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    Connect! Unite! Act! is a weekly series that seeks to create face-to-face networks in each congressional district. Groups meet regularly to socialize, get out the vote, support candidates, and engage in other local political actions that help our progressive movement grow and exert influence on the powers that be. Visit us every week to see how you can get involved! If you listen to people who back oil and gas energy, you would feel as though any attempt to look into, investigate, or even evaluate alternative energy would be the equivalent of stabbing your grandmother in the neck. In a series of bills in my own home state of Kansas, a state legislator proposed that before signing any agreement on the placement of solar or wind energy generators on a piece of private property, notifications would have to be sent out in specific font sizes, time periods would have to be met, and if 10% of your neighbors did not approve, they could call a local election. To back this up he brought up interesting claims, including the fact that the Texas freeze and electrical...
    From the Proud Boys to QAnon to anti-vaccine groups, far-right conspiracy theories are all blending together into one chunky soup of paranoia. Media Matters for America has been tracking the slow merge between "QAnon" conspiracy theorists and longtime anti-vaccination conspiracy theorists, and it's worth a read. The takeaway point is that anti-vax "leaders" have been quick to seize on the nation's new largest collection of gullibles, and have been increasingly given platforms by Q-centric hosts and events so as to explain to the nice weird people who believe that world elites are harvesting the blood of children that Actually, not getting polio has been a major part of this conspiracy all along. And yes, that includes disgraced researcher Andrew Wakefield, the fraud who invented much of modern anti-vax conspiracy movement in the first place. He's been looking for allies inside the "Q" movement and finding them. But a twist is that the antivax-QAnon relationship is a two way street; while QAnon audiences have been eager to hear from their anti-vax conspiracy comrades, Media Matters notes that the anti-vaccine leaders are themselves...
    RAPPER Kanye West is set to meet Russian strongman Vladimir Putin in the coming months as he plans to expand his business ventures in the country. The music star looks likely to follow in the footsteps of Kim Kardashian and Dennis Rodman who have previously met world leaders. 6Kanye West is set to meet Russian strongman Vladimir Putin in the coming months, according to reportsCredit: Getty 6Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is a strong campaigner for prison reform in the US and met former president Donald Trump at the White HouseCredit: Refer to Caption 6Dennis Rodman has struck up an unusual friendship with tubby tyrant Kim Jong-unCredit: AP:Associated Press Ye’s confidant and strategic advisor Ameer Sudan revealed that Russia is going to be the rapper’s “second home”. He told Billboard: “He will be spending a lot of time out there.” Kanye is planning on holding several Sunday Service shows in the country. Ye is set to join an illustrious name of celebs including movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Seagal who have previously met the strongman. STEVEN SEAGAL Bob Van...
    Cyber attacks, militarization of space, extreme weather events, ecosystem collapse, social divisions, wars and the coronavirus pandemic. These are the key worries the World Economic Forum (WEF) highlighted Tuesday as reasons to be fearful for 2022. A report released by the Switzerland-based organization, headed by founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab, detailed the grim tidings ahead of the annual elite winter gathering of CEOs and world leaders in the ski resort of Davos. The event has been postponed for a second year in a row because of coronavirus. WEF organizers still plan some virtual sessions next week, however its Global Risks Report 2022 makes for unpleasant reading. It is based based on a survey of about 1,000 experts and leaders and in summary says: WORLD OUTLOOK The pandemic and its economic and societal impact still pose a “critical threat” to the world, the report said. Big differences between rich and poor nations’ access to vaccines mean their economies are recovering at uneven rates, which could widen social divisions and heighten geopolitical tensions. By 2024, the global economy is forecast to be 2.3 percent smaller...
    The Moderna Covid-19 vaccine is prepared for administration ahead of a free distribution of over the counter rapid Covid-19 test kits to people receiving their vaccines or boosters at Union Station in Los Angeles, California on January 7, 2022.Frederic J. Brown | AFP | Getty Images Moderna is working on a booster shot that will target the omicron variant of Covid for this fall as nations around the world prepare to distribute annual vaccinations against the virus. "We are discussing with public health leaders around the world to decide what we think is the best strategy for the potential booster for the fall of 2022. We believe it will contain omicron," CEO Stephane Bancel told CNBC's Squawk Box. Bancel said the omicron specific booster will enter clinical trials soon, and Moderna is discussing whether the shot needs to contain any other components to fight the virus. "We need to be careful to try to stay ahead of a virus and not behind the virus," Bancel said. Moderna has signed advanced purchase agreements with upfront payments worth $18.5 billion with the...
    Elizabeth Holmes was a young woman possessed of vaulting ambition. She wanted to change the world and boasted that she would do so by revolutionising global healthcare, making state-of-the art screening for numerous diseases accessible to all. She would show how a pinprick of blood could transform medical practice. In the event, Holmes showed only that there is no shortage of gullibility and greed among America’s great and good and super-wealthy. Bill Clinton, Rupert Murdoch, former U.S. Defence Secretary James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis — America’s most feted general — and two ex-U.S. Secretaries of State, Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, were among those taken in by the charismatic blonde with the piercing blue eyes, deep husky voice and astonishing powers of persuasion. At the age of 19, Holmes had set up Theranos, one of Silicon Valley’s most successful new business ventures, raising billions of dollars and being hailed as the ‘next Steve Jobs’ after the mercurial co-founder of Apple. Her life-changing product was a portable blood-testing machine that could quickly and cheaply screen for hundreds of diseases. At the age...
