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Bitcoin Eyes Longest Winning Streak in 2021 Amid Crypto Rebound

(Bloomberg) -- A continuing recovery in Bitcoin has put the largest cryptocurrency on course for its longest winning streak this

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China wins 3rd Olympic synchro diving medal; US gets silver

China led all the way in winning the men’s 3-meter synchronized springboard to give the diving powerhouse its third gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics

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TotalEnergies to buy EV charging network in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - TotalEnergies SE said on Wednesday it has agreed to buy Singapore's largest electric vehicle charging network from

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US master of laws webinar attracts over 340 participants from PH, ASEAN

EducationUSA, a program of the US State Department that provides free advising to those who wish to study in the United States, has successfully conducted a back-to-back university fair and webinar attended by more than 340 participants from the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries interested in pursuing an LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree. The two-part LL.M. event kicked off on July 17 with a webinar in which seasoned US law school administrators from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law and the University of Michigan Law School discussed the difference between general and specialized LL.M. programs, strategies in building a robust law school application, and the benefits of having an LL.M. degree from a US law school. On July 24, EducationUSA Philippines hosted a virtual fair with at least 24 U.S. law schools, which provided real-time admissions advice, industry insights, and in-person and online program options to fair participants. Participants of the event had the opportunity to visit the individual virtual booths of each law school, as well as that of Fulbright Philippines, the oldest continuously operating Fulbright Commission in the world, which administers the flagship US foreign exchange scholarship programs in the Philippines. EducationUSA Philippines teamed up with the Legal Education Board and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to invite the Philippine law community to these two consecutive events. Aside from providing free advising, EducationUSA also offers students resources and tools to help navigate the five steps to US study: researching schools, identifying financial aid opportunities, completing the application, obtaining a student visa, and preparing for departure. There are currently more than 4,700 accredited higher education institutions in the US, and an EducationUSA adviser can help students narrow their options, define their priorities, and plan their college careers. While EducationUSA is not offering scholarships, it can, however, assist students in identifying scholarship and financial assistance opportunities.

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Gucci Sales Surge Past 2019 Level to Lead Kering Rebound

(Bloomberg) -- Sales at Gucci soared above pre-pandemic levels as the Italian brand lures young shoppers with its social media

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Four ceasefire violations recorded in eastern Ukraine

Over the past day, July 27, four ceasefire violations by the armed formations of the Russian Federation were recorded in the Joint Forces Operation area in eastern Ukraine.

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BI personnel back to work after suspension on ‘pastillas’ scheme; no new assignments

Most of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) officials and personnel who are now facing criminal complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) for their alleged involvement in to so-called “pastillas” scheme have served their six-month suspension and have returned to their offices. But Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said on Wednesday, July 28, “most of them have not been given assignments while their cases remain pending.” He said it is up to the BIR commissioners “to give these subject personnel any new assignments.” Under the “pastillas” scheme, those charged BI officials and employees reportedly received bribed money to facilitate the entry of foreigners, particularly Chinese nationals. The scheme was dubbed “pastillas” because the alleged bribe money is wrapped in white paper to make it look like the Filipino candy delicacy. On Sept. 1, 2020, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed the first complaint against 19 BI officials and employees before the OMB on charges of violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act under Republic Act No. 3019. On Nov. 3, 2020, the NBI filed another complaint involving 86 BI officials and personnel, some of whom were already charged in the first complaint. Subsequently, the OMB issued a six-month suspension against those charged. The suspension has been served. Guevarra said “the preliminary investigation being conducted by the OMB is still going on” as well as “the administrative proceedings being conducted by the DOJ.” On the administrative proceedings being conducted by the DOJ, Guevarra said that his office can order the dismissal of immigration officers if evidence warrants because it is the DOJ that appoints them.

