibition of transactions and blocking of assets) of a number of banks and companies, bans on making dollar settlements (restriction on the use correspondent accounts in US banks) and lending restrictions stand out here. The financial sanctions include a ban on the transmission of financial messages in the interests of a number of Russian financial institutions.

Third. Block sanctions against big Russian businessmen (in Western terminology, “oligarchs”). Similar sanctions against political figures – high-ranking politicians and their family members.

Fourth. Closure of airspace, as well as refusal of lease and maintenance contracts for civil aircraft. Here, a number of countries have closed their seaports to Russian ships.

Fifth. Bans on imports of Russian fossil fuels, steel products, seafood and other products already introduced or only planned.

Sixth. Bans on investments in the Russian energy sector and other sectors of the economy.

Seventh. Restrictions on the export to Russia of a wide range of goods, including oil refining equipment, lasers, navigation equipment, certain categories of cars, computers, marine engines and many other categories of industrial and consumer goods. Separately, it is worth highlighting the export control of dual-use items, although they existed before.

Eighth. A ban on importing cash dollars and euros into Russia, as well as restrictions on opening deposits above certain amounts in some initiating countries.

Ninth. Exit from normal trade relations with Russia.

Tenth. Tightening of visa restrictions.

These measures differ in detail from country to country. For example, a ban on Russian fuel supply has already been introduced in the US, but is still under discussion in the EU. At the same time, they can be seen as general sanctions policy standards for all major initiating countries.

From an institutional point of view, the lifting of new sanctions still seems to be an achievable task. In the United States, they are enshrined in the form of executive orders and directives of the relevant departments. Despite the abundance of Russian sanctions bills in the US Congress, none of them have become law. However, two bills have already passed the House of Representatives. HR 6968 suggests the legislative suspension of Russian fossil fuel supplies to the United States, and HR 7108 suggests freezing normal trade relations. If these standards are enshrined in US law, their repeal will become virtually impossible. At best, these standards could then be suspended by presidential decree. As far as the EU is concerned, the lifting or easing of sanctions will require a unanimous decision by the Council of the EU. Differences may arise here, but they are easier to overcome than in the US Congress. In the UK, the executive has considerable leeway to change the sanctions regime. Therefore, technically, their significant reduction is quite possible. Ultimately, the lifting of sanctions is largely doable without unnecessary delay.

At the same time, even if a compromise is found between Russia and Ukraine, the sanctions may remain partially or in full for political reasons. Two key factors would lead to their eventual retention. The first is the political capital of the national leaders of the initiating countries. Imposing sanctions tends to increase political capital, while lifting them often draws criticism from the opposition. In other words, the application of sanctions unites the elites, but not their lifting. Russophobia is so pervasive today that any step back means the loss of political points. The second and most important factor is a possible attempt to extract the maximum concessions from Russia. For example, a ceasefire may be subject to additional conditions for compensation of Ukraine for damages, failure to comply with which will be grounds for maintaining sanctions. The agreements themselves may imply a certain transition period during which the parties will be required to fulfill their obligations. The experience of the Minsk agreements has shown that these obligations may simply not be fulfilled, freezing the sanctions for a long time.

Skepticism about the lifting of sanctions is also linked to existing historical experience. For example, the United States easily violated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) concluded in 2015. It involved the lifting of sanctions against Iran in exchange for the abandonment of the military nuclear program. The “nuclear agreement” was confirmed by a resolution of the UN Security Council, that is to say, from the point of view of international law, it received the highest degree of legitimacy. At the same time, in 2018, Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the agreement and resumed sanctions. A new cancellation condition, the so-called “13 points”, was put forward, involving significant concessions on many other issues unrelated to the nuclear program. Given the risk of secondary sanctions and coercive measures from US authorities, many other companies have been forced out of Iran. There is no guarantee that after the lifting or easing of sanctions against Moscow, a new “13 points” will not appear. Historical experience has crushed the overall level of trust between Russia and the West, which can now be considered almost nil.

At the same time, the West may well be flexible in easing sanctions, depending on its own economic interests. Some measures have caused significant damage to the initiators themselves. Most likely, the measures to squeeze Russia out of commodity markets, as well as its technological isolation, will not change. However, mitigating the economic costs of such transit, especially in the short term, is quite likely to lead to progress.

In the event of a cessation of hostilities agreement, it is reasonable to expect changes in the import of Russian steel into the EU, the relaxation or lifting of restrictions on civil aviation services , the partial or total opening of airspace, the partial removal of export controls on “luxury goods”, and the easing of visa restrictions for businesses to reflect the status quo in the February 24, while maintaining those for civil servants, certain relaxations on non-dual-use industrial goods, the lifting of restrictions for banks on (SWIFT), the lifting of sectoral sanctions and blocking of certain banks and companies (but not all of them), the abolition of blocking sanctions against certain businessmen, and a reduction in barriers to investment. In the United States, these waivers may take the form of blanket licenses (i.e. exemptions from the sanctions regime) rather than delisting as such. Depending on relations with Iran and Venezuela, whose oil could enter the world market due to the easing of sanctions against these countries, a partial return to purchases of Russian oil from the United States and the United Kingdom may be permitted (although this practice is likely to be temporary).

Much more uncertain is the prospect of unlocking Russia’s financial reserves, as well as the many assets of Russian citizens arrested, frozen or already confiscated abroad. It is likely that they will be used to fund military and civilian aid to Ukraine from the West. Blocking sanctions against a significant number of government officials are unlikely to be lifted. The same should be expected with regard to export controls on dual-use goods and high-tech products. The partial or even complete abolition of restrictions on the purchase of Russian raw materials will not cancel the long-term course towards their replacement.

The main problem is the stability of the decisions made. The resumption of sanctions regimes is possible at any time. Whereas a military response to such decisions will require much more serious political will and resources. The inclusion of sanctions in the compromise formula on Ukraine is quite possible. Total pessimism is hardly desirable here, if only because the initiators themselves bear significant costs and may be willing to reduce them. However, the complete lifting of the new sanctions and a return to the status quo on February 21, 2022 also appear as an unlikely, if not impossible, alternative.

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Global Health Insurance Market Outlook to 2027


DUBLIN, April 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The report “Global Health Insurance Market (2022-2027) by Plan Type, Duration, Application, Coverage, Type, Age Group, Geography, Competitive Analysis and Covid-19 Impact with Analysis Ansoff” has been added for from ResearchAndMarkets.com offer.

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The global health insurance market is estimated at $2.76 Tn in 2022 and should reach $4.46 Tn by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 10.08%.

Market dynamics are forces that impact pricing and stakeholder behaviors in the global health insurance market. These forces create price signals that result from changes in the supply and demand curves for a given product or service. The forces of market dynamics can be related to macro-economic and micro-economic factors. There are dynamic market forces other than price, demand and supply. Human emotions can also drive decisions, influence the market and create price signals.

As market dynamics impact supply and demand curves, policymakers aim to determine how best to use various financial tools to stem various strategies aimed at accelerating growth and reducing risk.

Company Profiles

The report provides a detailed analysis of competitors in the market. It covers the analysis of financial performance of listed companies in the market. The report also offers detailed information about recent development and competitive scenario of the companies. Some of the companies covered in this report are Aetna Inc., Centene Corporation, CNP Assurances, Life Insurance Corporation of IndiaPing An Insurance (Group) Company of China Ltd., Prudential plc, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd., etc.

Competitive Quadrant

The report includes Competitive Quadrant, a proprietary tool to analyze and assess the position of companies based on their industry position score and market performance score. The tool uses various factors to classify players into four categories. Some of these factors considered for analysis are financial performance over the past 3 years, growth strategies, innovation score, new product launches, investments, market share growth, etc

Ansoff analysis

The report presents a detailed analysis of the Ansoff matrix for the global health insurance market. Ansoff Matrix, also known as Product/Market Expansion Grid, is a strategic tool used to design business growth strategies. The matrix can be used to assess approaches in four strategies viz. Market development, market penetration, product development and diversification. The matrix is ​​also used for risk analysis to understand the risk associated with each approach.

The analyst analyzes the global health insurance market using the Ansoff Matrix to provide the best approaches a company can take to improve its position in the market.

Based on the SWOT analysis done on the industry and industry players, the analyst has designed appropriate strategies for market growth.

Why buy this report?

  • The report offers a comprehensive assessment of the global health insurance market. The report includes in-depth qualitative analysis, verifiable data from authentic sources, and market size projections. Projections are calculated using proven research methodologies.

  • The report has been compiled through extensive primary and secondary research. The main research is done through interviews, surveys and observations of renowned personnel in the industry.

  • The report includes in-depth market analysis using Porter’s 5 forces model and Ansoff’s matrix. Additionally, the impact of Covid-19 on the market is also presented in the report.

  • The report also includes the regulatory scenario in the industry, which will help you to make an informed decision. The report discusses the major regulatory bodies and major rules and regulations imposed on this industry across various geographies.

  • The report also contains competitive analysis using Positioning Quadrants, the analyst’s competitive positioning tool.

