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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow slams ‘inexplicable’ Ronna McDaniel hire, hopes NBC ‘will reverse their decision’

MSNBC star Rachel Maddow addressed the elephant in the NBC greenroom by joining her colleagues in denouncing the network’s “inexplicable” hiring of former RNC chair Ronna McDaniel. Maddow began her show by calling out McDaniel’s role in aiding former President Trump, outlining her alleged actions behind the scenes in rejecting President Biden’s election victory in 2020. “I want to associate myself with all my colleagues both at MSNBC and NBC News who have voiced loud and principled objections to our company putting on the payroll someone who hasn’t just attacked us as journalists but someone who is part of an ongoing project to get rid of our system of government,” Maddow told viewers Monday. “Someone who is still is trying to convince Americans that this election stuff- it doesn’t really work, that this last election, it wasn’t a real result, that American elections are fraudulent.” She suggested Trump has gone much further than any “fascist” in American history who had failed to seize power through the political system. “”[Trump] would have been as forgotten as all the rest of them had he not been able to attach himself to an institution like the Republican Party, and had the leader of that party in his time not decided that she wouldn’t just abide him- she would help. She would help with the worst of it,” Maddow said. NBC CONSIDERING CUTTING TIES WITH RONNA MCDANIEL AFTER INTENSE BACKLASH: INSIDER Maddow confirmed speculation that MSNBC president Rashida Jones did not object to NBC’s hiring of McDaniel but stressed she changed her tune when MSNBC staff “essentially unanimously and instantly expressed outrage” over the decision. “Ronna McDaniel will not be on our air. Ronna McDaniel will not be on MSNBC,” Maddow declared. “And I say that and give you that level of detail because there has been an effort since by other parts of the company to muddy that up in the press and make it seem like that’s not what happened at MSNBC. I can assure you that is what happened at MSNBC. Ronna McDaniel will not appear on MSNBC, so says our boss since Saturday, and it has never been anything other than clear.” She continued, “The fact that Ms. McDaniel is on the payroll at NBC News- to me that is inexplicable. I mean you wouldn’t hire a wise guy, you wouldn’t hire a made man, like a mobster to work at a D.A.’s office, right? You wouldn’t hire a pickpocket to work as a TSA screener. And so I find the decision to put her on the payroll inexplicable, and I hope they will reverse their decision.” NBC’S CHUCK TODD EXPLODES ON NETWORK BOSSES ON THE AIR FOR HIRING RONNA MCDANIEL AS ANALYST, CALLS FOR APOLOGY The MSNBC host assured viewers it wasn’t just about “right versus left” or McDaniel’s past hostility towards the media or even about “lying.” “It’s about our system of government and undermining elections and going after democracy as an ongoing project,” Maddow said. “And this is a difficult time for us as a country. And I think that means we need to be clear-eyed about the implications of it. Difficult times make for difficult decisions. We are contending with something we’ve never had to contend with before. In the news business, yes, we are covering an election, which we do all the time, but we’re also covering bad actors trying to use the rights and privileges of a democracy to end democracy!” “The chief threat among them now, it’s not the rioters and the kooks but the slick political professionals who are turning their considerable talents to laundering violently revolutionary claims that America’s elections aren’t real, that election results aren’t real and that they shouldn’t be respected. We are contending with this now not from William Dudley Pelley’s brown-shirt militias, right, but from the multibillion-dollar massive political operation of one of the two governing parties of the United States of America. And that’s new,” Maddow said. “And with our country up against something that daunting and that’s scary and that dangerous for the country, I think that decisions will inevitably happen, mistakes will be made. But part of our resilience as a democracy is going to be us recognizing when decisions are bad ones and reversing those bad decisions. Hearing legitimate criticism, responding to it, and correcting course, not digging in, not blaming others.” NBC NEWS DEBACLE: RONNA MCDANIEL HIRING INFURIATES MSNBC INSIDERS, PROMPTS ON-AIR REBUKES CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP In a direct plea to her NBC bosses, Maddow added, “Take a minute, acknowledge that maybe it wasn’t the right call. It is a sign of strength, not weakness, to acknowledge when you are wrong. It is a sign of strength. And our country needs us to be strong right now.” Maddow joins a slew of MSNBC stars including Chuck Todd, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Nicolle Wallace, Joy Reid and Jen Psaki, all who condemned McDaniel’s hiring as an NBC political analyst announced by the network on Friday. Fox News’ Lindsay Kornick contributed to this report.

