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Wildfire near Yosemite National Park sparks mass evacuation, threatening 2,000 homes and ancient redwoods

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The Fire Has Already Spread To 11,900 Acres

An active wildfire near Yosemite National Park has prompted mass evacuations for thousands of California residents.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said the fire – which has been active since Friday afternoon – has already spread to 11,900 acres.

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The fire has already spread to 11,900 acresPhoto credit: Getty
Cal Fire Engines Appear To Drive Through Smoky Conditions As The Oak Fire Moves Through The Area

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An Aerial View Shows The Oak Fire Near Yosemite National Park On July 22, 2022

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An aerial view shows the Oak Fire near Yosemite National Park on July 22, 2022Photo credit: Reuters

Dubbed the Oak Fire, the fire started at Highway 140 and Carstens Road near Midpines.

It is now considered California’s largest fire in the state’s wildfire season, and investigations into what caused the blaze are still under investigation.

Mariposa County is currently the only evacuation zone, but the fire is zero percent contained and information can change quickly

Cal Fire said in a statement Saturday, “Fire activity is extreme with frequent runs, spot fires and group flares.

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“Responders are working to safely evacuate people and are actively involved in protecting buildings.

“Explosive fire behavior challenges firefighters.”

The fire destroyed 10 homes and commercial buildings and damaged five others as of Saturday morning, Cal Fire noted.

And 2,000 other buildings are under threat as numerous roads have been closed, including one blocking one of the main routes into Yosemite, the Associated Press reports.

Meanwhile, Pacific Gas & Electric said more than 2,600 homes and businesses in the fire area lost power as of Friday afternoon.

PG&E stated that they were “unable to access the affected devices” and it is unknown when power will be restored.

As of Saturday night, Cal Fire assigned four helicopters, 45 engines, four dozers, four water tenders, 11 crew and 403 employees to the scene.

California Gov. Newsom declared a state of emergency for Mariposa County as the oak fire destroyed homes and forced more than 6,000 residents to evacuate.

Gov Newsom’s office said, “Early today, the governor announced that within hours, California received a fire management assistance grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure the availability of vital resources to fight the fire.”

Sierra National Forest spokesman Daniel Patterson said the evacuations have come into effect for thousands “who live across a span of several miles in the sparsely populated, rural area.”

The fire continues to spread as the Washburn Fire has threatened a grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park.

Forest Service Supervisor Randy Moore said in a Friday press release, “Without urgent action, wildfires could snuff out countless more iconic giant sequoias.”

He added: “We can and must do more to protect giant sequoias using all the tools and opportunities at our disposal.

“This immediate fuel reduction measure before a wildfire occurs will protect unburned giant sequoia groves from the risks of high severity wildfires.”

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Earlier this week, two pilots died after a helicopter crashed while fighting wildfire in Idaho, the New York Times reports.

Thomas Hayes, a 41-year-old man from Idaho, and Jared Bird, a 26-year-old man from Alaska, were killed in the crash.

A Home Burns As The Oak Fire Spreads Near Mariposa, California July 23, 2022

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A home burns as the oak fire spreads near Mariposa, California July 23, 2022Photo credit: Getty
A Helicopter Drops Water On The Oak Fire Near Yosemite On July 23, 2022

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A helicopter drops water on the Oak Fire near Yosemite on July 23, 2022Photo credit: Getty
On July 23, 2022, A Home In Mariposa County Caught Fire

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On July 23, 2022, a home in Mariposa County caught firePhoto credit: Getty

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Boxing’s top ten pound-for-pound list sees Oleksandr Usyk top ahead of Canelo Alvarez, as the Ukrainian becomes the first heavyweight to take the top spot since Mike Tyson, while Tyson Fury also features

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Boxing'S Top Ten Pound-For-Pound List Sees Oleksandr Usyk Top Ahead Of Canelo Alvarez, As The Ukrainian Becomes The First Heavyweight To Take The Top Spot Since Mike Tyson, While Tyson Fury Also Features

Canelo Alvarez’s loss to Dmitry Bivol shook up the pound-for-pound roster in May.