Main topics covered:

1 Description of the report

2 Research methodology

3 Executive Summary

4 Market dynamics
4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Increase in the cost of health care
4.1.2 Increase in demand with the pandemic
4.1.3 Introduction of compulsory health insurance
4.1.4 Private organizations offering employer-sponsored health insurance plans
4.2 Constraints
4.2.1 Varied insurance regulations around the world
4.2.2 Eligibility rules
4.3 Opportunities
4.3.1 Rise of Insurtech
4.3.2 Increased demand for quality private care
4.4 Challenges
4.4.1 Certain health services and medical expenses not covered
4.4.2 Lack of awareness in emerging countries

5 Market Analysis
5.1 Regulatory scenario
5.2 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
5.3 Impact of COVID-19
5.4 Ansoff matrix analysis

6 Global Health Insurance Market, By Plan Type
6.1 Presentation
6.2 Medical insurance
6.3 Critical illness insurance
6.4 Floating Family Health Insurance
6.5 Others

7 Global Health Insurance Market, By Duration
7.1 Presentation
7.2 Lifetime cover
7.3 Term insurance

8 Global Health Insurance Market, By Application
8.1 Presentation
8.2 Direct Sales
8.3 Brokers and Agents
8.4 Bankers
8.5 Others

9 Global Health Insurance Market, By Coverage
9.1 Presentation
9.2 Preferred Provider Organizations
9.3 Point of Service
9.4 Health maintenance organization
9.5 Sole Supplier Organization

10 Global Health Insurance Market, By Type
10.1 Presentation
10.2 Group
10.3 Individual

11 Global Health Insurance Market, By Age Group
11.1 Presentation
11.2 Elderly
11.3 Adult
11.4 Children

12 Americas Health Insurance Market
12.1 Presentation
12.2 Argentina
12.3 Brazil
12.4 Canada
12.5 Chile
12.6 Colombia
12.7 Mexico
12.8 Peru
12.9 United States
12.10 Rest of the Americas

13 Europe health insurance market
13.1 Presentation
13.2 Austria
13.3 Belgium
13.4 Denmark
13.5 Finland
13.6 France
13.7 Germany
13.8 Italy
13.9 Netherlands
13.10 Norway
13.11 Poland
13.12 Russia
13.13 Spain
13.14 Sweden
1:15 p.m. Swiss
13.16 UK
13.17 Rest of Europe

14 Middle East and africa health insurance market
14.1 Presentation
14.2 Egypt
14.3 Israel
14.4 Qatar
14.5 Saudi Arabia
14.6 South Africa
14.7 United Arab Emirates
14.8 Rest of MEA

15 APAC Health Insurance Market
15.1 Presentation
15.2 Australia
15.3 Bangladesh
15.4 China
15.5 India
15.6 Indonesia
15.7 Japan
15.8 Malaysia
15.9 Philippines
15.10 Singapore
15.11 South Korea
15.12 Sri Lanka
15.13 Thailand
15.14 Taiwan
15.15 Rest of Asia Pacific

16 Competitive Landscape
16.1 Competitive Quadrant
16.2 Market Share Analysis
16.3 Strategic Initiatives
16.3.1M&A and investments
16.3.2 Partnerships and collaborations
16.3.3 Product Developments and Improvements

17 company profiles
17.1 Aetna Inc.
17.2 Allianz SE
17.3 Anthem, Inc.
17.4 Assicurazioni Generali SpA
17.5 Aviva plc
17.6 AXA S.A.
17.7 Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
17.8 Centene Society
17.9 China Life Insurance Company (group)
17.10 China Pacific Insurance (Group) Company, Ltd.
17.11 CNP Assurances
17.12 Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc.
17.13 Humana Inc.
17.14 Japan Post Insurance Company, Ltd.
5:15 p.m. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Group
17.16 Legal and General Group Plc
17.17 Life Insurance Company of India
17.18 MetLife Inc.
17.19 MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, Inc.
5:20 p.m. Munich Reinsurance Company
17.21 National Mutual Federal Agricultural Cooperation
17.22 Japanese Life Insurance Company
17.23 People’s Insurance Company (Group) of China Ltd.
17.24 Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China Ltd.
17.25 Prudential plc
17.26 State Farm Group
17.27 Tokyo Marine Holdings, Inc.
17.28 United Health Group Incorporated
17.29 Zurich Insurance Group Ltd

18 Appendix

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Kenya can learn from Argentina to become a footballing powerhouse-CS Amina Mohamed


The government has revealed that it will work closely with the Republic of Argentina to help improve the standards of football in the East African country.

Speaking at the welcome for Argentine Ambassador to Kenya Gabriela Martinic, Sports Cabinet Secretary Dr Amina Mohamed said she would work with South American football heavyweights to help Kenya realize his dream of playing the game on the big stage.

“One of the key ways to market Kenya globally is through sports. I had fruitful exchanges with my Argentinian counterpart, who is currently ranked fourth best overall by FIFA in the latest football rankings We exchanged ideas on how we can partner up through exchange programs that would help us learn a thing or two from each other with the aim of helping us grow our game locally. they are also known for rugby and tennis which are also our key areas of interest,” she said

The Argentinians have won the FIFA World Cup twice: in 1978 against the Netherlands and in 1986 against West Germany.

In world football, the names of the late Diego Armando Maradona and Paris-Saint Germain striker Lionel Messi stand out while in tennis, Gabriela Sabatini has won several Grand Slam tournaments and has already reached world number two.

“Diego Maradona instilled the love of football in millions of people around the world, turning the game into a kind of religion. He inspired young people on the pitch. We put our house in order and in no time, Kenya will be up there and I hope we invite them or fly to Buenos Aires for a friendly game I understand they have qualified for Qatar World Cut and play us can be one of their coping mechanisms preparation » added the CS

A third World Cup trophy for Albiceleste and a first for Messi would make for a memorable World Cup as the national idol tries to match the feat of another Argentine icon, Maradona, who carried the team in of his last World Cup triumph in 1986.

After winning the 2021 Copa America and remaining unbeaten in the World Cup qualifying campaign, Lionel Scaloni’s officials are hoping to overtake Poland, Mexico and Saudi Arabia in Group C of the coveted extravaganza of the world soccer.

Harambee Stars, meanwhile, have been consolidated into Group C of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2023 qualifiers despite the indefinite suspension of world football’s governing body, FIFA, for government interference in the football activities in the country.

Kenya will take on five-time winners Cameroon, fellow East Africans Burundi and Namibia.

Why Argentina is adopting cryptocurrency


Jerónimo Ferrer created a bitcoin tour of Buenos Aires

In Argentina, there are everywhere traces of distrust and even of economic trauma.

For Jerónimo Ferrer, a formative memory is that of Argentina crushing financial crisis in the late 1990s – when bank accounts were frozen and, almost overnight, people’s savings evaporated.

He is not alone. One engineering student I spoke to keeps all of his savings, in US dollars, at home because he fears the banks will devalue his assets again overnight.

While many Argentines are, by necessity, experts on the state of the economy – from skyrocketing inflation to the current unofficial exchange rate between the peso and the US dollar – Mr. Ferrer went further than the mostly.

Since 2019, he has been running a walking tour called “Our Crazy Local Economy and Bitcoin Tour of Buenos Aires“, where he explains to tourists the level of restrictions Argentines face, such as limits on foreign currency transactions or international installment payment bans. flights.

He also provides an introduction to cryptocurrency, in particular bitcoin, and explains why he thinks it is a valuable alternative to the volatile and highly controlled Argentine peso.

“When you have restrictions, you need tools for freedom,” says Ferrer.

For many crypto enthusiasts around the world, decentralized and digital currency is mostly about ideology or profit. But for many Argentines, it meets more basic needs.

“I trust math and software more than politicians,” says Ferrer. “I think Bitcoin for Argentinians should be a no-brainer.”

Ripio bitcoin advertising in Buenos Aires

Advertisements for bitcoin products are everywhere in Buenos Aires

Heavy government intervention in the economy has other ways to help cryptocurrency gain a foothold in Argentina. For example, it is relatively inexpensive to operate a energy-intensive bitcoin mining operation, as the cost of electricity is kept relatively low.

Bitcoin mining is the process that creates new Bitcoin. It involves computers solving complex mathematical problems. Solve the problem and you receive Bitcoin. It sounds simple, but involves elaborate computer systems, requiring a lot of electricity to run and cool them.

The Center for Alternative Finance at the University of Cambridge estimates that globally, the electricity used in bitcoin mining be about 137 terawatt hours per year. This is about the same as the annual usage of some countries, such as Norway or Poland.

Generating this electricity will contribute to global carbon dioxide emissions, but it is difficult to estimate how many.

However, in Argentina, these environmental issues are often overshadowed by financial concerns.

For some early adopters of cryptocurrency in Argentina, even a relatively young and unpredictable currency is preferable to the extremely changing peso.

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Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency, can also help protect against high inflation because there is a finite amount of money that can be created.

Inflation, which measures changes in the cost of living over time, is a constant concern in Argentina. The year-over-year inflation rate is staggering, more than 50%.

“During the pandemic, people noticed this situation and to protect their money, they chose to look for a limited asset,” says María Mercedes Etchegoyen.

Ms. Etchegoyen is a lawyer specializing in intellectual property, as well as a member of the executive committee of the NGO Bitcoin Argentina. She helped start the Cryptogirls community to capitalize on the increased interest in cryptocurrency during the pandemic.

So far, the government has taken a relaxed attitude towards the cryptocurrency boo. “In Argentina, there are no specific regulations on cryptocurrency,” says Ms. Etchegoyen.

However, the Central Bank has issued warnings about crypto-based scams.

He acknowledged that the level of crypto usage is not yet high, but is growing rapidly and is cause for concern.

María Mercedes Etchegoyen

María Mercedes Etchegoyen wants bitcoin to overtake young men

Ms Etchegoyen worries about unequal access to cryptocurrencies.

So far, it’s been the preserve of a minority – largely a young, male, tech-savvy and relatively affluent population. It’s the tech workers, not the farmers, who get paid in Bitcoin.

