France decided to crack down on people who make cash payments and withdrawals who hold small bank accounts. The reason given was to “fight terrorism. Spain outlawed cash transactions over €2,500 Israel seeks to end use of cash, announced plan to do away with cash transactions in Israel.
Tyson Foods, largest poultry producer in the nation is set to stop feeding its chickens antibiotics that are used for people by 2017.
Federico Eichberg, Task Force on Foreign Investments at the Ministry of Economic Development: Italy will not support continuation of economic sanctions against Russia. Italian Minister of Economy and Finance Pier Carlo Padoan: "sincerely hope we will cancel sanctions soon as possible, economic partnership between Italy and Russia will continue to grow."
Social Security and Medicare under attack from Wall Street, conservatives, and free market economists claims these programs are unaffordable and the programs can be run more efficiently at less cost if privatized. The programs are disparaged as “entitlements.” The word has come to imply that entitled people are getting something at great cost to everyone else, have become conflated with welfare. Social Security and Medicare are financed by an earmarked payroll tax paid by employees.
The Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox played a game in an empty Camden Yards for zero fans due to security concerns amidst protests and civil unrest in Baltimore. Despite the lack of fans, the team still opted to go through with the general stadium fanfare. Scoreboard was on, and they played the national anthem.
Disney cut well-paid longtime staff members, some who had been previously singled out for excellence, as it shifted work to contractors. These contractors used foreign labor, mostly from India. Some were literally flown in the day before. The laid-off workers believe the primary motivation was cost-cutting.
loans supplied by eurozone and International Monetary Fund amount to €226.7bn (about 125 per cent of GDP), two-thirds of total public debt went not to benefiting Greeks but to avoiding writedown of bad loans to the Greek government and Greek banks. 11 per cent of the loans financed government activities. 16 per cent on interest payments. The rest on capital operations of various kinds. Germany has gained enormous amount from its position in the EU.
The White House refused to release information about a secret policy that permits the Department of Homeland Security to shut down private cellphone service in the event of a national crisis. Enacted ten years ago without public notice or debate, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 303, shrouded in secrecy, civil liberties groups looking to make the policy public.“We have no clue what’s in it or what it’s about,” Harold Feld; Public Knowledge, a public interest advocacy group.
Citibank recently announced that they were going to swap $1 billion for a portion of Venezuela’s gold. Nicolas Maduro’s cash-strapped regime is so desperate for revenue, that they’ve agreed to pawn 1.4 million ounces of gold, which amounts to $714 per ounce.
Core problem for Greece, it is completely out of money, local municipalities have mutinied,told the government they would not hand over their cash to the central bank without their own conditions being met first. Greece does not have the €1 billion in cash to fund May payments to the IMF, but it is short €400 million for wage and pension payments.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency in Baltimore and activated 5,000 National Guard troops Monday evening after popular anger erupted in the city over police violence and poverty. Baltimore, with a population of 620,000, is located only 40 miles from the US capital, Washington, DC.
In the next two years robots will be used to bolster police forces patrolling malls and other public areas.
A Danish study found that chemicals found in pizza boxes and burger wrappers could increase risk of miscarriage up to 16 times. Of 392 women assessed before the twelfth week of pregnancy, 56 women who suffered a miscarriage have much higher levels of these water and grease-resistant chemicals, called perfluorinated alkylated substances (PFAS), in their blood. PFAS used widely in greaseproof food packaging, in fast food and microwaveable popcorn. The chemicals also used in outdoor clothing to provide waterproof qualities.
The BRICS group of countries, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, is playing a positive role in "forming a fair world order," speaker of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house, Sergei Naryshkin.
International energy giant Shell lobbied the European Union to opt for the use of natural gas instead of striving toward renewable energy, the Guardian reported citing private correspondence.
The Iranian Navy has reportedly seized a Marshall Islands-flagged ship with 24 crew members on board. It was previously reported by media that it was a US vessel, though the Pentagon denied those claims.
2006: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott refused to vaccinate his daughters who just ruled there are no more exemptions from vaccines in Australia. No more conscientious objections, religious exemptions. Only the rare medical exemption, permitted by a doctor. Every family who refuses vaccinations for their children will lose up to $15,000 per year, per child, in federal support money. Every family in Australia is eligible for federal money.
Colombias Health Ministry is recommending the immediate suspension of aerial spraying of a herbicide thats the cornerstone of U.S.-financed efforts to wipe out cocaine crops. The ministry based its decision on the reclassification last month of glyphosate as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization's research arm. It said it was acting in accordance with a constitutional court ruling that it take precautions whenever credible health risks are apparent.
Around 90% of people aren’t getting enough of an important nutrient that could prevent Alzheimer’s and other degenerative neurological diseases. It is found in olive oil, and in almonds, sunflower seeds and avocados. This all important nutrient is Vitamin E.
Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said a number of miners, protesting in the country’s capital of Kiev since last week, has been arrested, but did not specify the number. Last week, Ukrainian coal miners stages several protest rallies in Kiev and announced a strike demanding repayment of delayed wages and resignation of Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Vladimir Demchishin.
Russian battle armor manufacturers have outfitted their latest vehicles with cutting-edge electronic systems allowing for the gathering and analysis of battlefield data from multiple sources in the blink of an eye.
1,000 police officers on their way to Baltimore, Maryland National Guard is on standby as violence escalates in the city. Armored police vans are patrolling the streets. Rioters are looting gun stores, ripping off the doors and passing weapons to people on the streets. Others have stormed checking cash stores. Buildings on fire.
The FBI recently admitted that “nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.” One of the most egregious cases to come to light is the case of Santae Tribble, who served 28 years in prison after hair analysts couldn’t tell dog hair from human hair.
The United States government has lowered fluoride levels in drinking water for the first time in 50 years following research by Harvard and other institutions that high exposure to fluoride can lower your IQ and wreak havoc on your body.
Putin accused some of Russia's "quasi-partners" on Monday of counting on the country's collapse by cutting its banks off from the global financial system at a time when oil prices had plunged. Putin: "Apparently someone was counting on some sort of collapse," "No collapse happened. The Russian economy is easily overcoming these artificial barriers. The peak of [debt] payments has passed. If someone counted on causing some kind of collapse, nothing came of it."
Russia suspects companies in Bulgaria of using false documents to bypass the ban by labeling products from Europe as coming from countries not affected by the ban, such as China, Brazil and Morocco, says it will tighten an existing ban on import of fruits and vegetables from Europe through Bulgaria.
Iraqi volunteer forces, known as Hashid Shaabi, discovered Israeli-made weapons at Islamic State (ISIL) positions in the Iraqi province of Anbar on Thursday, according to Al-Mayadeen television, Fars News Agency reported.
German Finance Minister Schaeuble hinted that Berlin was preparing for a possible Greek default. Greek euro exit would be good in the long term because European contracts would regain their validity and Greece could regain its competitiveness.
Pollination of apples in Maoxian has to be completed within five days in order for the trees to bear fruit. Every year thousands of villagers arrive for the arduous task of meticulously pollinating every single blossom by hand. Using homemade pollination sticks made from chicken feathers and cigarette filters dipped into plastic bottles filled with pollen, a single person can pollinate five to ten trees in a day.
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis made clear that his government was ready to impose extensive pension cuts and labour market “reforms” in order to reach an agreement with the troika (European Union, International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank.
Iranian researchers have produced a nano-drug which has proven effective in battling treatment resistant cancers. Research has proven that curcumin, which is found in turmeric, has anti-cancer and cancer preventing properties apart from its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties,
Baltimore police in riot gear wrestled to the ground and beat a photographer for the City Paper at a Freddie Gray protest as bystanders screamed at the cops that he was with the press.
Last week, the Greek government issued a decree which called for local governments to transfer excess cash to the central bank so that Athens would be able to pay pensions, salaries, and the IMF. The move is expected to raise as much as €2 billion to help keep the country afloat. Tax authorities have started seizing the deposits of small debtors.
"Three billion [dollars] of taxes is what we did not get, and losses [as a result of military action] make dozens of billions."Kiev stopped making social benefit payments to Donetsk and Lugansk regions last July. In November 2014,Ukrainian government imposed an economic blockade on Donbass.
Clashes have broken out in Baltimore’s Camden Yards as demonstrators began throwing bottles at police and smashing cars. Thousands of marchers took to the streets to protest the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died after being detained by police.
House Bill 593 makes it mandatory for police officers to receive four hours of canine-encounter training. This training will include the understanding of a dog’s body language, its types of aggression, and how to approach it. Texas already approved preliminary legislation in the State House after a Fort Worth police officer fatally shot a border collie last year. The law is now awaiting approval by the Texas Senate.
State Representative Carol Alvarado from Houston has filed HB 3499, a GMO labeling bill that would require all food sold in Texas to be clearly marked to inform the consumer that they contain genetically modified ingredients.
Record $2.5 billion settlement paid by Deutsche Bank to U.S. and U.K. authorities for its rate-rigging role in the massive LIBOR scandal, some noted that the fine—while large—suggests that some institutions are still considered "too big to jail."
400 medical professors threatening to boycott its publications unless Reed Elsevier, publishers of The Lancet, by company sacks editor Richard Horton – or as they phrase it,“enforce appropriate ethical standards of editorship”. Committed the sin of reporting on the medical implications for Palestinians of Israel’s occupation, especially its attack on Gaza last summer.
China hopes that the new Silk Road will boost political ties from the Pacific to the Baltic Sea and cut barriers to trade and investment.
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