Statement Report – Antochi http://antochi.ro/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 00:24:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://antochi.ro/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-1-150x150.png Statement Report – Antochi http://antochi.ro/ 32 32 Request for stand-by agreement – Press release; staff report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Georgia https://antochi.ro/request-for-stand-by-agreement-press-release-staff-report-and-statement-by-the-executive-director-for-georgia/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 21:51:21 +0000 https://antochi.ro/request-for-stand-by-agreement-press-release-staff-report-and-statement-by-the-executive-director-for-georgia/ Georgia: request for stand-by agreement – press release; staff report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Georgia Publication date: June 21, 2022 Electronic access: Free download. Use the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view this PDF file Summary: The authorities’ policy […]]]>

Georgia: request for stand-by agreement – press release; staff report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Georgia



Publication date:

June 21, 2022

Electronic access:

Free download. Use the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view this PDF file




Summary:

The authorities’ policy response contributed to a robust recovery from the COVID-19 shock in 2021, with better-than-expected output growth reflecting pent-up demand and strong export performance. However, fallout from the war in Ukraine is expected to dampen growth, increase inflation and widen the current account deficit this year. The recovery in 2021 and the reduction of pandemic measures have led to a decline in the budget deficit and public debt. Inflation is expected to stay higher for longer, reflecting rising global food and commodity prices. The BNG has increased its policy rate by 3 percentage points since March 2021.


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National Report No. 2022/188


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Publication date:

June 21, 2022

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Meal delivery service Daily Harvest recalls lentils crumbling after customers report gastrointestinal emergencies https://antochi.ro/meal-delivery-service-daily-harvest-recalls-lentils-crumbling-after-customers-report-gastrointestinal-emergencies/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 19:48:52 +0000 https://antochi.ro/meal-delivery-service-daily-harvest-recalls-lentils-crumbling-after-customers-report-gastrointestinal-emergencies/ A popular meal delivery service has recalled a lentil food product after days of customers posting online about gastrointestinal issues they faced after eating the French Lentil + Leek Crumbles meal. Daily Harvest, the trending brand that sells the product, is known for its influencer endorsements and is comparable to services like Blue Apron and […]]]>

A popular meal delivery service has recalled a lentil food product after days of customers posting online about gastrointestinal issues they faced after eating the French Lentil + Leek Crumbles meal. Daily Harvest, the trending brand that sells the product, is known for its influencer endorsements and is comparable to services like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh.

Daily Harvest published a recall statement on its website on Sunday. NBC News viewed an email sent Friday asking a customer to throw away the lenses “out of an abundance of caution” and offering a $10 credit for each bag of the product purchased.

“A small number of customers have reported gastrointestinal discomfort after consuming our French Lentil + Leek Crumbles,” the email states. “As stated in our cooking instructions, lentils should be cooked through to an internal temperature of 165°F.”

In its recall statement, Daily Harvest wrote that it “has initiated an investigation with internal and external experts throughout our supply chain and in accordance with regulatory procedures.”

On social media, Daily Harvest customers have reported being hospitalized and having severe stomach pain. Luke Tashie, who shared his reminder email from Daily Harvest, said in an email that he didn’t think the company was taking a serious enough or fast enough approach to the situation. Tashie, who wrote that he suffered from “extreme liver pain” and was hospitalized after consuming the product, expressed concern about long-term liver damage.

“The surgeons who saw me were so perplexed that they seriously considered removing my gallbladder,” Tashie wrote.

Liza Torborg, director of communications at the Mayo Clinic, written in 2018 that the protein in raw lentils which may have negative health effects would need to be consumed in large amounts outside of a normal diet to be of concern. She also wrote that the protein, lectin, breaks down when processed and cooked.

Dozens of customer testimonials similar to Tashie’s were posted on a Daily Harvest Reddit page and in the Instagram comments on the Daily Harvest account, which has more than 600,000 followers and was responding to customer complaints about the product as of Wednesday. . The company did not respond to requests for comment on the timing of its official response.

