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Maryland police defended officers' actions after viral videos showed them kneeing and deploying Tasers on Black teenagers to enforce a vaping ban on Ocean City's boardwalk. However, Maryland House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones on Monday questioned the use of force over vaping. Local codes ban vaping and smoking there, and a group of teens complied with officers' original commands to stop vaping, officials said. As they walked away, at least one in the group started vaping again, leading to another confrontation, according to the town's statement. Video appeared to show an officer repeatedly thrusting his knee into one teen who was already pinned to the ground by other officers.
Persons: Adrienne A, Jones, vaping, Taizier Griffin, he's, Griffin, Tayvin Griffin, Jessica Barber Organizations: Police, Assistant Patrol, Professional, NBC News Locations: Maryland, Ocean City, Harrisburg , Pennsylvania, Ocean City .
Threats Rise, U.S. Defense Falls
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( The Editorial Board | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
But China, Iran and Vladimir Putin would be more impressed if Mr. Biden wasn’t cutting America’s defense even as he rightly stresses the challenge from the world’s authoritarians. Unremarked in the White House spending deluge is that its trillions for “infrastructure” include little new for defense. Mr. Biden’s $715 billion Pentagon budget for fiscal 2022 is a 1.6% increase over last year. The bipartisan National Defense Strategy Commission and other experts say the Pentagon needs steady 3% to 5% real increases annually to address threats from “near peers” such as China and Russia. President Trump increased defense spending modestly, but that fillip has passed and spending is still at its modern norm of about 3% of GDP.
Persons: Biden, Vladimir Putin, Mr, Biden’s, Trump, fillip Organizations: White, National Defense Strategy Commission, Biden Team Locations: Europe, China, Iran, Unremarked, Russia, America, Afghanistan
Apollo, Ares and Oaktree Team Up on Initiative to Lure Black Talent
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Miriam Gottfried | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.84   time to read: +1 min
Three investment firms are launching a joint initiative aimed at attracting more Black talent to their industry, which has struggled to do so despite numerous attempts over the years. Apollo Global Management Inc., Ares Management Corp. and Oaktree Capital Management LP are committing a total of $90 million over 10 years toward the effort, which involves partnering with historically Black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, executives from the firms said. AltFinance, as the initiative will be known, will include a mentored fellowship, a scholarship program and a virtual institute offering curriculum designed by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. The virtual institute will be available to students at any HBCU that opts to participate. Each is committing $3 million a year to fund the organization for the next decade.
Organizations: Apollo Global Management Inc, Ares Management Corp, Oaktree Capital, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Alt Finance Corp
WASHINGTON — Progressive Democrats working on a bipartisan infrastructure deal hardened their position on the legislation after tense talks Monday. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a member of the Senate Democrats' leadership team, came out against a bipartisan agreement Monday night after meeting with a bipartisan group of 10 senators. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Jeff Merkley of Oregon have insisted that any deal must include action on climate change. That means the bipartisan group will need to secure more than 10 Republicans to get its proposal across the finish line. Republicans said it was part of the plan; Democrats said it wasn't.
Persons: Sen, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Democratic Sens, Ed Markey, Jeff Merkley, Joe Biden, Shelley Moore Capito, Jon Tester, Mitt Romney Organizations: WASHINGTON —, Senate Democrats, Democratic, Massachusetts, Republicans, Republican, White House Locations: America, Oregon, R, Utah
eBay's VP of fashion Charis Marquez is focused on building diverse teams within the company. As eBay's first-ever vice president of fashion, she focuses on catering to underserved groups of shoppers while building a diverse team in tune with what different groups of consumers want. Marquez's primary job is to oversee the company's fashion-related initiatives in categories such as luxury, watches, and sneakers. But catering to female consumers is also a defining element for eBay's sneaker business, one of the fastest-growing categories on the resale platform. She also helped lead eBay's partnership with The Chicks with Kicks, a group of female sneaker collectors, to auction over 2,200 pairs on the platform in April.
