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China launched its latest response against the US

In the latest developments of US-China tensions, Beijing has restricted the issuance of journalist cards, reducing the time to extend visas for foreign reporters working for US media.

According to CNN, in the past week, instead of being granted a new journalist card to operate in China, some foreign journalists only received a letter saying their application was being processed.

They are required to bring this letter with an expired journalist card, to prove that the reporter is working in China.

Because China visas are tied to journalists’ cards, the above reporters are only allowed to stay for a period of 2 months, compared to a year ago.

The Chinese authorities have also made it clear that these reporters’ provisional proofs and visas can be revoked at any time. Foreign reporters were worried because they did not know how long they could stay in China.

CNN’s China resident David Culver, an American, was affected when Beijing introduced the new restrictions. According to CNN, both American journalists and foreigners working for US media were affected, including the Wall Street Journal.

Reporters working for the US media do not know how long they will be able to operate in China.

Chinese officials told Culver that he did nothing wrong, but restrictions were put in response to how the US President Donald Trump administration restricted Chinese reporters from working in the US.

CNN also confirmed that Culver was only allowed to extend his visa for another 2 months. “Our reporters will still be working in China and we will work with the local authorities to ensure that reporters are entitled,” said a CNN spokesperson.

On September 6, the US State Department confirmed that US diplomats in China had received the Chinese government’s notice of the above restrictions.

In May, Washington shortened the working time in the US for most Chinese reporters to 90 days. Beijing said US officials did not notify these reporters of the visa extension application.

That means Chinese reporters will have to leave the US as early as November. This is also the time when Culver’s visa expires.

Commenting on this issue, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hoa Xuan Oanh on September 3 said: “If the US continues to choose the wrong path, China has no choice but to react properly and need necessary to firmly uphold legal rights ”.

Earlier this year, Beijing expelled a series of New York Times, Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal reporters after the administration of US President Donald Trump limited the number of Chinese reporters working in the US.

5 explosions of ammonium nitrate are as dangerous as those in Lebanon (Part 2)

Disaster in Texas, USA (1947)

The most serious industrial accident in US history occurred at Galveston Bay in the port city of Texas City, Texas on April 16, 1947. The incident stems from someone throwing cigarettes on the SS Grandcamp (French registry) carrying 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate.

The explosion sparked a chain reaction that caused many other ships to dock at the docks caught fire and exploded. As a result, at least 581 people were killed and about 3,500 others injured.

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The explosion also affected two aircraft flying in the sky at that time and even knocked down many people in the Galveston area, 16 km from the center of the explosion.

Explosion in Germany (1921)

On September 21, 1921, a tower containing about 450 tons of ammonium nitrate and ammonium sulfate exploded at a BASF plant on the outskirts of Oppau, Germany, killing 500 to 600 people and injuring 2,000 others.

Before the explosion, BASF factory successfully used a mixture of ammonium sulfate and ammonium nitrate, at the ratio of 50:50, for more than 20,000 times. However, on the day of the explosion, the safety ratio was supposed to have been skewed.

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Catastrophe in England (1916)

On April 2, 1916, a huge explosion occurred at a factory near the town of Faversham, England. Earlier, an adjacent warehouse with 25 tons of TNT and 700 tons of ammonium nitrate caught fire, creating a tremendous explosion.

According to Sputnik, 115 people were killed, mostly men working at the factory, seven bodies were never found. The explosion was so strong that people in the city of Norwich, 244 km away, could still feel it.

5 explosions of ammonium nitrate are as dangerous as those in Lebanon (Part 1)

A warehouse of more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate, an explosive-making chemical, exploded at a harbor in Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, killing at least 135 people, injuring more than 5,000 and injuring 30,000. evacuation.

According to Sputnik, the aftermath of the explosion was immense, half of the buildings in the city were destroyed. Hospitals were overwhelmed by the large number of injured people, the governor of Beirut said.

According to the Lebanese Prime Minister, the huge amount of ammonium nitrate (NH4-NO3) exploded on August 4 stored in storage for more than 6 years without appropriate fire prevention measures.

