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2021-22 Florida Panthers Schedule

Times to be announced

Oct. 12 Pittsburgh

Oct. 14 at Detroit

Oct. 16 at Washington

Oct. 19 Florida

Oct. 23 Colorado

Oct. 25 at Buffalo

Oct. 26 at Pittsburgh

Oct. 28 Arizona

Nov. 1 Washington

Nov. 4 at Toronto

Nov. 6 at Ottawa

Nov. 9 Carolina

Nov. 13 Florida

Nov. 15 N.Y. Islanders

Nov. 18 at Philadelphia

Nov. 20 New Jersey

Nov. 21 Minnesota

Nov. 23 Philadelphia

Nov. 26 Seattle

Nov. 28 at Minnesota

Nov. 30 at St. Louis

Dec. 2 St. Louis

Dec. 4 at Boston

Dec. 5 at Philadelphia

Dec. 7 at Montreal

Dec. 9 at Toronto

Dec. 11 at Ottawa

Dec. 14 Los Angeles

Dec. 16 Ottawa

Dec. 18 at Colorado

Dec. 21 at Vegas

Dec. 23 at Arizona

Dec. 28 Montreal

Dec. 30 at Florida

Dec. 31 N.Y. Rangers

Jan. 2 at N.Y. Rangers

Jan. 4 at Columbus

Jan. 6 Calgary

Jan. 8 Boston

Jan. 10 at New Jersey

Jan. 11 at Buffalo

Jan. 13 Vancouver

Jan. 15 Dallas

Jan. 18 at Los Angeles

Jan. 21 at Anaheim

Jan. 22 at San Jose

Jan. 27 New Jersey

Jan. 29 Vegas

Feb. 1 San Jose

Feb. 23 Edmonton

Feb. 26 at Nashville

March 1 Ottawa

March 3 Pittsburgh

March 4 Detroit

March 6 at Chicago

March 8 at Winnipeg

March 10 at Calgary

March 12 at Edmonton

March 13 at Vancouver

March 16 at Seattle

March 19 N.Y. Rangers

March 22 at Carolina

March 24 at Boston

March 26 at Detroit

March 27 at N.Y. Islanders

March 29 Carolina

April 1 Chicago

April 2 Montreal

April 4 Toronto

April 6 at Washington

April 8 Boston

April 10 Buffalo

April 12 at Dallas

April 14 Anaheim

April 16 Winnipeg

April 19 Detroit

April 21 Toronto

April 23 Nashville

April 24 at Florida

April 26 Columbus

April 28 at N.Y. Islanders

April 29 at Columbus

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Rays trade for Twins All-Star slugger Nelson Cruz in huge move

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An early glimpse of MLB’s Field of Dreams pop-up

One of the Yankees’ rivals has beefed up their lineup.

The Rays have traded for Minnesota slugger Nelson Cruz, the Twins announced on Thursday.Cruz, 41, earned his seventh career All-Star nod this season.

Minnesota received minor league pitchers Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman, while Tampa Bay also is acquiring minor league pitcher Calvin Faucher.

In 85 games for Minnesota this season, Cruz has 19 home runs with 50 RBIs and a slash line of .294/.370/.537. He has been mashing lefties to the tune of a 1.010 OPS in 119 plate appearances.

The Rays are trading for Twins All-Star Nelson Cruz.Getty Images

The move comes with the Rays (57-39) one game behind the AL East-leading Red Sox entering Thursday. The Yankees, who begin a four-game set in Boston on Thursday night, were seven games behind the Sox entering the series.

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The conservative-majority Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments later this year.

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Saudi Aramco Confirms Data Leak amid Cyber Ransom Reports

Saudi Aramco “recently became aware of the indirect release of a limited amount of company data which was held by third-party contractors,” the state-run petroleum and natural gas firm, officially the Saudi Arabian Oil Co., told the AP on July 21.

“We confirm that the release of data was not due to a breach of our systems, has no impact on our operations and the company continues to maintain a robust cybersecurity posture,” the oil giant added.

Saudi Aramco failed to clarify “which contractor found itself affected nor whether that contractor had been hacked or if the information leaked out another way,” according to the AP.

The news agency said it recently accessed a webpage on the darknet that claimed an “extortionist held 1 terabyte worth of Aramco data. A terabyte is 1,000 gigabytes.”

“The page offered Aramco a chance to have the data deleted for $50 million in cryptocurrency, while another timer counted down from $5 million, likely in an effort to pressure the company. It remains unclear who is behind the ransom plot,” the AP revealed.

