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Flipbeans https://www.flipbeans.com Thu, 24 Aug 2023 16:36:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://www.flipbeans.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/flipbeans-fococlipping-standard-2-4-150x50.png Flipbeans https://www.flipbeans.com 32 32 United World Wrestling Suspends India’s Wrestling Federation Membership Over Election Dispute https://www.flipbeans.com/united-world-wrestling-suspends-indias-wrestling-federation-membership-over-election-dispute/ https://www.flipbeans.com/united-world-wrestling-suspends-indias-wrestling-federation-membership-over-election-dispute/#respond Thu, 24 Aug 2023 16:36:09 +0000 https://www.flipbeans.com/?p=3302 The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has been suspended by United World Wrestling (UWW), the global governing body for wrestling. This action comes as a result of the WFI’s failure to conduct elections, amidst a conflict between athletes and the former head of the federation.

Consequently, Indian wrestlers are now compelled to participate in the upcoming World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia as neutral competitors. This event holds significance as an Olympic qualification opportunity. However, in the event of podium success, these athletes will not be able to showcase their national flag or anthem.

Kalyan Chaubey, the acting CEO of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), has indicated that the IOA is deliberating on possible courses of action. Notably, India is slated to hold selection trials for the World Championships in Patiala, Punjab over the upcoming Friday and Saturday.

The suspension was prompted by UWW’s call on the IOA to adhere to a 45-day timeline for conducting elections within India’s wrestling governing body. Prior warnings from the international body in January and May had outlined the potential sanctions that could be imposed should the elections not take place.

This recent decision follows a prior ultimatum issued by UWW in June. During this time, prominent Indian Olympic wrestlers such as Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, and Vinesh Phogat, accused former WFI president Brij Bhushan of sexual harassment. Brij Bhushan, who also holds the position of Member of Parliament for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was the subject of a 37-day sit-in protest in New Delhi. The protest concluded in June after government intervention from the Narendra Modi-led administration.

Brij Bhushan, aged 66, has served six terms as a Member of Parliament, five of which were under the BJP’s banner. He completed three consecutive four-year terms as the WFI president, the maximum tenure allowed for the position, before stepping down earlier this year. The election for his successor was initially scheduled for June but faced repeated delays due to the athletes’ protests and court orders.

The most recent election date was set for August 12; however, it was postponed once again on the eve of polling due to a stay order from the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Among the contenders for his position are Sanjay Singh, an aide of Brij Bhushan, and Anita Sheoran, a former Commonwealth Games gold medalist.

Although Brij Bhushan denies any wrongdoing, the Delhi Police’s charge sheet asserts that he is “liable to be prosecuted and punished for offences” related to sexual harassment, molestation, and stalking. Various sections of the Indian Penal Code, encompassing charges like outraging the modesty of a woman and sexual harassment stalking, have been applied. Legal proceedings are ongoing.

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China Boosts Gold Reserves and Sells US Treasury Debt Amid De-Dollarization Trend https://www.flipbeans.com/china-boosts-gold-reserves-and-sells-us-treasury-debt-amid-de-dollarization-trend/ https://www.flipbeans.com/china-boosts-gold-reserves-and-sells-us-treasury-debt-amid-de-dollarization-trend/#respond Sat, 13 May 2023 18:20:47 +0000 https://www.flipbeans.com/?p=3298 China has joined the global trend of de-dollarization and diversification of foreign exchange reserves by selling off US Treasury debt and increasing its gold bullion reserves. According to a report on Baijiahao, China’s Central Bank has been accumulating gold reserves, which has led to an increase in its official gold holdings of 66.76 million ounces, with an increase of 260,000 ounces from the previous month. China had not increased its gold reserves from September 2019 until October 2022, but in November 2022, the country began to bulk up on the precious metal.

Gold has become a safe haven and a preferred investment choice for investors, and its spot price has risen to $2,045.79 per ounce on May 4, just $27 below its all-time high of $2,079.67 per ounce. China is not the only country to embrace the gold frenzy, as data from the World Gold Council shows that global central banks increased their gold holdings by a total of 228 tons in the first quarter of 2023.

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been selling off US Treasuries due to higher dollar interest rates and a volatile international environment. The country has used the dollars earned from the sale of Treasuries to invest in gold, which has been viewed as a safer investment option. Data released by the US Treasury Department in March indicated that China’s holdings of Treasury debt had dropped to $859.4 billion in January 2023, marking a decline for the sixth consecutive month.

