Monumental Collision of “Impossible” Black Holes Detected for the First Time – SciTechDaily

  1. Monumental Collision of “Impossible” Black Holes Detected for the First Time  SciTechDaily
  2. Gujarati astrophysicist discovers a black hole that should not exist  Jagran English
  3. What Does It Mean When You Discover A Black Hole That Shouldn’t Even Exist?  Swarajya
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Global Times: Tesla Wreck In Nanchong Killed 2, Has "Raised Doubts" Over Car's Functions, Quality

Global Times: Tesla Wreck In Nanchong Killed 2, Has “Raised Doubts” Over Car’s Functions, Quality

Tyler Durden

Sun, 09/06/2020 – 19:50

Could the ongoing love affair between the Chinese Communist Party and Elon Musk be hitting some speedbumps?

Confirming what appeared to be a horrifying accident in Nanchong yesterday involving a Tesla that ran amok on a city street and left mangled bodies strewn behind it, China’s state owned mouthpiece The Global Times is now “raising doubts” over Tesla’s functions and quality, according to an article published late Saturday. 

The article offers updates on yesterday’s terrifying scene, stating that the car was reportedly being driven by a 51 year old woman and the accident resulted in 2 dead and 6 injured. The possibility of drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs have been excludedaccording to the report. Media outlets claimed that “the car had gone out of control”. 

By raising the issue, The Global Times seems to have possibly given a nod that the government could be concerned as to the origins of the accident. “Some netizens suggested that the driver had made a mistake, but others doubt the effectiveness of Tesla’s autobrake and intelligent driving functions,” the article says. 

The article also notes several other similar incidents involving Tesla vehicles over the last few months:

Tesla cars have reportedly been responsible for several accidents in the past three months, according to a report from autoju.com. On August 17, a driver from Wenzhou, East China’s Zhejiang Province, said his Model 3 suddenly sped up and rushed into the parking lot, damaging about a dozen cars. He also noted that the car’s brake was not working. Another driver from Hangzhou also reported in May that her Tesla once accelerated for no reason. 

Recall, it was only hours after Consumer Reports posted a scathing review of Tesla’s Full Self Driving option that video surfaced on Twitter of what was claimed to be Shuangfu Street in Nanchong City, the scene of where a Tesla allegedly “ran out of control and crashed into multiple cars.”

The videos appended to the Tweets appeared to show bodies strewn throughout the street, police on the scene and concerned onlookers. Reports on Twitter and a report published on NetEase’s news app claimed that 3 people have been killed and 8 people have been injured.

The videos painted a disturbing scene, showing what appear to be lifeless bodies on the street in the aftermath of the event. The video also clearly shows a wrecked black Tesla Sedan, which appears to have rear ended a parked car.

 



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Dustin Johnson extends Tour Championship lead at East Lake

September 6, 2020

(Reuters) – Dustin Johnson posted his best round of the season-ending Tour Championship on Sunday, carding a third-round 64 to sit five shots clear of the field as he guns for his first FedExCup championship.

After misfiring with the driver for most of Saturday, the overnight leader was much better on Sunday, hitting 11 of 14 fairways and is now 19-under for the tournament with Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas tied for second at 14-under.

World number two Jon Rahm is fourth at 13-under and PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa is fifth at 12-under.

World number one Johnson, who has had the 54 hole lead in the last four tournaments he has played in, was the top seed going into East Lake and started 10-under with a two-shot lead due to the staggered scoring system.

Johnson has said the FedExCup championship is the missing piece of his resume, which includes 22 wins on the PGA Tour including the 2016 U.S. Open, and he’ll look to claim the $15 million in prize money in Monday’s finale.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; editing by Toby Davis and Richard Pullin)

Australia turns to idled factories to pull it out of COVID slump

September 6, 2020

SYDNEY (Reuters) – In 2017, the last car Australia built rolled out of a General Motors’ plant in the city of Adelaide, ending seven decades of local automotive history and the belief that the country’s factories could ever compete globally.

Three years later, policymakers are once again looking to manufacturing to generate some growth as they scramble to drive the economy through the coronavirus and out of its deepest slump on record.

While Australians are unlikely to buy millions of locally made cars, refrigerators and toasters as they did in the 20th century, a government push that puts manufacturing at the centre of its longer-term recovery plan has strong industry support and has kindled ventures that would have seemed far-fetched half a year earlier.

Behind the pivot is a realisation that Australia has been too reliant on Asia for the supply of essential goods. A recent worsening in relations with China, Australia’s biggest trading partner, has only strengthened that view.

“If you look at it over time, we have been running down our manufacturing and we’re at this point of inflexion – we’re saying maybe we shouldn’t be doing that,” said Drew Woodhouse, a Sydney-based consultant at Bain & Company who looks at supply chain issues.

