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Tesla says Black people hold just 4% of its U.S. leadership roles
  + stars: | 2020-12-05 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: The Tesla logo is seen on a car at Tesla's new showroom in Manhattan's Meatpacking District in New York City, U.S., Dec. 14, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo(Reuters) - Black employees make up just 4% of Tesla Inc’s American leadership roles and 10% of its total workforce in the country, the electric carmaker has disclosed in its first U.S. diversity report. Women comprise 17% of the company’s U.S. leadership roles - directors and vice presidents - and 21% of the overall workforce, according to the report. The carmaker noted, though, that leadership roles were a “very small cohort”, or less than 0.4%, of its workforce. Tesla, based in Palo Alto, California, said it planned to increase representation of all under-represented groups next year and would be recruiting at historically Black colleges and universities.
Persons: Brendan McDermid, Tesla, Elon Musk’s Tesla, Organizations: REUTERS, Elon, U.S, Diversity, Equity, Nasdaq Inc, U.S . Securities, Exchange Commission, Nasdaq Locations: Manhattan's Meatpacking, New York City, U.S, Black, American, Palo Alto , California
REUTERS/Aly SongSHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce company JD.com Inc said on Saturday it has become the country’s first virtual platform to accept Beijing’s homegrown digital currency. JD Digits, the company’s fintech arm, will accept digital yuan as payment for some products on its online mall, as part of an experimental giveaway of digital yuan to citizens of Suzhou, near Shanghai, according to a post on the company’s official WeChat account. China’s digital yuan is one of the world’s most advanced “central bank digital currency” initiatives, as authorities globally respond to threats from private currencies such as bitcoin and Facebook’s Libra. Suzhou’s scheme is the second such digital lottery, after the PBOC issued 10 million yuan worth of digital currency to 50,000 randomly selected consumers in the southern city of Shenzhen. PBOC Governor Yi Gang said last month that more than 2 billion yuan had been spent using China’s digital currency so far in 4 million separate transactions.
Persons: Aly Song SHANGHAI, Yi Gang Organizations: World Internet Conference, REUTERS, JD.com Inc, People’s Bank of China Locations: Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, Suzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, PBOC
“Nomadland,” Chloé Zhao’s latest film, is nominally a quiet portrait of a working-class woman, Fern (played by Frances McDormand), who lives in her van and works piecemeal manual labor jobs along the West Coast. No longer housed inside of four solid walls, with little steady income, Fern is making due where her old life left off — sort of. Then, while working a seasonal gig at Amazon, Fern meets an older woman, Linda May, who befriends Fern almost against her will. “I like work.”What happens when the house in which you’ve lived is taken away, when the Social Security you’ve paid into for 50 years isn’t enough to retire on? It’s clear Fern, like many of the people she meets on the road, has lived through painful things — as have we all.
Persons: , Chloé, Fern, Frances McDormand, it’s, you’ve, Social Security you’ve, Jessica Bruder, McDormand’s Fern, , Linda May, Fern’s, McDormand, David Strathairn —, Swankie, Bob Wells, Zhao, we’ve, golfs Organizations: Social Security, Trump, Marvel Locations: West Coast, America, Empire , Nevada, American
(Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden said Friday’s “grim” jobs report shows the economic recovery is stalling and warned the “dark winter” ahead would exacerbate the pain unless the U.S. Congress passes a coronavirus relief bill immediately. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden gestures to reporters as he departs after announcing members of his economic policy team at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., December 1, 2020. Earlier this week, he unveiled his economic team, led by his nominee for Treasury secretary, former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Transition spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday that Biden would announce more positions early next week, including members of his public health team. Trump, a Republican who has still refused to concede to Biden, is scheduled to headline a rally with Perdue and Loeffler on Saturday.
Persons: Joe Biden, Friday’s, Leah Millis, ” Biden, Biden, Donald Trump’s, Jeff Zients, Obama, , Janet Yellen, , Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Lujan Grisham, Yellen, Neera Tanden, Cecilia Rouse, Jen Psaki, Mike Pence, David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, Perdue, Loeffler Organizations: U.S, Congress, REUTERS, Democratic, National Association for, Advancement of Colored People, Black voters, The League, United Latin American, America, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Human Services, Management, of Economic Advisers, Centers for Disease Control, Republican U.S, U.S . Senate, Trump, Republican Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, U.S, Wilmington , Delaware, , Mexican, Georgia, Atlanta
And they need more to come early next year,” said Biden, who takes office on Jan. 20. A government report on Friday showed the labor market slowing in November as the COVID-19 pandemic eclipsed its levels of the spring. Congress is going to need to act again in January,” Biden told reporters in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. PRESSURE FOR DIVERSITYBiden, who earlier this week unveiled his economic team, faces intensifying pressure from congressional allies and advocacy groups to make ethnically diverse picks for the remaining slots in his administration. Transition spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday that Biden would announce more positions early next week, including members of his public health team.
