ND 12.03.2023: No new prisoner swap between Venezuela and U.S.; other stories from Reuters/Musk Viewer

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WASHINGTON/CARACAS, March 12 (Reuters) – The United States is not discussing a prisoner exchange as described in a letter and video appeal addressed to President Joe Biden by an American detained in Venezuela, according to two U.S. officials. Demonstrators of the “Free Alex Saab” movement participate in a rally in front of the National Assembly of Venezuela demanding the release of Saab, a Colombian businessman with Venezuelan ties who was extradited to the U.S. on a charge of money laundering, in Caracas, Venezuela December 16, 2022 – U.S. not negotiating new Venezuela prisoner swap despite appeal, say U.S. officials (Reuters ~ Americas)

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The 2023 Academy Awards feature a diverse range of films led by female actors, highlighting the gains made by women in the film industry. While Hollywood has made progress in on-screen representation, with women accounting for 47.2% of leading roles in 2021, behind the scenes, women are still underrepresented in positions of power. For example, only 21.8% of directors were women in 2021, and women accounted for just 18% of film studio chief executives in 2020. To promote gender parity, advocates created the ReFrame stamp, which certifies that productions hired women in at least half of the key roles on screen and behind the camera. While progress has been made, women still need to push for more opportunities and fight against ageist stereotypes – Stories led by female actors fill the list of movies vying for Oscars (Reuters/The News International ~ Entertainment)

Many people experience anxiety when joining a gym, a phenomenon that is sometimes referred to as “gymtimidation.” This feeling can be caused by not feeling fit enough, poor body image, lack of knowledge about fitness equipment or terminology, and social anxiety. The fear of being judged by other gym-goers can also be a factor. However, gyms offer access to trainers, equipment, and community, which can all lead to a longer, healthier life. Strategies for overcoming anxiety include doing research before joining a gym, taking a gym tour, trying a free personal training session, and starting small. Learning one thing at a time, rather than trying everything at once, can also be helpful. Some gyms offer trial memberships, and it’s recommended to read reviews of local gyms before joining – Is Everyone Judging You at the Gym? (The New York Times)

March 12 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve said it will hold a closed-door meeting of its board of governors under expedited procedures on Monday. The meeting from 11:30 a.m. (0330 GMT) will primarily review and determine the advance and discount rates to be charged by the Federal Reserve banks, the Fed said in a statement. The central bank offered no further details, but the move follows Friday’s collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SIVB.O), was the biggest failure since the 2008 financial crisis. It roiled global markets, walloped banking stocks and left California tech entrepreneurs worrying about how to make payroll – U.S. Federal Reserve governors to hold closed-door Monday (Reuters ~ Rates & Bonds)

The 95th Academy Awards, which will be broadcast live on Walt Disney Co’s ABC network, will celebrate the return of movie-going to cinemas after the COVID-19 pandemic. Several of the biggest films of 2022 will compete for best picture, including “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Elvis” and “Avatar: The Way of Water”. The awards show will also include QR codes to links about the nominees, with hopes of attracting younger viewers and boosting sagging TV ratings. The event will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and be hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel – Champagne Carpet and Crisis Team Ready for Oscars Celebration on Sunday (Reuters/U.S. News & World Report ~ News – Top News)


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