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WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Florida halted the Biden administration’s new debt relief program for minority farmers on Wednesday. Howard ordered the Agriculture Department not to issue payments under the program for "socially disadvantaged" farmers until she can rule on the merits of the case. She wrote that the program, which is embedded in President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan law, is "significantly likely" to violate the constitutional rights of the plaintiff, a white farmer named Scott Wynn. Several white farmers have filed suit in cases across the country, at least one of which is backed by America First Legal, a group founded by former Trump White House aides. Howard implored the plaintiffs' lawyers and the Justice Department to move swiftly so that a more permanent ruling can be made quickly.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Judge Marcia Morales Howard, George W, Bush, Howard, Joe Biden's, Scott Wynn, Stephen Miller Organizations: Biden, Agriculture Department, Plan, America, Trump White House, White House, Justice Department Locations: Florida, Wisconsin
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) kept the rate on the overnight reverse repurchase facility at 2.0% for a fifth consecutive meeting, citing lingering downside risks to growth. All 11 economists in a Reuters poll expected the central bank to keep rates at record lows to support the economic recovery. Diokno reiterated the central bank would continue to support the economy for as long as necessary, brushing aside for now the U.S. Federal Reserve’s signals for an earlier-than-expected policy tightening. The Philippine peso was largely unchanged after the central bank decision. It earlier slid to a near three-month low and led losses among emerging Asian currencies.
Persons: Benjamin Diokno, Downside, , Diokno Organizations: ng Pilipinas, U.S Locations: MANILA, Philippine, U.S . Federal, Philippines
All 11 economists in a Reuters poll expected the central bank to keep rates at record lows. The Philippine peso was largely unchanged after the central bank decision, having fallen to its lowest level in nearly three months earlier. Diokno reiterated the central bank would continue to support the economy for as long as necessary, adding that the inflation outlook remained “broadly balanced”. Inflation has been stable at 4.5% for the last three months, above the central bank’s target range of 2%-4%. But some analysts expected the central bank to stay put.
Persons: Benjamin Diokno, Downside, , Diokno, Alex Holmes, Nicholas Mapa, Neil Jerome Morales, Karen Lema, Enrico Dela Cruz, Ana Nicolaci da Organizations: ng Pilipinas, ING Locations: MANILA, Philippine, U.S, Philippines, Asia, Ana Nicolaci da Costa
Philippine cbank keeps rate at record low, as expected
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
MANILA, June 24 (Reuters) - The Philippine central bank left its benchmark interest rate at a record low on Thursday for a fifth straight policy meeting, citing lingering downside risks to domestic economic growth. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) kept the rate on the overnight reverse repurchase facility at 2.0%, as predicted by all 11 economists in a Reuters poll. (Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales and Karen Lema; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa and Alex Richardson)
Persons: Neil Jerome Morales, Karen Lema, Ana Nicolaci da Costa, Alex Richardson Organizations: ng Pilipinas Locations: MANILA, Philippine
Philippine military grounds Black Hawk helicopters after crash kills six
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
MANILA, June 24 (Reuters) - Philippine defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday ordered the grounding of the military's fleet of Black Hawk helicopters after a crash during training mission in an province north of the capital Manila killed six people. The S-70i Black Hawk helicopter, one of 16 purchased in 2019 from Poland, crashed on Wednesday evening after taking off from a former U.S. military base in Pampanga province, the air force said in a statement. Search and rescue teams later found the wreckage of the combat utility helicopter, it said, adding that an investigation had been launched. Six Black Hawks, including the one that crashed, were delivered in November, while five others were shipped early in June and are under technical inspection. In July, four soldiers died and another was injured after a "Huey" military helicopter crashed while taking off for a night-time training operation in the northern Philippines.
Persons: Delfin Lorenzana, Huey, Neil Jerome Morales, Ed Davies Organizations: Manila, Black Hawks, Thomson Locations: MANILA, Philippine, Poland, U.S, Pampanga province, Philippines, Vietnam
U.S. judge blocks $4 billion debt relief program for minority farmers
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
June 24 (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked a part of the Biden administration's federal stimulus relief package that forgave agricultural debts to farmers of color. He said the debt relief program discriminated against him by race. The ruling added that "Section 1005's rigid, categorical, race-based qualification for relief is the antithesis of flexibility." A separate judge in Wisconsin had also granted a temporary restraining order on the debt relief plan on June 10. read moreThe U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) had planned to start the payments to farmers in June. He suggests eligible farmers continue paying on loans so that they do not end up being behind if the program is permanently blocked.
