Biden supports Germany, Japan, India as permanent members of reformed UNSC: White House official

US President Joe Biden supports Germany, Japan and India as permanent members of a reformed United Nations Security Council, a senior administration official has said.

At the same time, a lot of work needs to be done on this matter, the official told reports on Wednesday on condition of anonymity.

“We have historically supported and continue to support the idea that Germany, Japan and India should be permanent members of the Security Council,” the official said in response to a question.

Biden bets on the reforms of the United Nations Security Council
Earlier on Wednesday, President Joe Biden in his speech to the UN General Assembly reiterated his commitment to reform the UN Security Council.

Mr. Biden said that he believes the time has come for the institution to become more inclusive so that it can better respond to the needs of today’s world.

Members of the UN Security Council, including the United States, must consistently uphold and uphold the United Nations Charter and refrain from the use of the veto, except in rare and extraordinary situations, to ensure that the Council remains credible and effective, He said.

“That is also why the United States supports increasing the number of permanent and non-permanent representatives on the Council. This includes permanent positions for those nations that we have long supported,” Biden said.

Hong Kong says will scrap COVID hotel quarantine from September 26

Hong Kong said it will lift its controversial COVID-19 hotel quarantine policy for all arrivals from September 26, more than two-and-a-half years after it was first implemented, in a move long-awaited by many residents and companies in the financial center.

All international arrivals will be allowed to return home or to accommodation of their choice, but will need to self-monitor for three days after entering the Chinese special administrative center.

They will be allowed to go to work or school but will not be allowed into bars or restaurants during the period. A pre-flight PCR test that was required for travelers to Hong Kong 48 hours before flight will be replaced with a rapid antigen test.

The former British colony is a global outlier outside of mainland China in imposing hotel quarantine for international arrivals, in line with the country’s “zero dynamic” COVID strategy.

Business groups, diplomats and many residents have criticized the city’s rules on COVID-19, saying they threaten Hong Kong’s competitiveness and position as a global financial center.

Johnny Depp Is Dating His Former UK Lawyer Joelle Rich

ET has confirmed that the Pirates of the Caribbean star is dating Joelle Rich, the UK lawyer who represented him in his libel suit against The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers, after the outlet published an article in April. 2018 referring to Depp as a “wife beater”. “Depp lost that lawsuit in November 2020 after the judge in the case ruled that The Sun proved that what he published in the article was “substantially true”.

Just over four months later, the UK court would deny the actor’s request to appeal the ruling. At the time, Rich of Schillings Partners told Deadline that he “seriously questioned” the UK court’s decision and that the actor hoped to “present the full and irrefutable evidence of the truth in the US libel case.” against Ms. Heard, where you will have to provide full disclosure.”

While she was not part of Depp’s legal team that assembled for the six-week case in Fairfax County, Virginia, which resulted in Depp’s landslide victory in court, Rich did make at least two appearances, reportedly in one show of support. She was photographed at least twice in May, once outside the courthouse with Depp, who was showing her something on her phone, and again inside the courtroom when she was seen hugging one of Depp’s lawyers. Depp, Camille Vasquez.

Bill and Melinda Gates Reunite for Their Charitable Foundation 1 Year After Divorce

Bill Gates and his ex-wife, Melinda French Gates, are showing their dedication to philanthropy. The former couple showed this week that they are still committed to working together to bring about positive change in the world.

Bill and Melinda, who finalized their high-profile divorce in August 2021, met at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers 2022 event in New York City on Tuesday and Wednesday, which was held in person for the first time. time after two two-year hiatus in the midst of the pandemic.

The pair attended the Goalkeepers 2022 Global Goals Awards ceremony and posed alongside honorees, including a climate change activist, journalist, non-profit organizer and the President of the European Commission.

Melinda spoke to Bloomberg TV prior to the event and discussed how she and her ex-husband continue to work collaboratively on their foundation and her many endeavors.

“We met for the first time with our board of directors last week in person,” Melinda shared. “What I think everyone would tell you is that Bill and Melinda remain fully committed to this institution and working together effectively. And that’s what we’re doing today.”

Bill and Melinda announced in early May 2021 that they decided to end their marriage after 27 years. The two had been married since January 1994 and share three children together. Three months later, their divorce was finalized.

Last May, Bill spoke openly about the divorce in an interview with The Times of Britain, saying: “I feel lucky to be able to work with her… We have the annual staff meeting at the Foundation and the Giving Pledge and the meeting annual in June that she and I organized together.

The most memorable pop culture portrayals of Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, died on September 8 at age 96, just a few months after her 70th anniversary on the throne. Her long time on her throne is a feat that we are unlikely to see again in our lifetimes. She became queen in February 1952 (although she wasn’t officially crowned until 1953) at the age of 25, and her decades of rule have seen great social and cultural changes in Britain and around the world. But one thing that remained constant was the media’s desire to portray and understand royalty, to dig beneath that carefully cultivated mask of duty and honor. Beginning largely with comedic spoofs and skits, pop culture depictions of the Queen have eventually evolved into more dramatic takes, seeking to understand the humanity beneath the crown. Here’s a look at our favorite pop culture portrayals of the Queen.