Persons: Joe Biden, Friday’s, , Biden, Donald Trump, ” Biden, , Mitch McConnell, Jeff Zients, Obama, Leah Millis, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Lujan Grisham, Janet Yellen, Neera Tanden, Cecilia Rouse, Jen Psaki, Mike Pence, David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, Trump, Perdue, Loeffler Organizations: U.S, Congress, Democratic, Republican, COVID, REUTERS, Biden, National Association for, Advancement of Colored People, Black voters, The League, United Latin American, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Human Services, Management, of Economic Advisers, U.S . Senate, Centers for Disease Control, Prevention Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, COVID, Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, Mexican, United States, Georgia, Atlanta
And they need more to come early next year,” said Biden, who takes office on Jan. 20. A government report on Friday showed the labor market slowing in November as the COVID-19 pandemic eclipsed its levels of the spring. Congress is going to need to act again in January,” Biden told reporters in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. PRESSURE FOR DIVERSITYBiden, who earlier this week unveiled his economic team, faces intensifying pressure from congressional allies and advocacy groups to make ethnically diverse picks for the remaining slots in his administration. Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has said his office found no evidence of widespread fraud.
Persons: Joe Biden, Friday’s, , Biden, Donald Trump, ” Biden, , Mitch McConnell, Jeff Zients, Obama, Biden’s, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Lujan Grisham, Janet Yellen, Neera Tanden, Cecilia Rouse, Jen Psaki, Mike Pence, David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, Trump, Perdue, Loeffler, Trump’s, Brad Raffensperger Organizations: U.S, Congress, Democratic, Republican, COVID, Biden, National Association for, Advancement of Colored People, Black voters, The League, United Latin American, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Human Services, Management, of Economic Advisers, U.S . Senate, Centers for Disease Control, Prevention Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, COVID, Wilmington , Delaware, Mexican, United States, Georgia, Atlanta, Nevada and Wisconsin
FILE PHOTO: A China yuan note is seen in this illustration photo May 31, 2017. “Yuan appreciation is supported by China’s economic fundamentals,” said Yu Yongding, an influential government economist who previously advised the People’s Bank of China. The yuan is on course to post the biggest annual rise since its 6.8% appreciation in 2017. Some policy advisers think the yuan may strengthen to 6.4 per dollar next year, a further 2% rise. Also supporting the yuan are solid exports, fund inflows and a widening gap between Chinese and U.S. interest rates.
Persons: Thomas White, , Yu Yongding, ” Yu Organizations: REUTERS, People’s Bank of China, Reuters Locations: BEIJING, China, Beijing, United States
Big City Conundrum: How to Convince People to Ride the Subway
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Eric Sylvers | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
“If it was too long to go by foot, I always got the subway,” said Mr. Rosenberg, an asset manager. Before getting back on the subway or a bus, Mr. Rosenberg is waiting for a broader solution to the pandemic, such as a widely deployed vaccine or a more effective testing regime. The decision by would-be passengers like Mr. Rosenberg to avoid public transportation is one of the conundrums large cities are trying to solve. In New York, subway usage began falling in early March. By the end of the month, passenger numbers were below 10% of normal levels, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Persons: Lawrence Rosenberg, , Rosenberg, haven’t, hasn’t Organizations: Metropolitan Transportation Authority Locations: New York, Midtown, Europe
Big City Conundrum: How to Persuade People to Ride the Subway
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Eric Sylvers | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
“If it was too long to go by foot, I always got the subway,” said Mr. Rosenberg, an asset manager. Before getting back on the subway or a bus, Mr. Rosenberg is waiting for a broader solution to the pandemic, such as a widely deployed vaccine or a more effective testing regime. The decision by would-be passengers like Mr. Rosenberg to avoid public transportation is one of the conundrums large cities are trying to solve. In New York, subway usage began falling in early March. By the end of the month, passenger numbers were below 10% of normal levels, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Persons: Lawrence Rosenberg, , Rosenberg, haven’t, hasn’t Organizations: Metropolitan Transportation Authority Locations: New York, Midtown, Europe
Japan's Suga defends boost for domestic tourism amid virus third wave
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Kiyoshi Takenaka | Ju-Min Park | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference following his confirmation as Prime Minister of Japan in Tokyo, Japan September 16, 2020. Opinion polls show Suga’s approval ratings have dipped, with many people unhappy with his handling of the pandemic since he became prime minister in September, after his predecessor, Shinzo Abe, stepped down due to ill health. Giving his first news conference since surge in coronavirus cases last month, Suga said the “Go To Travel” campaign to revive domestic tourism was designed to help small businesses in the hospitality sector get through tough times. “The government moved to promote the domestic travel campaign, seeing that they would not be able to continue their businesses as things were,” Suga said. Besides the travel campaign, Suga promised the size of a new stimulus package to restore the economy, maintain employment and sustain business activity would be finalised next week.
