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Senate unanimously passes bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +1 min
The Senate has unanimously passed a bill to establish Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Juneteenth, which takes place annually on June 19, marks the true end of slavery in the United States. Earlier on Tuesday, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. — who blocked the bill from passing last year — dropped his objection to the holiday. If it passes, Juneteenth will become the 11th federal holiday. Cornyn tweeted his response to the passing of the bill, writing: "Happy that my bill to recognize Juneteenth as a national holiday just passed in the Senate.
Persons: Union Army General Gordon Granger, Chuck Schumer, Sen, Ron Johnson, , Johnson, John Cornyn, Sheila Jackson, George Floyd, Cornyn Organizations: Union Army, District of Columbia Locations: United States, Texas, Juneteenth
“I think the House committee - or committees - have views that they want to express,” Hoyer told reporters. But we shouldn’t act rashly,” Johnson said as the committee considered two bills that would be part of the House bill. It was not immediately clear how the House bill might differ from the Senate’s approach on semiconductors. China’s parliament expressed “strong indignation and resolute opposition” to the Senate bill, which was praised in Washington as a rare example of bipartisan action by the deeply divided U.S. Congress. Biden’s fellow Democrats control both the House and Senate, but only by narrow margins.
Persons: Aly, Steny Hoyer, , ” Hoyer, , Joe Biden, Eddie Bernice Johnson, ” Johnson Organizations: WASHINGTON, House, Senate, REUTERS, Democratic, White House, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, U.S, Innovation, Congress Locations: States, Shanghai, China, U.S, United States, Washington, Beijing
Masks, hats and horses at the Royal Ascot
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Dave Lucas | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
Anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine demonstrators gathered in London, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson delayed his plans to lift most remaining COVID restrictions by a month, warning that thousands more people might die if he did nothing because of the rapid spread of the more infectious Delta variant.
Persons: Boris Johnson Locations: London
Posts shared online claim that vaccinated passengers testing positive for the COVID-19 virus on a cruise ship is an indication that COVID-19 vaccines do not work. Passengers testing positive on a cruise ship that requested they be vaccinated is not proof that the vaccines do not work. In comparison, the COVID-19 vaccines appear to be more effective than the seasonal influenza vaccine, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data here . Fully vaccinated passengers testing positive for the COVID-19 virus on a cruise ship is not proof that the vaccines do not work. COVID-19 vaccines significantly reduce the risk for contracting the virus as well as the risk for severe illness and hospitalization.
Persons: , “ It’s, “ That’s, , BioNTech, Johnson, Read Organizations: Royal, Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen, Food and Drug Administration, FDA, CDC, The Washington, for Disease Control, Reuters Locations: Royal Caribbean, United States, Moderna, COVID
The mother of a man who was fatally shot had an emotional outburst in court Tuesday after Tevin Biles-Thomas, brother of Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, was acquitted of a 2018 triple homicide. “We don’t fault the victim’s family for acting out.”Biles-Thomas also lost his cousin, Devaughn Gibson, in the shooting, Patituce noted. Biles-Thomas was facing 15 charges prior to his acquittal, including murder, voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault. The case has made national headlines due to his relation to Simone Biles, a four-time Olympic gold medalist and world gymnastics champion. Biles, who earned her seventh U.S. title last week, is expected to compete in the Tokyo Olympics next month.
Persons: Tevin Biles, Thomas, Simone Biles, Joan Synenberg, Biles, Delvante Johnson, Toshaun Banks, Devaughn Gibson, Synenberg, Thomas ’, WEWS, , , Joseph Patituce, Pattituce, Synenberg’s, ” Patituce, ” Biles, Patituce Organizations: Biles, Court, Tokyo Olympics Locations: Cuyahoga County, Biles, Cuyahoga, U.S, Tokyo
Rumours of airlines discussing a potential ban on vaccinated passengers due to blood clot risks appear to be baseless. “IATA is not aware of any airlines considering denying vaccinated passengers due to the blood clot risk,” Anaelle Ashong, Corporate Communications Assistant at IATA (www.iata.org/en/about/) told Reuters via email. However, flying is not known to increase the vaccine-induced blood clot risk as flying can provoke a different type of blood clot, according to several health experts contacted by Reuters. There is no evidence that airlines met to discuss the blood clot risk for vaccinated passengers. Several medical experts told Reuters there is no evidence to show that flying increases vaccine-induced blood clot risk.