For many, the coronavirus has shown that the benefits of globalisation, namely low tariffs and cheap labour, are limited when the world economy grinds to a halt.

That has prompted many in the industry to seriously consider bringing operations onshore, even if it means some costs go up.

What businesses say is needed longer-term are reforms that reduce energy costs, encourage innovation and cut red tape for investment.

Andrew Liveris, former head of U.S. industrial giant Dow Chemicals, returned to his native Australia earlier this year to join Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s manufacturing advisory taskforce.

“We have a lot of confusion about how to get investment approved here,” Liveris told Reuters. “So we have to adopt a business-friendly environment to attract foreign direct investment to an economy that can punch above its weight in terms of quality research and quality technologies.”

(RE)START YOUR ENGINES

Scarred by critical shortages during World War Two, Australia expanded its factory sector in following years, heavily protected by tariffs.

By the end of the century, however, production had largely drifted offshore as businesses and politicians embraced globalisation’s upsides.

In 2019, manufacturing accounted for just 5% of gross domestic product, down from about 25% in 1960, while its share of the labour force has fallen to 7% from 17% in 1984.

Liveris said manufacturing should make up closer to 15% to 20% of GDP.

While some economists see that as an ambitious target, the shift in thinking has galvanised some early movers.

H2X, a startup formed in May, is looking to resurrect local automobile production by making hydrogen cars in Port Kembla, a smelting town about 100km south of Sydney.

Brendan Norman, the company’s chief executive who previously worked on hydrogen cars in China, expects a prototype to be ready later this year and production to start in 2022. The operation is looking to employ 100 people by the end of this year, which could ramp up to 5,000 by 2025.

Norman said production could use 80% local content by 2024. That bet is based on a belief that Australia already has most of the skills and materials needed to make items such as supercapacitors and fuel cells, even if the manufacturing scale is not there yet.

“Australia can certainly compete in this because it is high-tech manufacturing and this is something that we feel we should be able to encourage to come back,” he said.

“If we’re producing the bulk of the world’s hydrogen, I’d like to think that we can produce the tools that are required to use it properly.”

SCOPE FOR REFORM

H2X’s plan relies less on low labour costs that offshore production provides and more on the value of intellectual property, like Germany’s high-tech factory sector.

Visy Industries, a recycling and packaging company, expanded into glass manufacturing in a deal worth almost A$1 billion ($730.80 million).

That move comes as China’s recent curbs on waste imports forces Australia to come up with innovative ways of dealing with its garbage.

One of the central proposals of the manufacturing taskforce is to lower energy costs by boosting distribution.

Australian businesses are paying about 50% more for natural gas than its export customers, the country’s competition watchdog said.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said last week that policies that foster entrepreneurship and cut red tape will be key in next month’s national budget.

Tony Shepherd, former chairman of infrastructure firm Transfield Services, said Australia needed to use the crisis to better streamline investment policies across the multiple layers of government.

“We couldn’t even produce the basic medical supplies and we were worried about toilet paper,” he said, referring to the panic buying of toilet tissue earlier this year. “If that isn’t enough of a wake up call for politicians to get going, I don’t know what is.”

(Editing by Kim Coghill)

Top U.S. Senate Democrat seeks probe into postmaster general’s campaign finance practices

September 6, 2020

By Jan Wolfe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called on Sunday for the North Carolina attorney general to probe allegations published in the Washington Post that U.S Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s former company reimbursed employees for political donations.

“These are very serious allegations that must be investigated immediately,” Schumer wrote in reference to the Post story on Sunday about New Breed Logistics, a North Carolina-based company that DeJoy led from 1983 to 2014 when it was acquired by XPO Logistics.

A spokesman for DeJoy said he sought and received expert legal advice “to ensure that he, New Breed Logistics and any person affiliated with New Breed fully complied with any and all laws.”

DeJoy, a donor to President Donald Trump, has been in the political spotlight after ordering operational changes and a clampdown on overtime in a bid to fix the financially troubled U.S. Postal Service.

Democrats have accused him of deliberately disrupting the Postal Service just as millions of Americans consider whether to cast their ballots by mail in the Nov. 3 presidential election.

The Post reported that five former New Breed employees, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said they were urged by DeJoy’s aides or by the chief executive himself to write checks and attend fundraisers at his mansion. They told the newspaper that DeJoy later reimbursed them through bonuses.

“Louis was a national fundraiser for the Republican Party. He asked employees for money. We gave him the money, and then he reciprocated by giving us big bonuses,” said David Young, the company’s longtime director of human resources, who is now retired but had access to payroll records at New Breed from the late 1990s to 2013, according to the Post report.

