Illinois public health officials reported 10,526 cases and 148 COVID-19 deaths Friday, while offering the first details on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.
Illinois public health officials reported 10,526 cases and 148 COVID-19 deaths Friday, while offering the first details on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.
The American avenged his 2014 defeat by the Irishman with the biggest win of his career
The Irishman famously won the first fight between the two back in 2014 but had no answer in the rematch as the American enacted his revenge
The Egyptians who took to the streets on Jan. 25, 2011, knew what they were doing. Police forces backed off, and within days, former President Hosni Mubarak agreed to demands to step down. A decade later, thousands are estimated to have fled abroad to escape the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi that is considered even more oppressive.
Spencer Phipps went to Iceland to film the trailer for his fall men's collection, inspired by polar explorers and ocean preservation.
The entire University of Michigan athletic department is pausing after several positive tests for the new COVID-19 variant that transmits at a higher rate. The 11th-ranked women's basketball team was set to play at home against Purdue on Sunday. The men's gymnastics event at Nebraska was also postponed.
There was extra basketball played in Phoenix for a second straight night and it was all Jamal Murray's fault. The fifth-year Nuggets guard has done some of the finest work in his NBA career against the Suns and the good times lasted deep into Saturday evening largely because of his clutch shooting. Murray's difficult, off-balance 3-pointer at the end of regulation forced overtime and Denver outlasted Phoenix 120-112 in two overtimes.
New Zealand has reported its first coronavirus case outside of a quarantine facility in more than two months, although there was no immediate evidence the virus was spreading in the community. Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said Sunday the case was a 56-year-old woman who recently returned from Europe. New Zealand has eliminated community transmission of the virus, at least for now.
With McGregor slumped over on the canvas at Etihad Arena and unable to defend himself, referee Herb Dean jumped in to stop it at 2:32 of the second round.
(Winnipeg Jets) with a Goalie Save from Winnipeg Jets vs. Ottawa Senators, 01/23/2021
Dustin Poirier stopped Conor McGregor with a flurry of punches midway through the second round Sunday, avenging his loss to the Irish superstar with a knockout victory at UFC 257. Poirier (26-7) caught McGregor with a series of shots to the head before buckling his knees with two left hands. Poirier then sent McGregor to the canvas with a short right hand and finished it swiftly, setting off stunned excitement among the few thousand screaming fans allowed inside the Etihad Arena on Yas Island.
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CEOs only acted after the Capitol attack because Democrats took power. Their political dominance must be reduced Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, seen in 2018. For more than a decade Dimon has driven Wall Street’s charge against stricter bank regulation. Photograph: Benoît Tessier/Reuters The sudden lurch from Trump to Biden is generating vertigo all over Washington, including the so-called fourth branch of government – chief executives and their army of lobbyists. Notwithstanding Biden’s ambitious agenda, dozens of giant corporations have said they will no longer donate to the 147 members of Congress who objected to the certification of Biden electors on the basis of Trump’s lies about widespread fraud, which rules out most Republicans on the Hill. After locking down Trump’s account, social media giants like Twitter and Facebook are policing instigators of violence and hate, which hobbles Republican lawmakers trying to appeal to Trump voters. As a result of moves like these, chief executives are being hailed – and hailing themselves – as guardians of democracy. The New York Times praises business leaders for seeking “stability and national unity”. Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Airlines, says: “Our voice is seen as more important than ever.” A recent study by Edelman finds the public now trusts business more than nonprofits, the government or the media. For years, big corporations have assaulted democracy with big money, drowning out the voices of ordinary Americans Give me a break. For years, big corporations have been assaulting democracy with big money, drowning out the voices and needs of ordinary Americans and fueling much of the anger and cynicism that opened the door to Trump in the first place. Their assault hasn’t been as dramatic as the Trump thugs who stormed the Capitol, and it’s entirely legal – although more damaging over the long term. A study published a few years ago by two of America’s most respected political scientists, Princeton professor Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page of Northwestern, concluded that the preferences of the average American “have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically nonsignificant impact upon public policy”. Instead, lawmakers respond almost exclusively to the moneyed interests – those with the most lobbying prowess and deepest pockets to bankroll campaigns. The capture of government by big business has infuriated average Americans whose paychecks have gone nowhere even as the stock market has soared. The populist movements that fueled both Bernie Sanders and Trump began in the 2008 financial crisis when Wall Street got bailed out and no major bank executive went to jail, although millions of ordinary people lost their jobs, savings and homes. So now, in wake of Trump’s calamitous exit and Biden’s ascension, we’re to believe chief executives care about democracy? “No one thought they were giving money to people who supported sedition,” explained Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase and chairman of the Business Roundtable, referring