Toronto Raptors center Chris Boucher outlines why having OG Anunoby is an asset for the Toronto Raptors and how staying in Tampa for the remainder of the season has its perks.
Toronto Raptors center Chris Boucher outlines why having OG Anunoby is an asset for the Toronto Raptors and how staying in Tampa for the remainder of the season has its perks.
Bale, Aubameyang and Bailly are all being talked about on Tuesday.
The latest ViSi Mobile software update integrates machine learning with increased speed to continue to provide world-class surveillance monitoring which wirelessly communicates critical data to clinicians and identifies physiological deterioration before it becomes a life-threatening event.San Diego, United States , March 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Led by Dr. Devin McCombie, Sotera Wireless has released its newest version of ViSi Mobile software (Version 6.0). ViSi Mobile was one of the first “patient wearable”, “non-tethered”, monitoring devices on the market. After 8 years of commercial use, the ViSi Mobile system has collected over 22 Million hours of high-fidelity de-identified hospital patient data, achieving the largest data set of its kind anywhere in the world. The newest version of software, version 6.0, is the accumulation of 8 years of data gathering and software iterations. With this version, the product is able to utilize machine learning in order to display appropriate alarms without creating alarm fatigue and optimizes the clinicians’ workflow. This update is not only an improvement to wireless patient monitoring but is especially beneficial in reducing clinicians’ exposure to COVID-19 positive patients. The new version allows healthcare teams to not only provide outstanding care but have better data for improved patient outcomes in the face of the pandemic. More information can be found at http://soterawireless.com/workflow According to Dr. McCombie, “This kind of access to high resolution (50-500 Hz sampling rate) data is a data scientist’s dream. Through research collaboration with top hospitals across the globe, our partners are amazed at the level of detail our data holds. The key to predictive algorithms (Smart Alarms) is contained within our data set and is the key to saving countless lives. The depth and breadth of our data, allow us to create more accurate algorithms for all of the vital sign parameters. We know through collaboration with our customers and working with the data, that “all vital signs matter, all the time”, which translates to be able to detect hidden signs of patient deterioration. This is even more apparent now, in the face of a deadly pandemic when patients deteriorate rapidly outside of the intensive care unit.” Other benefits to the newly updated system include increased speed of automated data collection and calculations. Using the latest advanced algorithms, the new version of ViSi Mobile software is able to reduce these processes and increase workflow productivity. The update also speeds up the setup process to allow ViSi Mobile to be deployed rapidly in hospitals across the United States. This version of the software has long been the vision of Dr. McCombie. Dr. Devin McCombie, a world expert in the field of physiological monitoring, started his education at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where he received a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical/Medical Engineering. His studies continued at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he received two Masters degrees and a doctorate in Engineering. In 2008, Dr. McCombie, completed his thesis on ‘Wearable Blood Pressure Monitor using Adaptive Calibration of Pulse Transit Time’ which is the basis of Sotera’s ViSi Mobile cNIBP (Continuous Non-Invasive Blood Pressure) calculations. He continues his work at Sotera Wireless where he leads the organization as CEO. Sotera Wireless is a San Diego, CA-based healthcare technology company that is dedicated to producing the most accurate, comprehensive wearable monitoring system in the industry. The ViSi Mobile System enables ICU-level continuous monitoring in the general ward and beyond. The system is a wearable platform that continuously monitors all patient vital signs (Pulse Rate, Heart Rate, ECG, SpO2, cNIBP (Continuous Non-Invasive Blood Pressure), systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, Mean Arterial Pressure (MAP), Respiration Rate, Skin Temperature, Posture, Fall Detection) and detects Life-Threatening Arrhythmias (AFIB, AFIB RVR, VFIB, Asystole) while wirelessly communicating data to clinicians. System alerts can be tailored to notify clinicians of fluctuations that signal deterioration in a patient’s health. This use of surveillance monitoring reduces Rapid Response Team activations, reduces Length of Stay (LOS), and reduces transfers to the ICU while providing insight into early physiological deterioration and prevention of adverse events. Full details of the new software update can be found at http://soterawireless.com/workflow Contact Info:Name: Matt BacinoEmail: Send EmailOrganization: Sotera Wireless, Inc.Address: 10020 Huennekens St, San Diego, CA 92121, United StatesPhone: +1-858-373-4824Website: http://soterawireless.com/workflow CONTACT: Name: Matt Bacino Organization: Sotera Wireless, Inc. Address: 10020 Huennekens St, San Diego, CA 92121, United States Phone: +1-858-373-4824
I’ve never felt more removed from the real Berlinale, as the yearly festival is known, or sensed more acutely the strange sterility of pandemic-era online movie watching.