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Hungary’s Prime Minister Orban questions NATO’s universal support for Ukraine joining the alliance https://www.flipbeans.com/hungarys-prime-minister-orban-questions-natos-universal-support-for-ukraine-joining-the-alliance/ https://www.flipbeans.com/hungarys-prime-minister-orban-questions-natos-universal-support-for-ukraine-joining-the-alliance/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2023 15:48:23 +0000 https://www.flipbeans.com/?p=3294 Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has expressed skepticism regarding NATO’s supposed unanimous support for Ukraine’s inclusion in the US-led alliance. Orban took to Twitter to share an article from Politico about NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg’s visit to Kiev, where he stated that Ukraine deserved a “rightful place” within NATO. Orban simply replied with “What?!” to the article.

Stoltenberg’s visit to Kiev on Thursday was his first since hostilities between Russia and Ukraine began in February 2022. During a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, Stoltenberg praised the ongoing military aid from NATO member states to Ukraine and insisted that the multi-year support initiative for Kiev was evidence of NATO’s long-term commitment to the country.

Stoltenberg claimed that Kiev has a “rightful” place in the alliance, but he did not provide a specific timeline for Ukraine’s potential accession. Meanwhile, Zelensky urged Stoltenberg to convince some NATO members to supply long-range rockets and modern fighter jets to Ukraine.

However, Hungary has repeatedly stated that it will not support Ukraine’s applications to either NATO or the EU. Budapest has also refused to provide military aid to Kiev or allow such shipments to pass through its territory to Ukraine.

The disagreement between Budapest and Kiev stems from Ukraine’s attitude toward its ethnic Hungarian minority, of which there are approximately 150,000 in the Transcarpathian region.

Kiev’s efforts to crack down on Russian speakers following the 2014 Maidan coup have also affected other minorities, including Hungarians. Kiev, on the other hand, has repeatedly accused Budapest of interfering in its internal affairs by granting citizenship to Ukraine’s ethnic Hungarians.

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Indonesia shifts away from US dollar in trade and financial transactions, following BRICS lead https://www.flipbeans.com/indonesia-shifts-away-from-us-dollar-in-trade-and-financial-transactions-following-brics-lead/ https://www.flipbeans.com/indonesia-shifts-away-from-us-dollar-in-trade-and-financial-transactions-following-brics-lead/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2023 15:38:19 +0000 https://www.flipbeans.com/?p=3291 According to Indonesia’s central bank, the country is following in the footsteps of the BRICS nations and moving away from using the US dollar in trade and financial transactions. Bank of Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo announced that the country has started using its local currency to settle cross-border trades. Warjiyo also noted that Indonesia has already implemented this practice with several countries, including Thailand, Malaysia, China, and Japan, and plans to sign a cooperation agreement with South Korea regarding local currency trading in early May.

This move towards local currency trading comes as the BRICS bloc, consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, is developing a joint payment network to reduce reliance on the Western financial system, especially the US dollar. These countries have been increasing the use of their own currencies in mutual trade and working on establishing a new reserve currency. Brazil and China recently signed an agreement to trade in their own currencies, bypassing the use of the greenback as an intermediary.

Russia, a major global energy producer and exporter, has been de-dollarizing its economy since 2014, when the West first imposed sanctions on the country over Crimea. Moscow has been increasing the use of alternative currencies in transactions since last year. In addition, Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested that the Chinese yuan should be used more widely, not only in trade with China, but also in Russia’s transactions with countries in Africa and Latin America. The Bank of Russia’s latest data shows that the yuan has become a major player in Russia’s foreign trade.

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NATO mulls giving more fighter jets to Ukraine https://www.flipbeans.com/nato-mulls-giving-more-fighter-jets-to-ukraine/ https://www.flipbeans.com/nato-mulls-giving-more-fighter-jets-to-ukraine/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2023 15:29:02 +0000 https://www.flipbeans.com/?p=3288 NATO’s Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, has disclosed that the alliance is contemplating providing Ukraine with additional fighter jets to complement the Soviet-designed warplanes already provided by some of its member states. The Ukrainian government has recently heightened its calls for its Western allies to supply it with modern aircraft like the F-16s to boost its Air Force’s capabilities.

Stoltenberg affirmed NATO’s commitment to supporting Ukraine and its long-term prospects during the Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting at Ramstein Air Base in Germany on Friday. He stated that there is a consensus among member states regarding Ukraine’s future in the alliance. The alliance aims to assist Ukraine in transitioning away from Soviet-era weapons to Western ones to make the Ukrainian military interoperable with NATO countries’ armed forces.

While the focus is on ensuring that Ukraine is well-equipped to repel any potential Russian offensive, Stoltenberg hinted that there is an ongoing discussion about providing other types of jets to Ukraine. He, however, did not disclose what models were being considered. Poland and Slovakia have already provided Ukraine with Soviet-made Mig-29s, but Stoltenberg did not confirm whether NATO was planning to fulfill Kiev’s request for modern fighter jets.