Persons: Yoshihide Suga, Carl Court, Shinzo Abe, Suga, ” Suga, people’s Organizations: Japan’s Locations: Japan, Tokyo, TOKYO
Timnit Gebru, a co-lead on Google's ethical-artificial-intelligence research team, tweeted late Wednesday that she had been ousted from the company. The firing also drew the attention of others in the AI research field, while it left many Google employees confused over the seemingly-aggressive response. On Thursday, Google's AI chief Jeff Dean told employees in an email obtained by Business Insider that Gebru's firing was a "difficult moment." According to an employee familiar with the situation, Google was unhappy with the research paper, which analyzed the ethical dangers of language models. Stochastic parrotsThe debacle has raised questions over the nature of the research paper, which Google says was submitted before the company gave it approval.
Persons: Timnit Gebru, Gebru, Timnit, listserv, Jeff Dean, Google, Casey Newton's, Vijay Chidambaram, Meredith Whittaker, Whittaker Organizations: Observers, Google, Business, Twitter, Allies, University of Texas, Austin
Shaming others might make you feel good about yourself, but it rarely corrects bad behavior. But the evidence suggests it’s much more productive to talk about safe sex and to help them deal with any adverse consequences of having sex. Likewise, we can lecture people about eating more healthfully and stigmatize those who don’t, but it rarely results in behavioral change. We can demand that people stop socializing and cancel their holidays entirely, but as we saw over Thanksgiving, that doesn’t work. I can remember reading numerous articles early in the pandemic about how to make sure delivery food was virus-free.
Persons: It’s, fashioning Organizations: for Disease Control
Uber has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to consider its drivers to be vaccinated early with a COVID-19 shot. The company said its drivers provided critical transportation for essential workers, and allowed others to stay home and order food. Uber on Thursday asked the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to designate its ride-hail and delivery drivers as non-health essential workers entitled to early COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The company, in a letter to the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, said its drivers provided critical transportation for essential workers and allowed others to stay home and order food. The letter comes as several industry groups, including in the food production, agricultural, consumer goods and trucking industry, are asking officials to prioritize their workers for early vaccine distribution.
Persons: Uber, Uber's, Danielle Burr Organizations: Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, CDC, US Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Locations: CDC's
Pfizer's CEO said it's not clear if the company's coronavirus vaccine will no longer be able to spread the virus to other people. Independent researchers have already made it clear that the trials used to test the vaccine did not examine its effects on transmission. The chairman of Pfizer said it's not clear whether people who have taken the company's coronavirus vaccine will still be able to spread the virus to other people. Pfizer and BioNTech announced last month that their vaccine was 95% effective at preventing COVID-19. The top scientist advising Operation Warp Speed, the US government vaccine rollout program, predicted this week that more than 100 million Americans would be vaccinated against COVID-19 within the next 100 days.
Persons: it's, Albert Bourla, NBC's, Lester Holt, Bourla, I've, Insider's Andrew Dunn, BioNTech Organizations: Independent, Visit, Pfizer, Moderna, US Food and Drug Administration, COVID Locations: COVID
President Donald Trump in a White House meeting with aides and Sen. Mitch McConnell praised the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory, per The Washington Post. President Donald Trump in a White House meeting praised the far-right QAnon movement, describing it as people who "believe in good government," reported The Washington Post Thursday. In November, Greene became the first candidate who openly advocates the conspiracy theory to win election to the US House of Representatives. Per the Post, Trump mispronounced QAnon as "Q-an-uhn." At the meeting where he praised QAnon, Trump was said to discussing the upcoming Senate runoffs in Georgia, which Republicans must win to retain control of the Senate.
