Accounts – Many Creation Fri, 01 Oct 2021 06:58:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Accounts – Many Creation 32 32 Canada recommends masks, says emergency loans have no caps, but many limits Thu, 08 Apr 2021 02:38:32 +0000

OTTAWA (Reuters) – There will be no cap on the size of Canada’s emergency loans to large businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic, but there will be multiple restrictions, the government said on Wednesday because it has recommended to wear masks in public for the first time.

“We are not offering a bailout to businesses,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said of the loan facility at his daily press conference. The goal is to help them “weather this storm,” Trudeau said.

Also on Wednesday, medical authorities urged Canadians to wear non-medical masks.

“In situations where you cannot physically move 2 meters (6 feet) away, people are encouraged to wear masks,” said Trudeau, who later donned one when he entered Parliament.

For a second day in a row, coronavirus deaths in Canada increased by less than 1% from the previous day, according to official data.

The Emergency Funding Mechanism for Large Employers (LEEFF) on Wednesday is accepting applications from all companies, except finance, with annual revenue of C $ 300 million ($ 216 million) or more that are seeking funding from at minus C $ 60 million.

Among LEEFF’s restrictions, publicly traded companies issue warrants offering the ability to buy shares or receive cash equivalents, Finance Minister Bill Morneau told reporters, in order to allow the state to “share in the upside borrowers who see the recovery coming”.

Public health limitations aimed at slowing the pandemic have stunned businesses in Canada and around the world.

Air Canada AC.TO said last week it was downsizing by up to 60%. Canada’s oil industry is facing its worst crisis in 40 years.

A spokesperson for Canada’s second-largest oil producer Suncor Energy SU.TO said the company had managed its business “in such a way that it did not have to depend on these types of programs at the moment”.

Reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by Will Dunham and Marguerita Choy

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North Platte City Council Gives First Round Approval to Consolidate Mall Zoning | Local Thu, 08 Apr 2021 02:38:19 +0000

Council members voted 8-0 to grant the permit, forcing the Jensens to obtain the required building permit and pass city inspections.

The ordinances to adopt parking lot lighting standards and to rezone the former First Assembly of God Church and associated properties both won approval in the first round 8-0.

City officials said the lighting ordinance seeks to require lighting levels that will not disturb residents of neighboring homes.

The rezoning ordinance would zoning the H-1 Hospital to the vacant church at 808 W. Philip Ave. and lots at 805 W. Reid Ave. The New Life Church, which owns the properties, hopes to sell them for medical purposes.

Before addressing town planning issues, the council:

Accepted a “certificate of completion” for the reconstruction of downtown streets last year and passed orders to issue bonds totaling nearly $ 7.4 million for various completed infrastructure projects.

Approved the routine evening’s “consent agenda” after Mayor Brandon Kelliher withdrew his appointment as North Platte businesswoman Sophia Klein to a vacant position on the Composite Civil Service Commission of three members.

Kelliher apologized to Klein, who was in the audience, saying he had not noticed a provision in the bylaw stating that no more than two commission members may be from the same political party.

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Millions of people in Texas steamed for 2 days with no electricity, no heat: “It’s a complete bungle” Thu, 08 Apr 2021 02:38:09 +0000

AUSTIN, Texas – Anger over the failure of Texas’ power grid in the face of a record winter freeze increased on Tuesday as millions of residents of the energy capital of the United States continued to tremble with no assurance that their electricity and their heating – for 36 hours or more in many homes – would soon return or stay once it finally did.

“I know people are angry and frustrated,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who has woken up more than a million people still without power in his city. “So I am.”

In total, between 2 and 3 million customers in Texas still had no power for nearly two full days after historic snowfall and single-digit temperatures created an increase in demand for electricity to warm homes. homes unaccustomed to such extreme dips, distorting the state’s electricity grid and causing widespread blackouts. Other inclement weather, including freezing rain, was expected Tuesday evening.

To make matters worse, expectations that the blackouts would be a sacrifice shared by the state’s 30 million residents quickly gave way to a cold reality, as pockets in some of America’s largest cities, including San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin, were left to endure the brunt of a catastrophic power outage and freezing conditions that network operators in Texas knew were coming.

