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The European Central Bank (ECB) announced a massive new bond-buying program Thursday in a bid to stimulate the ailing euro zone economy.A Level Programme

The central bank’s quantitative easing (QE) program will entail 20 billion euros ($21.9 billion) per month of net asset purchases for as long as it deems necessary.The ECB also cut its main deposit rate by 10 basis points to -0.5%, a record low but in line with market expectations.

It now expects interest rates to remain at their present or lower levels until it has seen its inflation outlook “robustly converge to a level sufficiently close to but below 2% within its projection horizon, and such convergence has been persistent.”

In a press conference following the decision, ECB President Mario Draghi urged governments to take fiscal measures to supplement the central bank’s monetary stimulus and reinvigorate the euro zone economy.“In view of the weakening economic outlook and the continued prominence of downside risk, governments with fiscal space should act in an effective and timely manner,” Draghi said.

“In countries where public debt is high, governments need to pursue prudent policies that will create the conditions for automatic stabilizers to operate freely. All countries should reinforce their efforts to achieve a more growth-friendly composition of public finances,” he added.Additionally, the ECB changed its TLTRO (targeted long-term refinancing operations) rate to provide more favorable bank lending conditions and match that of its refinancing rate, erasing a previous 10 basis point spread.

A new system will see borrowers receive preferential rates if their eligible net lending exceeds a benchmark, providing an incentive for banks to use that money.

In line with market expectations, the ECB also introduced a two-tier rate system, a measure encouraged by the heads of various major European banks during the latest earnings season. The move is intended to alleviate some of the pressure of negative interest rates on the balance sheets of European banks, which have seen profits squeezed by the persistent low rate environment.Draghi added in his press conference: “In order to support the bank-based transmission of monetary policy, the Governing Council decided to introduce a two-tier system for reserve remuneration, in which part of banks’ holdings of excess liquidity will be exempt from the negative deposit facility rate.”
The American Quarter Horse Foundation hosted the opening night of its 12th annual America’s Horse in Art Show and Sale Saturday evening at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum.To get more horse paintings, you can visit shine news official website.

Throughout the evening, attendees look at the art, ranging from watercolor paintings to bronze pieces, chosen by a juried panel each year from artists around the world. Attendees then bid on the pieces so they could take them home when the exhibition ends in October, raising money for the foundation.

Craig Huffhines, the chief executive officer for the American Quarter Horse Association, said this is a great event for the community to come together and celebrate the foundation as well as the art.

“This is one time a year where the community gathers, the who’s who of Amarillo comes in to celebrate America’s Horse in Art, which is a celebration of our great horse and our heritage,” he said.Museum curator Crystal Phares said 43 artists were chosen to participate in this year’s show. Artists, year after year, are inspired by the horse as an animal.

“The horse itself is a living work of art,” Phares said. “It’s hard to not be inspired by a horse. I think it really translates because people are passionate about the horse. They are a companion. They are our friends.”Jack Sorenson, an artist who has participated in each of the 12 shows, said it is a big deal for Amarillo to host an art show like this. As the event each year progresses, Sorenson thinks the art gets better and better.

Being a full-time artist for 45 years, Sorenson said he sees a huge difference from how he approaches his art now than he did in the past. But his work has one consistent theme.“Most of my paintings have storylines,” Sorenson said. “I don’t know where the ideas come from. I grew up in this lifestyle, so I paint a lot of paintings of what happened to me when I was a kid growing up. God will give me an idea right when I’m about to fall asleep.”

Sorenson said he hopes this show becomes more nationally renowned in the future, but it touches him that people come out to the annual show and purchase art.“It means a lot to me when someone goes out of their way to come to something like this and then they leave with one your paintings,” he said.

Phares said this event gives people the unique opportunity to appreciate horses without having to purchase one.“The American Quarter Horse is a beautiful animal,” Phares said. “What better way to share that with people who maybe don’t want to have a horse, but they are in love with the horse?”
Long-time foes North and South Korea played a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, their first football match in the North in 30 years, but no fans were allowed in the stands and Pyongyang refused to broadcast the game live. There were also no goals.To get more korea world cup, you can visit shine news official website.