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Asia stocks hemmed in by rate risks, yuan wobbles

Camera IconJapan’s rocketing Nikkei is steady, as is the yen at 151.31 per dollar. (AP PHOTO) Credit: AP Asia stocks hemmed in by rate risks, yuan wobbles Tom WestbrookReutersMarch 26, 2024 10:50AM Topics Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the Link

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Health systems marathon in Tajikistan to accelerate reforms

Event highlights 8 March 2024 At the end of February, a marathon of high-level events was held in Tajikistan, facilitating a deep dive into key components of the country’s health system. The outcomes of the health systems marathon bring the country closer to ensuring that quality health care is accessible and affordable for all. The events were part of the Health Development Programme, financed by the European Union (EU). Tajikistan is currently implementing ambitious health reforms to make progress towards universal health coverage (UHC): access to quality health care for all without causing financial hardship. To this end, the country is working to improve the quality and affordability of health services and to ensure that skilled health workers are available where they are needed most. With funding from the EU, WHO/Europe provides significant, ongoing support to strengthen each component of the health system. His Excellency Raimundas Karoblis, Ambassador of the EU to Tajikistan, underlined, “We reiterate the principle that every human being has the right to enjoy the highest standard of health. There is an absolute need to boost the health system in the country and make it work better and better. As the EU, we are committed, both in Tajikistan and around the globe, to allocate at least 20% of our 2021–2027 financial allocation to human development, including health for all.” Reviewing the implementation of the national health strategy The marathon commenced with the Joint Annual Review, an event organized by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population, bringing together the Government of Tajikistan and development partners to jointly assess the implementation of the national health strategy. During the event, Dr Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, Director of the Division of Country Health Policies and Systems at the WHO Regional Office for Europe, highlighted the need to build a more resilient health system in the country. She handed over a report on the health workforce to the Minister of Health and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Tajikistan, Dr Jamoliddin Abdullozoda. This analysis, first of its kind in Tajikistan, presents findings and recommendations that are key to further strengthening and supporting health workers across the country. “The Joint Annual Review demonstrated the great progress made on the implementation of the health-care strategy for the people of Tajikistan until 2030. With support from development partners, we will continue to strengthen our health system and bring innovation and new technologies to our country,” said Dr Abdullozoda. Improving access to health care and medicines The marathon continued with high-level policy dialogues, bringing together representatives from various government institutions and development organizations, who discussed the key findings of an analysis of the accessibility of medicines, and exchanged views on ways to overcome access barriers, such as high prices or stockouts. Key stakeholders also explored ways to protect people from high out-of-pocket payments for health care. New analyses carried out by WHO/Europe indicate that nearly 1 in 5 households in Tajikistan face catastrophic health spending due to out-of-pocket payments, which may make it difficult for them to meet their other basic needs such as food, housing, and heating. Tajikistan is currently rethinking health financing policy to reduce the health system’s reliance on out-of-pocket payments and improve access to affordable comprehensive primary care services, including prescription medicines and diagnostic tests. “Tajikistan is implementing vital reforms that will benefit the health and well-being of all. WHO works closely with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population and other partners to strengthen the health system. We are proud of our joint achievements in Tajikistan and committed to continue supporting the country to make good quality health care accessible and affordable to all,” said Dr Azzopardi-Muscat. Strengthening the health system to advance towards UHC Two more workshops were held to agree on next steps to further strengthen primary health care and the health workforce. The marathon of events culminated in a 3-day winter school on health systems. WHO experts facilitated informative sessions on health systems, each focusing on a different component. The participants represented a variety of ministries, government institutions and committees. Through group work and discussions, the winter school participants enhanced their understanding of the actions and policies needed to advance towards UHC. The health systems marathon was part of the Health Development Programme funded by the EU. The EU is a strong partner of WHO and the country of Tajikistan, and has invested over €60 million in the last decade in achieving UHC. Event notice 20 January 2024 A marathon of high-level events will be held in Tajikistan at the end of February, facilitating a deep dive into key components of the country’s health system. The outcomes of the health systems marathon will bring the country closer to ensuring that quality health care is accessible and affordable for all. The events are part of the Health Development Programme, financed by the European Union. Tajikistan is currently implementing ambitious health reforms to make progress towards universal health coverage (UHC): access to quality health care for all without causing financial hardship. To this end, the country is working to improve the quality and affordability of health services and to ensure that skilled health workers are available where they are needed most. With funding from the European Union, WHO/Europe provides significant ongoing support to strengthen each component of the health system. Marathon events will include: 20 January: Joint Annual Review of the implementation of the national health strategy in Tajikistan with national stakeholders and development partners20 January: workshop on primary health care21 January: high-level policy dialogue on access to medicines, medical products and pharmacy care22 January: high-level policy dialogue on affordable health care and medicines23 January: workshop on strengthening human resources for health22–24 January: winter school on health system transition to UHC