Persons: Anaelle, , Sue Pavord, Haematologist, ” Dr Gregory Poland, Read Organizations: International Air Transport Association, Reuters, “ Airlines, Johnson, AstraZeneca, Corporate Communications, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, CDC, Oxford University Hospitals, British Society, Haematology, Mayo
Youth activists march across northern California to demand climate action
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
Anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine demonstrators gathered in London, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson delayed his plans to lift most remaining COVID restrictions by a month, warning that thousands more people might die if he did nothing because of the rapid spread of the more infectious Delta variant.
Persons: Boris Johnson Locations: London
The so-called delta variant of the coronavirus now accounts for nearly 10 percent of new cases in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The alpha variant was first detected in the United Kingdom, and in April, it became the dominant strain in the U.S.Data for the two-week period ending June 5 predicts that the delta variant accounts for 9.9 percent of cases in the U.S., the CDC said. Still, there is evidence that the vaccines in use in the U.S. are effective against this and other circulating variants. Two doses are required for the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires just one. Because the delta variant is able to spread from person to person more easily, experts say those who have not had the vaccine remain especially vulnerable.
Persons: Johnson, Boris Johnson, Gregory Poland Organizations: Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Monday, CDC, NBC News, Data, Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson, Public Health, Vaccine Research, NBC, Twitter, Facebook Locations: United States, India, United Kingdom, U.S, Mayo, Rochester , Minnesota
Israeli nationalists march in East Jerusalem under heavy police presence
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Canice Leung | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
Anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine demonstrators gathered in London, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson delayed his plans to lift most remaining COVID restrictions by a month, warning that thousands more people might die if he did nothing because of the rapid spread of the more infectious Delta variant.
Persons: Boris Johnson Locations: London
Inside the NATO summit
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Dave Lucas | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
Anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine demonstrators gathered in London, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson delayed his plans to lift most remaining COVID restrictions by a month, warning that thousands more people might die if he did nothing because of the rapid spread of the more infectious Delta variant.
Persons: Boris Johnson Locations: London
Factbox: What's in the new UK-Australia trade deal?
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and Australia announced a free trade deal on Tuesday which the British government hailed as an important step in building new trade relationships following its departure from the European Union. Britain has said its deal will also benefit trade in services by cutting red tape. By contrast, Australia often uses up its duty-free sheep meat quota for the entire European Union, which currently stands at 19,186 tonnes. So unlike with the EU, Britain’s trade deal means that Australian exports of red meat to Britain can rise sharply before tariffs become an issue. Both Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that they viewed the UK-Australia trade deal as a precursor to CPTPP membership.
Persons: Loren Elliott, Downing, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Boris Johnson Organizations: European, REUTERS, European Union, EU, Australian, Trans, Pacific, British Locations: Britain, Australia, Tamworth , New South Wales, PACIFIC
Most of those currently in hospital with COVID-19 in Britain are unvaccinated, health officials say. The picture looks similar in North America, where hospitals have reported that the majority of their COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated (here , here , here). Preliminary data from a study at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, found that most people hospitalised for coronavirus weren’t fully vaccinated. Of those patients, 99% were not fully vaccinated,” Eduardo Mireles, director of the medical intensive care unit, said in a statement released by the hospital (here). Unvaccinated people are much more vulnerable to catching - and becoming seriously ill from - COVID-19.