The blackout sparked growing outrage and demands for answers about how Texas – whose Republican leaders last year mocked California over the Democratic-led state’s progressive blackouts – failed such a massive test of a major point of state pride: energy independence. And it crossed politics, as angry Texans took to social media to highlight how, as their neighborhoods froze in darkness on Monday night, downtown skylines glistened despite desperate calls to save money. ‘energy.

“We are very angry. I was watching my neighbor, she is also angry, ”said Amber Nichols, whose north Austin home has had no electricity since Monday morning. “We are all angry that there is no reason to let entire neighborhoods freeze to death. “

She crunched in the ice clad in a parka and galoshes, as her neighbors dug their driveways in six inches of snow to move their cars.

“It’s a complete yawn,” she said.

The toll of the blackouts was of growing concern. Harris County emergency officials have reported “several carbon monoxide deaths” in or around Houston and reminded people not to use cars or gasoline generators indoors. Authorities said three young children and their grandmother, who were trying to warm up, also died Tuesday morning in a house fire in suburban Houston. In Galveston, the medical examiner’s office requested a refrigerated truck to expand storage of the bodies, although County Judge Mark Henry said he was unsure how many deaths were weather-related.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has called for an investigation by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates the state’s electricity grid. His outrage struck a very different tone from a day earlier, when he told Texans that ERCOT was putting residential customers first and power was restored to hundreds of thousands of homes.

But a few hours after these assurances, the number of outages in Texas only increased, at one point surpassing 4 million customers.

“This is unacceptable,” Abbott said.

By late Tuesday afternoon, ERCOT officials said part of the power had been restored, but they warned that even those gains were fragile and further blackouts were possible.

The grid began preparing for the storm a week in advance, but reached a breaking point on Monday morning as conditions deteriorated and shut down power plants, the president said. ERCOT, Bill Magness. Some wind turbine generators were iced up, but nearly twice as much energy was wiped out in natural gas and coal-fired power plants. Forcing controlled blackouts was the only way to avoid an even more serious power outage in Texas, Magness said.

“What we are protecting ourselves from is worse,” he said.

Still, Magness said ERCOT couldn’t offer a firm timeline for when power could be fully restored. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Texas had requested 60 generators and that hospitals and nursing homes would be given priority.

Thirty-five heated shelters have been opened to accommodate more than 1,000 people statewide, FEMA said at a briefing. But even they were not spared from the blackouts, as Houston was forced to shut down two on Monday due to a loss of power.

Ed Hirs, an energy researcher at the University of Houston, said the problem was a lack of untimely power plants and a state-wide energy market that does not encourage companies to generate electricity. electricity when demand is low. In Texas, demand peaks in August, at the height of the state’s sweltering summers.

He rejected the fact that the storm exceeded what ERCOT could have predicted.

” It’s absurd. It’s not acceptable, ”Hirs said. “Every eight to ten years we have very bad winters. It is not a surprise.”

Joshua Rhodes, an energy researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, said the state’s power grid suffered a longer, deeper and more widespread cold snap than the one Texas had since experienced. decades.

Climate change must also be taken into account, he said.

“We’re going to have to plan for more of that kind of weather. People said it would never happen in Texas, and yet it does. “

Stephanie Murdoch, 51, began bundling up in her Dallas condominium with blankets, two pairs of pants, three pairs of socks, a hat and gloves since the first power cut Monday morning. She said she was worried about another winter weather forecast storm for Tuesday night and the possibility of her house’s pipes bursting.

“There is a serious lack of preparedness on the part of energy companies not to be ready,” Murdoch said.

In Houston, Barbara Matthews said she stayed home until Monday night. It was then that the 73-year-old finally called 911 and was taken to the nearby foundry church, where dozens of other people also took refuge. During the drive, she noticed a subdivision just down the road that had current.

“It’s aggravating that some parts of the street are lit and we don’t have it,” Matthews said. “When they said blackouts, I took them at their word.”