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End of an era for British Rowing as men’s coxless four lose control - and historic Olympic run - amid criticism

For two decades Britannia has ruled the waves, or at least the flat water of the Olympic rowing regatta and the men’s coxless four. But for the first time since Atlanta 1996 Olympics, Britain are no longer the Olympic champions of an event first imbued in the psyche of the British public by Matthew Pinsent and Steve Redgrave. This was again the boat on which so many hopes were rested, a pressure felt by past crews and also the present as they veered wildly off course, hopefully not a metaphor for British Rowing as a whole come the end of the medal events. None of these rowers are household names in the ilk of Redgrave and Pinsent: Ollie Cook, Matt Rossiter, Rory Gibbs and Sholto Carnegie, nor was there any finger-pointing in the aftermath. On course for silver and potentially pushing the Australians for the gold, the man in the boat steering lost control and they careered into an understandably disgruntled Italian boat and out of the medals in fourth place. To the credit of Rossiter and Carnegie, they refused to name names for the person culpable, their thinking being they win and lose together. But it is a loss that certainly makes waves in the rowing fraternity. Under former coach Jurgen Grobler, the boat had enjoyed unprecedented success but he walked away from the role as head coach last August. How much of a difference would it have made had Grobler been the one calling the shots will never be known. A former incumbent of the British four, James Cracknell, had been critical of the latest quartet in the build-up to the Games and raised some of the same points after the crews had crossed the line. “This is the first time there has been a British four in an Olympic final since 2000 that hasn’t had a member of the previous four that has won a gold medal,” he said. “Four new Olympians, four debut Olympians, in an Olympic final. Would that race have been different if there had been one member of the previous crew that had won?” Rossiter took umbrage in the immediacy of the final but also spoke eloquently about the devastation of a missed opportunity and a race gone horribly wrong. “I don’t think it’s quite sunk in,” he said. “It all happened so fast. You like to put your head on the pillow and feel proud and think you’ve done your best. We tried our best but we really screwed up there at the finish so it’s a bit heartbreaking. There’s no sugar coating it – we’re absolutely devastated.” An Olympic bow had been a long time coming for Rossiter in particular. Injury forced him out of a selection contention for London 2012, instead he found a job selling merchandise inside the Queen Elizabeth Park. As for the criticism from the likes of Cracknell, he added: “It’s more just disappointing that those people will probably be really smug now that they are part of the legacy that won. I hope these people are happy we have not continued the gold run. But it did not affect our performance. We managed to shut out the pressure from everything else really well.” Carnegie tried to shrug off the criticisms as “just a few comments”. He said: “I don’t think that’s the vast majority. We’ve had incredible support from a lot of the people from years gone by especially Pete Reed, Andy Triggs Hodge and Alex Gregory.” It was not all doom and gloom at today’s rowing. Aside from a silver medal in the quadruple sculls, Helen Glover kept her dream of a third straight Olympic gold alive, her and Polly Swann rowing far better than in their heat to finish second in their semi-final. Afterwards, Glover said looking ahead to tomorrow’s final: “To know we’re on the start line for the final, we’re not over-celebrating but it’s where we feel we should be as a crew. It’s a story of how far we’ve come but how far we’ve got to go. I know there’s more to come.” Read More Tokyo Olympics day five, what you missed: More Team GB swimming glory, double sculls silver, sevens loss Rowing heartbreak for Team GB at Tokyo Olympics as men’s four fail to medal in flagship event Tokyo Olympics: Team GB men’s quadruple scull revel in making history with first medal for rowing team

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Trillanes: No Magdalo support if Robredo gives way to Lacson

MANILA, Philippines — Former senator Antonio Trillanes IV warns Vice President Leni Robredo and the Liberal Party (LP) that no support will be expected from the Magdalo group if Robredo gives way to Senator Panfilo Lacson in the 2022 presidential race.Trillanes on Wednesday singled out Lacson, whom Robredo met in the previous week to discuss a possible partnership or coalition for the 2022 national elections.“VP Leni, I hope this is not true. Pero kung totoo ito, pasensya na po pero the Magdalo Group would not join you and LP kung mag give way kayo para kay Sen. Lacson,” the former senator said in a Facebook post.(VP Leni, I hope this is not true. But if this is tru

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Santander Set to Beat Profitability Goal on Pandemic Rebound

(Bloomberg) -- Banco Santander SA said it’s on track to beat a key profitability metric for the year with earnings

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Rachida Dati: Former French minister facing jail over Carlos Ghosn corruption charge