Ammonium nitrate is a compound both used as an agricultural fertilizer and can be used to make explosives. An explosion occurs when ammonium nitrate is exposed to fire or a transition results in an explosion. If stored in large quantities, an explosion can result in a major disaster with many casualties. In the past, similar heartbreaking disasters have occurred.

Explosion at a warehouse in Tianjin, China (2015)

Two horrific explosions occurred at industrial warehouses in the port city of Tianjin on August 12, 2015, causing a massive fire. The incident left 110 rescuers, 55 residents dead and more than 790 others injured, 8 bodies so far have not been found.

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According to Chinese officials, the fire broke out in flammable material and spread to chemical storage areas, including ammonium nitrate and sodium cyanide, causing explosions. 

The incident caused tens of thousands of people to evacuate, estimated losses of 1.5 billion USD. Toxic chemicals released into the air adversely affected the environment near the scene of the explosions.

North Korean explosion (2004)

Cars carrying nitrogen fertilizers, mostly composed of ammonium nitrate, along with trains carrying flammable fuel exploded at North Korea’s Ryongchon station in late April 2004.

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According to Sputnik, at least 162 people were killed and more than 3,000 were injured in the blast. The great pressure from the explosion destroyed many houses, leaving thousands of people in a “sky and land” scene.

Exploding like an atomic bomb in Lebanon: Does the red smoke prove bombing?

The horrific explosion in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, left at least 300,000 people homeless, 50% of the city area damaged, more than 100 dead and 4,000 injured, according to AP.

The governor of Beirut announced that the initial damage after the explosion was estimated at US $ 3-5 billion.

Blood donation cars are spreading throughout Beirut, calling on people to donate blood to help seriously injured people. Hospitals were still able to operate after the explosion was becoming overburdened.

Jad Chaaban – an economist at the University of Beirut – said that the current situation in the capital was beyond the national disaster.

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One of the most concerned issues in Lebanon today is the specific cause of the explosion.

Anthony May – an expert on explosives and American weapons – said that the videos and images of the explosion in Beirut provide important clues about the cause of the incident. Anthony May said a weapon attack had triggered more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate.

“I have done many fire investigations, both domestically and internationally. It is clear that a large amount of military explosives were used, resulting in a fire and a disaster in Beirut”, commented Anthony May.

“You see, the smoke after the explosion rises is not yellow smoke – characteristic of ammonium nitrate when burning – but orange-red smoke. It is very unusual”, Tony added.

However, ammonium nitrate remains the main source of the explosion, according to Anthony May.

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Robert Baer, ​​a former CIA officer with extensive experience in the Middle East, said that the cause of the explosion was not just the ammonium nitrate.

“This is clearly a military explosion. The cause of the explosion is not simply due to ammonium nitrate. Do you see the red smoke? As I said, it’s due to military explosives”, said Robert Baer.

Robert Baer said that bombs or ammunition may have been involved in detonating the ammonia nitrate store.

“I have been working in Lebanon for many years. Now it seems no one dares to acknowledge the presence of military explosives in the port of Beirut, ”said Robert Baer.

The Lebanese Prime Minister said 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate had been stored for 6 years in Beirut port without any safety measures.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump said that the explosion in Beirut could be a bomb attack. However, the Pentagon was cautious and said that it could not quickly draw any conclusions about the incident.

Experts say that ammonium nitrate itself cannot explode on its own, but needs an active source of ignition.

Boaz Hayoun, a fire and explosion expert at Tamar Group in Israel, said that fireworks could be the cause of the ammonium nitrate warehouse fire.

“The videos show that initially there was light rising in the smoke. Before the big explosion, we also heard some sounds like fireworks shooting into the sky, ”Mr. Hayoun said.

Jeffrey Lewis – a rocket research expert in California, USA – said that there was no attack, the explosion in Lebanon was by accident.

“This is not an attack. It seems that an accident occurred that led to fire and detonated chemical warehouse. Orange-red clouds appeared after the explosion, I think it was toxic nitrogen dioxide released by ammonium nitrate, not explosives or military weapons, ”Mr. Lewis commented.

In the context of many countries from Europe and the Middle East expressing interest and sharing with Lebanon after the tragedy, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he would fly to Beirut with two planes carrying rescue workers.