Directly or indirectly reimbursing employee campaign contributions violates federal election laws. The arrangement is sometimes used to evade limits on campaign contributions.

DeJoy “was never notified by the New Breed employees referenced by the Washington Post of any pressure they might have felt to make a political contribution, and he regrets if any employee felt uncomfortable for any reason,” his spokesman said.

Josh Stein, the North Carolina attorney general, said in a statement on Sunday that he could not comment on specific cases but that “any credible allegations of such actions merit investigation by the appropriate state and federal authorities.”

A spokesman for XPO Logistics said that the company “stays out of politics” and that staff have the same “right as anyone else to support candidates of their choosing in their free time,” according to the Post.

(Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Michelle Price and Peter Cooney)

‘I judge a man by his actions’: VA secretary says Trump's pro-troop policies belie media narrative that he disparaged veterans

US Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie dismissed media reports that Donald Trump disparaged the nation’s war dead as “losers,” saying the president honors those who fought for the country by taking real steps to help them.

“I judge a man by his actions, and the actions have been beneficial to veterans all across this country in ways we’ve not seen since the end of World War II,” Wilkie said Sunday in a CNN interview.

Wilkie said that Trump has led a “renaissance” at the VA, ending decades of negligence in providing prompt and proper medical care to the nation’s veterans. He said veterans now give the VA a 90 percent approval rating for its services, up from 37 percent under the Obama administration.

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CNN host Dana Bash pressed Wilkie on how he could disbelieve the media stories on Trump, which began with the Atlantic reporting on Thursday that the president called US soldiers who died in war “losers” and “suckers.” She said the Associated Press, Fox and CNN have all confirmed the story.

But Wilkie said the articles were anonymously sourced. The “confirmation” stories were confirmation that anonymous allegations were made – not that Trump actually disparaged the troops. Former and current Trump officials who spoke on the record denied the allegations.

“Anonymous are the same people that brought you fake heart attacks, fake strokes, Russian collusion,” Wilkie said.

Bash said the allegations fit a “pattern of public statements” by Trump because he called US Senator John McCain a loser in 2015 and said McCain was wrong to be considered a war hero for being captured by the North Vietnamese. The CNN host’s implication was that Trump’s dislike of McCain, who died in 2018, equated to disrespecting veterans.

Wilkie, who also had close ties to McCain and is an admirer of both he and Trump, said: “I understand politics. I understand name calling. All I can say is, the proof in the pudding for us is what happened to veterans in the last three years, the renaissance.”

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Death knell sounds for some of Japan’s oldest department stores

September 6, 2020

TOKYO (Reuters) – After more than three centuries in business, the Onuma department store in northern Japanese city of Yamagata began bankruptcy proceedings this year – one of many distinguished department stores across the country in dire straits.

Known for fancy food halls, luxury items, impeccable service and, in their heyday, rooftop attractions to entertain families, Japan’s department stores have been in a long slow decline as shopping habits change.

Now the coronavirus pandemic, just as it has forced U.S. retailers such as Lord & Taylor and Neiman Marcus into bankruptcy, is hammering nails into coffins for some – particularly those in regional areas.

Last month, 146-year-old Nakago closed the doors of its last remaining store in Fukushima city, also in the north, while Izutsuya Co Ltd, a chain in the southern city of Kita Kyushu, shuttered one of its two main stores.

“Everyone agrees it’s very disappointing, but the truth is that people haven’t been shopping at these stores lately,” said Shuhei Yamashita, a retail consultant who hopes to buy the Onuma department store from creditors and turn it around.

This year, with consumers wary of shopping and tourism decimated amid the pandemic, sales have plunged. Industry sales dropped by a fifth in July from a year earlier and policymakers fear more store closures and bankruptcies are inevitable.

Even before this year’s woes, Japanese department stores have struggled to stay relevant, selling items such as $10,000 kimonos and posh tableware to maintain their cachet even as consumer tastes have turned towards more informal items. At the same time, consumers have taken much of their shopping online.

Both industry-wide sales and store numbers have tumbled 30% since 1999. Some of the country’s 203 department stores have also drastically shrunk floor space by bringing in other tenants.

Big national chains and stores in major cities haven’t been immune. Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd, for example, has closed several stores over the past decade and said in March it would close a Mitsukoshi store in downtown Tokyo next year.

However, it is the prospects for regional stores and the implications for their local economies – already wracked by decades of deflation, anaemic growth and an exodus of young people searching for better jobs – which are causing the most concern.

Policymakers fret store failures may sow seeds of crisis, exacerbating pain felt throughout a local economy to the point that beleaguered regional lenders will not be able to cope with increases in non-performing loans.