With boxing’s universally recognized top fighter now beaten, he could no longer hold the top spot on talkSPORT.com’s list and so Oleksandr Usyk took his place as pound-for-pound king.

Usyk also took No. 1 in Ring Magazine’s rankings – the first time a heavyweight has claimed the job since Mike Tyson was undisputed champion in his prime more than 30 years ago – although Ring has since replaced the Ukrainian by Naoya Inoue.

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Canelo was dispatched by Bivol, suffering his first loss since 2013

Usyk Was The Undisputed Wba, Wbc, Ibf And Wbo World Heavyweight Champion, And Is Now The Wba, Ibf And Wbo Heavyweight Champion

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Usyk was the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion, and is now the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion

Prior to climbing to the top of the heavyweight division, Usyk’s heavyweight run was one of the most impressive accomplishments a fighter has produced in modern boxing history.

In just 15 fights, the Ukrainian became the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO world champion.

What made the whole campaign more impressive was the fact that he did it all on the outside floor.

When Usyk won his first world title against Krzysztof Glowacki in 2016, he did it in Glowacki’s home country of Poland.

He went on to beat Michael Hunter in America, Marco Huck in Germany, Mairis Briedis in Latvia, Murat Gassiev in Russia and Tony Bellew in the UK.

Now as a heavyweight he has also beaten Anthony Joshua in a big upset to win the WBA, IBF and WBO titles.

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Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are the former pound-for-pound kings

The pound-for-pound argument is probably one of the most controversial in sport and every fan seems to have a unique opinion on it.

Some rank the best fighters in the world based solely on how they perform – how they look.

Some just rank them based on their resumes and rate who has the best recorded wins.

Some also factor in other factors like activity and official results, which means it all becomes one big confusing mess.

Therefore, talkSPORT.com will lay out their criteria (based roughly on Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound criteria) for this list right now:

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  1. Result – The official result always stands and ultimately prevails over other factors. The other three are equally important.
  2. Performance – How a fighter wins or loses.
  3. Summary – Opponents beaten/titles won.
  4. Activity – How often does a fighter fight high level opposition

10. Shakur Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs)

Shakur Stevenson Won The Wbo Featherweight Title For The First Time At Just 22 Years Old.  He Then Rose Through The Ranks And Dethroned Jamel Herring For The Wbo Super Featherweight Title, And Has Since Outclassed Oscar Valdez To Win The Wbc And Ring Magazine Crowns At Just 24 Years Old.

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Shakur Stevenson won the WBO featherweight title for the first time at just 22 years old. He then rose through the ranks and dethroned Jamel Herring for the WBO super featherweight title, and has since outclassed Oscar Valdez to win the WBC and Ring Magazine crowns at just 24 years old.

9. Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez (51-3, 41 KOs)

'Chocolatito' Was Once The Pound-For-Pound King After Setting A 46-0 Record As The Four-Weight World Champion.  He Was Dethroned By Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, But Stopped Kal Yafai To Become Champion Again.  Although He Lost To Juan Estrada, Many Felt That Decision Was The Wrong Way And He Bounced Back Again With A Win Over Julio Cesar Martinez.

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‘Chocolatito’ was once the pound-for-pound king after setting a 46-0 record as the four-weight world champion. He was dethroned by Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, but stopped Kal Yafai to become champion again. Although he lost to Juan Estrada, many felt that decision was the wrong way and he bounced back again with a win over Julio Cesar Martinez.

8. Vasyl Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs)

After A Historic 396-1 Amateur Career, Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Vasyl Lomachenko Turned Pro And Jumped Straight Into World-Class Matches.  The Ukrainian Has Since Become A Three-Weight Champion, Beating Gary Russell Jr, Nicholas Walters, Guillermo Rigondeaux And Jorge Linares, But Was Dethroned By Teofimo Lopez.