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Evan Bouchard is “lame”? Huh!? In fact he’s much better than almost anyone gives him credit

My take 1. Evan Bouchard lame? Seriously?! I can see why Buccigross deleted this tweet, even as it was fair comment to rail on Bouchard for losing this corner battle to Matthews, just as he’d lost one on an OT goal against vs. Nathan MacKinnon the previous Saturday. Bouchard is far from mistake free. But which d-man is close to mistake free? Not one of them. And when it comes to the Oilers this year, Bouchard is holding his own on defence against tough competition. 2. To be fair to Buccigross, there’s a large faction of Oilers fans who hold similarly dismal opinions of Bouchard. I’m not in that camp, but the critics are loud, they are many, and some of them are prominent. But, I’ll suggest, Bouchard’s critics fail to properly measure what he brings as opposed to what he gives up. His defending may be OK-to-mediocre, with serious lapses now and then, but his offensive play is out-of-this-world good. All told, he’s a much better two-way player than almost anyone gives him credit for. 3. Edmonton has had some good d-men in the post-Chris Pronger era, even as the team itself has been generally rancid until recently. But Sheldon Souray and Ryan Whitney were both outstanding here until they got hurt. Tom Gilbert, Jeff Petry, Oscar Klefbom and, especially, Andrej Sekara were solid d-men for the Oil. Darnell Nurse has had some big seasons, even as he’s trended down and struggled at times this year. But not since Hall-of-Famer Paul Coffey have the Oilers seen a d-man with anywhere close to the offensive skills as Bouchard when it comes to shooting and passing. Souray also had a bomb, but he wasn’t the passer that Bouchard is. Pronger was as strong a passer (and a vastly superior defensive d-man, of course) but he lacked Bouchard’s harpoon of a shot.

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Supreme Court Considers Furloughed Pentagon Employee’s Long-Delayed Claim