“Today, it’s not a technology that everyone can access,” acknowledges blockchain consultant Lucia Lizardo.

Still, efforts are underway to expand the reach of crypto – in part through financial products that provide a stepping stone between traditional currency and cryptocurrency.

Three Argentinian start-ups now offer debit cards for crypto transactions. One such company, Lemon, was founded in a town in Patagonia where 40% of businesses accept Bitcoin.

Some people in Argentina are also turning to “stablecoins”, which are pegged to the US dollar and are therefore less prone to fluctuations in value.

The central bank of Argentina

The Central Bank of Argentina has warned of cryptocurrency scams

Of course, crypto won’t provide a one-size-fits-all solution to Argentina’s economic problems. And that brings its own problems of currency speculation, fraud and environmental impact.

Overall, though, “I think it’s like a revolution for young people,” comments Ms Lizardo.

For Mr. Ferrer, the need is clear. “It’s our money, and it’s the only money politicians can’t destroy.”

call at the Falklands War Memorial in Norwich


06:00 21 April 2022

An “inspiring” young Falklands War hero who died in the conflict could receive a memorial 40 years later.

Frank Armes, 21, an avid Norwich City fan who grew up in the Heartsease area, joined the Royal Navy on January 17, 1978, which was a lifelong dream.

Frank Armes, who grew up in Norwich and died in the Falklands War in 1982 aged 21
– Credit: Sonya Duncan

The marine engineer was tragically killed on May 25, 1982, along with 18 other crew members, while stationed on HMS Coventry off West Falkland.

He was said to have been at the front of the ship in the engine room at the time of the attack which also left 30 injured.

An aerial view of the Type 42 Destroyer, HMS Coventry in service during the Falklands War

An aerial view of the Type 42 Destroyer, HMS Coventry in service during the Falklands War
– Credit: PA

And now his pal, Gavin Scott, 58, from Costessey, who met Mr Armes during Navy training after he arrived aged 16, has launched a Crowdfunder to raise 2 £000 for a permanent memorial bench in the city.

Falklands veteran Gavin Scott calls for a town memorial to the former Norfolk naval engineer

Gavin Scott as he trained to become an able seaman for the Royal Navy
– Credit: Sonya Duncan

Mr Scott, who was an able seaman and on HMS Penelope during the war, said: ‘Frank had a wicked, dry sense of humour. He was one of those people you aspired to be like. was a great sportsman, he loved Norwich.

“The attack on HMS Coventry and Frank’s death have marked me for 40 years. He was my friend and my brother in arms. People in the services become my family.

“It’s soul destroying when you lose a ship.”

FALKLANDS WAR: British paratroopers provide emergency medical treatment to wounded comrades

THE FALKLANDS WAR: British paratroopers performing emergency medical treatment on wounded comrades under fire on Mount Longdon during the Falklands campaign.
– Credit: PA

The father-of-three, who left the navy in 1988, said it was heartbreaking and wrong that there was no permanent memorial in Norwich for people to remember the 255 British servicemen who died in the conflict of the Falklands.

“It’s the forgotten war. Many of the soldiers who lost their lives were young men,” he added.

Falklands veteran Gavin Scott calls for a town memorial to the former naval engineer mechani

Falklands War veteran Gavin Scott of Costessey with a 40th anniversary commemorative flag
– Credit: Sonya Duncan

Mr Scott thought there was strong support from people living in Norwich for a memorial bench and was shocked at the response to his fundraiser which has already raised £1,200.

He said the lack of support from Norwich City Council contrasted with the community support from organizations in Stalham which would mark the life of Royal Navy serviceman Richard Dunkerley, 22, who lived in the town and died on May 21, 1982 , while on HMS. Ardent, with a memorial service.

Falklands veteran Gavin Scott calls for a town memorial to the former Norfolk naval engineer

Richard Dunkerley, of Stalham, who died in the Falklands War in 1982 aged 22
– Credit: Sonya Duncan

A spokeswoman for Norwich City Council said: ‘Officers have been in contact with Mr Scott to push forward the idea of ​​placing a memorial bench in one of Norwich’s parks.

“The council is also pleased to engage with any organizers wishing to plan an official commemorative event in Norwich.”

To donate to the memorial bench, click here.

The Falklands War

Fighting broke out by air, land and sea between Argentina and the UK in 1982 during 10 weeks of undeclared war.

A view from the deck of HMS Hermes as tugs pull her away from Portsmouth dock as she prepares

A view from the deck of HMS Hermes as tugs pull her away from Portsmouth dock as she prepares to sail to the Falkland Islands.
– Credit: PA

The conflict involved two British dependent territories in the South Atlantic – the Falkland Islands and its territorial dependency, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

It started on April 2 when Argentina invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands, followed by the invasion of South Georgia the next day.

On April 5, the British government dispatched a naval task force to engage the Argentine Navy and Air Force before launching an amphibious assault on the islands.

A Royal Navy sailor at the controls of an anti-aircraft gun aboard HMS Hermes as the British task force sails along

A Royal Navy sailor wielding an anti-aircraft gun aboard HMS Hermes as the British task force sails south towards the Falkland Islands.
– Credit: PA

The conflict lasted 74 days and ended with an Argentine surrender on June 14, returning the islands to British control.

Steel helmets abandoned by the Argentinian armed forces which surrendered at Goose Green in the British Falklands

Steel helmets left by the Argentine Armed Forces who surrendered at Goose Green to British Falklands Task Force troops.
– Credit: PA

A total of 649 Argentine servicemen, 255 British servicemen and three Falkland Islanders died during the hostilities.

Smoke pours from the Type 42 destroyer HMS A Sheffield as fire rages through the warship after she aw

Smoke billows from the Type 42 destroyer HMS A Sheffield as fire rages through the warship after it was hit by an Argentine missile fired from an Argentine aircraft somewhere off the Falklands.
– Credit: PA

Anti-Tumor Drugs Market Research Report by Indications, Route of Administration, Drug, Drug Class, End-User, Distribution Channels, Region – Global Forecast to 2027



Anti-Tumor Drugs Market research report by Indications (Breast Cancer, Leukemia and Lung Cancer), Route of Administration, Drug, Drug Class, End User, Distribution Channels, Region (Americas, Asia- Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa) ) – Global Forecast to 2027 – Cumulative Impact of COVID-19

New York, April 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reportlinker.com announces the publication of “Anti-Tumor Drugs Market Research Report by Indications, Route of Administration, Drug, Drug Class, End User, Channels Distribution, Region – Global Forecast to 2027 – Cumulative Impact of COVID-19” – https://www.reportlinker.com/p06261929/?utm_source=GNW

The global anti-tumor drugs market size was estimated at USD 27.80 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 31.13 billion in 2022, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 12.14% to reach USD 55.30 billion. by 2027.

Market statistics:
The report provides market size analysis and forecasts for five major currencies: USD, EUR, JPY, GBP, AUD, CAD, and CHF. It helps organizational leaders make better decisions when currency data is readily available. In this report, the years 2019 and 2020 are considered as historical years, 2021 as the base year, 2022 as the estimated year and the years from 2023 to 2027 as the forecast period.

Segmentation and market coverage:
This research report categorizes the Anti-tumor Drugs to forecast revenues and analyze trends in each of the following submarkets:

Based on the indications, the market has been studied on breast cancer, leukemia, lung cancer, melanoma, and prostate cancer.

Based on route of administration, the market has been studied into intramuscular, intraperitoneal, intravenous, intraventricular/intrathecal, intravesicular, oral, subcutaneous, and topical.

Based on the drugs, the market has been studied on alkylating agents, antimetabolites, antitumor antibiotics, mitotic inhibitors, and topoisomerase inhibitors.

On the basis of drug class, the market has been studied through . Hormonal therapy, cytotoxics and targeted therapy. Targeted therapy is further investigated through monoclonal antibodies and small molecule inhibitors.

On the basis of the end user, the market has been studied in clinics, hospitals and specialized centers.

Based on the distribution channels, the market has been studied in hospital pharmacies and retail pharmacies.

Based on region, the market has been studied in Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa. The Americas are studied in more detail through Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United States is studied in more detail through California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. Asia-Pacific is studied in more detail across Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. Europe, the Middle East and Africa are studied in more detail in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Cumulative impact of COVID-19:
COVID-19 is an unparalleled global public health emergency that has affected almost every industry, and the long-term effects are expected to impact industry growth over the forecast period. Our ongoing research amplifies our research framework to ensure inclusion of the underlying issues of COVID-19 and potential pathways forward. The report provides insights into COVID-19 considering shifts in consumer behavior and demand, shopping patterns, supply chain rerouting, current market force dynamics, and significant interventions governments. The updated study provides insights, analysis, estimates, and forecasts considering the impact of COVID-19 on the market.

Cumulative impact of the 2022 Russian-Ukrainian conflict:
We continuously monitor and update reports on political and economic uncertainty due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Negative impacts are widely predicted globally, particularly in Eastern Europe, the European Union, East and Central Asia, and the United States. This controversy has severely affected lives and livelihoods and represents profound disruptions to business dynamics. The potential effects of the ongoing war and uncertainty in Eastern Europe are expected to negatively impact the global economy, with particularly harsh long-term effects on Russia.

This report reveals the impact of demand and supply, pricing variants, strategic vendor adoption, and recommendations for the Anti-Tumor Drugs Market considering the current update on conflict and of its global response.

Competitive Strategy Window:
The strategic competitive window analyzes the competitive landscape in terms of markets, applications and geographies to help the vendor define an alignment or match between its capabilities and opportunities for future growth prospects. It describes the optimal or favorable fit for vendors to adopt successive strategies of merger and acquisition, geographic expansion, research and development, and new product introduction strategies to execute further business expansion and growth. during a forecast period.