Persons: Charis Marquez, eBay's, Marquez, Z, Levi Strauss, that's, Marquez doesn't Organizations: eBay, Society, womens, Co, Sam's, Sears Holding Corporation
T.R. Wright lives a life of luxury for a pilot
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Cnbc Prime Team | ) www.cnbc.com + 0.97   time to read: 1 min
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailT.R. Wright lives a life of luxury for a pilotT.R. Wright – the architect of what's been called "the wildest insurance fraud scheme Texas has ever seen" – shares his almost-too-crazy-to-be-true story with American Greed. Wright is a fast-talking wheeler dealer and young internet influencer who makes a living in the world of aviation. But after a fire at a small Texas airport, an ATF agent uncovers Wright's ties to a breathtakingly audacious scam involving downed planes, sunken boats, and totaled cars.
Persons: Wright, what's Locations: Texas
T.R. Wright dives the plane into the gulf
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Cnbc Prime Team | ) www.cnbc.com + 0.84   time to read: 1 min
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailT.R. Wright dives the plane into the gulfT.R. Wright – the architect of what's been called "the wildest insurance fraud scheme Texas has ever seen" – shares his almost-too-crazy-to-be-true story with American Greed. Wright is a fast-talking wheeler dealer and young internet influencer who makes a living in the world of aviation. But after a fire at a small Texas airport, an ATF agent uncovers Wright's ties to a breathtakingly audacious scam involving downed planes, sunken boats, and totaled cars.
Persons: Wright, what's Locations: Texas
ATF investigates a pilot that scams insurance companies
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Cnbc Prime Team | ) www.cnbc.com + 0.93   time to read: 1 min
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailATF investigates a pilot that scams insurance companiesT.R. Wright – the architect of what's been called "the wildest insurance fraud scheme Texas has ever seen" – shares his almost-too-crazy-to-be-true story with American Greed. Wright is a fast-talking wheeler dealer and young internet influencer who makes a living in the world of aviation. But after a fire at a small Texas airport, an ATF agent uncovers Wright's ties to a breathtakingly audacious scam involving downed planes, sunken boats, and totaled cars.
Persons: Wright, what's Locations: Texas
The First 10 Minutes: Confessions of a Scam Artist
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Cnbc Prime Team | ) www.cnbc.com + 0.95   time to read: 1 min
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailThe First 10 Minutes: Confessions of a Scam ArtistT.R. Wright – the architect of what's been called "the wildest insurance fraud scheme Texas has ever seen" – shares his almost-too-crazy-to-be-true story with American Greed. Wright is a fast-talking wheeler dealer and young internet influencer who makes a living in the world of aviation. But after a fire at a small Texas airport, an ATF agent uncovers Wright's ties to a breathtakingly audacious scam involving downed planes, sunken boats, and totaled cars.
Persons: Wright, what's Locations: Texas
A litter of gray wolf pups has been spotted in Colorado for the first time in around 80 years, according to state wildlife officials. Colorado Parks and Wildlife said last week that several staff members have observed at least three pups of the endangered species in June. pic.twitter.com/vwnDMPKWgL — Colorado Parks and Wildlife (@COParksWildlife) June 9, 2021The gray wolf species was eradicated from Colorado in the 1940s and had not been seen again in the area since Jane arrived in the state in 2019 and John joined her in 2020. Even with the gray wolf no longer part of the federal list, they are still considered an endangered species by the state of Colorado. Capturing or killing a gray wolf in the state is punishable by a fine of $100,000, jail time and/or loss of hunting license.
Persons: John, Jane, CPW, Coloradans, Jared Polis, Libbie Miller Organizations: Colorado Parks, Wildlife, F1084, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, ESA Locations: Colorado, Denver, “ Colorado
Kalisz books first spot on US swim team for Tokyo
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 1.00   time to read: +1 min
Jun 13, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Chase Kalisz celebrates after winning the men's 400m individual medley final during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Swimming competition at CHI HEALTH CENTER OMAHA. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY SportsChase Kalisz secured the first spot on the U.S. Olympic swim team for the Tokyo Games after winning the men's 400m individual medley at the trials in Omaha, Nebraska on Sunday. Rio silver medallist Kalisz touched in a time of 4:09.09 ahead of Jay Litherland (4:10.33), who also booked a place on the team. Emma Weyant locked up her first Olympic berth after the 19-year-old won the 400m individual medley in 4:33.81 ahead of Hali Flickinger in 4:33.96. The Tokyo Olympics, delayed last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be held from July 23-Aug. 8.
