Отметивший 100-летие Егор Лигачев знает, что и когда пошло не так!

Борис, ты не прав: отметивший 100-летие Егор Лигачев знает, что и когда пошло не так! «Он был одной из опорных колонн системы, власть воспитала его старательнее других. В нем было много веры, но мир его был разукрашен узорчиками из догм, — писал про Лигачева один из его главных врагов, главред перестроечного “Огонька” Виталий Коротич. — Для участия в заговорах Лигачев был простоват, слишком порядочен и самоуверен. Его коммунизм был где-то посередине между русским монастырем и коммунистическим субботником. Он готов был завершить очередной пленум ЦК крестным ходом, но при этом свято…

John Niyo: Stafford trade talks raise pressure — and possibility — for new Lions GM Brad Holmes

Lions ownership didn’t even know who Brad Holmes was a couple of months ago. Now Sheila Ford Hamp is trusting a newly-hired, first-time general manager to trade away the most prolific passer in franchise history — and to get fair market value in return. If that sounds like a huge leap of faith, it is. But it’s also a huge opportunity for the 41-year-old Holmes to prove himself, tasked with orchestrating a deal that’ll go a long way in charting this franchise’s future, to say nothing of his own. Nearly…

Duce Staley reportedly joining Lions’ staff as assistant head coach

The Detroit Lions are adding another veteran player to their coaching staff. According to multiple reports, the team is bringing in former running back Duce Staley to both work with that position group and serve as Dan Campbell’s assistant head coach. Staley has spent the past decade with the Philadelphia Eagles, climbing from a special teams assistant to assistant head coach during that time. After the team fired Doug Pederson this offseason, they interviewed Staley for the head job before hiring Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni. Prior to coaching, Staley…

DOH confirms local transmission of UK COVID-19 variant in Bontoc

Gaea Katreena Cabico (Philstar.com) – January 26, 2021 – 9:08am MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health confirmed the local transmission of the new and more contagious coronavirus variant in Bontoc, Mountain Province. “The Department of Health confirms local transmission in Bontoc of the B.1.1.7 variant of SARS-CoV-2 as identified through genomic sequencing,” the DOH said in a statement released late Monday evening. “To date, all identified cases with the UK variant can be epidemiologically linked to cases coming directly from outside the country (importation) or from specific cases or…

Trump opens Florida office to push his former administration’s agenda

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Donald Trump opened an office in Florida on Monday that will handle his duties as a former U.S. president and seek to further his administration’s agenda. «The Office will be responsible for managing President Trump’s correspondence, public statements, appearances, and official activities to advance the interests of the United States and to carry on the agenda of the Trump Administration through advocacy, organizing, and public activism,» a statement said. The announcement came on the same day the House of Representatives delivered to the Senate an impeachment article…

Leon Black to step down as Apollo CEO after review of Epstein ties

By Mike Spector and Chibuike Oguh NEW YORK (Reuters) — Leon Black said on Monday he would step down as chief executive at Apollo Global Management Inc, the firm he co-founded 31 years ago and turned into a Wall Street powerhouse, following an independent review of his ties to the late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. While Black, whose net worth is pegged by Forbes at $8.2 billion, will remain Apollo’s chairman, his decision to step down as CEO illustrates how doing business with Epstein weighed on the…

US Senate confirms Yellen as first female Treasury secretary

Washington (AFP) — The US Senate on Monday voted by a wide margin to confirm Janet Yellen as the first woman to lead the Treasury Department, giving her a key role in Congress negotiations over a huge Covid-19 economic relief package. Yellen is not new to the role of trailblazer, as she also was the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve, from 2014 to 2018, and previously the White House Council of Economic Advisors. Her immediate job in the first weeks of the new administration will be to help win…

Mexican president’s COVID-19 revelation fuels criticism of pandemic response

By Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) — The Mexican president’s announcement he had COVID-19 just a few hours after taking a commercial flight unleashed renewed criticism of his handling of the pandemic, which has left the country with the fourth-highest death toll worldwide. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has a history of heart problems and high blood pressure, said Sunday evening he was being treated for mild symptoms of COVID-19 after attending meetings and public events in preceding days. The news capped the deadliest week of the coronavirus pandemic…

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Biden looks to speed up putting Tubman on $20 Bill, Psaki says WASHINGTON — The U.S. Treasury Department will resume Obama-era plans to put abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, and President Joe Biden wants to accelerate the process, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. U.S. money should “reflect the history and diversity of our country and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that,” she said at a briefing for reporters. “We’re exploring ways to speed up that effort.” Tubman, a former slave…

Moderna says it believes vaccine will work against new variants

(Reuters) — Moderna Inc said on Monday it believes its COVID-19 vaccine protects against new variants found in Britain and South Africa, although it will test a new booster shot aimed at the South African variant after concluding the antibody response could be diminished. The company said in a news release it found no reduction in the antibody response against the variant found in Britain. Against the South African variant, it found a reduced response but still believed its two-dose regimen would provide protection. Moderna shares closed 12.2% higher at…

A Covid crisis foretold: Asylum seekers should never have been held in military barracks

The alarming news that there has been a Covid-19 outbreak at the migrant camp in Kent has confirmed early warnings from migrant rights activists about the poor conditions the Home Office is exposing people to, by placing them in disused military barracks. Back in September, when the base was set to house hundreds who had entered the country, politicians, charities and human rights organisations spoke out against the decision. The «temporary accommodation» was deemed unfit, the facilities poor, space limited, safety inadequate. All these factors combined, it was argued, would…

Will my son be responsible for my medical bills when I die?