FPNV positioning matrix:
The FPNV Positioning Matrix evaluates and ranks vendors in the Anti-Tumor Drugs Market based on Business Strategy (Business Growth, Industry Coverage, Financial Viability, and Channel Support) and Satisfaction (Value for Money, Ease of Use, Product Features, and Customer Support) that helps businesses make better decisions and understand the competitive landscape.

Market share analysis:
The market share analysis offers the analysis of the vendors considering their contribution to the overall market. It gives the idea of ​​its revenue generation in the overall market compared to other providers in the space. It provides information on the performance of vendors in terms of revenue generation and customer base compared to others. Knowing the market share gives an idea of ​​the size and competitiveness of suppliers for the reference year. It reveals the characteristics of the market in terms of accumulation, fragmentation, dominance and merger.

Competitive scenario:
The competitive scenario provides an analysis of the prospects of the different business growth strategies adopted by the vendors. The news covered in this section provides valuable insights at various stages while keeping abreast of business news and engaging stakeholders in the economic debate. The competitive scenario represents press releases or company news categorized into merger and acquisition, agreement, collaboration and partnership, new product launch and improvement, investment and funding, and awards, recognition and expansion. All the news gathered helps the vendor to understand the gaps in the market and the strength and weakness of the competitors, thus providing insights to improve the product and service.

Enterprise Usability Profiles:
The report thoroughly explores recent significant developments by leading vendors and innovation profiles in the global Anti-tumor Drugs market including Amgen Inc., Astellas Pharma Inc., AstraZeneca plc, Bayer AG, Biogen Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene Corporation, Eisai Co., Ltd., Eli Lilly and Company, F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co., Inc., Novartis International AG, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Pfizer Inc., Sanofi SA, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd..

The report provides information about the following pointers:
1. Market Penetration: Provides comprehensive information about the market offered by major players
2. Market Development: Provides detailed information on lucrative emerging markets and analyzes penetration in mature market segments
3. Market Diversification: Provides detailed information on new product launches, untapped geographies, recent developments and investments
4. Competitive Assessment and Intelligence: Provides a comprehensive assessment of market shares, strategies, products, certification, regulatory approvals, patent landscape, and manufacturing capabilities of key players
5. Product Development and Innovation: Provides smart insights into future technologies, R&D activities, and breakthrough product developments

The report answers questions such as:
1. What is the market size and forecast of the Global Anti-tumor Drugs Market?
2. What are the inhibiting factors and impact of COVID-19 on the global anti-tumor drugs market during the forecast period?
3. What are the products/segments/applications/areas to invest in during the forecast period in the Global Anti-tumor Drugs Market?
4. What is the competitive strategic window for opportunities in the Global Anti-tumor Drugs Market?
5. What are the technological trends and regulatory frameworks in the global anti-tumor drugs market?
6. What is the market share of the major vendors in the global anti-tumor drugs market?
7. What modes and strategic moves are considered suitable for entering the Global Anti-tumor Drugs Market?
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Convicted payday loan tycoon Scott Tucker’s Leawood mansion is up for auction


Federal authorities are holding an auction this Thursday, April 21, of the Leawood home of convicted payday loan tycoon Scott Tucker.

Why is this important: It’s the latest attempt by federal authorities to claw back a fraction of the ill-gotten gains Tucker has amassed running various online payday loan businesses.

Tucker was sentenced in 2018 to 16 years in prison. His modernist Leawood mansion was featured in the Netflix documentary “Dirty Money,” which featured Tucker’s story in an episode of its first season.

The background: Tucker was found guilty of 14 counts, including wire fraud and money laundering, for his involvement in a $3.5 billion online payday loan scheme.

According to the US Department of Justice, from 1997 to 2013, Tucker made small, short-term, high-interest, unsecured loans, commonly known as “payday loans,” via the Internet.

His companies have charged up to 4.5 million people with predatory lending with illegally high interest rates of 700% and more.

The details: This week’s auction will take place online from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday.

A Department of Justice flyer says the starting bid has been set at $420,000 and a deposit of $100,000 will be required.

Located at 2405 W. 114th St. in Leawood, the home is in the Hallbrook Farms subdivision overlooking the golf course.

The property: Built in 2003 on 42,000 square feet of land, the 4,500 square foot mansion features 4 bedrooms, 4.2 bathrooms, kitchen with breakfast nook, great room and office, two fireplaces, patio, a second-floor loft and a four-car garage, according to the flyer.

There is also a 4,200 square foot basement that includes a media room, office, exercise room, game room with a bar, patio, and an additional four-car garage.

A season one episode of Netflix’s “Dirty Money” featured views of the property as Tucker sat down for an interview inside the house.

Netflix teased the episode as a look “behind … Scott Tucker’s lavish lifestyle” and his “secret lending empire built on tribal perks and poor patron profits”.

Capture : The Internal Revenue Service seized Tucker’s property in March 2019 in a bid to recover some of the billions of dollars customers were defrauded by his payday loan business.

In June 2019, more than 1,000 people visited the Leawood home to purchase Tucker’s possession for $85,626 at an estate sale.

Lionel Messi’s Argentina will face Neymar’s Brazil on June 11 at the MCG | Soccer News


The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will host one of football’s biggest clashes when Brazil and Argentina play a friendly match in June in preparation for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year.

Brazil and Argentina will return to the MCG, having last faced each other at the venue in 2017 when Lionel Messi’s Argentina beat their South American rivals 1-0 in front of 95,569 fans.

A statement on the MCG’s homepage said on Wednesday that “football fans in Melbourne and across Australia will witness the amazing skills of footballing giants Brazil and Argentina live when the two teams will face off for the 2022 Superclasico at the MCG on June 11.”

Recalling the 2017 clash between the two footballing giants, MCG said fans were then treated to Philippe Coutinho, Paulo Dybala and Gabriel Jesus across the two South American powerhouses as the MCG recorded its most large crowd for a football match, eclipsing the Liverpool FC and Melbourne Victory friendly in 2013.

The Superclasico was created in 2011 as a two-match series between the two nations, but was changed in 2014 to a one-off match at a neutral venue with previous matches played to record crowds.

The international matches played in a World Cup year are key to preparing teams for qualification, and Superclasico organizers expect Brazil (1st in the FIFA World Rankings) and Argentina (4th in the FIFA World Ranking) field their best available teams.

“Having two of the world’s most successful football teams return to the MCG to continue their longstanding rivalry solidifies our position as one of the world’s great sporting cities and Australia’s events capital,” said the Minister of Tourism, Sports and Majors. Events, Martin Pakula, said Wednesday.

“We are delighted to welcome two footballing giants back to the MCG to dazzle football and sports fans in general in Melbourne and Australia, and in a World Cup year no less,” said the manager. general of the Melbourne Cricket Club, Stuart Fox.

“It’s annoying not to work here”


Sebastien Stolkiners Viral is a young Argentinian In the last hours, following a post he shared on his Twitter account, he noted the difference between holidays in our country compared to Canada. After viral, 19 years oldCurrently living in Toronto, At that time, he provided additional details about his life. “The differences are significant,” he said of the day-to-day work between the two locations.

“Inside Canada We only have six holidays a year: New Years, Good Friday, Canada Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. In Argentina, Is there 19. This is how the country is,” he said. Tweet he wrote on April 17 This led to a debate that is still active today. In connection with this topic, and Conversation with the nation, Sebastian promised that his echo would surprise him and highlight the cultural differences that exist between Argentina and Canada. Financial studies at the University of TorontoShortly after graduating from high school at Colegio ORT.

Viral tweets in recent days about holidays in Argentina and CanadaCapture and

“People want to work because they earn well and have a good salary. Everyone thinks vacations are free, but no, they are paid. If it is low, there will be higher wages because companies are aware that they are losing productivity. Not going to work one day is not free, you kind of pay. “The Argentinian worker is less productive than workers in other countries. Canada has the highest GDP per capita”Plot.

According to StolkinersIt all has to do with the different perspectives on work in the two countries. “Inside Argentina Many work informally, Here it is completely different. You work, you have a salary and the minimum wage allows you to live well. There is a huge cultural difference. Anyone who doesn’t work is hated here,” he said.

On the other hand, he said he made a Comparison of Argentinian and Canadian holidays, and this figure astonished him altogether. “If you add the provincial holidays in Argentina, the count goes up… I decline. Here they usually work eight hours a day for five days and rest on weekends. The culture of adding holidays affects the economy, but that’s not the only problem. Add a little more to the current political, economic and social crisis. I see it as a map that shows why the country is like this. “He explained.

Sebastian moved to Toronto on August 28, 2021, with this photo he announced on TwitterTwitter screenshot

He advocated for the differences between the country of his birth and the country he lives in today “These are two hostile models”.

“There is no insecurity, no economic instability. The differences are very clear Go out on the street at any time, nothing will happen to you, not even the chance to save. People here don’t know the exchange rate with the dollar, and very few in Argentina don’t. ”

According to his own opinion, “Argentina’s economic conflict is the fault of misguided policies that have failed for decades.”. Beginning with that sentence, he listed: “Government intervention, issuing money to fund government spending, taxes… something is dysfunctional and there is something domestic. The problem, ultimately, Is it a lack of funding. Today, Argentina is an arid country. ”

In this sense, the Stolkiners insisted Various political parties in Canada And promised that they all have a common goal.

