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The Biden administration’s FBI is once again under immense scrutiny. This time the FBI is in the spotlight for allegedly downplaying the successes of the Second Amendment.
According to data from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), the FBI claimed that 4.4% of armed Americans have stopped active shooters from 2014 to 2021. However, researchers say that the true number is at least over 34% and that it is over nearly 50% in 2021 alone.
The bureau’s current count does not include incidents where the active shooting occurred during the process of another crime. In addition, the FBI did not include incidents where the suspect’s firearm did not go off.
Researchers went on to claim that areas that are not designated ‘gun free zones,’ have seen more than 50% of civilian interference.
The FBI has been criticized for violating the Second Amendment in recent months. This comes after reports revealed agents forced residents to forfeit their right to bear arms.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden on Thursday will tout IBM Corp’s plans to invest $20 billion in New York over the next decade in development and manufacturing of semiconductors, mainframe technology, artificial intelligence and quantum computing.
The announcement is the latest in a string of investments unveiled since Biden signed the Chips and Science bill in August that funded $52 billion to subsidize semiconductor chips manufacturing and research.
The administration says hefty subsidies for private businesses are necessary because China and the European Union had been awarding billions in incentives to chip companies.
Biden has sought to capitalize on the investment announcements ahead of next month’s midterm congressional elections. Last month, he traveled to Ohio to speak at the site of Intel Corp’s planned $20 billion semiconductor manufacturing facility.
New York’s Hudson Valley, home of IBM’s Poughkeepsie site, was a manufacturing powerhouse during America’s Industrial Revolution, but regional jobs dried up during the second half of the last century, as companies fled to lower-cost locations.
IBM, which laid off thousands of people in the region in the 1990s when it moved chip and other manufacturing, said it now plans to make the site “a global hub of the company’s quantum computing development, just as it is today for mainframes.”
IBM did not provide a detailed breakdown of its $20 billion investment plans.
The White House said it was sparked by Biden’s economic policies.
“The industrial strategy is really helping to drive a renaissance in American manufacturing, and domestic investment … that we haven’t seen in generations,” White House National Economic Director Brian Deese told reporters en route to the IBM site.
On Tuesday, Micron Technology said it would invest up to $100 billion over the next 20-plus years to build a semiconductor fabrication facility in New York that is expected to create nearly 50,000 jobs, with the first phase investment of $20 billion planned this decade.
Biden will visit will be joined by Chief Executive Arvind Krishna.
IBM said chips funding “will ensure a reliable and secure supply of next-generation chips for today’s computers and artificial intelligence platforms.”
(Reporting by Nandita Bose and David Shepardson in WashingtonEditing by Heather Timmons and Matthew Lewis)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen announced a $950 million loan to the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), a multilateral trust that helps developing countries accelerate their transition from fossil fuels to clean energy.
The contribution, the first of its kind from the U.S. Treasury, makes good on a U.S. pledge made at the 2021 Group of Seven summit alongside other G7 countries, Treasury said.
“We are committed to a net zero economy by 2050,” Yellen said in a speech at the Center for Global Development, calling climate change “an existential threat to our planet.”
“We must also help developing countries transition their economies away from carbon-intensive energy sources and expand access to clean energy,” she said, adding that the Biden administration remained committed to boosting international climate financing to over $11 billion by 2024.
In a statement, Treasury Assistant Secretary for International Trade Alexia Latortue called the loan a “strong down payment” on President Joe Biden’s G7 pledge and said it reflected continued U.S. support for emerging market countries as they transitioned away from fossil fuels.
The loan will be used to support U.S. climate commitments, including Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETPs), while funding CTF projects developed by multilateral development banks in alignment with South Africa, Indonesia, India, and the Philippines as they accelerate their shift away from coal.
The U.S. money could fund installation of new renewable energy equipment, retirement of older coal plants and various support programs that promote new investment and employment in communities affected by energy transition, Treasury said.
Yellen, who also called for reforms of the multilateral development banks, spoke ahead of next week’s annual meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
South Africa, India, Indonesia and the Philippines last year became the first recipients of the Accelerating Coal Transition (ACT) program developed by the CTF.
The four countries account for 15% of global emissions related to coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel. Cutting their emissions more quickly will help the global effort for net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The CTF is one of two multi-donor trust funds set up under the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), an initiative created by the world’s biggest economies in 2008 to help poorer countries shift more quickly to a low-carbon economy.
“With this new contribution, the United States is helping create new jobs, new sustainable markets while reducing emissions, and by doing so, securing our shared climate future,” CIF CEO Mafalda Duarte said in a statement.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Kim Coghill and Andrea Ricci)
KYIV (Reuters) – International Atomic Energy Agency head Rafael Grossi said on Thursday that the U.N. nuclear watchdog considered the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant to be a Ukrainian facility.
Russia captured the plant in southern Ukraine in March, shortly after invading Ukraine, and Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his government on Wednesday to take control of it.
The plant is Europe’s largest, and Ukrainian staff have continued to operate it.
“This is a matter that has to do with international law … we want the war to stop immediately, and of course the position of the IAEA is that this facility is a Ukrainian facility,” Grossi told reporters in Kyiv.
He was due to travel to Moscow for talks to meet Russian officials following his talks in the Ukrainian capital.
(Reporting by Max Hunder, Editing by Timothy Heritage)
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Kenya’s Safaricom launched its mobile network in Ethiopia on Thursday, becoming the first private operator in one of Africa’s largest telecoms markets.
State-owned Ethio Telecom has until now enjoyed a monopoly in Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous country with an estimated 118 million people.
Safaricom Ethiopia switched on its network and services in the capital Addis Ababa on Thursday following network pilots in 10 cities, it said in a statement.
Hours later Ethiopia’s finance minister, Ahmed Shide, said his government had granted the company a licence to operate a mobile money service.
Safaricom Ethiopia CEO Anwar Soussa said the mobile money service would take two to three months to roll out.
Safaricom leads a consortium entering the market including South Africa’s Vodacom and Britain’s Vodafone.
Its network was supposed to launch in April but was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic and logistical challenges.
Safaricom Ethiopia said it plans a national network rollout to reach 14 additional cities by April 2023.
“We are optimistic about how the technology and connectivity we are providing will contribute to a digital future and eventually transform people’s lives,” said Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa.
Kenyan President William Ruto, who attended the launch, said the mobile money licence had not been agreed when he departed from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, on Thursday morning.
Ruto said he “had a mission to come back with a deal.”
Safaricom launched the world’s first-ever mobile phone-based money transfer service 15 years ago, and the business, known as M-Pesa, has evolved to account for roughly half of the company’s annual revenue.
The government announced plans to partially privatise Ethio Telecom after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took power in 2018 but said in March that it had decided to postpone the process, citing economic challenges.
Ethiopia’s telecoms industry is considered the big prize in Abiy’s push to liberalise the economy.
But Abiy’s efforts to open up the economy to investment have been damaged by a nearly two-year-long war in the northern region of Tigray, which has killed thousands and uprooted millions.
Abiy and Ruto were due to speak later on Thursday at Safaricom Ethiopia’s official launch ceremony in Addis Ababa.
(Reporting by Dawit Endeshaw in Addis Ababa; Writing by Aaron Ross; Editing by Hereward Holland and Matthew Lewis)