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  •   US President Joe Biden met with top lawmakers in Congress on Tuesday to discuss the agenda in the lame duck session on Capitol Hill The White House meeting included Biden House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Their talks came amid the threat of a nationwide freight strike as a labor deal has divided members of two of the country s biggest rail unions The politicians discussed how Congress can act to prevent a rail shutdown which would have devastating consequences for workers families and our economy according to a White House reading Without the freight train many American industries would shut down Biden said in a statement released Monday Up to 765 000 Americans many union workers could be out of a job in the first two weeks alone the statement read Communities could lose access to the chemicals needed to ensure clean drinking water Farms and ranches across the country may not be able to feed their livestock Pelosi later said the House of Representatives would take up legislation this week to adopt a tentative agreement between rail workers and operators On Tuesday Biden and the leaders of the US Congress also discussed how to maintain government funding resources to fight COVID 19 and aid to Ukraine the White House said McCarthy who is seeking to be elected speaker of the House of Representatives next term told reporters Tuesday that Republicans will prioritize border security and cutting spending among other things Republicans flipped the House in this year s midterm elections while Democrats retained their majority in the Senate for the next Congress which will meet for the first time on January 3 2023 Xinhua
    Biden meets with top US lawmakers in a lame duck session
      US President Joe Biden met with top lawmakers in Congress on Tuesday to discuss the agenda in the lame duck session on Capitol Hill The White House meeting included Biden House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Their talks came amid the threat of a nationwide freight strike as a labor deal has divided members of two of the country s biggest rail unions The politicians discussed how Congress can act to prevent a rail shutdown which would have devastating consequences for workers families and our economy according to a White House reading Without the freight train many American industries would shut down Biden said in a statement released Monday Up to 765 000 Americans many union workers could be out of a job in the first two weeks alone the statement read Communities could lose access to the chemicals needed to ensure clean drinking water Farms and ranches across the country may not be able to feed their livestock Pelosi later said the House of Representatives would take up legislation this week to adopt a tentative agreement between rail workers and operators On Tuesday Biden and the leaders of the US Congress also discussed how to maintain government funding resources to fight COVID 19 and aid to Ukraine the White House said McCarthy who is seeking to be elected speaker of the House of Representatives next term told reporters Tuesday that Republicans will prioritize border security and cutting spending among other things Republicans flipped the House in this year s midterm elections while Democrats retained their majority in the Senate for the next Congress which will meet for the first time on January 3 2023 Xinhua
    Biden meets with top US lawmakers in a lame duck session
    Foreign12 hours ago

    Biden meets with top US lawmakers in a lame duck session

    - US President Joe Biden met with top lawmakers in Congress on Tuesday to discuss the agenda in the lame duck session on Capitol Hill.

    The White House meeting included Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

    Their talks came amid the threat of a nationwide freight strike as a labor deal has divided members of two of the country's biggest rail unions.

    The politicians "discussed how Congress can act to prevent a rail shutdown, which would have devastating consequences for workers, families and our economy," according to a White House reading.

    Without the freight train, many American industries would shut down, Biden said in a statement released Monday.

    “Up to 765,000 Americans, many union workers, could be out of a job in the first two weeks alone,” the statement read. "Communities could lose access to the chemicals needed to ensure clean drinking water. Farms and ranches across the country may not be able to feed their livestock."

    Pelosi later said the House of Representatives would take up legislation this week to adopt a tentative agreement between rail workers and operators.

    On Tuesday, Biden and the leaders of the US Congress also discussed how to maintain government funding, resources to fight COVID-19 and aid to Ukraine, the White House said.

    McCarthy, who is seeking to be elected speaker of the House of Representatives next term, told reporters Tuesday that Republicans will prioritize border security and cutting spending, among other things.

    Republicans flipped the House in this year's midterm elections, while Democrats retained their majority in the Senate for the next Congress, which will meet for the first time on January 3, 2023. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   US President Joe Biden met with top lawmakers in Congress on Tuesday to discuss the agenda in the lame duck session on Capitol Hill The White House meeting included Biden House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Their talks came amid the threat of a nationwide freight strike as a labor deal has divided members of two of the country s biggest rail unions The politicians discussed how Congress can act to prevent a rail shutdown which would have devastating consequences for workers families and our economy according to a White House reading Without the freight train many American industries would shut down Biden said in a statement released Monday Up to 765 000 Americans many union workers could be out of a job in the first two weeks alone the statement read Communities could lose access to the chemicals needed to ensure clean drinking water Farms and ranches across the country may not be able to feed their livestock Pelosi later said the House of Representatives would take up legislation this week to adopt a tentative agreement between rail workers and operators On Tuesday Biden and the leaders of the US Congress also discussed how to maintain government funding resources to fight COVID 19 and aid to Ukraine the White House said McCarthy who is seeking to be elected speaker of the House of Representatives next term told reporters Tuesday that Republicans will prioritize border security and cutting spending among other things Republicans flipped the House in this year s midterm elections while Democrats retained their majority in the Senate for the next Congress which will meet for the first time on January 3 2023 Xinhua
    Biden meets with top US lawmakers in a lame duck session
      US President Joe Biden met with top lawmakers in Congress on Tuesday to discuss the agenda in the lame duck session on Capitol Hill The White House meeting included Biden House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Their talks came amid the threat of a nationwide freight strike as a labor deal has divided members of two of the country s biggest rail unions The politicians discussed how Congress can act to prevent a rail shutdown which would have devastating consequences for workers families and our economy according to a White House reading Without the freight train many American industries would shut down Biden said in a statement released Monday Up to 765 000 Americans many union workers could be out of a job in the first two weeks alone the statement read Communities could lose access to the chemicals needed to ensure clean drinking water Farms and ranches across the country may not be able to feed their livestock Pelosi later said the House of Representatives would take up legislation this week to adopt a tentative agreement between rail workers and operators On Tuesday Biden and the leaders of the US Congress also discussed how to maintain government funding resources to fight COVID 19 and aid to Ukraine the White House said McCarthy who is seeking to be elected speaker of the House of Representatives next term told reporters Tuesday that Republicans will prioritize border security and cutting spending among other things Republicans flipped the House in this year s midterm elections while Democrats retained their majority in the Senate for the next Congress which will meet for the first time on January 3 2023 Xinhua
    Biden meets with top US lawmakers in a lame duck session
    Foreign13 hours ago

    Biden meets with top US lawmakers in a lame duck session

    - US President Joe Biden met with top lawmakers in Congress on Tuesday to discuss the agenda in the lame duck session on Capitol Hill.

    The White House meeting included Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

    Their talks came amid the threat of a nationwide freight strike as a labor deal has divided members of two of the country's biggest rail unions.

    The politicians "discussed how Congress can act to prevent a rail shutdown, which would have devastating consequences for workers, families and our economy," according to a White House reading.

    Without the freight train, many American industries would shut down, Biden said in a statement released Monday.

    “Up to 765,000 Americans, many union workers, could be out of a job in the first two weeks alone,” the statement read. "Communities could lose access to the chemicals needed to ensure clean drinking water. Farms and ranches across the country may not be able to feed their livestock."

    Pelosi later said the House of Representatives would take up legislation this week to adopt a tentative agreement between rail workers and operators.

    On Tuesday, Biden and the leaders of the US Congress also discussed how to maintain government funding, resources to fight COVID-19 and aid to Ukraine, the White House said.

    McCarthy, who is seeking to be elected speaker of the House of Representatives next term, told reporters Tuesday that Republicans will prioritize border security and cutting spending, among other things.