Sebastian Stolkiner, who has lived in Canada for more than a year, said unlike Argentina, all political groups have a common goal.
Sebastian Stolkiner, who has lived in Canada for more than a year, said unlike Argentina, all political groups have a common goal.Sebastien Stolkiner

“There is a lot of stability here. Unlike Argentina, all sides usually have plans for the future. Someone wins in Argentina and that changes everything. Everyone here believes in capitalism, the left parties are bourgeois parties, but there will be more government intervention. However, they all have a specific purpose,” he said.

Finally, although he supported The scholarship he received only lasted four years. His plan is to continue his career and continue his career in this country.

Francois Pinault and others to buy Deezer for $1.1 billion


Billionaire François Pinault and the other founders of Paris-based blank check company I2PO are buying music streaming platform Deezer for 1.075 billion euros ($1.16 billion) and plan to take it public, according to a Bloomberg report Monday April 18.

The combined entity will raise at least 120 million euros ($129.4 million) between original and new investors, and the entity plans to list Deezer in Paris once the deal closes, which is expected to happen around July, three people familiar with the deal told Bloomberg.

Deezer competes with Spotify, Apple Music and other music streaming platforms. Its biggest markets are France, Brazil and Germany and it wants to expand into the US and UK, the sources said. It is looking to expand through expanded partnership deals, including one it has with broadcaster RTL in Germany.

Additionally, Deezer aims to achieve profitability and 1 billion euros ($1.08 billion) in revenue by 2025, according to a statement from the company.

CEO Jeronimo Folgueira will retain his role after the merger, while chairman Guillaume d’Hauteville will be replaced by Iris Knobloch, one of the founders of I2PO and former Warner Media executive, before the end of the year. Banker Matthieu Pigasse, head of Centerview Partners in France, is the third founder of I2PO.

Deezer had canceled its previous attempt to launch an initial public offering (IPO) in 2015 due to market conditions.

Last week, ByteDance, operator of short video sharing platform TikTok and its Chinese cousin Douyin, launched music streaming app Qishui Yinyue (“soda music” in Mandarin) to compete with platforms operated by Tencent Holdings and NetEase.

Related: TikTok owner ByteDance is advancing the music streaming service on the continent

Qishui Yinyue works similarly to Resso, the ByteDance music streaming app introduced in some overseas markets three years ago.

The service offers over 10 million music songs, according to the app’s landing page on the App Store. It allows Douyin users to sync their favorite music playlists to the short video app. The app is still in beta phase, which requires an invite code.



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New Analysis from Global Industry Analysts Reveals Steady Growth in Vinyl Windows, with Market Expected to Reach 211.5 Million Units Worldwide by 2026


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Global Vinyl Window Market to Reach 211.5 Million Units by 2026
Vinyl windows offer many performance advantages over wood and metal windows. Vinyl windows perform remarkably well in terms of energy and thermal efficiency and can seamlessly reduce the heating and cooling costs of a home or building, while providing environmental benefits. Due to the polymeric properties of vinyl, vinyl windows resist rust, rot, corrosion, blistering, peeling, and infestation by termites or other insects. Interest in vinyl windows has increased dramatically over the past two decades, leading to a large injection of funds into technological developments and product improvements. Various innovations have been reported or are currently underway which primarily focus on the use of sophisticated technologies to extend functionality, efficiency, ease of use and new applications, as well as the increasing emphasis on further reduction prices. For example, unplasticized polyvinyl chloride (uPVC or PVCu) has become a highly viable, low-maintenance substitute for window frames and sills, replacing worn single-glazed windows and installing double glazing in the new buildings. These factors bode well for the market in the future, driving the adoption of vinyl windows in existing and emerging applications. Expanding application areas that include homes, commercial buildings, industrial facilities, educational institutions, and healthcare units, among others, are also driving the overall demand for vinyl windows.

The growth of the vinyl window market would be largely boosted by a stable economic scenario, increasing level of consumer wealth in many parts of the world, and sustainable industrialization efforts in developing countries. Vinyl windows are easier to deploy in new construction, although a significant portion of long-term demand would be for renovations. The market for new installations is driven by the growing number of new high-rise buildings that demand safe, efficient, comfortable and cost-effective construction technologies. New vinyl window and door installations are primarily dependent on the health of the construction industry and therefore any increase in construction activity automatically increases market opportunities. Modernization of existing buildings in developed markets such as the United States, Canada, France, and the UK, among others, is a major contributor to global revenue. Replacement demand is also driven by global “green” standards for infrastructure and other legal requirements that force buildings to become more energy efficient. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global vinyl window market estimated at 181.1 million units in 2022 is expected to reach a revised size of 211.5 million units by 2026, with a growing at a CAGR of 4.1% over the analysis period.

The US market is estimated at 47.7 million units in 2022, while China is expected 44.1 Million units reached by 2026
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Online payday loans same day deposit in California can be a great solution to make ends meet. In fact, they may be a reasonable option for resolving issues according to state law.

If you are interested in any type of cash advance, you should read the information below. This will help you make the right decision.

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A payday loan is a short term loan which aims to help you cover your sudden expenses until you receive your next paycheck. The best thing about it is access to quick cash. It can be easily deposited directly into your bank account after approval.

An average payday loan ranges from $100 to $500, although some lenders may have different limits. This is something you should check with the selected lender before submitting a loan application to them.

What are payday lenders in California?

All same day instant payday loans online in California are provided by direct lenders. These private financial institutions offer short-term loans that must be covered with interest and fees in a short period of time. This can be very beneficial as it helps people avoid certain problems.

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Fiji 7 outclass Samoa – FBC News


The Fiji 7s team demolished Samoa 45-5 in the first Vancouver 7s Cup semi-final and will face Argentina in the final at 12:58.

Fiji started with Josua Vakurunabili, Tevita Dagunu, Elia Canakaivata, Jerry Tuwai, Iowane Raturaciri, Kaminieli Rasaku and Vuiviawa Naduvalo.

Olympic gold medalist Vakurunabili put Fiji ahead with a try after three minutes after a patient buildup despite Samoa’s structured defense.

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Fiji’s defense was tested a minute later but they were rewarded with a counterattack inside their 22-yard line with Naduvalo running for their second.

Naduvulo got his second a minute later thanks to brilliant work from the restart for a 19-0 lead.

Just when many thought that was enough, Vakurunabili raced again for his second and fourth for the team after being set up by captain Daugunu for a 24-0 halftime lead.

The Samoans who were in impressive form in Vancouver were shocked by Fiji’s performance as the national team mastered restarts and left their opponents guessing.

Rasaku showed his strength when he ignored two defenders to score another try before Samoa’s Ioina Sione scored his first try.

Debutant Tira Welagi scored his first try of the World Series when he ran through the defense before Filipo Bukayaro had the last laugh.

Meanwhile, in another semi-final, Argentina beat Australia 24-12.

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Buenos Aires Weather | What We Learned This Week: April 9-16



Last month’s inflation was 6.7%, the national statistics office INDEC said midweek, the highest in 20 years. Annual inflation thus reached 55.1% with 16.1% so far this year. The key item of food and drink exceeded the overall average at 7.2% with double-digit increases recorded by education (23.6%) and clothing and footwear (10.9%). In a television interview on Monday, Economy Minister Martín Guzmán had forecast inflation in March to reach 6%, promising it would be “the highest this year”, but the final figure exceeded almost all expectations. The minister, who was again backed by President Alberto Fernández over the weekend, also made “clear political support” a condition for economic success and ruled out any agricultural export rights. Also on Monday, ahead of last month’s inflation announcement, City Hall said a family of four needed 90,467 pesos a month to escape poverty and 49,602 pesos to escape destitution. Poverty in this city was measured last year at 16.4% compared to 37.3% nationally.


The week began with the birth of Francisco Fernández Yañez (at 1:21 a.m. Monday, to be exact) at Otamendi Hospital, the second son of President Alberto Fernández and 27 years younger than his older brother. The president refused to take paternity leave and continued to work out of the hospital for three days, preventing Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (who congratulated the presidential couple with best wishes for their new offspring, also sending flowers) to replace him. Francisco, who weighed 3.5 kilos, was immediately made a member of the Argentinos Juniors football club when he was born.


Vice-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner on Wednesday inaugurated the Eurolat parliamentary assembly bringing together European and Latin American legislators with a controversial speech in which she reminded President Alberto Fernández that “receiving the presidential baton does not mean that you have the power” and complained about the law at her expense. More irrelevant, she described capitalism as the “most efficient system” with inequality “the product of political decisions or lack thereof.” Some of the visiting MPs criticized her speech as a partisan harangue below the level of institutional occasion, also questioning that she was targeting NATO rather than the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


Last Monday, Argentina officially joined China’s Belt and Road Initiative (often dubbed the Silk Road, which connected China to the outside world for more than 1,000 years between the Han and Tang dynasties), an alliance potentially providing access to US$23.7 billion to finance infrastructure projects according to the Foreign Office as well as the possible transfer of Beijing’s Special Drawing Rights from the International Monetary Fund. The memorandum of understanding to this effect, signed by Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero on February 4, was published in the Official Gazette last Monday. The Belt and Road already connects 139 countries (including 13 Latin American republics and all 54 African countries) to 70% of the world’s population, 75% of energy reserves and 55% of global economic output.


Picket activists failed to agree with the government on expanding social plans earlier this week and resumed protests midweek. The town hall has offered to strip the pickets disrupting traffic from their social plans. Monday’s talks, which lasted more than two hours, were led by Social Development Minister Juan Zabaleta on the government side and Polo Obrero leader Eduardo Belliboni on the picket lines, who are also demanding jobs and a food aid.