The Supreme Court seemed sympathetic on March 25 to the argument of a furloughed U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) employee who waited five years for an understaffed government board to decide on his compensation claim. The employee argued that his case, which has dragged on for 11 years, should be allowed even though his claim missed a filing deadline. Acting as his own counsel, he challenged the employment decision before an administrative judge who ruled against him. Still without legal representation, he appealed to the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). The board describes itself on its website as “an independent, quasi-judicial agency in the Executive branch that serves as the guardian of Federal merit systems.” While the appeal was pending, on Jan. 8, 2017, the board lost its quorum of members and couldn’t conduct business and resolve appeals. The board didn’t regain a quorum until May 11, 2022, when it rejected the appeal and affirmed the administrative judge’s ruling. In the intervening five-year period, the DOD changed email servers and Mr. Harrow failed to notify the MSPB of his changed email address. Because the board served its final decision in the case on him only by email, he didn’t learn about the unfavorable ruling until Aug. 30, 2022, 111 days after the decision was made. Mr. Harrow continued representing himself and asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Sept. 16, 2022, to review the board’s decision. In some cases, federal employees are allowed to appeal unfavorable board decisions to the Federal Circuit, but the law provides that any petition for review must be filed within 60 days after the board’s final decision. The Federal Circuit ruled in Fedora v. MSPB in 2017 that the deadline to file an appeal under Section 7703 of 5 U.S. Code was jurisdictional. It cited the 2017 precedent when it denied Mr. Harrow’s appeal. The legal issue now before the Supreme Court is whether the 60-day deadline specified in Section 7703 for a federal employee to ask the Federal Circuit to review a final decision of the board is jurisdictional, a status that can significantly limit litigants’ options in a case. Legal rules are classified as either “jurisdictional” or “nonjurisdictional,” according to the Stanford Law Review. If a rule is deemed jurisdictional, “courts will interpret and apply it rigidly, literally, and mercilessly.” “Jurisdictional defects are absolutely fatal to a claim,” Stanford Law Review stated. “Moreover, parties [can] neither waive jurisdictional requirements nor consent to noncompliance with them. Parties can raise jurisdictional defects at any time in the litigation, including for the first time on appeal, and courts are obliged to raise such defects … even after litigation on the merits. Finally, courts may not consider using equitable doctrines to bend jurisdictional rules under any circumstances.” Mr. Harrow’s attorney, Joshua P. Davis, told the justices during oral arguments on March 25 that, over the past two decades, the Supreme Court has clarified the law so that, according to the wishes of Congress, ordinary procedural rules would not be misinterpreted as jurisdictional. “The clear statement rule governs that analysis. That rule demands a clear statement from Congress on par with explicit language to establish a jurisdictional requirement.” “At issue here is whether 5 U.S.C. Section 7703(b)(1)(A)’s filing deadline is jurisdictional. Nothing in the text of (b)(1)(A) suggests that it is. That can end the inquiry. That conclusion is confirmed by the text of the relevant jurisdictional statute, 28 U.S.C. Section 1295(a).” That section gives jurisdiction to the Federal Circuit over appeals “pursuant to” Section 7703(b)(1), Mr. Davis said. But “‘pursuant to’ is a notoriously ambiguous phrase,” the lawyer said. Despite this, the government claims the phrase means all the requirements of (b)(1)(A) have been satisfied. The problem is “pursuant to” can also mean invoking (b)(1), not satisfying its filing deadline, he said. This is how the Supreme Court interpreted interlocutory appellate jurisdiction in a 2021 case, finding that “pursuant to” meant invoking a specific statutory provision, not satisfying its requirements, he said. Interlocutory means given provisionally in the course of a legal proceeding. Based on this interpretation, (b)(1)(A)’s filing deadline is not jurisdictional, he said. “Under the clear statement rule, (b)(1)(A)’s filing deadline is a mere claims processing rule,” he added. The clear statement rule is a guideline for interpreting statutes, which directs courts not to construe a statute in such a way that will lead to specific consequences unless the statute is unambiguously clear that those consequences are what the statute seeks to achieve. U.S. Department of Justice attorney Aimee W. Brown said Congress gave the Federal Circuit jurisdiction over appeals from final MSPB decisions, including deadlines for filing an appeal. As the Supreme Court has recognized, “the plain meaning of ‘pursuant to’ is ‘in accordance with’ or ‘in compliance with,’” she said. Justice Clarence Thomas asked if it was “at least plausible that ‘pursuant to’ modifies ‘final order’?” Ms. Brown replied that it was not. “The reason for that is that if you were … to read the statute that way, it would say that the order or decision needed to be pursuant to or in accordance with, in compliance with, Section 7703(b)(1). But Section 7703(b)(1) doesn’t impose any requirements or limitations on the order or decision,” she said. Several justices, including Justice Neil Gorsuch, questioned why the government has been fighting Mr. Harrow’s claim—which amounts to $3,000 plus interest—so hard for so long. “It is extraordinary the lengths to which this case has gone; seven years waiting and then the email and all that,” he said. Justice Gorsuch asked Mr. Davis why the government has resisted his client’s case “so strongly.” “He spent seven years waiting, five of which were because the government couldn’t manage to get a quorum together to resolve it, sent an email to an old email address … and he acted as quickly … as he could when he got it, and yet here we are in the Supreme Court of the United States over a $3,000 claim,” the justice said. Justice Sonia Sotomayor added, “I think the government wants the court to do the work for it.” Mr. Davis said some members of the Federal Circuit may welcome the Supreme Court intervening in the case. “They seem stuck in a precedent that at least some of them believe is no longer consistent with Supreme Court doctrine, but they are abiding by it unless and until they’re told otherwise,” the lawyer said. Justice Amy Coney Barrett asked Ms. Brown why the government cared “so much whether this is jurisdictional or claims processing.” The attorney replied, “the reason that we are here … we take very seriously this court’s rulings in this area and its efforts to bring discipline to the use of jurisdiction, and we’re not trying to fight against the application of the clear statement rule.” After the oral argument, Mr. Davis told The Epoch Times that he thought his argument went “very well.” “I’m optimistic that at the end of the day, it’ll go our way,” he said in a brief interview. “I thought the government lawyer did a fantastic job. But I think the clear statement rule is pretty darn clear and its application here is probably pretty darn clear.” The lawyer said he sensed frustration on the court “that the rule is clear but the lower courts are not abiding by it as much as they should.” The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the case, Harrow v. Department of Defense, by the end of June.