The last time the two sides met in a World Cup qualifier was in Seoul 10 years ago, when the North lost 1-0 before accusing South Korea of poisoning their players’ food ahead of the match.Reclusive North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 civil conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

National anthems of both sides were played before the match kicked off at the Kim Il Sung Stadium and the flags of the two countries were on display, the South’s Korea Football Association said.

Two earlier qualifiers that had been scheduled for North Korea had to be switched to Shanghai after Pyongyang refused to raise the South’s flag or play its anthem. North Korea had promised to provide footage of the match on DVD, the South’s unification ministry said.

“We would need time for technical checks but despite some delays our people will be able to watch the game,” a ministry official said on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.North Korea’s official KCNA news agency issued a brief report early on Wednesday, saying the qualifier ended in a 0-0 draw after a series of “attacks and counterattacks”.Two players on each side received yellow cards, the KFA said.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino was at the match and said in a statement that he was “disappointed to see there were no fans in the stands”.

“We were surprised by this and by several issues related to its live broadcast and problems with visas and access for foreign journalists,” he said, adding that, for Fifa, freedom of the press and freedom of speech were paramount.

Last year saw a flurry of sports diplomacy between the two Koreas, which fielded a joint ice hockey team and marched together at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.That set the stage for a series of summits between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the South’s Moon Jae-in. The two Koreas even talked about a joint bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics.

But relations have since cooled over stalled negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.In addition to the TV blackout and empty stands, South Korean media were also blocked, with only some 30 KFA staff with limited communications allowed to relay information about the game, Seoul officials said.

South Korea’s squad, including Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min, arrived in Pyongyang on Monday via Beijing instead of a shorter route across the DMZ between the two Koreas, after months of no response from Pyongyang.

“There have always been at least some South Korean fans, so it will be our first time to play without any,” defender Kim Min-jae said before leaving for Beijing on Monday. “But we can overcome and play well.”One South Korean user of the South’s Naver web portal said: “How do we co-host the Olympics when we can’t even watch one single qualifier?
A table tennis, or ping-pong, competition in Shanghai on Saturday will mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations with the United States, the 46th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s visit to China, and the announcement of a joint communique by the two governments in the city.To get more ping pong diplomacy, you can visit shine news official website.

Exchanges between table tennis players from the two countries in the early 1970s marked a thaw in Sino-American relations and paved the way for the 37th US president's visit in 1972.

At the end of his visit, the first Sino-US joint communique was announced in Shanghai, playing a crucial role in the establishment of relations between the two countries.The competition will be held in the Chinese Table Tennis Museum in Huangpu District on Saturday afternoon.To register for the competition, foreigners can call 1580 1959 676, 1330 1656 958, or 1390 1018 139 until Thursday.

The event is part of programs hosted by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and organized by the Shanghai People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and other organizations to celebrate the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up.

Among the Chinese players at the Maples Pavilion exhibition will be Deng Yaping, considered the best woman table tennis player in history, according to tournament organizer Dennis Davis, the U.S. national table tennis coaching chairman. A world champion since 1991, Deng won two gold medals each in the 1996 and 1992 Olympics. The men's team will be led by Liu Guoliang, 1997 world men's team champion and a double gold medalist at the 1996 Olympics. They will be joined by Yang Ying and Ding Song, members, respectively, of the women's and men's '97 world champion teams.

The Northern California team includes Khoa Nguyen of San Jose, a U.S. men's world team member from 1987 to 1995; Shashin Shodhan of Fremont, a 1996 U.S. high school boy's champion who is now a sophomore at the University of California-Berkeley; Tawny Banh of Los Angeles, a 1997 U.S. women's world team member, and Michelle Do of Milpitas, who currently ranks No. 1 among U.S. girl players under 16.

The table tennis matches are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, at Stanford's Maples Pavilion. Tickets may be purchased by phone at (510) 601-8932 or (408) 287-5680, on the web at The reception is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. on Monday, July 28, at the Stanford Faculty Club. Reception tickets may be purchased by calling (415) 964-6130.
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