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Governor McKee’s Statement on Historic May Jobs Report https://antochi.ro/governor-mckees-statement-on-historic-may-jobs-report/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 22:29:00 +0000 https://antochi.ro/governor-mckees-statement-on-historic-may-jobs-report/ RHODE ISLAND, June 16 – PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Dan McKee released the following statement on today’s jobs report, which shows the state’s unemployment rate has fallen again, falling this times below 3% for the first time in more than 30 years: “The numbers in today’s jobs report speak for themselves: more people are returning […]]]>

RHODE ISLAND, June 16 – PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Dan McKee released the following statement on today’s jobs report, which shows the state’s unemployment rate has fallen again, falling this times below 3% for the first time in more than 30 years:

“The numbers in today’s jobs report speak for themselves: more people are returning to work in Rhode Island and we are maintaining our economic momentum,” Governor McKee said. “We have the lowest unemployment rate the state has seen in decades, and we have continued to bring jobs back at a steady pace. In fact, we have recovered nearly 90% of all jobs lost during pandemic shutdown. This momentum reflects the work and policies our administration has prioritized. Let’s continue this commitment to making Rhode Island’s economy the strongest it has been in years.”

See the full jobs report at https://dlt.ri.gov/press-releases/may-unemployment-rate-falls-29-percent-rhode-island-based-jobs-increase-900-april.

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MicroStrategy denies receiving margin call on Silvergate loan https://antochi.ro/microstrategy-denies-receiving-margin-call-on-silvergate-loan/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 05:09:59 +0000 https://antochi.ro/microstrategy-denies-receiving-margin-call-on-silvergate-loan/ Software company MicroStrategy has not received a margin call on its loan from crypto-specialty bank Silvergate, Reuters reported on Wednesday. Valerie Plesch | Bloomberg | Getty Images Aggressive bitcoin investor and U.S. software firm MicroStrategy says it has not received a margin call on a $205 million bitcoin-backed loan it took out in March, according […]]]>

Software company MicroStrategy has not received a margin call on its loan from crypto-specialty bank Silvergate, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

Valerie Plesch | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Aggressive bitcoin investor and U.S. software firm MicroStrategy says it has not received a margin call on a $205 million bitcoin-backed loan it took out in March, according to a Reuters report Wednesday.

A margin call is a situation where an investor must commit more funds to avoid losses on a trade made with borrowed money.

CNBC reported on Tuesday that investors feared that MicroStrategy, which bet $4 billion on bitcoin, could be forced to liquidate some of its bitcoin holdings if it faced a margin call.

MicroStrategy did not respond to a request for comment from CNBC prior to the publication of this report.

The world’s largest cryptocurrency briefly dipped below $21,000 on Tuesday during this week’s big selloff. Shares of MicroStrategy, seen by some as a proxy for investing in bitcoin, have fallen more than 70% since the start of the year.

Bitcoin was trading at $21,184.99 as of 12:52 a.m. ET on Wednesday.

In March, MicroStrategy borrowed $205 million in a three-year loan from crypto-specialty bank Silvergate to buy more bitcoin, using its own bitcoin holdings to secure the loan.

As of March 31, MicroStrategy held 129,218 bitcoins, each purchased at an average price of $30,700, according to a company filing. The company is the largest corporate investor in bitcoin.

MicroStrategy’s CFO previously pointed out in May that if bitcoin fell below $21,000, it could trigger a margin call.

“MicroStrategy has not received a ‘margin call’ against our Silvergate loan, even though bitcoin prices have fluctuated recently,” the company told Reuters in an emailed statement.

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“We can always bring in additional bitcoin to maintain the required loan-to-value ratio…even at current prices, we continue to maintain more than enough uncommitted additional bitcoin to meet our requirements under the loan agreement,” said said MicroStrategy. The loan-to-value ratio is a measure of how risky a loan is, comparing the amount borrowed to the value of the asset.

Earlier in June, MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor said the company had more than enough bitcoin to cover its lending needs. He said bitcoin prices would need to drop below $3,500 before more collateral is needed.

Saylor also said in a tweet on Tuesday that the company anticipated the volatility and structured its balance sheet so that it could remain invested.

MicroStrategy did not immediately respond to a Wednesday request for comment from CNBC.

– CNBC’s Ryan Browne contributed to this report.

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John Allen quits Brookings amid federal investigation into his activities with Qatar https://antochi.ro/john-allen-quits-brookings-amid-federal-investigation-into-his-activities-with-qatar/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 23:19:00 +0000 https://antochi.ro/john-allen-quits-brookings-amid-federal-investigation-into-his-activities-with-qatar/ Placeholder while loading article actions Retired four-star Marine General John R. Allen has resigned as president of the Brookings Institution, one of the world’s most renowned think tanks, after being placed on administrative leave as part of a a federal investigation into his alleged lobbying on behalf of the government. from Qatar years ago, the […]]]>
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Retired four-star Marine General John R. Allen has resigned as president of the Brookings Institution, one of the world’s most renowned think tanks, after being placed on administrative leave as part of a a federal investigation into his alleged lobbying on behalf of the government. from Qatar years ago, the organization told employees on Sunday.

