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These acquisitions are gradually giving Beijing a potential stranglehold on global shipping — with profound military as well as commercial implications. Yet China, having accumulated this unprecedented stake in global shipping and commerce, and its power and profits present ominous possibilities for the future. Five years ago, China, through Cosco, purchased a controlling stake in the Port of Piraeus on Greece’s largest harbor — Europe’s seventh largest. In September, Cosco also took a major stake in the container operator at the port in Hamburg, Germany’s largest. The consequences of doing nothing as China continues to penetrate the world’s ports and shipping are potentially catastrophic.
Persons: Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, Jerry Brown, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, , Kostas Fragogiannis, Cosco Organizations: U.S, Washington, Naval, China’s Offshore Shipping Company, U.S . Naval, California Gov, Los Angeles Mayor, Pentagon, U.S . Africa Command, European Union, ASEAN, African Locations: America’s, China, Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Seattle, Beijing, California, West, U.S, Cosco, Port, Piraeus, Greece’s, Europe, Asia, Hamburg, Germany’s, Djibouti, Horn of Africa
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Organizations: Wall Street
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Only 40 percent of Americans are at their strongest immunity level against Covid-19, even as health officials warn that waning immunity among vaccinated people is leading to a rise in hospitalizations. When combined with the 100 million unvaccinated people, about 60 percent of the population is heading into the winter months with reduced protection against the coronavirus. Health experts say that those who were vaccinated early in the year are likely to have waning immunity. Nearly 10 percent of the country, or 31 million people have received a booster shot, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration authorized Moderna and Pfizer boosters for all adults.
Persons: who’ve, ” Dr, Anthony Fauci, Johnson Organizations: Covid, Moderna, Pfizer, Health, National Institute of Allergy, NBC, Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, White House Locations: hospitalizations
Ken CuthbertsonKingston, OntarioTo the Editor:Try to imagine the roles of Ahmaud Arbery and Kyle Rittenhouse in reverse. Mr. Arbery, a teenager, is patrolling the streets of Kenosha with his AR-15-style rifle visible to all. There are skirmishes and two men are shot dead by Mr. Arbery and one is seriously injured. Assuming Mr. Arbery makes it through the night alive, a stretch by even the most imaginative, he draws the same judge that Kyle Rittenhouse has. Now imagine Kyle Rittenhouse as the jogger outside Brunswick, Ga. Do armed white men respond when they see him running after a suspicious neighbor calls the police?
Persons: Mark Golden Newton, Rittenhouse, Ahmaud Arbery, Arbery, There’s, Ken Cuthbertson, Kyle Rittenhouse, Jacob Blake Organizations: ersatz Locations: Kenosha, Wis, Georgia, Brunswick, Ga, United States, Ken Cuthbertson Kingston , Ontario
According to Trump’s own officials, political distractions like that and failures to follow scientific advice almost certainly added to the death toll. According to Trump’s own officials, political distractions like that and failures to follow scientific advice almost certainly added to the death toll. And it is still investigating how and why top White House officials were intensely involved in an effort to award a trucking mega-company $700 million in federal coronavirus aid loans. The full extent of Trump political appointees’ efforts to manipulate and politicize scientific data at the CDC and HHS is still being revealed, but perhaps has lost its capacity to shock. Covid subcommittee announcements barely cause a ripple in the news cycle.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Michael Horowitz, PRAC’s, Robert Redfield, , Trump’s, Deborah Birx, Trump, Birx, , AFLDS, Jerome Corsi, Corsi’s, “ AFLDS,’s, , James E, Dr, Simone Gold, Newsmax, Fox, — Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Steven Mnuchin, Mark Meadows, Larry Kudlow, Peter Navarro, Clyburn, I’d Organizations: GOP, Capitol, British, Trump, Republican, New York Times, Accounting Office, Department of Justice, GAO, Centers for Disease Control, Trump White House, CDC, Presidential, America’s, rightwing Council of National Policy, Magazine, Fox News, White, Economic, Washington Post, overpaid, HHS, Trump Administration Locations: America, Iraq, Washington, American
America’s Magical Oil Patch Is Out of Tricks
  + stars: | 2021-11-16 | by ( Jinjoo Lee | )   time to read: 1 min
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There have been claims on social media that the U.S. trucker shortage is fake. Reuters coverage of supply chain issues affecting the West Coast is viewable here and here . Social media posts denying the existence of the trucker shortage can be seen on Facebook here and Twitter here . Reuters coverage documenting the existence of the trucker shortage affecting the U.S. can be seen here and here . Contrary to some claims on social media, there is a truck driver shortage in the United States and according to industry insiders, multiple factors contribute to US supply chain issues.