Transporters have been on strike all week to protest the shortage of diesel fuel and rising freight rates, crippling grain exports. An agreement was reached on Thursday. The city’s doctors went on a 36-hour strike last Tuesday to demand a 90% pay rise to beat inflation and working conditions.


The government decided last Tuesday to fire Luis Puenzo (winner of the 1984 Oscar for best foreign film with The Official History) at the head of the INCAA (Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales) following a noisy demonstration demanding his resignation, which ended in clashes with the municipal police and two arrests. The complaint against Puenzo was that he showed little or no interest in independent and inside film producers. The Minister of Culture, Tristán Bauer, stressed that “for this government, the production of national content is fundamental” in the defense of “cultural sovereignty”. Picket leader Eduardo Belliboni of Polo Obrero joined the protest.


The “blue” parallel dollar slid a single peso in a shortened week ending Thursday at 195 pesos from 196 the previous Friday while the official exchange rate fell from 117.25 to 118 pesos during the same period, as quoted by Banco Nación, or 195.34 pesos if the 65% surcharges for savers and tourists are included. The parallel but legal CCL (contado con liquidation) and Member of the European Parliament (electronic means of pages) the exchange rates both increased slightly from 189.50 and 190.36 pesos to 190.75 and 191.33 pesos respectively. Country risk fell below the 1,700 point mark, from 1,727 to 1,689 points.


The trial of the six youths accused of the February 28 Palermo gang rape was upheld last Tuesday and they will remain in jail, with the court arguing they could threaten the victim if released. Only half of the defendants have appealed so far.


The Argentine Navy received its fourth and last offshore patrol boat ARA Contraalmirante Cordero from French shipbuilders Naval Group in Concarneau, Brittany, on Wednesday. “These boats already contribute to the defense of the sovereign interests of Argentina”, comments a press release from the Navy. With a crew of 40 each, the patrol boats can spend more than three weeks at sea at speeds of over 20 knots (37 kilometers per hour), weighing 1,650 tons and 87 meters long.


Last Tuesday, the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, received the degree of doctor honoris causa from the hands of the Chancellor of the University of Córdoba, Hugo Juri, in New York. Despite such pressing emergencies as the Russian invasion of Ukraine “placing climate change at the mercy of geopolitics” in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the former Portuguese Prime Minister found time to deliver a speeches of several hundred words in thanks for the honor, showing knowledge of the Jesuit origins of the University of Córdoba over 400 years ago and previous recipients such as the late Shimon Peres and “my friend Felipe González”. He considered the honor extended to the UN as a whole rather than to himself, hailing the role of higher education in creating a better world.


A man traveling more than 15 kilometers on the 66 bus line from Greater Buenos Aires to Liniers was found dead at the end of the trip around noon Tuesday without any of his fellow travelers noticing him, thinking he was coming to fall asleep.

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Buenos Aires Weather | Waiting for Alberto and Cristina to find out


At 6.7%, Argentina’s monthly inflation rate is now at the level of the highest figures of the early 1990s, when then-President Carlos Menem and the Minister of Economy, Domingo Cavallo, were forced to resort to a currency board known as “convertibility”, which tied the value of the peso to the US dollar on a “one-to-one” basis to control hyperinflation. As President Alberto Fernández tends to his newborn son, Francisco, as well as First Lady Fabiola Yáñez at the official residence in Olivos, civil war within the ruling Frente de Todos coalition rages on, now the country is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. With Cristina Fernández de Kirchner making it clear where the real power lies in a speech this week, the president is looking to reshuffle his cabinet and revive his administration once again – but he’s unwilling to give Martín Guzmán the lead. to the Kirchnerites. by doing it.

The latest inflation figures released by the INDEC national statistics office are extremely disturbing. In a global context of rising prices, a consequence of the pandemic and the war between Russia and Ukraine, the figures for Argentina are among the highest in the world. They are also the result of internal tensions that have not been resolved at least by the three previous administrations, including this one. Guzmán and his team have recorded an annual inflation rate of 55.1% over the past 12 months, pushing annual expectations as measured by the Central Bank’s REM Expectations report north of 60% – the worst numbers seen since hyperinflation. While these numbers were expected, they raised the stakes for everyone involved.

The recent debt restructuring agreed with the International Monetary Fund provided for an annual range of 38-48% for price increases in 2022, meaning that one of the pillars of the agreement had been torn down even before the plan. does not come into action. Guzmán, who sits in the warmest seat in the house, looks confident. In a TV interview during the week, he reiterated the president’s support, saying it’s “obvious” he will stay in his post. The strongest words, spoken with his traditional sweetness, were aimed at the aforementioned internal adversaries, with Guzmán noting that they would govern “with those who are aligned with our economic plan”. The direct blow to the Kirchnerite bloc was preceded by calls for unity and political support, but it drew a line in the sand.

As journalist Rosario Ayerdi recently reported in Profile, Alberto was already working on a plan to “relaunch” his administration after the Easter weekend. He had no intention of consulting his vice president and political partner, and apparently was unwilling to move to the front line of his economic team, which also includes Productive Development Minister Matías Kulfas and Labor Minister Claudio Moroni. . Chief of Staff Juan Manzur is another tightrope walker, but President Fernández sees him as a “trophy minister” to show Peronist governors that he leads a federal administration. So, it looks like Alberto and his team may have second- and third-line officials in their sights. This could mean a direct confrontation with Vice President Fernández de Kirchner if he indeed plans to fire people like Secretary of Commerce Roberto Feletti or the recently formed “energy trio” of Secretary Darío Martínez, Undersecretary Federico Basualdo and the director of Enargas Federico Bernal. All three will be responsible for carrying out the aggressive hike in energy bills Guzmán agreed to with the IMF and which Cristina vehemently opposed, calling it an election killer. They all receive their political instructions from the Instituto Patria, the Kirchnerite think tank.

In the Kirchnerite field, no one responded directly to Guzmán’s apparent provocation. It was none other than The Dame herself who came to speak this week, however. Inaugurating the Assembly of the Euro-Latin American Congress, Fernández de Kirchner took the stage at the CCK Cultural Center in Buenos Aires to deliver one of her usual monologues on global geopolitics with thinly veiled darts aimed at the United States and other Western powers. Also, as usual, she used the international stage for domestic politics by noting that “receiving the presidential sash and baton” is not what real power is. “Trust me, I say this from experience,” she added, adding ironically that it’s even less powerful “not to do the things you’re supposed to do.” The implication was clear. “I’ll leave it there,” she added in an obvious message to Alberto. By making it clear to the president who holds the votes and the real power, CFK also brought attention back to her first term which found her in a similar position, with her husband Néstor passing on the job title but not the last word. Towards the end of his speech, for good measure, Fernández de Kirchner brought him back to his own personal issues. reminding the public that she had been persecuted by the “Judicial Party”, sending another message to the President. As long as the judiciary is on her heels, she will never let her guard down.

The civil war between Albertists and Kirchneristas paralyzed Argentina’s political agenda. Congress and the opposition are waiting for some sort of resolution. The President of the Lower House, Sergio Massa, the third wheel of this dysfunctional relationship, continues his balancing act. Without hiding his presidential aspirations before 2023, the idea of ​​a triumphant entry into the Cabinet to save the day has been circulating since the early days of the Fernández-Fernández presidency. Manzur beat him to the post of chief of staff, but turned out to be absolutely irrelevant, and the possibility of a centralized “super ministry of economy” under the control of the head of the Tiger seems to contradict the idea of not to give up the head of Guzmán. As usual, Massa keeps his cards close to his chest. Within the opposition coalition Juntos por el Cambio, the mayor of the city of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, continues to try to build a consensual candidacy around him, but everyone, from the neurosurgeon Facundo Manes to the former President Mauricio Macri is trying to pull the rug out from under him.

In the meantime, Alberto can continue to enjoy his baby Francisco and Cristina can spend time with her granddaughter Helena. The rest of us will just have to wait for them to find out.

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COVID stimulus checks made inflation worse


Inflation has surged across much of the developed world over the past year as COVID-19 lockdowns eased and pent-up demand for goods and services collided with the ongoing snafus of the supply chain.

But inflation is higher in the United States than just about anywhere else right now. Why this? That’s because the U.S. government has been relatively more generous during the pandemic, borrowing and spending trillions of dollars not just to fund COVID-relief efforts, according to a new paper by four San Francisco Federal Reserve economists. 19, but also to line the pockets of Americans with direct payments that increased the money supply and overheated the economy.

“Inflation rates in the United States and other developed economies have closely tracked each other historically,” the economists write in analysis released this week. “However, since the first half of 2021, US inflation has increasingly outpaced inflation in other developed countries. Estimates suggest that fiscal support measures designed to counter the severity of the economic effect of the pandemic may have contributed to this discrepancy.

Inflation in the United States has reached an annualized rate of 7.9% in February (March data will be released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics next week), a 40-year high. Meanwhile, inflation in similar countries like France (3.6%), Germany (5.1%) and the UK (5.5%) is significantly lower, according to Data of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a consortium of 38 wealthy world governments. (Across the OECD, the average annual inflation rate is about the same as in the United States, but this is due to the influence of outliers like Argentina, where prices have increased by more than 52% in the last 12 months.)

February’s world price data is not just a snapshot, but indicates a worrying trend. The Pew Research Center noted in November last year that prices in the United States were rising faster than almost anywhere else. Between the third quarter of 2019 (the last full economic quarter before COVID-19 was first identified) and the third quarter of 2021, the inflation rate in the United States increased by 3.58 percentage points. percentage, a larger change than in all but two of the 46 countries. nations included in the study.