The probe is investigating whether Allen, a military commander who once led US combat forces in Afghanistan, secretly urged the Trump administration to tone down its criticism of Qatar in 2017, when Persian Gulf neighbors imposed economic sanctions on the country, accusing it of supporting Islamist extremism, according to court records. Allen had been placed on administrative leave last week.

US law requires anyone lobbying on behalf of other governments to be registered with the Department of Justice. In his resignation letter, Allen said he had been proud to work for Brookings, an organization he described as “committed to serving the greater good of all Americans.”

“Although I leave the institution with a heavy heart, I know it’s best for everyone involved at this time,” Allen wrote. “I wish the Board of Directors and every member of the Brookings family the best in the difficult days ahead.” Beau Phillips, a spokesperson for Allen, declined to comment further.

In an email to staffers, Glenn Hutchins and Suzanne Nora Johnson, who both chair Brookings’ board, said Ted Gayer, a senior economics researcher, had taken over as chairman from interim. The memo credits Allen for his “leadership in successfully running the institution during the pandemic” and does not explicitly mention the federal investigation.

Brookings think tank sidelines retired general amid federal probe

“Brookings seeks to maintain high ethical standards in all of its operations,” Hutchins and Nora Johnson wrote in the email, which was obtained by The Washington Post. “Our policies on research independence and integrity reflect these values.”

The Qatari government used to provide significant financial support to the Brookings Institution, according to a recent report by the Associated Press, which described the contents of a search warrant request dated April 15 that included the FBI’s allegations. While Brookings said the organization was no longer funded by the Qatari government, Qatar agreed to donate nearly $15 million to the group in 2013.

Allen met with senior Qatari leaders in 2017 when he was a part-time principal investigator at Brookings. According to law enforcement, Allen used his Brookings email address to communicate with Trump administration officials, including Army Lt. Gen. HR McMaster, who was then Trump’s national security adviser. the White House.

Allen offered a “false version of events” as he described the nature of his work in Qatar while talking to law enforcement officials in 2020, the FBI said. When subpoenaed by a grand jury, law enforcement officials added, Allen did not produce any email messages relevant to the case. The FBI did not immediately respond to request for comment on the investigation.

Phillips disputed the contents of the search warrant request in a statement last week, calling them “factually inaccurate, incomplete and misleading.” The statement read: “General Allen has done nothing improper or illegal, has never acted as an agent of Qatar or any foreign government or principal, and has never obstruct justice.

He continued: “Through decades of public service in combat and diplomacy, General Allen has earned an unrivaled reputation for honor and integrity. We look forward to correcting the lies about General Allen that have been improperly made public in this case.

Ex-diplomat pleads guilty to lobbying in Qatar, appoints general

The search warrant request, which appears to have been issued in error, says Allen got involved in the case through Richard Olson, a former ambassador to the United Arab Emirates who pleaded guilty last week in campaign, and political donor Imaad Zuberi. The effort, according to the documents, was an attempt to improve Qatar’s image during the diplomatic crisis.

The search warrant request includes an email Allen sent to McMaster asking the Trump administration to call on Persian Gulf countries to end their blockade of vital transit routes and “act with restraint.”

In the email, Allen wrote that the Qatari government is “requesting as a follow-up signal to the WH or DOS region a simple statement” from the United States, using acronyms referring to the White House and the Department of Defense. ‘State.

Shortly after, then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson publicly called for “calm and thoughtful dialogue” in a dramatic reversal of statements made by President Donald Trump on the matter days earlier.

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Woman banned from Grand Teton in false report of missing man https://antochi.ro/woman-banned-from-grand-teton-in-false-report-of-missing-man/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 00:51:37 +0000 https://antochi.ro/woman-banned-from-grand-teton-in-false-report-of-missing-man/ JACKSON, Wyo (AP) — A woman accused of intentionally providing misinformation while searching for a missing man in Grand Teton National Park has been banned from the park and ordered to pay compensation. Heather Mycoskie, 40, is to stay out of the park in northeast Wyoming for five years and pay $17,600 under a deferred […]]]>

JACKSON, Wyo (AP) — A woman accused of intentionally providing misinformation while searching for a missing man in Grand Teton National Park has been banned from the park and ordered to pay compensation.