Persons: Johnson, Chris Hopson, India –, coronavirus weren’t, we’ve, ” Eduardo Mireles, Read Organizations: Pfizer, Oxford, AstraZeneca, Moderna, NHS, Cleveland Clinic, Reuters Locations: Britain, COVID, Moderna, Bolton –, India, North America, Cleveland Clinic , Ohio
Britain and Australia agree free trade deal
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 1.00   time to read: +1 min
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he meets with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison at Downing Street in London, Britain, June 15, 2021. REUTERS/Henry NichollsBritain and Australia announced a free trade deal on Tuesday which London said would eliminate tariffs on all British goods and boost jobs and businesses across the country. "Today marks a new dawn in the UK's relationship with Australia, underpinned by our shared history and common values," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement. Britain said it had agreed a cap on tariff-free agricultural imports from Australia for 15 years with the aim of protecting farmers - a hot political issue in Britain ahead of the agreement. Cars, Scotch whisky and confectionery will be cheaper to sell in Australia because of the agreement, Britain said.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Scott Morrison, Henry Nicholls, London, Johnson Organizations: British, Australian, Downing, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, Henry Nicholls Britain, Australia, Downing
(Reuters) -European shares rose for an eighth straight session on Tuesday, driven by optimism over an economic recovery this year, but gains were limited as investors hunkered down ahead of the Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting. FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, June 14, 2021. Dovish signals from the European Central Bank on tightening policy have brightened the near-term outlook for risk-driven assets in the continent, along with continued hopes that a steady vaccination program will drive an economic recovery this year. Focus this week will be on the U.S. Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting starting Tuesday, where investors will be looking for insight on whether the central bank has begun discussing tapering bond purchases and if policymakers are concerned about rising inflation. Germany’s DAX ended just below all-time highs as data showed consumer prices rose 0.5% month-on-month in May, in line with economists’ expectations.
Persons: , Charalambos Pissouros, Germany’s DAX, Boris Johnson, Sweden’s Organizations: Reuters, Federal, REUTERS, Staff, European Central Bank, U.S, U.S . Federal, JFD, UK, payrolls Locations: Frankfurt, Germany, U.S ., United States, Polish
(Reuters) - London’s FTSE 100 equity index ended higher on Tuesday, lifted by gains in consumer staples and energy stocks, although a delay in lifting remaining COVID-19 restrictions in England curbed sentiment across the overall market. Dollar-earning consumer staples stocks, including Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser Group, British American Tobacco and Diageo Plc gained between 0.58% and 1.77%, on the weaker pound. Energy stocks gained 0.32% as oil majors including BP and Royal Dutch Shell gained 0.7% and 1.8% respectively, tracking crude prices. Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushed back plans to lift most remaining COVID-19 restrictions to July 19, citing the rapid spread of the more infectious Delta variant. There was good news however on the jobs front, as the number of employees on British company payrolls surged by a record 197,000 in May as COVID-19 restrictions eased, tax data showed.
Persons: Peter Nicholls, Boris Johnson, payrolls, , Russ Mould, AJ Bell Organizations: Reuters, London Stock Exchange, REUTERS, Unilever, Reckitt, British American Tobacco, Diageo, Energy, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Entertainment, Entain Plc, U.S . Federal, Federal Reserve, Boohoo, Finance Locations: England, London, Britain
REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File photoLondon's FTSE 100 equity index edged higher on Tuesday, lifted by gains in consumer staples and industrial stocks, although a delay in lifting of remaining COVID-19 restrictions in England curbed sentiment across the overall market. The blue-chip index (.FTSE) rose 0.3%, with large dollar earning companies including Diageo (DGE.L), Unilever (ULVR.L) and British American Tobacco (BATS.L) providing the biggest boost. Industrials (.FTNMX502050), aero and defence (.FTNMX502010) stocks also climbed, with aero-engine maker Rolls Royce (RR.L) among the biggest gainers with a 2.2% rise. The domestically focused mid-cap FTSE 250 index (.FTMC) advanced 0.3%. Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushed back plans of lifting most remaining COVID-19 restrictions to July 19, citing the rapid spread of the more infectious Delta variant.
