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Notd NotesApr 06, 2021

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World News from News Plexus

World News from News PlexusApr 15, 2021

The latest world news presented in easy to read streams of notes by News Plexus LLC, as reported by the Associated Press.

Blinken in Afghanistan to sell Biden troop withdrawal

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Thursday to sell Afghan leaders and a wary public on President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw all American troops from the country and end America's longest war.

EXPLAINER: What's behind the conflict in eastern Ukraine?

Tensions are rising over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, with growing violations of a cease-fire and a massive Russian military buildup near its border with the region.

US expels Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions for hacking

The Biden administration on Thursday announced the U.S. is expelling 10 Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions against dozens of companies and people, holding the Kremlin accountable for interference in last year's presidential election and the cyber hacking of federal agencies.

Science & Technology

Science & TechnologyApr 15, 2021

The latest in science and technology news || News Plexus LLC — delivering your news in a convenient, AD-FREE and easy-to-read stream.

Study: 2.5 billion T. rex roamed Earth, but not all at once

One Tyrannosaurus rex seems scary enough. Now picture 2.5 billion of them. That’s how many of the fierce dinosaur king probably roamed Earth over the course of a couple million years, a new study finds.

Coinbase soars in market debut, valued near $86 billion

Coinbase made a rousing debut on Wall Street Wednesday, with shares of the digital currency exchange rising as high as $429, briefly giving it a market value over $100 billion.

Irish watchdog opens another Facebook probe, over data dump

Ireland's privacy regulator said Wednesday it has opened an investigation into Facebook after data on more than 500 million users was reportedly found dumped online, in a suspected violation of strict European Union privacy rules.

Business News

Business NewsApr 16, 2021

The latest business news delivered in a convenient, ad-free, easy-to-read stream. Brought to you by News Plexus, a pioneer in sustainable news publishing.

Sanctioned Russian IT firm was partner with Microsoft, IBM

The Treasury Department on Thursday slapped six Russian technology companies with sanctions for supporting Kremlin intelligence agencies engaged in “dangerous and disruptive cyber attacks.” But only one of them stands out for its international footprint and partnerships with such IT heavyweights as Microsoft and IBM.

California Legislature OKs bill to help displaced workers

Now that Gov. Gavin Newsom is letting more businesses reopen as coronavirus cases decline, the California Legislature on Thursday passed a bill requiring some hotels, stadiums other hospitality companies to offer laid-off workers their jobs back. Hospitality companies were some of the hardest hit by the state's stay-at-home order, with no fans in professional sports stadiums, no travelers to stay in hotels and empty office buildings and deserted airports needing fewer janitors and food service workers.

A $1.2 billion loss for Delta, but recovery is on the radar

Delta Air Lines lost $1.2 billion in the first quarter, more than expected, but executives said Thursday that the airline could be profitable by late summer if the budding recovery in air travel continues. CEO Ed Bastian said Thursday that ticket sales have been stronger in the last two weeks than at any time since the pandemic hit the U.S. last year. So far most of the people boarding planes are vacationers booking trips to mountains, beaches and resorts.

Through the Lens

Through the LensApr 15, 2021

For when a picture is worth a thousand words. This is the place to check out some of the best photos you haven't seen in print. Notd lets you share photos in high resolution, with stories, not just captions. Brought to you by News Plexus LLC — delivering your news in a convenient, AD-FREE and easy-to-read stream.

Sikhs mark toned-down holiday amid continuing virus concerns

Sikhs across the United States are holding toned-down Vaisakhi celebrations this week, joining people of other faiths in observing major holidays cautiously this spring as COVID-19 keeps an uneven hold on the country. Vaisakhi, which falls April 13 or 14 depending on which of two dueling calendars one follows, marks the day in 1699 when Sikhism took its current form. While the ongoing pandemic has many people celebrating remotely this year just as in 2020, some, especially in the United States, are joining in masked, socially distant Vaisakhi gatherings.

Artist gives nature a 'cosmic' twist in big NY garden show

An expansive new show featuring works by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, famous for mesmerizing polka dots, speckled pumpkins and fascination with the natural world, has opened at The New York Botanical Garden. Ticket sales have been brisk in a pandemic-weary city hungry for more outdoor cultural events. “Kusama: Cosmic Nature,” postponed by a year due to the coronavirus, will remain on view through Halloween.

Protest after chief says officer meant to use Taser, not gun

Police clashed with protesters for a second night in the Minneapolis suburb where an officer who authorities say apparently intended to fire a Taser, not a handgun, fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting death Sunday of 20-year-old Daunte Wright as “an accidental discharge.” The shooting sparked protests and unrest in an area already on edge because of the trial of the first of four police officers charged in George Floyd’s death.