Heather Mycoskie, 40, is to stay out of the park in northeast Wyoming for five years and pay $17,600 under a deferred prosecution agreement, park officials said in a statement Thursday.

Such agreements allow defendants to avoid prosecution if they meet certain conditions.

Mycoskie reportedly reported last June that she saw Cian McLaughlin, 27, of Jackson, the day he had disappeared nearly two weeks earlier and was heading to Taggart Lake because he was planning to jump off his favorite rock in the water.

The information turned out to be false, and other people told investigators that Mycoskie fabricated the sighting to ensure search efforts continued, according to the statement from park officials.

All other sightings placed McLaughlin, who remains missing after his June 8, 2021 disappearance, on trails heading to another area of ​​the park, the statement said.

The alleged forgery means officials spent more than 500 fruitless hours researching, investigating and writing reports, according to the statement.

The deferred prosecution agreement allows Mycoskie to continue using the Jackson Hole airport, which is located in Grand Teton, and the main highway through the park, as long as it does not stop or recreate .

Mycoskie’s attorney until the deferred prosecution agreement was signed in February, Darci Phillips, has since been appointed as a Wyoming district judge and declined to comment on Friday.

Mycoskie, formerly of Jackson, recently moved to Costa Rica. She did not immediately return an Instagram message on Friday seeking comment.

She was previously married to TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie, who sold his Jackson home in November, reported the Jackson Hole News&Guide.

Researchers plan to continue searching for McLaughlin this summer.

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Statement by Mr. Ramanathan Balakrishnan, United Nations Resident Coordinator and Acting Humanitarian Coordinator, on the killing of a WHO staff member (9 June 2022) – Myanmar https://antochi.ro/statement-by-mr-ramanathan-balakrishnan-united-nations-resident-coordinator-and-acting-humanitarian-coordinator-on-the-killing-of-a-who-staff-member-9-june-2022-myanmar/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 06:47:49 +0000 https://antochi.ro/statement-by-mr-ramanathan-balakrishnan-united-nations-resident-coordinator-and-acting-humanitarian-coordinator-on-the-killing-of-a-who-staff-member-9-june-2022-myanmar/ Statement by Mr. Ramanathan Balakrishnan, United Nations Resident Coordinator and Acting Humanitarian Coordinator, on the killing of a World Health Organization staff member. The United Nations in Myanmar is deeply saddened by the death of Mr. Myo Min Htut, a staff member of the World Health Organization, during a security incident in Mawlamyine Township, Mon […]]]>

Statement by Mr. Ramanathan Balakrishnan, United Nations Resident Coordinator and Acting Humanitarian Coordinator, on the killing of a World Health Organization staff member.

The United Nations in Myanmar is deeply saddened by the death of Mr. Myo Min Htut, a staff member of the World Health Organization, during a security incident in Mawlamyine Township, Mon State. . Mr. Myo Min Htut worked for the World Health Organization as a driver for almost 5 years and the United Nations sends its deepest condolences to his family.

Mr. Myo Min Htut was shot while riding his own motorbike on Thanlwin Uyin Road at around 5 p.m. on June 8, 2022. The exact circumstances of the incident currently remain unclear.

Condemning the murder of United Nations personnel, Mr. Ramanathan Balakrishnan, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Acting Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar said: “The United Nations calls on all parties and stakeholders to respect the neutrality of the United Nations and humanitarian organizations and call on all parties to protect the rights and safety of civilians and strongly condemn acts of violence against civilians. The United Nations expects an impartial investigation into the incident and that the perpetrators be held accountable.

He further added, “In these difficult times, against all odds, the United Nations continues to stand and provide essential humanitarian and development support to the people of Myanmar.”

