Year: 2020

US imposes new tariffs on French, German products in Airbus-Boeing spat

Washington (AFP) – The United States announced Wednesday that it will impose additional tariffs on French and German products as part of a long-running dispute over subsidies for aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing. The tariffs are on “aircraft manufacturing parts from France and Germany, certain non-sparkling wine from France and Germany, and certain cognac and…

Big Money: General Electric boss secures $47 mn bonus

Washington (AFP) – Two years after taking the helm at a slumping General Electric, Larry Culp has secured a huge reward: a bonus of around $47 million and the potential for much more. The mammoth payoff follows thousands of layoffs at the industrial conglomerate amid the coronavirus pandemic. Culp took over as chief executive in…

Cuba warns US against new terror designation

Washington (AFP) – Cuba on Wednesday warned the outgoing US administration against redesignating the island as a state sponsor of terrorism, a move reportedly under discussion that could hinder President-elect Joe Biden’s diplomacy. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reviewing the possibility before leaving office on January 20 of returning Cuba to the blacklist, which…

Republican senator to object to certification of Biden win

Washington (AFP) – A Republican senator said Wednesday that he will object to Congress’s certification next week of the results of the November 3 US presidential election, a move that may slightly delay — but not derail — the final confirmation of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory. Several Republican members of the House of Representatives have…

Cuban asylum seekers protest on US-Mexican border

Ciudad Juárez (Mexico) (AFP) – Several hundred Cuban asylum seekers protested on the US-Mexican border into the early hours of Wednesday, pleading to be allowed into the United States while their applications are processed. US authorities deployed border agents and used barbed wire to block a bridge between El Paso, Texas and the Mexican city of…

Hollywood productions shut down again as LA Covid cases soar

Los Angeles (AFP) – Most Hollywood productions have shut down again until at least mid-January, the movie industry’s acting union announced, as Covid-19 cases soar to record levels in Los Angeles. SAG-AFTRA said the majority of entertainment productions will “remain on hiatus until the second or third week of January if not later,” in a…

Republican senator to object to certification of Biden win

Washington (AFP) – A Republican senator said Wednesday that he will object to Congress’s certification next week of the results of the November 3 US presidential election, a move that may slightly delay — but not derail — the final confirmation of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory. Several Republican members of the House of Representatives have…

US expects to approve UK-backed AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine in April

Washington (AFP) – The United States is expected to approve the low-cost AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine in April, a senior official said, more than three months after Britain’s green light on Wednesday. Moncef Slaoui, the chief advisor to Operation Warp Speed, the military-led US effort for vaccines, told reporters that US trials and assessments would be complete…

Mostly Cloudy today!

With a high of 36F and a low of 34F. Currently, it’s 35F and Partly Cloudy outside. Current wind speeds: 10 from the Southwest Pollen: 0 Sunrise: December 30, 2020 at 07:14AM Sunset: December 30, 2020 at 04:23PM UV index: 1 Humidity: 29% via https://ift.tt/39gcPzv December 30, 2020 at 02:15PM

Biden nominates first female deputy defense secretary

Washington (AFP) – President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday nominated Kathleen Hicks to be deputy secretary of defense, making her the first woman to hold the number two position in the Pentagon if she is confirmed by the Senate. Hicks, who is heading Biden’s transition team at the Pentagon, served in the Defense Department under former…