Social Justice

Social JusticeApr 16, 2021

Racial justice, climate change, health care, LGBT rights — find all the headlines about social justice issues here.

Senate breaks filibuster on Asian-American hate crime bill

The Senate opened debate Wednesday on legislation confronting the rise of potential hate crimes against Asian Americans, a growing problem during the coronavirus crisis that will also test whether the chamber can push past partisanship on an issue important to many constituents. Typically, the Democratic-sponsored COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act might quickly face a filibuster, opposed by Republicans who prefer a different approach. But under the Senate leaders' agreement struck at the start of the year, Republicans and Democrats pledged to try to at least try to debate bills to see if they could reach agreement through the legislative process. Senators voted overwhelmingly, 92-6, to proceed Wednesday to consideration of the bill.

Wright's family wants stiffer charge for Minnesota ex-cop

Daunte Wright's family members joined with community leaders Thursday in calling for more serious charges against the white former police officer who fatally shot him, comparing her case to the murder charge brought against a Black officer who killed a white woman in nearby Minneapolis. Former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter was charged with second-degree manslaughter in Sunday's shooting of Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop. The former police chief in Brooklyn Center, a majority nonwhite suburb, said Potter mistakenly fired her handgun when she meant to use her Taser. Both the chief and Potter resigned Tuesday.

In Texas, GOP voting bills zero in on Democratic Houston

The nation’s next big voting battle underway in Texas would outlaw 24-hour polling places, drive-thru voting and make it a crime for elections officials to mail unsolicited absentee ballot applications. Put another way: Everything Houston — the state’s biggest Democratic stronghold — did to expand ballot access last year, when the threat of the coronavirus made voting in-person more hazardous.

News You Missed

News You MissedApr 16, 2021

News stories that flew under the radar. Impress your friends with your knowledge of important events that were eclipsed by Trump's tweets, the 2020 election or the latest mass shooting. From News Plexus LLC — delivering your news in a convenient, ad-free and easy-to-read stream.

Lawmakers fighting like cats and dogs? Not over this bill

Nine lives notwithstanding, killing a cat in a hit-and-run soon could become illegal in New Hampshire. New Hampshire was ahead of the pack when it passed a law nearly 40 years ago that requires drivers who injure or kill dogs to notify police or the animals’ owners, or else face a $1,000 fine. It is unclear why cats and other pets were left out, but the state Legislature is currently considering an expansion that would give cats and canines equal standing.

Trump-era spike in Israeli settlement growth has only begun

An aggressive Israeli settlement spree during the Trump era pushed deeper than ever into the occupied West Bank — territory the Palestinians seek for a state — with over 9,000 homes built and thousands more in the pipeline, an AP investigation showed. If left unchallenged by the Biden administration, the construction boom could make fading hopes for an internationally backed two-state solution — Palestine alongside Israel — even more elusive.

Sikhs mark toned-down holiday amid continuing virus concerns

Sikhs across the United States are holding toned-down Vaisakhi celebrations this week, joining people of other faiths in observing major holidays cautiously this spring as COVID-19 keeps an uneven hold on the country. Vaisakhi, which falls April 13 or 14 depending on which of two dueling calendars one follows, marks the day in 1699 when Sikhism took its current form. While the ongoing pandemic has many people celebrating remotely this year just as in 2020, some, especially in the United States, are joining in masked, socially distant Vaisakhi gatherings.

American in Spain

American in SpainFeb 28, 2021

I've been living in Spain for over 15 years, and here I can share some helpful information.

Modelo 720: Declaring foreign assets outside of Spain

If you have foreign assets outside of Spain in excess of €50,000 you may have to file the Modelo 720 (Form 720) each year prior to March 31st. There are no taxes associated with Modelo 720, it's only an informative filing. There are fees and fines for incorrect or late filing. The €50K asset limit applies to three separate categories: Cash / Bank accounts, real-estate, and brokerage accounts. The filing is due each year prior to March 31st. In some was this is the Spanish version of the US FBAR.

Obtain a digital certificate in Spain

Once you've been in Spain for a while, you'll eventually have to deal with the government. Obtaining a digital certificate can be worth while to allow you to do many things online such as: Filing taxes, user authentication on government websites, social security information, signing documents, dealing traffic fines, and much more. Usually it make sense to do this after you're legally resident and have the NIE (Foreign Identification number) done. You can obtain a personal digital certificate, or also certificates for companies or other legal entities. Here I'll outline the steps necessary.