Biden will stop Trump’s border wall construction, but there will be maintenance

“We’re looking at project timelines, estimated construction completion and looking to prioritize segments of the wall to minimize the potential threats created by a stoppage,” said one senior CBP official involved in the conversations.

At several locations along the border, crews have been working around-the-clock to install as much of the 30-foot steel bollard fencing as possible before Trump leaves office and the paychecks cease. The companies will be entitled to compensation from the Biden administration for the “demobilization” costs of withdrawing crews and equipment, but the contracts have a termination clause that allows the government to break the deals, said Raini Brunson, a spokeswoman for the Army Corps, which oversees the private companies building the barrier.

“The termination clause permits the government to exercise its right to terminate the contract for its convenience,” Brunson said. “If terminated for convenience, the contractor is entitled to submit a request for termination

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5G: Telecoms firms get new deadline to stop installing Huawei kit

Telecoms providers won’t be allowed to install equipment provided by Huawei in their 5G networks from the end of September 2021, according to a new roadmap published by the government. 

The document lays out the steps that telecoms companies will need to take in the next few years to remove high-risk vendors from their networks, and puts forward a timeline to specifically phase out Huawei from the country’s future 5G infrastructure.  

Earlier this year, the UK government ruled that Huawei’s equipment should be completely removed from the country’s 5G networks by 2027. As part of the ruling, it was determined that operators should stop buying new kit from Huawei from January 2021.  

Now, operators will also be required to refrain from installing equipment from the Chinese supplier from next September. Maintaining old equipment, however, will still be allowed. 

The new deadline will likely tackle concerns that operators might stockpile Huawei

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UK, France sign new deal to stop illegal migration across Channel

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Home Secretary Priti Patel speaks, October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and France signed a new agreement to try to stop illegal migration across the Channel on Saturday, upping patrols and technology in the hope of closing off a dangerous route used by migrants to try to reach the UK on small boats.

UK interior minister Priti Patel said that under the deal, the number of officers patrolling French beaches would double, and new equipment including drones and radar would be employed.

This year, hundreds of people, including some children, have been caught crossing to southern England from makeshift camps in northern France – navigating one of the world’s busiest shipping routes in overloaded rubber dinghies. Some migrants have drowned.

Patel said in statement that the agreement represented a step forward in the pair’s mission to make channel crossings unviable.

“Thanks to more

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Credit Suisse says regulatory risks are unlikely to stop China’s tech companies from growing in 2021

  • China’s equity and bond markets are set to give investors progressively greater opportunities in 2021, according to Credit Suisse.
  • One of the main growth areas in China’s markets is the technology sector, according to Ray Farris, chief investment officer for South Asia at Credit Suisse.
  • The technology landscape in China is fiercely competitive where established tech giants regularly fend off new rivals trying to take away chunks of their market share.



a man looking at the camera: An investor looks at screens showing stock market movements at a securities company in Nanjing in China's eastern Jiangsu province on July 6, 2020.


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An investor looks at screens showing stock market movements at a securities company in Nanjing in China’s eastern Jiangsu province on July 6, 2020.

SINGAPORE — China’s equity and bond markets are set to give investors progressively greater opportunities in 2021, according to Credit Suisse.

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Chinese markets offer “high rates of growth at still attractive valuations,” the Swiss investment bank said in its 2021 outlook report. The world’s second-largest economy is predicted to

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COVID-19 testing in Mass. is ‘far short’ of levels needed to stop the spread

Another takeaway: A ramped-up testing infrastructure will remain crucial to public health, well after vaccines are widely available.

“It’s not at the pace we would have expected,” said Donna Hochberg, a partner at consultancy Health Advances who leads the firm’s diagnostics practice. “Testing really does help control the pandemic.”

Bain Capital cochair Steve Pagliuca, who leads the tech council’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, hosted the event on Monday. The tech council’s main goal is to educate employers and public leaders about the continued need to focus on testing strategies even as the fight against COVID-19 enters a new phase with the arrival of vaccines. In its latest report on the issue, the tech council recommended that federal, state, and local governments develop a systematic, expanded testing regime using multiple kinds of tests and employing public-private partnerships.

