Trump is targeting China’s national champions on his way out the door

The Trump administration is continuing to inflict damage on China’s prized businesses in its final weeks, with actions that could make it harder for President-elect Joe Biden to rebuild relations once he takes office.



a man standing in front of a building: BINHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 20: Workers at the construction site of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal invested by China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) on October 20, 2020 in Binhai County, Jiangsu Province of China. The first phase of Jiangsu Binhai LNG Terminal project has four same storage tanks, providing a total capacity of 880,000 cubic meters of LNG. (Photo by Li Gen/VCG via Getty Images)


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BINHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 20: Workers at the construction site of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal invested by China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) on October 20, 2020 in Binhai County, Jiangsu Province of China. The first phase of Jiangsu Binhai LNG Terminal project has four same storage tanks, providing a total capacity of 880,000 cubic meters of LNG. (Photo by Li Gen/VCG via Getty Images)

The latest move came Thursday when the US Department of Defense added China’s top chipmaker SMIC, oil giant CNOOC and several other firms to a list of companies that the department claims are owned or controlled by the Chinese military. That means they’re

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RESPEC Wins ACEC National Award for Innovative Eastern South Dakota Flood Information System

Big Sioux River Flood Information System project Receives Praise

RAPID CITY, S.D. (PRWEB) December 03, 2020

When RESPEC provided the state of South Dakota with the Big Sioux River Flood Information System (BSRFIS), we did not expect to win an award. We did what we always do: focused on the client’s needs, community improvement, and the residents’ safety. The BSRFIS advanced through local and state award stages to receive a national Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

In 2014, a flood revealed shortcomings in available data and modeling that prevented state and local authorities from responding appropriately. The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (SD DENR) realized the need for a predictive model and comprehensive flood-mapping system.

RESPEC led the team that created the BSRFIS. We designed the BSRFIS so that observed and forecasted meteorological data fed into a basin-wide hydrologic model. When

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DOJ Sues Facebook, Alleging Discrimination Against American Workers | National News

The Trump administration is suing Facebook, alleging that the social media giant discriminated against American workers in the way it hired foreigners for high-paying positions.

A lawsuit filed Thursday by the Justice Department accuses Facebook of refusing to recruit or consider U.S workers for some 2,600 positions from January 2018 to September 2019, instead reserving those jobs for H-1B temporary work visa holders that the company sponsored for permanent residency, often known as a green card.

Federal law requires companies to demonstrate that there are no qualified U.S. workers for a position before it offers the job to a foreign worker on a temporary visa who the company can then sponsor for an employment-based green card.

DOJ alleges in its lawsuit that Facebook reserved those thousands of jobs for foreign workers it sponsored for green cards through a federal immigration process dubbed PERM. Facebook did not advertise the positions on

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Bill Gates calls for creation of National Institutes of Energy Innovation to better address climate change

Wind power in Washington state. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)

In the midst of one global disaster, Bill Gates is thinking about how to prevent the next. And while the world clearly wasn’t prepared to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Microsoft co-founder thinks there is one solution that could help address climate change.

In a new GatesNotes blog post on Thursday, the Microsoft co-founder is calling for a better national way to evaluate and nurture great ideas around clean energy research. Specifically, Gates would like to see the federal government create the National Institutes of Energy Innovation.

“This the most important thing the U.S. can do to lead the world in innovations that will solve climate change,” Gates said.

Rather than having research and ideas spread across departments such as Energy, Transportation, Defense and even NASA, Gates said the idea would follow the successful model demonstrated by the National

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SpaceX CRS-21 to Launch Multiple Life Science Investigations to International Space Station Under National Lab Sponsorship

SpaceX CRS-21 to Launch Multiple Life Science Investigations to International Space Station Under National Lab Sponsorship

Press Release
From: Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)
Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2020

SpaceX is slated to launch its 21st commercial resupply services (CRS) mission, contracted through NASA, to the International Space Station (ISS) no earlier than December 5 at 11:39 a.m. EST. This is the first-time SpaceX will leverage an upgraded version of the Dragon cargo spacecraft to launch critical research and supplies to the orbiting laboratory. This launch comes on the heels of the successful launch and docking of SpaceX Crew-1, which delivered four astronauts and research to the space station for a six-month science mission. Over the coming months, the Crew-1 astronauts, along with NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, will work on many of the research investigations launching on SpaceX CRS-21 as part of Expedition 64.