    Republicans flipped the House in this year's midterm elections, while Democrats retained their majority in the Senate for the next Congress, which will meet for the first time on January 3, 2023. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •  Security services were out in force across China s major cities Tuesday which for the time being appeared to have quelled nationwide protests calling for political freedoms and an end to Covid lockdowns The country s leadership faced a weekend of protests not seen in decades as anger over unrelenting lockdowns fuelled deep rooted frustration with its political system A deadly fire last week in Urumqi the capital of the northwestern region of Xinjiang was the catalyst for the outrage with protesters taking to the streets in cities around China The demonstrators said Covid 19 restrictions were to blame for hampering rescue efforts claims the government has denied as it accused forces with ulterior motives of linking the fire to the strict Covid controls Anger over lockdowns has widened to calls for political change with protesters holding up blank sheets of paper to symbolise the censorship to which the world s most populous country is subjected By Tuesday evening a heavy police presence of hundreds of officers appeared to have been drawn back from the streets of a rain drenched Shanghai where weekend protests even saw bold calls for the resignation of President Xi Jinping an AFP reporter said A broad effort by police to stop passersby taking pictures of the site of the protest also appeared to have been tapered down they added with one officer telling AFP that it depends on the nature of the photo but that there was no blanket ban in place But frustration with zero Covid remained palpable The zero Covid policies now they re just too strict They kill more people than Covid one 17 year old passerby who asked to be identified only as Ray told AFP He said he had been surrounded by police when passing through the area We are not foreign forces In Beijing AFP reporters saw a few marked and unmarked police vehicles but no sign of protesters at an intersection near the Asian Games Village where a demonstration had been planned for Tuesday night Freezing temperatures of minus nine degrees Celsius 15 8 degrees Fahrenheit likely also kept protesters away People who had attended weekend rallies in the Chinese capital told AFP on Monday they had received phone calls from law enforcement officers demanding information about their movements Some rallies did go ahead elsewhere on Tuesday night however At Hong Kong s oldest university over a dozen people led the crowd in chanting slogans such as give me liberty or give me death just days after a similar solidarity protest led to school authorities calling the police We are not foreign forces we are Chinese citizens China should have different voices one woman shouted while another held a placard mourning victims of the Urumqi fire One Chinese student told AFP that he was worried about getting arrested under Hong Kong s increasingly draconian political climate but felt the need to keep up the spirit of resistance And in the neighbouring southern Chinese city of Shenzhen a witness told AFP they had seen a heavy police presence in Huaqiangbei a busy shopping area in the city s downtown after rumours of protests circulated on social media Around 150 police officers were seen within a 500 metre 1 640 feet stretch of Huaqiang road they said alongside scores of black police vans Many died in vain China s strict control of information and continued travel curbs have made verifying protester numbers across the vast country challenging But the widespread rallies seen over the weekend are exceptionally rare in China with authorities harshly clamping down on all opposition to the central government US President Joe Biden is monitoring the unrest the White House said Monday And Britain on Tuesday summoned the Chinese ambassador in London for a rebuke after the arrest and alleged assault of a BBC journalist covering the protests in Shanghai Solidarity protests have also mushroomed around the world Officials are borrowing the pretext of Covid but using excessively strict lockdowns to control China s population one 21 year old Chinese participant in a Washington protest who gave only his surname Chen told AFP They disregarded human lives and caused many to die in vain he said Vaccination drive China s leaders are committed to zero Covid which compels local governments to impose snap lockdowns and quarantine orders and limit freedom of movement in response to minor outbreaks But there are signs that some local authorities are taking steps to relax some of the rules and dampen the unrest and that central authorities may be seeking a path out of the rigid policy China s National Health Commission NHC announced on Tuesday a renewed effort to expand low vaccination rates among the elderly long seen as a key obstacle to relaxing zero Covid Many fear that opening the country up while swaths of the population remain not fully immunised could overwhelm China s healthcare system and cause more than a million deaths Just 65 8 percent of people over 80 are fully vaccinated NHC officials told a news conference China has also not yet approved mRNA vaccines which are proven to be more effective for public use The NHC also said local efforts inconsistent with national policies had caused a great impact on people s work and life and warned that those who cause serious consequences will be held accountable in accordance with laws and regulation However it did not suggest a change in policy was imminent
    China police out in force after anti-lockdown protests
     Security services were out in force across China s major cities Tuesday which for the time being appeared to have quelled nationwide protests calling for political freedoms and an end to Covid lockdowns The country s leadership faced a weekend of protests not seen in decades as anger over unrelenting lockdowns fuelled deep rooted frustration with its political system A deadly fire last week in Urumqi the capital of the northwestern region of Xinjiang was the catalyst for the outrage with protesters taking to the streets in cities around China The demonstrators said Covid 19 restrictions were to blame for hampering rescue efforts claims the government has denied as it accused forces with ulterior motives of linking the fire to the strict Covid controls Anger over lockdowns has widened to calls for political change with protesters holding up blank sheets of paper to symbolise the censorship to which the world s most populous country is subjected By Tuesday evening a heavy police presence of hundreds of officers appeared to have been drawn back from the streets of a rain drenched Shanghai where weekend protests even saw bold calls for the resignation of President Xi Jinping an AFP reporter said A broad effort by police to stop passersby taking pictures of the site of the protest also appeared to have been tapered down they added with one officer telling AFP that it depends on the nature of the photo but that there was no blanket ban in place But frustration with zero Covid remained palpable The zero Covid policies now they re just too strict They kill more people than Covid one 17 year old passerby who asked to be identified only as Ray told AFP He said he had been surrounded by police when passing through the area We are not foreign forces In Beijing AFP reporters saw a few marked and unmarked police vehicles but no sign of protesters at an intersection near the Asian Games Village where a demonstration had been planned for Tuesday night Freezing temperatures of minus nine degrees Celsius 15 8 degrees Fahrenheit likely also kept protesters away People who had attended weekend rallies in the Chinese capital told AFP on Monday they had received phone calls from law enforcement officers demanding information about their movements Some rallies did go ahead elsewhere on Tuesday night however At Hong Kong s oldest university over a dozen people led the crowd in chanting slogans such as give me liberty or give me death just days after a similar solidarity protest led to school authorities calling the police We are not foreign forces we are Chinese citizens China should have different voices one woman shouted while another held a placard mourning victims of the Urumqi fire One Chinese student told AFP that he was worried about getting arrested under Hong Kong s increasingly draconian political climate but felt the need to keep up the spirit of resistance And in the neighbouring southern Chinese city of Shenzhen a witness told AFP they had seen a heavy police presence in Huaqiangbei a busy shopping area in the city s downtown after rumours of protests circulated on social media Around 150 police officers were seen within a 500 metre 1 640 feet stretch of Huaqiang road they said alongside scores of black police vans Many died in vain China s strict control of information and continued travel curbs have made verifying protester numbers across the vast country challenging But the widespread rallies seen over the weekend are exceptionally rare in China with authorities harshly clamping down on all opposition to the central government US President Joe Biden is monitoring the unrest the White House said Monday And Britain on Tuesday summoned the Chinese ambassador in London for a rebuke after the arrest and alleged assault of a BBC journalist covering the protests in Shanghai Solidarity protests have also mushroomed around the world Officials are borrowing the pretext of Covid but using excessively strict lockdowns to control China s population one 21 year old Chinese participant in a Washington protest who gave only his surname Chen told AFP They disregarded human lives and caused many to die in vain he said Vaccination drive China s leaders are committed to zero Covid which compels local governments to impose snap lockdowns and quarantine orders and limit freedom of movement in response to minor outbreaks But there are signs that some local authorities are taking steps to relax some of the rules and dampen the unrest and that central authorities may be seeking a path out of the rigid policy China s National Health Commission NHC announced on Tuesday a renewed effort to expand low vaccination rates among the elderly long seen as a key obstacle to relaxing zero Covid Many fear that opening the country up while swaths of the population remain not fully immunised could overwhelm China s healthcare system and cause more than a million deaths Just 65 8 percent of people over 80 are fully vaccinated NHC officials told a news conference China has also not yet approved mRNA vaccines which are proven to be more effective for public use The NHC also said local efforts inconsistent with national policies had caused a great impact on people s work and life and warned that those who cause serious consequences will be held accountable in accordance with laws and regulation However it did not suggest a change in policy was imminent
    China police out in force after anti-lockdown protests
    Foreign23 hours ago

    China police out in force after anti-lockdown protests

    Security services were out in force across China’s major cities Tuesday, which for the time being appeared to have quelled nationwide protests calling for political freedoms and an end to Covid lockdowns.

    The country’s leadership faced a weekend of protests not seen in decades as anger over unrelenting lockdowns fuelled deep-rooted frustration with its political system.

    A deadly fire last week in Urumqi, the capital of the northwestern region of Xinjiang, was the catalyst for the outrage, with protesters taking to the streets in cities around China.

    The demonstrators said Covid-19 restrictions were to blame for hampering rescue efforts, claims the government has denied as it accused “forces with ulterior motives” of linking the fire to the strict Covid controls.

    Anger over lockdowns has widened to calls for political change, with protesters holding up blank sheets of paper to symbolise the censorship to which the world’s most populous country is subjected.

    By Tuesday evening, a heavy police presence of hundreds of officers appeared to have been drawn back from the streets of a rain-drenched Shanghai, where weekend protests even saw bold calls for the resignation of President Xi Jinping, an AFP reporter said.

    A broad effort by police to stop passersby taking pictures of the site of the protest also appeared to have been tapered down, they added, with one officer telling AFP that it “depends on the nature of the photo” but that there was no blanket ban in place.

    But frustration with zero-Covid remained palpable.

    “The (zero-Covid) policies now -– they’re just too strict.

    They kill more people than Covid,” one 17-year-old passerby, who asked to be identified only as Ray, told AFP.

    He said he had been surrounded by police when passing through the area.

    – ‘We are not foreign forces’ –In Beijing, AFP reporters saw a few marked and unmarked police vehicles but no sign of protesters at an intersection near the Asian Games Village, where a demonstration had been planned for Tuesday night.

    Freezing temperatures of minus nine degrees Celsius (15.

    8 degrees Fahrenheit) likely also kept protesters away.

    People who had attended weekend rallies in the Chinese capital told AFP on Monday they had received phone calls from law enforcement officers demanding information about their movements.

    Some rallies did go ahead elsewhere on Tuesday night, however.

    At Hong Kong’s oldest university, over a dozen people led the crowd in chanting slogans such as “give me liberty or give me death”, just days after a similar solidarity protest led to school authorities calling the police.

    “We are not foreign forces, we are Chinese citizens.

    China should have different voices,” one woman shouted, while another held a placard mourning victims of the Urumqi fire.

    One Chinese student told AFP that he was worried about getting arrested under Hong Kong’s increasingly draconian political climate, but felt the need “to keep up the spirit of resistance”.

    And in the neighbouring southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, a witness told AFP they had seen a heavy police presence in Huaqiangbei, a busy shopping area in the city’s downtown, after rumours of protests circulated on social media.

    Around 150 police officers were seen within a 500 metre (1,640 feet) stretch of Huaqiang road, they said, alongside scores of black police vans.

    – ‘Many died in vain’ –China’s strict control of information and continued travel curbs have made verifying protester numbers across the vast country challenging.

    But the widespread rallies seen over the weekend are exceptionally rare in China, with authorities harshly clamping down on all opposition to the central government.

    US President Joe Biden is monitoring the unrest, the White House said Monday.

    And Britain on Tuesday summoned the Chinese ambassador in London for a rebuke after the arrest and alleged assault of a BBC journalist covering the protests in Shanghai.

    Solidarity protests have also mushroomed around the world.

    “Officials are borrowing the pretext of Covid, but using excessively strict lockdowns to control China’s population,” one 21-year-old Chinese participant in a Washington protest, who gave only his surname, Chen, told AFP.