Associated Press editors Jim Vertuno and Acacia Coronado in Austin; Jake Bleiberg and Dave Koenig in Dallas; and Jeff Martin in Atlanta contributed to this report.

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26-year-old Kalamazoo man faces federal drug and weapons charges after ‘controlled purchase’ of crack cocaine Thu, 08 Apr 2021 02:37:49 +0000

KALAMAZOO, MI – A man from Kalamazoo arrested last summer for allegedly threatening to kill people in a Facebook Live video is being charged in federal court with drug and arms trafficking.

Jhontae Kaprice Jamison, 26, was arrested on January 28 by the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team after a controlled purchase of crack by an undercover agent, according to a copy of Jamison’s warrant filed in federal court.

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Jamison, who has reportedly sold to the agent several times before, was indicted on 10 drug and weapons offenses in Kalamazoo County District Court on February 1 following his arrest. But those charges have since been dropped as the federal drug case was filed in U.S. District Court.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge on Thursday (February 4) announced in a press release that Jamison had been detained, pending trial, on federal charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession in intending to distribute basic cocaine and possession of a firearm for additional purposes. of a drug trafficking crime.

Jamison, if convicted, could face up to 20 years in prison for the cocaine charge, up to 10 years for the felon in possession of a firearm charge and face a sentence mandatory at least 5 years, consecutive to any other sentence imposed, for possession of a firearm in drug trafficking, Birge said.

After allegedly buying crack cocaine from Jamison on January 28, KVET agents obtained a search warrant against him, court documents show.

Prior to executing the warrant, officers located Jamison’s car at the Davis Creek Apartments in Portage. Jamison eventually left an apartment and when investigators attempted to make contact, he fled, hitting the building with his car in the process, court documents show.

Investigators located the car to a parking lot on Alvan Road in Kalamazoo. Seeing the unmarked KVET vehicle, Jamison ran, scaling a large metal fence topped with barbed wire. He was ultimately arrested after officers arrested the mother of Jamison’s child and found him in the car, court documents show.

After his arrest, court documents indicate that Jamison waived his rights to Miranda and admitted to occasionally selling crack cocaine, and that he knew he could not legally own a gun as a criminal.

Jamison, who was the victim of a July 31 shooting in Kalamazoo, had previously been arrested and charged with making terrorist threats and using a computer to commit a crime from a hospital room on August 1.

Jamison could be heard in the video, which was shown during his preliminary hearing on November 10 in Kalamazoo District Court, calling out a group of people, swearing on his mother that they “better not be out. “When he gets out of the hospital, and if they dare to be, they better have sticks – gun slang, according to the prosecutor’s office.

“We’ll see if you (expletive) about it, because I’m on it,” he said. “You can’t (swear) with me,” he said in the video.

When the charges in that case were dismissed, Kalamazoo County District Judge Tiffany Ankley said Jamison made a lot of innuendo.

“I don’t necessarily take this as a specific threat in terms, and I appreciate that the prosecution doesn’t require a specific threat in terms, but it has to express a warning of danger or harm and I don’t know which rises to that’s level at this point, ”Ankley said.

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Is it time to rent your children’s clothes? | London Evening Standard Thu, 08 Apr 2021 02:37:28 +0000

In 2020, our life is officially for rent.

From our homes and vacation homes to super yachts and sports cars, to bikes, watches, table sets, handbags, pets, clothing and wedding dresses, we are gradually divorcing the fixation on the property in favor of live what we want, when we want, then send it back.

And today, the My Wardrobe HQ luxury dress rental platform added another category to the list, with the launch of Europe’s premier luxury children’s clothing rental and resale market.

Responding to demands from its existing clientele of fabulously dressed women, the platform has extended the premium brand offering to children – or “little sharers” is the brand that refers to them.

The Middle Daughter, one of the brands featured on My Wardrobe Kids / My wardrobe HQ

Much like with its main womenswear rental business, small sharers can rent or purchase a range of designer inventory not only from the current season, but also runway, exclusive press, or non-sample items. capsule products and collections, from everyday wear to smarter designers. outfits for special occasions such as birthdays, christenings and weddings.