Q. I’ve been divorced for 40 years. I’m retired now. I have a few outstanding medical bills that I am currently paying on. If I die before they are paid off, who would be responsible? I do not own anything other than what goes in the bank on a monthly basis and back out again by the end of the month. I have one child who is 50 years old. Would he be responsible? — Planning A. You do not need to put this on the worry list. If you…

Tom Krasovic: Tyreek Hill of Chiefs heads back to Super Bowl with Bucs well aware of his dangerous speed

The best performance in the Super Bowl tournament’s semifinals belonged to a player who stands 5-foot-8 and weighs 185 pounds. Tyreek Hill, actually measured at 5-8 and an eighth of an inch by NFL scouts at his Pro Day in 2016, dominated the AFC title game as a receiver and a decoy. Hill, in laying waste to a sound but insufficiently fast Buffalo Bills defense, reaffirmed his status as the NFL’s most dangerous non-quarterback on offense (with the possible exception of Chiefs teammate Travis Kelce). You’d have to see him…

Tokyo stocks fall in morning as gains locked in following rally

Tokyo stocks dropped Tuesday morning as investors locked in gains a day after the benchmark Nikkei index ended at a new 30-year high, with sentiment also clouded by uncertainty about U.S. economic stimulus plans and coronavirus vaccines. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average shed 181.16 points, or 0.63 percent, from Monday to 28,641.13. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 9.04 points, or 0.49 percent, at 1,852.96. Decliners were led by marine transportation, rubber product, and nonferrous metal issues.

Senate Republican leader McConnell offers support for power-sharing deal with Democrats

(Reuters) — Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate Republican leader, in a statement on Monday said he would support a power-sharing agreement with Democrats after days of impasse held up the basic organization and daily work of the 50-50 chamber. Democrat Chuck Schumer, now the majority leader thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote, and McConnell had been at odds over the Republican’s demand that Democrats promise to protect the filibuster, which requires a 60-vote supermajority to advance most legislation. (Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Tom Hogue)

Biden signs «Buy American» order to support manufacturing industry

President Joe Biden on Monday signed a «Buy American» executive order to ensure that the federal government spends taxpayers’ money on U.S.-made goods in an effort to revitalize the country’s manufacturing industry. «Under the previous administration, the federal government contract awarded directly to foreign companies went up 30 percent. That is going to change on our watch,» Biden told a press conference, criticizing former President Donald Trump’s «America First» policy for not doing enough to invest in the country’s businesses. Some $600 billion is spent for government procurement every y…

Democrats may try to pass Biden’s COVID bill with majority vote: Schumer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday that Democrats may try to pass much of President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief bill using a process that would bypass a Republican filibuster and could pass with a majority vote. Biden wants Congress to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief proposal, but many Republicans have balked at the price tag. The Senate is split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, with Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote. Sixty votes are needed to overcome a procedural hurdle…

Guatemalan Maya families fear relatives among Mexican massacre victims

By Sofia Menchu GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) — Guatemalan Maya families said on Monday they feared relatives were among bodies found over the weekend in a remote part of northern Mexico along a route popular with migrant smugglers heading towards the U.S. border. After receiving a tip off in the border state of Tamaulipas in northern Mexico, Mexican authorities recovered 19 bodies, many of which had gunshot wounds and were badly charred. So far, the dead have not been identified. Evaristo Agustin was among some 30 indigenous men and women who…

914 new cases in Samut Sakhon

A disease control worker sprays disinfectant on a migrant worker at a field hospital in Samut Sakhon province on Jan 10. ARNUN CHONMAHATRAKOOL Samut Sakhon reported 914 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, as the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) hinted that it may begin relaxing disease control measures in some provinces. Of the 914 cases reported in the province on Monday, the highest daily number since the province was found to be the epicentre of the second wave, 844 were found through active case-finding. Out of…

Samsung Smart Lock keeps you safe at home while staying connected

(Philstar.com) – January 26, 2021 – 9:00am MANILA, Philippines — With the pandemic ravaging through our normal lives, we have been inside our homes like we never have before. Our family’s safety and welfare are our utmost priority and there is no better way to ensure our family’s protection than securing our front doors. Introducing Samsung Smart Lock SHP-DP609, the most advanced door opening solution with Push Pull lever, Fingerprint sensor and Mobile App. Have peace of mind knowing your family are safely home with Samsung’s Smart Lock’s amazing mobile…

Wright scores career-high 28, Pistons end 4-game skid with 119-104 victory over 76ers

DETROIT — What a difference a couple of days makes. And it helps when the opposition doesn’t have its best player. The Pistons took advantage of the Philadelphia 76ers playing without Joel Embiid and led the entire way through a 119-104 victory on Monday night at Little Caesars Arena. The win ended the Pistons’ four-game losing skid and turned the tables on Saturday’s loss to the Sixers Delon Wright had a career-high 28 points and added seven rebounds and nine assists. Jerami Grant had 25 points, eight rebounds and five…