Persons: Wayne, WCNC Charlotte, Read Organizations: Facebook, NorthAmerican Transportation Association, Harbor Truckers Association, America’s, Coast Ports, Tacoma . Representatives, U.S . Department of Transportation, Reuters, CBS Locations: U.S, West, China, Coast, Los Angeles, Long Beach , Oakland, Seattle, Tacoma, United States, TFC Nevada, CBS Dallas
WASHINGTON — Midway through a trip to Asia in 2013, Joe Biden settled in for a marathon session in Beijing with Chinese President Xi Jinping, five-and-a-half hours of talks and dinner just steps from Tiananmen Square. Biden shot hoops alongside Xi as they visited a local high school, and later spoke to a class studying English. Xi hasn’t left his country in nearly two years, a fact that’s been much-noticed outside China and left Monday’s summit with Biden an all-virtual meeting. But ultimately, the official added, direct engagement is less about seeking to change Chinese policy than the world it inhabits. “Our relationship with China — it's one of collaboration, but it's also one of competition,” he told them in a pep talk before the exhibition basketball game.
Persons: Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, America’s, ” Biden, Xi, Biden they’d, , Biden, , Anja Manuel, Biden —, Donald Trump, Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Xi’s, Xi hasn’t, he’d, Trump, , Rather, ’ That’s, Derek Scissors, ” Jake Sullivan, It's, ” Sullivan, it's Organizations: Aspen Security, State Department, Biden, Chinese Communist Party, Trump, European Union, U.S, White, Republicans, Defense Department, American Enterprise Institute, Georgetown University’s Locations: WASHINGTON, Asia, Beijing, U.S, China, , Sichuan, Taiwan, Italy, Scotland, Rome, Japan, United States, Washington
A 22-foot-high floodwall was supposed to protect Aqua Pennsylvania’s water-treatment facility near the Schuylkill River from a 100-year storm. But when the remains of Hurricane Ida barreled through the area near Philadelphia in September, the 18-inch-thick wall proved no match for the record rains. Waters breached the barrier and inundated the plant. Mud and debris coated offices. Employees rushed to shut down the facility.
Persons: Hurricane, Waters, Chris Franklin, “ We’ve, Organizations: Employees, Essential Utilities Inc Locations: Philadelphia
The global financial crisis had become the stuff of history books, and the recession it had caused was long over. Last year, when the government sprang into action to respond to the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it was with these experiences in recent memory. The bad news is that it increasingly appears they were, in key respects, fighting the last war. Their focus on the challenges of the last crisis has fueled some of the challenges of this crisis. This time, the government pushed enough cash into the economy that incomes rose above their prepandemic trend, and households have, on average, bolstered their savings.
Organizations: Federal Reserve Locations: United States
Most readers also may not know that a planter could take out mortgages on his enslaved workers. If the debtor defaulted, the bank then auctioned off these men and women — adding to slavery’s shattering of families. The book also reminds us that slavery’s stains on our history were not restricted to the South. Several times, a “1619 Project” writer makes a bold assertion that departs so far from conventional wisdom that it sounds exaggerated. But, the reader thinks, can’t celebrating progress coexist with recognizing that we’ve still got a long way to go?
Persons: Thomas Jefferson, Hannah, Jones, , Jefferson, , Kendi, Barack Obama, George Washington, we’ve, John Roberts, Lyndon B, Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr Organizations: Virginians, Blacks Locations: Monticello, Africa, Rhode Island, New York City, Southern, “ Virginia, United States, who’s
Snaking beneath our feet, all across America, are hundreds of thousands of miles of dark, dank tunnels. These channels for wastewater and storm water are, according to those who explore them for a living, home to all manner of hazards, including creatures (rats and alligators), obstructions (“fatbergs” and mineral deposits), and poison gasses concentrated enough to eat through concrete. Keeping those aging, subterranean arteries from spilling their toxic contents is enormously complicated and costs tens of billions of dollars a year more than U.S. cities can afford to pay. Which is why cities and the service contractors they rely on are deploying an array of technological tools that boast the potential to explore, diagnose and repair sewer systems in new and more affordable ways.
Locations: America, U.S
Folding America’s Nuclear Umbrella
  + stars: | 2021-11-12 | by ( The Editorial Board | )   time to read: 1 min
The botched Afghanistan withdrawal is President Biden’s biggest foreign-policy blunder so far, but at least he can say he was following his predecessor and trends in public opinion. If Mr. Biden scales back America’s nuclear deterrent by adopting a “no first use” policy or its equivalent, the strategic damage to the U.S. may be worse and the White House will have no one else to blame. The Trump Administration’s 2018 “declaratory policy” said the U.S. reserved the right to use nuclear weapons not just in response to a nuclear attack, but also in “extreme circumstances” involving “significant non-nuclear strategic attacks,” including with chemical or biological weapons. That’s consistent with U.S. policy as long as it has been a nuclear power.