Vodafone Group said on Tuesday it would seek to raise up to 2.8 billion euros ($3.32 billion) in proceeds by floating infrastructure unit Vantage Towers in Europe's largest initial public offering of 2021. The UK-based operator set the price range for the flotation of Vantage Towers on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange at 22.50 to 29 euros per share, implying a total market capitalisation of up to 14.7 billion euros. That would top the valuations of a European IPO crop that has so far this year featured Polish e-commerce firm InPost, German used-car trading platform AUTO1 and British boot brand Dr. Martens.
Leading Sports Brand Wooter Apparel Begins Accepting Dogecoin Leading Sports Brand Wooter Apparel Begins Accepting Dogecoin NY, March 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sports apparel brand leads the way in offering athletes and teams a new way to purchase custom made athletic jerseys, uniforms, and gear for all seasons. NY, United States, When Wooter launched in June 2014 in Staten Island, New York, the upstart customized athletic apparel company envisioned growing the brand well-beyond the borough and becoming a go-to name in the global market by working directly with sports teams and athletes around the world.Thanks for the opportunity to design and create unique and premium customized athletic apparel outfitted by the likes of legendary boxing champ Floyd Mayweather, hip-hop icons Master P and Snoop Dogg, NFL greats Chad “Ochocino” Johnson and Terrell Owens, NBA alums Al Harrington, Smush Parker, Stephen Jackson, and Matt Barnes among others, the Wooter “infinity” logo has emerged as one of the most recognizable sports brands worn by youth, ametuer, college, semi-pro, and professional teams and athletes in sports today. Seven years later, Wooter and Wooter Apparel are now taking the brand “to the moon”. Weeks after CEO Alex Aleksandrovski announced CovCare -- the one-stop-shop for all medical supplies and PPE items -- has started accepting Dogecoin, Wooter Apparel is following up this breaking news by officially announcing parent company Wooter has joined a number of companies to accept Dogecoin as an alternative form of online payment. The cryptocurrency announcement comes on the heels of CovCare surpassing over 100,000 PPE orders placed alone in 2020, with CovCare expected to make an even greater impact on the global market in 2021. After rising from a popular meme in 2013, Dogecoin has transitioned from being used to tip and reward quality content providers on Twitter and Reddit. Over the past eight years, Dogecoin has soared from a “joke” cryptocurrency to receiving a massive following and becoming a coin accepted by companies and merchants around the world. Along with CovCare, Wooter and Wooter Apparel joins a growing list of companies that accept Dogecoin including Travala.com, Ninja Game Keys, Box Real Estate, Stake Box, Daytona Nissan, and AiryTea just to name a few businesses. According to Accepted Here, a regularly updated database of online and offline businesses accepting cryptocurrency from all over the world, 120 companies and businesses are listed as accepting Dogecoin with more being added daily. With Dogecoin a cheaper option to transact beyond credit cards and banks, Wooter Apparel is once again staying ahead of the game as it has past experience with cryptocurrency. In 2015, Wooter made headlines by becoming the first sports apparel company to accept Bitcoin payments and also teamed-up with Coinbase to offer customers a $10 promotional BTC for signing-up with the digital currency exchange company. Wooter now believes crypto and blockchain technology can help facilitate global payments, and that news couldn’t come at a better time as sports starts to “open back up” on a local, regional, national, and international level. When athletes and teams get ready to step on the field and court this season and compete, expect them to be wearing customized jerseys, uniforms, and gear from Wooter Apparel. Source: ZEXPRWIRE Attachment Leading Sports Brand Wooter Apparel Begins Accepting Dogecoin CONTACT: Media Contacts - Name - Alex Aleksandrovski Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Company - CovCare Address - 727 Page Avenue, Staten Island, NY. 10309
U.K. broadcaster ITV’s annual results were announced Tuesday and the picture is that of a business severely impacted by COVID-19. Total external revenue was down 16%. ITV Studios total revenues were down 25%, impacted by the disruption to the majority of ITV productions from March 2020 when the first U.K. lockdown was declared. Total broadcast […]
Directed by Rosshan Andrrews, Salute marks the Malayalam movie debut of Diana Penty.