    Kate Middleton is 'very much a future queen in the making' but  'still struggles to mix with world leaders such as the Bidens' because she's a 'natural introvert', a close friend has claimed ahead of her 40th birthday. The Duchess of Cambridge, who will celebrate turning the milestone age on Sunday, grew on the world stage in 2021 taking on solo projects such as Hold Still and the Westminster Abbey Christmas Carol service. And her job involves mixing with high profile figures on the world stage, such as visiting a school with Dr Jill Biden during the G7 summit in June last year.  But her presence is still 'understated' her friend told Hello! adding that she is 'quietly growing in confidence' 10 years after marrying into the royal family. 'She still finds it quite challenging to mix with those sorts of players [the Bidens], because she's a natural introvert. But she's really growing into the role,' her friend said. Kate Middleton is 'very much a future queen in the making' but 'still struggles to mix with world leaders such as the...
    7 Despite switching to metawares, Facebook, which has changed its name to become metawares, is struggling to get out of its negative cycle. Mark Zuckerberg’s close guard has suffered a number of setbacks in recent months. The Cambridge Analytica affair is expected to mark the worst year on Facebook in 2018, with the issue tarnishing the reputation of American heroes. The California group, which owns the world’s most popular social network (2.9 billion active users per month), was caught in a crisis of confidence in him from the scandal and then thought it had fallen. But since then, things have not improved for Mark Zuckerberg’s company, which has been accused of failing to protect its users’ personal data and combat misinformation. However, beyond the avalanche of controversy that has plagued Facebook for three years, 2021 is set to be a turning point. Blame the whistleblower Francis Hazen, a Facebook computer scientist who specializes in algorithms. After knocking on the door of the US panel last spring, the latter leaked thousands of internal Facebook documents to the US Stock...
    Debra Messing is wrapping up the year in bed. On Thursday, the "Will & Grace" alum took to Instagram to announce that she's tested positive for coronavirus. Alongside her revelation, the 53-year-old actress shared a photo of herself lying in bed, wearing a black, bubbling face mask and pink shower cap. "I’m COVID POSITIVE," she captioned the pic. "Yup. Happy New Year! Actually, it is the perfect end to 2021. The juicy cherry on the proverbial cake." WAUKESHA PARADE ATTACK: DEBRA MESSING BLASTS MEDIA FOR DOWNPLAYING MASSACRE AS AN 'ACCIDENT' Debra Messing announced that she has tested positive for coronavirus. (REUTERS/Danny Moloshok) Messing gave no indication of whether she is feeling any symptoms, but said that she plans to quarantine "for the next 10 days." She added that she'll use the time to "beautify" or "sleep." "I actually have a lot of work to do, but for the inevitable breaks, what should I watch?" she asked. "Tell me in the comments!" DEBRA MESSING SAYS REPUBLICANS 'STILL DEFEND THE NAZIS' FROM CHARLOTTESVILLE RALLY Messing's diagnosis comes amid a surge in...
    The group of people who disapprove of President Joe Biden's performance is growing, with Greta Thunberg joining the naysayers Monday. Thunberg found it "strange" for people to think of Biden as a leader in the climate change movement. She disapproved of actions made by his administration, including the United States's expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure, according to an interview with the Washington Post. "The U.S. is actually expanding fossil fuel infrastructure," Thunberg told the outlet. "Why is the U.S. doing that? It should not fall on us activists and teenagers who just want to go to school to raise this awareness and to inform people that we are actually facing an emergency." DEMOCRATS USE COVID-19 AND CLIMATE AS OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALARMISM AND INACTION Thunberg said she wants politicians to "actually understand what is the emergency" and how "it’s all about the narrative." She told the outlet that leaders need to determine what the world is trying to solve and be willing to determine what is an emergency. Thunberg also said the world needs to...
    In a report documenting major reactions to the recent passing of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Reuters international news agency gave a prominent position to a senior Hamas figure as well as an official of the terrorist-designated Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) alongside world leaders and prominent figures including President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Pope Francis, and the Dalai Lama. In a piece detailing reactions to the death of South Africa’s Desmond Tutu, the news agency quoted both Hamas official Basim Naim as well as PLO official Wasel Abu Yousef expressing thoughts in light of the anti-apartheid icon’s death. Factbox: Reaction to the death of South Africas Desmond Tutu https://t.co/DBDGwO7SDV pic.twitter.com/5xwcyL2rEJ — Reuters (@Reuters) December 26, 2021 The article described Naim as “a senior official within the Palestinian Islamist militant group Hamas,” and goes on to quote him telling Reuters, “Our Palestinian people lost a strong supporter of their march towards freedom and independence.” “Father Desmond Tutu spent his entire life struggling against racism and defending human rights and especially on the Palestinian land,” he added. Naim...
