President Lays Out Planned Executive Order After Stimulus Talks Fail

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has laid out the executive actions he said he would pursue if Congress does not reach a COVID-19 relief deal. Negotiations over the next stimulus package intended to bolster the economy and help struggling Americans pay their bills have stalled on Capitol Hill on Friday.At a hastily scheduled news conference at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club Friday evening, the President spoke to the media.He says the actions would include a payroll tax deferment, extending unemployment benefits, extending an eviction moratorium and deferring student loan payments and forgiving their interest. “If Democrats continue to hold this critical relief hostage, I will act under my authority as President to get Americans the relief they need,” Trump said.A White House official said that Trump was not expected to sign any executive orders immediately on Friday night.“They’re being drawn by the lawyers right now,” Trump said.Trump said “they’re talking about” deferring the payroll tax until the end of the year. “And I can extend it at a certain period … and it will be retroactive until July 1,” he said. “I’m going to enhance unemployment benefits through the end of the year,” he added, without specifying any amount.But the executive orders are expected to meet fierce resistance from Democrats who plan to challenge them in court. Democrats warn that executive action taken will be insufficient to address the extent of the economic and public health crisis faced by Americans during the pandemic.The lack of progress Friday followed a familiar pattern for negotiators who, despite roughly 20 hours of meetings, have struggled to agree even on the scope of the problem at hand. Now, Democrats and Republicans will have to make their arguments to an American public demanding more relief just three months from an election.No additional discussions are planned after nearly two weeks of daily meetings, and lead White House negotiators Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said they were recommending Trump move ahead with a series of executive orders. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Prep football Friday preview: Conference champions to be decided this weekend

first_imgThe final week of the prep football regular season is here and the Little 4 Conference, after five hotly contested weeks of league play, remains wide open as Arcata High, Ferndale and Hoopa all have shots at claiming at least a piece of the Little 4 crown tonight. Over in the Big 5 Conference, Eureka will look to secure an outright league title tonight when it heads south to face Fortuna, and Del Norte will try to slow down the scoring machine that is St. Bernard’s on Saturday when it returns …last_img read more

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By-election to Satara Lok Sabha seat on Oct. 21

first_imgTen days after Nationalist Congress Party MP from Satara Udayanraje Bhonsle resigned and joined the BJP, the Election Commission of India on Tuesday announced that the by-poll for the Lok Sabha seat would be held on October 21, along with Maharashtra Assembly election.Like the Assembly election, the schedule for which was announced on September 21, counting of votes for the Satara by-poll would be on October 24, according to the ECI’s schedule. An ECI spokesperson said the Commission took the decision to hold the by-poll after receiving a copy on Monday of a Bombay High Court order dismissing an election petition filed regarding the Satara Lok Sabha election.Mr. Bhonsle, a descendant of the Maratha ruler Shivaji, had submitted his resignation to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and then joined the BJP here in the presence of party president and Home Minister Amit Shah, working president J.P. Nadda and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Septmeber 14.The ECI said the notification for the by-poll would be issued on September 27. The last date for nominations would be October 4 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature would be October 7.last_img read more

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New York Times journalist Barry Bearak grows beard to visit Afghan prison

first_imgBarry BearakHere’s a story behind a story. There’s a reason why Barry Bearak, co-bureau chief of The New York Times in Delhi and this year’s Pulitzer prize winner for international reporting, sports a beard.Says a close friend and colleague in Delhi: “He grew a beard to visit an Afghan prison,Barry BearakHere’s a story behind a story. There’s a reason why Barry Bearak, co-bureau chief of The New York Times in Delhi and this year’s Pulitzer prize winner for international reporting, sports a beard.Says a close friend and colleague in Delhi: “He grew a beard to visit an Afghan prison for a story during the Taliban regime. He liked it so much, he kept it.”The $7,500 award announced last week came Bearak’s way for his “deeply affecting and illuminating coverage of daily life in war-torn Afghanistan”.In Delhi since 1998, the Illinois-bred Bearak, 53, shares the job with his wife Celia Dugger, the other co-bureau chief.Bearak, who has left his notepad behind at his Prithviraj Road home in Delhi, is at the moment collecting reams of praise in New York.last_img read more

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Alibaba sets up AI research centre in Singapore

This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Alibaba sets up AI research centre in Singapore (2018, February 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-alibaba-ai-centre-singapore.html Explore further The institute, a tie-up with Nanyang Technological University (NTU), is Alibaba’s first joint research centre outside mainland China. It aims to develop cutting-edge AI technologies in areas such as elderly care and urban transport.The institute will carry out research on artificial intelligence technologies for an initial five years, starting with a pool of 50 researchers from both organisations, according to a joint press statement.Alibaba chief technology officer Jeff Zhang said the Singapore venture was part of research and development efforts by Alibaba’s DAMO Academy, which was launched last year.A focus of the institute will be on technologies to help in caring for the elderly, including developing robot companions to stay with them at home and sensors to help detect problems.”Using AI technologies, we can address fundamental societal challenges such as an ageing population,” said NTU president Subra Suresh.Singapore, a city-state of 5.6 million people, has a rapidly ageing population which is causing problems such as labour shortages.There is intense competition among leading companies in the area of artificial intelligence, with Google, Microsoft and Amazon scrambling to develop new software and technologies. © 2018 AFP Alibaba is opening an AI research centre in Singapore Microsoft, Alibaba AI programs beat humans in a Stanford reading test Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba on Wednesday opened an artificial intelligence research institute in Singapore in partnership with a local university, as the battle to develop AI technology heats up. read more

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