Lesly Lotha
RCO
Communications consultant
lesly.lotha@one.un.org

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GAO warns unemployment benefits pose ‘high risk’ of fraud https://antochi.ro/gao-warns-unemployment-benefits-pose-high-risk-of-fraud/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 15:06:15 +0000 https://antochi.ro/gao-warns-unemployment-benefits-pose-high-risk-of-fraud/ Placeholder while loading article actions A US government watchdog warned on Tuesday that the country’s unemployment insurance system remains at “high risk” of waste, fraud and abuse, revealing that federal authorities have already opened more than 38,000 “cases”. investigations” that potentially involve funds stolen during the pandemic. The stark message from the Government Accountability Office […]]]>
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A US government watchdog warned on Tuesday that the country’s unemployment insurance system remains at “high risk” of waste, fraud and abuse, revealing that federal authorities have already opened more than 38,000 “cases”. investigations” that potentially involve funds stolen during the pandemic.

The stark message from the Government Accountability Office came amid a series of new reports that laid bare the challenges facing the country’s jobless relief program, which remains underfunded, inadequately resourced and plagued by technology so poor that states have struggled to help Americans in need, even resulting in “substantial racial and ethnic disparities.”

For the GAO, the main challenge facing the federal government is keeping track of its own spending, two years after the coronavirus pandemic left millions of Americans out of work and struggling to get help. In the previous fiscal year, states paid out about $78.1 billion in abusive unemployment payments, a figure that includes money stolen by criminals and wrongful payments made to innocent Americans.

By mid-March, the Department of Labor’s inspector general had opened “more than 38,000 investigation files” involving alleged benefits fraud, the GAO revealed Tuesday. But the scale of the potential problem could still be far greater, added the watchdog, which raised concerns that state and federal data remain inaccurate and inadequate. A Washington Post survey earlier this year found that the total number of wrongful payments could top $163 billion nationwide. With the fraud, criminals around the world have been stealing the personal information of innocent Americans and obtaining benefits in real worker names, using sophisticated tactics to outsmart states, The Post reported.

‘A magnet for scammers’: Fraud hijacked billions from pandemic unemployment benefits

The findings prompted the GAO to place the unemployment program on its “high risk” list, an official designation intended to raise awareness among federal lawmakers and government regulators in hopes of addressing its shortcomings. In doing so, the watchdog has used its reports to call on Congress and the Biden administration to modernize the nation’s unemployment benefit programs and their oversight, including to protect them in the event of future crises.

“While expanding unemployment benefits saved millions of families from financial ruin during the pandemic, GAO reports make it clear that the unemployment system is broken – both in terms of administering the program and benefits policy,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the head of the tax-focused Senate Finance Committee, said in a statement to the Post. “The historic action taken by Congress – to expand benefits and cover gig and part-time workers – has hidden deep-seated issues that need to be addressed before the next economic downturn.”

The GAO’s findings underscore the immense task ahead of Washington as it struggles to oversee the roughly $5 trillion in emergency aid it has approved since the pandemic began. The historic and generous financial support saved the US economy from collapse amid the worst crisis since the Great Depression, but it has also become a source of criminal activity and other forms of abuse, overwhelming the government federal government of years of work to recover the money.

“The widespread problems plaguing the unemployment insurance system are extremely troubling,” GAO chief Gene L. Dodaro said in a statement accompanying the report. “Not only is the system failing to meet the needs of workers and the broader economy, but the potential for huge financial losses could undermine public confidence in the management of public funds.”

Democrats and Republicans in Congress have banded together to approve many stimulus packages, and in recent weeks lawmakers have begun to set aside their political differences in an effort to prosecute pandemic fraud. The House was due to consider two bipartisan bills on Tuesday that would make it easier for the U.S. government to probe and punish criminal activity targeting the country’s small business stimulus programs. The measures — one from Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (DN.Y.), the other from Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), who heads the House Small Business Committee — are aimed at satisfying demands for more time federal watchdogs to carry out their complex investigations.

An earlier Post investigation found that these programs, totaling more than $1 trillion at the Small Business Administration, have become ripe targets for fraud and identity theft. At various times, government watchdogs have raised concerns about billions of dollars being sent to ineligible companies, including those on a special “Do Not Pay” federal anti-fraud list. One of the initiatives, known as the Payment Protection Program, may even have granted loans to ineligible businesses — then canceled those same loans before the SBA even fully reviewed them.

‘Immense fraud’ creates huge task for Washington as it tries to tighten scrutiny of $6 trillion in emergency coronavirus spending

With unemployment insurance, the problems seem to be more widespread, since the federal government oversees a patchwork system of benefits largely run by the states. Each local government maintains its own rules for applying for help and runs its own computer systems to assess and pay out-of-work Americans, opening the door to immense waste, fraud, and abuse, especially early in the pandemic.