Persons: Chase Kalisz, Rob Schumacher, Kalisz, Jay Litherland, Kieran Smith, Jake Mitchell, Emma Weyant Organizations: U.S . Olympic, CHI, Chase, U.S, Olympic, Tokyo Games, Tokyo, Thomson Locations: Omaha , Nebraska, USA, OMAHA
Some Microsoft employees slept in the company's data centers during the pandemic, an exec said. Another Microsoft exec previously told CNBC the company provided staff transport to data centers. Employees at Microsoft data centers sometimes slept on site during the pandemic, according to an executive at the tech giant. For some Microsoft employees in technical roles, remote working proved impossible. These included some staff at sites housing servers for Microsoft's online services, including Microsoft Teams, CNBC reported.
Persons: Kristen Roby Dimlow, Morgan Stanley, they'd, Read, Noelle Walsh, Satya Nadella Organizations: Microsoft, CNBC, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft's Cloud Operations, Innovation Locations: New York City
Paralympians still battle misconceptions, says Stockwell
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Rory Carroll | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
Jun 20, 2020; Antero Junction, Colorado, USA; USA Paratriathlete Melissa Stockwell rides during the USA Triathlon CO - COVID Ride Across Colorado at Colorado Highways. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY SportsSports fans still fail to recognize the huge effort and dedication it takes to get on to a Paralympic team, American triathlete Melissa Stockwell said. "Some misconceptions are that with the Paralympics, we just sign up and go to the Games," the Iraq war veteran told Reuters. "The hope is that people continue to realize that and put us on that same level playing field as Olympians." Stockwell, who has partnered with Team USA sponsor Nabisco to promote Olympics-themed snacks, encouraged people to take on new challenges.
Persons: Melissa Stockwell, Isaiah J, Downing, Stockwell, I've, that's, triathletes Organizations: Colorado Highways, USA, Sports, Paralympic, Iraq, Reuters, Paralympic Games, U.S, Team USA, Nabisco, Thomson Locations: Antero, Colorado, USA, American, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Rio, United States
Airbnb and Vrbo team up to crack down on party houses as economy reopens
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.68   time to read: 1 min
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailAirbnb and Vrbo team up to crack down on party houses as economy reopensCNBC’s Seema Mody joins ‘The News with Shepard Smith’ to discuss the party house crackdown as Airbnb and Vrbo team up to tackle unauthorized gatherings.
Persons: Seema Mody, Shepard Smith
Nets security guard who shoved Bucks' Tucker reprimanded by league -reports
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Jun 10, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward P.J. Tucker (17) yells in the face of Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) in the third quarter during game three in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY SportsA Brooklyn Nets security official who stepped onto the court and appeared to shove Milwaukee Bucks' P.J. Tucker during a game has been barred by the NBA from the team's Eastern Conference semi-finals matches in Milwaukee, U.S. media reported. "And in the 24 to 48 hours since if it's a Nets security guy and he's bumping our player, that doesn't seem like that's the protocol and what we'd expect from any type of security ...
Persons: Tucker, Kevin Durant, Benny Sieu, Mike Budenholzer, Budenholzer, it's Organizations: Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets, Fiserv Forum, NBA, team's Eastern, Fiserv, Nets, ESPN, Bucks, Athletic, Thomson Locations: Milwaukee , Wisconsin, USA, Milwaukee , U.S, Brooklyn, Milwaukee
Denmark's Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest when he collapsed during his side's Euro 2020 opening match against Finland, his team's doctor confirmed on Sunday, but the reason remained unclear. "He was gone; we did cardiac resuscitation, it was a cardiac arrest. Eriksen, 29, collapsed suddenly in the 42nd minute of the match while running near the left touchline after a Denmark throw-in. The Danish players had been in contact with Eriksen via a video conference, said Peter Moller, director of Danish football association DBU. "Looking back, I honestly don't think that we should have been back on the pitch," Hjulmand said.