By stocking clothes for boys and girls from 12 months to 12 years old, the platform launched with a list of chic children’s clothing brands including Marie Chantal, Bonpoint, Caramel, Molo, The Middle Daughter, Elie, Dotty Dungarees, House of Minimus and Noon By Noor Mini.

Molo is one of the brands present on My Wardrobe Kids / My wardrobe HQ

Not only does it make financial sense not to spend a lot of money on children’s clothes when they come out in a few months, but sharing children’s clothes is also a lasting solution to the roughly £ 140million problem. of clothes that end. landfilled annually in the UK alone

“By extending the life cycle of a person’s clothing by just nine months, we can reduce the environmental impact by up to 30% and we can extend the life cycle of a garment up to fifteen times,” explains Sadie Mantovani, Creative Director at My Wardobe Kids, whose three-year-old Scout girl was one of the first little sharers to test the service.

So how does it work? Simply navigate to the site and choose the chic outfit you want to rent (rental periods are 4-14 days), then when you’re done return it using the free DPD return label via prepaid and My Wardobe will take care of the dry cleaning and ironing. There are also full refunds for any unworn items and for anything you can’t part with, email the team and they’ll arrange for you to buy your rental and keep it for life. The next step, Mantovani says, will be a monthly subscription service, where customers pay a monthly fee allowing for a set number of outfit changes during that period.

There are those who have ethical concerns about the massive dry cleaning bills associated with clothing rental companies (Rent the Runway, the largest rental platform in the United States, is known to be the largest cleaner. US dry, measured in pounds per hour). In an effort to combat this, My Wardrobe uses the most environmentally friendly clothing cleaning technology available; a pioneering system called Ozone, which, by using oxidation rather than harsh chemicals, uses 65 percent less water, 20 percent less energy, and 80 percent less chemicals than conventional techniques.

For those with hygienic concerns related to Covid, Mantovani assures that the Ozone system “kills bacteria and viruses so that every item is disinfected, sanitized and deodorized between rentals, and leaves clothes in a state of cleanliness. medical grade, which makes it safer when it reaches the customer than it would find clothes buying them in stores.

Mantovani, who has spent the past two decades working in luxury fashion public relations, most recently as vice president of communications at Ralph Lauren (a position she left to start her own consultancy firm in 2018), also highlights the benefits for the brands involved.

“Having worked with brands for so long and knowing what is attractive to their leaders, I have been impressed by the ease of it all,” she says, “and the monetary benefit to the brands, as well as the how it works to bring a new customer into their own stores. Our research shows that renting actually acts as a trial entry before buying into a brand, and customers then buy it more often at full price .

“We’re giving brands and retailers an additional way to sell parts that didn’t go into production, were press samples, or didn’t sell at the end of each season. “

So it’s good for brands and depending on your usual spending on kids’ clothes maybe easier on mom and / or dad’s wallet. The only risk is that all this wardrobe change could turn your “little sharer” into a mini fashion diva… at least lasting.

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Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward on decision not to leave bubble for child birth: “I might miss the birth if she rushes to the hospital” Thu, 08 Apr 2021 02:37:07 +0000

Boston Celtics winger Gordon Hayward joined the squad for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday as the Celtics beat the Heat 117-106 to end the series at 2- 1.

Hayward, who missed a month with a Grade 3 ankle sprain, returned to Indiana to spend time with his wife and family while injured. When the bubble started, he told reporters he was planning to leave for the birth of his son – his wife is due to give birth this month.

Now, however, Hayward has said he plans to stay with the Celtics for the duration of their playoffs.

“I think it was obviously not in the plan, to get injured, to go back to Indianapolis for treatment,” Hayward said after Saturday’s game. “I trust these guys with everything out there. Obviously I was a little lucky that Robin was already there at Indy, so I was lucky to be home and have great treatment, but that was not in the plan. Robyn could have a baby anytime, so I think it’s probably something I’ll be there and by the time I get back I might miss the birth if she comes in and rushes to the hospital. So we discussed it, we prayed about it, and I think it’s probably best if I stay here and help our team.