Greyson Chance says Ellen DeGeneres ‘abandoned’ him: ‘I’ve never met someone more manipulative’

In 2010, when the singer-songwriter was in sixth grade, he became an overnight sensation after a video of his high school performance of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” went viral on YouTube. The clip caught the attention of DeGeneres, who invited him to his daytime talk show, introduced him to industry executives and signed him to his record label, all within the same year.

But in an interview with Rolling Stone published Thursday, Chance, 25, said the glitz and glamor of superstardom quickly faded as DeGeneres took over his career. “My whole week, my whole month, my whole year could change [with] one text from her,” he told the outlet. “That was horrible.”

After joining DeGeneres’ record label, Chance said she became “overbearing and overly controlling,” making decisions for him right down to his stage attire. “She would walk in and look at a coat rack, yell at the stylists, scold the people in front of me and say, ‘This is what you wear on the show,’” she said. “She just she was putting people down.”

A representative for DeGeneres declined to comment to EW about Chance’s comments. A representative for Chance had no additional comment.

Chance also alleged to Rolling Stone that DeGeneres “completely abandoned” him and stopped taking calls from him after his first EP flopped in 2012. That year, his label and crew dropped him. While he independently released his own music and made multiple appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show through 2019, Chance said his interactions with the titular host became much less friendly.

Reflecting on her final appearance on the show, Chance described the studio as a “site of active trauma” and criticized DeGeneres for discussing her sexuality during the interview. (Chance came out as gay in 2017.)

“[When I came out,] I hadn’t talked to her in years… That’s so complicated, now you’re showing the world like we’re so close. We’re so good,” Chance said. “And behind the scenes, you are this incredibly manipulative person.”

Chance’s depiction of DeGeneres contrasts sharply with her once squeaky clean public image and her motto “Be nice,” though the singer isn’t the first person to criticize her behind-the-scenes behavior. In the summer of 2020, current and former Ellen employees criticized the show for promoting a “toxic work environment” filled with racism, intimidation, and fear. An internal investigation ensued, three executives left the show, and DeGeneres apologized to her staff multiple times. In May 2021, DeGeneres announced that her show would end after its 19th season. The final episode was this past May.

In her interview with Rolling Stone, Chance said that Ellen’s producers asked him to come back one last time during the final season, but he turned them down. “How am I supposed to sit back and say I’m so thankful and let her have that moment?” he said.

Chance added, “I couldn’t do that. So I turned down a concert on national TV on the eve of an album release, which is probably not a smart thing to do, but I had to do it for my integrity.”

After Student’s Death, LA Schools to Carry Overdose Antidote

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Unified School District will provide all of its schools with a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses, after at least seven teens overdosed on pills likely laced with fentanyl in recent weeks, including a 15 year old girl. who died on a high school campus.

“We have an urgent crisis on our hands,” District Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said at a press conference on Thursday.

The nation’s second-largest school district will also begin an educational campaign that includes parent outreach and peer counseling to warn students about the dangers of fentanyl.

Police said at least seven teenagers overdosed in the past month after taking pills that likely contained fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. The drug is frequently mixed into illicit pills that look like prescription painkillers or other medications.

The most recent overdose occurred on Saturday and police are investigating whether those pills were related to Melanie Ramos’ fatal overdose on Sept. 13 in a bathroom at Bernstein High School in Hollywood. The school was open that night for soccer and volleyball games, authorities said.

She and a classmate bought a fentanyl-containing pill from another youth, believing it to be the prescription painkiller Percocet, then took the drug on campus and lost consciousness, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore told the newspaper. City Police Commission on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, paramedics responded to separate calls reporting possible overdoses by two teenagers in the Lexington Park area, less than a half-mile (0.8 kilometers) from Bernstein High and a cluster of other schools. The teenagers are believed to have been students at the schools.

Police last week arrested two boys, ages 15 and 16, in connection with Ramos’ death and other drug sales in the area. The younger boy was taken into custody on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, police said.

However, Moore said the teens were “just pawns being used by adults and drug trafficking organizations,” and authorities were trying to find the supplier.

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White House Hosts Local Officials, Touts Impact of Policies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House launched a new effort Thursday to show local governments what they can do for their communities, inviting North Carolina officials to highlight funding opportunities and hear firsthand how they’re doing. to coronavirus relief, infrastructure dollars and other policies at the local level.

“We’re entering a phase of our administration where we can do more in terms of convening at the White House,” said Julie Rodriguez, director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. “It is incredibly inspiring for us to get closer to the impact we are having on the daily lives of Americans.”

One of the key messages from the visit by North Carolina officials is the recovery of manufacturing. Steady hiring since the middle of last year brought total US manufacturing jobs to 12.85 million, the most since late 2008 when the financial crisis led to more than 2 million layoffs in the sector.

The North Carolina officials and group discussed Wolfspeed’s plans to invest $5 billion in building a silicon chip factory that is projected to create about 1,800 jobs in the state.

That discussion followed the first group visit by Ohio officials recently. President Joe Biden spoke earlier this month at the groundbreaking for a new Intel plant near Columbus. Both Ohio and North Carolina have open Senate seats this year.