Governments around the world have of course spent heavily to fight the pandemic, but few have distributed money directly to citizens as the US government has. The four Federal Reserve researchers observe large increases in “inflation-adjusted personal disposable income” – simply put, excess cash spending – reported by US households over the past two years. “Throughout 2020 and 2021, US households experienced significantly higher increases in disposable income compared to their OECD peers,” they said. write.

About $817 billion in direct payments to U.S. households have been disbursed in three rounds during the pandemic, according to the COVID money tracker managed by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonprofit organization that advocates for deficit reduction. The first round of stimulus checks was worth $1,200 per person and was approved under the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act in March 2020. Another round of checks for $600 was distributed to from December of the same year.

But the big blow came in early 2021, when the Biden administration imposed a series of $1,400 checks as part of the US stimulus package, passed by Congress in March 2021.

Although each round of direct checks had slightly different parameters for determining who would receive the payments, much of that $817 billion landed in the bank accounts of people who had never lost their jobs and were well above of the poverty line. Winning households up to $160,000 of joint income were eligible for the latest round of direct payments made in the first half of 2021 – and many progressives in Congress thought the threshold should have been even higher.

We are now reaping what Congress has sown. All that excess money is chasing the same number of goods. It’s a recipe for inflation straight out of any economics textbook. The four economists conclude that “US income transfers may have contributed to an increase in inflation of around 3 percentage points by the fourth quarter of 2021”.

It’s not a new idea, of course. Larry Summers, a top economic adviser to the Obama administration, warned of rising inflation more than a year ago. Passing another stimulus bill in the spring of 2021, Summers warned in a Washington Post editorial, “will trigger inflationary pressures of the kind we haven’t seen in a generation.” Other renowned economists, including a former president of the International Monetary Fund, offered similar warnings. The Biden Administration and Democrats in Congress did not listenAnd now here we are.

The value of this Federal Reserve analysis is that it does not look back in time and try to project what will happen, but looks at existing data to say what actually happened. Putting more money directly into Americans’ pockets and bank accounts has made inflation worse than it otherwise would have been.

In fairness, economists also point out that a less robust response to the pandemic may have caused a different kind of economic pain. “Without these spending measures,” they write, “the economy could have tipped into outright deflation and slower economic growth, the consequences of which would have been harder to manage.”

Any serious attempt to combat the current inflation crisis in the United States must be aware of this possible alternative reality – the grass is not necessarily greener on the other side.

But that doesn’t absolve the federal government – ​​from the White House to Congress to the Federal Reserve – of its role in making this mess worse. The whole world is suffering from a period of high inflation, but American policymakers have added an unusually high amount of fuel to the fire.

Eric Boehm is a journalist at Reason. This article first appeared on Reason.com.

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Chevron obtains a shale exploration concession in Argentina’s Vaca Muerta


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BUENOS AIRES, April 11 (Reuters) – Argentina‘s Neuquen province has awarded U.S. oil firm Chevron Corp (CVX.N) a new concession to exploit shale in the Vaca Muerta formation, with an investment in the pilot phase of $78.7 million, the local government said. in a statement Monday.

The company was awarded the concession as operator and holder of the 282.8 square kilometer El Trapial Este block.

The Vaca Muerta shale formation, which is the size of Belgium, is the fourth largest shale oil reserve in the world and the second largest for shale gas. Its development is essential for Argentina to reverse its huge energy deficit at a time when it must preserve its central bank’s scarce international reserves.

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“We are very excited to begin this new phase in our historic domain, and we look forward to continuing to build our commitment to the community and our presence in the country,” said Eric Dunning, general manager of Chevron in Latin America, in the press release. .

During the three-year pilot phase, the company plans to invest $65.7 million to drill, complete and commission five horizontal wells of 2,500 to 3,000 meters and 38 to 46 frac stages each. In addition, it will invest $13 million in infrastructure.

“We are connecting Neuquén to the world. This involves new development in the northern area of ​​Vaca Muerta, generating new jobs,” said Neuquén Governor Omar Gutierrez.

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Man City ‘in contact’ over transfer of River Plate midfielder Enzo Fernandez to join team-mate Julian Alvarez.


MANCHESTER City are reportedly in transfer talks with midfielder Enzo Fernandez as they look to form a young Argentinian duo with team-mate Julian Alvarez.

City have been negotiating with River Plate for some time, following the successful transfer of Argentina international striker Julian Alvarez in January, who is currently back in Argentina on loan.


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Journalist Sergio Gonzalez, via All about Argentina says the clubs are making progress in negotiations.

Fernandez is a defensive-minded midfielder and has been one of Argentina’s most successful players, putting himself in contention for the World Cup.

He is said to have a £20million release clause, a bargain price for a promising young midfielder.

Fernandez is also believed to be on the transfer radar for Arsenal and Manchester United, but City are in pole position.

Defensive midfielders command a high price in today’s market, and Fernandez could prove to be a cheap alternative to Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham, who are also linked with moves this summer.

The 21-year-old is a River Plate youth product and spent the 2020 season on loan at Defensa y Justicia.

Following that, he got a chance in the first team and hasn’t looked back since.

The youngster has made 20 appearances for River Plate this season, scoring two and assisting three goals on the season.

Fernandinho could be a player to leave Man City as his current contract expires this summer.


City and other Premier League sides will have to act smart for Enzo as they face competition from the continent’s elite.

Real Madrid are believed to be eyeing the Argentine, as they look for long-term replacements for their aging midfield trio.

City’s transfer priority this summer would be a midfielder, with Sporting’s Matheus Nunes in Portugal also linked.

City have also identified Erling Haaland as a long-term successor to Sergio Aguero, who left the club last summer.

Paraguay’s agricultural heritage: gift or potential curse?


After conquering Istanbul, the Ottomans extended their control over all of Eastern Europe and much of Western Asia. European empires were forced to find alternative trade routes to Asia. They invested in their navies in order to seek better trade, which eventually led them to discover new lands. Thus, the influx of new resources to Europe led to the colonial era and subsequently to the industrial revolution. Then the same industrial revolution enriched its opponents in terms of soldiers, money and raw materials and finally bankrupted the Ottoman Empire after 450 years of glory.

Paraguay has a long history of agricultural production. This cultural heritage will be very valuable in the near future due to the increasing demand and shortage of agricultural products.

Increasing agricultural production and reducing metropolitan problems have been pressing issues in recent decades, in both developed and developing countries. To this end, governments are trying to support farmers in every possible way and also doing their best to trigger a reverse migration of urban population to rural areas.

Paraguay already has fertile land suitable for the inhabitants and a well-established agricultural industry; in other words, it has the necessary agricultural population, areas reserved for agriculture and a very functional agro-food industry.

A local Paraguayan transports sugar cane by ox cart. (Photo Shutterstock)

But is it really an advantage to have a functioning agricultural industry and a very large part of the population working on the farms?

The bulk of the country’s export revenue comes from meat and soybeans, which are very water-intensive products. A soybean plant needs 3,800 millimeters to 6,300 millimeters (149 inches to 248 inches) of water during its life cycle, while the country receives an average of 1,300 millimeters of rain per year. A cow, on the other hand, consumes almost 7 tons of fresh water during its lifetime.

Is 7 tons of water worth less than the average income from a cow? The answer may be ‘yes’ now, but it will certainly turn to ‘no’ in less than a decade in a world that is on the verge of a severe water crisis.

At the dawn of a future of food and water scarcity, Paraguay has lost nearly 60% of its freshwater reserves over the past 60 years. Deforestation is also a big looming threat, with the forested percentage of the country’s land declining to 41% from 64% over the past 50 years. According to figures received from Global Forest Watch, 6 million hectares of forest have been lost over the past 20 years in order to produce more meat, soy and corn. All of these environmentally threatening activities have caused the climate to rise by 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) over the past 50 years, leading them into a future with less water and less efficiency. in food production and a higher temperature increase, creating a vicious circle.

Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world on the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.  (Photo Shutterstock)
Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world on the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. (Photo Shutterstock)

Potential unnatural threats

Paraguay shares more than 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) of border with Brazil, a military superpower in the region with 360,000 active and 2 million armed forces reservists, while Paraguay has only 13,000 active and 193,000 reserve.

From an economic perspective, Brazil is one of the 20 largest economies in the world with a nominal gross domestic product (GDP) of $2 trillion per year, while Paraguay has only $40 billion. dollars of GDP.

If we try to simulate the world of 2030, in the throes of a severe freshwater and food crisis, Brazil could be the biggest potential unnatural threat that Paraguay will face. Similar situations may apply to Argentina, the United States or other regional powers.

A similar case was experienced during the Second World War, from 1939 to 1945, between Finland and the USSR. The two countries share a border of more than 1,300 kilometers. In 1939, the Soviet army was 50 times larger than the Finnish army and according to the situation at the time, the Finns should not expect any help from their neighbors. They therefore received none.

Finland endured two epic battles against the Soviet armies using their national pride, sacrifice and geographical knowledge, until they discovered that resistance is not a permanent solution. They then flexed their muscles to convince Stalin that they were no threat. Finland’s diplomatic leaders established a successful relationship with the Soviets after World War II to neutralize potential threats.

Assessing the potential situation between Brazil and Paraguay, the geography and climate of the border regions between the two countries are quite different from those of the Finnish-Soviet border. Moreover, despite Finland’s small population at the time – 3.5 million people – the 120,000 men of the country’s armed forces held out against 500,000.