ESPN’s Rachel Nichols initially broke the news of Hayward’s decision to broadcast Game 3. Brad Stevens was surprised to learn that Hayward made his decision after the game.

“She didn’t tell me,” Stevens joked, referring to Nichols. “So if he wants to go back there for the birth of his child, that takes priority. It’s his decision and it’s, you know, I want to leave it at that. It’s his decision.

Gordon’s wife Robyn Hayward weighed in via Instagram.

“No, I’m not in labor,” she wrote. “When I want to tell everyone when this boy was born I will. Until then lol please stop talking about it. Gordon is not going to leave the bubble for childbirth so stop asking that also thanks.”

Hayward said his first comeback game was a challenge, especially from a conditioning standpoint.

“The first five minutes were definitely different,” said Hayward. “This is my first time playing 5v5 basketball, just with the way the rehab had to be done here, it’s so different, so I didn’t really have the opportunity to start, and I certainly don’t think 100%, but that’s kind of what it is, we’re in the Eastern Conference final. So I’m going to give us all I can. Continuing, I’m going to find my rhythm and get better and better, or at least that’s the plan.

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]]> 0 Overseas Olympic ticket holders can only get a partial refund Thu, 08 Apr 2021 02:36:19 +0000 The issue of refunds emerged weeks ago when local organizers and the Japanese government decided to ban most overseas fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

TOKYO, Japan – Many fans living outside of Japan who have purchased tickets for the Tokyo Olympics from brokers – known as authorized ticket resellers – will not be fully refunded. And they can have a long wait for a refund.

The issue of refunds arose a week ago when local organizers and Japanese government decided to ban most overseas fans because of the pandemic.

There are dozens of Authorized ticket resellers. They are usually appointed by National Olympic Committees and are allowed to charge a 20% handling fee on tickets. For $ 2,000 worth of tickets, for example, the reseller may charge $ 2,400.

CoSport, the ATR for the United States and other territories and countries, said in a letter this weekend to ticket holders that it would not reimburse processing fees. He said he would reimburse the face value of the ticket and the shipping costs.

The letter, signed by CoSport President Robert F. Long, said: “CoSport and other Olympic entities have encouraged the Japanese government and organizers to reimburse all costs incurred by international spectators.

Tokyo organizers have said they will refund face value of tickets, but are not responsible for other additional charges. They said they would not cover additional charges imposed by ATRs, or cancellation fees for hotels or flights.

New Jersey-based CoSport added that it would not receive refunds from organizers until “the third quarter of this year” and could not start paying refunds until then.

He also asked buyers to request refunds almost immediately. She set the deadline for April 9 to submit the required document.

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“Failure to meet this deadline will jeopardize your refund,” the letter said. “We realize this is a quick turnaround time, however, it is based on the time frame we must meet to request a refund on your behalf.”

In addition, by requesting a refund, customers can effectively release CoSport from any further claims. This would prevent ticket holders from pursuing further legal action.

Brandon Nagata, who lives in Honolulu, said he spent nearly $ 4,000 on tickets. He said he requested reimbursements from CoSport more than six months ago. He said he received $ 209 but is still awaiting reimbursement of $ 420.

He said he had kept about $ 3,000 in tickets, hoping to be able to attend.

“I don’t like them making us fill out a form with information they already have,” he wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “It’s another to delay the refund or prevent customers from getting the refunds. “

Records show that CoSport, which also operates as JET Set Sports, received two loans of $ 784,900 each under a coronavirus-related loan program run by the Small Business Administration. One arrived in April 2020 and the other in January, for a total of $ 1,569,800.

The future of CoSport and all resellers is in question with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba set to resume ticket sales from the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Andrew Pham, who lives in Spokane, Wash., Spent around $ 2,500 on tickets and slammed the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee for repeatedly appointing CoSport as a ticket agent. He questioned the level of customer service provided.

Cartan Tours, which is the reseller for most of the Caribbean and Latin America, did not indicate on its website how it would handle refunds, or when. He said it would work “to get all eligible and applicable refunds.”

Team GB, which handles sales in Britain, has indicated on its website that it will reimburse in full.