    The World Economic Forum has delayed its meeting of the global elite at the Swiss ski resort of Davos because of the new Omicron Covid variant. The forum, which repeatedly delayed, moved and finally cancelled last year's event due to Covid, says the planned January 17 to 21 gathering in the alpine town will now take place in 'early summer' - without giving specifics.   'Despite the meeting's stringent health protocols, the transmissibility of Omicron and its impact on travel and mobility have made deferral necessary,' the forum said on Monday.  The annual meeting sees world leaders attending lavish dinners with financiers, celebrities and royals. Previous attendees include billionaire investor George Soros, climate activist Greta Thunberg, Prince Charles and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. A police security guard patrols on the roof of a hotel ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Monday, January 20, 2020 The decision comes as some countries in Europe impose new restrictions or face tough choices about what to do about rising numbers of COVID-19 infections tied to omicron. Switzerland on Friday announced requirements to show...
    GENEVA (AP) — The World Economic Forum is again delaying its much-ballyhooed annual meeting of world leaders, business executives and other elites in Davos, Switzerland, amid new uncertainties about the omicron variant of the coronavirus. The forum, which repeatedly delayed, moved and finally canceled last year’s event, says the previously planned Jan. 17-21 gathering in the alpine town will now take place in “early summer” — without giving specifics. “Current pandemic conditions make it extremely difficult to deliver a global in-person meeting,” the forum said in a statement. “Preparations have been guided by expert advice and have benefited from the close collaboration of the Swiss government at all levels.” Founder Klaus Schwab said the forum still plans to host a “digital convening of leaders from business, government and civil society.” The forum said a “headline series of State of the World sessions” would bring them together online to address global challenges. The media-friendly Davos confab serves as a global stage for world leaders to meet and executives to talk possible deals. Academics and chiefs of nongovernmental groups speak out in...
    Have you ever railed at corrupt politicians or megalomaniac business leaders? Are there times when you think your boss is selfish, power-hungry or even a bona fide psychopath?  So often the people in charge of us seem ill-suited to the responsibilities they hold. I’ve spent decades looking at these questions. I’ve explored who gets power, why they get it and how they behave when they achieve it. Is it, as the old adage would tell us, that power corrupts? Well, possibly, but I’ve had my doubts. Another, more troubling, thought has been gnawing at me instead – that something much bigger and more serious is lurking beneath the waves. That power-hungry narcissists are actively seeking out positions that give them control over others. Such people certainly appear to be well represented in positions of leadership, from the highest offices of state down to the most junior roles in company management. More worryingly still, for deep evolutionary reasons, the rest of us do our very best to help them achieve the power they then abuse. Have you ever railed at corrupt politicians...
    Remorse. We often think that this ability is mainly recognized and appreciated in the personal field. But in the professional world, it is becoming more and more desirable among managers whether they are the bosses or the managers of a team with small employees. In early November, American Magazine Forbes The headline read: “Empathy is the most important leadership skill according to research”. Using the results of a recent study conducted in the United States, he pointed out that, among other things, 61% of employees say they like innovation, 76% are committed when they have empathetic leaders, 13% and 32% if not, respectively. Although the empathetic manager has long been considered a bad manager, until recently this subject had no place in university management programs and other business schools. This vital skill of social intelligence – misunderstood sympathy – is to put oneself in the shoes of another, to understand or recognize the emotions of others and to know how to react appropriately, so a central management value has become. Infection as an accelerator So, of course, there was the...
    Olympic leaders aimed their ire at FIFA’s president on Saturday over his push for staging more World Cups, during an IOC-hosted meeting that Tibetan students tried to interrupt in a protest against the Beijing Winter Games. FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s plan to stage men’s and women’s World Cups every two years instead of four was previously criticized by the IOC which put it on the agenda for the annual "Olympic Summit" debate of influential sports bodies. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "The attendees voiced serious concerns over proposals from FIFA for a biennial World Cup and the impact on the worldwide sport event calendar," the International Olympic Committee said in a statement. Before the heated words inside the online meeting that Infantino attended, several activists from the Students for a Free Tibet group tried to get into the IOC headquarters. Local police were called to help block the activists who continued to sit at the front doors and hold up banners including "Boycott Genocide Games" next to the iconic Olympic rings symbol outside the building. Pro-Tibet groups...
    DIAMNIADIO, Senegal (AP) — Travel restrictions imposed on South Africa and other African nations for telling the world about the omicron variant are hypocritical, harsh and not supported by science, South Africa’s president said Monday, recalling the phrase used by the U.N. chief, who called such measures “travel apartheid.” Speaking at the Dakar International Forum for Peace and Security, President Cypril Ramaphosa said the restrictions are punishing the very people and governments that helped inform the world of a new coronavirus variant. “When South African scientists discovered omicron … they immediately took on the responsibility of informing the world, the entire world, that a new variant is coming through. And what is the result?” he asked, replying that is was punishment. Ramaphosa said such countries have resorted not to science but their own self-interests. “We say those bans must be removed with immediate effect,” he declared. Ramaphosa said the travel restrictions affect struggling economies in the region that rely on tourism. The pandemic, access to vaccines and inequalities for the African continent were major points for the leader...