Persons: Christian Eriksen, Denmark's Christian Eriksen, Morten Boesen, Eriksen, Boesen, " Eriksen, Peter Moller, Kasper Hjulmand, Hjulmand, Christian, he's, Peter Schmeichel, Michael Laudrup Organizations: UEFA, Finland, DBU, Inter Milan, Danish Locations: Denmark, Finland, Copenhagen
Covid News: Judge Dismisses Houston Hospital Workers’ Lawsuit Over Vaccine Mandate Experts worry a steep drop in testing will making tracking U.S. outbreaks harder. Judge dismisses Houston hospital workers’ lawsuit over vaccination mandate. A health care worker holding a vial containing doses of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine in Union City, N.J., in March. That mistake is most likely to blame for Emergent’s discovery in March that a batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccine had been contaminated with a key ingredient used to manufacture the AstraZeneca vaccine, the memo stated. decided that an additional 60 million Johnson & Johnson doses should not be used.
Persons: Chin Lee, Lynn N, Hughes, Jennifer Bridges, ” Judge Hughes, Bridges, , Marc Boom, Jared Woodfill, Jim Wilson, We’re, Susan Butler, Wu, Butler, Michael Osterholm, Mara G, Aspinall, Joseph Odelyn, Carissa Etienne, gasping, Richard Frechette, , Father Frechette, Elizabeth Campa, Zanmi Lasante, Ms, Campa, Jovenel Moïse, Le, Bruno Lemarquis, general’s, what’s, Lemarquis, Jacques Richard Miguel, Harold Isaac, Mauricio Lima, Moria, Johnson, Bryan Anselm, Dr, Peter Marks, Biden, Melina Delkic, ” Malcolm Clarke, it’s, Roy Cooper, Michael Gisser, Jodie, Mr, Cooper, Lauren Gibson, Buda Mendes, Jose Peseiro, Peseiro, ” Peseiro, Nelson Almeida, Argentina’s, , Roberto Firmino, Lucas Figueiredo, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, Denis Grishkin, Sergey S, Sobyanin, Vladimir V, Putin, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Felix Tshisekedi Organizations: Covid, Houston Hospital Workers, Houston Methodist Hospital, ., Houston Chronicle, Associated Press, District, Southern District of, Washington , D.C, Drug, for Disease Control, Houston Methodist, San Francisco International, New York Times, United States, University of Southern, Infectious Disease, University of Minnesota, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University, The New York Times, Pan American Health Organization, Luke, University Hospital of Mirebalais, United Nations, Authorities, European Union, Johnson, Food and Drug Administration, Emergent, AstraZeneca, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Breweries, Gov, Copa, Copa America, Brazil, Mane, Agence France, Copa América, CBF, EPA, Moscow News Agency, Reuters, Saudi Press Agency, Venezuelan national soccer team, Sunday, South American, Democratic, ” Reuters Locations: Moscow, Haiti, Baytown, Tex, ., Texas, Southern District, Southern District of Texas, United States, Washington ,, Maryland, U.S, Houston, United, University of Southern California, American, Associated Press Haiti, Covax, Port, Prince, Greece, Afghanistan, Lesbos, The New York Times ATHENS, Chios, Syria, Iraq, Baltimore, Union City, N.J, tote, Raleigh, N.C, Melina Delkic North Carolina, North Carolina’s, Charlotte, North Carolina, Brazil, Brasília, Venezuela, Caracas, Portuguese, Brasília ., Bolivia, South, Argentina, Colombia, Covid, Russian, epidemiologists, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Mecca, France, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa
Evidence is mounting that the four-day workweek could offer significant benefits by making employees happier and more productive. Making the transitionHickenlooper said he wanted to ensure productivity didn't take a hit when the company transitioned to the four-day workweek. The move to a four-day workweek also made a positive environmental impact. Out of the 13 employees Scroll had at the time, 100% said their relationships outside work improved and that they had been more productive. Before investing in a four-day workweek, Hickenlooper suggests putting effort into understanding how employees, and the company overall, work best.