The news agency defined the darknet as “a part of the internet hosted within an encrypted network and accessible only through specialized anonymity-providing tools.”

Saudi Aramco is the most valuable oil producer in the world and one of the most valued companies globally. It was last targeted by a cyberattack in 2012, by the “so-called Shamoon computer virus, which deleted hard drives and then displayed a picture of a burning American flag on computer screens,” the AP recalled on Wednesday.

The Shamoon virus “partially wiped or totally destroyed” 35,000 Saudi Aramco computers “in a matter of hours,” CNN Business detailed of the 2012 attack. “Without a way to pay them, gasoline tank trucks seeking refills had to be turned away. Saudi Aramco’s ability to supply 10 percent of the world’s oil was suddenly at risk.”

The crippling cyber assault forced “one of the most valuable companies on Earth … back into 1970s technology, using typewriters and faxes,” according to the U.S.-based news site.

U.S. government officials later blamed Aramco’s 2012 cyberattack “on Iran, whose nuclear enrichment program had just been targeted by the Stuxnet virus, likely an American and Israeli creation,” the AP noted this week.

“The oil and gas industry, which includes the companies that own wells, pipelines and refineries, has long been a laggard in security spending,” Bloomberg reported on July 21, citing recent analyses by security consultants.

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Sources: Rays finalizing trade for slugger Cruz

The Tampa Bay Rays acquired slugger Nelson Cruz from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday in a four-player trade.

The Twins received minor league pitchers Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman in exchange for Cruz and minor league pitcher Calvin Faucher.

The 41-year-old Cruz, a seven-time All-Star, is hitting .294 with 19 home runs and 50 RBIs this season.

The 17-year veteran has 436 home runs and 1,202 RBIs in his career. He has twice won the Edgar Martinez Award as the American League’s top designated hitter.

He is a proven playoff performer with a .288 average and 17 home runs in 46 postseason games. He was the named the MVP of the American League Championship Series in 2011 when he hit .364 with six home runs and 13 RBIs in the Texas Rangers‘ victory in six games over the Detroit Tigers.

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AP FACT CHECK: Biden goes too far in assurances on vaccines

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden offered an absolute guarantee Wednesday that people who get their COVID-19 vaccines are completely protected from infection, sickness and death from the coronavirus. The reality is not that cut and dried.

The vaccines are extremely effective but “breakthrough” infections do occur and the delta variant driving cases among the unvaccinated in the U.S. is not fully understood.

Also Biden inflated the impact of his policies on U.S. jobs created in his first half-year in office, misleadingly stating his administration had done more than any other president. He neglects to mention he had population growth on his side in his comparison.

A look at his remarks in a CNN town hall:

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BIDEN: “If you’re vaccinated, you’re not going to be hospitalized, you’re not going to be in the IC unit, and you’re not going to die.” — town hall.

THE FACTS: His remark accurately captures the strong protection the COVID-19 vaccines provide as cases spike among people who have resisted the shots. But it overlooks the rare exceptions.

As of July 12, the government had tallied 5,492 vaccinated people who tested positive for coronavirus and were hospitalized or died. That’s out of more than 159 million fully vaccinated Americans. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said “99.5% of all deaths from COVID-19 are in the unvaccinated.”

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BIDEN: “You’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations.” — town hall.

THE FACTS: Again, he painted with too broad a brush as he described in stark terms the disparity between those who got their shots and those who haven’t. The disparity is real, but a small number of breakthrough infections happen and health officials say they are not a cause for alarm.

No vaccines are perfect, and the government is keeping a close eye on whether new coronavirus mutants start to outsmart the COVID-19 shots. But for now, federal health officials say even when breakthrough infections occur, they tend to be mild — the vaccines so far remain strongly protective against serious illness.

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BIDEN, asked about vaccinated people who get infected: “It may be possible, I know of none where they’re hospitalized, in ICU and or have passed away so at a minimum I can say even if they did contract it, which I’m sorry they did, it’s such a tiny percentage and it’s not life threatening.” — remarks to reporters after the event.

THE FACTS: Once again, too far. That is evident from the CDC’s finding that 5,492 vaccinated people who tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized or died as of July 12. That’s not “none.” But he is correct that it is a small percentage of the more than 159 million fully vaccinated Americans.

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JOBS

BIDEN: “We’ve created more jobs in the first six months of our administration than any time in American history. No president, no administration, has ever created as many jobs.” — town hall.

THE FACTS: His claim is misleading.