The nightmare named Covid-19 by nearly 300 million Chinese laborers

Due to the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic and the economic pressure from the US, a series of factories in China were closed. Many workers cannot find jobs and have money to support their families, according to SCMP.

Rao Dequn, a 43-year-old mother with two young children, has just been informed that the shoe company she worked with for 10 years will close after 5 weeks.

“It is very difficult to find a stable job at this time. Many factories and companies have had to close or lay off workers”, Rao said.

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Rao is just one of 290 million workers who move from rural areas to major provinces looking for work that are struggling to escape the post-Covid-19 unemployment. Last year, due to the impact of the US-China trade war, many workers in China were fired and welcomed a Tet without bonuses.

“I am sad to have to leave my job and the factory. My boss is a good person, pay me on time. Many people have worked there for over 20 years, ”Rao pityed.

Rao and her husband lived in a spacious 10 square meter room with 2 children. Rent 40 USD / month. They have only a few poor supplies.

Liu Liang – Ms Rao’s husband – is also a hometown worker, working in a furniture factory. However, in the past few months, Mr. Liu has been called to work as “male meal”.

“We may have to leave home because our work is very unstable now,” Mr. Liu said.

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Industrial parks in Dongguan, Guangdong – where the couple Rao works – are considered one of China’s “factories” for their size and modernity.

However, as noted by SCMP, the operation of industrial parks in Dong Hoai is in a rather gloomy state after the post-epidemic period.

In the context of the world affected by the Covid-19 epidemic, China is losing the advantage of cheap labor and low production costs. Many export orders from China were canceled.

The mass loss of workers like Ms Rao also threatens China’s domestic economic development strategy. When consumers themselves cannot earn money to spend, SCMP commented.

Layoffs and unemployment in Dongguan are so common that the city government must implement a labor-sharing program. Accordingly, the government will act as an intermediary, moving workers from a labor surplus factory to another facility needed under a contract of up to 3 months.

Zhao Jian, an expert at the Atlantis Financial Research Institute, said that the success of China’s inward economic development strategy is unclear as many of its people are unemployed. Many people have spent their savings in outbreak months and limited purchasing power.

“China’s economy depends heavily on international markets. Producing exports is very important in creating jobs for China, ”said Zhao Jian.

According to China’s Ministry of Commerce, manufacturing exports provides 180 million jobs to China.

The risk of unemployment is weighing on the shoulders of millions of workers in China, especially more than 290 migrant workers from the countryside to the city to make a living.

China’s unemployment rate dropped from 5.9% in May to 5.7% at the end of June. However, the problem of employment is still a “headache” for Chinese policy makers.

Coach Denver Nuggets infected COVID-19 without anyone knowing

Coach Michael Malone unexpectedly revealed he was infected with SARS-CoV-2 and cured himself without even knowing it.

In the middle of March, the Denver Nuggets announced that three internal members had been identified positive for COVID-19. The identities of these 3 were not disclosed, but certainly no coach Michael Malone. So they were all shocked when the 1971-born strategist revealed he had been infected with SARS-CoV-2.

Coach Malone said he felt the symptoms of COVID-19 infection on March 20, which is exactly one day after the governing team announced the results of a mass test. However, he could not be tested and only knew his body had been infected with Corona Virus by antigen test on May 25.

The strategist said it was possible that some other members of the Denver Nuggets were also infected with COVID-19, but at that time could not have tested it and most likely transmitted the virus to others. From there, Captain Nuggets proposed that the NBA need to be more rigorous in creating a safe environment in Orlando.

“It is difficult to know if some members of the team, the staff or even my family members have COVID-19,” coach Michael Malone told CBS Denver. “I want to say that I got the Corona Virus and defeated it. Thank God I survived.”

After the tournament was postponed on March 11, many NBA teams took the initiative to have all members test COVID-19. However, this action was criticized by the state government when the amount of testing resources available in the United States at that time was not much and only those with symptoms to enjoy this benefit. That is why cases such as that of Coach Michael Malone were not immediately discovered.

Before the teams gathered in Orlando to play the rest of the season, the NBA issued a 108-page rule to minimize the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Accordingly, all players will be separated within the first 3 days of arrival to the focus area and can only leave the room if at least 2 negative tests.