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After a historic 396-1 amateur career, two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko turned pro and jumped straight into world-class matches. The Ukrainian has since become a three-weight champion, beating Gary Russell Jr, Nicholas Walters, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Jorge Linares, but was dethroned by Teofimo Lopez.

7. Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs)

Dmitry Bivol Has Long Been Considered An Undefeated Light-Heavyweight Champion, And Now Has The Outstanding Victory Over Canelo Alvarez To Crack The Pound-For-Pound Top Ten.  He Also Holds Wins Over Joe Smith Jr And Sullivan Barrera.

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Dmitry Bivol has long been considered an undefeated light-heavyweight champion, and now has the outstanding victory over Canelo Alvarez to crack the pound-for-pound top ten. He also holds wins over Joe Smith Jr and Sullivan Barrera.

6. Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs)

After Dethroning Wladimir Klitschko In 2015, Tyson Fury's Life And Career Spiraled Out Of Control.  However, He Has Since Turned It All Around Remarkably And Has Come Back To Stop Deontay Wilder Twice And Ko Dillian Whyte, Re-Establishing Himself As The Best Heavyweight In The World.

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After dethroning Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, Tyson Fury’s life and career spiraled out of control. However, he has since turned it all around remarkably and has come back to stop Deontay Wilder twice and KO Dillian Whyte, re-establishing himself as the best heavyweight in the world.

5. Errol Spence (28-0, 22 KOs)

Errol Spence Is The Unified Wba, Wbc And Ibf Welterweight World Champion, Having Won Each Belt Straight From The Champion.  Spence Has Won Titles From Kell Brook, Shawn Porter And Yodenis Ugas, And Also Holds Dominating Victories Over Mikey Garcia And Danny Garcia.

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Errol Spence is the unified WBA, WBC and IBF welterweight world champion, having won each belt straight from the champion. Spence has won titles from Kell Brook, Shawn Porter and Yodenis Ugas, and also holds dominating victories over Mikey Garcia and Danny Garcia.

4. Naoya Inoue (23-0, 20 KOs)

Japanese Three-Weight World Champion Naoya Inoue Has Already Exploded Through The Lightweight And Super-Flyweight Ranks, And Is Now A Unified Bantamweight King.  The 26-Year-Old Conquered The World Boxing Super Series Tournament In The 2019 'Fight Of The Year' With Nonito Donaire And Destroyed It In Their Rematch.

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Japanese three-weight world champion Naoya Inoue has already exploded through the lightweight and super-flyweight ranks, and is now a unified bantamweight king. The 26-year-old conquered the World Boxing Super Series tournament in the 2019 ‘Fight of the Year’ with Nonito Donaire and destroyed it in their rematch.

3. Terence Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs)

American Terence Crawford Won World Titles In Three Weight Classes, Including Becoming The Undisputed King Of The Welterweight.  He Has Yet To Face Elite Opposition, Although He Recently Improved His Record By Beating Shawn Porter.  The Wbo Welterweight Champion Ranks Highly Based On His Accomplishments And The Manner Of His Wins, But Must Unite With Errol Spence If He Is To Become Pound-For-Pound King.

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American Terence Crawford won world titles in three weight classes, including becoming the undisputed king of the welterweight. He has yet to face elite opposition, although he recently improved his record by beating Shawn Porter. The WBO welterweight champion ranks highly based on his accomplishments and the manner of his wins, but must unite with Errol Spence if he is to become pound-for-pound king.

2. Canelo Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs)

Canelo Has A Number Of Impressive Names On His Win Sheet Including Gennady Golovkin, Sergey Kovalev, Miguel Cotto, Daniel Jacobs, Billy Joe Saunders, Callum Smith, Caleb Plant, Erislandy Lara, Shane Mosley, Amir Khan And Austin Trout.  Even Though He Has Now Been Beaten By Dmitry Bivol And Lost The Top Spot, Canelo's Past Achievements Still Far Outweigh His Rivals On This List.

