'We're never going to lock down again,' Trump says in Tampa, as Biden vows in Broward to 'shut down the virus'
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden offered dueling styles and differing priorities in simultaneous Florida rallies Thursday as the coronavirus pandemic worsened just five days before Election Day.The outcome of the deadlocked fight for Florida could determine who holds the keys to the White House.The candidates mocked each other in events that gave dramatically different optics to the ever-shrinking pool of voters left to cast their ballots in Florida.Biden blasted Trump’s handling of the virus at a drive-in event at Broward College’s north campu...
Trudy Rubin: Whether Trump wins or loses, the post-election fight to refresh democracy won't be easy
Last week I got a call from a friend asking if I still had my bulletproof vest from my trips to Iraq over the last decade. She wanted to pass the vest on to a Black lawyer who was traveling to North Carolina to join Democratic poll watchers on Nov. 3, and whose life she feared for.I used to have to travel to places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia or Hong Kong to write about dangerous elections. Not anymore.My friend’s fears were legitimate — coming at a time when President Donald Trump is spewing falsehoods about wide-scale election fraud while encouraging armed white supremacists to support hi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Security law: Why staff at Hong Kong’s public broadcaster may face a choice between editorial independence and allegiance to the gov’t
Civil servants at Hong Kong public broadcasterRTHK will be among those required to pledge allegiance to the Hong Kong government if they are recent recruits, or in line for promotion. But veteran programming staff have told HKFP that the pledge would constitute a “practical deterrence” on editorial decisions. Nevertheless, they intend to comply while the public broadcaster grapples with greater troubles.“You can’t worry too much about it,” a TV programming staffer told HKFP. She said she would not hesitate to sign and declare allegiance to the government. “Though I think my understanding of al...
Hong Kong Free Press
Hong Kong watchdog finds gov’t not making effective use of street cleanliness complaint data
An investigation conducted by the Ombudsman has found the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) failed to make effective use of street cleanliness complaint data to address poor hygiene “hotspots” around the city.Ombudsman Winnie Choi released and announced the findings of the independent probe into the effectiveness of the department’s monitoring of outsourced street cleaning services on Thursday.The report found that a lack of data-sharing and regulatory coordination between the city’s 19 District Environmental Hygiene Offices hampered the department’s ability to effectively monit...
Hong Kong Free Press
FOCUS: Japanese firms may face rocky road ahead on China's policies
Japanese eco-friendly manufacturers have become optimistic about their businesses in China as its President Xi Jinping has promised to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, but the outlook may not be so bright.China's environmental restrictions as well as new economic growth strategy called "dual circulation," designed to bolster the country's domestic demand while trying to increase exports, could pose obstacles for Japanese companies to expand their local operations.Xi's leadership is "seriously eager to tackle environmental issues, so the Chinese market would look very attractive for Japanese ...
Sixers to hire Daryl Morey as president of basketball operations
Continuing a season of major offseason moves, the 76ers will hire Daryl Morey as president of basketball operations, The Inquirer has confirmed.According to sources, Morey met with the Sixers on Monday and Tuesday. He’s expected to return to Philadelphia by the end of the week after finalizing a five-year deal.In his new role, he would be the top decision-maker, while Elton Brand would remain as general manager. Brand has three years left on his contract, according to a source. Assistant GM Ned Cohen will also remain.Alex Rucker, who was demoted, is expected to be let go. He will be with the S...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
UPS 3Q financial results soar ahead of holiday shipping surge
ATLANTA — UPS reported revenue and profit soared in the third quarter as the shipping giant gears up for a holiday surge.The Sandy Springs-based company has already seen demand for package deliveries rise as more consumers shop online amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Adding the rush of holiday shopping on top of that is expected to create an even bigger challenge for UPS and its competitors in the period leading up to Christmas.UPS posted $21.24 billion in revenue in the three months ended Sept. 30, up 16% from a year earlier, as U.S. domestic average daily volume increased 14%. The shipper also ci...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Ford Motor Co. reports $2.4 billion net income in third quarter
DETROIT — Ford Motor Co., fresh with new leadership and touting an upcoming lineup of hot new vehicles, reported a $2.4 billion net income Wednesday for the third quarter of the year, an improvement of $2.0 billion from the same quarter last year.Ford reported that earnings in the quarter before interest and taxes — adjusted EBIT — was $3.6 billion, up from the $1.8 billion reported for the same period in 2019 and $1.7 billion a year earlier. EBIT does not include restructuring and other charges.“We plan to compete like a challenger,” CFO John Lawler said on a media call.From the factory floor...
Detroit Free Press
Coronavirus crisis in the arts: What if concerts, theater and other live events don't come back in 2021?
SAN DIEGO — Theaters from San Diego to Broadway are closed until at least next fall. Festivals have been pushed back to 2021, including Wonderfront and KAABOO in San Diego and Coachella and Stagecoach in Indio, California. The San Diego Symphony and other orchestras across the nation have been largely silenced. Cirque du Soleil has filed for bankruptcy protection and closed down all but one of its 40-plus worldwide productions.The deadly coronavirus pandemic has led to these and other previously unthinkable situations becoming grim realities — from mass quarantines, plummeting economies and co...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Vice president appointment row: The University of Hong Kong has its head in the sand
The fiasco of the appointment of two new vice presidents at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), announced on Tuesday demonstrates the lack of a credible communications strategy at HKU.The episode may also be viewed as the outcome of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) continuing wartime footing in Hong Kong. The CCP appears neither to trust the people of Hong Kong, nor to be willing to share with Hongkongers critical party policy on the governance of Hong Kong.Had there been a communications strategy, the leadership of HKU (President Zhang Xiang and Council Chair Arthur Li) would have been read...
Hong Kong Free Press