Day: June 15, 2020

Boris Johnson calls on EU to put ‘a tiger in the tank’ of Brexit talks, as deal hopes rise

Boris Johnson during the video talks with the presidents of the three major EU institutions and Michel Barnier, the bloc's chief negotiator. - Andrew Parsons/Downing Street
Boris Johnson during the video talks with the presidents of the three major EU institutions and Michel Barnier, the bloc’s chief negotiator. – Andrew Parsons/Downing Street

Boris Johnson has called on the three EU presidents to put a “tiger in the tank” of Brexit negotiations and said he sees “no reason” why a deal cannot be done in July. 

There was renewed optimism in London and Brussels about the prospects of finally breaking the deadlock over fishing, the level playing field guarantees and the European Court of Justice after the video call, which was held online because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

“I don’t think we are actually that far apart,” the Prime Minister said, “but what we need to see now is a bit of oomph in the negotiations.”

“The faster we can do this, the better. We see no reason why you shouldn’t get that done in July,” the

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Public schools at risk over states’ projected budget deficits due to coronavirus

States face an estimated $615 billion budget deficit over the next three years due to the economic fallout from COVID-19 — a shortfall that could rival the deficits seen after the 2008 recession and could threaten to throw the nation’s public schools into crisis, according to projections by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which were provided to lawmakers on Monday.

The estimates, featured in testimony for a hearing by the congressional House Education and Labor Committee, are particularly worrisome for schools in low-income areas that more frequently rely on state funds over funding from local property taxes.

“State funding typically reduces disparities between wealthy and poor school districts, so cuts in that funding magnify those disparities,” said Michael Leachman, CBPP’s vice president for state fiscal policy, in his prepared statement.

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic collapse have devastated impoverished communities and people of color — and the

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Neighbours reveals turning point for Mackenzie and father Grant

Neighbours spoilers follow.

It looks like there are tricky times ahead for Mackenzie Hargreaves and her estranged father Grant in upcoming Neighbours episodes. But could there be a turning point?

Grant (Paul Mercurio) has struggled to accept Mackenzie’s transition, but Mackenzie (Georgie Stone) is cautiously optimistic they can get their relationship back on track when he reaches out with a friend request online and arranges to visit Erinsborough.

Unfortunately, little does Mackenzie know that the real reason for the visit is that Grant has suffered an injury and is seeking Toadie’s legal advice.

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Things soon start to look up as Mackenzie begins to spend some time with Grant and she starts to get excited about their blossoming relationship – but is everything as it seems?

Later, Mackenzie and Grant make tentative strides in their

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Tens of thousands return to England’s high streets as non-essential shops reopen

Tens of thousands of people have poured onto England’s high streets as non-essential shops were allowed to reopen for the first time since lockdown began.

While many of those who stepped out despite coronavirus fears to engage in some long-awaited retail therapy cited concerns about looming job losses in the sector and a need to restart the economy, the overwhelming sense was of people urgently seeking to regain a sense of normality after 11 weeks in stasis.

Despite the busy street scenes captured across the country, with reports of overnight queues which sometimes remained throughout the day, the unseen majority will have remained at home, with some newly returned employees questioning why customers were physically shopping rather than purchasing online.

A leap towards the ”new normal” pledged by ministers was perhaps the prevailing theme of the day, evident in the extensive range of new measures taken by stores to keep

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What It’s Actually Like inside Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone

Media outlets left and right have turned their spotlight to an emerging “nation” in one Seattle neighborhood: the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), a six-block occupied space that a group of Antifa, anarchists, and progressive community activists took by force. But a lot of them are getting key details wrong in their coverage.

After several nights of tense, violent protests in the area around the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct building, Mayor Jenny Durkan made the controversial decision to pull the barricades and officers defending the precinct. After hastily removing important documents, expensive equipment, and personal items, the building was boarded up, fenced off, and abandoned completely. Then the activists took over.