The Palacio de Lopez, a palace that serves as the seat of the President of Paraguay, can be seen in the capital Asuncion, Paraguay, July 15, 2018. (Shutterstock Photo)
The Palacio de Lopez, a palace that serves as the seat of the President of Paraguay, can be seen in the capital Asuncion, Paraguay, July 15, 2018. (Shutterstock Photo)

What can be done?

The first step must be to recognize that there is currently a crisis affecting the country’s forests, freshwater sources, climate and therefore its economy. The aspects and severity of the crisis can be understood by running possible future simulations or simply by evaluating current statistics.

Although this crisis may be the result of ongoing government policies or an act of God, responsibility should be accepted by the authorities.

There are measurable and immeasurable ways to deal with a crisis. Immediately after the first Soviet threat to Finland, the whole country recognized the threat and united in taking a stand. This conscious effort continued after World War II, with some families donating their wedding rings to the government to help pay off debts the country owed to the Soviet Republic.

Along with government authorities, the people of Paraguay should also recognize that there is a current crisis that will threaten their lands, their food sources and the near future of their children.

A farmer drives a tractor over a winding wooden bridge, in Colonia Independencia, Paraguay, June 20, 2018. (Photo Shutterstock)
A farmer drives a tractor over a winding wooden bridge, in Colonia Independencia, Paraguay, June 20, 2018. (Photo Shutterstock)

Against the threats of nature

Almost every country in history has acted when a crisis hit, not before. In an economy dependent on agricultural products and a country endowed with cultural heritage, land and demography suitable for agriculture, the practical decision would be to invest in modern agricultural techniques to reduce the deterioration of natural resources and increase the effectiveness of financial and natural sources.

The current situation of the country should be examined and the best model for its geographical, economic, demographic and cultural characteristics should be applied.

Against unnatural threats

The Finnish way to neutralize the Soviet threat was to act first with resilience and then with flexibility as a nation, and to make peace with the Soviets after the war. The leaders established good relations with the Soviet leadership and tried to convince them that they were not a threat but a friendly ally.

Paraguay, contrary to its own history, now enjoys good relations with its neighbors. More than 50% of Paraguay’s export earnings depend on it. The country is located in the middle of the continent where its connection to the outside world is made possible by Brazil and Argentina.

Paraguay’s situation is unique, as it depends on its neighbors both economically and logistically, having the smallest armed forces and being one of the smallest economies in the region, they may need to eliminate potential future threats that could emerge because of its neighbours.

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Wheat prices in Chicago fell early last week on hopes that the latest round of peace talks between Russia and Ukraine is moving forward.

However, the attacks continued and the markets firmed mid-week. This decision was more moderate, in anticipation of USDA quarterly stocks and potential planting reports (released Thursday, March 31).

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The May 22 contract ended the week $43.26/t lower at $361.71/t.

Wheat estimates were broadly in line with trade expectations, although a reduction in expected stocks provided some support. With the approach of the new week, the markets again show their nervousness.

Limited rail exports from Ukraine are struggling with backlogs, worsening an already strained situation. In addition, Kazakhstan plans to limit its grain and flour exports, following the ban on their shipments by Russia.

Global new crop corn markets have rebounded higher since the USDA potential plantings report. With an estimated area of ​​36.22 Mha, this represents a decline of 2.7% compared to the average commercial estimate. With rising input costs apparently pushing growers to prefer soybeans to corn, the reduction in acreage has exacerbated problems with the availability of new crops.

Although Ukraine has announced that spring planting is underway, it is still unclear how much will be devoted to maize, rather than oats, peas and barley.

The demand for bioethanol for corn also remains strong. The US administration is considering allowing summer sales of E15 and news also broke on March 23 that Brazil was lifting its 18% tariff on US ethanol imports through the end of the year .

UK feed wheat futures fell last week. The May 22 contract closed the week at £12.80/t, at £303.20/t. November 22 also slipped, down £10.00/t, to £258.55/t (Friday March 25 to Friday April 1).

Physical domestic prices followed this decline, with delivered feed wheat (Avonmouth, May 22 delivery) falling £4.00/t over the week to £312.00/t. However, trading would be muted as we head into the final quarter of the season. Concerns remain for the end of the season, should the new UK harvest be delayed. Trade also remains very weak for feed barley, as no price could be released last week.

Price declines were more subtle for bread wheat deliveries, with April deliveries in the North West down £2.50/t on the week to £362.00/t.

As the rapeseed supply and demand situation remains tight, underlying support will remain for the market. In particular, if Ukrainian sunflower plantations are reduced, oil demand could shift to rapeseed oil in the longer term.

Despite the relatively bearish reports from the USDA for soybeans, concerns over oil/oilseed supplies from the Black Sea could offer underlying support.

World oilseed markets remain relatively volatile. Last week, expected US quarterly inventory data and forward planting figures were released.

For soybeans, the reports were bearish and subsequently Chicago futures fell on Thursday and Friday. That said, the drop comes from historically high positions, so prices have remained relatively high year-to-date. March stocks were pegged at 52.56 Mt, 1.5% above trade estimates from a Refinitiv survey. Potential plantings were estimated at 36.81 Mha, some 2.5% above the average trade estimate.

The 2021/22 Brazilian soybean harvest was 75.8% complete as of March 26, compared to 69.8% last year (Conab). However, in Argentina, the harvest is only 4.4% complete and recent frosts may have hampered yield prospects, reducing prospects for the 2021/22 harvest.

Export sales from the United States appeared to slow with only 132.0Kt of 2021/22 soybeans sold (to China) last week, compared to 690.2Kt the previous week. There were also new crop sales in Mexico last week. That said, if export volumes pick up, we could see US equities tighten further as we approach the end of the year.

Oil markets saw downward moves last week. Brent crude oil (nearby) lost $16.26 a barrel from Friday to Friday, dragging Malaysian palm oil down with it. The benchmark contract (close +3) closed Friday at $1,322.72/t, the lowest since February 18.

However, in the EU, sunscreen oil supply shortages could offer support for other vegetable oils.

Despite the negative data on U.S. soybean plantings, concerns remain for the broader global oilseed complex. Ukrainian farmers are said to be planting spring crops and were ahead of spring 2021 last week.

However, it is unclear which crops are currently prioritized. Sunflower plantations influence world oilseed markets due to their relative importance. Ukrainian sunflower production accounts for around 30% of world production, but it is mainly grown in the center and east of the country.

Updates on sunflower plantations could help steer the market, as Ukraine’s sunscreen oil supply will also influence vegetable oil markets.

Old crop rapeseed futures in Paris followed the decline in broader oil and oilseed markets last week. However, the global supply

the picture remains tight for 2021/22. Grains Strategy reduced its estimate of EU27 rapeseed ending stocks in its latest report to 0.7Mt.

Despite lower oil prices (mentioned above), potential solar oil shortages are likely to shift EU demand towards rapeseed oil. Rapeseed oil is already in demand by the industrial sector and increased demand from the food industry will support rapeseed oil prices and therefore seed prices. – excellent condition. However, conditions have deteriorated somewhat since November, when 78% of the crop was rated as good to excellent.

New crop rapeseed prices have seen some support. The Paris November 22 rapeseed futures contract gained €15.25/t from Friday to Friday.

There is no weekly comparison for rapeseed delivered to Erith (November delivery), but quoted at £669.50/t, it is up £38.00/t from the previous fortnight. It’s also up 71% (£278.50/t) year-on-year.

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EMERGING MARKETS – Latam FX to end 5-week winning streak as Peruvian soil lifted by rising rates

    * Peru c.bank hikes interest rate to 13-year high
    * MSCI Latam FX index heads for 0.4% weekly fall
    * Brazil March inflation hits in 28-year high
    * Chile March inflation surges to highest since 1993

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    By Shreyashi Sanyal and Anisha Sircar
    April 8 (Reuters) - Latin American currencies were set for
their first weekly decline in six on Friday as the dollar
strengthened on worries of aggressive Federal Reserve action,
while Peru's sol was supported by a sharp interest rate hike. 
    The MSCI's index for Latin American currencies
 was set for weekly falls of 0.4%, though it rose
about 1% on the day. 
    Currencies in the resource-rich South and Central American
regions have been gaining for the last five weeks due to tighter
monetary policies, lack of direct exposure to the conflict in
Ukraine and a sharp rise in commodity prices. 
    "After starting 2022 near parity, developed markets became
increasingly riskier than emerging markets... DMs have
underperformed EMs, and DM’s total risk remains above that of
EM," said Diana Baechle, principal of applied research at
financial intelligence firm Qontigo.
    But as the United States and other developed markets embark
on monetary tightening cycles, investors fear that those rising
rates could drain capital from higher-yielding and riskier
emerging markets, weighing on their currencies.
    Fed minutes this week highlighted the need for more hikes
through the year, and the dollar index against a basket of other
hard currencies rose to 100 for the first time in nearly
two years.
    The sol gained 0.2% after Peru's central bank raised
its benchmark interest rate 50 basis points to 4.5% on Thursday.
    It is the highest rate since 2009, as authorities battle
stubborn inflation that has sparked angry protests and rattled
center-left President Pedro Castillo's administration.

    The country's economy is still being weighed down by
protests hitting copper mines, a central bank official said
    The Brazilian real gained 1% against the
dollar. Data showed inflation in March was the highest in 28
years as higher fuel prices weighed on the economy.
    Chile's peso slipped 1.1%. Data showed consumer
prices rocketed 1.9% in March, the highest monthly rise in
almost thirty years.
    Mexico had posted red-hot inflation figures in Thursday,
with its peso up 0.5% on the day.
    These reports suggested that even as markets rallied on th