I am a dating app professional. Tinder? On it. OkCupid? Got a profile. Lex? I’ve posted many an ad. But using a lot of dating apps doesn’t always translate to finding a partner. In fact, success on dating apps can vary due to a number of factors. Location, of course — my circles of real-life and online lesbian friends often commiserate about the lack of exciting, available singles in our area. But studies also show that Black women don’t fare as well on dating apps as their white or Latinx counterparts. These studies tend to be limited to heterosexual dating, but, from personal experience, I can say that race definitely factors into how dateable you are perceived to be, even as a lesbian. For me, dating apps are further complicated by another of my identities: I’m fat. When I say I’m fat, I’m not fishing for anyone to negate the statement and shower me with compliments. I am fat; I’ve made my peace with that. I actually find myself and women with my body type quite attractive. The problem, however, is how other women perceive me and treat me. I grew up fat. I’ve always been a bigger girl, with the exception of about six years of my life — from my second year of high school to my final year of university — when I struggled with an eating disorder. During that time, I noticed how well people responded to me as compared to when I was fat. Teachers who had known me as fat began to listen to what I had to say more. Even though I lost weight rapidly and dangerously, my gym and health teachers told me they were proud of me — all the while teaching units on the threat of anorexia and bulimia. I got attention from both boys and girls, men and women. What I came to learn from my experiences was that my weight was directly tied to my worth. I struggled with the eating disorder for years without help because many people don’t believe that Black girls can have eating disorders. Problems like that are deemed “white girl problems” and dismissed with the flip of a hand and a reprimand to get yourself together. There was also the fact that I was a fat Black girl, and when you’re a fat Black girl, people don’t want to look at you. They are disgusted by you. They’d prefer that you shrink. So I did. The only person that said anything untowardly about my weight was one of my older brothers, who, concerned, asked my mother if I had cancer. During my last year of university, I started eating again. I gained weight, stagnated for a few years, then gained more after I quit smoking and started working mostly at home. Now, I’m what everyone would consider fat. Back then, my feelings about my size were further complicated by my lesbian identity. I came out as bisexual at 12 years old, after years of sweating when beautiful Black women would come on screen in music videos. The first lesbians I saw had been the lovely, iconic, mostly white, and all thin cast of Showtime’s The L Word. Watching this show, all I could think was: That can’t be me. I don’t look like these women. What I didn’t know then was that this invention of the lesbian as white and thin — and often rich too — was quite new. There are many archival libraries and projects dedicated to preserving lesbian life from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and earlier, where pictures of Black and brown lesbians abound. To some degree, however, our modern understanding of what a lesbian is still has not evolved beyond the stereotype The L Word amplified in 2004. When you close your eyes and envision a lesbian, if you think of a thin, white woman wearing a flannel shirt and a beanie and driving a Subaru, you’re not alone — it’s what you’ve been force fed by mass media for the last couple of decades. This still-ubiquitous stereotype often dictates what other lesbians are attracted to. The belief that straight women tend to dress more feminine and gay women dress more masculine, for instance, might lead a young lesbian to describe, and even internalise, their “type” as butch-lite. The idea that all lesbians are white and thin permeates a lot of pop culture, which further distances lesbians who do not fit into those categories. When the lesbians we see in the media look like Ellen Degeneres or Kristen Stewart, that becomes the coveted type. I won’t argue that all young lesbians fall for this trap, but many do — and where does this leave Black and Brown lesbians? The easiest answer is that we love one another. The city I live in is heavily segregated, however, so my dating options are mostly white and mostly thin, making it hard to connect with women who do look like me. While I’ve accepted the way my body looks, and I know there are people that find me attractive, on dating apps, being fat and Black comes with the extra work of having to convince someone to be attracted to me. I do get dates from the apps, but I often have to spend a lot of time taking full body pictures that show just how fat I am so that, when I meet a date in person, they don’t feel duped or tricked. Sometimes I even have to add a note that I am fat to my profile as an extra layer of precaution. The pandemic has made it even more stressful to date as a fat person. Being single right now is rough. I crave the intimacy and closeness of a partner, even just a casual sexual partner, but finding one safely takes a lot of time and energy. What’s more, thanks to every article about the importance of staying in shape during a devastating pandemic, weight gain has been a source of lots of anxiety for thin and average-weight people during this time. It’s become more socially acceptable than ever for them to say they’re afraid to look like me. Having people be openly disgusted by your body type on a mass scale makes dating especially fraught, but there are also the more everyday concerns: During the pandemic, most dates I’ve gone on have included masked walks. Living in a very hilly city, that comes with lots of heavy breathing and sweating on my end, which can be…not sexy, to say the least. Fatphobia is still rampant and prevalent, and I would be naive to think that it doesn’t affect my dating life; I know it does. No matter how confident I am in my body, there will