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Il CEO di SpaceX Elon Musk ha negato una denuncia per aggressione sessuale da parte di un ex assistente di volo, che la società avrebbe pagato $ 250.000 come parte di un accordo di fine rapporto nel 2018.

Musk, in un tweet di giovedì successivo alla storia, ha affermato che la storia dovrebbe essere “vista attraverso una lente politica”.

L’assistente ha lavorato su base contrattuale nell’equipaggio di cabina per la flotta di jet aziendali di SpaceX. Secondo Business Insider, ha accusato Musk di averle esposto il suo pene eretto, strofinandole la gamba senza consenso e offrendole di comprarle un cavallo in cambio di un massaggio erotico.

Una dichiarazione firmata dall’amico dell’assistente descriveva in dettaglio l’incidente, che avrebbe avuto luogo nel 2016. La corrispondenza e-mail e altri documenti, forniti dall’amico a Business Insider, avrebbero confermato le affermazioni. Secondo quanto riferito, l’assistente ha detto alla sua amica che SpaceX l’ha incoraggiata a ottenere la licenza come massaggiatrice, in modo che potesse fare massaggi Musk. Ha detto che Musk le ha fatto una proposta durante uno di questi massaggi.

Musk ha negato le affermazioni sessuali in una breve dichiarazione a Business Insider, insistendo sul fatto che c’è “molto di più in questa storia”.

Inserito da Tyler O’Neil

Cryptocurrency trading was mixed early Friday morning, with Bitcoin and Dogecoin down, but Ethereum higher.

Bitcoin broke the $30,000 plateau and was trading at approximately $30,160 (-0.72%), down $218 at around 4:50 a.m.

For the week, Bitcoin was higher by 4.24%.

For the month, however, it was down nearly 27%.

Ethereum was trading at $2,025 (+0.14%), up $2.89 per coin.

For the week, Ethereum was higher by 2.41%. For the month, the crypto was down nearly 35%.

Dogecoin was trading at 0.086 cents (-0.84%) per coin early Friday, down $0.0007 cents.

For the week, Dogecoin was up by 3.63%.

For the month, however, Dogecoin was down almost 40%.

Posted by Jack Durschlag

The national average for a gallon of gasoline hit another record high early Friday morning, and is expected to continue rising as the energy supply crunch in the U.S. rages on.

The latest average price for a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. rose to a record $4.593 Friday, the fourth-straight day of breaking new records.

On Thursday, the average price for a gallon of gasoline was $4.589. One day earlier, the average price was $4.567, topping Tuesday’s record of $4.523.

On Monday, the gasoline average stood at $4.47.

One week ago, the average price of a gallon of gas was $4.432.

Posted by Jack Durschlag


U.S. stocks were trending higher early Friday morning after losses on Thursday.

On Wall Street, the S&P 500 fell to 3,900.79. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.8% to 31,253.13. The Nasdaq slipped 0.3% to 11,388.50.

Investors are watching the Federal Reserve for hints of further interest rate hikes to cool inflation that is running at a four-decade high. Fed Chair Jerome Powell said this week the U.S. central bank might take more aggressive action if price pressures fail to ease.

First-quarter earnings season is winding down, with agricultural machinery maker Deere and Company and sportswear and footwear retailer Foot Locker posting ahead of the opening bell. Also reporting will be management consulting firm Booz Hamilton.

Traders also are uneasy about China’s economy after official data showed factory and consumer activity in April were weaker than forecast after Shanghai and other industrial centers shut down to fight coronavirus outbreaks.

Cisco Systems slumped 13.7% after the seller of routers and switches cut its profit forecast amid supply chain constraints. Synopsis jumped 10.3% after the software company raised its financial forecasts for the year.

Retailers and other companies that rely on direct consumer spending mostly rose. Amazon added 0.2% and Expedia climbed 5.3%.

Meanwhile, Asian stock markets rose Friday.

Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney advanced.

Posted by Associated Press

NBA owners were scrutinized Thursday as a new report detailed just how much money some have tied up in Chinese investments.

NBA owners have around $10 billion in Chinese ventures despite the government’s authoritarian crackdown on free speech and the imprisonment of Uyghur Muslims in the country, ESPN reported, citing a study conducted by a New York-based firm called Strategy Risks.

The study highlighted the investments of Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, Miami Heat owner Mickey Arison, Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai, Sacramento Kings co-owner Paul Jacobs, Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera, Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta and Philadelphia 76ers’ principal owner Joshua Harris.

While some owners endorsed the NBA’s initiative to highlight social justice efforts in the United States, all have remained quiet on China’s human rights violations. China’s crackdown on Hong Kong protesters in 2019 over a new national security law came to the forefront of the league.

Then-Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support for Hong Kong protesters as the Nets were about to face off against the Los Angeles Lakers in Shanghai. Morey tweeted “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong,” before deleting it after backlash.

The tweet had a ripple effect throughout the NBA. China would pull NBA games off its state-owned TV only to return ahead of this season’s NBA playoffs, ESPN reported.

Tsai, who was born in Taiwan, is a naturalized Canadian citizen who holds a Hong Kong passport. He is a co-founder and executive chairman of Alibaba and, in addition to the Nets, owns the WNBA’s New York Liberty and the San Diego Seals of the National Lacrosse League. He reportedly had a rift with Morey over the Hong Kong tweet but denied accusations of uninviting Morey to the Barclays Center for a game between the Rockets and Nets.

Posted by Ryan Gaydos


Oil prices fell on Friday as investors worried that weakening global economic growth and tighter central bank monetary policy could curb a recovery in fuel demand.

Brent futures for July fell 59 cents, or 0.53%, to $111.45 a barrel by 0648 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for June fell 56 cents, or 0.5%, to $111.65 on its last day as the front-month.

The more actively traded WTI contract for July was down 0.8% at $109.01 a barrel.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged Asian economies to be mindful of spillover risks from monetary tightening.

Asian economies faced a choice between supporting growth with more stimulus and withdrawing it to stabilize debt and inflation, IMF Deputy Managing Director Kenji Okamura said.

While Bank of Japan policy runs counter to a global shift towards monetary tightening, central banks in the United States, Britain and Australia raised interest rates recently.

I guadagni del greggio sono stati limitati questa settimana, con Brent e WTI scambiati per lo più in un intervallo a causa del percorso incerto della domanda. Gli investitori, preoccupati per l’aumento dell’inflazione e l’azione più aggressiva delle banche centrali, hanno ridotto l’esposizione alle attività più rischiose.

Inserito da Reuters

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Il CEO di SpaceX Elon Musk ha negato una denuncia per aggressione sessuale da parte di un ex assistente di volo, che la società avrebbe pagato $ 250.000 come parte di un accordo di fine rapporto nel 2018.


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