    “They disregarded human lives and caused many to die in vain,” he said.

    – Vaccination drive –China’s leaders are committed to zero-Covid, which compels local governments to impose snap lockdowns and quarantine orders and limit freedom of movement in response to minor outbreaks.

    But there are signs that some local authorities are taking steps to relax some of the rules and dampen the unrest — and that central authorities may be seeking a path out of the rigid policy.

    China’s National Health Commission (NHC) announced on Tuesday a renewed effort to expand low vaccination rates among the elderly — long seen as a key obstacle to relaxing zero-Covid.

    Many fear that opening the country up while swaths of the population remain not fully immunised could overwhelm China’s healthcare system and cause more than a million deaths.

    Just 65.

    8 percent of people over 80 are fully vaccinated, NHC officials told a news conference.

    China has also not yet approved mRNA vaccines, which are proven to be more effective, for public use.

    The NHC also said local efforts “inconsistent with national policies” had caused a “great impact on people’s work and life”, and warned that “those who cause serious consequences will be held accountable in accordance with laws and regulation”.

    However, it did not suggest a change in policy was imminent.

  •  The gunman who fatally shot six people at a Walmart in Chesapeake Virginia legally purchased a firearm Tuesday morning police said Friday The shooter identified as 31 year old Andre Bing died of a self inflicted wound before police responded to the shooting Tuesday night Police said Bing who allegedly worked as a night shift manager at the Chesapeake supermarket since 2010 used a 9mm pistol purchased legally from a local store He had no criminal record before the shooting that also injured four people Investigators performed a forensic analysis of the shooter s phone which was located at the scene and found a death note located on the device The city of Chesapeake tweeted Thursday that there are still two injured people in the hospital one in critical condition and the other in fair improving condition This Thanksgiving we are so thankful for our community and are thinking of every Walmart shooting victim and their family members he wrote A vigil for the victims of the shooting has been scheduled for Monday night at City Park in Chesapeake The Walmart massacre came just days after a deadly mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs Colorado in which five people were killed and 19 others injured A gunman entered the club and opened fire with an AR 15 style rifle before being taken into custody US President Joe Biden on Thursday renewed his call to ban assault weapons I m going to try to get rid of the assault weapons Biden told reporters during a visit to firefighters in Nantucket Massachusetts I am sick and tired of these shootings Biden said Thursday We should have much stricter gun laws However the possibility of an assault weapons ban passing through the US Congress is almost impossible in the near future Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives next term and are likely to oppose legislation to curb gun rights The United States has suffered more than 600 mass shootings so far this year according to the Archive of Gun Violence Last year the country recorded a staggering 690 mass shootings up from 610 in 2020 and 417 in 2019 Xinhua
    US Walmart Shooter Legally Purchased Firearm Morning of Attack: Police-
     The gunman who fatally shot six people at a Walmart in Chesapeake Virginia legally purchased a firearm Tuesday morning police said Friday The shooter identified as 31 year old Andre Bing died of a self inflicted wound before police responded to the shooting Tuesday night Police said Bing who allegedly worked as a night shift manager at the Chesapeake supermarket since 2010 used a 9mm pistol purchased legally from a local store He had no criminal record before the shooting that also injured four people Investigators performed a forensic analysis of the shooter s phone which was located at the scene and found a death note located on the device The city of Chesapeake tweeted Thursday that there are still two injured people in the hospital one in critical condition and the other in fair improving condition This Thanksgiving we are so thankful for our community and are thinking of every Walmart shooting victim and their family members he wrote A vigil for the victims of the shooting has been scheduled for Monday night at City Park in Chesapeake The Walmart massacre came just days after a deadly mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs Colorado in which five people were killed and 19 others injured A gunman entered the club and opened fire with an AR 15 style rifle before being taken into custody US President Joe Biden on Thursday renewed his call to ban assault weapons I m going to try to get rid of the assault weapons Biden told reporters during a visit to firefighters in Nantucket Massachusetts I am sick and tired of these shootings Biden said Thursday We should have much stricter gun laws However the possibility of an assault weapons ban passing through the US Congress is almost impossible in the near future Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives next term and are likely to oppose legislation to curb gun rights The United States has suffered more than 600 mass shootings so far this year according to the Archive of Gun Violence Last year the country recorded a staggering 690 mass shootings up from 610 in 2020 and 417 in 2019 Xinhua
    US Walmart Shooter Legally Purchased Firearm Morning of Attack: Police-
    Foreign4 days ago

    US Walmart Shooter Legally Purchased Firearm Morning of Attack: Police-

    The gunman who fatally shot six people at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, legally purchased a firearm Tuesday morning, police said Friday.

    The shooter, identified as 31-year-old Andre Bing, died of a self-inflicted wound before police responded to the shooting Tuesday night.

    Police said Bing, who allegedly worked as a night shift manager at the Chesapeake supermarket since 2010, used a 9mm pistol purchased legally from a local store.

    He had no criminal record before the shooting that also injured four people.

    Investigators performed a forensic analysis of the shooter's phone, which was located at the scene, and found a "death note" located on the device.

    The city of Chesapeake tweeted Thursday that "there are still two injured people in the hospital, one in critical condition and the other in fair/improving condition."

    “This Thanksgiving, we are so thankful for our community and are thinking of every Walmart shooting victim and their family members,” he wrote.

    A vigil for the victims of the shooting has been scheduled for Monday night at City Park in Chesapeake.

    The Walmart massacre came just days after a deadly mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in which five people were killed and 19 others injured.

    A gunman entered the club and opened fire with an AR-15-style rifle before being taken into custody.

    US President Joe Biden on Thursday renewed his call to ban assault weapons.

    “I'm going to try to get rid of the assault weapons,” Biden told reporters during a visit to firefighters in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

    “I am sick and tired of these shootings,” Biden said Thursday. "We should have much stricter gun laws."

    However, the possibility of an assault weapons ban passing through the US Congress is almost impossible in the near future.

    Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives next term and are likely to oppose legislation to curb gun rights.

    The United States has suffered more than 600 mass shootings so far this year, according to the Archive of Gun Violence.