Persons: Peter Nicholls, Royce, Boris Johnson, payrolls, Laith Khalaf, AJ Bell, Khalaf Organizations: London Stock Exchange, REUTERS, Diageo, Unilever, British American Tobacco, Communications, Standard Finance, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, England
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Downing Street in London, Britain, June 14, 2021. REUTERS/Henry NichollsBritain and Australia have agreed a trade deal after talks between their prime ministers ironed out outstanding issues, Australian Minister for Trade Dan Tehan said on Tuesday. The agreement will be Britain's first trade deal since Brexit, and comes as London seeks to expand commercial and diplomatic links in the Indo-Pacific region. The deal will be keenly scrutinised by British farmers, who fear they could be forced out of business if the deal eliminates tariffs on lamb and beef imports from Australia. Australian Minister for Trade David Littleproud declined to reveal specifics but said Australian farmers would benefit from the deal.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Scott Morrison, Henry Nicholls, Trade Dan Tehan, Morrison, Tehan, Trade David Littleproud, Littleproud, Ben Wellings Organizations: British, Australian, Downing, REUTERS, Trade, 4BC, Monash University, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, Henry Nicholls Britain, Australia, British, Asia
Britain and Australia announced a trade deal on Tuesday that will eliminate tariffs and red tape, hailed by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as "a new dawn" in the two countries' relations. Britain is Australia's eighth-largest trading partner and Australia is Britain 20th largest, with two-way trade worth A$26.9 billion ($20.7 billion). The deal will be scrutinised by British farmers, who fear they could be forced out of business if the deal eliminates tariffs on lamb and beef imports from Australia. The government said British farmers would be protected by a cap on tariff-free imports for 15 years. Australian Minister for Trade David Littleproud declined to reveal details but said Australian farmers would benefit from the deal.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Scott Morrison, Johnson, Morrison, Liz Truss, Trade David Littleproud, Littleproud, Ben Wellings Organizations: British, Australian, European Union, Trade, 4BC Radio, Monash University, Thomson Locations: Britain, Australia, Europe, British, Asia
Britain and Australia announced a free trade deal on Tuesday which the British government hailed as an important step in building new trade relationships following its departure from the European Union. The deal is the first bilateral trade accord Britain has negotiated from scratch since leaving the EU last year. Britain is Australia's eighth-largest trading partner and Australia is Britain's 20th largest, with two-way trade worth A$26.9 billion ($20.7 billion). "This is the most comprehensive and ambitious agreement that Australia has concluded," Morrison said. Australian Minister for Trade David Littleproud said Australian farmers would benefit from the deal.
Persons: Scott Morrison, Johnson, Morrison, Boris Johnson, Henry Nicholls Read, Liz Truss, Trade David Littleproud, Littleproud Organizations: European Union, EU, Australian, British, Downing, REUTERS, Trans, Pacific, Trade, 4BC Radio, Thomson Locations: Britain, Australia, Europe, London
Australia's top exporting state calls for reset in China ties
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Sonali Paul | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Staff members chat as they prepare a seminar of Australia China bilateral cooperation in resources and infrastructure in West Australia, in Beijing July 23, 2009. REUTERS/Jason LeeAustralia's biggest exporting state on Tuesday urged Canberra to stop antagonising China, the country's top trade partner, in remarks that came amid escalating criticism of Beijing led by the United States, Australia's main ally. "This isn't about kowtowing to other countries and giving in," Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan said at Australia's biggest oil and gas industry conference, being held in Perth. Ties with China worsened last year when Australia called for an independent investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus, which sparked trade reprisals from China, hitting Australian goods ranging from barley and coal to lobster and wine. Western Australia exported A$104 billion ($80 billion) worth of goods to China in 2020, making up 71% of Australia's goods exports to China.