to the disgraced Republicans. Yet Dimon has been a leader of the more insidious form of sedition. He piloted the corporate lobbying campaign for the Trump tax cut, deploying a vast war chest of corporate donations. For more than a decade Dimon has driven Wall Street’s charge against stricter bank regulation, opening bipartisan doors in the Capitol with generous gifts from the Street. (Dimon calls himself a Democrat.) When Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg shut Trump’s Facebook account, he declared: “You just can’t have a functioning democracy without a peaceful transition of power.” Where was Zuckerberg’s concern for a “functioning democracy” when he amplified Trump’s lies for four years? After taking down Trump’s Twitter account, Jack Dorsey expressed discomfort about “the power an individual or corporation has over a part of the global public conversation”. Spare me. Dorsey has fought off all attempts to limit Twitter’s power over the “global conversation”. He shuttered Trump only after Democrats secured the presidency and control of the Senate. If they were committed to democracy, CEOs would permanently cease corporate donations to all candidates Look, I’m glad CEOs are penalizing the 147 Republican seditionists and that big tech is starting to police social media content. But don’t confuse the avowed concerns of these CEOs about democracy with democracy itself. They aren’t answerable to democracy. At most, they’re accountable to big shareholders and institutional investors who don’t give a fig as long as profits keep rolling in. These CEOs could do a U-turn tomorrow. If they were committed to democracy, CEOs would permanently cease corporate donations to all candidates, close their Pacs, stop giving to secretive “dark money” groups and discourage donations by their executives. They’d stop placing ads in media that have weaponized disinformation – including Fox News, Infowars, Newsmax and websites affiliated with rightwing pundits. Social media giants would start acting like publishers and take responsibility for what they promulgate. If corporate America were serious about democracy it would throw its weight behind the “For the People Act”, the first bills of the new Congress, offering public financing of elections among other reforms. Don’t hold your breath. Joe Biden intends to raise corporate taxes, increase the minimum wage, break up big tech and strengthen labor unions. The fourth branch is already amassing a war chest for the fight. Robert Reich, a former US secretary of labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few and The Common Good. His new book, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, is out now. He is a columnist for Guardian US
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Saturday's match went down more than six years after McGregor defeated Poirier in under two minutes at UFC 178 in 2014. Poirier walked away with the win.
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Tesla sold fewer than 500,000 cars last year, by far its highest annual total on record. That accounted for less than 1% of all global automotive sales. And yet Tesla is now one of the 10 most valuable companies in the world, and its co-founder and CEO, Elon Musk, is the wealthiest person alive. You can see why it's a company others would want to emulate. There is now a consensus that the future of automobiles will be powered by electricity, not gasoline. The first-mover advantage is a powerful thing, and Tesla clearly has it in the race to bring electric vehicles to the masses. But as the massive potential of this nascent market becomes obvious, it's also clear that there is still room for others to seize a significant slice for themselves. Two other electric vehicle upstarts with two different strategies have each raised billions in new funding from investors hoping to find just a little bit of that Tesla magic. That's one of nine things you need to know from the past week: Tesla's stunning 2020 has set the stage for a surge of investor interest in EVs. (Victor Habbick Visions/Getty Images) 1. An electric auto extravaganza Rivian and Cruise are not yet household names. But a host of powerful tech companies, automotive manufacturers and Wall Street investors are betting big that they will be soon. My colleague James Thorne has the full details on the combined $4.65 billion the two companies raised this week across separate rounds, as well as the steady progress they're making toward bringing their respective electric vehicles to the road. The short version: Rivian landed $2.65 billion at a $27.6 billion valuation in a round led by T. Rowe Price, with Fidelity Management & Research and Amazon's Climate Pledge Fund among the other investors. Cruise, which is owned by General Motors, raised over $2 billion at a $30 billion valuation, with GM, Honda and Microsoft all among its backers. Both companies are approaching electric vehicles from angles differing from Tesla, which has so far restricted its mainstream offerings to sedans and SUVs. Rivian is focusing on larger electric vehicles, with plans to bring an electric pickup truck and an SUV to market as soon as this year. It also has a contract to provide 100,000 electric delivery vans to Amazon. Cruise, meanwhile, is trying to step even further into the future, with a focus on electric cars that are also autonomous. Cruise began testing its driverless vehicles on the streets of San Francisco last month. The two new funding rounds underline just how capital-intensive it is to bring groundbreaking automotive technology to market at scale. Rivian has now raised an extraordinary $8 billion in total funding since the start of 2019, according to various reports and PitchBook data. Cruise, meanwhile, boasts more than $10 billion in funding since the time of its acquisition by GM in 2016. That acquisition is an interesting inflection point for the automotive space, a demonstration of just how quickly the industry has embraced the electric. GM paid $581 million in the deal, a drop in the bucket for one of the largest automakers in the