Persons: Shane Hickenlooper, Hickenlooper, We've, ZipRecruiter, workweeks, workweek, Lindsey Chisholm Organizations: Microsoft Locations: Microsoft Japan, Spain
Live Euro 2020: Denmark’s Christian Eriksen Collapses During Match Eriksen received urgent medical treatment on the field during a game against Finland and was reported to be awake at the hospital. Credit... Friedemann Vogel/Pool, via Reuters Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed to the field late in the first half of his team’s game against Finland at Euro 2020 on Saturday in Copenhagen. — UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 12, 2021 The incident happened in the 43rd minute of a scoreless game. When the Finnish fans chanted “Christian,” their Danish counterparts answered with “Eriksen.” Parken hyllar Christian Eriksen. ✍🏼 An open letter to national team players.
Persons: Denmark’s Christian Eriksen, Eriksen, Wolfgang Rattay Denmark’s Christian Eriksen, Friedemann Vogel, Christian Eriksen, Stuart Franklin, , “ Eriksen, ” Parken hyllar Christian Eriksen, Finska, svarar ” Eriksen, mOFLq3gAqg — Michael Wagner, Simon Kjaer, Kaspar Schmeichel, Sabrina Kvist Jensen, Jonathan Nackstrand, hy the y, lea, ss,, russ, Bale, lem, ople, Bu, Tim e, eter, burg, team., Bru, ged, ament, ove, alkan, , Lau, the Ne, y, Mike H, ely, sia on Satu, Ronaldo, choi, Finlan, ong, ted, ely has the shado, gove, r. ✍🏼 Organizations: Finland, Wales, Reuters Denmark, Getty, UEFA, Agence France, Italian, Inter Milan, Ajax, Tottenham, England’s Premier League, unc, Uni, pla, eac, sid, Wal, HAL, UE, ust, Rus, ntl, ARD, aker, ard, Pro Locations: Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia, Copenhagen, Netherlands, goa, ste, Wales, ain, lier
Live Covid Live Updates: Moscow Orders Shut Down as Russia Battles New Wave of Cases Doctors in China report more severe cases in the country’s latest outbreak. Now, with Western countries emerging from lockdowns, Russia runs the risk of entering a vicious new wave of the virus. The regulator, in a statement issued on Friday evening, said that Emergent BioSolutions had made those doses at the same time as other batches of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that were found to be contaminated with the harmless virus used to manufacture the AstraZeneca vaccine. U.S. regulators have put the Baltimore facility under a microscope since March, when they discovered that a major production mishap had resulted in the contamination of a batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Commuters this month in New Delhi, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
Persons: Sergei Ilnitsky, Sergey S, Sobyanin, Mr, , Vladimir V, Putin, ” Mr, , ’ hesitancy, Lindsey Wasson, ” Darby LaJoye, Guan Xiangdong, , Chen Bin, Albee Zhang, Joshua Roberts, Brian P, Monahan, Steny Hoyer, Nancy Pelosi, Ms, Pelosi, Eraldo Peres, Venezuela’s, Jair Bolsonaro, Ambev, Tariq Panja, Jim Lo Scalzo, Johnson, Atul Loke, Donald J, Trump, Biden, Biden’s, coronavirus, Boris Johnson, Ghebreyesus, , Megan Specia, Fahad Organizations: U.S ., Workers, ., MOSCOW, Kremlin, Passengers, Tacoma International Airport, Reuters, Transportation Security Administration, AAA, Disease Control, Prevention, Getty, University, Delta, World Health Organization, Alpha, Health Commission, Guangzhou Municipal Health Commission, Maryland, CNN, Democratic, Centers for Disease Control, Republican, Copa América, Copa, Associated, South, Globo, Brazil, Associated Press, Conmebol, Venezuelan, team’s, Barranquilla Mayor's, Agence France, Argentina, Brazilian, Brazil’s, Mastercard, América, Johnson, Emergent, Health, AstraZeneca, Health Canada, Food and Drug Administration, New York Times, Group, The New York Times, Manufacturing, Innovation Center, Saudi Media Ministry, Saudi Press Agency, Saudi, Saudi Embassy, Twitter, of Hajj Locations: Moscow, Russia, China, Russian, epidemiologists, lockdowns, U.S, Seattle, Covid, Air, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Britain, Brazil, India, Delta, Seychelles, Mongolia, Shenzhen, Foshan, Washington, Venezuela, South American, Argentina, Colombia, Brasília, South America, Venezuelan, United States, Barranquilla, Canada, Baltimore, Md, Health Canada, New Delhi, British, Saudi, Saudi Arabia, Mecca . Credit, Mecca
Eriksen was surrounded by his teammates while being treated on the pitch and then stretchered away. The game was eventually restarted an hour and 45 minutes later after news came through that he had regained consciousness. Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand said several of his players had been too overwhelmed by the incident to finish the match. Several players, including captain Simon Kjaer who plays for Milan in Italy, were too upset to finish the game, he said. Hjulmand said the players came together in the dressing room, supporting each other and allowing themselves to show their emotions.
