ANÁLISIS | 6 conclusiones del foro de CNN con Joe Biden

(CNN) — El presidente de Estados Unidos, Joe Biden, participó en su primer foro ciudadano desde que llegó a la Casa Blanca el mes pasado, respondiendo preguntas de Anderson Cooper de CNN (y de miembros de la audiencia) en Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Observé, tomé notas y tuve algunas ideas sobre lo más importante y por qué. Mis conclusiones están a continuación. 1. Una fecha límite estricta para las vacunas A menos de cinco minutos del foro, Biden hizo una promesa que será la gran noticia no solo mañana sino durante los meses venideros. Dijo que «para fines de julio, tendremos más de 600 millones de dosis, suficientes para vacunar a todos los estadounidenses». Ese compromiso marca el reloj de Biden y los esfuerzos de su administración para garantizar que todas las personas en Estados Unidos que quieran una vacuna tengan una para fines de julio. (Biden también dijo que esperaba que hubiera 400 millones de dosis para fines de mayo. Y estableció otro objetivo: que las cosas vuelvan a la normalidad en Estados Unidos para la próxima Navidad). Vale la pena señalar que esto es un…

Citibank transfirió por error US$ 500 millones. Ahora no podrá recuperarlos, dictamina un juez

Nueva York (CNN Business) — Después de cometer uno de los «mayores errores en la historia bancaria», Citibank no podrá recuperar los casi 500 millones de dólares que transfirió accidentalmente a prestamistas de Revlon, dictaminó un juez de una Corte de Distrito de Estados Unidos. Citibank, que actuaba como agente de préstamos de Revlon, tenía la intención de enviar alrededor de US$ 8 millones en pagos de intereses a los prestamistas de la compañía de cosméticos. En cambio, Citibank transfirió accidentalmente casi 100 veces esa cantidad, incluidos US$ 175 millones a un fondo de cobertura. En total, Citi envió accidentalmente US$ 900 millones a los prestamistas de Revlon. Citibank presentó una demanda en agosto buscando la devolución de sus fondos, pero aún no ha recibido US$ 500 millones de 10 firmas de asesoría de inversiones luego de la transferencia accidental. Caso Citibank, una excepción a la regla La ley generalmente castiga a quienes gastan dinero depositado accidentalmente en sus cuentas. Las transferencias accidentales son comunes en la era digital y los cables se pueden reembolsar al instante. Una pareja de Pensilvania enfrentó cargos por delitos…

Gov. Newsom expected to focus on vaccine strategy for Coachella Valley farmers

Gov. Gavin Newsom has been visiting vaccination sites across the state of California. “We’re making progress and improving the rate of administration,” said Gov. Newsom.  During his trips to northern California and other areas, he’s discussed the need to prioritize marginalized groups. Later this week, the Governor is expected to focus on the Coachella Valley farming community. “It’s important that both Gov. Newsom and the state of California recognize the essential work that farm workers are currently doing. They are putting their lives at risk,” said Diana Tellefson Torres, the executive director of the UFW Foundation.  In a recent study released by University of California, San Francisco, it finds the food and agriculture sector had almost a 40 percent increase in deaths during the pandemic, referred to as excess mortality. The amount of excess mortality was the largest out of any occupation, followed by transportation/logistics workers at 28 percent. Due to the large increase in deaths among the agriculture community, Tellefson Torres says a slow vaccine roll-out is dangerous. “It’s incredibly important that farm worker vaccines are allocated specifically to that population which is of…

Democrats prepare to unveil bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants

The Biden administration, in concert with Hill Democrats, is preparing to unveil legislation this week that seeks to provide a pathway to citizenship to the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. For decades, lawmakers have tried to reform the US immigration system and fallen short. The latest effort will similarly be a big lift, as Democrats only narrowly hold the House and Senate and face a Republican Party that’s moved further to right on the issue since the 2013 bipartisan bill. Biden’s bill will also likely join a series of other immigration measures that are narrowly focused on undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children, are in the US under a form of humanitarian relief, and are working in agriculture — setting up a dizzying number of attempts to provide legalization to the undocumented population. The House previously passed a bipartisan bill that would grant legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers and a separate bill that addresses beneficiaries of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and two other programs, Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure, that offer temporary relief. Democratic…

Native Americans embrace vaccine, virus containment measures

CHEROKEE, N.C. (AP) — Joyce Dugan did not hesitate before sitting down inside the Cherokee Indian Hospital for her second and final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. “I’m proud of our hospital,” the 72-year-old former tribal chief said as a nurse quietly prepped her arm. “I’m proud that we’re able to get these shots.” While minority communities across the United States have struggled to trust the vaccine, the opposite is true for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, a Native American tribe of 16,000 in western North Carolina, and other tribes across the country, which were also quick to adopt coronavirus prevention measures. The federal Indian Health Service said Tuesday that it has administered nearly 385,300 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. At a rate of about 18,490 per 100,000, that’s higher than all but five U.S. states, according to an AP analysis of federal data. The trend owes itself both to a harsh reality — Native Americans and Alaskan Natives are four times more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and tradition. Community before self has…

‘Hell or high water:’ Manchin tells Biden he won’t back push to skirt Senate rules on relief bill