Persons: Scott Wynn, Joe Biden's, Marcia Morales Howard, Wynn, Howard, Lloyd Wright, Radhika Anilkumar, Kanishka Singh, Angus MacSwan Organizations: U.S, Biden, American, U.S . Agriculture Department, Tufts University, Civil Rights, Thomson Locations: Jennings , Florida, Middle, Florida, Wisconsin, U.S, Virginia, Bengaluru
The CDC acknowledged Wednesday that mild heart inflammation may be a rare side effect of COVID-19 vaccination. COVID-19 is still a greater threat to the heart, though, which is why health experts recommend vaccination. Rare cases which merit delaying shot 2Public health leaders have high confidence the vaccines are safe, which is why they're recommending full COVID-19 vaccination, even for young men. Concerned parents: look out for these symptomsMost cases of myocarditis surface in the first five days after a COVID-19 shot is administered. The bottom line, says Dr. Tom Shimabukuro from the CDC's COVID-19 vaccine safety team, is that "this is still a rare event," far less common than the heart inflammation that can accompany a COVID-19 infection.
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Even the day after a long, vicious mayoral campaign — which is what New York City's Democratic primary effectively is — New Yorkers don’t know who will be their next mayor. In the last 55 years, no New York City mayor has gone on to an office higher than ambassador to Spain, though Ed Koch ran for governor and John Lindsay and Rudy Giuliani attempted runs at both the Senate and the White House. In just the past 13 years, three different New York City mayors tried, wildly unsuccessfully, to run for president. Andrew Yang and Kathryn Garcia canvass voters in Flushing, N.Y., on June 21, 2021, ahead of the Democratic primary for mayor. The last open mayoral primary race drew just 20 percent of enrolled voters to the polls, or about 8 percent of the city’s overall population at the time.
Persons: Eric Adams, Andrew Yang, Adams, Yang, Kathryn Garcia, Maya Wiley, Ed Koch, John Lindsay, Rudy Giuliani, Dennard Dayle, Garcia, Wiley, Julius Constantine Motal, Scott Stringer, Dianne Morales, Shaun Donovan, Ray McGuire, Gracie, , they're, Donald Trump Organizations: York, Democratic, Republican, city’s, New York City, Senate, White, NBC, Current, City Hall, Big Apple, New, Yorkers Locations: Brooklyn, New York, Spain, York City, York, Flushing, N.Y
Eric Adams, Democratic candidate for New York City Mayor, greets supporters while campaigning the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, June 15, 2021. Ranked choice voting wasn't a factor because there were only two candidates in the race. We know that New York City said, 'Our first choice is Eric Adams.'" As ballot counting began Tuesday, a plurality of Democrats ranked Adams as their first choice in the race. New York City Republican Mayoral Front-Runner,Curtis Sliwa casts his vote at the Frank McCourt High School, as residents vote during the New York City mayoral primary election on June 22, 2021 in New York City.
Persons: Eric Adams, Curtis Sliwa, Fernando Mateo, Andrew Yang, Adams, hadn't, Kathryn Garcia, Blasio, Maya Wiley, Frank McCourt, Bill de Blasio, Garcia, Wiley, Yang, Scott Stringer, Shaun Donovan, Ray McGuire, Dianne Morales, Stringer, McGuire, Morales, De Blasio, hoarse Wiley, Sliwa, Republicans Sliwa, Mateo, Rudy Giuliani, Giuliani Organizations: Democratic, New York City, Republican, Guardian Angels, New, Brooklyn, New York, New York City Republican Mayoral, Frank McCourt High School, Black, New York City's, Housing, Urban, Citigroup, Democrat, Wiley, Republicans, Guardian Locations: Sunset, Brooklyn , New York, New York City, New York, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan
Myocarditis, a heart inflammation, has affected 0.004% of men aged 12-29 after their second shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. CDC advisors met Wednesday and acknowledged a likely link between COVID-19 vaccination and myocarditis in young men. But myocarditis risk from COVID-19 is much higher, especially with the Delta variant in play. The rate of such reports, while tiny, has been highest among young men, after their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna's mRNA vaccines. The advisory group weighed the risks and benefits of vaccination to young men, and determined that benefits of vaccination clearly outweigh risks, even for males from 12-17 years old.
