January 18, 2022

Virginia Governor Bans Critical Race Theory, Names Anti-CRT Advocates to Key Education Posts

On his first day in office, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin fulfilled his campaign promise by prohibiting public schools in the state from teaching critical race theory (CRT), which he described as an “inherently divisive” concept. Youngkin, who was sworn in as governor on Jan. 15 in Richmond, signed nine executive orders and two executive directives…

Free Online Falun Dafa Tutorial Sessions Quickly Gain Popularity Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, free Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) online meditation exercise classes based in North America have attracted thousands of people globally, helping to heal illnesses, keep fit, and improve morality. Since October 2020, nearly 5,000 people from more than 54 countries around the world have participated in the free online Falun…

Bengals Finally Win a Playoff Game, Hold Off the Raiders 26–19

The Cincinnati Bengals won their first playoff game in 31 years, defeating the Las Vegas Raiders 26–19 on Saturday to a sold-out 66,277 elated fans that cheered loudly in frigid Ohio temperatures at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals had not had a playoff win since 1991. “Happy for the city,” said Bengals young coach Zac Taylor. “I think…

Ukraine Says Russia Behind Cyberattack in ‘Hybrid War’ Move

KYIV, Ukraine—Ukraine said Sunday that Russia was behind a cyberattack that defaced its government websites and alleged that Russia is engaged in an increasing “hybrid war” against its neighbor. The statement from the Ministry of Digital Development came a day after Microsoft said dozens of computer systems at an unspecified number of Ukrainian government agencies…

Curing Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetics suffering from nerve pain for years are cured within days with a plant-based diet. Follow Michael Greger, MD, FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health,…

Bethany Mandel Talks ‘Subtle Indoctrination’ in Children’s Books and K-12 Education; New Heroes of Liberty Series

“There’s all of that very overt indoctrination, but I think what’s more damaging is the very subtle indoctrination.” Woke ideology about race and gender often aren’t explicitly included in lesson plans, but instead appear in books teachers use to teach subjects like counting or sentence structure, says conservative commentator and writer Bethany Mandel. “It normalizes…

Disney Censors ‘The Simpsons’ Episode From Hong Kong Site

Scene from “The Simpsons” episode “Goo Goo Gai Pan.” (Disney+)If an episode of “South Park” that satirizes the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was conspicuously excluded from an American streamer’s Hong Kong site, Trey Parker and Matt Stone would skewer them for it. However, Disney+ did exactly that when it censored for its HK customers the episode of “The Simpsons” wherein…

It Is Time to Face Reality About the Vaccines

Commentary A number of studies are converging on the fact that 2 doses of vaccination has poor vaccine effectiveness against Omicron. 3 doses does slightly better, but the effect will rapidly wane as antibody titers fall, and infection is certain as the number of exposures increase. These studies have immediate implications for vaccine and health-care…

Report Shows More Officers Dying in the Line of Duty

Last year was a deadly year for police officers. A report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund shows 458 officers died in 2021, a 55 percent jump compared to 2020 and the most since 1930. COVID-19 was the leading cause of death, followed by gunfire, and traffic accidents. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial…

Dow Closes Lower After Disappointing Bank Results

The Dow closed lower on Friday with a big drag from financial stocks as investors were disappointed by fourth quarter results from big U.S. banks, which cast a shadow over the earnings season kick-off. The Nasdaq and the S&P regained lost ground in afternoon trading to close higher. Meanwhile the consumer discretionary stocks put pressure…

Heavy Snow in Midwest Slows Travel, Closes Scores of Schools

A worker clears snow in Minneapolis, on Dec. 31, 2021. (David Berding/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS—Heavy snow spread Friday across a large swath of the Midwest, where travel conditions deteriorated and scores of schools closed or moved to online instruction. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for parts of Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa and…

Independent Aussie Grocers Keep Shelves Stocked

While Australia’s major supermarket chains may have experienced stock shortages due to COVID-19 delays, Sydney and Melbourne produce markets are reporting plentiful supply with distribution largely unaffected. The spread of the virus and isolation of many workers has seen shelves empty at big supermarkets along the east coast in recent weeks. National cabinet this week…

US Central Bankers Set Sights on March Rate Hike

With inflation running at its highest in nearly 40 years, U.S. central bankers are coalescing around a plan to start tapping the brakes on economic growth as soon as March, with further monetary policy tightening likely as the year goes on. On Wednesday, San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President Mary Daly became the latest U.S.…

Pepco Group Quarterly Revenue Rises on 161 Store Openings

A general view of the exterior of the Pepco Holdings Inc corporate headquarters in Wash., on March 30, 2012. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Pepco Group, the owner of PEPCO, Poundland, and Dealz discount retailer brands in Europe, posted a 12 percent rise in its quarterly total revenue on a constant currency basis, driven by performance at its…

Hitachi to Sell About Half Its Stake in Construction Unit: NHK

A logo of Japan’s high-tech giant Hitachi at an exhibition in Tokyo, on Oct. 29, 2013. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP via Getty Images) TOKYO—Japan’s Hitachi Ltd. will sell about half its 51 percent stake in unit Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. to trading firm Itochu Corp. and investment fund Japan Industrial Partners, public broadcaster NHK reported on Thursday.…