    Last year the country recorded a staggering 690 mass shootings, up from 610 in 2020 and 417 in 2019. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •  The United States remained vigilant on Thursday in the wake of recent mass shootings as Americans gathered for Thanksgiving amid high inflation and a resurgence of COVID 19 and other viruses GUN VIOLENCE EXPLODES The New York City Police Department has tightened security around this year s Macy s Thanksgiving Day Parade which kicked off Thursday morning with giant balloons celebrity performers and festive floats The annual event came just one day after a night manager at a Walmart in Chesapeake Virginia opened fire at a routine employee meeting in a break room killing six people and wounding four others The shooter took his own life Bloodshed also occurred last weekend at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs Colorado with a gunman killing five people and injuring 19 others Due to another horrific and senseless act of violence there are now even more tables across the country that will have empty seats this Thanksgiving US President Joe Biden said in a statement on Wednesday The United States has suffered more than 600 mass shootings so far this year according to the Archive of Gun Violence Last year the country saw a staggering 690 mass shootings up from 610 in 2020 and 417 in 2019 We re not callous we re traumatized tweeted Shannon Watts founder of Moms Demand Action a grassroots movement calling for an end to gun violence in the US at the hands of civilians along with weak gun laws We have made the decision to saturate this nation with weapons without regard to a person s fitness to possess a potential tool of mass murder US Senator Chris Murphy tweeted Wednesday echoing Watts comments Biden reiterated calls to seek an assault weapons ban on Thursday The idea that we re still allowing the purchase of semi automatics is sick he said during a visit to firefighters in Nantucket Massachusetts where he and his family were staying for Thanksgiving However the possibility of such a ban actually passing through Congress is too remote in light of a Republican dominated House of Representatives next term and the 60 vote threshold to overcome filibuster and pass the legislation in the Senate where Democrats have been projected to have only a slim majority after the 2022 midterms MOST EXPENSIVE MEALS Spending time with family and friends on Thanksgiving continued to be important to Americans and this year the cost of a meal was top of mind as well Nearly every ingredient in the classic Thanksgiving feast is more expensive due to inflation supply chain disruptions and bird flu according to the annual Thanksgiving dinner survey conducted by the American Federation of Farm Bureaux AFBF The survey released earlier this month found that this year s classic Thanksgiving feast for 10 people is US 64 05 or less than US 6 50 per person US 10 74 or 20 percent more than last year s average of 53 31 The centerpiece of most Thanksgiving tables the turkey costs more than it did last year at 28 96 for a 16 pound turkey That s 1 81 per pound about 0 45 kilograms up 21 percent from last year Headline inflation drastically reducing consumers purchasing power is a major contributing factor to the increase in the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner this year said AFBF chief economist Roger Cryan In the US headline inflation has been running from 7 to 9 percent in recent months while the most recent report on the Consumer Price Index for Food Eaten at Home shows an increase of 12 percent per year Other factors contributing to rising food costs include supply chain disruptions Cryan said The higher retail cost of turkey at the grocery store can also be attributed to a slightly smaller flock this year higher feed costs and lighter processing weights The supply of whole turkeys available to consumers he said should be adequate this year although there may be temporary regional shortages in some states where avian influenza was detected earlier this year Americans cited inflation as the biggest issue driving their votes in the midterm elections earlier this month according to an exit poll with a large portion of voters saying inflation caused them or their families moderate hardship while a further 20 percent said it caused them severe hardship Ayalla Ruvio and Forrest Morgeson professors in the Department of Marketing at Michigan State University s Eli Broad College of Business wrote in the abstract of a new study that concerned about rising prices most Americans tend to buy gifts for fewer people or buy fewer expensive items this holiday season LARGE TRIPLEDEMIC FABRIC American families gathered Thursday for a third Thanksgiving in the era of COVID 19 with two other worrisome viruses also spreading rapidly the flu and respiratory syncytial virus RSV We are facing an onslaught of three viruses COVID RSV and influenza All simultaneously said William Schaffner an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University quoted by National Public Radio NPR We are calling this a tripledemic The triple epidemic is reportedly pushing some hospitals in the United States to the brink as the country struggles to address shortages of pediatric beds medical staff and even some medicines Our system is stretched thin and without immediate care the crisis will only worsen Mark Wietecha executive director of the Children s Hospital Association said in a statement At the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon ceremony at the White House earlier this week Biden called for flu and COVID 19 vaccines before the winter break We have new COVID vaccine updates to address new variants to protect you and your loved ones So get it today he said Get a flu shot too This winter can be much happier than past holiday seasons but you have to do your part The United States has reported 98 5 million cases of COVID 19 and more than 1 million deaths since the pandemic broke out nearly three years ago The US s top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that he never imagined the pandemic would last so long and claim so many lives Fauci who will step down next month as director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases after nearly four decades at the helm and as White House chief medical adviser also reflected on the US response to the public health crisis When I see people in this country because of the division in our country not getting vaccinated for reasons that have nothing to do with public health but rather division and ideological differences as a doctor it hurts me he said he told reporters in his last appearance from the White House briefing room I don t want to see anyone get infected I don t want to see anyone hospitalized and I don t want to see anyone die of COVID the 81 year old infectious disease expert said adding that his final message from the podium is to get your vaccine COVID 19 update as soon as you are eligible to protect yourself your family and your community Xinhua
    World Perspectives: American Thanksgiving Was Overshadowed by Gun Violence, Inflation, and the “Tripledemia”
     The United States remained vigilant on Thursday in the wake of recent mass shootings as Americans gathered for Thanksgiving amid high inflation and a resurgence of COVID 19 and other viruses GUN VIOLENCE EXPLODES The New York City Police Department has tightened security around this year s Macy s Thanksgiving Day Parade which kicked off Thursday morning with giant balloons celebrity performers and festive floats The annual event came just one day after a night manager at a Walmart in Chesapeake Virginia opened fire at a routine employee meeting in a break room killing six people and wounding four others The shooter took his own life Bloodshed also occurred last weekend at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs Colorado with a gunman killing five people and injuring 19 others Due to another horrific and senseless act of violence there are now even more tables across the country that will have empty seats this Thanksgiving US President Joe Biden said in a statement on Wednesday The United States has suffered more than 600 mass shootings so far this year according to the Archive of Gun Violence Last year the country saw a staggering 690 mass shootings up from 610 in 2020 and 417 in 2019 We re not callous we re traumatized tweeted Shannon Watts founder of Moms Demand Action a grassroots movement calling for an end to gun violence in the US at the hands of civilians along with weak gun laws We have made the decision to saturate this nation with weapons without regard to a person s fitness to possess a potential tool of mass murder US Senator Chris Murphy tweeted Wednesday echoing Watts comments Biden reiterated calls to seek an assault weapons ban on Thursday The idea that we re still allowing the purchase of semi automatics is sick he said during a visit to firefighters in Nantucket Massachusetts where he and his family were staying for Thanksgiving However the possibility of such a ban actually passing through Congress is too remote in light of a Republican dominated House of Representatives next term and the 60 vote threshold to overcome filibuster and pass the legislation in the Senate where Democrats have been projected to have only a slim majority after the 2022 midterms MOST EXPENSIVE MEALS Spending time with family and friends on Thanksgiving continued to be important to Americans and this year the cost of a meal was top of mind as well Nearly every ingredient in the classic Thanksgiving feast is more expensive due to inflation supply chain disruptions and bird flu according to the annual Thanksgiving dinner survey conducted by the American Federation of Farm Bureaux AFBF The survey released earlier this month found that this year s classic Thanksgiving feast for 10 people is US 64 05 or less than US 6 50 per person US 10 74 or 20 percent more than last year s average of 53 31 The centerpiece of most Thanksgiving tables the turkey costs more than it did last year at 28 96 for a 16 pound turkey That s 1 81 per pound about 0 45 kilograms up 21 percent from last year Headline inflation drastically reducing consumers purchasing power is a major contributing factor to the increase in the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner this year said AFBF chief economist Roger Cryan In the US headline inflation has been running from 7 to 9 percent in recent months while the most recent report on the Consumer Price Index for Food Eaten at Home shows an increase of 12 percent per year Other factors contributing to rising food costs include supply chain disruptions Cryan said The higher retail cost of turkey at the grocery store can also be attributed to a slightly smaller flock this year higher feed costs and lighter processing weights The supply of whole turkeys available to consumers he said should be adequate this year although there may be temporary regional shortages in some states where avian influenza was detected earlier this year Americans cited inflation as the biggest issue driving their votes in the midterm elections earlier this month according to an exit poll with a large portion of voters saying inflation caused them or their families moderate hardship while a further 20 percent said it caused them severe hardship Ayalla Ruvio and Forrest Morgeson professors in the Department of Marketing at Michigan State University s Eli Broad College of Business wrote in the abstract of a new study that concerned about rising prices most Americans tend to buy gifts for fewer people or buy fewer expensive items this holiday season LARGE TRIPLEDEMIC FABRIC American families gathered Thursday for a third Thanksgiving in the era of COVID 19 with two other worrisome viruses also spreading rapidly the flu and respiratory syncytial virus RSV We are facing an onslaught of three viruses COVID RSV and influenza All simultaneously said William Schaffner an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University quoted by National Public Radio NPR We are calling this a tripledemic The triple epidemic is reportedly pushing some hospitals in the United States to the brink as the country struggles to address shortages of pediatric beds medical staff and even some medicines Our system is stretched thin and without immediate care the crisis will only worsen Mark Wietecha executive director of the Children s Hospital Association said in a statement At the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon ceremony at the White House earlier this week Biden called for flu and COVID 19 vaccines before the winter break We have new COVID vaccine updates to address new variants to protect you and your loved ones So get it today he said Get a flu shot too This winter can be much happier than past holiday seasons but you have to do your part The United States has reported 98 5 million cases of COVID 19 and more than 1 million deaths since the pandemic broke out nearly three years ago The US s top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that he never imagined the pandemic would last so long and claim so many lives Fauci who will step down next month as director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases after nearly four decades at the helm and as White House chief medical adviser also reflected on the US response to the public health crisis When I see people in this country because of the division in our country not getting vaccinated for reasons that have nothing to do with public health but rather division and ideological differences as a doctor it hurts me he said he told reporters in his last appearance from the White House briefing room I don t want to see anyone get infected I don t want to see anyone hospitalized and I don t want to see anyone die of COVID the 81 year old infectious disease expert said adding that his final message from the podium is to get your vaccine COVID 19 update as soon as you are eligible to protect yourself your family and your community Xinhua
    World Perspectives: American Thanksgiving Was Overshadowed by Gun Violence, Inflation, and the “Tripledemia”
    Foreign5 days ago

    World Perspectives: American Thanksgiving Was Overshadowed by Gun Violence, Inflation, and the “Tripledemia”

    The United States remained vigilant on Thursday in the wake of recent mass shootings as Americans gathered for Thanksgiving amid high inflation and a resurgence of COVID-19 and other viruses.

    GUN VIOLENCE EXPLODES

    The New York City Police Department has tightened security around this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which kicked off Thursday morning with giant balloons, celebrity performers and festive floats.

    The annual event came just one day after a night manager at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, opened fire at a routine employee meeting in a break room, killing six people and wounding four others. The shooter took his own life.

    Bloodshed also occurred last weekend at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with a gunman killing five people and injuring 19 others.

    “Due to another horrific and senseless act of violence, there are now even more tables across the country that will have empty seats this Thanksgiving,” US President Joe Biden said in a statement on Wednesday.

    The United States has suffered more than 600 mass shootings so far this year, according to the Archive of Gun Violence. Last year the country saw a staggering 690 mass shootings, up from 610 in 2020 and 417 in 2019.

    "We're not callous, we're traumatized," tweeted Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, a grassroots movement calling for an end to gun violence in the US at the hands of civilians along with weak gun laws.

    “We have made the decision to saturate this nation with weapons, without regard to a person's fitness to possess a potential tool of mass murder,” US Senator Chris Murphy tweeted Wednesday, echoing Watts' comments.

    Biden reiterated calls to seek an assault weapons ban on Thursday. "The idea that we're still allowing the purchase of semi-automatics is sick," he said during a visit to firefighters in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where he and his family were staying for Thanksgiving.

    However, the possibility of such a ban actually passing through Congress is too remote in light of a Republican-dominated House of Representatives next term and the 60-vote threshold to overcome filibuster and pass the legislation in the Senate, where Democrats have been projected to have only a slim majority after the 2022 midterms.

    MOST EXPENSIVE MEALS

    Spending time with family and friends on Thanksgiving continued to be important to Americans, and this year the cost of a meal was top of mind as well.

    Nearly every ingredient in the classic Thanksgiving feast is more expensive due to inflation, supply chain disruptions and bird flu, according to the annual Thanksgiving dinner survey conducted by the American Federation of Farm Bureaux (AFBF).

    The survey, released earlier this month, found that this year's classic Thanksgiving feast for 10 people is US$64.05 or less than US$6.50 per person, US$10.74 or 20 percent. more than last year's average of $53.31.

    The centerpiece of most Thanksgiving tables, the turkey costs more than it did last year, at $28.96 for a 16-pound turkey. That's $1.81 per pound (about 0.45 kilograms), up 21 percent from last year.