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has privately informed President Joe Biden that he won’t join any Democratic efforts to force through provisions in his economic rescue package if they are ruled in violation of strict Senate budget restrictions, the latest warning sign for Biden’s push for a hike to the federal minimum wage. Manchin’s declaration is significant because it means that Democrats won’t be able to maneuver around an adverse ruling from the Senate’s parliamentarian without risking their chances of passing Biden’s massive $1.9 trillion rescue package in a Senate split 50-50 between the two parties. At issue is the Senate’s long-standing Byrd Rule, which prohibits including “extraneous” measures as part of the budget process that Democrats are employing to send the Covid-19 relief package to Biden’s desk by early March. Democrats’ push to include an increase of the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour could run afoul of the Byrd Rule, though Senate supporters like Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders of Vermont are battling to keep it in the legislation. If the Senate’s parliamentarian finds a provision in violation of the Byrd Rule, it…

Active Pipe Bomb discovered in Palm Springs

Update at 8:54- The Palm Springs Police Department posted on Facebook: “Suspicious Device Investigation leads to discovery of live and active pipe bomb The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department rendered the suspicious device safe and found that it was a live and active pipe bomb. PSPD investigators will work with RSO to determine the device’s origin and who is responsible for placing the device. We will continue to provide updates as they become available. The roadways are now safe and are being reopened for travel.” Original article- The Palm Springs Police Department is conducting a suspicious device investigation which closed E Palm Canyon closed between Cherokee Way and Escoba. Officers received a call around 4:50pm Tuesday regarding a possible suspicious device at the trailhead near Southridge Drive and Rim Road. When officers arrive they located what appeared to be a pipe bomb. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Hazardous Device Team is on scene helping with the investigation. Location:Southridge Dr and Rim Rd, Palm SpringsDate: 02-16-2021Time: 18:10:09Details: Please avoid the area of Southridge Dr and Rim Rd due to police activity. E Palm Canyon remains open. https://t.co/SGy3CHKN74 — Palm…

Sneak Peek of the New $250 Million Entertainment Arena Coming to the Valley in 2022

The Desert Sun partnered with Oak View Group, the company behind the soon-to-be-built Coachella valley sports and entertainment arena to disclose never before renderings in a virtual event. This project is being called the Coachella valley arena and is on an ambitious timeline of 18 months to be completed. Scott McCracken, the architectural designer from the Oak View group Explains. “It really is a cool story for this arena, it’s a 10,000 seat arena, it’s midsize, it’s located just between Phoenix, LA, San Diego, so it’s really this confluence of all these different megacities. And the architecture of Palm Springs itself as everyone knows is a mid-century mecca.” The informational webinar series featured the architectural team behind the design of the area, describing what sports and music fans can expect. Starting with location, the arena is set to be built just off interstate-10 off the cook street exit. Robert Norvell is the principal architect from the Oak View Group and explains the size the arena will take up in the area. “We’re directly south of the classic club golf course, sitting on roughly 40 acres…

AHL Palm Springs Hockey Team Will Be Ready for the 2022-2023 Season

The $250 million arena is set for completion by 2022 and this upcoming May, construction will begin. It will be the future home of the Seattle Kraken AHL team here in the Coachella Valley. The AHL team wants to be ready to go for the 2022-2023 hockey season. Nick Forro is the President of AHL Palm Springs and SVP of the Seattle Kraken, and he is excited to engage the valley not only with their own hockey team but with community access to that same rink. “Our plans are to really embrace this community. Outside of hockey as well figure skating, you will have a community ice sheet attached in that building, which is where our American Hockey League team will practice, and when they’re on the road or they’re not practicing, we will program that out for learn to skate, learn to play, youth hockey tournaments, adult hockey, curling & figure skating. So we’re working on all those plans now and what that can be. But we expect that community sheet of ice to be full, all day, every day.” There has been quite…

College of the Desert Seeks Input in Search For New Superintendent

The Desert Community College District Board of Trustees Tuesday invited members of the public to assist in the process of choosing a new top administrator at College of the Desert. Superintendent and President Dr. Joel Kinnamon is set to retire March 31, and college officials have released a three-question survey in an attempt to learn what qualities residents would like to see in his replacement. The questions seek input on desired experience, qualifications and personal traits that community members want to see in a new top leader. The survey is being handled by Community College Search Services, which specializes in locating community college executives. The Board of Trustees hired the firm to assist in the search. Kinnamon’s forthcoming departure was announced in December. He cited his desire to focus on family concerns related to his parents. The school will not be without a leader when Kinnamon departs. The Board of Trustees last month voted 5-0 to offer Jeff Baker, the current vice president of student services, the position of interim superintendent and president until a permanent replacement is found. By taking the interim position, Baker…

Suspicious device investigation underway in Palm Springs

The Palm Springs Police Department is conducting a suspicious device investigation which closed E Palm Canyon closed between Cherokee Way and Escoba. Officers received a call around 4:50pm Tuesday regarding a possible suspicious device at the trailhead near Southridge Drive and Rim Road. When officers arrive they located what appeared to be a pipe bomb. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Hazardous Device Team is on scene helping with the investigation. Location:Southridge Dr and Rim Rd, Palm SpringsDate: 02-16-2021Time: 18:10:09Details: Please avoid the area of Southridge Dr and Rim Rd due to police activity. E Palm Canyon remains open. https://t.co/SGy3CHKN74 — Palm Springs PD (@PalmSpringsPD) February 17, 2021   This article will be updated as more information becomes available.  

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