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Biden’s DNI nominee Avril Haines calls China a ‘international competitor’


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The incoming Biden administration’s nominee for director of nationwide intelligence, Avril Haines, advised a Senate panel throughout her affirmation listening to Tuesday that she sees the Chinese language Communist Celebration as a “international competitor,” refusing to dub Beijing an “adversary.”

Haines was responding to a query from Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), rating member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, about whether or not the Communist Celebration-backed Chinese language authorities is an “adversary” of america.

“China is adversarial and an adversary on some points, and in different points we attempt to cooperate with them, whether or not within the context of local weather change or different issues. And in the end the body that the president-elect has recognized for enthusiastic about that is as a world competitor,” she stated.

“However I feel that doesn’t, to your level, in any manner mitigate the truth that, in the case of espionage or a wide range of areas that I’ll be centered on if I’m confirmed because the director of nationwide intelligence, they’re an adversary and that we now have to work on these points, particularly countering their unlawful, unfair, aggressive actions in these areas,” she continued. 

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), appearing chairman of the committee, requested Haines how she would counter China’s efforts to determine, domesticate and recruit US politicians as a method to affect US coverage initiatives and the way the intelligence neighborhood would work with state governments to thwart such efforts. 

Avril Haines appears before the Senate Intelligence committee during a confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, on January 19, 2021.
Avril Haines seems earlier than the Senate Intelligence Committee throughout a affirmation listening to on Capitol Hill on Jan. 19, 2021.
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“I completely agree together with your general view that we have to do extra coaching on this house and, and I famous clearly within the work that the committee has finished on Russia that one in all your suggestions pertains to extra coaching in respect of counterintelligence. I feel that is sensible within the context of China as nicely,” stated Haines, a former deputy director of the CIA.

She stated her predecessors main nationwide intelligence have “emphasised the significance of getting these partnerships with native and state actors.”

“And I feel that’s an area the place I wish to additional interact with you on this subject, however I feel having a plan for the way we are able to enhance coaching and schooling of assorted leaders in state and native authorities in order that they perceive the menace that’s dealing with them can be completely wise,” she stated.  


Former Virginia corrections worker claims she was fired for carrying tampon



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A former worker on the Virginia Division of Corrections can transfer ahead with a lawsuit that claims she was fired as a result of the jail thought her tampon was contraband, a decide dominated Monday.

Joyce Flores alleged in a lawsuit that she was axed from her job as a dental hygienist in July 2019 after her colleagues mistook a tampon for contraband throughout a physique scan on the facility, regardless of her repeated makes an attempt to elucidate the state of affairs.

“At no level did [Flores] deliver or try to deliver contraband into ACC. The explanation supplied by VDOC for the termination is pretext for intercourse discrimination. Plaintiff’s employment was terminated as a result of she was a menstruating feminine using a female hygiene product when she arrived to work on July 17, 2019,” the swimsuit, filed in November, prices.

In response, the Division of Corrections requested a decide to drop the claims, arguing that Flores didn’t present sufficient proof proving gender discrimination on the time of her firing, the Virginia Mercury reported.

Nevertheless, District Choose Thomas Cullen rejected the division’s request, saying, “Flores’ menstruation and use of a tampon — circumstances inextricable from her intercourse and her child-bearing capability — she wouldn’t have been discharged.”

In 2018, the Virginia Division of Corrections banned girls from carrying tampons whereas visiting inmates citing issues that its physique scanning system wouldn’t be capable to differentiate the feminine hygiene product from contraband.

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Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy exams constructive for COVID-19



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Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy introduced Wednesday he has examined constructive for COVID-19.

The Republican governor was quarantining in his dwelling with gentle signs, his workplace mentioned in an announcement.

Dunleavy started to isolate himself after studying Sunday he had been in shut contact with somebody who had the virus. He acquired examined that very same day and his outcomes got here again detrimental.

He had been feeling nicely till Tuesday night time. On Wednesday morning, he examined once more, and the resulte was constructive, in line with Dunleavy’s workplace.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink and the governor’s attending doctor are monitoring him.

In the meantime, Alaska Home Speaker Louise Stutes additionally examined constructive for the contagious bug.

Committee hearings had been canceled for Thursday, and Stutes warned her colleagues to not enter the state Capitol until it was needed.

With Submit wires

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Girl caught on video crashing into upstate NY bakery



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An 82-year-old lady could possibly be seen on video as she drives straight right into a bakery in upstate New York on Tuesday.

Kathryn Ford went to use the brakes however by accident hit the gasoline pedal, prompting her to plow into Dolce and Biscotti in Clifton Park shortly earlier than 5 p.m., the Albany Occasions Union reported citing state police.

Inside, Ford continued hitting the gasoline, however fortunately, Tom Fron, whose spouse owns the bakery, ran over to the automobile to show off the ignition.

“It was a miracle,” he advised the outlet. “I used to be on the money register and everybody else was in a separate corners of the bakery.”

“It occurred so quick. I heard a crash and she or he was in the course of the bakery,” Fron added. “We’re blessed. The whole lot that was broken may be repaired.”

Video of the crash exhibits the BMW slamming by means of the bakery’s glass home windows, and into the kitchen the place a number of workers ran for canopy.

Ford had no accidents. Just one individual suffered a minor arm damage and was handled by EMS on the scene.

The bakery posted on its Fb web page that it will likely be quickly closed for one to 2 weeks because of renovations.

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