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Girl, 8, killed after being sucked into hotel pool pipe pictured as mum pays tribute

The eight-year-old girl who sadly died after being pulled into a pool pipe at a hotel in Houston has been shown in photos. Her mum is devastated and talks about her daughter’s “noble heart” and her “big smile that was contagious with joy”. Her name was Aliyah Lynette Jaico, and she was playing in the lazy river at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel when she went under the water on Saturday at about 6pm and didn’t come back up. People looked for her for hours, watching security videos and checking all over the hotel. They figured out she had gone under the water and not come back. So they emptied the pool to look for her. They used a camera to check inside a pipe, and that’s where they found her. She had drowned in the pipe. READ MORE: Girl, 8, drowns in Hilton hotel pool after being sucked into pipe and found 13 hours later Daniela Jaico, Aliyah’s mum, wrote on Facebook about how sad she is. She said: “They say we all have our destiny marked… but I can’t understand why yours was like this.. Thank you my love for the 8 years you gave me by your side. Thank you my girl for teaching me what love is and a noble heart.” The message, translated from Spanish by Facebook’s built-in tool, went on: “I still don’t accept that you won’t be here anymore, I don’t have to pretend. I hope to see you again one day and you’ll keep looking at me and you’ll get that big smile that was contagious with joy. You gave yourself to love always with your heart so noble. I will love you for all eternity. You are the most beautiful thing God has given me and after every battle we went through together we didn’t win this one. Rest in peace my beautiful Wera. Forever you.” A heart emoji marked the end of the message, which got 86 “sad” reactions. Another tribute post simply showed the girl’s birth date and death date and included baby pictures of her. It got 55 mixed reactions, from “sad” to “love” to “care.” Lots of comments shared feelings of sadness or grief. For all the latest news, politics, sports, and showbiz from the USA, go to The Mirror US Aliyah’s official cause of death was said to be “drowning and mechanical asphyxia,” according to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science, who did an autopsy on the young girl. She was about 20 feet inside the pipe, which was said to be 16 inches wide. It took teams about 13 hours to recover the body. Initial reports suggest that the piping was either faulty or incorrectly programmed, causing it to malfunction and suck in water from a tube that should have been expelling it, filtered and clean. Local station KXII has reported that this isn’t the first time the facility has faced violations and failed inspections. An investigation into the tragic drowning is now underway as authorities try to figure out if the hotel is responsible for the young girl’s death. “This is one of the saddest ones we’ve seen in a good while,” Texas EquuSearch founder Tim Miller told KXII. He was one of the many called in to assist with the search. “Many of us had to wipe tears from our eyes,” he said. “I never, ever thought in a million years it was going to end up as bad as it ended up, so I don’t know. There is a grieving family out there, and it is going to be a long, painful healing process over this one.”