Persons: Kasper Hjulmand, Christian Eriksen, Wolfgang Rattay Denmark’s Christian Eriksen, Morten Boesen, Eriksen, Boesen, Christian, Hjulmand, Simon Kjaer, , what’s Organizations: Soccer Football, Parken, Denmark, REUTERS, Finland, UEFA, Milan, Thomson Locations: Denmark, Finland, Copenhagen, Boesen, Italy
Fully vaccinated lawmakers in the House of Representatives are no longer required to wear a mask or remain physically distanced while in the chamber or committee hearings, Brian Monahan, Congress's attending physician, announced Friday. In a memo, Monahan said mask wearing would be "discretionary" for vaccinated lawmakers and staff but required for those who have not yet been vaccinated. “Capitol Hill complex is at 85 percent vaccination rate which is extremely high.”The policy change comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy sparred over the requirements in recent months. Republicans argued that the mask mandate should be lifted, but Pelosi resisted changing the rules and argued everyone lawmaker needed to be vaccinated. The fine for breaking the mask rule was $500 for a first offense and $2,500 for a second offense.
Persons: Brian Monahan, Congress's, Monahan, , Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy sparred, Pelosi, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Chip Roy, Lauren Boebert, Colorado — Organizations: Democratic, Republicans, House Republicans Locations: Georgia, Texas, Colorado
The European Space Agency is sending an orbiter to Venus, joining forces with NASA. The ESA revealed Thursday that it's sending its own probe to Venus — an orbiter called EnVision. "Together with the newly announced NASA-led Venus missions, we will have an extremely comprehensive science program at this enigmatic planet well into the next decade." The NASA missions are set to launch between 2028 and 2030, and the ESA probe sometime in the early 2030s. That's because researchers found traces of phosphine — a gas typically produced by microbes on Earth — in the upper reaches of Venus' clouds.
Persons: NASA's, they're, Venus, Tom Wagner Organizations: European Space Agency, NASA, ESA, Venus, Venus Orbiter, JPL, Caltech, NASA Discovery Program
Citi Ventures is the in-house venture capital investing arm of Citigroup established in 2011. However, Arvind Purushotham, Citi Ventures' global head, told Insider there's more room to grow this year. A Citi Ventures spokesperson declined to disclose the firm's return on investment or total deal amount. Citi Ventures is embarking on a new strategyMore than a decade after its founding, Citi Ventures is nearing its 110th investment, with an active portfolio notching 72 companies. But increased competition often fosters change, and Citi Ventures has plans to broaden its focus and tweak its strategy.
Persons: Arvind Purushotham, Purushotham, Organizations: Citi Ventures, Citigroup, Plaid, Citibank, Citi, " Citi Ventures, Tiger Global, Citi —, Treasury, Tail Systems, RSA, verticals Citi Ventures Locations: CFO's, DocuSign
General Electric's renewables unit and LafargeHolcim, the world's biggest cement manufacturer, have struck a deal to explore the recycling of wind turbine blades. In a statement Thursday, the firms added they were looking into "new ways of recycling wind blades, including as a construction material to build new wind farms." The issue of what to do with wind turbine blades when they're no longer needed is a headache for the industry. Over the last few years, major players in wind energy have announced plans to try to tackle the problem. And in January 2020, wind energy giant Vestas said it was aiming to produce "zero-waste" turbines by the year 2040.
Persons: LafargeHolcim, Denmark's Orsted Organizations: GE Renewable Energy, COBOD, Veolia North America Locations: United States
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