Bank of Korea Likely to Hike Rates Again Over High Inflation, Household Debt: Reuters Poll

BENGALURU—The Bank of Korea is likely to raise its policy rate back to where it was before the pandemic on Friday, a Reuters poll found, as it looks to restrain rising inflation and the increasing debt that households are taking on to buy property. Twenty-five of 35 economists who answered a Jan. 5–11 Reuters poll…

China Shipyards Rank First in Global Orders, Yet Profits Fell by 20 Percent

News Analysis China surpassed South Korea in receiving shipbuilding orders in 2021, ranking it first in the world. However, because most orders are for cheap container ships, coupled with soaring steel prices, profits in its shipbuilding industry dropped by at least 20 percent, industry insiders said. According to data by Clarkson Research Services, a British…

NTD News Today Full Broadcast (Jan. 13)

Consumer prices are rising at their fastest pace in 39 years. We take a look at what’s behind the price hikes, and how it’s affecting small businesses and shoppers. Two battalion commanders have been relieved of their positions in the army for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine. And a federal agency is creating a list of…

This Oil Stock Has a Better 1-year Return Than Amazon, GoPro, Bank of America, and GE

As shares of clean energy manufacturing and EV companies soared in 2021, so did oil and gas giant Exxon Mobil Corp. Since January 2021, Exxon Mobil stock’s one-year return has outperformed several of the world’s most popular consumer discretionary, tech, and financial services stocks: Amazon.com Inc., GoPro Inc., Bank of America Corp., and General Electric…

BMW Cautious on Bringing Batteries In-house Despite Rising Sales

BERLIN—BMW won’t scale up its own battery cell production for electric cars until the technology has developed further, the German company said on Thursday, taking a more cautious approach than some rivals despite record brand sales in 2021. The automaker, which was also upbeat about hitting the top end of its 9.5 percent–10.5 percent profit…

US Imposes Sanctions on North Koreans, Russian, After Missile Tests

WASHINGTON—The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on six North Koreans, one Russian, and a Russian firm it said were responsible for procuring goods from Russia and China for North Korea’s weapons programs, an action that follows a series of North Korean missile launches, including two since last week. The U.S. Treasury said the steps…

Are Digital Tools Diminishing Your Son’s Ability to Think?

Think of any common tool: a hammer, a knife, or a compass. When used properly, tools yield amazing results. You can build something, carve a piece wood, or find your way home. Digital tools should be no different. They should help boys grow their minds. They should help them gain knowledge and facilitate new ways…

China’s Factory Gate, Consumer Inflation Eases Further in December: Official Data

Both China’s factory gate and consumer inflation rose at a slower pace in December, following the fall of some raw material prices, official data showed on Jan. 12. Consumer price inflation also slowed last month as food prices fell, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said in a statement. China’s producer price index (PPI), which…

This Day in Market History: Dow 100 in 1896

A Wall Street sign is seen in front of the New York Stock Exchange in New York on Dec. 21, 2006. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) Each day, Benzinga will take a look back at a notable market-related moment that happened on this date. What Happened? On Jan. 12, 1896, the Dow Jones Industrial Average broke 100 for…

Contagious, Deadly Parvovirus Persists in Environment

Q: Our pit bull puppy died of parvovirus. How can we prevent parvovirus in our next puppy? A: Instead of choosing a puppy, I recommend you adopt an adult dog whose parvovirus vaccination is up to date. Vaccination is very effective at preventing parvovirus infection, nicknamed “parvo,” and all dogs deserve protection from this common,…

Newsom Budget Enmeshes Government More in Our Lives

Commentary If you look beyond the numbers, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2022-23, which begins on July 1, 2022, further enmeshes government in the lives of everyone in the state. At his Monday announcement, the governor was ebullient about the $213 billion in general-fund spending. As in previous budget announcements, he spoke…

Swarm of Earthquakes, Some Strong, Hits Off Alaska Islands

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—A swarm of earthquakes was recorded Tuesday off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, including the largest with a magnitude of 6.8 followed by aftershocks. There were few reports of the underwater quakes in the North Pacific being felt in nearby communities in a sparsely populated region of Alaska and no reports of damage, officials said. Natalia…

This Day in Market History: First American Bank Opens

The First Bank of the United States, which was Alexander Hamilton’s brainchild and forerunner of our current Federal Reserve Bank System, is seen in a file photo on Walnut Street, Philadelphia on 1831. (Kean Collection/Getty Images) Each day, Benzinga takes a look back at a notable market-related moment that occurred on this date. What Happened…

Supermarket CEO Warns of Omicron-Related Meat and Egg Shortages

Workers inside Smithfield Foods’ Sioux Falls, S.D., pork processing plant wear protective gear and are separated by plastic partitions as they carve up meat on May 20, 2020. (Courtesy Smithfield Foods via AP) John Catsimatidis, CEO of the New York-based supermarket chain Gristedes, warned in an interview on Monday that the Omicron variant of the…

Shen Yun Draws Austin Audiences

AUSTIN, Texas—Shen Yun is a perennial draw for families and couples for a simple reason: its universal message and appeal. Lokesh Verma, an IT engineering consultant for a gaming company, and his wife Aashi Verma, brought their daughters to see Shen Yun. Mrs. Verma saw a brochure for Shen Yun at her elder daughter’s school but…

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