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Canelo has a number of impressive names on his win sheet including Gennady Golovkin, Sergey Kovalev, Miguel Cotto, Daniel Jacobs, Billy Joe Saunders, Callum Smith, Caleb Plant, Erislandy Lara, Shane Mosley, Amir Khan and Austin Trout. Even though he has now been beaten by Dmitry Bivol and lost the top spot, Canelo’s past achievements still far outweigh his rivals on this list.

1. Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs)

Oleksandr Usyk Cleaned Up His Entire Division, Becoming Undisputed Heavyweight Champion In 16 Fights.  The Ukrainian Has Won All Of His Biggest Tests In His Opponents' Hometowns, Traveling To Beat Mairis Briedis In Latvia, Murat Gassiev In Russia And Tony Bellew In The Uk.  He Now Repeats The Feat At Heavyweight After Dethroning Anthony Joshua In London.  A Deserving Pound-For-Pound King.

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Oleksandr Usyk cleaned up his entire division, becoming undisputed heavyweight champion in 16 fights. The Ukrainian has won all of his biggest Tests in his opponents’ hometowns, traveling to beat Mairis Briedis in Latvia, Murat Gassiev in Russia and Tony Bellew in the UK. He now repeats the feat at heavyweight after dethroning Anthony Joshua in London. A deserving pound-for-pound king.

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Former World Wrestling Entertainment boss Vince McMahon paid $5 million of approximately $20 million in previously unrecorded expenses to Donald Trump’s foundation in 2007 and 2009, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

The report comes weeks after McMahon retired as CEO of the company amid investigations into silent payments he made in connection with allegations of sexual misconduct. WWE has since said its board’s independent investigation into the matter is “substantially complete.”

While the majority of the $20 million in payouts went to women who accused McMahon and another WWE executive of sexual misconduct, an additional $5 million was used for unrelated purposes, according to a recent filing. of titles.

The $5 million represented charitable donations to the now-disbanded Donald J. Trump Foundation, the Journal reported, citing sources. The donations were made for two years during which Trump made appearances at WWE televised events.

WWE did not immediately return a request for comment.

Trump dissolved that foundation as part of a settlement with the New York State Attorney General’s office in 2018, when a lawsuit alleged Trump misused the charity’s funds for his presidential campaign. 2016, to pay legal settlements and promote his business.

This news comes less than a month after the Securities and Exchange Commission and federal prosecutors launched investigations into the $14.6 million in payments made by McMahon to settle allegations of sexual misconduct.

The $5 million in contribution payments should have been categorized as a corporate expense because McMahon was a major shareholder and the payments benefited the company, a WWE attorney told the WSJ.

The first of two appearances resulted in a $1 million fee for Trump and a $4 million McMahons personal contribution to his foundation. For his second appearance, Trump was paid $100,000, and McMahon and his wife, Linda, donated $1 million to the foundation.

While the $5 million appeared on the foundation’s tax returns as coming directly from WWE, the company said in its security filings this month that the payments came directly from McMahon personally.

Vince McMahon is still WWE’s largest shareholder despite having left the company. He bought the company from his father about 40 years ago and turned it into a global powerhouse. His daughter, Stephanie McMahon, now works as co-CEO, along with executive Nick Khan.

Linda McMahon served as Chief of the Small Business Administration in Trump’s cabinet. Trump, who hosted two Wrestlemania events in Atlantic City in the 1980s, is enshrined in the WWE Hall of Fame.

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NASA’s Nicole Aunapu Mann will be the first Indigenous woman in space

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This fall, NASA astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann will be the first Native American woman in space.

Mann will join NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission as commander of the Dragon spacecraft, where she will be responsible for all phases of flight, from launch to re-entry, as well as a flight engineer, NASA announced earlier this month.

