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Federal Reserve Set To Maintain 0% Interest Rates Until Stability Is Reached

Federal Reserve maintained its current fed funds target range of 0% to 0.25% on Wednesday, as the U.S. economy continues to struggle to manage the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.” data-reactid=”19″ type=”text”>The U.S. Federal Reserve maintained its current fed funds target range of 0% to 0.25% on Wednesday, as the U.S. economy continues to struggle amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. The Fed said in a statement: “The Committee expects to maintain this target range until it is confident that the economy has weathered recent events and is on track to achieve its maximum employment and price stability goals.” All 10 Fed members voted unanimously to maintain current rates.

The Federal Reserve issued two emergency interest rate cuts totaling 1.5% in March in response to the outbreak and has provided access to more than $2.3 trillion in loans to support the economy. As recently as December, the Federal Reserve said it anticipated no adjustments to interest rates in 2020. The yield on 10-year U.S. Treasury bonds declined slightly on Tuesday to 0.606%, down 0.002% on the day.

Fed signals it will likely hold rates near zero for months


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Reports Say Coronavirus Vaccine Could Be Ready As Early As September

Oxford University scientists who have already begun testing a potential coronavirus vaccine in humans say they believe that it might be available as early as September. The vaccine, which is being developed by the Jenner Institute and Oxford Vaccine Group, began clinical trials last week.

Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology at Oxford University, said “Personally I have a high degree of confidence about this vaccine because it’s technology that I’ve used before.”  Work on a potential vaccine began in January, and success has previously been seen in using a similar vaccine on a previous coronavirus strand. The vaccine has also reportedly seen success in monkeys, signaling the promising potential for humans.

The vaccine is made from a weakened version of a common cold virus, or adenovirus, from chimpanzees and has been “genetically changed so that it is impossible for it to grow in humans,” according to a statement from the University Hospital Southampton, which is also helping to conduct the trial. There currently are no approved vaccines or specific treatments for COVID-19, which as of Wednesday had sickened more than 3.1 million people worldwide, and resulted in over 217,000 deaths.

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Green Bay Packers Sign 15 Undrafted Free Agents

The Green Bay Packers announced the signing of 15 undrafted free agents following the 2020 NFL draft. The 15 additions bring the Packers roster to 89 total players. The team added the following players:

– QB Jalen Morton, Prairie View A&M
– RB Patrick Taylor, Memphis
– FB Jordan Jones, Prairie View A&M
– WR Darrell Stewart, Michigan State
– OT Travis Bruffy, Texas Tech
– G Zack Johnson, North Dakota State
– DL Willington Previlon, Rutgers
– LB Tipa Galeai, Utah State
– LB Krys Barnes, UCLA
– LB Delontae Scott, SMU
– CB Marc-Antoine Dequoy, Montreal
– CB Stanford Samuels, Florida State
– CB Will Sunderland, Troy
– S Henry Black, Baylor
– S Frankie Griffin, Texas State

Packers sign 15 undrafted free agents


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Baseball Hall Of Fame Cancels 2020 Induction Ceremony

The Hall of Fame announced Wednesday that it has canceled the July 26 induction ceremony because of the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s class will be included at next year’s induction festivities — along with any additional new choices — on July 25, 2021.

A record crowd of over 70,000 had been expected this summer at the small town in upstate New York to honor Derek Jeter, the former New York Yankees captain who came within one vote of unanimous election by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in January. Jeter and Larry Walker were to be inducted with catcher Ted Simmons and the late Marvin Miller, the pioneering players’ union head who negotiated free agency and transformed the sport.

Jeter, a key to five World Series titles, was on 396 of 397 ballots in voting announced Jan. 21. The only player with a higher percentage was former Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera, who became the first unanimous pick in 2019. Walker, making his 10th ballot appearance, got 304 votes — six over the threshold.

This will be the first year without an induction ceremony since 1960. The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum closed at the end of the day on March 15 due to the virus outbreak.

Baseball Hall postpones July inductions until 2021


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Blake Shelton And Gwen Stefani’s Duet “Nobody But You” Hits No. 1 On Billboard Country Airplay Chart

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s duet, “Nobody But You,” ascended to No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart this week. The single is Blake’s 27th No. 1 hit on the country chart, while Gwen earned her first No. 1 on the country chart after more than 25 years as both a solo artist and lead singer of No Doubt on the pop charts.