    "Headline inflation drastically reducing consumers' purchasing power is a major contributing factor to the increase in the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner this year," said AFBF chief economist Roger Cryan.

    In the US, headline inflation has been running from 7 to 9 percent in recent months, while the most recent report on the Consumer Price Index for Food Eaten at Home shows an increase of 12 percent per year.

    Other factors contributing to rising food costs include supply chain disruptions, Cryan said. "The higher retail cost of turkey at the grocery store can also be attributed to a slightly smaller flock this year, higher feed costs, and lighter processing weights."

    The supply of whole turkeys available to consumers, he said, should be adequate this year, although there may be temporary regional shortages in some states where avian influenza was detected earlier this year.

    Americans cited inflation as the biggest issue driving their votes in the midterm elections earlier this month, according to an exit poll, with a large portion of voters saying inflation caused them or their families moderate hardship. , while a further 20 percent said it caused them severe hardship. .

    Ayalla Ruvio and Forrest Morgeson, professors in the Department of Marketing at Michigan State University's Eli Broad College of Business, wrote in the abstract of a new study that, concerned about rising prices, most Americans tend to buy gifts for fewer people or buy fewer expensive items this holiday season.

    LARGE "TRIPLEDEMIC" FABRIC

    American families gathered Thursday for a third Thanksgiving in the era of COVID-19, with two other worrisome viruses also spreading rapidly: the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

    “We are facing an onslaught of three viruses: COVID, RSV, and influenza. All simultaneously," said William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, quoted by National Public Radio (NPR). "We are calling this a tripledemic."

    The "triple epidemic" is reportedly pushing some hospitals in the United States to the brink as the country struggles to address shortages of pediatric beds, medical staff and even some medicines.

    “Our system is stretched thin and without immediate care, the crisis will only worsen,” Mark Wietecha, executive director of the Children's Hospital Association, said in a statement.

    At the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon ceremony at the White House earlier this week, Biden called for flu and COVID-19 vaccines before the winter break.

    "We have new COVID vaccine updates to address new variants to protect you and your loved ones. So get it today," he said. "Get a flu shot, too. This winter can be much happier than past holiday seasons, but you have to do your part."

    The United States has reported 98.5 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 1 million deaths since the pandemic broke out nearly three years ago. The US's top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, said Tuesday that he never imagined the pandemic would last so long and claim so many lives.

    Fauci, who will step down next month as director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases after nearly four decades at the helm and as White House chief medical adviser, also reflected on the US response to the public health crisis.

    “When I see people in this country, because of the division in our country, not getting vaccinated for reasons that have nothing to do with public health but rather division and ideological differences, as a doctor, it hurts me,” he said. he told reporters in his last appearance from the White House briefing room.

    "I don't want to see anyone get infected, I don't want to see anyone hospitalized and I don't want to see anyone die of COVID," the 81-year-old infectious disease expert said, adding that his final message from the podium is to "get your vaccine COVID-19 update as soon as you are eligible to protect yourself, your family, and your community." ■



    (Xinhua)

  •  The United States remained vigilant on Thursday in the wake of recent mass shootings as Americans gathered for Thanksgiving amid high inflation and a resurgence of COVID 19 and other viruses GUN VIOLENCE EXPLODES The New York City Police Department has tightened security around this year s Macy s Thanksgiving Day Parade which kicked off Thursday morning with giant balloons celebrity performers and festive floats The annual event came just one day after a night manager at a Walmart in Chesapeake Virginia opened fire at a routine employee meeting in a break room killing six people and wounding four others The shooter took his own life Bloodshed also occurred last weekend at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs Colorado with a gunman killing five people and injuring 19 others Due to another horrific and senseless act of violence there are now even more tables across the country that will have empty seats this Thanksgiving US President Joe Biden said in a statement on Wednesday The United States has suffered more than 600 mass shootings so far this year according to the Archive of Gun Violence Last year the country saw a staggering 690 mass shootings up from 610 in 2020 and 417 in 2019 We re not callous we re traumatized tweeted Shannon Watts founder of Moms Demand Action a grassroots movement calling for an end to gun violence in the US at the hands of civilians along with weak gun laws We have made the decision to saturate this nation with weapons without regard to a person s fitness to possess a potential tool of mass murder US Senator Chris Murphy tweeted Wednesday echoing Watts comments Biden reiterated calls to seek an assault weapons ban on Thursday The idea that we re still allowing the purchase of semi automatics is sick he said during a visit to firefighters in Nantucket Massachusetts where he and his family were staying for Thanksgiving However the possibility of such a ban actually passing through Congress is too remote in light of a Republican dominated House of Representatives next term and the 60 vote threshold to overcome filibuster and pass the legislation in the Senate where Democrats have been projected to have only a slim majority after the 2022 midterms MOST EXPENSIVE MEALS Spending time with family and friends on Thanksgiving continued to be important to Americans and this year the cost of a meal was top of mind as well Nearly every ingredient in the classic Thanksgiving feast is more expensive due to inflation supply chain disruptions and bird flu according to the annual Thanksgiving dinner survey conducted by the American Federation of Farm Bureaux AFBF The survey released earlier this month found that this year s classic Thanksgiving feast for 10 people is US 64 05 or less than US 6 50 per person US 10 74 or 20 percent more than last year s average of 53 31 The centerpiece of most Thanksgiving tables the turkey costs more than it did last year at 28 96 for a 16 pound turkey That s 1 81 per pound about 0 45 kilograms up 21 percent from last year Headline inflation drastically reducing consumers purchasing power is a major contributing factor to the increase in the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner this year said AFBF chief economist Roger Cryan In the US headline inflation has been running from 7 to 9 percent in recent months while the most recent report on the Consumer Price Index for Food Eaten at Home shows an increase of 12 percent per year Other factors contributing to rising food costs include supply chain disruptions Cryan said The higher retail cost of turkey at the grocery store can also be attributed to a slightly smaller flock this year higher feed costs and lighter processing weights The supply of whole turkeys available to consumers he said should be adequate this year although there may be temporary regional shortages in some states where avian influenza was detected earlier this year Americans cited inflation as the biggest issue driving their votes in the midterm elections earlier this month according to an exit poll with a large portion of voters saying inflation caused them or their families moderate hardship while a further 20 percent said it caused them severe hardship Ayalla Ruvio and Forrest Morgeson professors in the Department of Marketing at Michigan State University s Eli Broad College of Business wrote in the abstract of a new study that concerned about rising prices most Americans tend to buy gifts for fewer people or buy fewer expensive items this holiday season LARGE TRIPLEDEMIC FABRIC American families gathered Thursday for a third Thanksgiving in the era of COVID 19 with two other worrisome viruses also spreading rapidly the flu and respiratory syncytial virus RSV We are facing an onslaught of three viruses COVID RSV and influenza All simultaneously said William Schaffner an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University quoted by National Public Radio NPR We are calling this a tripledemic The triple epidemic is reportedly pushing some hospitals in the United States to the brink as the country struggles to address shortages of pediatric beds medical staff and even some medicines Our system is stretched thin and without immediate care the crisis will only worsen Mark Wietecha executive director of the Children s Hospital Association said in a statement At the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon ceremony at the White House earlier this week Biden called for flu and COVID 19 vaccines before the winter break We have new COVID vaccine updates to address new variants to protect you and your loved ones So get it today he said Get a flu shot too This winter can be much happier than past holiday seasons but you have to do your part The United States has reported 98 5 million cases of COVID 19 and more than 1 million deaths since the pandemic broke out nearly three years ago The US s top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that he never imagined the pandemic would last so long and claim so many lives Fauci who will step down next month as director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases after nearly four decades at the helm and as White House chief medical adviser also reflected on the US response to the public health crisis When I see people in this country because of the division in our country not getting vaccinated for reasons that have nothing to do with public health but rather division and ideological differences as a doctor it hurts me he said he told reporters in his last appearance from the White House briefing room I don t want to see anyone get infected I don t want to see anyone hospitalized and I don t want to see anyone die of COVID the 81 year old infectious disease expert said adding that his final message from the podium is to get your vaccine COVID 19 update as soon as you are eligible to protect yourself your family and your community Xinhua
    American Thanksgiving was overshadowed by gun violence, inflation, and the “triple epidemic.”
     The United States remained vigilant on Thursday in the wake of recent mass shootings as Americans gathered for Thanksgiving amid high inflation and a resurgence of COVID 19 and other viruses GUN VIOLENCE EXPLODES The New York City Police Department has tightened security around this year s Macy s Thanksgiving Day Parade which kicked off Thursday morning with giant balloons celebrity performers and festive floats The annual event came just one day after a night manager at a Walmart in Chesapeake Virginia opened fire at a routine employee meeting in a break room killing six people and wounding four others The shooter took his own life Bloodshed also occurred last weekend at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs Colorado with a gunman killing five people and injuring 19 others Due to another horrific and senseless act of violence there are now even more tables across the country that will have empty seats this Thanksgiving US President Joe Biden said in a statement on Wednesday The United States has suffered more than 600 mass shootings so far this year according to the Archive of Gun Violence Last year the country saw a staggering 690 mass shootings up from 610 in 2020 and 417 in 2019 We re not callous we re traumatized tweeted Shannon Watts founder of Moms Demand Action a grassroots movement calling for an end to gun violence in the US at the hands of civilians along with weak gun laws We have made the decision to saturate this nation with weapons without regard to a person s fitness to possess a potential tool of mass murder US Senator Chris Murphy tweeted Wednesday echoing Watts comments Biden reiterated calls to seek an assault weapons ban on Thursday The idea that we re still allowing the purchase of semi automatics is sick he said during a visit to firefighters in Nantucket Massachusetts where he and his family were staying for Thanksgiving However the possibility of such a ban actually passing through Congress is too remote in light of a Republican dominated House of Representatives next term and the 60 vote threshold to overcome filibuster and pass the legislation in the Senate where Democrats have been projected to have only a slim majority after the 2022 midterms MOST EXPENSIVE MEALS Spending time with family and friends on Thanksgiving continued to be important to Americans and this year the cost of a meal was top of mind as well Nearly every ingredient in the classic Thanksgiving feast is more expensive due to inflation supply chain disruptions and bird flu according to the annual Thanksgiving dinner survey conducted by the American Federation of Farm Bureaux AFBF The survey released earlier this month found that this year s classic Thanksgiving feast for 10 people is US 64 05 or less than US 6 50 per person US 10 74 or 20 percent more than last year s average of 53 31 The centerpiece of most Thanksgiving tables the turkey costs more than it did last year at 28 96 for a 16 pound turkey That s 1 81 per pound about 0 45 kilograms up 21 percent from last year Headline inflation drastically reducing consumers purchasing power is a major contributing factor to the increase in the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner this year said AFBF chief economist Roger Cryan In the US headline inflation has been running from 7 to 9 percent in recent months while the most recent report on the Consumer Price Index for Food Eaten at Home shows an increase of 12 percent per year Other factors contributing to rising food costs include supply chain disruptions Cryan said The higher retail cost of turkey at the grocery store can also be attributed to a slightly smaller flock this year higher feed costs and lighter processing weights The supply of whole turkeys available to consumers he said should be adequate this year although there may be temporary regional shortages in some states where avian influenza was detected earlier this year Americans cited inflation as the biggest issue driving their votes in the midterm elections earlier this month according to an exit poll with a large portion of voters saying inflation caused them or their families moderate hardship while a further 20 percent said it caused them severe hardship Ayalla Ruvio and Forrest Morgeson professors in the Department of Marketing at Michigan State University s Eli Broad College of Business wrote in the abstract of a new study that concerned about rising prices most Americans tend to buy gifts for fewer people or buy fewer expensive items this holiday season LARGE TRIPLEDEMIC FABRIC American families gathered Thursday for a third Thanksgiving in the era of COVID 19 with two other worrisome viruses also spreading rapidly the flu and respiratory syncytial virus RSV We are facing an onslaught of three viruses COVID RSV and influenza All simultaneously said William Schaffner an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University quoted by National Public Radio NPR We are calling this a tripledemic The triple epidemic is reportedly pushing some hospitals in the United States to the brink as the country struggles to address shortages of pediatric beds medical staff and even some medicines Our system is stretched thin and without immediate care the crisis will only worsen Mark Wietecha executive director of the Children s Hospital Association said in a statement At the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon ceremony at the White House earlier this week Biden called for flu and COVID 19 vaccines before the winter break We have new COVID vaccine updates to address new variants to protect you and your loved ones So get it today he said Get a flu shot too This winter can be much happier than past holiday seasons but you have to do your part The United States has reported 98 5 million cases of COVID 19 and more than 1 million deaths since the pandemic broke out nearly three years ago The US s top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that he never imagined the pandemic would last so long and claim so many lives Fauci who will step down next month as director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases after nearly four decades at the helm and as White House chief medical adviser also reflected on the US response to the public health crisis When I see people in this country because of the division in our country not getting vaccinated for reasons that have nothing to do with public health but rather division and ideological differences as a doctor it hurts me he said he told reporters in his last appearance from the White House briefing room I don t want to see anyone get infected I don t want to see anyone hospitalized and I don t want to see anyone die of COVID the 81 year old infectious disease expert said adding that his final message from the podium is to get your vaccine COVID 19 update as soon as you are eligible to protect yourself your family and your community Xinhua
    American Thanksgiving was overshadowed by gun violence, inflation, and the “triple epidemic.”
    Foreign5 days ago