Pagliuca, also a co-owner of the Boston Celtics, noted how the number of

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Why You Should Stop Texting From Your Android Messages App

If you’re a user of Google’s Messages app on your Android smartphone, then you will now likely have the RCS update intended to bring standard text messaging into the current century. RCS is now available in all major countries except China, Russia and Iran. Building on standard SMS capabilities, this adds chat functionality to compete with WhatsApp and iMessage. But, in truth, it doesn’t compete at all. There’s a glaring issue that doesn’t look like being properly fixed anytime soon. This is now bad enough that you should now go use something else.

The issue, of course, is end-to-end encryption. Six months ago, reports emerged that Google was developing this level of security to upgrade RCS. As of this week, this is now finally available for public beta testing. On the surface, its intent is to deliver Android users with an iMessage alternative. But there is a glaring issue—and

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Nurses, hospitals and doctor groups urge public in open letter to ‘celebrate responsibly’ during the holidays to stop Covid-19

As Covid-19 cases rise across the country, leading U.S. medical and health organizations called on the American public to celebrate safely this holiday season.



a group of people walking down the street: People wait in a line stretching around a block outside a CityMD urgent care clinic offering COVID-19 testing in Brooklyn on Nov. 18, 2020.


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People wait in a line stretching around a block outside a CityMD urgent care clinic offering COVID-19 testing in Brooklyn on Nov. 18, 2020.

The American Medical Association (AMA), American Hospital Association (AHA), and the American Nurses Association (ANA) issued an open letter Thursday urging Americans to scale back on traditional gatherings to stop the spread of Covid-19.

“With Thanksgiving and the holiday season fast approaching and a deadly Covid-19 pandemic surging, we — the physicians, nurses, hospital and health system leaders and public health professionals on the front lines of this pandemic — strongly urge everyone throughout our country to celebrate responsibly, in a scaled-back fashion that limits the virus’s spread, to help reduce the risk of infecting friends, family and

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Simulations suggest geoengineering would not stop global warming if greenhouse gasses continue to increase

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A trio of researchers, two with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the other the California Institute of Technology, developed computer simulations suggesting that using geoengineering to cool the planet would not be enough to overcome greenhouse effects if emissions continue at the current rate. Tapio Schneider, Colleen Kaul and Kyle Pressel have published their results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


As scientists have become frustrated with the lack of progress toward greenhouse gas emission reductions, some are championing other ways to save the planet. One approach involves geoengineering—altering the Earth to solve a problem. Geoengineering to reduce global warming would involve emitting particulate material into the stratosphere to reflect heat from the sun back into space. Ideas for such an effort involve releasing reflective particles into the stratosphere where they would surround much of the Earth, reflecting back heat and cooling

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Surgeon shares 5p hack to stop glasses fogging up while wearing a face mask

Watch: Surgeon shares simple hack to stop glasses from steaming up while wearing a face mask.

We’ve started to get used to wearing a face mask to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, but that’s not to say they don’t cause us the odd irritation.

Those of us who wear glasses will testify that the steamy spectacle struggle is oh so real.

Ditto the issue of the mask sometimes slipping down under your nose.

Thankfully, a surgeon has shared a simple and cost-effective hack to help stop your glasses fogging up every time you wear a mask.

A doctor has shared a clever plaster hack to stop your glasses steaming up while wearing a face mask. (Getty Images)
A doctor has shared a clever plaster hack to stop your glasses steaming up while wearing a face mask. (Getty Images)

Daniel M. Heiferman, who wears spectacles while operating, shared a trick on Twitter that he says prevents his lenses steaming up and obstructing his view.

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Stop package theft now: 5 smart home devices that protect your deliveries

With online shopping and holiday gift deliveries ramping up, package theft becomes a bigger concern. 

“It’s a quick theft,” Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Genae Cook told CBS affiliate WTTV. “[What] you’ll notice is cars going back and forth up and down the street, so it’s a good time for your neighbors to be diligent watching out for strangers in the neighborhood.”

Fortunately, the proliferation of smart home devices means you can now monitor deliveries from your phone. Read on to find out what products and services will help you keep a virtual “eye” on your holiday packages, no matter where you are. 

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