Penned by Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Tommy Lee James, “Nobody But You” is one of four new tracks on Blake’s 2019 album, Fully Loaded: God’s Country.

The couple announced back in December 2019 that they would be dropping a new duet, following their 2016 collaboration “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” and 2017’s “You Make It Feel Like Christmas.” Shelton met Stefani in 2014 when she joined as a coach on “The Voice,” and by November of 2015 they made their relationship official.

Blake Shelton Tops Country Airplay With Gwen Stefani Duet ‘Nobody But You’: ‘I Connect With Every Lyric’


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Luke Combs To Play Concert Benefiting Bartenders And Waitstaff Affected By COVID-19

Country superstar Luke Combs will livestream a concert on Friday, May 1st to benefit bartenders and waitstaff who are out of work amid the ongoing pandemic. The concert, scheduled for 7 p.m. central time on Friday, will stream on Combs’ social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Combs said the following: @MillerLite was coming on as a tour sponsor, but for now, we’re joining forces virtually. Join us for a live stream on May 1st at 8 PM EDT to support out-of-work bartenders nationwide. If there’s one thing that can bring us together, beer can

The concert is part of Miller Lite’s #VirtualTipJar campaign. Fans are encouraged to visit to make a donation to support the United States Bartender’s Guild National Charity Foundation and its Bartender Emergency Assistance Program.

Luke Combs Teams With Miller Lite for Live-Stream Show to Support Bartenders Affected by COVID-19


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‘The Call To Unite’ 24-Hour Livestream To Feature Oprah, Julia Roberts And More

Celebrities will virtually come together on Friday, May 1st for a 24-hour global livestream event called “The Call to Unite.”

Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts, Common, Mandy Moore, Jennifer Garner and Yo-Yo Ma are among those set to participate, as will former President George W. Bush. The event is being called a celebration of “our shared humanity,” according to a press release. It will be live streamed at and on all major social media platforms.

“The Call to Unite” begins May 1 at 8 p.m. ET and will run until the same time on May 2.  Visit their official Instagram page for more details: here

George W. Bush, Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts and more to participate in Call to Unite livestream event


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Model Gigi Hadid Expecting First Child With Boyfriend Zayn Malik

Gigi Hadid is pregnant and expecting her first child with boyfriend Zayn Malik after rekindling their romance in January.

Hadid. who turned 25 years old on April 23, showed off her fun-filled birthday celebrations over the weekend in a sweet Instagram video with Malik, 27, and sister Bella Hadid.  The couple recently rekindled their romance one year after calling it quits.

Hadid and the former One Direction member began dating in 2015 and split for the first time in March 2018. They reunited soon after, but called off their romance for good in January 2019. Following her split from Malik, Gigi moved on with Bachelor alum Tyler Cameron. The duo were spotted out together on a number of dates in August 2019, but ended their romance two months later.

Gigi Hadid Is Pregnant With Her First Child With Zayn Malik (Reports) | Access


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Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer Postpone “Hella Mega Tour” Launch

Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer have announced that they have been forced to postpone the start of their Hella Mega European tour due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which was set to kick off in Paris, France on June 13.  

The bands said in a statement: “There’s nothing that makes our bands happier than playing shows, and maybe no other tour that we’ve all been this excited for, but due to the current health crisis, we’re having to postpone a number of our European shows,” says the three acts in a joint statement. We’re just as disappointed as you are, but the safety of our fans, staff and touring crew is our top priority. We’re working hard to finalize dates for the rescheduled shows next summer, so hold on to those tickets. Keep rocking…safely…at home.”

The nine-show run was set to see Green Day performing material from their new album, “Father Of All,” as well as Weezer supporting the May 15 release of “Van Weezer.”

Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer postpone European dates


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Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl Surprise NYC Nurse With Performance Of “Everlong”

Dave Grohl delivered a surprise acoustic performance of the Foo Fighters’ hit “Everlong” to a surprised New York City nurse and fan on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The late night TV show host has been honoring a health care worker each week and recruited Grohl to surprise an emergency and trauma nurse from the Jacobi Medical Center named TJ Riley. Riley himself contracted Covid-19, along with what he estimated as 60 percent of the hospital staff. 

Grohl helped pay tribute to Riley by dedicating an acoustic version of “Everlong” and told the nurse “TJ, thank you so much for everything that you’ve done for so many people. It’s much appreciated.” Watch the show clip at the link here.

Watch Dave Grohl Surprise An Emergency Trauma Nurse With Performance Of Everlong


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