world. Now, as new technological developments continue to make EVs cheaper and easier to produce, Cruise's $30 billion valuation represents a significant fraction of GM's roughly $80 billion market cap. Rivian and Cruise are two of the best-funded entrants in the electric vehicle derby, but they're far from the only ones. Chinese EV manufacturer Nio became a stock-market darling in 2020, with its shares rising more than 1,000% over the course of the year, resulting in a market cap that now approaches $100 billion. In recent months, many other manufacturers have tried to take advantage of investor enthusiasm by going public through SPAC deals, as PitchBook analyst Asad Hussain outlines in a fantastic new research note. Another competitor, Lucid Motors, is reportedly negotiating a $15 billion deal that would be one of the largest SPAC mergers on record. It hasn't all been smooth sailing in the EV-to-SPAC pipeline. Nikola, one of the earliest companies in the space to go the SPAC route, saw its share price collapse last year after a short-seller accused the company and CEO Trevor Milton of defrauding investors. Milton stepped down, and Nikola's share price has continued to sink—a reminder that the EV market is still far from mature, and that none of the companies in it are sure things. There's also the fact that traditional automakers are developing electric vehicles of their own, and it remains to be seen how much of the market the nouveau riche will be able to seize. With their star-studded and deep-pocketed backers, though, Rivian and Cruise seem as well-positioned as anyone. Will they be the next Tesla? That's a tall task. But as the Biden administration advocates for a new electric vehicle era, they should have every opportunity to make their mark. 2. Taking trips TripActions, a provider of travel and expense management software for corporations, was just valued at $5 billion as part of a new funding of $155 million, a sign of investor optimism about the recovery of the business travel market once the ravages of COVID-19 subside. For those looking to take shorter trips by air, we have Joby Aviation, a developer of electric air taxis, which is negotiating a potential SPAC merger that could come at a $5 billion valuation, Reuters reported. 3. Flowers Delivery startups of every sort seem to be all the rage during these days of social distancing. In the UK, flower delivery startup Bloom & Wild collected £75 million (about $103 million) in a round this week led by General Catalyst. And in news about a different kind of flower, The Wall Street Journal reported on Jay-Z's plans to launch a new $10 million fund aimed at investing in minority-owned cannabis startups, using capital that came out of a SPAC merger last year between cannabis companies CMG Partners and Left Coast Ventures. 4. Sycamore's pursuits The parent of Office Depot rebuffed a $2.1 billion takeover offer this week from Staples, a Sycamore Partners portfolio company. But Office Depot did leave the door open for a potential joint venture or divestiture to Staples, rather than a full sale. Sycamore also placed a new bet this week on an industry hit hard by the pandemic, agreeing to pay $201 million to buy the Azamara luxury cruise line from Royal Caribbean. The cruise ship industry has some recovering to do. (klyaksun/Getty Images) 5. European founders Multiverse is a UK-based startup that raised $44 million from backers including General Catalyst and GV for its tech-powered education and job-training services. The founder of Multiverse is Euan Blair, the son of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. Another prominent European startup founder, meanwhile, Tom Blomfield of Monzo, is stepping down from the online banking company, opening up to TechCrunch about his unhappiness and mental health struggles in recent years. Kudos to Blomfield for his candor, and best of luck with whatever comes next. 6. PE-backed healthcare IPOs Investor enthusiasm has surged in the past year for IPOs and for companies in the healthcare sector. Private equity firms have taken note. Apria, a provider of home healthcare equipment backed by Blackstone, filed for an IPO earlier this month, and it was followed this week by Signify Health, a home health company owned by New Mountain Capital. That leaves Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, a healthcare testing company backed by The Carlyle Group that set terms this week for a debut that could raise $1.5 billion. 7. Pattern recognition Less than two weeks after walking away from a planned $5.3 billion sale to Visa, a company that's named after one pattern is already capitalizing on another pattern: the current feeding frenzy in fintech. Plaid is in talks with investors to raise new funding that could come at a valuation of $15 billion, The Information reported. And Plaid announced plans to launch a new fintech incubator for early-stage founders from underrepresented backgrounds. 8. Oil and water Private equity firms popped up this week in talks about two different potential mega-deals in utilities. Apollo Global Management, Brookfield Asset Management and KKR are all mulling offers for what could be a $10 billion stake in Saudi Aramco's oil pipelines business, Bloomberg reported. Ardian and Global Infrastructure Partners, meanwhile, sent a letter to Suez indicating their willingness to make an offer for the French water and waste management utility, an alternative to a hostile $13 billion bid from rival Veolia that has sparked contentious talks and calls for peace from the French government. 9. Blowing smoke For a brief stretch, Juul was among the most valuable startups in the world. Then, the lawsuits arrived. But the vaping industry is still of interest for other companies and investors. RLX Technology, a Chinese manufacturer of vape pens, raised $1.4 billion this week in an upsized IPO on the NYSE, then saw its shares spike 146% in their first day of trading on Friday, ending the week with a market value of some $46 billion. The company's backers include Sequoia China.
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