Several investigations

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National Effort Prioritizes Advancing Cyberinfrastructure and Research Readiness Among Minority-Serving Institutions

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. and WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Minority Serving-Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC), in collaboration with Internet2, is leading a national effort to help minority-serving institutions identify the science, engineering, health, social science, and humanities education and research priorities that call for increased access to and use of data management and computing resources by the higher education community.

A key component of this collaboration is supporting the dissemination of a survey among presidents, administrative leaders, IT groups, faculty, and staff at nearly 485 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs), and minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to collect a critical data set aimed at guiding priorities and enabling collaborative initiatives in support of cyberinfrastructure improvements. To date, a survey alert message was sent to more than 5,000 individuals to raise awareness among potential participants. The survey will remain open until December 11, 2020.

“The consortium is a

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Ovation Science Secures First National Retailer for DermSafe At “Source For Sports” Locations Across Canada

VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / November 30, 2020 / (CSE:OVAT) (OTC:OVATF) Ovation Science Inc. (“Ovation” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its DermSafe® Hand Sanitizer Lotion is now available in select locations of Source For Sports, a Canadian sporting goods retailer with over 130 locations across Canada.

“We are excited to now have DermSafe available to consumers in multiple provinces across Canada at Source For Sports; a North American sporting goods retailer that focuses on providing expert advice and personalized service to help customers find what fits their game. This distribution of DermSafe is just in time to support a safe back-to-sports environment for everyone during this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mr. Terry Howlett, President of Ovation. “The roll-out of DermSafe to many of the Source For Sports locations across Canada has commenced.” He added, “We were very pleased with the enthusiasm we received about DermSafe from Sports Distributors

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UAE National Day 2020: President Sheikh Khalifa pays tribute to Covid frontliners, talks about optimism and future in address – News

President pays tribute to nation’s frontliners in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has called on the people of the UAE to look to the future with optimism and contribute with ideas and visions that will help the country achieve further progress across all sectors.

On the occasion of the UAE’s 49th National Day, Sheikh Khalifa, in a statement to Nation Shield, the UAE Armed Forces magazine, said that while the nation prepares to celebrate its Golden Jubilee in 2021, the nation’s sons and daughters should be ready to welcome the next 50 years with future visions “that will prepare our country for more development across all sectors, so that by year 2071, the UAE will become the first in the world in global indicators for well-being, happiness and quality of life.”

“Looking to the future with optimism, anticipating

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TechnipFMC commences work on the New Hydrocracking Complex in Egypt for Assiut National Oil Processing Company (ANOPC)


TechnipFMC (NYSE:FTI) (PARIS:FTI) (ISIN:GB00BDSFG982) has successfully completed the remaining conditions required to enable work to commence on the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract with Assiut National Oil Processing Company (ANOPC) for the construction of a new Hydrocracking Complex for the Assiut refinery in Egypt.


As previously announced, this major(1) EPC contract covers new process units such as a Vacuum Distillation Unit, a Diesel Hydrocracking Unit, a Delayed Coker Unit, a Distillate Hydrotreating Unit as well as a Hydrogen Production Facility Unit using TechnipFMC’s steam reforming proprietary technology. The project also includes other process units, interconnecting, offsites and utilities.


The project supports the Egyptian Government’s Energy Transition strategy and will reinforce the economic growth of rural areas while minimizing environmental emissions as well as reducing the government export bill. The complex will transform lower-value petroleum products from Assiut Oil Refining Company’s (ASORC) nearby refinery into approximately

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National Digest: Metal monolith found in Utah desert has vanished

Now the monolith has vanished, leaving the curious with even more questions. The Utah Bureau of Land Management said this weekend that it has heard about “a person or group” removing the object on Friday night.

“We have received credible reports that the illegally installed structure, referred to as the ‘monolith’ has been removed from Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands by an unknown party,” the bureau said in a statement, adding that it does not investigate “crimes involving private property,” such as the monolith.

Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Andy Battenfield confirmed to The Washington Post on Sunday that the structure is gone but said he could not speak to who took it or when.

The Utah Department of Public Safety was surveying sheep by helicopter Nov. 18 when workers discovered the monolith “installed in the ground in a remote area of red rock,” authorities said.

The Department of

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