    American Thanksgiving was overshadowed by gun violence, inflation, and the “triple epidemic.”

    The United States remained vigilant on Thursday in the wake of recent mass shootings as Americans gathered for Thanksgiving amid high inflation and a resurgence of COVID-19 and other viruses.

    GUN VIOLENCE EXPLODES

    The New York City Police Department has tightened security around this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which kicked off Thursday morning with giant balloons, celebrity performers and festive floats.

    The annual event came just one day after a night manager at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, opened fire at a routine employee meeting in a break room, killing six people and wounding four others. The shooter took his own life.

    Bloodshed also occurred last weekend at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with a gunman killing five people and injuring 19 others.

    “Due to another horrific and senseless act of violence, there are now even more tables across the country that will have empty seats this Thanksgiving,” US President Joe Biden said in a statement on Wednesday.

    The United States has suffered more than 600 mass shootings so far this year, according to the Archive of Gun Violence. Last year the country saw a staggering 690 mass shootings, up from 610 in 2020 and 417 in 2019.

    "We're not callous, we're traumatized," tweeted Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, a grassroots movement calling for an end to gun violence in the US at the hands of civilians along with weak gun laws.

    “We have made the decision to saturate this nation with weapons, without regard to a person's fitness to possess a potential tool of mass murder,” US Senator Chris Murphy tweeted Wednesday, echoing Watts' comments.

    Biden reiterated calls to seek an assault weapons ban on Thursday. "The idea that we're still allowing the purchase of semi-automatics is sick," he said during a visit to firefighters in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where he and his family were staying for Thanksgiving.

    However, the possibility of such a ban actually passing through Congress is too remote in light of a Republican-dominated House of Representatives next term and the 60-vote threshold to overcome filibuster and pass the legislation in the Senate, where Democrats have been projected to have only a slim majority after the 2022 midterms.

    MOST EXPENSIVE MEALS

    Spending time with family and friends on Thanksgiving continued to be important to Americans, and this year the cost of a meal was top of mind as well.

    Nearly every ingredient in the classic Thanksgiving feast is more expensive due to inflation, supply chain disruptions and bird flu, according to the annual Thanksgiving dinner survey conducted by the American Federation of Farm Bureaux (AFBF).

    The survey, released earlier this month, found that this year's classic Thanksgiving feast for 10 people is US$64.05 or less than US$6.50 per person, US$10.74 or 20 percent. more than last year's average of $53.31.

    The centerpiece of most Thanksgiving tables, the turkey costs more than it did last year, at $28.96 for a 16-pound turkey. That's $1.81 per pound (about 0.45 kilograms), up 21 percent from last year.

    "Headline inflation drastically reducing consumers' purchasing power is a major contributing factor to the increase in the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner this year," said AFBF chief economist Roger Cryan.

    In the US, headline inflation has been running from 7 to 9 percent in recent months, while the most recent report on the Consumer Price Index for Food Eaten at Home shows an increase of 12 percent per year.

    Other factors contributing to rising food costs include supply chain disruptions, Cryan said. "The higher retail cost of turkey at the grocery store can also be attributed to a slightly smaller flock this year, higher feed costs, and lighter processing weights."

    The supply of whole turkeys available to consumers, he said, should be adequate this year, although there may be temporary regional shortages in some states where avian influenza was detected earlier this year.

    Americans cited inflation as the biggest issue driving their votes in the midterm elections earlier this month, according to an exit poll, with a large portion of voters saying inflation caused them or their families moderate hardship. , while a further 20 percent said it caused them severe hardship. .

    Ayalla Ruvio and Forrest Morgeson, professors in the Department of Marketing at Michigan State University's Eli Broad College of Business, wrote in the abstract of a new study that, concerned about rising prices, most Americans tend to buy gifts for fewer people or buy fewer expensive items this holiday season.

    LARGE "TRIPLEDEMIC" FABRIC

    American families gathered Thursday for a third Thanksgiving in the era of COVID-19, with two other worrisome viruses also spreading rapidly: the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

    “We are facing an onslaught of three viruses: COVID, RSV, and influenza. All simultaneously," said William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, quoted by National Public Radio (NPR). "We are calling this a tripledemic."

    The "triple epidemic" is reportedly pushing some hospitals in the United States to the brink as the country struggles to address shortages of pediatric beds, medical staff and even some medicines.

    “Our system is stretched thin and without immediate care, the crisis will only worsen,” Mark Wietecha, executive director of the Children's Hospital Association, said in a statement.

    At the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon ceremony at the White House earlier this week, Biden called for flu and COVID-19 vaccines before the winter break.

    "We have new COVID vaccine updates to address new variants to protect you and your loved ones. So get it today," he said. "Get a flu shot, too. This winter can be much happier than past holiday seasons, but you have to do your part."

    The United States has reported 98.5 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 1 million deaths since the pandemic broke out nearly three years ago. The US's top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, said Tuesday that he never imagined the pandemic would last so long and claim so many lives.

    Fauci, who will step down next month as director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases after nearly four decades at the helm and as White House chief medical adviser, also reflected on the US response to the public health crisis.

    “When I see people in this country, because of the division in our country, not getting vaccinated for reasons that have nothing to do with public health but rather division and ideological differences, as a doctor, it hurts me,” he said. he told reporters in his last appearance from the White House briefing room.