always be someone waiting to make me feel small. Luckily for me, I have a community of fat babes that I can turn to and talk to about these issues. When I have felt insecure about having a date with someone smaller, these women swoop in to reassure me that I’m worthy of love, and that if anyone shows or tells me otherwise, they are not worth my time. We can talk to each other about food, sex, dating, and the discrimination we face on intersecting levels. We champion each others’ bodies and show each other we are loved and attractive. Despite a world that bombards us with images of thin bodies and weight loss ads, we can feel protected and secure in each other. I love being single, but I’ll continue to date as I do everything else: voraciously. Slowing down now would mean letting fatphobic people dictate my dating life, which I have no interest in doing. I love the excitement of getting to know someone new, the anticipation of a kiss, all the rising tension of uncovering shared desire. But for my next date? I’ve got something more chill — and less sweaty — in mind than a steep walk up a hill. And that’s okay, too. DashDividers_1_500x100 Welcome to The Single Files. Each instalment of Refinery29’s bi-monthly column will feature a personal essay that explores the unique joys and challenges of being single right now. 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U.S.-listed Chinese electric vehicle (EV) makers Li Auto Inc, Nio Inc and Xpeng Inc plan to list in Hong Kong as soon as this year, tapping a growing investor base closer to home, said people with direct knowledge of the matter. Based on their New York market capitalisation on Monday, proceeds could reach $5 billion. Li Auto, Nio and Xpeng - which have raised $14.7 billion in U.S. markets since 2018 - declined to comment.
Vancouver Canucks forward Adam Gaudette wasn't overly concerned that he hadn't been scoring much this season. Still, it felt good to snap the scoring slump Monday with an extremely timely goal. With just 40.5 seconds left on the game clock and the Canucks down 1-0 to the Montreal Canadiens, Gaudette ripped a shot from the left faceoff dot, ringing it off the post and in to knot the score with his third goal of the year. “I knew if I just stuck with it and did the right things, it would go in eventually," he said. "So it finally went in, it felt great. And I can’t take my foot off the gas. I’ve got to keep doing what I’ve been doing on and off the ice.” Gaudette's goal forced overtime, which failed to resolve the stalemate. In the shootout, Canucks captain Bo Horvat was the lone player from either side to find the back of the net. His strike beat Canadiens goalie Carey Price stick side and lifted Vancouver to a 2-1 victory. It's the second game in a row where the Canucks (12-15-2) have rallied from a deficit to claw out a win. The results have bolstered the team's confidence, Horvat said. “We know that we can do it and beat every team," he said. "It took us a little bit to figure that out and figure out to stick with the process and stick with our game. Obviously we’d like to play with the lead instead of chasing, but for us to stick it out and do it again tonight definitely shows the character.” A sloppy line change early in the first period nearly cost the Canucks the win Monday. Vancouver was called for too-many men, giving Montreal (11-6-7) a power play. Defenceman Jeff Petry capitalized, using a screen by Corey Perry in front of the net to sneak a long shot past Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko and open the scoring 4:37 in. The Canadiens were 1-for-2 on the power play Monday and are 5-for-11 in six games since last month's coaching change. Dominique Ducharme — who was named interim head coach on Feb. 24, replacing Claude Julien — said capitalizing with the man advantage is key. "It's important to take those opportunities and it seems that we don't get that many a game.," he said. "We need to be really working hard to get some, so it's important to get a goal once in awhile." Montreal goalie Carey Price has also stepped up his game in recent weeks, and stopped 28 shots Monday. "(I'm) just playing better," he said. "I'm not going to give you my technical secrets. So, the guys are playing solid hockey in front of me and letting me see the puck." At the other end of the ice, Demko had 29 saves in Monday's win, including a stop on a Joel Armia breakaway midway through the second frame that careened wide of the net. The Vancouver netminder wasn't sure whether he got a piece of the shot, but said keeping it out was key to earning the win. "It looked like (Price) was playing really well and when he’s on his game, he’s tough to beat," Demko said. "So if they get another one, it’s probably a tougher game to come back into, obviously.” Monday's result extends Vancouver's win streak to three games after the team notched just two wins in February. Coach Travis Green said the latest victory is a big one for his group's confidence. "You're always learning lessons along the way. I think in the past, we've kind of got away from our game, from the type of game we need to play," he said. "I thought the last few games, we’ve just stuck with it and stayed persistent with our game, had purpose to how we wanted to play and believed in it the whole way." The Canucks and Canadiens will battle again in Vancouver on Wednesday. NOTES: Vancouver defenceman Jordie Benn was injured early in the third period and did not return. … Demko was named the NHL's second start of the week earlier on Monday. He posted a 3-0-0 record last week with a 1.00 goals-against average and .969 save percentage. … Montreal equipment manager Pierre Gervais worked his 3,000th game. An announcement of the feat elicited stick taps from both teams. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 8, 2021. Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press
This essay is from our International Women’s Day 2021 series, about women who rose to the challenges of being mothers, artists, professionals, students, and above all — individuals trying to make their way through an unprecedented time — over this pandemic year.