The strict rules also force the players to wear masks (except when eating, practicing, playing), always at least 2m away from each other, even when swimming. Even, all members must wear alarm devices. This device will sound if you have been in contact for more than 5 seconds. Everybody who shows up at the Disney World gathering will be tested daily.

Obama openly criticized the US response to Covid-19

Former President Barack Obama on May 16 criticized the response to the new strain of corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) causing the Covid-19 pandemic of current US leaders, saying the virus showed many officials.

More than 36 million people in the US apply for unemployment benefits due to Covid-19. The President, the Vice President of the United States must keep a distance of the Covid-19.

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Mr. Obama just gave a speech at the 2-hour event called “Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition” for newly graduated students, broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Obama did not name President Donald Trump or any state or federal officials in his comments. Earlier, however, he had criticized President Trump’s anti-Covid-19 work as “a tragedy disaster”.

According to the Associated Press , political comments – compared to the nature of the facts – are the latest sign that Obama wants to play an increasingly active role in the upcoming US presidential election.

In addition to criticizing the leaders’ response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr. Obama also announced that he would “devote as much time and advocacy as possible” to Joe Biden, his former deputy general.

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On the same day, Democratic lawmakers announced an investigation into President Trump’s decision to dismiss State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, who is said to be investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Top Democratic officials at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFRC) have expressed doubts about the timing and motivations of what they claim to be “dynamic”.

“We object to all the dismissal of a politically motivated inspector general” – HFRC President Eliot Engel and SFRC President Bob Menendez affirmed in the statement opening the investigation, before talking about the question of the target Secretary of State Pompeo personally proposed dismissing Inspector General Linick because he “opened an investigation into the misconduct of Secretary of State Pompeo”.

Engel and Menedez asked the Trump administration to submit all documents related to the decision to dismiss Inspector Linick before May 22.

Asked about the investigation, an anonymous White House official said: “Secretary of State Pompeo proposed dismissal and President Trump agreed.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, said the dismissal of Mr Linick was an escalation of the “dangerous response trend”.

How does the world transports after the pandemic?

More and more countries are imposing travel restrictions and blockade for nCoV. It is difficult for anyone to accurately predict the post-Covid-19 tourism scenario.

The speed of spreading nCoV has terrible consequences, but the industry has recovered from past crises and experts believe the market will stabilize after a pandemic.

However, the economics professor said he did not know when and how the world would overcome the Covid-19 pandemic. But once the public health crisis improves, service prices will drop to a certain level – enough to motivate tourists to return.

Ship

Christopher Anderson, a professor at the Cornell University’s School of Hotel Training (New York, USA), predicts that cruise ships will definitely be extremely cheap when the yacht industry comes back on track. He said that redesigning some of the new yachts that are still under construction with larger cabins with less passenger density could be the solution to attract new customers. Cutting back on the buffet and favoring à la carte meals, at different prices, can be another way of reassuring travelers who are suspicious of cruise ship safety, he said.

The challenge of the yachting industry is to attract new customers to the cruise ship after a series of news about nCoV spreading on the yacht, restrictions and ban on cruise ships … Mr. Anderson said that this can determine the survival of the business.

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Hotel

In addition, every business from yachts, motels or hotels, must change the way of control and sanitation to interact with customers, and exchange back to ensure the most comfortable customers have. be.

Jan Freitag, Senior Vice President of Lodging Insights, an STR hotel analyst, also emphasized hygiene. Tourism enterprises should apply “new measures that are clearly visible”. Whether they must put hand sanitizer everywhere or regularly disinfect hard surfaces, they will clearly convey to their customers that “this is what we are doing to keep you safe”, he suggested.

In early April, nearly 80% of US hotels were empty, according to STR reports. Mr. Freitag said, room rates must plummet before rising again. Historically, at times of major crisis such as the 9/11 attacks or the downturn in 2009, the hotel industry took twice as long for room rates to rise again compared to when it dropped to the lowest level, Freitag said.

The expert cannot predict the risk of collapse of any segment in the US hotel industry, but there will undoubtedly be internal turmoil – in many cases these changes will be invisible to guests. Hotels may secretly change owners but still operate and belong to the same brand.