During his surprise visit to Kiev on Thursday, Stoltenberg met with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, who raised the issue of the lack of a clear timeline for Ukraine’s accession to the bloc. Zelensky also asked Stoltenberg to help overcome the reluctance of some member states in providing long-range rockets and modern fighter jets to Ukraine.

Russia has consistently opposed Western countries’ supply of weapons to Ukraine, stating that it will only prolong the conflict. The Kremlin has also warned NATO that its involvement in the conflict could result in a direct confrontation with Russia.

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White House denies Joe Biden offered Vladimir Putin ‘20% of Ukraine’ https://www.flipbeans.com/white-house-denies-joe-biden-offered-vladimir-putin-20-of-ukraine/ https://www.flipbeans.com/white-house-denies-joe-biden-offered-vladimir-putin-20-of-ukraine/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2023 04:21:43 +0000 https://www.flipbeans.com/?p=3285 President Joe Biden allegedly sent CIA chief William Burns on a secret mission to Moscow and then Kiev in mid-January, according to a report in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NNZ) on Wednesday. The White House and the CIA both addressed the allegeations on Thursday, saying it was not true that the US had offered Russia 20% of Ukrainian territory as part of a peace proposal.

According to confidential conversations with two German lawmakers dealing with foreign policy – one from the ruling coalition, the other from the opposition – Burns reportedly offered a “land for peace” deal in which Russia would keep some “20% of Ukraine’s territory” – about the size of the Donbass.

The Swiss-German newspaper mentioned the supposed proposal in passing, focusing on the chain of events that led to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and US President Joe Biden announcing they would send Leopard 2 and Abrams heavy tanks to the government in Kiev.

The NZZ report is “not accurate” and the CIA will say the same, deputy spokesperson for the White House’ National Security Council, Sean Davett, told Newsweek. A CIA official then told the US outlet that reports of a secret Moscow trip by Burns, or a peace proposal on behalf of the White House were “completely false.” 

The Washington Post reported earlier that Burns had taken a secret trip to Kiev ahead of the tank announcement, in order to meet and brief Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.

From what the two German politicians told NZZ, the peace offer hinted at a split in Washington regarding the conflict. While Burns and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan want to wrap up the fighting in Ukraine quickly to focus on China, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin are committed to backing Kiev.

The Swiss outlet further pointed to the recent report by the Rand Corporation, urging Washington to avoid a “long war” in Ukraine – among other reasons, so the US can focus on China.

Both Ukraine and Russia refused the US proposal, NZZ claimed. Kiev said it was unwilling to give up any territory, while Moscow was confident of victory. Asked about the NZZ report, Russia’s first deputy permanent representative to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy told Newsweek he found it “interesting” but declined to comment on “speculation.”

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India accuses BBC of ‘colonial mindset’ https://www.flipbeans.com/india-accuses-bbc-of-colonial-mindset/ https://www.flipbeans.com/india-accuses-bbc-of-colonial-mindset/#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2023 16:50:15 +0000 https://www.flipbeans.com/?p=3281 The Indian Foreign Ministry has condemned the BBC for broadcasting a “propaganda piece” on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The documentary focuses on allegations that Modi’s government discriminates against Muslims, and alleges that the PM may have played a role in instigating ethnic riots in 2002. 

“Let me just make it very clear that we think this is a propaganda piece designed to push a particular discredited narrative,” foreign ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi told NDTV on Thursday. “The bias, the lack of objectivity and, frankly, a continuing colonial mindset, is blatantly visible.”

“If anything, this film or documentary is a reflection on the agency and individuals that are peddling this narrative again,” Bagchi continued. “It makes us wonder about the purpose of this exercise and the agenda behind it and frankly we do not wish to dignify such efforts,” he concluded.

The first episode of the BBC’s two-part ‘India: The Modi Question’ aired on Tuesday. Charting the Hindu PM’s rise to power with a focus on his policies toward India’s Muslim minority, the series opened with a look back at accusations that Modi failed to prevent the massacre of hundreds of Muslims in 2002.

Modi was Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat when a train carrying Hindu pilgrims was assailed by a Muslim mob before it caught fire, killing 59 people. A wave of retribution followed, with Hindus ransacking mosques and murdering Muslims. After several weeks of rioting, 1,044 people were dead, around three quarters of them Muslim.

While Modi was accused of allowing the violence to rage, he was cleared in 2012 of any involvement following a probe by India’s supreme court. The court rejected an appeal against Modi’s exoneration last year, ruling that the case was “devoid of merits” and was filed by the family of a deceased opposition politician “for ulterior design.”

