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Where SoftBank’s Lydia Jett Sees Opportunities in Tech Innovation

17 June 2021 at 15:37
SoftBank's Lydia Jett, who led investments in e-commerce giants FlipKart and Coupang, shares thoughts on other bets and where's she looking for more opportunities. From Investing in Tech

Fisker’s Co-Founder Sees Tipping Point for EVs in 2025

17 June 2021 at 15:37
Geeta Gupta-Fisker, co-founder of Fisker, sees the 2025 as the tipping point for electric vehicles becoming mainstream, as support infrastructure grows and costs decline. From Investing in Tech

BioNTech CEO on Vaccine Booster Shots and the Risk of a Fourth Wave

17 June 2021 at 15:37
BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin on the timing of Covid-19 boost shots, risks of a fourth wave following the reopening and how the pandemic has changed biotech. From Investing in Tech

Meghan thanks fans β€˜for support’

17 June 2021 at 15:37
Meghan Markle has thanked fans for their support after her new children’s book became a bestseller one week after its release.

Bombshell twist as husband confesses

17 June 2021 at 15:37
The Greek husband of Caroline Crouch has confessed to her murder after she threatened to leave him, police have confirmed.

β€˜We didn’t win’: Trump finally concedes election defeat

17 June 2021 at 15:37
Donald Trump has conceded he β€œdidn’t win” the 2020 US Presidential election but maintains that was the result of electoral fraud.

Tom Siebel on the Promise and Risks of AI

17 June 2021 at 15:37
Tom Siebel, CEO of, on using AI for cybersecurity, IoT and precision medicine. He sees widespread medical adoption in 10 years but warns safeguards are needed. From Investing in Tech

Early-Stage Investing and the Need for Empathy in Silicon Valley

17 June 2021 at 15:37
Investor Mike Smith on the state of early-stage investing, the value of diversity in building a business and why the VC world would benefit from more empathy and humility. From Investing in Tech

Juneteenth Act Signed Into Law, Creating Federal Holiday

17 June 2021 at 15:37
President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law Thursday, creating the first new federal holiday in nearly four decades. WSJ’s Patrick Thomas explains how the signing could be a catalyst for more firms to observe the holiday. Photo: Evan Vucci/Associated Press

Strange reaction to Supreme Court ruling

17 June 2021 at 15:37
The US Supreme Court has rejected the latest attempt from Republicans to overturn the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

Victoria COVID LIVE updates: Restrictions eased as AstraZeneca vaccine recommendations change; cases grow in NSW

The 25-kilometre travel limit has been scrapped and outdoor mask-wearing is no longer mandatory in Melbourne after restrictions were eased at midnight. Follow our live coronavirus coverage.

Obamacare Is Here to Stay. Brace for New Health Care Battles.

Republicans in Congress have largely abandoned efforts to repeal the law. With the latest Supreme Court ruling, health policy now shifts to new territory.

Joe Biden, then vice president, and President Obama in June 2015, about to go into the Rose Garden to speak in reaction to a Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act. That was the second major legal challenge to the health care law; Thursday’s ruling seems as if it will be the last.

Australia news LIVE: NSW COVID cases grow as AstraZeneca vaccine no longer recommended for under 60s; Victoria restrictions eased

Police are investigating whether the man at the centre of Sydney’s latest COVID-19 outbreak breached health orders, Melburnians are waking up to eased coronavirus restrictions and health authorities are encouraging people who have had their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine to get their second jab.

Why the banks won’t touch bitcoin anytime soon

A pillar of the global financial establishment recently revealed its view on cryptocurrencies: it is extremely sceptical.

β€˜Never an easy decision’: Nadal, Osaka withdraw from Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal has also pulled out of the Olympics after β€˜listening’ to his 35-year-old body but the women’s world No.2 remains Tokyo-bound.

Iron ore has quickly become the world’s most volatile commodity

Iron ore, one of the hottest commodities in the early days of the raw materials rally, has now become the most volatile as bulls and bears joust over the trajectory of prices.

Juneteenth Is Officially A Federal Holiday, But Blacks Say Whites Shouldn’t Get It Off Work Or Celebrate It At All

17 June 2021 at 15:26

This afternoon Joe Biden officially signed legislation making June 19 a federal holiday, known as Juneteenth, commemorating the emancipation of African American slaves during the 19th century. However, a large number of influential black and liberal Twitter accounts say that white people should not get the day off work, and should refrain from celebrating it altogether.

