When Stephen Salas decided going to college wasn’t for him, he turned to land and project management work in his Texas hometown
When Stephen Salas decided going to college wasn’t for him, he turned to land and project management work in his Texas hometown
A French pilot has filed a legal complaint over allegations air force colleagues tied him to a target and ordered fighter jets overhead to open fire around him in a terrifying "hazing ritual”. The pilot, who has not been named, alleges he was bound, blindfolded and bundled into the back of a pickup truck before being driven at breakneck speed to a secret location on the Mediterranean island of Corsica in 2019. Roughly removed from the vehicle, he was tied to a post with a red cross placed above his head at Solenzara air base, reads the legal complaint. He then heard what sounded like fighter jets opening fire and dropping shells around him for 20 minutes, with munitions landing at an estimated distance of 500 meters (about 1,640 feet). The complaint reads that "simulated shots" were also fired directly towards the victim. The 30-year-old pilot is now suing the air force for “aggravated voluntary violence” and “deliberately placing others in danger” by “professionals, army staff and ranked officers”. The complaint alleges two superiors addressed him with "sarcastic remarks" before forcing the pilot to inflate and wear an inflatable maritime overflight outfit, raise his arms and stand as a "human clock.”
Kentucky’s gas prices have spiked more than most other states in the past month.
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NEW YORK (Reuters) -A Chevron Corp and Phillips 66 petrochemical joint venture imported significant quantities of the toxic chemical benzene into the United States for several years without reporting it to regulators as required by law, according to a company document seen by Reuters. Benzene is a known carcinogen that is used in the production of pesticides, detergents, plastics, and other synthetic materials, and companies must report imports of 25,000 pounds (11,340 kg) or more to help regulators track potential exposure. Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC imported "reportable quantities" of the chemical between 2013 and 2020 that it did not immediately disclose to regulators, according to the document, a letter from the company's attorney to non-profit watchdog group Center For Environmental Health dated April 21.
Chipotle just dropped the hammer on its rivals by lifting its hourly minimum wage to $15 an hour.
S&P Global Market Intelligence; Chart: Danielle Alberti/AxiosCrop prices like corn, wheat and soybeans have hit highs not seen in almost a decade. And they’re likely to stay that way for a while, sparking jitters over food inflation.Why it matters: Higher prices are a boon for farmers following years in the doldrums — and after supply chain chaos early in the pandemic. But they will bleed through to consumers at the grocery store and in restaurants. Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.“We believe we are only in the early innings of a multi-year upcycle for the global agricultural economy. This is due to a combination of supply shocks that has left crop inventories quite lean,” analysts at Putnam Investments wrote in a recent research note. The backstory: China has soaked up a huge amount of U.S. corn and soybeans since the end of the trade war. It purchased more corn from the U.S. in 2020 than in any year since 2006 — and it's on pace to exceed that amount in 2021, the Putnam analysts write.China also bought more soy from the U.S. than it has since 2016. Bad crop weather in key agricultural areas in recent years has contracted supply, Bloomberg reports. Demand for renewable fuels is growing as the economy reopens, the WSJ notes. Corn is used in ethanol, and soybeans are a feedstock for renewable diesel. What they're saying: “We are getting close to the point of having to ration demand. Farmers are either running out of crops to sell or waiting for the market to go even higher,” Jacqueline Holland, an analyst at Farm Futures, told Bloomberg. What's next: The soaring prices will pressure margins for packaged food companies and grocery stores. Already, Hormel, J.M. Smucker and Tyson Foods have raised prices, and others are likely to do the same.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
Growing up on television isn’t easy, as 13 children from across Real Housewives franchises shared during the May 9 episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. In fact, The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Cynthia Bailey’s daughter even shared a story about a time in which having a recognizable face cost her a job. Noelle Robinson opened up about the situation, as well as what she’s currently up to, in the After Show clip above. “I tried to get a job when I was in school and people were noticing me, and I actually got fired from the job because they were noticing me,” Noelle explained. “It was actually a job at Nobu. They’re like, we don’t want people noticing you at the job. That’s not what it’s about. And I was like, ‘Oh my god, okay.’” Although her time as an employee at the famous Japanese fusion restaurant was short-lived, it sounds as though Noelle’s career is totally booming. She's taking after her supermodel mother! “I have actually been blessed to be a part of a bunch of really big campaigns this year,” Noelle said, mentioning a project she recently completed. “I have a couple more that are coming out very soon. I’m also doing YouTube, and just some influencer collaborations with other brands. So I’ve really been working this year. I’m excited.” Noelle isn't the only Real Housewives kid with a career that proves the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Frankie Catania Jr. from The Real Housewives of New Jersey noted that he's now working in the real estate industry as an asset manager. Want more RHOA? Catch up through the Bravo app.