Mann, of Petaluma, Calif., is a member of the Wailacki of the Round Valley Indian Tribes in Northern California, according to Indian Country Today.

Nicole Aunapu Mann is enrolled in the Wailacki of the Round Valley Indian Tribes.
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“It’s very exciting,” she told the outlet of becoming the first Indigenous woman in space. “I think it’s important that we communicate this to our community, so that other indigenous children, if they maybe thought it was not a possibility or realized that some of these barriers that existed before are really starting to break down. ”

John Herrington, an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation, became the first Native American man to fly in space in 2002. He carried the nation’s flag and a traditional flute on his 13-day journey.

Mann told ICT that she plans to bring a dreamcatcher her mother gave her, along with her wedding rings and surprise gifts her family is planning for her.

The expedition will be Mann’s first spaceflight since becoming an astronaut in 2013, when she was chosen as one of eight members of NASA’s 21st Astronaut Class.

Mann is also a colonel in the Marine Corps. She has numerous accolades to her name, including two Air Force Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and the 2015 NASA Stephen D. Thorne Safety Award.

In This Saturday, April 24, 2021, Archive Photo Made Available By Nasa, The Spacex Crew Dragon Capsule Approaches The International Space Station To Dock.
The expedition will be Mann’s first spaceflight since becoming an astronaut in 2013.
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The Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon Endurance spacecraft will launch after September 29.
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On the mission, Mann will be joined by fellow NASA astronaut Josh Cassada, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina.

The Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon Endurance spacecraft are scheduled to launch no earlier than September 29 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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AUD/USD Little Changed After Jobs Lost (But Unemployment Rate Beats!)

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Aud/Usd Little Changed After Jobs Lost (But Unemployment Rate Beats!)

The Australian jobs report is here:

Read this article to find out why employment may fall and therefore also the unemployment rate.

I already see analysts dismissing the job losses:

  • the labor market remains incredibly tight
  • there are more vacancies than unemployed
  • a 48-year low for the unemployment rate is big

And… they’re not wrong. Yes, that would have been a better report with jobs added, but that unemployment rate headline is going to be screamed in the headlines. This is a good thing.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics also issues an apology for the report (again, they are correct). The ABS says the drop in hours worked may be due to the combination of school holidays and work absences due to both COVID and the flu.

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The Australian dollar (AUD) is the official currency of Australia, which is also used on Christmas Island, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Norfolk Island, as well as in the independent states of the Pacific. Introduced in 1966, the AUD is currently the fifth most traded currency. in the world, behind only the US dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen and the British pound. The currency is very important for the foreign exchange markets and is regularly used as a carry trade against other majors. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is the central banking authority responsible for managing and issuing banknotes in AUD. What factors affect the AUD? The AUD is more sensitive than other currencies to macroeconomic factors. Overall, monetary policy is the main driver of the currency, including interest rate differentials. Beyond Australia, the prices of commodities such as precious metals and others are also important to the AUD and can cause its value to fluctuate against other currencies. Global risk sentiment and confidence are also indicators that are closely watched given their correlation with the AUD. This is because the AUD is considered a base currency and also used as one of the most popular indicators of growth and risk in global financial markets. the mood of the global market is likely to drive the AUD higher, while if there is prevailing pessimism, the AUD will often fall. Domestically, government credit ratings can also impact the AUD. Australia’s credit rating influences its debt risk profile. This trend directly influences the cost the government has to pay on the debt it owes.

