U.S. lawmaker calls for ouster of CalPERS CIO over China ties: letter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Republican lawmaker on Wednesday urged California to fire the chief investment officer of its public pension fund, the nation’s largest, citing what he called the CIO’s “long and cozy” relationship with Beijing, and assailed the fund’s investments in Chinese companies. FILE PHOTO: A sign at California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) headquarters in Sacramento, California, U.S. February 14, 2017. REUTERS/Max Whittaker/File Photo In a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom, U.S. Representative Jim Banks of Indiana said Yu Ben Meng, the CIO of California Public…

Kleos Scouting Mission satellites dispatched to India for Launch

Kleos Scouting Mission satellites dispatched to India for Launch Press Release From: Kleos Space S.A. Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Kleos Space S.A, a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company, confirms it has dispatched its four Scouting Mission nanosatellites to Chennai, India, in preparation for launch aboard PSLV C49 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The dispatch starts the Kleos specific launch activity for the Scouting Mission satellites on PSLV C49, a rideshare mission conducted by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) that includes satellites from other organisations such…

On the glacial-interglacial variability of the Asian monsoon in speleothem δ18O records

INTRODUCTION The Asian monsoon (AM) affects the livelihoods of about half the global population. The AM variabilities have been widely inferred on the basis of oxygen isotope ratios (δ18O) in cave records, in particular those from Hulu, Sanbao, and Dongge caves in southern China, which all show δ18O changed markedly on orbital time scales largely in response to the Northern Hemisphere summer insolation (NHSI), and abruptly on millennial time scales in close correspondence with North Atlantic climate events (1, 2). The Chinese cave records, unlike other monsoon proxy data (3–5)…

Cruise ship adrift in South China Sea because no port will accept them over coronavirus fears

OTTAWA — What started as an “ideal vacation” for an Ottawa couple on a cruise from Hong Kong has come to an abrupt end with the ship adrift in the South China Sea because several countries have denied disembarkation to the more than 1,400 passengers on board. “A lot of passengers are anxious,” says Pierre Boucher. “Anxious to go, concerned about their health…anxious really to get a final answer about what could happen.” The 14-day cruise left Hong Kong on Feb. 1 and was scheduled to arrive in Yokohama, Japan…

Marines Will Soon Reveal Plans to Divest Old Systems, Invest in New Tech to Fight China

U.S. Marines drive a Joint Light Tactical Vehicles through the water at White Beach as part of the I Marine Expeditionary Force JLTV Operator New Equipment Training course on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Oct. 24, 2019. US Marine Photo CAPITOL HILL — The Marine Corps is on a course to overhaul its force design in just a matter of years to better position itself to deter and, if needed, defeat China in the Pacific, the commandant said today. The outcomes of two future force reviews should be…

Luxembourg Times – Luxembourg – Kleos sends satellites to India which will monitor shipping regions

Space Satellites will monitor key trade routes like the Strait of Hormuz and South China Sea A Luxembourg-based space technology company said Wednesday it has shipped four satellites that will keep an eye on some of the world’s most critical shipping lanes to be launched into orbit. The satellites made by Luxembourg-based Kleos Space will deliver information over heavily travelled trading routes including the Strait of Hormuz, the South China Sea and Africa’s east and west coasts. Source link

US attempt to rope China into New START negotiations won’t succeed

File photo shows the Pentagon seen from an airplane over Washington DC, the US. Photo:Xinhua US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said on February 5 that the US and Russia would “start negotiations soon on arms control, on the nuclear issue.” As the two powers face next year’s deadline to extend the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) – the last remaining agreement binding their nuclear arsenals – the international community hopes that the pact could be renewed. The US formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in…

This Military Expert Reveals Why War With China Is a Terrible Idea

Key Point: While it is possible for one side to win without the conflict going nuclear, there’s no way to be sure. Keeping the peace will be a difficult and vital task. The United States and China are inextricably locked in the Pacific Rim’s system of international trade. Some argue that this makes war impossible, but then while some believed World War I inevitable, but others similarly thought it impossible. In this article, I concentrate less on the operational and tactical details of a US-China war, and more on the strategic…

For The Last Year, YouTube Has Been Cracking Down On Hoaxes And Lies. Coronavirus Rumors Are Still Going Viral There.

youtube.com A video by the US Military Times YouTube channel promoting the hoax that the coronavirus is a bioweapon. If you search “coronavirus” or “Wuhan” on YouTube — even in incognito mode, which removes customization from the search results — you’ll see high-quality content from verified news providers. But that doesn’t mean that hoaxes about the virus aren’t being watched on the platform in huge numbers. BuzzFeed News viewed a list on Monday of 500 of the most-watched YouTube videos featuring the keyword “coronavirus,” according to the social metrics dashboard…