As National File reported, the bill sailed through the U.S. House with only 14 Republicans – including Reps. Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs, Thomas Massie, and Mo Brooks – opposing the legislation, and with key pro-Trump Republicans Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz voting with Republican leadership and the Democrats. Now, Biden has officially signed the bill into law. However, some do not want white people to participate in the new federal holiday. Many users took to Twitter to write some variation of β€œwhite people having a day off for Juneteenth… Makes me angry…”:

… white people having a day off for Juneteenth…. Makes me angry…

β€” Crab Leg Luxury. (@ScottieBeam) June 16, 2021

I just saw that Juneteenth bill really passed through Congress, realized that means white people will be off on that day and now I’m ready to burn some shit.

β€” ashley yates (@brownblaze) June 17, 2021

White people getting paid time off on Juneteenth dont sit right with me

β€” Alan Massenburg (@AlanMassenburg) June 16, 2021

The problem with Juneteenth being a federal holiday isn’t that white people will have the day off, it’s that Black working peoples will still be at work.

Federal holidays should be mandatory for all workers.

β€” @/ayoajb (@ayoajb) June 16, 2021

White people having Juneteenth off really don’t sit right with my spirit. πŸ₯΄

β€” Nneka M. Okona πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬ (@afrosypaella) June 17, 2021

the idea of white people not having to work on juneteenth doesn’t sit right with my negro spirit. if anything y’all need to work more.

β€” bri (@brnb__) June 16, 2021

Ion know man…Something about white people being off on Juneteenth, when it becomes an official holiday, just doesn’t sit right in my spiritβ€¦πŸ€¨

β€” The Black Supreme Kai (@BlackSupremeKai) June 16, 2021

What was the purpose of making Juneteenth a national holiday? White people don't deserve Juneteenth off. Black people should be off. And compensated on that day. Pay our rent. Let us out of prison. A national holiday literally means nothing.

β€” simi (@simimoonlight) June 16, 2021

Many other users expect white people to celebrate the day in a way which is insensitive to black people:

These white people bout to do Juneteenth like Cinco de Mayo. Showing up to the bar in dashikis n shit.

β€” Action Hank (@_BushidoB_) June 15, 2021

White people at any Juneteenth events

β€” Mr.Bitches! (@Getoffofmy_Nico) June 17, 2021

They’re going to say Juneteenth is when white people set us free & it was a long, long time ago so there’s no connection b/w slavery and so-called… *whisper*
✌systemic racism✌


white people wishing Black people happy Juneteenth is gonna result in some worldstar swinging

β€” beatrice quimby β™Ώ (@RabbitRichards) June 17, 2021

Watch white people try to turn Juneteenth into Cinco de Mayo.

β€” Daddy Dom😈 (@domiono) June 16, 2021

It remains unclear if white people will celebrate the new federal holiday in large numbers. The date was almost completely unknown outside specific racial and political circles until last year, when President Donald Trump planned a rally on the now-sacred date, and was castigated by the media as a result. However, mass numbers of white people receiving the day off work in 2021 seems unlikely, as June 19 happens to fall on a Saturday.

MOMENTS AGO: President Joe Biden signs a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.

β€” Newsmax (@newsmax) June 17, 2021

Yang Faces Backlash for Comments on Mentally Ill

The candidates remained focused on crime on the campaign trail, while Andrew Yang was criticized by his rivals for comments he made on the debate stage.

Andrew Yang sought to clarify his remarks shortly after the debate concluded, though he declined on Thursday to say whether he regretted them.

NTD Evening News Full Broadcast (June 17)

17 June 2021 at 15:25
The Supreme Court dismisses a major challenge to Obamacare, aΒ sheriff in Nevada says his peers nationwide are fed up with the federal government, andΒ a Christian organization is denied a tax benefit by the IRS.

A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on June 1, 2021. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Gary Allen: Man guilty of murdering two women 21 years apart

17 June 2021 at 15:24

Gary Allen is convicted of killing Samantha Class in 1997 and Alena Grlakova in 2018

Business Updates: β€˜Mediocre’ Men Get Ahead in Finance, Women Say

17 June 2021 at 15:24
β€œWe need to be on top of current conversations,” Mattel’s president said.

Many Small Vaccine Clinics Helped Vermont Reach 80% Goal

17 June 2021 at 15:23
Seven might not sound like much, but when small numbers are multiplied by the scores or hundreds of opportunities across the state, they added up to thousands of people protected against COVID-19.
Associated Press

San Francisco man arrested for allegedly stabbing 94-year-old Asian woman had been released by judge 9 days earlier

17 June 2021 at 15:22
By: RT

The suspect in an unprovoked stabbing of a 94-year-old woman in San Francisco had been released by a judge nine days earlier despite his fifth burglary arrest since 2020, leading to renewed criticism of woke criminal justice.