Persons: Biden’s, Biden, Organizations: Trump, U.S Locations: Afghanistan, U.S
HONG KONG — A Hong Kong activist dubbed "Captain America 2.0" for wielding the superhero's shield at pro-democracy protests was jailed for nearly six years on Thursday under a national security law, after a court ruled he promoted independence from China. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politicsBeijing imposed the national security law on Hong Kong in June last year, effectively ending the biggest and longest pro-democracy protests the former British colony has faced since returning to Chinese rule in 1997. He had ridden a motorcycle into a group of police officers, displaying the slogan "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times," which the court ruled was "capable of inciting secession." In Ma's case, the court was shown videos of him chanting "Hong Kong independence, the only way out." More than 100 people, including many of the city's most prominent opposition politicians and activists, have been charged under the security law.
Persons: Stanley Chan, Ma Chun, Chan, Ma, Chris Ng, Tong Ying, Tong, America’s, Edwin Choy, Choy Organizations: NBC, British Locations: HONG KONG, Hong Kong, China, Beijing, Kong
This type of shyness might be concerning for a coach, were it not so easily, and so ferociously, shed on the field. “In the dressing room he was always kind of in the corner by himself,” said Francisco Molina, the former scouting director for F.C. “On the field, he was a loud, screaming, rebellious kid.”The first thing Molina noticed about Pepi was his spindly frame. Among those tracking Pepi’s development, there seems to be agreement that his next step should be a careful, conscientious one — a spot on a good team in a medium-profile league, perhaps, or one on a medium-profile team in a top league. In those situations, Pepi prefers laying the ball off quickly to a teammate to get himself moving again.
Persons: , Francisco Molina, Pepi, Molina, ” Molina, , Chris Richards Organizations: F.C . Dallas Locations: Europe
Chesnutt, like many after him, realized these stories were special, rather than something to be ashamed of, the latter a view held by a certain segment of Black Americans at the time. Underlying these stories, then, even the ones that seem the most whimsical and lighthearted, utterly anodyne and utterly unscary, is horror. In the tale of the tar baby, the tar captures those who touch it; if Br’er Rabbit is read as a Black American, a Black person is both captivated by the figure and captured in turn. In an era when it is still all too common to see Black bodies under the heel of white cops, Black horror reminds us of the power of storytelling, the magic of our roots — and that the ghosts of the past still walk the American landscape. Who, after all, cannot have unfinished business on an earth so steeped in blood?
Persons: Chesnutt, outliving, Julius, Morrison, rememory Organizations: Black Locations: Texas, Idaho
U.S. astronauts are now expected to return to the moon in 2025 instead of 2024, with NASA Administrator Bill Nelson describing the earlier time frame as unrealistic for technical reasons. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been preparing to send two astronauts back to the lunar surface as part of its Artemis moon program, with the Trump administration previously setting a goal of landing them there by 2024.
Persons: Bill Nelson, Trump Organizations: NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
How America’s Internal Feuds Aggravate Global Threats
  + stars: | 2021-11-08 | by ( Gerald F. Seib | )   time to read: 1 min
While Washington has been consumed with its own internal fussing and fighting in recent weeks, a few other things have been unfolding elsewhere around the globe:For the second time this year, Russia has massed thousands of troops and their armored equipment near its border with Ukraine, and again appears to be using its energy supplies as a weapon to stop any westward drift by Ukraine’s government. In response, the Biden administration dispatched William Burns, director of the Central Intelligence Agency and a former ambassador to Russia, to Moscow to let the Kremlin know the U.S. is watching.
Persons: Biden, William Burns Organizations: Central Intelligence Agency Locations: Washington, Russia, Ukraine, Moscow, U.S
America’s Missing Ambassadors
  + stars: | 2021-11-08 | by ( The Editorial Board | )   time to read: 1 min
How’s this for a self-imposed foreign-policy setback: America’s most important ally in the most important theater of world politics has been without a Senate-confirmed U.S. ambassador for more than two years. The Foreign Relations Committee finally approved former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s nomination to be U.S. ambassador to Japan last week, but he awaits a vote on the floor. The last American ambassador to Japan, Bill Hagerty, was confirmed in July 2017, and the Trump Administration strengthened ties with Tokyo as competition with China intensified. Mr. Hagerty left the post in summer 2019 to run for U.S. Senate in Tennessee, and President Trump’s 2020 nominee to replace him didn’t get a Senate vote before the November election.