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US appeals court finds for Donald Trump Jr. in defamation suit by ex-coal CEO Don Blankenship

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court rejected a bid Monday from former coal executive Don Blankenship, who argued that Donald Trump Jr. defamed him by calling him a “felon.” The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, left in place a lower court’s ruling in West Virginia against Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy. He served a year in prison on a misdemeanor charge after he was found guilty of conspiring to violate safety standards at a West Virginia mine before an explosion in 2010 that killed 29 men. Blankenship sued the son of then-President Donald Trump after Donald Trump Jr. posted the comment in May 2018 on social media. The appeals court found that “the record fails to show that Trump, Jr. published his statement with actual malice.” The appeals court previously affirmed a determination by a district court that CNN, Fox News and 14 other media outlets sued by Blankenship did not act with “actual malice” amid coverage of his unsuccessful 2018 U.S. Senate campaign, even if, it said, they failed to meet journalistic standards. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Blankenship’s appeal in that case. The high court also previously turned away Blankenship’s appeal of his misdemeanor conviction.

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‘Mandi is My Birthplace, My Own People Called Me…’, Kangana Declares as She Enters Political Fray

Amidst the vibrant hues of the Holi festival, Bollywood icon and now BJP candidate, Kangana Ranaut, has stirred the political landscape of Himachal Pradesh with her foray into politics. Her declaration to contest from the Mandi parliamentary constituency has injected a new fervor into the political scenario, drawing attention from both supporters and critics alike. Following the announcement of her candidacy, Sarkaghat MLA Dilip and other BJP workers paid a visit to Kangana’s residence in Bhambla to extend their support and engage in discussions. Amidst the festive atmosphere, Kangana expressed her gratitude to her birthplace, Mandi, and her affectionate constituents who beckoned her into the political arena. Addressing the gathering, Kangana Ranaut affirmed her commitment to serving the people of Mandi, pledging to immerse herself in grassroots engagement by traversing the villages and streets of the constituency. “If the public elects me, I will always be ready to serve the public,” stated Kangana, emphasizing her dedication to public service and community engagement. Expressing her appreciation towards senior BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President JP Nadda, Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Minister Anurag Thakur and former Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, Kangana underscored her readiness to uphold their vision and leadership in her political journey. With emotions running high, Kangana reflected on her family’s reaction to her venture into politics, describing their support as both touching and motivating. “It was my dream to make a place in politics which was fulfilled on the holy festival of Holi,” remarked Kangana, encapsulating the significance of the auspicious occasion in her political aspirations. Following her candidature announcement, Kangana Ranaut embarked on a spiritual journey to her ancestral home in Bhambla, Mandi, seeking the blessings of her family deity, Mata Ambika. In an informal interaction with media, Kangana expressed her gratitude towards the BJP leadership for the opportunity to serve the nation, vowing to champion Prime Minister Modi’s vision for a prosperous India by 2047. With her sights set on the electoral battleground, Kangana Ranaut symbolizes a new chapter in Himachal Pradesh’s political narrative, her entry resonating with aspirations for change and development, as she endeavors to carve a path towards progress and prosperity for the people of Mandi and beyond.

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Bitcoin jumps 7%, retakes $70,000 to start the week

Bitcoin had been in correction mode for the past week, after it hit an all-time high of $73,797.68 on March 14. Last Wednesday, it slid to as low as about $60,800. Alex Thorn, head of firmwide research at Galaxy Digital, said such declines are “well within the norm of historical bull market short-term corrections.” The reason for Monday’s big run was unclear, but the cryptocurrency’s price action in March has been characterized by new highs followed by healthy pullbacks. Thorn suggested investors were taking a pause from selling shares of bitcoin exchange-traded funds. “The record GBTC outflows over the last two weeks, likely caused by Genesis and Gemini bankruptcy liquidations, contributed to weakness in spot prices, but several technical indicators pointed to seller exhaustion,” Thorn said. Sam Callahan, lead analyst at bitcoin services firm Swan Bitcoin, said it’s likely tied to the messaging coming from the Federal Reserve last week. “Fed officials made it clear last week that they are considering both rate cuts and reducing the pace of its quantitative tightening program this year,” he said. “Such actions will enhance liquidity conditions, acting as a positive catalyst for asset prices. Bitcoin functions as a barometer of liquidity conditions and responded favorably to the Fed’s messaging that monetary policy will likely ease in the near future.” Despite its pullbacks, bitcoin is on pace to finish March on a winning note. It has gained 14% for the month and 66% so far for the first quarter.