“If you have purchased one or more travel packages through us, they are protected by our COVID-19 guarantee, offering 100% money back,” the group said.

Tokyo organizers said around 600,000 Olympic tickets were sold to people outside of Japan. Japanese residents bought 4.45 million. Organizers said several years ago that there would be a total of 7.8 million tickets to the Olympics.

Excluding overseas fans will be a big blow to the budget of the local organizing committee. He expected to receive $ 800 million from ticket sales and any shortfall will have to be filled by Japanese government entities.

The the official cost of the Olympics is $ 15.4 billion. However, several government audits suggest it could be double, and everything but $ 6.7 billion is public money. A study from the University of Oxford indicates that these are the most expensive Olympics on record.

No ticket information has been provided by the organizers of next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics, which will open in 10 months – February 4, 2022. Fans from overseas may well are also prohibited from these games, which are called the “Genocide Games”.

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Forgivable loans are a financial lifeline | Newspaper Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:17:42 +0000

The pandemic has hit small businesses in West Virginia hard, hitting restaurants and cafes like The Black Dog Coffee Company in Shenandoah Junction. Concerned about continuing to operate in a changing economic landscape, owners Jennifer and Brian Bircher have received a financial lifeline from the US Small Business Administration (SBA).

“The Payroll Protection Program (PPP), covering our salary costs, has allowed us to use the income from our daily sales to pay local suppliers who are also struggling during all of this,” said Jennifer Bircher.

This financial cushion also gave the Birchers time to install a walk-in window and start offering online orders and payments.

“Thanks to PPP and the backbone of our business model, we have been able to stay open and pay our employees who are our most valuable asset,” she said.

The P3 was the result of a coordinated, bipartisan effort by Congress and this administration to respond quickly to struggling small businesses in West Virginia and across the country. And it has become one of the largest federal disaster response efforts in history – more than 4.9 million small businesses have received forgivable loans, totaling over half a trillion dollars. aid dollars.

In West Virginia, the PPP injected nearly $ 1.8 billion into more than 17,000 bank accounts at small businesses like The Black Dog Coffee Company.

Importantly, the Trump administration and Congress have gone to great lengths to ensure that these forgivable loans were available to businesses most in need, especially those owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people who have been disproportionately hit. by the coronavirus pandemic, including rural West Virginia.

With a focus on speed and fairness, the SBA increased the number of financial institutions authorized to make loans from 1,800 to 5,500 lenders, including not only community banks and hundreds of credit unions. , but also lenders specializing in social and economic connection. disadvantaged enterprises with capital.

More than 300 community development financial institutions, 122 minority deposit institutions, 53 agricultural credit institutions and non-bank lenders such as fintechs have been mobilized as part of this unprecedented public-private partnership.

This extraordinary effort paid off. Almost 70% of PPP loans went to companies with less than 10 employees, a significant allocation given that an average small minority-owned company has eight employees.

Tens of millions of jobs have been saved by the program, many of which would otherwise have been lost. PPP is accomplishing its mission of quickly stabilizing small businesses across our country by helping them keep their doors open and their employees on the payroll.

After two rounds of emergency funding distributed through PPP, it is clear that the program is succeeding in its vital role of helping our economy to recover; last month we saw the biggest employment increase ever measured in a single month.

Small businesses are large businesses in West Virginia, a state of 113,779 small businesses that employ nearly half of the state’s private workforce.

The SBA’s work to help small business recovery is not over. The massive coronavirus relief program was passed by Congress and signed by President Trump, the CARES Act, which further provided emergency assistance to small businesses by allowing the SBA to pay six months of principal, d interest and all associated fees that current borrowers, as well as new borrowers, owe on the most popular SBA loans, 7 (a), 504 and microloans.

Small businesses in West Virginia have made a significant contribution to America’s thriving economy just a few months ago – and it will be the same resilient entrepreneurs who will lead the way in helping our country reopen in full. security and restore economic growth.

Shelley Moore Capito is a United States Senator from West Virginia.

Jovita Carranza is the administrator of the US Small Business Administration.