    "I don't want to see anyone get infected, I don't want to see anyone hospitalized and I don't want to see anyone die of COVID," the 81-year-old infectious disease expert said, adding that his final message from the podium is to "get your vaccine COVID-19 update as soon as you are eligible to protect yourself, your family, and your community." ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   US President Joe Biden on Thursday renewed his call to ban assault weapons I m going to try to get rid of the assault weapons Biden told reporters during a visit to firefighters in Nantucket Massachusetts The comments came on the heels of a pair of high profile mass shootings in just a few days In a shooting at a Colorado Springs nightclub over the weekend a gunman brandished an AR 15 style rifle killing five people and wounding 19 others I am sick and tired of these shootings Biden said Thursday We should have much stricter gun laws However the possibility of an assault weapons ban passing through the US Congress is almost impossible in the near future Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives next term and are likely to oppose legislation to curb gun rights The United States has suffered more than 600 mass shootings so far this year according to the Archive of Gun Violence Last year the country recorded a staggering 690 mass shootings up from 610 in 2020 and 417 in 2019 Xinhua
    Biden renews call to ban assault weapons
      US President Joe Biden on Thursday renewed his call to ban assault weapons I m going to try to get rid of the assault weapons Biden told reporters during a visit to firefighters in Nantucket Massachusetts The comments came on the heels of a pair of high profile mass shootings in just a few days In a shooting at a Colorado Springs nightclub over the weekend a gunman brandished an AR 15 style rifle killing five people and wounding 19 others I am sick and tired of these shootings Biden said Thursday We should have much stricter gun laws However the possibility of an assault weapons ban passing through the US Congress is almost impossible in the near future Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives next term and are likely to oppose legislation to curb gun rights The United States has suffered more than 600 mass shootings so far this year according to the Archive of Gun Violence Last year the country recorded a staggering 690 mass shootings up from 610 in 2020 and 417 in 2019 Xinhua
    Biden renews call to ban assault weapons
    Foreign6 days ago

    Biden renews call to ban assault weapons

    - US President Joe Biden on Thursday renewed his call to ban assault weapons.

    “I'm going to try to get rid of the assault weapons,” Biden told reporters during a visit to firefighters in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

    The comments came on the heels of a pair of high-profile mass shootings in just a few days.

    In a shooting at a Colorado Springs nightclub over the weekend, a gunman brandished an AR-15-style rifle, killing five people and wounding 19 others.

    “I am sick and tired of these shootings,” Biden said Thursday. "We should have much stricter gun laws."

    However, the possibility of an assault weapons ban passing through the US Congress is almost impossible in the near future.

    Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives next term and are likely to oppose legislation to curb gun rights.

    The United States has suffered more than 600 mass shootings so far this year, according to the Archive of Gun Violence.

    Last year the country recorded a staggering 690 mass shootings, up from 610 in 2020 and 417 in 2019. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   US President Joe Biden on Thursday renewed his call to ban assault weapons I m going to try to get rid of the assault weapons Biden told reporters during a visit to firefighters in Nantucket Massachusetts The comments came on the heels of a pair of high profile mass shootings in just a few days In a shooting at a Colorado Springs nightclub over the weekend a gunman brandished an AR 15 style rifle killing five people and wounding 19 others I am sick and tired of these shootings Biden said Thursday We should have much stricter gun laws However the possibility of an assault weapons ban passing through the US Congress is almost impossible in the near future Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives next term and are likely to oppose legislation to curb gun rights The United States has suffered more than 600 mass shootings so far this year according to the Archive of Gun Violence Last year the country recorded a staggering 690 mass shootings up from 610 in 2020 and 417 in 2019 Xinhua
    Biden renews call to ban assault weapons
      US President Joe Biden on Thursday renewed his call to ban assault weapons I m going to try to get rid of the assault weapons Biden told reporters during a visit to firefighters in Nantucket Massachusetts The comments came on the heels of a pair of high profile mass shootings in just a few days In a shooting at a Colorado Springs nightclub over the weekend a gunman brandished an AR 15 style rifle killing five people and wounding 19 others I am sick and tired of these shootings Biden said Thursday We should have much stricter gun laws However the possibility of an assault weapons ban passing through the US Congress is almost impossible in the near future Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives next term and are likely to oppose legislation to curb gun rights The United States has suffered more than 600 mass shootings so far this year according to the Archive of Gun Violence Last year the country recorded a staggering 690 mass shootings up from 610 in 2020 and 417 in 2019 Xinhua
    Biden renews call to ban assault weapons
    Foreign6 days ago

    Biden renews call to ban assault weapons

    - US President Joe Biden on Thursday renewed his call to ban assault weapons.

    “I'm going to try to get rid of the assault weapons,” Biden told reporters during a visit to firefighters in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

    The comments came on the heels of a pair of high-profile mass shootings in just a few days.

    In a shooting at a Colorado Springs nightclub over the weekend, a gunman brandished an AR-15-style rifle, killing five people and wounding 19 others.

    “I am sick and tired of these shootings,” Biden said Thursday. "We should have much stricter gun laws."

    However, the possibility of an assault weapons ban passing through the US Congress is almost impossible in the near future.

    Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives next term and are likely to oppose legislation to curb gun rights.

    The United States has suffered more than 600 mass shootings so far this year, according to the Archive of Gun Violence.

    Last year the country recorded a staggering 690 mass shootings, up from 610 in 2020 and 417 in 2019. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •  EU chief Charles Michel announced on Thursday he would meet President Xi Jinping in China next week as Europe seeks to confront Beijing over human rights and Taiwan while maintaining trade ties We will discuss global challenges as well as subjects of common interest Michel tweeted His spokesman added Against the backdrop of a tense geopolitical and economic environment the visit is a timely opportunity for both EU and China to engage The trip comes amid a lively debate between European Union capitals as to how to handle relations with China amid concerns over Beijing s rights record threats to Taiwan trade pressure on some EU countries and support for Russia The United States is pushing its Western allies to align themselves against China but some EU members with important trade links resist splitting world affairs into two camps Michel walks a line between Germany with its important economic interests in China and EU members like Lithuania which has attracted Beijing s anger by building links with Taiwan EU capitals have also been concerned by China s bond with Russia even in the wake of Moscow s invasion and bombardment of Western backed Ukraine Earlier this month at an ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh just ahead of the G20 summit at which Xi met US President Joe Biden Michel urged Beijing to push Russia to respect international law We encourage the Chinese authorities to use all the means at their disposal to convince Russia to respect internationally recognised borders to respect the sovereignty of Ukraine Michel told AFP at the time Also this month in an incident that underlined the tensions between Brussels and Beijing a speech that Michel had been scheduled to broadcast at a Chinese trade fair was cancelled European diplomats told AFP that China had sought to censor a video speech from Michel for the China International Import Expo and that Brussels had preferred to pull it One diplomat speaking on condition of anonymity said Chinese authorities had wanted to censor all reference to the war in Ukraine a sensitive issue for Beijing China seeks to position itself as neutral over the conflict but has offered diplomatic backing to its strategic ally Russia German Chancellor Olaf Scholz met Xi in China on November 4 to push for greater economic cooperation and more equal trade ties despite misgivings among his fellow EU leaders Beijing did not offer any immediate comment on Michel s trip next week Asked about it a spokeswoman at China s foreign ministry said only that China will release information in due course
    EU chief Michel to head to China for Xi meeting
     EU chief Charles Michel announced on Thursday he would meet President Xi Jinping in China next week as Europe seeks to confront Beijing over human rights and Taiwan while maintaining trade ties We will discuss global challenges as well as subjects of common interest Michel tweeted His spokesman added Against the backdrop of a tense geopolitical and economic environment the visit is a timely opportunity for both EU and China to engage The trip comes amid a lively debate between European Union capitals as to how to handle relations with China amid concerns over Beijing s rights record threats to Taiwan trade pressure on some EU countries and support for Russia The United States is pushing its Western allies to align themselves against China but some EU members with important trade links resist splitting world affairs into two camps Michel walks a line between Germany with its important economic interests in China and EU members like Lithuania which has attracted Beijing s anger by building links with Taiwan EU capitals have also been concerned by China s bond with Russia even in the wake of Moscow s invasion and bombardment of Western backed Ukraine Earlier this month at an ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh just ahead of the G20 summit at which Xi met US President Joe Biden Michel urged Beijing to push Russia to respect international law We encourage the Chinese authorities to use all the means at their disposal to convince Russia to respect internationally recognised borders to respect the sovereignty of Ukraine Michel told AFP at the time Also this month in an incident that underlined the tensions between Brussels and Beijing a speech that Michel had been scheduled to broadcast at a Chinese trade fair was cancelled European diplomats told AFP that China had sought to censor a video speech from Michel for the China International Import Expo and that Brussels had preferred to pull it One diplomat speaking on condition of anonymity said Chinese authorities had wanted to censor all reference to the war in Ukraine a sensitive issue for Beijing China seeks to position itself as neutral over the conflict but has offered diplomatic backing to its strategic ally Russia German Chancellor Olaf Scholz met Xi in China on November 4 to push for greater economic cooperation and more equal trade ties despite misgivings among his fellow EU leaders Beijing did not offer any immediate comment on Michel s trip next week Asked about it a spokeswoman at China s foreign ministry said only that China will release information in due course
    EU chief Michel to head to China for Xi meeting
    Foreign6 days ago

    EU chief Michel to head to China for Xi meeting

    EU chief Charles Michel announced on Thursday he would meet President Xi Jinping in China next week as Europe seeks to confront Beijing over human rights and Taiwan while maintaining trade ties.

    “We will discuss global challenges as well as subjects of common interest,” Michel tweeted.

    His spokesman added: “Against the backdrop of a tense geopolitical and economic environment, the visit is a timely opportunity for both EU and China to engage.

    ” The trip comes amid a lively debate between European Union capitals as to how to handle relations with China, amid concerns over Beijing’s rights record, threats to Taiwan, trade pressure on some EU countries and support for Russia.

    The United States is pushing its Western allies to align themselves against China but some EU members with important trade links resist splitting world affairs into two camps.

    Michel walks a line between Germany, with its important economic interests in China, and EU members like Lithuania, which has attracted Beijing’s anger by building links with Taiwan.