A former French justice minister once tipped to become the country's first woman president is facing jail over corruption offences. Rachida Dati, 55, is accused both of "passive corruption by a person holding an elective mandate" and of "benefiting from abuse of power" over her dealings with disgraced former Renault chief Carlos Ghosn. The charges Dati is facing relate to consulting work she did for Ghosn between 2010 to 2012 when she was an MEP. It is alleged that the right-wing member of the Republicans party, ho is now mayor of Paris’ 7th district, received almost €1m in lawyers fees and may have been engaged in lobbying, which would be illegal for European lawmakers. If found guilty she faces up to 15 years in prison. Dati's contract committed her to helping with Renault's international expansion, particularly in the Middle East and northern Africa, it is alleged. She was asked for the work to be kept strictly confidential, according to Le Monde newspaper. Dati previously had a glittering career as a close ally of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, who was given a prison sentence earlier this year after being found guilty of trying to bribe a judge. The former president took her to a Windsor Castle state banquet held by the Queen and Prince Philip. She served in Sarkozy's government between 2007 and 2009 and was also his election campaign spokeswoman. Dati was questioned by prosecutors as an ‘assisted witness’ over the corruption allegations for 16 hours in November. She was charged with the offences on Tuesday. Her lawyers have not commented on the most recent allegations. However, her defence team has previously argued that all of her income was declared and that a three-year statute of limitations should apply. France's financial crimes unit disagreed and pursued its case that had been triggered by a legal complaint from a Renault shareholder. Read More Drone pictures show dozens of migrant dinghies stacked up in Dover compound Hopes for summer holidays in the US dashed Nearly 600 migrants intercepted as attempted English Channel crossings continue

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Barclays Gets Boost From Dealmaking 

(Bloomberg) -- Barclays Plc’s investment bankers brought in a record haul as the booming deals market extended through the second

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Olympic champ Biles withdraws from all-around competition

Simone Biles will not defend her Olympic title

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Could You Walk In Lady Gaga’s Ultra-High Platform Boots?

New York City sidewalks are a constant obstacle race for pedestrians, riddled with cracks, litter, and the occasional rodent. But born and bred New Yorker Lady Gaga has no fear of the treacherous urban runway.

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Olympics-Soccer-China women's revival will take generations, says coach Jia

By Michael Church HONG KONG (Reuters) - More than two decades removed from the upper reaches of women's football, China

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Olympics-Fencing-South Korea faces Italy in men's sabre team final

CHIBA, Japan (Reuters) -Top-ranking South Korea will face Italy in the finals of the men's sabre team event on Wednesday

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US bounces back from Olympic-opening loss, routs Iran 120-66

The U.S. basketball team got back to winning — and winning easily

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Biles pulls out of Olympic all-around title defence as support pours in

Simone Biles abandoned the defence of her individual all-around Olympic crown on Wednesday, a day after her shock withdrawal from

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U.S.'s Blinken meets Dalai Lama's representative in New Delhi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met a representative of Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama,

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Man steals €2m worth of jewellery in e-scooter raid on Paris store

Almost €2million worth of jewellery has been stolen from a store close to the Champs-Elysee in Paris. A man allegedly arrived at the store on a stand-up scooter, and brandished a weapon inside the store during its opening hours before fleeing again on the vehicle, according to the Le Parisien newspaper. The prosecutor’s office said it had opened an investigation but they did not confirm initial estimates of the loot. Chaumet is one of the France’s oldest jewellery brands, which is owned by luxury goods conglomerate LVMH.

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Naseeruddin Shah Stands by Views on Dilip Kumar’s Lack of Contribution to Cinema

Naseeruddin Shah said that people criticising his comments should've read his entire op-ed.

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Tencent, Meituan Dumped by China Traders Who Used to Buy on Dips

(Bloomberg) -- Chinese investors are turning against the nation’s technology giants, removing a pillar of support that helped the sector

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Santander profit beats forecasts on strong U.S. and UK markets

By Jesús Aguado MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Santander on Wednesday beat forecasts with a 35% rise in second-quarter underlying profit,

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U.S. to ship 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Nigeria, 5.66 million to South Africa

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Wednesday will ship nearly 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines

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Olympics-Basketball-USA get back on track with blow-out win against Iran

By Omar Mohammed Saitama, Japan (Reuters) - The United States got back on track in their quest for a fourth

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