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Prescription mouthwash recalled because it may be contaminated with bacteria Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:17:41 +0000

Precision Dose, Inc. is voluntarily recalling prescription mouthwash because it was notified by the. maker, Sunstar Americas, that it can be contaminated with bacteria.

Chlorhexidine Gluconate Mouthwash USP, 0.12%, 15ml unit dose cups with an expiration date of January 31, 2021 through February 28, 2022, may be contaminated with Burkholderia lata, according to an announcement with the United States Food and Drug Administration.

The rinse is used to treat gingivitis and is only available with a prescription.

In healthy patients, flushing “can lead to oral and potentially systemic infections requiring antibacterial therapy.”

In populations most at risk, use of the defective product can lead to life-threatening infections, such as pneumonia and bacteremia. To date, no adverse events have been reported to Precision Dose, Inc. related to this recall.

The mouthwash was distributed in cases containing either three shrink-wrapped plastic trays with 10 unit dose cups (NDC number 68094-028-62) or cases with 10 shrink-wrapped plastic trays each containing 10 single cups (NDC number 68094-028 -61).

The products concerned are:

Lot number 502037, expiration date January 31, 2021, NDC numbers 68094-028-61 and 68094-028-62.

Lot number 502040, expiration date January 31, 2021, NDC numbers 68094-028-61 and 68094-028-62.

Lot number 502043, expiration date January 31, 2021, NDC numbers 68094-028-61 and 68094-028-62.

Lot number 502494, expiration date August 31, 2021, NDC numbers 68094-028-61 and 68094-028-62.

Batch number 502757, expiration date August 31, 2021, NDC number 68094-028-61.

Lot number 502677, expiration date September 30, 2021, NDC number 68094-028-61.

Lot number 502693, expiration date October 31, 2021, NDC number 68094-028-61.

Batch number 502728, expiration date October 31, 2021, NDC number 68094-028-61.

Lot number 502759, expiration date October 31, 2021, NDC number 68094-028-62.

Lot number 502771, expiration date November 30, 2021, NDC numbers 68094-028-61 and 68094-028-62.

Batch number 502784, expiration date November 30, 2021, NDC number 68094-028-61.

Lot number 502824, expiration date December 31, 2021, NDC number 68094-028-61.

Lot number 502925, expiration date February 28, 2022, NDC number 68094-028-61.

For more information, contact Precision Dose at 800-397-9228 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT weekdays or email


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Analysts warn of government use of foreign liquidity reserves for infrastructure – benarnews Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:17:39 +0000

The decision of the government of Bangladesh to borrow funds from the central bank’s foreign exchange reserves for development projects has led analysts to warn that there is “no mechanism of checks and balances” guaranteeing responsibility.

The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched the Bangladesh Infrastructure Development Fund (BIDF) last month. the World Bank and China.

“This effort will be aimed at efficient investment of excess foreign currency reserves,” Hasina said at the virtual signing ceremony on March 15.

“It will not only be good for the country, but will also help us develop our own confidence and self-esteem, and we can show the world that we can do it.”

AHM Finance Minister Mustafa Kamal said the government created the fund by taking US $ 2 billion from the foreign exchange reserves of the Bank of Bangladesh – the central bank – to finance infrastructure projects.

“We gave $ 618 million from this fund to Payra Port to develop its channel,” he told BenarNews last week.

“We have not yet decided whether we will take more money from the central bank reserves. I think we need to develop a policy in this regard. We are working on the formulation of the policy, ”Kamal said.

Bangladesh is the first government in South Asia to create such a fund, according to Mahmood Osman Imam, professor of finance at Dhaka University.

“To the best of my knowledge, Bangladesh is the first country in South Asia to use foreign currency from the central bank reserve,” he told BenarNews.

“This decision is good in the sense that we don’t need to go to foreign countries or foreign lenders to get funds, so we won’t need to pay high interest for the loan”, a- he declared.

Still, he said he was concerned about the fund.

“One of the biggest risks is corruption. Very often we find that the time and cost of projects are stretched. Any unjustified increase in costs would render projects unsustainable or lose businesses – in which case the whole investment would be jeopardized, ”Osman Imam said, noting that there is no independent body to monitor. funding.

