German Chancellor Angela Merkel has threatened Russia with new sanctions unless Moscow is engaged in talks to find a diplomatic solution to the political crisis in Ukraine. said that if no progress was made by March 17, EU foreign ministers would impose the measures, including visa bans and asset freezes.
US President Barack Obama and his economic team are discussing options on how to damage Russia’s economy, The New York Times reported. Obama’s sanctions plan against Russia has worried major American companies unwilling to lose business to competitors.
Wall Street's average cash bonus swelled last year to its highest since the financial crisis and the third largest on record, New York State's budget watchdog said on Wednesday. The cash bonus pool jumped 15 percent to $26.7 billion in 2013, pushing the average cash bonus was $164,530...
US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt declared that the United States would not recognize the results of the “so-called referendum” as it regards Crimea. threatened further steps against Russia. US and the EU were in complete agreement that harsher sanctions could follow the referendum.
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food; current global food system needs to be "radically" and "democratically" changed to alleviate global hunger over profits of monopolized industrialization, pesticide-heavy agribusiness corporations. System led to loss in biodiversity, soil erosion, pollution.
State Utilities Commission will have final say on whether Duke’s 3.2 million customers will foot the bill for $1 billion effort, households to pay between 75 cents a month for 15 years. Coal ash is waste left after burning coal that contains over a dozen toxic heavy metals; arsenic, mercury, lead.
Colorado Department of Revenue: collected $1.4 million from a 10 percent sales tax on marijuana, as well as $416,690 from the state’s normal 2.9 percent sales tax. Another $195,318 came in through an excise tax. $14 million in total retail marijuana sales for January.
Peace activists in Britain are seeking to legally pursue two international weapons dealers who put illegal torture equipment on display at the 2013 DSEI arms fair in London. Illegal equipment including leg irons and stun batons. Products they were marketing were banned under British law.
Tens of thousands rallied in the country’s capital Sunday to protest against the nuclear industry and speak out against the government’s plans to resume nuke energy production to power the economy. Today, there is no electricity flowing in Japan that is made at nuclear plants.
United States and France have warned of possible new measures against Russia if Moscow fails to make progress on defusing the crisis in Ukraine. Russia said it will not capitulate to the Western countries' language of threats and sanctions over Ukraine. Pentagon suspended military ties with Russia.
. Justin King, chief executive officer of UK grocer J Sainsbury Plc, says that ‘most people aren’t against GMO,’ but that they just need to be convinced genetically modified and transgenic crops are good for them. Significant minority vocally and vehemently against it, vast majority tcould be persuaded.
US threats against Russia over Ukraine are “purely superficial” as Washington has no “leverage over Moscow. Russia could simply turn off the gas to Europe and it would throw the entire continent into an uproar, would create chaos.
A source in the Ukrainian government confirmed that the transfer of the gold reserves of Ukraine to the United States was ordered by the acting PM Arseny Yatsenyuk.
A woman saw what she thought was a homeless man sleeping on a bench outside of a church called the police on him. The homeless man turned out to be a statue called Homeless Jesus. She said the statue is “inappropriate,” and that Jesus was not homeless.
By a more than three-to-one margin on Tuesday, communities voting on whether to support the creation of a public bank in Vermont approved the idea, calling for the state legislature to establish such a bank and urging passage of legislation designed to begin its implementation.
Ukraine’s new prime minister, Arseny Yatsenyuk,:government would do its best to avoid default, expects EU/IMF economic stabilization package soon. European Commission offered Ukraine 11 billion euro loan if Kiev agrees a deal with IMF. Help from IMF or World Bank normally includes drastic austerity measures
Smart Balance will remove genetically modified organisms from their butters and spreads, follows the precedent set by General Mills to remove GMOs from one of its main cereals: Cheerios. o 80% of processed foods in the US contain genetically modified organisms.
Two men were found guilty of stealing an American company's secret recipe for making a chemical used to whiten products from cars to the middle of Oreo cookies and selling it to a competitor controlled by the Chinese government.
Russian energy giant Gazprom increased the price of gas supplies to Ukraine. In the past Russian president Putin granted Ukraine discount on its gas supplies. Deal renegotiated every three months, not renewed. Ukraine not able to pay debts in full, owe $2bn, pressure on Kiev.
Russia’s top natural gas producer Gazprom: Ukraine informed company it could not pay for February gas deliveries. Ukraine managed to redeem $10 million on total debt of $1.529 billion. No repayment possible, country will default, gas shut off looming. Ukraine may get no Russian gas, price discount ends.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) shocked CNN host Kate Bolduan on Wednesday when he asserted that Congress and President Barack Obama could solve the crisis in Ukraine by approving the Keystone XL pipeline, should move forward on natural gas exports very quickly.