    LIVERPOOL ramped up the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea after thumping Southampton. Goals from Diego Jota, Virgil van Dijk and Thiago sealed a comfortable win for the Reds. 1Diego Jota celebrates next to Virgil van DijkCredit: EPA And they moved just a point behind table toppers Chelsea, who host Manchester United tomorrow. For the Saints, they are now 14th but still five points above the relegation zone. MORE TO FOLLOW Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogFOOTY LIVE Howe loses first game in charge of Newcastle, Wales & Scotland World Cup drawLive BlogUNITED LATEST Rangnick deal AGREED, Chelsea build-up, Cavani injury latestLive BlogQATAR DRAW Latest from World Cup playoff draw as Wales face Austria and Scotland vs UkrainePicturedJOAO NO Flamengo star accidentally reveals privates to give fans more than bargained forGossipRED DEVIL RAID Barca add Cavani & Lingard to 10-man transfer wishlist including Chelsea duoNICK OF TIME Meet Ralf Rangnick, the man tipped to save Man Utd who inspired Klopp & Tuchel
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Five U.S. lawmakers are in Taiwan on Friday in a surprise one-day visit, said the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto embassy. The lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives arrived in Taiwan on Thursday night and will meet with senior leaders on the island. No further details were provided about their itinerary. The visit comes as tensions between Taiwan and China have risen to their highest level in decades. Taiwan has been self-ruled since the two sides split during a civil war in 1949, but China considers the island part of its own territory. “Just touched down in the Republic of Taiwan,” tweeted Republican Representative Nancy Mace of South Carolina on Thursday night, using the island’s unofficial name. Representatives Mark Takano, D-Calif., Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., Colin Allred, D-Texas., Sara Jacobs, D-Calif. and Mace are all part of the visiting delegation. The trip comes just a few weeks after a group of six Republican lawmakers visited the island. That congressional delegation met with President Tsai Ing-wen, National Security Secretary General Wellington Koo and Foreign...
    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is donating $100 million to the Obama Foundation in the wake of Amazon clashing with the Biden administration over antitrust issues. Bezos’ $100 million donation to the Obama Foundation, made in honor of late Rep. John Lewis, is the foundation’s largest individual contribution received to date, the Obama Foundation announced in a Monday press release. Jeff Bezos lectures normal people about climate change Pool/Getty) GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 08: Former US President Barack Obama delivers a speech while attending day nine of the COP26 at SECC on November 8, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) The donation comes after the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust introduced five bills last summer aimed to curb anti-competitive practices in the tech industry. The bills have been presented as a bipartisan effort to rein in the power of dominant Silicon Valley companies. One bill aimed to prevent technology companies from favoring their own products and services on their platform, a practice that Google and Amazon have been accused of. Another targeted the use of data obtained from competitors to gain an...
    Angelina Jolie has been involved in helping refugees for decades as she works as a Special Envoy for the United Nations. Now The Eternals actress is shedding a light on environmental issues as she says fires, floods and lack of water impact those who have been displaced. This week the ex-wife of Brad Pitt took to her Instagram account to educate her over 11M followers on how the crumbling environment is making it harder for people to live. A good cause: Angelina Jolie has been involved in helping refugees for decades as she works as a Special Envoy for the United Nations. Now The Eternals actress is shedding a light on environmental issues as she says fires, floods and lack of water impact those who have been displaced. Seen in October in Rome  She and Maddox looking over their forests: For almost 20 years she has been protecting forests in Cambodia, where her son was born Making the world a better place: Young girls plant trees and learn how to make their forests healthy and lasting On Wednesday she touched on...
    Prince Harry issued a 15-point list of demands Tuesday to drive leaders and the tech industry in the fight against fake news. The sixth in line to the British throne declared misinformation a “global humanitarian issue” and “superspreaders” who resist must be held to account “regardless of location, or political views, or role in society.” Harry, who has previously voiced his concerns about an “avalanche of misinformation” driven by digital media, was involved in a six-month study on the state of the U.S. media conducted by the Aspen Institute’s new Commission on Information Disorder. The multi-millionaire Montecito, California, resident was one of 15 commissioners on the report who contributed via research and working groups. Others included Kathryn Murdoch, co-founder of the Quadrivium Foundation along with her husband, James Murdoch – the youngest son of media tycoon Rupert. U.S. TV journalist Katie Couric was also part of the team working alongside the prince who has spent the better part of two years calling the world to account on a host of issues. "This looks like Harry is her hairdresser and he’s...
    In this article BP.-GBAn employee looks out over the illuminated petroleum cracking complex at the Lukoil-Nizhegorodnefteorgsintez oil refinery in Russia.Bloomberg / ContributorThe CEOs of some of the world's leading energy companies have defended their position in the energy mix after the COP26 climate summit focused attention on the future of the industry. Energy industry leaders and insiders were plentiful at COP26 in Glasgow as government officials, corporates and activists clashed over emission-reduction targets, pledges and deals to keep global temperature rises to a minimum at the COP26 climate summit. Speaking on a panel at the ADIPEC energy forum in Abu Dhabi hosted by CNBC's Hadley Gamble, the CEOs of BP, Lukoil, Occidental and Eni insisted they were diversifying their energy offering and reducing carbon emissions while also maintaining supplies of hydrocarbons that are still heavily relied upon. "We just have to get the opportunity to explain what we're doing and to make the case that it's not about fossil fuels. It's about the emissions," Vicki Hollub, president and chief executive of U.S. energy company Occidental, said on Monday. "And as...