Persons: Donald Trump, Sen, Mitch McConnell, groundlessly, Trump, Mark Meadows, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Greene, It's, baselessly, QAnon, Sidney Powell, Ron Watkins Organizations: Washington Post, FBI, GOP, Post, Trump, White House, Yahoo News, Republicans, Senate Locations: Georgia
He told Insider Republicans have courted him for years. "I'd do old man backflips," Sen. John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican told Insider of the remote chance that Manchin could switch parties. "I just truly have a comfort of talking to everybody," Manchin told Insider. The Republican Senate majority leader and his Democratic counterpart in the House had been looking for compromise. He later told Insider he wasn't necessarily a lock either for a public option that Biden supports.
Persons: Sen, Joe Manchin, Joe Biden's, GOP Sen, John Kennedy of, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Chris Cuomo, Ross Baker, Jim Jeffords, George W, John Kennedy, Kennedy, Manchin, he'd, Biden, Chuck Schumer, Baker, Sarah Silbiger, Donald Trump's, Barack Obama's, they'll, Lisa Murkowski, Tom Williams, Cuomo, he's, I've, McConnell, Pelosi, centrists, Kevin McCarthy, Schumer, Lindsay Graham of, we'll, Graham, Ohio Republican Sen, Rob Portman, Portman, He's, Robert Byrd, Jim Justice, Rutgers, it's, Richard Shelby of, " Kennedy, hadn't Organizations: West Virginia Democrat, Republican, GOP, Democratic, Capitol, The New York Times, Cuomo, Rutgers University, Louisiana Republican, Democratic Party, Democrat, Senate Energy, Natural, Senate Democratic, Republicans, Trump's, Senate, Georgia, West, Natural Resources, Inc, Getty, Washington, CNN, Republican Senate, Trump, Ohio Republican, Progressives, West Virginia Democrats, Biden, Hill, Democrats, West Virginians Locations: Washington, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Manchin, Louisiana, Biden's Washington, West Virginia, Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, Richard Shelby of Alabama
There are several unusual jobs in the White House. Not all these unusual jobs are paid positions, but some can pay more than $100,000 a year. All over the US, there are weird jobs you probably never knew existed, and the same can be said for the White House. While President Trump's White House employs over 400 people, some positions are just plain unusual — yet most pay fairly well. Here are seven of the more unconventional White House jobs, from the highest-paid to the lowest.
Persons: There's, there's, stenographers, Trump's Organizations: White
William "Bill" Ackman, chief executive of the hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management, says the American dream has become a "disappointment" for many because of economic inequality. The billionaire is proposing a plan, called "Birthright," where the US government would give every American a stock investment upon birth. The American dream has become what Ackman called "a disappointment" for many — but he has a potential solution. UBI is a policy that guarantees a minimum income for citizens or residents, usually paid in the form of cash handouts by the government. Yang argues that cash handouts wouldn't dampen people's work ethic, but strengthen it, making the investment in Americans one with real returns.
Persons: William, Bill, Ackman, Ray Dalio, Melinda Gates —, haven't, Andrew Yang, UBI, Nicola Sturgeon, Yang Organizations: Capital Management, New York Times, The New York Times, Scotland, The Times, German Institute for Economic Research, Relief, Economic, Democrats, People, NPR Locations: American, America, Spain, Spanish, Germany, New York
The Boring Company is close to finishing its first real project. The firm tweeted a video inside the cavernous boarding area at its Las Vegas Convention Center people mover. The Boring Company celebrated the near completion of its first real project with a "tunnel rave." It'll be a much-needed proof of concept for the Boring Company after earlier planned projects in Los Angeles and Chicago fizzled out. It recently took the first steps to getting a network connecting the entire Las Vegas Strip approved.
Persons: Elon Musk, It'll, Musk, It's Organizations: Las Vegas Convention, TechCrunch, Elon, Boring Company, Vegas Locations: Los Angeles, Chicago
Coursera wasn't able to share exact completion rates with us, but they did share a hand-picked list of courses they say have both high enrollment numbers and corresponding high completion rates. We reached out to Coursera to get some insight on their most popular courses based on completion rates, a metric we felt signaled the value a course was providing to students. Coursera wasn't able to share exact completion rates with us, but they provided a list of courses that they say have both high enrollment numbers and corresponding high completion rates. Additionally, these courses had higher completion rates for both paying and non-paying enrollees than other courses. Find 13 of the most popular courses, based on high enrollment numbers and completion rates, below:
Persons: Coursera wasn't
The nation's top health agency revised the analysis after Sen. Elizabeth Warren called on the CDC to adjust the data by age. The agency previously said Hispanic and Black Americans were dying at a rate of about one and two times higher than Caucasians, respectively. The updated analysis also shows that American Indians or Alaska Natives have died at a rate 2.6 times that of White Americans. The CDC previously put that figure at 1.4 times as high as White Americans. By not adjusting for age, Warren said the CDC did "not tell the full story."