Persons: there's, Malikai McPherson, Paul Hennessy, Tom Shimabukuro, Dr, Eliot Peyster, who've, David Morales, Daniel Morales, Patrick T, Fallon Organizations: Insider, Service, COVID, Pfizer, CDC, Department of Health, Human Services, Health First Medical, Getty, University of Pennsylvania, Los Angeles YMCA Locations: COVID, Florida, Los, Los Angeles , California
New Yorkers Vote for Mayor in Race Tinged With Acrimony and Uncertainty
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( Katie Glueck | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
No issue dominated the race more than public safety, as poll after poll showed combating crime was the most important issue to New York Democrats. Mr. Yang and Ms. Garcia shared Mr. Adams’s criticisms of efforts to scale back police funding, and those three candidates also frequently addressed quality-of-life issues across the city. Mr. Adams faced intense criticism from opponents over transparency and ethics, tied to reports concerning his tax and real estate holding disclosures and fund-raising practices. And Mr. Yang stumbled amid growing scrutiny of his knowledge of municipal government as rivals sharply questioned his capacity to lead. The ugliest stretch of the contest came in its last days, as Mr. Adams declared that Mr. Yang and Ms. Garcia, who formed an apparent alliance, were seeking to prevent a Black candidate from winning.
Persons: Shaun Donovan, Raymond J, McGuire, Scott M, Stringer, Dianne Morales, Adams, , Wiley, Yang, Garcia Organizations: Citi, New York Democrats, Police Department
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Bill de Blasio blasted the field of NYC mayoral candidates in an interview with Politico magazine. The current mayor criticized the candidates as "petty" and "lacking in a compelling vision." While walking in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, de Blasio slammed the candidates as "petty" and "lacking in a compelling vision." It was just so petty," de Blasio told Politico. However, during the interview with Politico, de Blasio seemed to refute such a perception.
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A campaign volunteer for New York City mayoral hopeful Eric Adams was stabbed while canvassing Sunday in the Bronx, police and the candidate said. A member of Team Adams -- who has been working hard & volunteering every day -- was stabbed in the Bronx today @ 149th St & Morris Ave. pic.twitter.com/KLhwNIa9u5 — Eric Adams (@ericadamsfornyc) June 20, 2021Within hours of the attack, Adams' rivals chimed in with their well wishes for the victim. My thoughts are with your volunteer, their family, and your entire team, Eric," Andrew Yang tweeted. Shaun Donovan called the attack "abhorrent" and said: "My thoughts are with this volunteer, his family, and all of Team Adams.
Persons: Eric Adams, QbomlWydT6, Adams, — Eric Adams, Eric, Andrew Yang, Maya Wiley, Shaun Donovan, Team Adams, Team Donovan, Dianne Morales, Kathryn Garcia Organizations: New York, NYPD, Democratic, St, chimed, Team, Yorker Locations: Bronx
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REUTERS/Alessandro CinqueLIMA, June 21 (Reuters) - Latin America has got a new leftist star. Latin America's left made its greatest strides with the first so-called 'pink-tide' of socialist leaders in the early 2000s. A new shift to the left in Latin America could impact the balance of diplomacy with the United States and China. 'REAPING TRIUMPH'Across Latin America, the left has already been making strides. "I believe that the problem in Latin America is that it is facing a structural crisis of credibility in the democratic and political systems," he said.
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Bolivian opposition leader fears arrest, blames ex-president Morales
  + stars: | 2021-06-21 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
LA PAZ, June 21 (Reuters) - Bolivian opposition leader Carlos Mesa, who accuses former President Evo Morales of leading a political witch hunt against him, says he fears arrest and more broadly for democracy in his country amid a probe into controversial claims of a 2019 coup. Mesa, a former president and the runner-up in elections in 2019 and 2020, said the coup "did not exist" and was a "fabrication." "There is a risk of my arrest ... Of course I'm concerned that it might happen," Mesa said, blaming Morales for using the judiciary to "persecute" political rivals. In elections last year, the socialists swept back into office with Morales' close ally Luis Arce as President. He also criticized a report by Bolivia's influential Catholic Church, which played down the coup allegations over Anez taking power.
Persons: Carlos Mesa, Evo Morales, Mesa, Morales, Jeanine Anez, Jorge Richter, Anez, Luis Arce, Hector Arce, Tatiana Fernandez, , Monica Machicao, Adam Jourdan, Grant McCool Organizations: LA, Reuters, Socialism, Twitter, Catholic Church, European Union, Organization of American States, Thomson Locations: LA PAZ, Bolivian, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Mesa, Spanish
Over the weekend, in an unusual show of unity against Adams, Yang and Garcia campaigned together to enhance their chances under the ranked-choice system. People protest in the street outside a protest to defund the police in a place they are calling the "City Hall Autonomous Zone" in support of "Black Lives Matter" in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., June 30, 2020. "They just endorsed me to be the next mayor of New York City. Adams, for his part, has faced scrutiny over whether he lives in New York City at all. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio waves as he gives the State of the City address at La Guardia Community College on February 10, 2014 in the Long Island City section of the Queens borough of New York City.