    ROME — A group of faith leaders have sought to guilt rich nations into redistributing their wealth under the guise of climate change reparations. This weekend, more than 40 bishops, priests, ministers, and pastors called for “urgent and ambitious action to deliver justice for the most vulnerable people and communities” as the COP26 negotiations reach a “critical moment.” The focus of the document of the “global faith community” is not so much adaptation to the gradual effects of global warming or even actions geared toward slowing the rise of atmospheric temperatures but rather a commitment to funnel moneys to developing nations in the “Global South.” “The current text not only fails to deliver a separate mechanism to deliver action on Loss and Damage, it also does not provide any realistic path to new finance,” the faith leaders insist, while repeating the curiously contentless mantra that time is “running out.” Climate activists demanded an end to capitalism, "black liberation" and the abolition of police at a COP26 demonstration in Glasgow. https://t.co/kmlzWeKxBy — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) November 7, 2021 “The texts on...
    World leaders have reached a deal at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland to help combat the effects of climate change. The COP26 Climate Pact, which was formed Saturday, will push countries to phase out subsidies for the fossil fuel industry and turn away from coal. This is the first time limiting fossil fuels has been mentioned in a global climate agreement. Fossil fuels play a large role in warming the planet and world leaders in the global climate conference want to look to other energy sources, the Washington Examiner reported. The deal was weakened by China and India, which both rely on coal in their growing economies. China and India are the two leading emitters of carbon in the world, the outlet reported. “How can developing countries promise to phase out coal and fossil fuel subsidies when they have still to deal with their development agendas and poverty eradication,” India’s climate minister Bhupender Yadav told the BBC. (RELATED: UN Climate Conference Carbon Footprint Doubles Previous Summit) A moment in history The Glasgow Climate Pact is...
    PARIS (AP) — France is hosting an international conference on Libya on Friday as the North African country heads into long-awaited elections next month, a vote that regional and world powers hope will pull the oil-rich nation out of its decade-old chaos. U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and several world leaders will take part in the Paris conference, and are expected to push for transparent, credible elections. They will also urge the withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign forces from Libya, as stated in last year’s U.N.-brokered cease-fire that ended fighting between rival factions in the country. Libya has been engulfed in chaos since a NATO-backed uprising 2011 that toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, who was later killed. The oil-rich country was for years split between rival governments – one based in the capital, Tripoli, and the other in the eastern part of the country. Each side is backed by different foreign powers and militias. Friday’s conference is co-chaired by France, Germany, Italy, Libya, and the United Nations, and attended by international and regional high-level officials. The participants are expected to...
    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — A Ugandan activist personified the fears of young people and vulnerable countries at Thursday’s U.N. climate talks in Glasgow that world leaders won’t take the action needed to prevent potentially lethal levels of global warming. “The latest available science tells us that in order to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis, we must reduce global CO2 emissions by somewhere between 7% to 11% this year, and next year, and every year after year, until we get to zero,” Vanessa Nakate told business and political leaders in an impassioned speech at the conference. In reality, annual emissions are expected to surge in 2021, as the world economy bounces back from the pandemic. “So I hope you can understand why many of the activists who are here in Glasgow, and millions of activists who could not be here, do not see the success that is being applauded within these halls,” said Nakate. Experts say that all of the latest pledges made by governments around the world could, if fully realized, bend the curve of global warming...
    Vice President Harris on Thursday implored world leaders gathered in Paris to see the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to examine how to address global inequality. Harris spoke at the Paris Peace Forum, an annual gathering of political and private sector leaders, where she focused her remarks on the need for collaboration to erase gender inequality, wealth inequality and food inequality. She noted the pandemic has exacerbated many of those issues, with school closures threatening access to education for children and highlighting disparities in internet access, and economic troubles hampering progress to close the gaps between men and women in the workforce. "We are nearly two years into a global pandemic… but the pandemic has also presented us with an opportunity," Harris said in prepared remarks. "An opportunity because many in our world who perhaps did not see now clearly see the gaps, and the call for leaders to bridge the gaps is rightfully growing more urgent and more insistent."  "These growing gaps are unacceptable, and we must agree to work together to bridge them," Harris added. "And here I want to be...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Japan closed in on both Saudi Arabia and Australia in Asian World Cup qualifying, beating Vietnam 1-0 Thursday while the two leading teams in Group B played out a 0-0 draw. The Saudis lead the group with 13 points, followed by Australia with 10 and Japan with nine. Only the top two finishers in each of the two six-team groups will automatically qualify for next year’s World Cup in Qatar. Junya Ito scored an early goal from close range for Japan, a team that has appeared at every World Cup since 1998 but is in real danger of missing out this time. Australia, which was playing at home for the first time in more than two years, had won 11 straight qualifying matches but now has only one point from its last two matches. “Overall we played well, we created chances but they didn’t go in,” Australia coach Graham Arnold said. “Then a little bit of frustration set in with the time wasting and tactics from the Saudis. We have to learn to be better...
    Glasgow, Scotland (CNN)A group of young climate activists delivered a sharp rebuke to delegates at the COP26 climate summit Thursday, demanding that a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty be put in place and calling out global leaders for their continued closeness to the coal, oil and gas industries.The activists did not mince their words when they took over the stage at the Glasgow conference, pointing out the absurdity of the fact that the very mentioning of "fossil fuels" in the meeting's agreement has become a sticking point. No COP agreement has ever mentioned fossil fuels as the main driver of the climate crisis.For the first time ever, a draft text published on Wednesday asked governments to "accelerate the phasing-out of coal and subsidies for fossil fuels." Several major fossil fuel producers, including Saudi Arabia, are resisting that language. Saudi officials have not responded to CNN's request for comment. Many analysts are expecting it to be absent from the final agreement. Australia, the biggest coal exporter of all developed nations, has not responded to CNN's request for comments. "I am angry at...