The Australian dollar (AUD) is the official currency of Australia, which is also used on Christmas Island, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Norfolk Island, as well as in the independent states of the Pacific. Introduced in 1966, the AUD is currently the fifth most traded currency. in the world, behind only the US dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen and the British pound. The currency is very important for the foreign exchange markets and is regularly used as a carry trade against other majors. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is the central banking authority responsible for managing and issuing banknotes in AUD. What factors affect the AUD? The AUD is more sensitive than other currencies to macroeconomic factors. Overall, monetary policy is the main driver of the currency, including interest rate differentials. Beyond Australia, the prices of commodities such as precious metals and others are also important to the AUD and can cause its value to fluctuate against other currencies. Global risk sentiment and confidence are also indicators that are closely watched given their correlation with the AUD. This is because the AUD is considered a base currency and also used as one of the most popular indicators of growth and risk in global financial markets. the mood of the global market is likely to drive the AUD higher, while if there is prevailing pessimism, the AUD will often fall. Domestically, government credit ratings can also impact the AUD. Australia’s credit rating influences its debt risk profile. This trend directly influences the cost the government has to pay on the debt it owes.
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The Australian dollar (AUD) is the official currency of Australia, which is also used on Christmas Island, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Norfolk Island, as well as in the independent states of the Pacific. Introduced in 1966, the AUD is currently the fifth most traded currency. in the world, behind only the US dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen and the British pound. The currency is very important for the foreign exchange markets and is regularly used as a carry trade against other majors. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is the central banking authority responsible for managing and issuing banknotes in AUD. What factors affect the AUD? The AUD is more sensitive than other currencies to macroeconomic factors. Overall, monetary policy is the main driver of the currency, including interest rate differentials. Beyond Australia, the prices of commodities such as precious metals and others are also important to the AUD and can cause its value to fluctuate against other currencies. Global risk sentiment and confidence are also indicators that are closely watched given their correlation with the AUD. This is because the AUD is considered a base currency and also used as one of the most popular indicators of growth and risk in global financial markets. the mood of the global market is likely to drive the AUD higher, while if there is prevailing pessimism, the AUD will often fall. Domestically, government credit ratings can also impact the AUD. Australia’s credit rating influences its debt risk profile. This trend directly influences the cost the government has to pay on the debt it owes.

The Australian dollar (AUD) is the official currency of Australia, which is also used on Christmas Island, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Norfolk Island, as well as in the independent states of the Pacific. Introduced in 1966, the AUD is currently the fifth most traded currency. in the world, behind only the US dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen and the British pound. The currency is very important for the foreign exchange markets and is regularly used as a carry trade against other majors. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is the central banking authority responsible for managing and issuing banknotes in AUD. What factors affect the AUD? The AUD is more sensitive than other currencies to macroeconomic factors. Overall, monetary policy is the main driver of the currency, including interest rate differentials. Beyond Australia, commodity prices such as precious metals and others are also important for the AUD and may cause its value to fluctuate against other currencies. Global Risk Sentiment and confidence are also indicators that are closely monitored given their correlation with the AUD. This is because the AUD is considered a base currency and also used as one of the most popular indicators of growth and risk in global financial markets. the mood of the global market is likely to drive the AUD higher, while if there is prevailing pessimism, the AUD will often fall. Domestically, government credit ratings can also impact the AUD. Australia’s credit rating influences its debt risk profile. This trend directly influences the cost the government has to pay on the debt it owes.
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After twists and turns in the timeline, several “deaths” and Dolores doing her thing with Alice in Wonderland, Sunday brought the fourth season of Westworld to a dramatic conclusion. My head is still spinning since the last few moments.

Episode 8 offered a satisfying explanation of Christina’s situation and brought us a showdown between former allies Chalores and William. Let’s cover every moment of the finale, including, of course, that fantastic ending.

The mess continues

At the start of the episode, chaos unfolds in the city. The character we see at the very beginning (who talks about his murderous game before getting an ax to the head) is someone we’ve seen on the show before – Westworld host Rebus from seasons 1 and 2.

The violence from hosts and humans seems endless – one person stabs someone, another pulls the dagger. A teenager appears to emerge unscathed, but host William dramatically emerges from the smoke and shoots him. He steals the child’s keys and gets into a nearby car.