While Biden’s administration in the first half year as president has seen more jobs created than any other president — just over 3 million in the five months tracked by jobs reports — that’s partly because the U.S. population is larger than in the past.

When calculated as a percentage of the workforce, job growth under President Jimmy Carter increased more quickly from February through June 1977 than the same five months this year: 2.2% for Carter, compared with 2.1% for Biden.

Since the late 1970s, the U.S. population has grown by more than 100 million people.

It’s true, though, that the economy is growing rapidly — it expanded at a 6.4% annual rate in the first three months of the year — and is expected to grow this year at the fastest pace since 1984.

Biden’s $1.9 trillion rescue package contributed to the vigorous growth, but much of the expansion also reflects a broader bounce-back from the unusually sharp pandemic recession, the deepest downturn since the 1930s. Even before Biden’s package, for example, the International Monetary Fund was projecting U.S. growth of over 5% for this year.

Biden is also leaving out the fact that the U.S. economy remains 6.8 million jobs short of its pre-pandemic level, and the unemployment rate is an elevated 5.9%, up from a five-decade low of 3.5% before the pandemic.

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Associated Press writers Lauran Neergaard and Christopher Rugaber in Washington and David Klepper in Providence, Rhode Island, contributed to this report.

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EDITOR’S NOTE — A look at the veracity of claims by political figures.

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Instagram To Crack Down On Hate Speech, Testing ‘Limits’ Tool

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Contradictory Biden Wants both Amnesty and Wage Raises

“The way you raise wages for people at the bottom rungs of the job market is by letting fewer [migrants] in to compete with them,” noted Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies. But, he added, Biden’s incoherent and contradictory preferences are commonplace in the lobbying hothouse of Washington, D.C.

“I’m not letting this go,” Biden vehemently told the July 21 townhall audience at Cincinnati, Ohio. He continued:

We talk about DREAMers sort of generically. Let’s think about it now, what it really means. You’re 5-years-old. You’re 9-years-old. Your mommy or dad says, “I’m going to take you across the Rio Grande, and we’re illegally going to go into the United States.” What he’s supposed to say? “Not me! That’s against the law.”

These are kids who have done well. And so, what we’re going to do is, first of all, appeal the case, number one, but number two, we’re going to make sure that as [a] number of my Republican colleagues say they support the right of DREAMers to come … They should be able to stay in the United States of America.

Yet at the same event, Biden also touted wage raises for working Americans — even though decades of migration have slashed job opportunities and wages for more than 100 million Americans.

Biden’s wage comments came when a restaurant operator asked him, “The entire industry, amongst other industries, continue to struggle to find employees. How do you and the Biden administration plan to incentivize those that haven’t returned to work yet?”

Biden told the restaurant operator he likely will have to raise wages amid the current shortage of workers:

All kidding aside, I think it really is a matter of people deciding now that they have opportunities to do other things and there’s a shortage of employees. People are looking to make more money and to bargain. And so I think your business and the tourist business is really going to be in a bind for a little while.

“There may be other reasons that wages are higher for less-skilled workers, but clearly one of them is when competition from [legal and illegal] immigrant workers creates a loose labor market when there are more workers chasing fewer jobs,” Krikorian noted.

But few politicians want to recognize that their promise to pro-migration lobbyists also wrecks their promises of wage-raises for voters, he said, adding:

Not making the connection between immigration policy and wages for American workers is either obtuse or deliberately deceptive. I just find it hard to believe they can’t make that connection … I think it’s more likely they just literally just put it out of their minds so it never occurs to them. And if it ever whispers to them in the back of their minds, they push it away.

Biden’s pro-amnesty answer — but not his wage-raising answer — was touted by a sprawling network of pro-migration activists funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and anonymous progressive donors. For example, Chris Golden, one of the communication activists at Zuckerberg’s FWD.us, applauded Biden’s statement as “animated” and “passionate”:

Zuckerberg’s network of investors is working closely with West Coast Democrats — such as Vice President Kamala harris — to pressure Biden’s East coast deputies to support multiple economy-changing, wage-cutting amnesties in the pending 2021 budget bills.

Overall, investors want to import more migrants — even very poor migrants — because they spike sales, rental rates, profits, and stock values.

But migration damages ordinary Americans’ career opportunities, cuts their wages, raises their rents, curbs their productivity, shrinks their political clout, and wrecks their open-minded, equality-promoting civic culture.