    President BidenJoe BidenVideo depicting violence removed from Rep. Gosar's account after blowback Federal judge rejects Trump effort to block Jan. 6 docs Expected price increases raise political stakes for Biden MORE will host the heads of government of Canada and Mexico at the White House next week, marking the first summit of North American leaders in five years. Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauEquilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Delta — Electric airplane makes record-setting flight Trudeau calls upon world leaders to make polluters pay To lead the world on climate, Biden needs a carbon price MORE and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will convene with Biden on Nov. 18 to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, economic competitiveness and growth, climate change and migration, the White House announced Wednesday. "Strengthening our partnership is essential to our ability to build back better, to revitalize our leadership, and to respond to a widening range of regional and global challenges," the White House said in a statement. "With respect for each other’s sovereignty and in a true spirit of partnership, we affirm our unwavering vision...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Young people living in Pacific Rim countries want to see more ambition from their leaders when it comes to tackling climate change and to see money devoted to a shared fund to prepare for future pandemics. Those were two of the messages delivered to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Wednesday by 124 youth delegates who were taking part in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. The forum is being hosted in a virtual format this year due to the pandemic and culminates with a leader’s meeting later this week. APEC’s 21 members include the U.S. and China and account for 60% of the world’s economy. Ardern took the unusual step of meeting with the youth delegates and taking questions from them. The New Zealand young people participated in person while other delegates attended online. She said an APEC science festival in South Korea she attended at about age 17 had a big influence on her. “I never knew as a young person living in a town of just 5,000 people in rural New...
    Police and demonstrators at a Extinction Rebellion protest, during the Cop26 summit in Glasgow. Picture date: Wednesday November 3, 2021.Jane Barlow - PA Images | PA Images | Getty Images GLASGOW, Scotland — Youth activists on the frontlines of the climate crisis have come to the COP26 summit to push for an end to inaction, urging politicians and business leaders to do all they can to meet the crucial goal of capping global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the rainy streets of Glasgow, Scotland over the weekend to demand the urgent measures necessary to tackle the climate emergency. Placards bearing slogans such as "COP26 Act Now!" and "We Need Action Not Promises" were held up through the city center as many chanted "system change, not climate change." Just a bus ride away talks at the summit continued behind closed doors. COP26 had been billed as humanity's last and best chance to prevent the worst of what the climate crisis has in store. There is not yet any indication whether the talks will be...
    Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and other world leaders in Paris next week, dispatched by the White House to mend fences in the wake of a diplomatic row. Harris will attend two conferences in Paris, with her visit coming on the heels of President Joe Biden’s meetings with Macron at multilateral summits in Rome and Glasgow. In an address to the Paris Peace Forum on Nov. 11, a summit on global governance issues, Harris is expected to focus her remarks “on some big, converging global crises ... in particular, the challenge of rising inequality and the need for leaders around the world to join together and take bold action,” a senior administration official said. The vice president will join Macron and other global leaders for dinner following the summit. Harris’s participation will allow for “candid conversations on all of these challenges, including the need to reinforce global institutions and to shore up democracies in the face of authoritarianism,” this person said. BIDEN HAS NOT CALLED VIRGINIA GOVERNOR-ELECT GLENN YOUNGKIN AFTER DEMOCRATS’ DEFEAT Officials...
    (CNN)Young climate activists have poured into Glasgow and surrounded the site of the COP26 summit to demand action from global leaders, as the focus of the event turns toward the impact of climate change on future generations.Thousands of demonstrators covered the streets of the Scottish city on Friday, with many bearing placards that warned of the effects of rising temperatures and extreme weather events.Eighteen-year-old campaigner Greta Thunberg was set to speak to protesters later, more than three years after she founded the "Fridays for Future" school strikes movement that galvanized youth action over climate change.Crowds chanted "We are unstoppable, another world is possible," and other slogans as they attempted to attract attention near the venue. A large police contingent corralled crowds as they grew throughout the morning. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg joins a march.A UN report warned the world is not adapting quickly enough to the climate crisis.Inside, young people were also the focus of the summit. The theme of the event's fifth day was "youth and public empowerment," with leaders seeking to appeal to younger audiences worldwide as...
    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The generation of young people who will inherit a warmer future is telling the generation that caused carbon pollution to clean up its mess — from both inside and outside United Nations climate talks. Or better yet, let us do it ourselves, many say. “It’s our future. Our future is being negotiated, and we don’t have a seat at the table,” said 20-year-old Boston College student Julia Horchos. Horchos was one of the numerous young people inside the venue in Glasgow, Scotland, where government leaders, industry executives and activists are discussing how the world can avoid catastrophic climate change. But in her observer capacity, she’s still a few dozen of yards away from offices where those decisions are being made. There are more young people than ever roaming the halls at the talks. That’s in addition to the thousands of mostly young protesters carrying signs outside at a Fridays For Future rally some blocks from the fenced-off pavilion. Young people are being seen and celebrated. But they say they’re not being heard. United Nations Secretary-General...