Persons: Jason Lee, Mark McGowan, McGowan, Scott Morrison, Joe Biden, Boris Johnson Organizations: Australia, REUTERS, Relations, Huawei, Seven, Australian, U.S, UK, Thomson Locations: Australia China, West Australia, Beijing, Canberra, China, United States, Perth, Australia, Britain, Western Australia
Goldman Sachs promoted Liz Ewing, a nine-year veteran of the bank, to be CFO of the consumer division. She replaces Sherry Ann Mohan, who left Goldman Sachs for JPMorgan Chase in May. Goldman Sachs' consumer business has looked to the bank's own ranks for a new chief financial officer. Ewing was previously the chief of staff to Goldman Sachs CFO Stephen Scherr, a position in which she had served since October of 2019. Goldman has also said it plans to hire up to 300 engineers in its consumer business in 2021.
Persons: Goldman Sachs, Liz Ewing, Ewing, Goldman, Stephen Scherr, Sherry Ann Mohan, Brian King, King, Wells, Marcus, Omer Ismail, David Stark, Ismail, Nahar Organizations: JPMorgan Chase, Marcus, Goldman, KPMG, Consumer Operating, Apple
Australia says it's reached a free trade deal with Britain
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com + 1.00   time to read: +2 min
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the steps of 10 Downing Street in London on June 14, 2021. Britain and Australia had agreed on a free trade deal that will be released later Tuesday, Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan said. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison had reached agreement on the deal during negotiations in London, Tehan said. "Their agreement is a win for jobs, businesses, free trade and highlights what two liberal democracies can achieve while working together," Tehan added. The agreement is Australia's 15th free trade agreement.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Scott Morrison, Dan Tehan, Tehan, Morrison, David Littleproud, Littleproud, feverishly, Gabriele Suder, Suder Organizations: Britain's, Australia's, Downing, Australian Trade, Britain, European Union . British, Australian, Free, Australian Broadcasting Corp, Trade Department, RMIT University Locations: London, Britain, Australia
Sydney / Hong Kong (CNN Business) Australia and the United Kingdom are set to announce a free trade agreement Tuesday as Britain continues to forge new economic relationships post-Brexit. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will detail the plan during London morning hours at 10 Downing Street, a Morrison spokesperson told CNN Business. The United Kingdom has been brokering new trade arrangements since leaving the European Union early last year. The UK reached a deal late last year with the European Union, one of its most critical economic partners. Britain has also negotiated with the United States on some issues — including suspending some tariffs — but a broader deal with Washington remains elusive.
Persons: Scott Morrison, Boris Johnson, Morrison, Brexit Organizations: CNN Business, Australian, British, Downing, European Union Locations: Hong Kong, Australia, United Kingdom, London, Britain, United States, Washington
COVID-19 cases are falling where most people are vaccinated, and vice versa, The Washington Post found. Vaccination rates are lower in southern US states. Coronavirus cases in the US are rising in areas that have lower vaccination rates, a Washington Post analysis found. Vaccination rates are lower in southern states, the data shows. The Post's analysis comes as the US edges near recording 600,000 COVID-19 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
Persons: Johnson, Johnson COVID Organizations: Washington Post, Centers for Disease Control, Post, Pfizer, Moderna, CDC Locations: Washington
UK agrees post-Brexit trade deal with Australia
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Holly Ellyatt | ) www.cnbc.com + 1.00   time to read: +1 min
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) elbow-bumps a greeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (L) in the doorway of 10 Downing Street in London, United Kingdom on June 14, 2021. The U.K. has agreed a free trade deal with Australia which it said marked a "new dawn" in its relationship with the country. The deal — known as a Free Trade Agreement or FTA — means it will cost less for British businesses to sell products like cars, confectionery and Scotch whisky into Australia, the U.K. government said Tuesday. "Today marks a new dawn in the UK's relationship with Australia, underpinned by our shared history and common values," U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement. The deal was flagged late Monday when Australia's minister for trade said Johnson and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison had agreed the broad terms of the agreement over dinner in Downing Street in London.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Scott Morrison, Johnson Organizations: British, Australian, Downing Locations: London, United Kingdom, Australia, Downing
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