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Zulum Names 168 Aides, 104 Chairmen, Board Members Of Agencies, Commissions

Borno State governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, has approved the appointment of 168 assistants and 104 board members for 15 agencies and commissions in the state. A statement issued on Monday by Secretary to the State Government, Bukar Tijjani, said the appointed aides comprised nine Senior Technical Assistants (STAs), 81 Senior Special Assistants (SSAs) and 78 Special Assistants (SAs). Tijjani also listed the 104 other appointees as chairmen and board members of 15 agencies and commissions. “The appointment was done based on powers conferred on the governor by the provisions of Section 208 (2)d of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended”, Tijjani said. The governor “congratulates the appointees as he looks forward to their contributions to the development of Borno State”, the statement added. According to the statement, the appointment comprises the following persons: Senior Technical Assistants: Mohammed Zanna Borkoma, General Services; Tahiru Shettima, Political; Mai Yau Adamu, Finance and Economy; Hajja Fati Gambo Dori, Planning; Mohammed Umar Lamba, Cabinet; Usman Abubakar Wakta, Transport and Energy; Surv. Amsami Alh. Bukar, Land Matters; Engr. Kolomi Bukar, Equipment and Machinery; Hon. Umaru Sa’ad Yahe, Local Govt and Emirate Affairs; Aliyu Sani, Monitoring and Evaluation; Habu Kale Tijjani Yajiwa, and Social Investment/Focal Person. Senior Special Assistants: Baba Kura Alhaji Bukar, Kachalla Ibrahim, Abba Jato Lawan, Babagana Ladan, Engr. Mahmud Goni Sanda, Bulama Mustapha, Bulama Ali Abba, Hon. Nasir Tijjani, Hon. Shehu Usman Aliyu, Bappah Saleh Gaya, Alh. Abba Chiroma, Hon. Adamu Kachalla, Dr. Samaila Garba, Pictu Hamma, Rakiya Galadima, Alhaji Mohammed Hassan, Yusuf Sawa, Hajja Ramata Dzivama, Muktar Yerima, Hon. Umar Yakubu, Wakil Mai Azir, Alhaji Goni Mustapha, Ibrahim Kolo Gaji, Babagana Bayamari, Mustapha Ali Kori, Modu Alhaji Bukar, Bukar Zanna, Alhaji Mohammed Nur, Ali Sheriff Galgal, Sadiq Abubakar Gubio, Alhaji Modu Aisami, Alhaji Bako Lawan, Babagana Modu Badu, Baba Isa Lawan, Konto Abba Zaji, Lawan Bukar Wasaram, Mohammed Inuwa, Umar Mohammed Bello, Zanna Kawuskema and Atom Mohammed Tom. Others are Usman Alhaji Waziri (Muller), Comrade Lucy, Hon. Abba Lawan, Modu Tijjani Banki, Hon. Abba Sheriff Ajiri, Hajja Zara Mohammed, Abdullahi Yusuf Kida, Alfred Yahaya Bwala, Habu Ibrahim, Shuaibu Baba Adamu, Amadi Md Lawal, Alh. Bashir Hassan, Dogo M. Shettima, Alkali Bukar Isa, Alh. Bukar Kolo Kashimri, Zanna Lawan Ajimi, Dauda G. Mshelia, El Lawan Mustapha, Hon. Grema Terab, Hon. Yakubu Margima, Hajja Bintu Tela (Bombi), Amina Kyari, Amina Balarabe, Hajja Aisha K. Wawa, Fatima Mohammed Abbas, Hajja Yakura Kyari, Hon. Hauwa Sani Magaji, Haj. Zainab Shettima, Haj. Fatima Shettima, Hon. Bala Mohammed Yusuf, Hon. Babagana Modu, Hon. Abubakar Abdullahi, Hon. Mallam Gana, Hon. Jidda Aji and Hon. Suleiman Abubakar. Also among the Senior Special Assistants are Hon. Gambo Shehu Fandi, Hon. Lami Alhaji Kaumi, Hon. Abdullahi Aliyu, Hamsatu Umar Bolori, Hon. Bukar Fari, Babagana Alhaji Abdullahi Abadam, and Ahmed Aliko Ahmed.

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