    Greta Thunberg dismissed COP26 as a 'greenwashing campaign' for politicians as she joined Emma Watson on a climate discussion panel - after sparking controversy by telling world leaders to 'shove your climate crisis up your a***'.  Miss Thunberg, who also this week denounced Government figures at the Glasgow summit for 'whatever the f*** they are doing in there', yesterday attended the New York Times' 'Climate Hub' - a forum for discussing 'actionable climate strategies' - in the same city.  The Swedish eco activist heaped scorn the UN's COP26 conference, branding it a 'greenwash campaign, a PR campaign' for businesses and politicians to pretend they are taking action, but not follow through.   In a 'surprise session' curated by Emma Watson, Miss Thunberg said: 'Since we are so far from what actually we needed, I think what would be considered a success would be if people realize what a failure this COP is.' She and other young female activists, including Malala Yousafzai and Vanessa Nakate, also discussed the role women have played in bringing together protests and demanding action from world leaders, the New York Times reports.  ...
    (CBS4) – Members of an Aspen-based nonprofit are among the many experts and world leaders gathering this week at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as the COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland.   (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Woman At Center Of Controversial Police Takedown In Fort Collins DiesThe conference occurs every year, but Jacquelyn Francis, founder and executive director of the Global Warming Mitigation Project, says this year it is critical for world leaders meet the climate crisis head on and turn promises into action. Between unprecedented storms, heat waves, and wildfires, 2021 has already brought a glimpse what could become the norm, if not for major changes.   “The world leaders need to step up and lead,” Francis said. “I think they’re very afraid to actually go beyond what they think their constituents want, and they need to actually be bold about this.”   Francis’ Aspen-based nonprofit finds and funds projects that reduce greenhouse gases. This week, a delegation of eight staff members and climate experts are in Glasgow for COP26 with the intention networking and pushing for more climate action.   (credit: CBS) The group will have access to...
    It would be an understatement to say that there is a lot riding on COP26, the international climate talks currently being held in Glasgow, Scotland. Officially, the gathering marks the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the third meeting of the parties to the 2015 Paris climate agreement, which aims to limit the global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, preferably limiting the increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Since 1996, the countries that have signed onto the UNFCCC have met every single year (except in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic), attempting to come up with an action plan to stem the climate crisis. But still, every year, the world's greenhouse gas emissions keep going up. And for a fortnight that started on October 31, world leaders will try to come up with an action plan yet again. More than 100 heads of government and some 30,000 delegates are now gathered and deliberating in...
    Attempts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal will fail unless President Joe Biden can guarantee that the U.S. will not again walk away from an agreement, said the head of the country's Supreme National Security Council on Wednesday. Biden arrived back at the White House in the early hours, after discussing how to handle Iran with other world leaders at the G20 summit over the weekend.  He said the U.S. would only renege on a deal if Iran did not meet its commitments.     But Ali Shamkhani, one of the country's most senior security figures who is seen as a modernizer and moderate, suggested that was not good enough and that talks would only succeed if Biden could guarantee he would not abandon a deal.  'The U.S. President, lacking authority, is not ready to give guarantees. If the current status quo continues, the result of negotiations is clear,' he wrote in a tweet. Iran and six world powers began talks in Vienna in April to reinstate the deal, which President Donald Trump abandoned three years ago.  They were suspended after...
    Joe Biden last night led the exodus of world leaders from Glasgow as they jetted home after just 48 hours at the Cop26 summit. Heads of state from across the globe made their exit after an intense start to the week in the Scottish city, but left their negotiation teams behind to continue to thrash out the detail on how to save the world from the perils of climate change. The US President was among those to depart on Tuesday evening, being pictured boarding Air Force One at Edinburgh airport. He waved goodbye to the UK after saying he couldn't think of any two days when more progress has been achieved in dealing with climate. At a press conference before leaving Glasgow, Mr Biden said it was important to step up the pace when it came to tackling global warming. 'Glasgow must be the start of a decisive decade of action so that we can keep 1.5 in the region. We have to keep accelerating our progress,' he said. Joe Biden last night led the exodus of world leaders from Glasgow...
    Glasgow, Scotland (CNN)The mood in Glasgow was optimistic on Tuesday as world leaders wrapped up their high-level summit at the COP26 climate conference. Several major announcements brightened the outlook on whether the meeting can achieve meaningful results.Here's what happened on day two.The big methane pledgeAround 100 nations and parties have signed on to a global pledge to cut methane emissions by 30% of 2020 levels by 2030, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced in Glasgow on Tuesday. Biden announces new methane rules and launches global pledge to slash planet-warming emissionsMethane, which is the main component of natural gas, is an extremely potent greenhouse gas. Invisible and odorless, it has 80 times more warming power in the near-term than carbon dioxide.Read MoreVon der Leyen said cutting the methane emissions "will immediately slow down climate change."Helen Mountford, the vice president of climate and economics at World Resources Institute, an environmental research organization, said cutting methane emissions was essential to prevent the planet from warming beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius, a key threshold identified by scientists."This pledge ... sets a strong...