“Closures will weigh on property prices, jobs and many other aspects of an already weakening regional economy,” said a government official with expertise in regional finance, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the frontrunner to become the country’s new prime minister this month, has made revitalising regional economies a key policy priority.

But whether any of the government’s pledge of $2.2 trillion in stimulus for pandemic-hit companies finds its way to department stores remains an open question with some government officials and politicians privately saying that the money needs to be funnelled towards more viable industries.

EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED

In Yamagata, the future of the Onuma department store remains unclear. Although Yamashita’s company is keen to keep the store going, creditors could opt to sell to a higher-paying bidder.

Some locals seem resigned to Onuma’s failure, saying it had failed to keep up with changing lifestyles including the rise of online retailers and faster transport links to bigger cities.

“Infrastructure, transportation, lifestyles, information, culture, values – everything has changed,” Takashi Inoue, president of a metal processing company in Yamagata, wrote in a blog as he lamented Onuma’s bankruptcy.

For now, Yamashita’s company is helping to keep the store open through the end of September, although the food hall is closed and shoppers are limited to browsing for deals among household items and clothes he has gathered from various warehouses.

Still, Yamashita isn’t giving up hope that creditors will be convinced by his plans to revamp the store.

“It’s a place people once loved,” he said. “It will be a shame if it becomes just another high-rise development.”

(Reporting by Ritsuko Ando and Leika Kihara; Additional reporting by Takaya Yamaguchi, Yoshifumi Takemoto and Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

Dustin Johnson shoots 6-under 64 | Round 3 | TOUR Championship 2020 – PGA TOUR

  1. Dustin Johnson shoots 6-under 64 | Round 3 | TOUR Championship 2020  PGA TOUR
  2. Dustin Johnson is hard enough to beat without giving him a few strokes  ESPN
  3. 2020 Tour Championship prize money, FedEx Cup payout: How the $45 million purse will be split at East Lake  CBS Sports
  4. Johnson finds fairway, opens up big Tour Championship lead  Atlanta Journal Constitution
  5. Can anyone catch Dustin Johnson? | Golf Channel | Morning Drive  Golf Channel
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What’s open and closed on Labor Day 2020 – WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

  1. What’s open and closed on Labor Day 2020  WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland
  2. What stores are open Labor Day? Lowe’s, Walmart, Target, Kohl’s and JCPenney are, but Costco is closed Monday  USA TODAY
  3. Are Liquor Stores Open on Labor Day? See Opening Hours  Newsweek
  4. Labour Day 2020: What’s open and what’s closed in the Halifax area  CBC.ca
  5. What is open and closed on Labour Day Monday in Toronto  CTV Toronto
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Top U.S. Senate Democrat seeks probe into postmaster general's campaign finance practices

Top U.S. Senate Democrat seeks probe into postmaster general's campaign finance practicesSenate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called on Sunday for the North Carolina attorney general to probe allegations published in the Washington Post that U.S Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s former company reimbursed employees for political donations. “These are very serious allegations that must be investigated immediately,” Schumer wrote in reference to the Post story on Sunday about New Breed Logistics, a North Carolina-based company that DeJoy led from 1983 to 2014 when it was acquired by XPO Logistics.



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Asia stocks higher; shares of SMIC in Hong Kong plummet as U.S.-China tech tensions rise – CNBC

  1. Asia stocks higher; shares of SMIC in Hong Kong plummet as U.S.-China tech tensions rise  CNBC
  2. US weighs blacklisting top Chinese chipmaker  Reuters
  3. U.S. considers blacklisting China’s largest chipmaker as tech tensions escalate  CNBC
  4. Cut Chinese firms in eye of the storm a break: Global Times editorial  Global Times
  5. A ban on SMIC will affect Huawei, Qualcomm and dozens of others  South China Morning Post
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'It was 29 seconds late': State bars GOP voter statement

(AP) — The Oregon Republican Party’s statement for the state voters’ pamphlet arrived 29 seconds too late and won’t appear in the guide mailed to voters for the November election, officials say.

Laura Fosmire, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Bev Clarno, said deadlines apply equally to everyone.

“Anyone wishing to submit information to the Voters’ Pamphlet has several weeks to do so and we recommend avoiding waiting until the last minute for this reason,” she said in a statement.

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UK's Johnson planning to override parts of Brexit withdrawal agreement – New York Post

  1. UK’s Johnson planning to override parts of Brexit withdrawal agreement  New York Post
  2. Boris Johnson: Britain will move on if there’s no Brexit deal  Politico
  3. Brexit: Ministers plan laws overriding part of withdrawal deal  BBC News
  4. The Observer view on Boris Johnson’s disastrous path to a Covid-19 Brexit  The Guardian
  5. FINALLY a man who truly gets Brexit is running the show! Tough luck Mr Barnier  Express
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