Professor Anderson judges that tourists may feel safer in hotels than for motels. Because, if you save money, visitors suffer the facilities and hygiene standards of rooms for rent on platforms like Airbnb. Therefore, he predicts there will be a short-term negative impact on rental services such as Airbnb post-Covid-19.

Aviation

People would be more comfortable flying if the cabin was less crowded even after the outbreak, Anderson said. If you really want to turn this around, airlines have to fly with empty middle seats – carry out social spacing, fares are significantly lower than last summer’s promotions and booking policy – cancel The trip will be less strict within a certain time.

Besides, Professor Anderson hopes the businessmen will help the aviation industry recover. While many businesses may be more comfortable with conducting online meetings, the desire to do face-to-face transactions will help boost business trips.

Sports events in the world hit by the widespread of coronavirus (part 2)

FOOTBALL

* Bundesliga: Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. Cologne took place on March 11 without fans. SC Freiburg vs. RB Leipzig and Schalke 04 vs. Borussia Dortmund were also played in empty stadiums both on March 14.

* Ligue 1: PSG vs. RC Strasbourg was postponed. All Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 matches until April 15 are going to be played without fans.

* The Copa del Rey final of Spain between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao planned for April 18 in Seville was postponed.

* New seasons in the Chinese, South Korean, and Japanese professional leagues have all been postponed.

* The first two qualifying games of Brazil for the 2022 FIFA World Cup – against Bolivia (on March 27) and Peru (on March 31) – have been postponed.

* A four-team international event in Doha, including Portugal, Croatia, Switzerland, and Belgium from March 26 to 30 has been canceled.

* An international friendly between Italy and Germany (on March 31) in Nuremberg will be played without fans.

* Tickets are not being sold for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying playoff semi-finals between Bosnia and Northern Ireland and Bulgaria and Hungary.

* Asian Champions League: Matches featuring Chinese clubs Shanghai Shenhua, Shanghai SIPG, and Guangzhou Evergrande have been postponed. The knockout rounds were moved back to start in September.

BASKETBALL

* Euroleague Basketball has suspended all 2019-2020 EuroCup, EuroLeague, and Euroleague Next Generation Tournament games till further notice.

FORMULA ONE

* The Bahrain Grand Prix will take place on March 22 without fans.

* The McLaren Racing team withdrew from the Australian Grand Prix after a member tested positive and the race has been called off.

MOTORCYCLING

* Four rounds of the MotoGP season in Thailand, Qatar, Argentina, and Texas will not go ahead as planned.

MOTOR RACING

* NASCAR races at the Atlanta Motor Speedway (on March 15) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (on March 22) will be held without spectators.

Sports events in the world hit by the widespread of coronavirus (part 1)

Here is a list of international sports events hit by the widespread of the new coronavirus.

ATHLETICS

* The World Athletics Indoor Championships, planned to take place from March 13-15, were postponed until next year.

* A mixed relay Olympic triathlon qualification event that was planned to be held within Chengdu in China in May was moved to Valencia in Spain, according to the International Triathlon Union.

* Three Asian Cup events, two in China and one in Taiwan, scheduled for March and April are also postponed.

RUGBY

* Irish Rugby Union has postponed the country’s Six Nations fixture against Italy, scheduled to happen in Dublin on March 7, due to the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy.

FOOTBALL

* According to Italy’s football league, six Italian Serie A matches which had been scheduled from Feb. 29 to March 1, including the clash between Inter Milan and Juventus, have been postponed to May 13.

The Coppa Italia final, thanks to being played May 13, was moved to May 20.

The government extended a ban on supporters at matches in three regions but lifted it within the Piedmont region, home to titleholders Juventus.

* Swiss football league has been placed on hold until a minimum of March 23 after the clubs rejected the likelihood of playing matches behind closed doors.

* China’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Maldives reception and Guam away in March are going to be moved to Buriram, Thailand. The games are going to be played behind closed doors.

* The Chinese Football Association said domestic games in the least levels would be postponed.

* South Korea’s professional football league has postponed the beginning of its new season. In addition, the league asked its four teams within the AFC Champions League to play games behind closed doors.

* Japan’s J League postponed seven Levian Cup matches, which were scheduled for Feb. 26, and all domestic games until the first half of March.