Faced with a crush of applicants in 2020 — with unemployment claims sometimes reaching 1 million a day — states have been left without the staff and technology to screen and vet Americans quickly and accurately. Even at the end of last year, 32 of 53 states and territories “still used legacy computer systems” to support unemployment or tax benefit systems, according to the GAO. Some states attributed digital deficiencies, including their use of nearly half-century-old technology, to historically insufficient funding, which the GAO said had also inhibited their ability to quickly implement new pandemic control programs.

One such initiative, known as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, aimed to provide assistance to Uber drivers, DoorDash delivery people and other self-employed and gig economy participants — typically a class of Americans who don’t are not eligible for unemployment benefits. In some cases, these applicants have faced immense delays as states struggle to implement their systems, and in some parts of the country, the disruptions have hit black and Hispanic workers the hardest.

A second GAO report, also released on Tuesday, shed new light on the disparity. In North Dakota and Wisconsin, two of the four states studied, the percentage of black applicants receiving benefits was about half that of white applicants through April 2021. The same was found to be true for Hispanic and Native American applicants from Wisconsin – the percentage of their applications receiving benefits was also “significantly lower” than that of white applicants.

GAO warned that the causes are unclear, possibly stemming from technical problems or “individual biases”. Yet it has raised concerns about the far broader scope of the problem, pointing to other surveys that suggest “the present of racial and ethnic disparities” in unemployment programs nationwide.

Vaccine bonuses, business aid and . . . a golf course? Cities and states have used $350 billion in stimulus windfalls for a wide variety of purposes.

The revelations come as the Biden administration has focused its attention on the unemployment insurance program, seeking to modernize systems and improve Americans’ access to benefits. In recent months, the federal government has sent technical teams to the states to help them with computer upgrades. The White House is working on an executive order to tackle identity theft targeting federal programs, while U.S. prosecutors have begun filing lawsuits against suspected fraudsters.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, Wyden and Sen. Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.) continued to push for stalled legislation that would overhaul the nation’s unemployment program, including how it pays benefits. Wyden stressed that it would “resolve many of the issues identified by the GAO” in its reports.

“These reports demonstrate that we need to better protect workers of color, who are less likely to be protected by our unemployment insurance system, and continuously expand unemployment protections for workers, such as workers on the job. demand and new labor market entrants, who were excluded from benefits at the start of the pandemic,” Bennet added in a statement to the Post.

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In a presidential statement, the Security Council welcomes the positive developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – Democratic Republic of the Congo https://antochi.ro/in-a-presidential-statement-the-security-council-welcomes-the-positive-developments-in-the-democratic-republic-of-the-congo-democratic-republic-of-the-congo/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 23:12:31 +0000 https://antochi.ro/in-a-presidential-statement-the-security-council-welcomes-the-positive-developments-in-the-democratic-republic-of-the-congo-democratic-republic-of-the-congo/ SC/14922 SECURITY COUNCIL9055TH MEETING (morning) The Security Council today welcomed recent positive political developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region and the convening of the second regional conclave of Heads of State on the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Nairobi, Kenya, April 21. In a presidential statement (to be released […]]]>

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The Security Council today welcomed recent positive political developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region and the convening of the second regional conclave of Heads of State on the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Nairobi, Kenya, April 21.

In a presidential statement (to be released as a document S/PRST/2022/4) presented by Albana Dautllari of Albania, President of the Council for the month of June, the 15-nation body welcomed the commitment of regional heads of state to implement a two-pronged approach aimed at finding a lasting peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Through the text, the Council also expressed concern about the increase in the activities of armed groups in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo and reiterated its condemnation of all armed groups operating in the country. The Security Council also reiterated its condemnation of the recent attacks against the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) and MONUSCO.

Council also recognized the Disarmament, Demobilization, Community Recovery and Stabilization Program as an important peacebuilding tool and encouraged all international partners to provide adequate and timely support as a matter of urgency. Further consideration of the needs and experiences of women and youth and the protection of children’s rights as an integral part of these processes was also encouraged.

Under the terms of the text, the Council encouraged the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Member States of the region to work towards the achievement of durable solutions for refugees and displaced persons, including their voluntary, safe and dignified return and their reintegration into their communities of origin.

Furthermore, Council underscored the role of the illicit exploitation and trade of natural resources as a factor of conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in the region and encouraged a rapid implementation of the recommendations of the high level in Khartoum, to address the financing of armed groups through the illicit exploitation and trade of natural resources.