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Progressive groups are coalescing behind candidate Maya Wiley in the final stretch before New York City’s mayoral primary, in an effort to block the moderate Democrat Eric Adams, Brooklyn’s borough president, who is leading in recent polls. Our Revolution, the political action group that morphed out of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign, also supports Ms. Wiley. The Working Families Party announced it bumped up Ms. Wiley to its top choice after pulling its support for the other two. A recent poll by PIX-11, NewsNation and Emerson College found that 23% of voters would choose Mr. Adams, followed by 18% for Ms. Wiley. That is a significant surge from the 9% Ms. Wiley scored in a May 25 poll by the same pollsters.
Persons: Maya Wiley, Eric Adams, Wiley, Bill de Blasio, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Sen, Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Sen, Bernie Sanders’s, Scott Stringer, Dianne Morales —, Ms, Morales, Adams, Kathryn Garcia Organizations: Democratic, Families Party, PIX, Emerson College Locations: New York, Brooklyn’s, Alexandria, Vermont
(Adds more details)MANILA, June 18 (Reuters) - The Philippines is expected to post bigger current account surpluses for this year and 2022, the central bank said on Friday, due to better prospects for trade in goods and services as the global economy recovers from the pandemic shock. The central bank raised its 2021 projection for the current account surplus to $10 billion, or 2.5% of gross domestic product (GDP), from its previous forecast of $9.1 billion, or 2.3% of GDP. For next year, the current account surplus was expected to reach $6.7 billion, or 1.5% of GDP, also wider than the earlier estimate of $5.2 billion, or 1.2% of GDP, central bank managing director Zeno Abenoja told a news conference. This year’s balance of payment surplus was forecast to reach $7.1 billion, up from the projected $6.2 billion in March, before narrowing to $2.7 billion next year. The central bank’s also raised its estimate for foreign exchange reserves this year to $115 billion from $114 billion.
Persons: Zeno Abenoja, Abenoja, Karen Lema, Neil Jerome Morales, Ed Davies Locations: MANILA, Philippines
Philippines raises cap on health professionals going abroad
  + stars: | 2021-06-18 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
The Philippines, one of the world's biggest sources of nurses, reached its annual cap of 5,000 health worker deployments late last month. That means another 1,500 nurses and healthcare staff can work abroad, according to the labour ministry. Health workers under government-to-government labour deals, such as that with the United Kingdom, are exempted from the new cap. Roughly 17,000 Filipino nurses signed overseas work contracts in 2019, but the Philippines put a temporary halt on that in 2020, to shore-up its health sector as coronavirus hospitalisations rose sharply. Jocelyn Andamo, secretary general of the Filipino Nurses United, said the additional 1,500 was frustrating.
Persons: Eloisa Lopez, Harry Roque, Jocelyn Andamo, Neil Jerome Morales, Martin Petty Organizations: REUTERS, Health, Filipino Nurses United, Thomson Locations: United Kingdom, Manila, Philippines, MANILA
UPDATE 1-Philippine c.bank says has tools to cushion Fed taper impact
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.87   time to read: +1 min
“We can do a lot of measures to counteract any possible effect on the Philippines,” central bank Governor Benjamin Diokno told a regular news conference after the Federal Reserve signaled it would raise rates earlier than expected. The central bank, which is scheduled to set policy rates on June 24, would focus on keeping monetary policy stance supportive of domestic demand and economic recovery, Diokno said. But a critical near-term issue for the Philippines is the progress of the vaccine rollout, he added. The central bank has kept interest rates steady at a record low for four consecutive meetings. (Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales and Enrico dela Cruz; Editing by Martin Petty)
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Philippine cbank to focus on accommodative policy to support growth, recovery
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.83   time to read: 1 min
MANILA, June 17 (Reuters) - The Philippine central bank will focus on keeping monetary policy stance supportive of domestic demand and economic recovery, its governor said on Thursday. But critical near-term issue for the Philippines is the progress of the vaccine rollout, central bank Governor Benjamin Diokno told a regular news conference. The central bank has kept interest rates steady at a record low for four consecutive meetings. Its next meeting is set on June 24. (Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Martin Petty)
Persons: Benjamin Diokno, Neil Jerome Morales, Martin Petty Locations: MANILA, Philippine, Philippines
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