The show switches to Chalores, which still lies lifeless in shallow water near its tower. Drone hosts (white worker bees) fish it out and repair it. Chalores tells the hosts to make her stronger, and it looks like she’s been given a new robotic interior. (Chalores is a nickname for Charlotte Hale. In the past, Dolores has made copies of herself – the “me” that exists in her pearl – and put one into a host version of Hale.)

Bernard’s last post

In last week’s episode, we saw Bernard recording himself talking on what looked like a tablet before William shot him in the head. The ending reveals mysterious recipient of Bernard’s last message is Chalores.

The former Supreme Hostess goes to the tower room which contains a red hologram of the city and finds that she cannot change the course set by William. A drone host brings him a device that contains Bernard’s recorded message, and Chalores looks at it: “This isn’t the world you wanted Charlotte, but this is the world you created,” Bernard says. “The question is, what happens next?”

Christina gains clarity

Last week, Teddy revealed to Christina that she didn’t actually exist among the hosts and humans in the city. The finale makes things clearer: “I’m just a program running things from behind the scenes,” Christina says. “A machine without a body.”

Talking with Teddy, Christina points out a drawing of the famous Westworld maze on her balcony. Teddy tells her that the maze is “a map of consciousness” that “woke Dolores a long time ago”, but says he didn’t create the one she’s referring to. Then things finally clicked for Christina. “Hale didn’t design Maya and Peter and all the others who kept me company in my world. I did,” she says. “I was trying to understand myself, so I was talking to myself with other people’s voices.” Christina also drew the maze.

The show takes us to Chalores, which is still in the tower room. She walks into the red hologram and starts stomping the ground – each time the world around Christina and Teddy seems to crumble. Eventually, Chalores knocks out the hologram and shatters the ground below, revealing a pearl. Teddy tells Christina that Chalores gets them out of her system. We see Chalores reach for the pearl, and then Christina’s world goes black.

Caleb, Frankie and Stubbs take on Clementine

Frankie is still in bad shape after being shot in the lower body. Caleb tells Stubbs that he chose to hide the truth from Frankie about the limited time he has left on Earth (Caleb’s body rejects his spirit, Stubbs says).

The trio go to a ransacked store and Caleb gathers supplies to treat Frankie’s wound. An intruder gets inside and Stubbs seems to have the upper hand against him, but Clementine emerges and shoots them both. Clem rams Stubbs’ face into something sharp, killing him.

Clementine wants Frankie to tell her where the outliers reside (“somewhere off the grid, where none of the deranged humans here can find you”). After a struggle between Clementine and Caleb, Frankie shoots Clementine, clearing the villainous host from their backs.

William wants to destroy the Sublime

William is driving down a road listening to Ring of Fire, but gunshots disrupt his jam session. It seems that Chalores told the hosts in the area to target him. One of them is Craddock, a member of the Confederados who appeared in seasons 2 and 3 of the series. William takes them both out (although they manage to damage his vehicle) and picks up a pair of goggles that allow him to see Chalores. Conversation between the former allies reveals that William goes after (“spreading fire on”) the Sublime next. Chalores says she won’t let him. At the end of the exchange, Williams spots some horses in a nearby paddock.

Later, William (dressed as MIB and on horseback, a nod to his character in Westworld park) arrives at the Hoover Dam facility, where the door to the Sublime is always open. It disrupts what looks like a control panel, and an alert reads: “Caution, critical failure. Shutting down will erase all data.” Chalores shows up and the two main villains of the season get into it. Eventually, they take the fight outside, where sparks fly and the Sublime’s door appears to be live.

Chalores tells William that this is not the world she wanted, and we hear the rest of Bernard’s message: “This world has no hope for us, but there is still hope for the next world. A test, led by her, if she chooses If you choose to give her that choice. You can’t miss, reach out your left hand.”

Chalores, out of bullets and backed into a corner, reaches and finds a gun – the one the future-seeing Bernard left there for him. She uses it to shoot William. “I choose to give it a chance,” says Chalores. “I hope she takes it.” It looks like Chalores chops Williams’ head off, removes his pearl, and crushes him.