The meeting started at 10:23 a.m. and ended at 10:24 a.m.

For news media. Not an official record.

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Live Johnny Depp-Amber Heard verdict updates: Jury sides with Depp, awards $15 million https://antochi.ro/live-johnny-depp-amber-heard-verdict-updates-jury-sides-with-depp-awards-15-million/ Wed, 01 Jun 2022 23:46:55 +0000 https://antochi.ro/live-johnny-depp-amber-heard-verdict-updates-jury-sides-with-depp-awards-15-million/ PR experts weigh in on Depp’s career after verdict Less than an hour after Depp won his libel suit against Heard on Wednesday, he said in a statement that he felt “the jury gave me my life back.” But will the jury’s decision help her resume her career in Hollywood? In the minds of some […]]]>

PR experts weigh in on Depp’s career after verdict

Less than an hour after Depp won his libel suit against Heard on Wednesday, he said in a statement that he felt “the jury gave me my life back.”

But will the jury’s decision help her resume her career in Hollywood? In the minds of some PR experts, that remains to be seen.

In interviews with NBC News on Wednesday, three public relations and crisis communications professionals said they were confident Depp could get his big-screen acting career back on track. Two other experts expressed more skepticism, pointing out that Depp’s stature in the entertainment industry had diminished before the trial even began and observing that a large part of the movie-going public will continue to believe that Depp subjected Heard to violence. physical over the years, regardless of the decision of the jury.

Howard Breuer, managing director of Newsroom Public Relations, a Los Angeles-based firm, said he thinks people in the industry will again approach the Depp collaboration with caution.

“I’m sure there will be factions in Hollywood who will be cautious as long as they know there are people out there who think Amber Heard was telling the truth,” Breuer said. “They will be careful.”

Learn more in the NBC story here.

Judge cuts Depp’s price

Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Penney Azcarate reduced the punitive damages the jury awarded Depp to $350,000, which is the state’s statutory cap, or legal limit, raising his total damages at $10.4 million.

Johnny Depp: ‘The jury gave me my life back’

In a statement, Depp celebrated his victory in his libel suit against Heard:

“Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the life of my loved ones, and also the lives of the people who, for many, many years, have supported me and believed in me, changed forever.

All in the blink of an eye.

False, very serious and criminal allegations were made against me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me. It had already circled the world twice in a nanosecond and had a seismic impact on my life and career.

And six years later, the jury gave me back my life. I’m really humble.

My decision to pursue this case, knowing full well the height of the legal hurdles I would face and the inevitable global spectacle in my life, was made only after careful consideration.

From the beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. Telling the truth was something I owed to my children and everyone who stood by me so steadfastly. I feel at peace knowing that I have finally accomplished this.

I am, and have been, overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and colossal support and kindness from around the world. I hope that my quest for the truth to be told has helped others, men and women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those who support them will never give up. I also hope that the position will now revert to innocent until proven guilty, both in court and in the media.

I want to acknowledge the noble work of the judge, jurors, court staff and sheriffs who sacrificed their own time to make this happen, as well as my diligent and unwavering legal team who did an extraordinary job in helping me helping to share the truth.

The best is yet to come and a new chapter is finally beginning.

Veritas numquam perishes.

Truth never fails.”

Social media celebrates Depp’s win, but some express concern

Many social media outlets who have followed the Depp-Heard case closely jubilant after the verdict was read Wednesday afternoon, calling the decision “the best possible outcome” on platforms like Reddit.

“Overwhelmed with emotions right now! He did it ! So proud of him! It has been an honor to fight for truth and justice for the past 6 years. Finally, he got justice!! a person wrote on Twitter.

On Reddit, some celebrated by saying that justice is “alive and alive.”

On TikTok, the party continued, with only one user assignment a video of herself crying with joy with the text “He really won”. The comments section also celebrated the victory, with some writing “I’m so proud” and “Justice has been served”. Within 15 minutes, the video had amassed nearly 25,000 views.

But not all social media users celebrated the decision, with some worrying about what it could mean for future survivors of domestic abuse.

“[T]her case has set a horrific precedent for how victims of abuse will be treated by the court of public opinion in the future,” one person said. wrote.

Amber Heard reacts to the verdict: “I am heartbroken”

Heard released a statement Wednesday afternoon reacting to the jury’s siding with Depp:

“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence was still not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence and sway of my ex-husband.

