Marriott ceases Cuban operations after new Trump sanctions
Havana (AFP) - Marriott has been ordered by the US Treasury Department to close its Four Points Sheraton hotel in Havana by the end of August and abandon plans to open others in Cuba, a spokeswoman for the American hotel group told AFP on Friday."We entered the Cuban market in 2016, with permission from the US government," the spokeswoman said. "Our operating license was reviewed and renewed in 2018. We have recently received notice that the government-issued license will not be renewed, forcing Marriott to cease operations in Cuba."Marriott's entry into the Cuban market came during the admini...
Feeling fortunate in the time of COVID? Here’s one way to help others who aren’t as lucky.
By Matthew FeinsteinYes, I miss Stella from the local coffee shop in the morning and not having to wipe down everything that comes through my door. My dad, who is on chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer, was diagnosed with COVID-19 about a month ago. It has been frightening, but his symptoms have abated and we are scratching our heads at our good fortune.All things considered, I get to spend more time with my wife and son; I get two hours of my day back from not having to commute; and we have enough food in our household of three.It seems odd to feel grateful right now, but I do. That feeling ha...
Study looks into why some older adults have better memories than others
Newly published research shows why some older adults remember better than others. The answer has to do with how much hippocampal activity is occurring.The findings were conducted by Alexandra Trelle, a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University, and her colleges. The team built on studies that have focused on young populations and looked into memory and recall in healthy, older adults as part of the Stanford Aging and Memory Study. The results were published late last month in eLife.“Some individuals exhibit remarkable maintenance of memory function throughout late adulthood, whereas ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Of course: Lindsey Graham postpones further subpoenas on Russia probe
By Duncan SmithOne day after the Senate Judiciary Committee held its first hearing into the Russiagate coup attempt by deposing former Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, the panel's chairman, Sen. Lindsey Graham, has announced that a vote on whether to issue additional subpoenas to others involved in the scandal will be postponed."We’re going to do what this committee needs to do, and we’re doing to fight it out and we’re going to vote. And we’re not going to be done today, so I don’t see a resolution this day, if you need to go somewhere go,” said Graham. “I think the best thing for us to do is [to] c...
The National Sentinel
Mars once had a ring billions of years ago
As Elon Musk and others continue to pursue travel to Mars and other things in our galaxy, we continue to be reminded about how much more there is still to learn TBH.Mars had ring Mars, the fourth planet in our solar system, is the most widely searched planet for life. Like Saturn, Mars does not have any rings, but a new groundbreaking study suggests that Mars has had a ring billions of years ago. Mars has two small, misshapen moons […]Click here to view original web page at www.techexplorist.com
Fed Govt okays N148b refund to Osun, others
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the refund of N148, 141,987,161.25 to five states as the cash they disbursed in fixing federal roads in their domains.Information, Culture and Tourism Minister Lai Mohammed, who dropped the hint in a chat with State House reporters after Wednesday’s virtual FEC meeting, listed the beneficiaries as Cross River, Ondo, Osun, Bayelsa and Rivers states.The minister said the memo for the refund was presented by Works and Housing Minister Babatunde Fasola.According to Mohammed, the virtual meeting, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari,...
Saudi Arabia, Russia reach oil output deal and urge others to keep promises
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia and Russia have reached agreement on extending their oil output cuts and are taking a firm line with other producers to keep their pledges.Ahead of a meeting of OPEC+, the two biggest producers in the alliance are telling others they must adhere to agreed production guidelines or risk a return to the market chaos of April, when some oil prices hit all-time lows.An official at one Opec delegation told Arab News an agreement was in place between Saudi Arabia and Russia to extend the historic 9.7 million barrel cuts deal for at least one month, with a regularly monthly review—...
U.S. launching probe into digital taxes mulled by EU, others
The United States said Tuesday that it is starting a probe into the digital services taxes being considered or adopted by its trading partners such as the European Union and India, a move that could lead to imposing punitive tariffs."President (Donald) Trump is concerned that many of our trading partners are adopting tax schemes designed to unfairly target our companies," U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.Other countries that will be subject to the investigation are Austria, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Britain, according to the ...
N.J. Catholic school saved from closure by donors. 9 others remain on shutdown list.
One of the 10 Catholic schools in northern New Jersey slated to close this year due to drops in enrollment will now stay open, the Archdiocese of Newark said Tuesday.“Thanks to the extraordinary generosity and kindness of anonymous donors, as well as substantial community support, The Academy of Our Lady of Peace (in Union County) will remain open in the 2020-2021 school year,” Maria Margiotta, spokeswoman for the diocese, told NJ Advance Media.“The parish has agreed to accept from the Archdiocese of Newark the responsibility of the school’s operations and fiscal sustainability moving forward ...
Police nab 4 Indian hemp dealers, 26 others in Zuba
The police in Zuba have arrested four suspected Indian hemp dealers and 26 others in the area. The suspects were arrested during a raid on a black spot popularly known as Anguwar Jahannama by the police officers.The Zuba Divisional Police Officer (DPO), CSP Alkali Lamido, yesterday, said the raid was carried out through the combined effort of the police, vigilante, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other security agents.CSP Lamido said wraps of Indian hemp and other prohibited drugs were recovered from the suspects.He described the black spot as a criminal hideout for hoodlums who engaged ...