In general, legal and illegal migration moves wealth from employees to employers, from families to investors, from young to old, from children to their parents, from homebuyers to investors, from technology to stoop labor. Biden’s revived federal delivery of legal and illegal labor also helps to move wealth — and social status — from heartland red states to the coastal blue states and from the rural districts to the urban districts within each state.

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Report: Chinese Company ‘a Central Player’ in Shipping Iranian, Venezuelan Oil

CCPC was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in September 2019 for shipping banned Iranian oil. The major sanctions target at that time was Chinese shipping giant Cosco, which controlled up to 50 supertankers that could be affected by the Treasury blacklist. According to Reuters, CCPC became a more important player in the sanctioned oil trade over the following two years.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in September 2019 the blacklisted Chinese companies “knowingly transported oil from Iran contrary to United Nations sanctions.”

“We’re telling China and all nations: know that we will sanction every violation of sanctionable activity,” Pompeo declared.

According to Reuters, the expansion of CCPC into the key player in China’s sanctions-busting oil trade with Iran and Venezuela has not been reported until now.

The report said CCPC has acquired “at least 14 tankers to transport oil from Iran or Venezuela to China” over the past year while making a string of deals with half a dozen small “teapot” Chinese refineries to handle the influx of Venezuelan crude. China accounts for at least 60 percent of Venezuela’s oil exports, despite American sanctions on the Venezuelan state oil company, PDVSA.

Reuters’ sources included Iranian officials who confirmed that CCPC has become the “central player in Tehran’s oil trade with China.”

China is now importing an estimated 557,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Iran, Reuters reported, and about 324,000 from Venezuela. Iran’s shipments have roughly doubled since 2020 to 600,000 barrels per day, but are still far below the 2.8 million barrels per day it exported before President Donald Trump restored sanctions in 2018.

Both the Chinese regime and the Biden administration declined to comment for the Reuters piece, aside from the Chinese Foreign Ministry insisting Beijing “maintains normal, legitimate trades with Iran and Venezuela under the framework of international law that shall deserve respect and protection.”

Trump administration officials said measures applied against CCPC and other Chinese entities were meant to slow down the sanctions-busting trade in Iranian and Venezuelan oil by making foreign businesses nervous about dealing with the targeted Chinese companies. Shipping industry analysts were concerned in 2019 that more aggressive measures could have triggered serious global economic complications, a fear that would probably have been validated by the looming Wuhan coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

Former Treasury sanctions official Julia Friedlander told Reuters on Thursday that CCPC’s brisk trade in blacklisted oil demonstrates “there are limitations as to what U.S. sanctions can do especially when you target multiple like-minded or selectively like-minded actors like oil traders.”

An analysis at global financial news site FXEmpire on Thursday alluded to the Reuters report, along with news that Iran has opened a new oil terminal in the Gulf of Oman, as evidence that Tehran has effective undermined the JCPOA nuclear deal while the Biden administration is still negotiating to rejoin it:

Possible support for Iran’s oil export expansion is already clear and in the making. China Concord Petroleum Corporation (CCPC), a Hong-Kong based oil trader, could be one of the main new clients. Since the US administration has put sanctions on the company two years ago due to oil deals with Iran and Venezuela, the Chinese party has become a major player in the Iran-Venezuela-China oil trade market. It currently plays the middle man between Iran and Venezuelan oil deals, as both are partly blocked from the international market and financial systems. US government sources are following the black-listed oil deals of CCPC.

FXEmpire suggested opening a terminal in the Gulf of Oman will make it far more difficult for the U.S. to restrict Iranian oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, while CCPC has developed the tanker and refinery infrastructure to handle a substantial flow of Iranian oil. Tehran has effectively achieved an export level it can live with, even if its strident demands for unilateral sanctions relief make it politically impossible for President Joe Biden to capitulate and rejoin the JCPOA. India is also thirsty for oil and might be able to secure waivers for a heavy flow of Iranian crude if the nuclear deal remains on hold.

“This is a strategic move and an important step for Iran. It will secure the continuation of our oil exports. This new crude export terminal shows the failure of Washington’s sanctions on Iran,” outgoing Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said when inaugurating the Gulf of Oman facility on Thursday.

U.S. officials told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Monday that heavier sanctions are being considered to “choke off Iran’s swelling crude oil sales to China” by targeting its oil shipping networks. In light of the Reuters exclusive on Thursday, this would presumably require sterner measures against CCPC and other Chinese entities.

“There is not much left to sanction in Iran’s economy. Iran’s oil sales to China is the prize,” said one of the WSJ’s sources.

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