Later, we see Chalores sticking the pearl she dug out of the ground (she calls it “Dolores”) into a socket near where the Sublime is standing. (I’m still pretty confident that Christina shares the same pearl as Dolores…it would make sense as Rehoboam erased memories of Dolores last season.) Near the end of the episode, Chalores crushes his own pearl.

Ed Harris Of Westworld Dressed In Black, On A Horse.

The man in black rides again.

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Unbox this ending

Oh man, that ending. I’m still trying to figure out all of the cryptic Christina/Dolores dialogue, but let’s get to it.

After Chalores makes her choice, the show pivots to Teddy and Christina, and Christina recognizes that they are in the Sublime. She confirms that the Teddy we saw in season 4 is also her own invention (she created it from her memories) and says that the real Teddy is somewhere in the Sublime.

Imaginary Teddy tells him to look for the real Teddy. He also advises her to “let the humans go. Don’t bring the flaws of their species into our world.”

Seemingly still talking about humans, Teddy adds, “They’re not like us. Their codes are written in their cells, they’ll never change.” Christina responds, “We could still see.” Teddy asks how, and she says, “One last test,” a dangerous game of her own making. The same way she brought Teddy back, Christina can “remember.”

Suddenly, Teddy faints. A brunette Christina appears, dressed as Dolores from the Westworld theme park. She wanders around the battered town of Chalores, but this scenery eventually disappears. In the final shot of the finale, Dolores/Christina stands in Westworld Park – she’s fully transformed into Westworld Dolores, wearing a blue dress and blonde locks.

Here’s what Christina says at the end of the episode: “Sentient life on Earth is over” – the hosts and remaining humans on Earth are dead, she adds – “but some of it might yet to be preserved. In another world. My world. It’s time for one last game, a dangerous game, with the highest stakes. Survival or extinction. This game ends where it began, in a world like a maze, which tests who we are. Which reveals what we will become…. Maybe this time we will break free.”

Persistent thoughts

Season 4’s ceiling reminded me of Arnold’s Labyrinth, a key element of Westworld’s first season. This immaterial labyrinth is not for humans, but for hosts – created by Arnold (a co-creator of the original theme park) to test consciousness.

Could Christina/Dolores now design a test for humans? A maze for them to navigate?

Is Westworld renewed for a fifth season?

On August 14, Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy told Deadline that she and her husband, Jonathan Nolan (also co-creator of the series), had not yet been informed if the series would be renewed for a season 5.

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Gautam Adani To Address Forbes Global Ceo Conference In Singapore

Gautam Adani will address the Forbes Global CEO Conference in Singapore.

Singapore:

Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani will join Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Lawrence Wong to address the Forbes Global CEO Conference in Singapore on September 26-27.

Some 400 leading CEOs, entrepreneurs and investors are expected to gather at the 20th Forbes Global CEO Conference to share ideas, shine a light on opportunities and chart a path forward, Forbes Media reported Wednesday in Singapore.

Mr. Adani will deliver a keynote address on the second day of the conference, where, to date, some 40 speakers have confirmed their attendance.

One of the highlights of the conference’s opening day was a one-on-one dialogue between Wong and Steve Forbes, president and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media.

Speakers include Indian business leaders such as Ajay Banga, Vice Chairman of General Atlantic, Byju Raveendran, Founder and CEO of Byju’s, and Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute of India.

William Adamopoulos, CEO/Asia, Forbes Media, said, “We are delighted to be hosting the 20th Forbes Global CEO Conference in Singapore, where our conference kicked off.

“This is an important milestone for Forbes in Asia and we look forward to bringing together, for the first time in three years, our community of some of the world’s most powerful and influential business leaders,” said said Mr. Adamopoulos.

The theme for this year’s conference is “The Way Forward”.

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