Another analyst offered a similar view on government action.

“The $ 2 billion loan [from the reserves] is not a large amount, it is acceptable. But taking more loans from reserves is risky, ”Professor Mustafizur Rahman told BenarNews, referring to how much Hasina’s government had placed in the fund.

“It’s risky because there is no mechanism of checks and balances in the lending process,” said Rahman, a researcher at the Center for Policy Dialogue, a private think tank.

The money was transferred to BIDF from $ 44 billion in foreign currency held by the central bank, Kazi Sayedur Rahman, deputy governor of Bangladesh Bank, told BenarNews.

“In fact, the decision to use the central bank reserve funds for infrastructure development was taken by the government and we agreed to it. We have provided the funds and are involved in the execution of the government’s decision, ”he said.

“We have no headaches regarding the implementation and sustainability of the project. “

Salehuddin Ahmed, former central bank governor, said the amount of foreign currency in reserves was high as remittances sent by expatriates continued during the pandemic while imports declined, requiring less spending. The government collects some of the money returned by expatriates and has had to spend less this year as the need for imports has decreased.

“Borrowing from central bank reserves is not a good idea. For now, we can afford $ 2 billion, but this example should not open the door to borrowing from the central bank reserve, ”he said.

According to an article in the Daily Star, a local newspaper, “the government will only use the fund to invest in projects that would have a high rate of return, and BIDF’s annual investment would not exceed $ 2 billion.”

“[T]The government has decided to give it the green light, hoping that it will generate significant returns and also help save on foreign exchange spent on projects where costs often skyrocket due to interest rates and other hidden costs of foreign loans, ”the Star reported.

Foreign loan problems

Mustafizur Rahman noted that the government was using these funds because they would be challenged by foreign lenders such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank or the Chinese government.

“It’s because agencies and countries have their own rules for approving loans to a country. The borrower must meet the conditions to get the funds. In addition, they would ask questions about whether the projects they were going to fund were economically, socially and environmentally sustainable, ”he told BenarNews.

“In addition, the lenders are carefully considering whether there was a risk of corruption in the project.”

In establishing the fund, the government serves as a project evaluator and recipient of BIDF allocations, Rahman said.

“There is no mechanism in place to raise questions about the cost or the viability of the project,” he said. “The government’s word is final.

Kamal said this is not the case even though the government does not have the expertise to determine the cost of the Port of Payra and other large projects.

“It is not true that there is no mechanism to maintain checks and balances in the allocation of funds for projects,” Kamal said. “A world-renowned German consulting firm has assessed the cost of the canal development project. Based on the assessment, we fixed the loan amount at the port of Payra.

Role of Sonali bank

Subhash Chandra Das, CFO of Sonali Bank, said his bank had received the funds from Bangladesh Bank and would handle the transfer of funds for the port project.

“We will donate the money in 12 installments over the next three years. After receiving each installment, the Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Payra Port Authority, will pay us 2% interest – we will get 1% while the Central Bank of Bangladesh will get 1% interest ”, a- he said, adding that the port must repay the loan over seven years after receiving the last payment.

Chinese loans carry 3% interest as well as service fees and take time to be approved, authorities say.

Last month, Kamal said the government planned to use foreign loans for the Payra project.

“But we changed it and decided to implement it with our own funding,” he told reporters, saying seeking foreign loans would increase the cost of the project.

“Since we have our money, we will take part of the foreign exchange reserve to implement the project – there is no ambiguity about this,” he said.

Since returning to power in 2009, Hasina’s ruling party, the Awami League, has promoted “development policy.”

In accordance with this policy, the government established the 6.15 km (3.8 miles) double-decker Padma Bridge that would connect the capital to the south-central and southwestern part of Bangladesh, separated by the Padma River. . It has used general funds to pay for the construction of the road section of the bridge while China is funding the rail section which is expected to be completed in 2024.

The government is also implementing the first subway rail project to reduce traffic jams in Dhaka. Funded by Japan, the project is due to be completed by the end of the year, officials said.

In addition, the government has undertaken road, bridge and railroad projects with funding from China and India.

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