The hospitals in England were largely not needed and some were stepped down to rehabilitation centres.
NoHo Partners Plc STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE 9 March 2021 at 9:15 a.m. NoHo Partners’ turnover for February 2021 was approximately MEUR 8.0 and operating cash flow was approximately MEUR -1.7 NoHo Partners Plc’s turnover for February 2021 was approximately MEUR 8.0, which is roughly 37 per cent of the turnover for the corresponding period the previous year. The turnover was generated by restaurant operations in Finland, with the restaurants in Denmark and Norway being closed. The Group’s operating cash flow was approximately MEUR -1.7. NoHo Partners CEO Aku Vikström: “The cost savings implemented last year and an effective operating model has allowed us to minimise the cash flow burn rate to under two million euros per month. For March, the market situation will change as the Finnish Government mandated restaurants to close. We immediately activated our lockdown backup plan, and now there are approximately 200 restaurants closed and approximately 2,200 people temporary laid off. The layoffs were carried out quickly and flexibly in cooperation with the staff. Our staff have been the hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis and we are fully committed to getting through this situation without any permanent redundancies. For March, our business will continue with about 40 restaurants focused on takeaway food. We trust that the Government and landlords will act responsibly, similar to the lockdown imposed last spring, and play an active role in bridging the gap caused by the crisis and work towards market recovery.” The development of turnover in March 2021 will be reported by the Group during week 15. More information available from: Aku Vikström, CEO, NoHo Partners Plc, tel. +358 44 011 1989 Jarno Suominen, Deputy CEO, NoHo Partners Plc, tel. +358 40 721 5655 Distribution: Nasdaq Helsinki Major media www.noho.fi NoHo Partners Plc is a Finnish group established in 1996, specialising in restaurant services. The company, which was listed on NASDAQ Helsinki in 2013 and became the first Finnish listed restaurant company, has continued to grow strongly throughout its history. The Group companies include some 250 restaurants in Finland, Denmark and Norway. The well-known restaurant concepts of the company include Elite, Savoy, Teatteri, Yes Yes Yes, Stefan’s Steakhouse, Palace, Löyly, Hanko Sushi, Friends & Brgrs and Cock’s & Cows. Depending on the season, the Group employs approximately 2,100 people converted into full-time workers. The company’s vision is to be the most significant restaurant company in Northern Europe. www.noho.fi/en
The actor shared a video montage thanking all his female co-stars, his family and his teachers.
Figures show the lowest seven-day rate was in Lewisham, on 23.9, in the week to March 3.
ITV, the British broadcaster behind hits including Love Island and The Voice UK, suffered a £156 million ($215M) blow to its earnings during the height of the coronavirus crisis, as the pandemic hit the ad market and shut down production. ITV’s adjusted EBITA stood at £573M in the full-year of 2020, down 21% on £729M […]
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Advocacy groups are calling for sanctions against the military's secretive business interests.