Daniel Cauich, 35, was arrested on Wednesday morning, less than two hours after he allegedly stabbed an elderly Asian woman in the city's Tenderloin neighborhood, according to police. The woman, identified as Anh Taylor, was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of multiple stab wounds.

Cauich had reportedly been granted an early release from jail on a burglary conviction in April, then was arrested for burglary again on May 18. He was released again on June 7, rather than being held in jail while awaiting trial.

🚨 This is a photo of the suspect arrested in the stabbing of a 94-year-old Asian woman that was circulated among @SFPD officers. Police arrested 35-year-old Daniel Cauich, who has a long criminal history. @KPIXtv 11 pm

β€” Betty Yu (@BettyKPIX) June 17, 2021

His rap sheet included several other burglary arrests as well as a bust for homicide. Cauich and his brother were arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 55-year-old man in 2016, but that case was dismissed for lack of sufficient evidence in 2019.

10:15AM broad daylight stabbing. Repeat offender on ankle monitoring.

This could have been my grandmother.

We need to hold our city officials accountable. We want criminal justice reform but this is not it. Without a functioning DA there is no chance for rehabilitation.

β€” garrytan.eth πŸ¦‡πŸ”Š (@garrytan) June 17, 2021

San Francisco is among the hot spots for surging anti-Asian hate crimes in recent months. Police have claimed the city has become increasingly lawless under District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who was elected the city's top prosecutor in 2019 with financial backing from an associate of billionaire George Soros.

Like other DAs backed by Soros and his allies, Boudin has spoken out against mass incarceration and racial disparities in criminal justice. He accelerated his plan for β€œrapid decarceration” during the Covid-19 pandemic, announcing the plan to reduce the city’s jail population to around 600 from 1,100.

Mayor London Breed said the stabbing of Taylor could have been avoided if San Francisco’s criminal justice system would hold criminals accountable after police arrest them.

β€œIt’s up to the district attorney to prosecute, it’s up to the courts to also hold people accountable,” Breed told a reporter for local ABC affiliate KGO-TV. β€œSomething is missing here, and a ball is getting dropped.”

The San Francisco Police Officers Association pointed the finger at Boudin, saying Cauich was arrested five times last year and was wearing an ankle monitor when he stabbed Taylor. β€œWhat do you have to do to actually go to jail in San Francisco?” the association asked. β€œReally.”

Boudin, in turn, accused the police group of exploiting a tragedy for political gain and spreading β€œmisinformation.” After filing new felony charges against Cauich last month, the DA’s office filed a motion to keep him in jail while awaiting trial. A judge in the case denied the motion and released Cauich with an ankle monitor, Boudin said.

It is troubling to see the POA exploit a tragedy for political motivations and spread misinformation to the public.

Just last month, after filing new felony charges, our office filed a motion to detain Mr. Cauich in jail. The court disagreed & released him on an ankle monitor.

β€” Chesa Boudin εšεΎΉζ€ (@chesaboudin) June 17, 2021

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Supreme Court Backs Catholic Social Services in Case on Gay Rights and Foster Care

17 June 2021 at 15:21
The unanimous ruling was further evidence that claims of religious liberty almost always prevail in the current court.

A Catholic church in Philadelphia. The cityΒ had stopped placements with an agency, Catholic Social Services, after a 2018 article in The Philadelphia Inquirer described its policy against placing children with same-sex couples.

Israel Strikes Militant Targets in Gaza After More Arson Attacks

17 June 2021 at 15:21
The latest exchange rattles a shaky month-old cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that mediators are trying to keep from falling apart.

How Climate Change Has Battered the West Before Summer Even Begins

Global warming has been fueling disasters in the region for years. Now, an early heat wave and severe drought are threatening lives and leaving water in perilously short supply.

The sunset over Phoenix, Ariz., tinted by smoke from nearby wildfires on Tuesday, when temperatures climbed to 118 degrees Fahrenheit.