    President BidenJoe BidenBiden administration takes aim at methane emissions McConnell blasts potential payments to separated migrant families Poll: 50 percent of Republicans don't believe their vote will be counted accurately MORE said Tuesday that no world leaders at the United Nations climate summit asked him if his Build Back Better agenda will pass Congress, and stressed instead the work his administration has made so fair on climate.  Speaking during a press conference before leaving Glasgow, Scotland, the president said during a press conf other members of the United Nations COP26 summit, the 26th annual conference held for global leaders to discuss approaches to climate change, didn't bring up the prospects of his economic and social spending agenda passing. “I didn’t have a single member of this conference come up to me and say, ‘are you going to pass what you have, what do you think?’ ‘How is that going to affect it?’ ‘What are you going to do?’” Biden said. “What they’re looking at is what in fact has happened with everything dealing with deforestation to what we’re going to do on Build...
    By Frank Jordans and Jill Lawless | Associated Press GLASGOW, Scotland — World leaders promised to protect Earth’s forests, cut methane emissions and help South Africa wean itself off coal at the U.N. climate summit Tuesday — part of a flurry of deals intended to avert catastrophic global warming. Britain hailed the commitment by more than 100 countries to end deforestation in the coming decade as the first big achievement of the conference in the Scottish city of Glasgow, known as COP26 — but experts noted such promises have been made and broken before. More than 120 world leaders were heading home after two days in which they received stark warnings about the state of the Earth from Johnson, naturalist David Attenborough, Queen Elizabeth II and — most powerfully — the people of countries and regions already facing climate upheaval. President Joe Biden, center, joins European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, left, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a meeting Tuesday at the COP26 Summit in Glasgow, Scotland. (Steve Reigate/Pool Photo via Associated Press) Johnson said at a news...
    Virginia pastor arrested in prostitution sting Man allegedly killed his daughters boyfriend who he said sold her into sex trafficking ring By Emma Farge © Reuters/POOL COP26 in Glasgow (Reuters) - African leaders demanded at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Tuesday that wealthy countries responsible for the bulk of carbon emissions make good on an earlier pledge to provide $100 billion a year to help poorer countries cope. Load Error Africa, responsible for just 3% of global emissions, is seen as the most vulnerable region to climate change, as evidenced by crippling droughts in Madagascar this year which the United Nations referred to as "climate change famine." Developed countries pledged in 2009 to provide $100 billion by 2020 but it is not currently expected to be met until 2023, although a U.S. envoy and EU official said on Tuesday that it might be possible earlier. "The world promised $100 billion. The world promised more money for adaptation. The world needs to keep its promises," Democratic Republic of Congo's president, Felix Tshisekedi, said at a session...
    Best Amazon Black Friday deals: Check out Amazon’s early deals Boston Marathon Runners Will Be Required to Be Vaccinated for 2022 Race © Provided by People ALASTAIR GRANT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Prince William has taken his mission to repair the planet on the road — latest stop: Glasgow. The Duke of Cambridge has spent his second day of the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference surrounded by the winners and finalists of his inaugural Earthshot Prize Awards. During several events on Tuesday, the prince impressed the urgency of the climate crisis upon attendees — and emphasized his confidence that the Earthshot innovators will be able to make progress and find creative solutions. At the "Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment" event on Tuesday afternoon, he urged the global politicians and business leaders in the audience "to look without fear or despair at the challenges ahead in this crucial decade, and to believe that we humans have the ingenuity to make the seemingly impossible, possible." © Provided by People Chris Jackson/Getty Images As proof of this possibility he introduced all 15 Earthshot finalists, selected...
    President Joe Biden met with Bill Gates on the sidelines of COP26 on Tuesday as America's billionaires jetted into Glasglow for the UN Climate Summit. Jeff Bezos elbow bumped with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson while Mike Bloomberg met with Prince William at the A-list climate event. The two-week long gathering in Glasglow has brought in world leaders, celebrity CEOs, A-list actors and climate activists to discuss ways reduce the planet's temperature by 1.5 degrees. Most bold-faced named jetted in from Rome, where they were attending the G20 summit, to talk climate change. Many have their pet projects, which they are there to promote, and to chat with fellow stars on the sidelines of the climate sessions.  Biden is pushing The First Movers Coalition - a clean energy technology program to combat climate change, a project Gates is supporting.  The two men teamed up to promote the project. 'We need all of us working together. I know you're tired of hearing that said,'- Biden said at the event. 'I want to thank all the private sector for their work.' Gates...
    The 18-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg is unconvinced that anyone at the United Nations climate summit actually cares about climate change. Since the arrival of world leaders in Glasgow, Scotland, for the COP26 climate conference, there has been an explosion of protests throughout the country expressing concerns over climate change. Thunberg was not scheduled to speak at the summit, instead attending a rally to speak her mind on the meeting. Thunberg joined a group of activists at the youth-led Fridays for Future meeting of environmental activists. Thunberg sang in a chant with other protesters that world leaders can "shove your climate crisis up your arse!" EPA MOVES TO REGULATE METHANE EMISSIONS FROM OIL AND GAS "This COP26 is so far just like the previous COPs, and that has led us nowhere. They have led us nowhere," Greta told the crowd. "Inside COP, there are just politicians and people in power pretending to take our future seriously, pretending to take the present seriously of the people who are being affected already today by the climate crisis."...