Persons: Rahm Emanuel’s, Bill Hagerty, Hagerty, Trump’s, didn’t Organizations: Foreign Relations, Chicago, Trump Administration, China, U.S, Senate Locations: Japan, American, Tokyo, Tennessee
Listen and follow The DailyApple Podcasts | Spotify | StitcherThe U.S. Supreme Court is gearing up to rule on an area of the law that it has been silent on for over a decade: the Second Amendment. In 2008, the court handed down a key judgment. The case of District of Columbia v. Heller established an individual right to keep and bear arms in the home. This new case, in which two men from New York are challenging a state law that imposes strict limits on carrying guns, will help decide whether the 2008 ruling extends beyond the home and into the streets. About a quarter of the U.S. population lives in states whose laws might be affected.
Persons: Heller Organizations: Spotify, U.S, Supreme, of Columbia Locations: New York
America’s swing senator can save or scorch planet
  + stars: | 2021-11-08 | by ( Gina Chon | )   time to read: +3 min
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) walks through the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., October 21, 2021. Joe Manchin, one of the coal state’s senators, is in line to cast the deciding vote on President Joe Biden’s $1.8 trillion “Build Back Better” spending plan. He’ll indirectly be voting on Biden’s ability to influence other countries to fight climate change after the COP26 summit read more . Biden has faced two main challenges to his spending plan, a companion to the $1 trillion infrastructure legislation Congress approved on Friday. China, India read more and other countries are only likely to listen to Biden’s pleas to help fight climate change if he looks able to meet such pledges himself.
Persons: Joe Manchin, Elizabeth Frantz, Joe Biden’s, Biden, Manchin, it’s, Joe Biden, John Foley, Amanda Gomez Organizations: U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Reuters, Resources, U.S . Energy Information Administration, First Street Foundation, Conference of, U.S . House Locations: Washington , U.S, West Virginia, United States, China, India
Moments like this fill the new documentary “Attica,” by MacArthur Fellow and Emmy-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson. The film, premiering Saturday on Showtime, tells the story of the bloodiest prison rebellion in U.S. history, five decades after it happened. Co-producer Curry said she spent months tracking down people — including former inmates, the relatives of guards and former Attica guards — and worked to build relationships of trust with them. Then pop, pop, pop, pop, pop — unrelenting gunfire started. “We were forced to run a gauntlet with National Guards and prison guards standing on each side with billy clubs, pickaxes, pipes and all kinds of long sticks,” Asbury told NBC News.
Persons: Stanley Nelson, , ” Nelson, “ It’s, Traci A, Curry —, , ” Curry, Curry, Showtime “, , ’ ” Nelson, William Quinn, Quinn, Showtime James Asbury, ” Asbury, I’ll, He’s, , Asbury, James Asbury, Nelson D, Rockefeller, Clarence Jones, John Johnson, Johnson, Showtime Asbury, billy, Barkley Organizations: MacArthur, Showtime, Attica Correctional Facility, Attica Correctional, NBC News, Gov, New York, New York Amsterdam News, National Guards, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Attica, , New York, Wyoming County, Vietnam, Winston, Salem , North Carolina, New York Amsterdam
One of America’s Toughest CEO Jobs: Fixing PG&E
  + stars: | 2021-11-05 | by ( Katherine Blunt | )   time to read: 1 min
As a California wildfire was exploding in July to become the state’s second-largest ever, Patti Poppe made an executive decision. The chief executive of PG&E Corp. traveled to the town of Chico, in fire-ravaged Butte County, and declared that the utility would spend as much as $20 billion to bury 10,000 miles of power lines like the one that had likely sparked the fire burning out of control just miles away.
Persons: Patti Poppe Organizations: E Corp Locations: California, Chico, Butte County
William G. Conway, an animal conservationist who redefined (but failed to rename) the Bronx Zoo, and who helped recast America’s urban wildlife parks into crowd-pleasing natural habitats designed to generate support for endangered species worldwide, died on Oct. 21 in New Rochelle, N.Y. His death, in a hospital, was announced by the Wildlife Conservation Society, where he had spent virtually his entire career. He joined the society in 1956 as an assistant bird curator and retired in 1999 as president and general director. Dr. Conway single-mindedly transformed the society’s signature attraction in the Bronx from a famous but fusty cloister for neurotic caged specimens into a collection of lush natural environments where the animals presumably felt more at home, and where visitors benefited from a more authentic educational experience. On his watch, the Bronx Zoo opened the Children’s Zoo and exhibits including World of Birds, JungleWorld, the Baboon Reserve and the 6.5-acre Congo Gorilla Forest.
Persons: William G, Conway, Dr Organizations: Bronx Zoo, Wildlife Conservation Society Locations: New Rochelle, N.Y, Bronx
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