The result is CHAZ, which has met with very different reactions from different outlets. Some on the right believe the moment you step foot into the autonomous zone, you’ll be assaulted. President Donald Trump recently tweeted that

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Edited Transcript of BKIA.MC earnings conference call or presentation 29-Apr-20 7:00am GMT

Valencia Jun 15, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Bankia SA earnings conference call or presentation Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 7:00:00am GMT

Bankia, S.A. – Head of IR & Rating

Bankia, S.A. – CEO & Executive Director

Bankia, S.A. – Deputy General Director of Financial Management

Mediobanca – Banca di credito finanziario S.p.A., Research Division – Research Analyst

UBS Investment Bank, Research Division – Executive Director & Equity Research Analyst

Iñigo Velázquez, Bankia, S.A. – Head of IR & Rating [1]

[Interpreted] Welcome to the Bankia results presentation for the first quarter of 2020. Even though we have been in contact with most of you over the last few weeks, we hope you’re still okay. Just like in previous quarters, our CEO, Pepe Sevilla, will talk to us about the main highlights and then our Financial Director will talk to us about the results, and then we’ll give … Read More

WhatsApp launches first digital payments option

San Francisco (AFP) – Facebook on Monday added a digital payments feature to its WhatsApp messaging service, starting in Brazil but with an eye to expanding around the world.

WhatsApp users in Brazil can use the encrypted mobile messaging service to send money or make purchases, Facebook said in a blog post.

It marked the first time the payments platform used at the leading social network was woven into WhatsApp.

People will be able to send money or make a purchase from a local business without leaving their chat, the company noted.

“Payments on WhatsApp are beginning to roll out to people across Brazil beginning today and we look forward to bringing it to everyone as we go forward,” the service said.

Sending money or making payments is a free option for WhatsApp users, but businesses will be charged a processing fee on par with those charged for typically credit

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5 Tips From Master Griller Mark Bittman

It’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy.

The American cookout is in season, and savory staples like hot dogs, hamburgers and corn on the cob are roasting on grills across the country.

Between beers, burgers and potato salad, hosting a backyard barbecue can burn a hole straight through your wallet.

So how can you save money this summer? We consulted an expert.

5 Cheap Grilling Ideas for Summer

Mark Bittman, author of 20 books including “How to Grill Everything,” knows his way around a grill. The former New York Times columnist gave us some tips on how to break out the grill without breaking the bank.

1. Stick to the Basics When You Buy Grilling Accessories

Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

Walk down any grilling aisle or peruse grilling goods online, and you’re bombarded with a trove of pricy accessories.

But Bittman said the only accessories you really need are

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Support Black-Owned Businesses Every Day, Not Just During Protests

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Heather Polk | @artcuresall

The past few weeks have been draining for Black people. On top of trying to not get coronavirus and dealing with furloughs and layoffs, we’ve had to witness the image of George Floyd taking his last breaths splattered everywhere. Another Black man killed on camera by cops. This comes just weeks after seeing Ahmaud Arbery murdered by white men in cold blood, and hearing about Breonna Taylor being gunned down by police in her own home. The outrage and unrest spawned by these events have gone global in a way that’s making people—white people—take heed.

And part of the response has been directed at lifting up Black-owned businesses—a worthy cause, but something that seems like more of a moment, than a movement. And to some extent, it rubs me the wrong way. Many headlines on publications across the internet (including this outlet right here) have

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3 College Students Raise Money To Help Black Atlanta Businesses

ATLANTA, GA — Many small businesses in Atlanta have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. They were forced to temporarily close in March, until Gov. Brian Kemp announced that businesses and restaurants could resume operations in late April.

For some, reopening wasn’t an option. They had lost so much already. As those businesses who could reopen began to do so, a movement for justice rippled through the country after the death of George Floyd on May 25 in police custody in Minnesota. His death — along with the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in coastal Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, and other African Americans — sparked demands to end police brutality and racism in America.

Here in Atlanta, protests have taken place daily, for over two weeks. Although many have been peaceful, there were instances where some protesters vandalized and stole from local businesses, according to police. With so many

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