TOKYO — Asian shares were mixed Tuesday, cheered by the expected passage of the U.S. stimulus package, although that optimism was tempered by worries about inflation and the coronavirus pandemic. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added nearly 1.0% to finish at 29,027.94. South Korea's Kospi slipped 0.7% to 2,976.12. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.5% to 6,771.20. Hong Kong's Hang Seng edged up 0.2% to 28,584.96, while the Shanghai Composite slipped 1.8% to 3,359.26. Jingyi Pan, senior market strategist with IG in Singapore, said Asian markets were weighing “the impact of a global recovery alongside the prospect of an accelerating climb in U.S. bond yields.” Yoshimasa Maruyama, chief market economist for SMBC Nikko Securities, said the global economic rebound is stronger than some had previously expected, and that recognition is becoming more widespread in March than in February. “And this recognition of recovery in March itself will work as a source for more confidence,” he said. The vaccine rollouts in the U.S. and Europe will also help instil confidence in future growth, he added. Revised economic data for October-December, released Tuesday, showed the Japanese economy grew at an annual pace of 11.7%. That was weaker than the 12.7% growth reported last month in the preliminary estimate. Quarter on quarter, the growth was 2.8%, revised from 3%, as public and private investment was not as positive as initially thought. Japan’s economy expanded at a 22.8% pace in the July-September period. That followed a sharp contraction as the pandemic slammed tourism, trade, consumption and production. On Wall Street, U.S. stock indexes closed mostly lower, as higher bond yields helped set off more heavy selling of shares in technology companies. The S&P 500 fell 0.5% to 3,821.35 after gaining 1% earlier. Because of their huge size, drops by Apple, Google's parent company and other major technology stocks helped drag the S&P 500 into the red, even though more stocks rose than fell in the benchmark index. The selling, which accelerated toward the end of the day, left the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite down 10.5% from the all-time high it reached on Feb. 12. A drop of 10% or more from a recent peak is known on Wall Street as a “correction.” Bond yields rose broadly. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note climbed to 1.60% from 1.55% late Friday. But it fell back to 1.57% after hours. Yields have been marching higher with rising expectations for growth and the inflation that could follow. Higher yields put downward pressure on stocks generally, in part because they can steer away dollars that might have gone into the stock market into bonds instead. That makes investors less willing to pay such high prices for stocks, especially those that look the most expensive, such as technology stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1% to 31,802.44. The Nasdaq lost 2.4% to 12,609.16. Smaller company stocks, which have led the market higher this year, notched more gains. The Russell 2000 index added 0.5% to 2,202.98. Financial stocks had some of the best gains. Wells Fargo rose 3.3% and Citigroup gained 2.8%. Trading has been choppy in recent weeks as investors fret over the spike in long-term interest rates in the bond market. The S&P 500 is coming off its first weekly gain in three weeks. Technology companies have been heading lower as investors start to doubt whether the huge gains they made during the pandemic months can continue if inflation surges. Investors have been betting that $1.9 trillion in coming government stimulus will help lift the economy out of its coronavirus-induced malaise. There are also investors who are betting that stimulus and an improving economy will result in some inflation down the road. The U.S. economic aid package, passed narrowly by the Senate on Saturday, provides direct payments of up to $1,400 for most Americans and extends emergency unemployment benefits. It's a victory for President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies, and final congressional approval is expected this week. Oil prices also have been rising. After plunging with the onset of the pandemic, as demand plummeted, prices have been recovering. Last week, some observers were expecting the OPEC cartel and its allies to lift more restrictions and let the oil flow more freely. But OPEC agreed to leave most restrictions in place. In energy trading, benchmark U.S. crude for April delivery added 2 cents to $65.07 a barrel. It fell $1.04, or 1.6% to $65.05 a barrel on Monday. It's still up 32.8% so far this year. Brent crude, the international standard, rose 16 cents to $68.40 a barrel. In currency trading, the U.S. dollar rose to 109.15 Japanese yen from 108.87 yen late Monday. The euro strengthened to $1.1855 from $1.1846. ___ AP Business Writers Damian J. Troise and Alex Veiga contributed. Yuri Kageyama is on Twitter https://twitter.com/yurikageyama Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press
Norway's NSM security agency may block a planned 150 million euro ($178 million) sale by Rolls-Royce of its Bergen Engines unit to a company controlled by Russia's TMH Group, the justice ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. Britain's Rolls-Royce announced the planned sale on Feb. 4 as part of a disposal plan aimed at helping the maker of engines for aircraft and ships survive the pandemic. Bergen Engines is, among other things, a supplier to NATO member Norway's navy.