I am even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It’s a setback. It takes the clock back to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It pushes back the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously.

I believe Johnny’s lawyers succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of free speech and ignore the evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the UK.

I’m sad to have lost this case. But I’m even sadder to have lost a right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly.

Jurors award $2 million to Amber Heard

The seven-person jury also awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages, but $0 in punitive damages.

Jury awards $15 million to Johnny Depp

The jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages in his defamation lawsuit against Heard.

Depp wins libel suit against ex-wife Heard

A Northern Virginia jury sided with Johnny Depp on Wednesday afternoon, finding that ex-wife Amber Heard defamed him by alleging he had committed domestic violence.

Depp sued for $50 million in damages over a 2018 editorial essay in The Washington Post, in which Heard said she had become a “public figure representing domestic violence.”

Although the essay never mentioned Depp by name, his attorneys said it was indirectly referring to allegations she made against him during their 2016 divorce.

Verdict delayed because verdict form did not include damages

Judge Penney Azcarate sent the jurors back to the deliberation room on Wednesday, delaying the reading of the verdict, scheduled for 3 p.m.

It was not immediately clear whether the jurors had forgotten to complete all of their paperwork or whether the panel had yet to deliberate on damages for one side or the other.

The jurors deliberated for 13 hours

The seven-person panel deliberated for approximately 13 hours. They began Friday afternoon, deliberated all day Tuesday, and it was announced around 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday that they had reached a verdict.

With no Depp appearance, fans dissipate

The crowd of Depp fans who had flooded the Northern Virginia courthouse during that trial were nowhere to be found on Wednesday.

Depp fans regularly lined up at 1 a.m. for seats at the trial or to cheer Depp on as he arrived every day.

But once word spread over the weekend that Depp had been to the UK, fans who lined the streets and shouted as his SUV drove in and out each day seemed to have stayed home.

Depp’s camp said the actor will follow up on the UK legal action on Wednesday afternoon.

Heard’s team rip Depp for ignoring verdict

A rep for Heard hit out at Depp for being out of the country on Wednesday afternoon, saying he took “his sneering and lack of seriousness on tour.”

Depp is in the UK on a previously scheduled work trip, his team said, and will not be in Northern Virginia when the verdict in his civil lawsuit against Heard is announced at 3 p.m. EDT.

“Your presence shows where your priorities are,” according to a statement from Heard’s camp. “Johnny Depp plays guitar in the UK while Amber Heard awaits a verdict in Virginia. Depp takes his sneer and lack of seriousness on tour.

Depp was on stage in Sheffield on Sunday, playing for guitarist Jeff Beck’s tour.

Social media users await news of the verdict

On social media platforms like Twitter and TikTok, users, many of whom followed the trial closely, expressed impatience with the verdict.

An overwhelming number of messages appear to support Johnny Depp, which has been the continuous tone of messages from listeners throughout the trial. Just before 2 p.m. ET, the “#JusticeForJohnnyDepp” hashtag started trending with over 40,000 tweets.

“The verdict is in. No matter what, JD won in the court of public opinion and that was the most important thing for him,” one person said. wrote.

Another person said they “applaud the strength and courage” Depp showed during the trial. “Someone who survived abuse and didn’t allow their name to be tarnished with lies,” the netizen said. wrote.

On TikTok, a video gained over 60,000 views in about 30 minutes. It showed the TikTok user covering his mouth with the text “I’M SO NERVOUS” written below.

Depp will not be present

Depp, who filed the libel suit against his ex-wife, will not be in court when the verdict is read Wednesday afternoon.

He had a previously scheduled work commitment and cannot be in the courtroom in Fairfax, Va., when jurors are due to reveal their verdict at 3 p.m. EDT, sources close to the actor said.

He will instead be monitoring the legal actions from the UK, where he was spotted over the weekend.

The actor gave a surprise musical performance at a concert on Sunday night at Sheffield Town Hall, about 40 miles southeast of Manchester, for guitarist Jeff Beck’s European tour.

In a video shared on social media, Depp could be seen playing guitar and singing a rendition of John Lennon’s classic “Isolation” that he and Beck released as their first single together in April 2020.

Verdict rendered

The jury has returned a verdict, and it should be read in about 90 minutes. Lawyers from both sides meet for the reading.

Wednesday marked the third day of deliberations.

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