Controversy over the BBC documentary drew in British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who is of Indian descent. Asked on Wednesday to condemn “Modi’s involvement in the Gujarat massacre” by Pakistani-British MP Imran Hussain, Sunak stated that he doesn’t “agree at all with the characterization” of Modi that Hussain put forward.

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How to get more views on YouTube? https://www.flipbeans.com/how-to-get-more-views-on-youtube/ https://www.flipbeans.com/how-to-get-more-views-on-youtube/#respond Sun, 15 Jan 2023 17:35:03 +0000 https://www.flipbeans.com/?p=3276 There are several ways to increase views on your YouTube videos:

  1. Optimize your video for search: Use relevant keywords in your video title, description, and tags to make it easier for people to find your video when they search for related topics.
  2. Promote your video on social media: Share your video on other platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, to drive more traffic to your video.
  3. Collaborate with other YouTubers: Partner with other YouTubers in your niche to reach their audiences and expand your own.
  4. Create engaging content: Make sure your video is well-produced, visually appealing, and provides value to your viewers.
  5. Use YouTube’s paid promotion options: Use YouTube’s paid promotion options to reach more people, such as TrueView in-stream ads, which play before or during other videos, and Discovery ads, which appear on the YouTube home page, search results, and as related videos.
  6. Engage with your audience: Respond to comments and messages, and encourage viewers to share, like, and comment on your video.
  7. Create a consistent upload schedule: Regularly uploading content will keep your audience engaged and coming back for more.
  8. Use catchy video thumbnails and title: Use a catchy title and an attractive thumbnail to make your video stand out in search results and on your channel.

Remember that building a YouTube audience takes time and consistency, so be patient and keep experimenting with different strategies until you find what works best for you.

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Is megatron stronger than sentinel prime? https://www.flipbeans.com/is-megatron-stronger-than-sentinel-prime/ https://www.flipbeans.com/is-megatron-stronger-than-sentinel-prime/#respond Sun, 15 Jan 2023 15:48:53 +0000 https://www.flipbeans.com/?p=3273 In the Transformers franchise, Megatron is typically portrayed as a powerful and formidable opponent. He is the leader of the Decepticons, and is often depicted as a ruthless and cunning warrior. Some key points that demonstrate his strength include:

  • Megatron is frequently shown to be one of the most powerful Decepticons, and is often considered to be the main antagonist of the series.
  • He is able to transform into a variety of forms, including a tank and a jet, and is often armed with powerful weapons such as a fusion cannon or a particle beam rifle.
  • Throughout the series, Megatron has been shown to be a skilled hand-to-hand combatant and skilled tactician.

On the other hand, Sentinel Prime is also a powerful character but his strength is not generally considered to be on the same level as Megatron’s. Some key points that demonstrate his strength include:

  • Sentinel Prime is an ancient and powerful Transformer, who is considered to be one of the original thirteen Primes.
  • He is able to transform into a variety of forms, including a truck and a spaceship.
  • Sentinel Prime is often depicted as a wise and powerful leader, who is respected by many of the Transformers.

However, it’s important to note that the depiction of the characters strength can vary depending on the specific iteration of the characters and context of the story. In some versions, Sentinel Prime may be more powerful than Megatron, while in others, Megatron may be the stronger of the two.

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Dogecoin (DOGE) Becomes Most Held Asset in India’s Largest Crypto App https://www.flipbeans.com/dogecoin-doge-becomes-most-held-asset-in-indias-largest-crypto-app/ https://www.flipbeans.com/dogecoin-doge-becomes-most-held-asset-in-indias-largest-crypto-app/#comments Tue, 03 Jan 2023 15:19:39 +0000 https://www.flipbeans.com/?p=3268 The Twitter account of CoinSwitch, India’s largest cryptocurrency buying and selling app, reported that Dogecoin was one of the most held assets of the year among its users. DOGE was joined in the top spot by Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH). According to CoinSwitch itself, the app has a user base of around 20 million people.

According to IntoTheBlock, 70% of all DOGE addresses have held tokens for more than a year, not a small proportion of which are now known to be present in India. The decision was clearly not wrong, as according to the same data, 53% of Dogecoin holders are in profit right now. Thus, of more than three million nonzero Dogecoin wallets, 2.23 million have a positive PnL on DOGE.

How do people make money from Dogecoin (DOGE)?

As deeper data shows, most of those profitable addresses, except the very ancient DOGE whales, were buying the cryptocurrency at prices between $0.00132 and $0.058. So even those investors who bought Dogecoin in June 2022 would now probably be in profit.

At the same time, the reason why DOGE is one of the few cryptocurrencies that has managed to make money, even for latecomers, is the fact that it became a major focus when Elon Musk bought Twitter. Perhaps Dogecoin should be considered an exception to the rule.

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