Persons: Humberto Rosales, Sen, Elizabeth Warren, Robert Redfield, Warren, Redfield Organizations: Pines, Disease Control, CDC, CNBC, White Americans, Alaska Natives, Equitable Locations: Covid, Santa Teresa , New Mexico, Redfield, White, Alaska
Powell and Wood included a number of affidavits in a lawsuit seeking to decertify Georgia's election results, and one of the affidavits included a Facebook comments section in which users complained about their mail being delayed. The filing was part of Powell and Wood's effort to appeal a district court ruling rejecting their request to decertify Georgia's election results. Wood and Powell have ignited a firestorm in the last several days over their conspirational and borderline unhinged allegations of widespread voter fraud, election fraud, and elaborate Democratic schemes to steal the election. Wood, Powell, the Trump campaign, and Republican voters across the country have filed dozens of lawsuits challenging the election results since November 3. The six battleground states that decided the election, including Georgia, have all certified their results as of this week, cementing Biden's victory.
Persons: Sidney Powell, Lin Wood, Powell, Wood, decertify, John, Jen, Kyle, Valerie, James, Trump's, Trump, haven't, Biden Organizations: Circuit, UPS, Parkway, Forsyth Democrats, Democratic, Trump, Republican, Electoral, Madison Hall Locations: Atlanta , Georgia, Georgia, Powell
Powell and Wood included a number of affidavits in a lawsuit seeking to decertify Georgia's election results, and one of the affidavits included a Facebook comments section in which users complained about their mail being delayed. The filing was part of Powell and Wood's effort to appeal a district court ruling rejecting their request to decertify Georgia's election results. Wood and Powell have ignited a firestorm in the last several days over their conspirational and borderline unhinged allegations of widespread voter fraud, election fraud, and elaborate Democratic schemes to steal the election. Wood, Powell, the Trump campaign, and Republican voters across the country have filed dozens of lawsuits challenging the election results since November 3. The six battleground states that decided the election, including Georgia, have all certified their results as of this week, cementing Biden's victory.
Persons: Sidney Powell, Lin Wood, Powell, Wood, decertify, John, Jen, Kyle, Valerie, James, Trump's, Trump, haven't, Biden Organizations: Circuit, UPS, Parkway, Forsyth Democrats, Democratic, Trump, Republican, Electoral, Madison Hall Locations: Atlanta , Georgia, Georgia, Powell
If the program is expanded nationwide, China would becomethe most powerful economy yetto offer a national digital currency , beating a forthcoming digital version of the euro from the European Central Bank. Keeping the digital economy in lineThe push to develop a digital currency began in 2014, according to the People's Bank of China. Like cryptocurrency, the digital yuan incorporates some elements of blockchain technology: Every transaction is recorded and traceable in a digital ledger. Xie, the University of South Carolina business professor, called the digital currency the "last piece" of the surveillance state. The Chinese digital currency isn't the only one that will be forced to confront this issue.
Persons: Frank Xie, University of South Carolina Aiken, Hong, Carrie Lam, Fan Yifei, Ant Group's, Alipay, Bao, Jack Ma's Ant, Anthony Chan, Group's, James Gillingham, Gillingham, Xie, Andrew Tilton, Goldman Sachs, Christine Lagarde, SWIFT, Chan, Scott Kennedy, It's, Selina Wang Organizations: CNN Business, Pilots, European Central Bank, Officials, University of South, People's Bank of China, Authorities, Gillingham, Chinese Communist Party, UBP, Bank for International, Center for Strategic, International Studies, China Internet Network Information Locations: Hong Kong, China, Beijing, University of South Carolina, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Chengdu, Asia, Shanghai, Singapore, United States, Central, Europe
Police rescue 30 people from human smuggling operation in Houston
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com + 1.00   time to read: 1 min
Police rescue 30 people from human smuggling operation in HoustonPolice rescued 29 men and 1 woman who were victims of a human smuggling operation in Houston, Texas, after one man escaped and asked for help in the neighborhood where they were being held. KPRC reporter Bill Barajas joins Shep Smith to discuss.
Persons: Bill Barajas, Shep Smith Organizations: Houston Police Locations: Houston , Texas
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