Thursday’s noon included Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan, who is from North Carolina. Rodriguez and Keisha Lance Bottoms, a former Atlanta mayor who is now a White House senior adviser, are also expected to speak to the group.

More than 50 North Carolina officials attended, including U.S. Representative Kathy Manning, state legislators, the mayors of Charlotte, Wilmington, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Concord, Kinston and Durham, as well as leaders from Wake and Guilford counties.

Just as administration officials want to hear local stories, they also want to emphasize the potential opportunities local governments could have because of the bipartisan infrastructure law, incentives to develop computer chips and scientific research, and the recent package to encourage climate friendly energy. sources and limit the prices of prescription drugs.

As part of the day’s events, the White House connected those officials with regional media outlets in a sign that they are trying to get the message out to the general public. That will be crucial in terms of political messages. Republicans seeking control of the House and Senate have blamed high inflation on Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package, while the administration says prices are a byproduct of global events like the pandemic and the coronavirus crisis. Russian invasion of Ukraine in February.

The White House says its efforts have helped workers by quickly reducing unemployment rates to a low of 3.7%, but the Republican view is that consumer prices are up 8.3% from a year ago and the main concern of voters. Gasoline prices have fallen since peaking in June, but the Federal Reserve estimated on Wednesday that unemployment is likely to rise to reduce inflation.

“The inflation rate stabilizing above 8% doesn’t mean families are taking a breather, it means the exact opposite,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said in a speech to the Senate on Monday. “It means that families continue to see prices go up and up all the time.”

Economic Indicators Continue to Drop, Signaling Possible Recession

The business organization’s leading economic index fell 0.3% in the month, following a 0.5% decline in July. It is now down 2.7% in the last six months after a 1.7% gain in the previous six months.

Wall St falls to two-month lows as recession fears mount
“The US LEI declined for the sixth month in a row, which could signal a recession,” Ataman Ozyildirim, senior director of economics, told the board. “Among the index components, only initial jobless claims and the yield spread contributed positively over the past six months, and the yield spread contribution has narrowed recently.”

Ozyildirim said the strong job market is likely to continue to weaken in the coming months, raising the likelihood of an economic downturn.

“In fact, the average workweek in manufacturing has shrunk in four of the last six months, a notable sign as companies cut hours before reducing their workforce,” he added. “Economic activity will continue to slow more broadly across the US economy and is likely to contract.”

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The index is yet another sign that the economy is slowing in the face of higher interest rates from the Federal Reserve. The central bank raised rates again on Wednesday, while signaling more hikes are to come. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has acknowledged that his attempts to contain inflation will cause “pain” for both consumers and businesses.

“There is no way of knowing definitively when or at what level the Fed’s benchmark rate will peak, but there should be no doubt that policymakers are firmly focused on bringing inflation back under control, even if it results in the total job losses and a recession.” said Jim Baird, chief investment officer at Plante Moran Financial Advisors. “After yesterday’s third consecutive rise of 0.75%, another 1.25% still seems to be on the cards for the end of the year.”

On Thursday, the Labor Department reported that weekly jobless claims rose slightly last week but are still in a range that reflects a strong job market. Other components of the economy, notably the housing market, are collapsing under the higher interest rate regime the Fed has adopted.

Also Thursday, mortgage rates hit their highest level since 2008, when the country was in the midst of the Great Recession.

“For housing markets, higher borrowing costs are the very remedy the Fed prescribes to cool demand and lower overheated prices,” said George Ratiu, manager of economic research at Realtor.com.

“Monetary tightening is achieving its intended purpose, with existing home sales down for seven straight months and August sales prices down 6% from their June high,” Ratiu added. “While sales prices were still higher than a year ago, growth moderated to single digits, a clear sign that the exponential growth of recent years has slowed.”

Alleged Nazi Sympathizer Gets Four Years in Prison Over U.S. Capitol Attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A New Jersey man who was accused of sympathizing with the Nazis and was convicted in May on charges related to the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, has been sentenced to four years in prison. Thursday. the Justice Department said.

Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, 32, of Colts Neck, New Jersey, was sentenced in the District of Columbia on felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from his actions during the attack on Capitol Hill, the Justice Department said in a statement.

In May, a federal jury found him guilty on all five counts he faced, including obstructing an official proceeding.

Hale-Cusanelli is a former member of the US Army Reserves who worked as a Navy contractor with a “secret” security clearance and access to weapons, prosecutors said.

An informant told investigators that Hale-Cusanelli was “an avowed white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer” who had posted videos online espousing extreme political views, the Justice Department had previously alleged in court documents.

Video footage of the riot showed Hale-Cusanelli yelling at police officers outside the Capitol complex and entering the building after he was raped.

Thousands of supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in a failed attempt to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. The attack followed months of false claims by Trump that he had won the 2020 election. .

Hale-Cusanelli’s defense attorney argued that his client did not realize Congress was counting electoral votes on Jan. 6, 2021, and therefore lacked criminal intent.

The Justice Department says it has arrested more than 870 people for crimes related to the Capitol breach, including more than 265 who were charged with assault or impeding law enforcement.