    EU capitals have also been concerned by China’s bond with Russia, even in the wake of Moscow’s invasion and bombardment of Western-backed Ukraine.

    Earlier this month at an ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh, just ahead of the G20 summit at which Xi met US President Joe Biden, Michel urged Beijing to push Russia to respect international law.

    “We encourage the Chinese authorities to use all the means at their disposal to convince Russia to respect internationally recognised borders, to respect the sovereignty of Ukraine,” Michel told AFP at the time.

    Also this month, in an incident that underlined the tensions between Brussels and Beijing, a speech that Michel had been scheduled to broadcast at a Chinese trade fair was cancelled.

    European diplomats told AFP that China had sought to censor a video speech from Michel for the China International Import Expo and that Brussels had preferred to pull it.

    One diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Chinese authorities had wanted to censor all reference to the war in Ukraine, a sensitive issue for Beijing.

    China seeks to position itself as neutral over the conflict but has offered diplomatic backing to its strategic ally Russia.

    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz met Xi in China on November 4 to push for greater economic cooperation and more equal trade ties, despite misgivings among his fellow EU leaders.

    Beijing did not offer any immediate comment on Michel’s trip next week.

    Asked about it, a spokeswoman at China’s foreign ministry said only that “China will release information in due course”.

  •  Police on Wednesday identified the shooter who opened fire at a Walmart in Chesapeake Virginia on Tuesday night killing six people and wounding four others The shooter was Andre Bing 31 of Chesapeake who died of a self inflicted gunshot wound and was dead when police arrived on scene Police said they responded to the shooting at 10 12 p m Tuesday 0312 GMT Wednesday and officers began locating and evacuating the store s occupants Bing a Walmart store employee was armed with a handgun and several magazines police said Investigators are actively working to obtain more information about the suspect s background and motivation Three people including the shooter were found dead in the store s break room One victim died near the front of the store while three others succumbed to their injuries after being transported to the hospital for further treatment At the time of the shooting at least 50 people were believed to be inside the store Walmart is expected to be closed for several days as detectives continue to collect evidence and process the crime scene Walmart a retail corporation said in a statement Wednesday that they are shocked by this tragic event at our Chesapeake Virginia store We are praying for those affected the community and our associates the statement said We are working closely with law enforcement and are focused on supporting our partners The city of Chesapeake on Wednesday identified five of the six people killed in the Walmart shooting The sixth victim is a 16 year old man from Chesapeake whose name was withheld because he was a minor Kevin Harper a Walmart employee who managed to flee the Chesapeake store said they had lost some associates Briana Tyler another Walmart employee in Chesapeake told ABC News that I looked up and my manager opened the door and opened fire He wasn t targeting anyone specifically Tyler recalled He literally started shooting all over the break room and I saw multiple people fall to the floor either trying to hide or getting hit Tyler said the gunman looked directly at her and fired but thankfully missed her head by an inch or two The Walmart shooting occurred a day before the United States celebrates Thanksgiving US President Joe Biden issued a statement Wednesday morning saying that due to another senseless and horrific act of violence there are now even more tables across the country that will have empty seats this Thanksgiving thanks Virginia Gov Glenn Youngkin said Wednesday that he remains in contact with law enforcement officials and has made all resources available as this investigation progresses The United States has suffered more than 600 mass shootings so far this year according to the Archive of Gun Violence The nonprofit organization counts a mass shooting as an incident involving at least four people killed or injured not including the shooter This was the second time in a month that Virginia had seen a mass shooting On the night of November 13 a shooter fatally shot three people and injured two others at the University of Virginia UVA in Charlottesville A similar tragedy occurred last weekend at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs Colorado with a gunman killing five people and injuring 19 others Joe Vogel state delegate elect from Maryland tweeted that this is a crisis after the shooting in Chesapeake on Tuesday News stations are interrupting coverage of a mass shooting to report on another mass shooting wrote Vogel who seemed frustrated by the frequent occurrence of mass shootings across the United States Xinhua
    US Police Identify Walmart Shooter as Gun Violence Shadows Thanksgiving
     Police on Wednesday identified the shooter who opened fire at a Walmart in Chesapeake Virginia on Tuesday night killing six people and wounding four others The shooter was Andre Bing 31 of Chesapeake who died of a self inflicted gunshot wound and was dead when police arrived on scene Police said they responded to the shooting at 10 12 p m Tuesday 0312 GMT Wednesday and officers began locating and evacuating the store s occupants Bing a Walmart store employee was armed with a handgun and several magazines police said Investigators are actively working to obtain more information about the suspect s background and motivation Three people including the shooter were found dead in the store s break room One victim died near the front of the store while three others succumbed to their injuries after being transported to the hospital for further treatment At the time of the shooting at least 50 people were believed to be inside the store Walmart is expected to be closed for several days as detectives continue to collect evidence and process the crime scene Walmart a retail corporation said in a statement Wednesday that they are shocked by this tragic event at our Chesapeake Virginia store We are praying for those affected the community and our associates the statement said We are working closely with law enforcement and are focused on supporting our partners The city of Chesapeake on Wednesday identified five of the six people killed in the Walmart shooting The sixth victim is a 16 year old man from Chesapeake whose name was withheld because he was a minor Kevin Harper a Walmart employee who managed to flee the Chesapeake store said they had lost some associates Briana Tyler another Walmart employee in Chesapeake told ABC News that I looked up and my manager opened the door and opened fire He wasn t targeting anyone specifically Tyler recalled He literally started shooting all over the break room and I saw multiple people fall to the floor either trying to hide or getting hit Tyler said the gunman looked directly at her and fired but thankfully missed her head by an inch or two The Walmart shooting occurred a day before the United States celebrates Thanksgiving US President Joe Biden issued a statement Wednesday morning saying that due to another senseless and horrific act of violence there are now even more tables across the country that will have empty seats this Thanksgiving thanks Virginia Gov Glenn Youngkin said Wednesday that he remains in contact with law enforcement officials and has made all resources available as this investigation progresses The United States has suffered more than 600 mass shootings so far this year according to the Archive of Gun Violence The nonprofit organization counts a mass shooting as an incident involving at least four people killed or injured not including the shooter This was the second time in a month that Virginia had seen a mass shooting On the night of November 13 a shooter fatally shot three people and injured two others at the University of Virginia UVA in Charlottesville A similar tragedy occurred last weekend at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs Colorado with a gunman killing five people and injuring 19 others Joe Vogel state delegate elect from Maryland tweeted that this is a crisis after the shooting in Chesapeake on Tuesday News stations are interrupting coverage of a mass shooting to report on another mass shooting wrote Vogel who seemed frustrated by the frequent occurrence of mass shootings across the United States Xinhua
    US Police Identify Walmart Shooter as Gun Violence Shadows Thanksgiving
    Foreign6 days ago

    US Police Identify Walmart Shooter as Gun Violence Shadows Thanksgiving

    Police on Wednesday identified the shooter who opened fire at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia on Tuesday night, killing six people and wounding four others.

    The shooter was Andre Bing, 31, of Chesapeake, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was dead when police arrived on scene.

    Police said they responded to the shooting at 10:12 p.m. Tuesday (0312 GMT Wednesday) and officers began locating and evacuating the store's occupants.

    Bing, a Walmart store employee, was armed with a handgun and several magazines, police said. Investigators are actively working to obtain more information about the suspect's background and motivation.

    Three people, including the shooter, were found dead in the store's break room.

    One victim died near the front of the store, while three others succumbed to their injuries after being transported to the hospital for further treatment.

    At the time of the shooting, at least 50 people were believed to be inside the store.

    Walmart is expected to be closed for several days as detectives continue to collect evidence and process the crime scene.

    Walmart, a retail corporation, said in a statement Wednesday that they "are shocked by this tragic event at our Chesapeake, Virginia store."

    “We are praying for those affected, the community and our associates,” the statement said. "We are working closely with law enforcement and are focused on supporting our partners."

    The city of Chesapeake on Wednesday identified five of the six people killed in the Walmart shooting. The sixth victim is a 16-year-old man from Chesapeake whose name was withheld because he was a minor.

    Kevin Harper, a Walmart employee who managed to flee the Chesapeake store, said they had lost some associates.

    Briana Tyler, another Walmart employee in Chesapeake, told ABC News that "I looked up and my manager opened the door and opened fire."

    "He wasn't targeting anyone specifically," Tyler recalled. "He literally started shooting all over the break room and I saw multiple people fall to the floor either trying to hide or getting hit."

    Tyler said the gunman looked "directly" at her and fired, but "thankfully missed" her head by "an inch or two."

    The Walmart shooting occurred a day before the United States celebrates Thanksgiving.

    US President Joe Biden issued a statement Wednesday morning, saying that "due to another senseless and horrific act of violence, there are now even more tables across the country that will have empty seats this Thanksgiving." thanks".

    Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin said Wednesday that he remains "in contact with law enforcement officials" and "has made all resources available as this investigation progresses."

    The United States has suffered more than 600 mass shootings so far this year, according to the Archive of Gun Violence.

    The nonprofit organization counts a mass shooting as an incident involving at least four people killed or injured, not including the shooter.

    This was the second time in a month that Virginia had seen a mass shooting. On the night of November 13, a shooter fatally shot three people and injured two others at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville.

    A similar tragedy occurred last weekend at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with a gunman killing five people and injuring 19 others.

    Joe Vogel, state delegate-elect from Maryland, tweeted that "this is a crisis" after the shooting in Chesapeake on Tuesday.

    “News stations are interrupting coverage of a mass shooting to report on another mass shooting,” wrote Vogel, who seemed frustrated by the frequent occurrence of mass shootings across the United States. ■



    (Xinhua)

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