Russian lawmaker working on bill that would freeze assets of European, American companies operating in Russia in reply to Western economic sanctions. Separate federal bill would allow Russian government to confiscate foreign owned property, in Russia, including assets of private companies.
Europeans have powerful reasons not to sanction Moscow. Europe depends on Russia’s gas, Moscow exercises strong influence over Germany, the most important economy in Europe.
Russian soldiers in Ukraine since late 1990s in accordance with a Kiev-Moscow agreement, stationed in Crimea over a decade. Moscow annually writes off $97.75 million of Kiev’s debt for right to use Ukrainian waters, radio frequency resources, environmental impact caused by Black Sea Fleet operations.
Russia: will retaliate against any sanctions United States impose on Moscow over Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: criticized West’s threats of “sanctions, boycotts, Russian troops in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula necessary to protect country’s citizens.
Germany is Russia's most important trading partner, mostly in oil and energy. 5,000 German companies with operations in Russia. Sweden, Baltic states, Poland want tough sanctions against Russia. France, willing to give diplomacy a chance. Stock markets in Russia plummet to lowest in five years.
Each of Russia’s 13 gold medalists given a Mercedes GL-Class SUV (worth $146,000) in addition to $120,000 in cash. The 11 silver medalists were awarded with a Mercedes ML-Class (worth $99,500) and $76,000. 9 bronze medalists drove away in their Mercedes GLKs (worth $59,500) with $52,000.
The ad for MarijuanaDoctors.com, which bills itself as a service through which residents in states that have legalized the use of medical marijuana can find certified providers, began airing on Monday in New Jersey and Chicago, and has been seen on networks including AMC, Comedy Central, ESPN and Fox.
Stock markets have plunged in the US, Europe and Russia amid political tension over the crisis in Ukraine. Global stocks slumped on Monday as Western powers threatened Russia with “sanctions and boycotts” because of its deployment of troops to the Crimea region of Ukraine.
Obama administration is said to be preparing to announce yet another delay in implementing the Affordable Care Act. plans to allow insurance companies to continue selling plans that would otherwise be banned under the law, plans that do not meet Obamacare’s minimum coverage requirements.
Russia could reduce to zero its economic dependency on the United States if Washington agreed sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine, Kremlin aide said Tuesday, warning that the American financial system faced a “crash” if this happened. emerge from sanctions with great benefits.
Russia faces "significant diplomatic and economic costs" unless it stops threatening the integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, the UK foreign secretary, William Hague, has warned, adding that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, needs to return his forces to their barracks in Crimea.
Government filed a complaint against Sprint in US District Court in San Francisco on Monday, says that government agencies, like the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration, were allegedly overcharged $21 million for wiretaps by Sprint, inflated its charges by 58 percent.
Gazprom: “Simmering political tensions in Ukraine,aggravated by inadequate economic conditions, may cause disruptions of gas supplies to Europe. Could cancel gas supply discount for Ukraine. Overdue debt; $1.5 billion for last year’s supplies, current deliveries. Ukraine asked Russia for deferral of payments.
TraqCloud, new, cheaper way to track anyone or anything using GPS. Marketed for luggage or kid tracking. Use against suspected cheating love interest, sneaky business partner, or local law enforcement. Now simple and inexpensive. Real-time location reporting. Size of a deck of cards
Ukraine’s interim government wants $15 billion rescue from International Monetary Fund. officials from emergency lender on 10-day visit to shape bailout. Ukraine’s newly appointed economy minister, Pavlo Sheremeta: aiming for a two-year IMF loan modeled on Ukraine’s previous bailout program.
Pentagon’s budget proposal for next year announce by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Department of Defense (DoD) must shift focus, capabilities from “fighting grinding ground conflicts” to “new arenas of combat, more expenditures on computer-based technologies and special operations.
European Union (EU) called on Russia to pull its military forces back from Ukraine or risk consequences in relations with (EU). Called on Moscow to start talks with new officials in Kiev. Russia says it sent troops to Crimea after Prime Minister requested Moscow help establish peace and security.
Governor Mark Dayton (D) willing to sign the bill only if law enforcement agencies in state support it. Legislative bodies are for creating laws, police there to enforce them. Could lessen chances of state receiving federal dollars to fight War on Drugs.
Britain's biggest arms company BAE Systems has concluded a deal to sell 72 Eurofighter Typhoon jets to Saudi Arabia following years of negotiations. BAE, said the public was “never going to know” how much the Saudis would pay for them. Saudi Arabia has recently increased its arms purchases.
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