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Freddie Kitchens; ‘I don’t care about my future as Browns coach; I’m going to do the best job I can do Monday’

“They averaged almost 8 yards a play, so we have to do a much better job in that area as well” writes Mary Kay for cleveland.com. The Browns trailed 14-0 in the second quarter, 21-10 at the half, and 38-17 in the fourth. “I don’t care about my future as Browns coach,’’ a subdued Kitchens said after the loss, which killed the Browns’ faint playoff hopes. “I’m going to show up Monday, and I’m going to do the best job I can do Monday. Source: cleveland.com

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Gold prices fall as easing trade worries lead to riskier bets

“Spot gold was down 0.1% at $1,473.88 per ounce, as of 0050 GMT. U.S. gold futures were down 0.2% at $1,478.60” reports cnbc.com. Gold prices inched lower on Monday as investors moved to riskier assets following the announcement of an interim deal between the United States and China that cooled a 17-month-old trade dispute. Elsewhere, palladium rose 0.6% to $1,941.09 an ounce, silver shed 0.1% to $16.92 per ounce, while platinum fell 0.2% to $926.08.People mining gold in a traditional way at a river dam in Sausi, Parigi Moutong in…

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Chinese yuan and Aussie dollar off four-month high, sterling ticks up

“The offshore yuan traded at 7.0026 yuan per dollar, slipping back from a four-month high of 6.9247 per dollar hit last week” reports cnbc.com. U.S. one-hundred dollar banknotes and Chinese one-hundred yuan banknotes are arranged for a photograph in Hong Kong on April 15, 2019.The Chinese yuan and the Australian dollar hovered below four-month highs touched last week in early Monday trade as investors pored over the U.S.-China trade deal, while sterling stayed strong after a decisive UK general election.The trade-sensitive Australian dollar fetched $0.6876, easing from Friday’s four-month high…

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Afghanistan revelations demand change, war’s end | Editorial

“Despite the Post revelations, the House last week passed another military budget that continues to fund the Afghanistan war” reports seattletimes.com. With Congress and the press shining more light on the Afghanistan debacle, there’s an opportunity for a more informed and collaborative approach to the war’s end.A trove of documents revealing how the public was misled about struggles in Afghanistan should prompt Congress to rescind its blank check for this endless war. Source: seattletimes.com

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‘We are an inclusive company’: Hallmark Channel reverses course after pulling ad featuring lesbian couple

“The Hallmark Channel has reversed its decision to pull a wedding advertisement that features a lesbian couple kissing at the altar” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The company also stated it would no longer advertise with the Hallmark Channel. We are an inclusive company and have the track record to prove it.”. The company claimed the move was “in line with our current policy, which includes not featuring political advertisements, offensive language, R-rated movie content, and many other categories.”.  Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Lebanese business leaders refuse to pay taxes

“Lebanese business leaders are refusing to pay taxes due to government inaction over the economic and political crisis gripping the country” reports news.com.au. After almost two months of mass protests over corruption, the private sector is in crisis with the Lebanese economy heading into freefall and its currency – the lira – losing a third of its value.Importing goods is nearly impossible as banks restrict access to the dollar but as the nation produces very little food, medicine, clothing and more, imports have been key to the economy. Source: news.com.au

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Villains or visionaries? Hedge funds short companies they say ‘greenwash’

“Analytics companies that provide corporate ESG ratings use a combination of company disclosures, news sources and qualitative analysis of third-party data” writes Min Read for reuters.com. LONDON (Reuters) – Tens of trillions of global investment dollars are pouring into companies touting robust environmental, social and governance credentials.The fact short-sellers, who look to exploit information gaps, are targeting the ESG sphere underlines the complexities facing investors in accurately gauging companies’ sustainability credentials. Source: reuters.com

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Trump approval edges up as Democrats hit wall on impeachment

“President Trump’s job approval rating saw a boost in a poll released by Fox News this weekend” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The current job performance results are in line with numbers released in January that showed the president’s approval at 43% and disapproval at 54%.The poll, which was conducted from Sunday to Wednesday, showed an increase in approval of the president’s job performance from 42% in late October to 45%. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Major Asia stocks mixed despite optimism with phase one US-China deal ‘totally done’

“Apple led Friday’s slight gains, rising 1.4% to a record after news of the trade agreement was announced” writes Weizhen Tan for cnbc.com. Markets in Asia were mixed in early trade on Monday, as trade optimism soared with China and the U.S. announcing they are finally set to sign off on a phase one trade agreement.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Sunday that the phase one U.S.-China trade deal reached on Friday is “totally done,” and it will nearly double U.S. exports to China over the next two years.U.S.…

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