After President Biden required federal contractors to pay a $15 minimum wage and Rhode Island inched closer to its own mandate, small-business owners held their breath. Congress is again likely to consider hiking the federal minimum wage, now $7.25, affecting the public and private sectors alike. There is a popular mandate for a $15 federal minimum wage.
The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Newark on behalf of more than 200 Indian construction workers at the temple, alleges "shocking violations of the most basic laws applicable to workers in this country, including laws prohibiting forced labor."The suit, filed by five of the workers, accuses their employer, Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, or BAPS, and related entities of recruiting them in India, bringing them to the United States and forcing them to work on the temple for more than 87 hours a week for $450 a month, or about $1.20 an hour.New Jersey's minimum wage is $12 an hour and U.S. law requires the pay rate for most hourly workers rise to time-and-a-half when they work more than 40 hours a week.The suit says the workers were kept under constant watch and were threatened with pay cuts, arrest and return to India if they spoke to outsiders. On Tuesday, FBI agents visited the sprawling ornate temple in rural Robbinsville, just east of Trenton."We were there on court-authorized law enforcement activity," Doreen Holder, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation field office in Newark, confirmed by telephone.Holder declined to say how many agents were on the premises or elaborate on their mission.A spokesman for BAPS, which describes itself as a socio-spiritual Hindu organization, issued a statement saying, "We were first made aware of the accusations this morning, we are taking them very seriously and are thoroughly reviewing the issues raised."The suit said the BAPS entities own the land where the temple was built and arranged for its construction. The temple has been open for several years, but work on extending it is ongoing.The plaintiffs, who claim to have worked on the temple as stone cutters and other construction workers as far back as 2012, said that in India, they belonged to the Scheduled Caste, formerly considered "untouchables" and socially ostracized.Once on their construction jobs, the complaint said "they were forced to live and work in a fenced, guarded compound which they were not allowed to leave unaccompanied by overseers affiliated with (BAPS)."The suit, which also claims the workers were falsely classified as religious workers and volunteers when they entered the country, seeks "the full value of their services" as well as unspecified damages and other compensation.
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A showdown between courts in Texas and Wuhan over an intellectual property dispute demonstrates how China is working hard to present itself as a champion of intellectual property (IP) protection. Why it matters: As China's global influence continues to grow, its domestic regulatory and legal regimes are gaining more international sway as well.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeDriving the news: After a months-long standoff, Ericsson and Samsung agreed to a cross-licensing deal on May 7, ending a dispute over patents relating to 4G and 5G wireless standards. On Dec. 7 of last year, Samsung filed suit against Ericsson in the Wuhan Intermediate People's Court of China, while Ericsson filed its own suit against Samsung in the Eastern District of Texas on Dec. 11. On Dec. 25, the court in Wuhan issued what is known as an "anti-suit injunction," which bars courts anywhere else in the world from taking on the case. In response, Ericsson filed an "anti-anti-suit injunction" in the Texas court, seeking to block the Wuhan court's injunction, and the presiding Texas judge granted a temporary injunction. Flashback: This isn't the first time the Wuhan Intermediate People's Court has claimed sole jurisdiction in an international patent case. Amid a dispute in India between Chinese cellphone maker Xiaomi and U.S. patent licensing company InterDigital, in September 2020 the court in Wuhan issued an anti-suit injunction against InterDigital, which had applied for the case to be heard in an Indian court. The court levied a fine of RMB 1 million per day, or around $155,000, should InterDigital be found to be in violation of the injunction.The case for China's courts: Randall Rader, former chief judge of the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, submitted a declaration on Jan. 1 in support of Samsung's request to have the Chinese court decide the case.Rader has taught law in China and has experience interacting with China's legal institutions. In 2016, Tsinghua University in Beijing awarded Rader an honorary professorship. An article on the university's website said China's State Council appointed Rader as a foreign adviser in 2015. (Rader told Axios he was unaware of any such appointment, adding, "I am not an adviser to the Chinese government")."In my view, there is no reason to give the Chinese court handling this global FRAND dispute any less deference than similar courts in the United States," Rader wrote in his declaration. (FRAND refers to fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory)."China is an appropriate and fair venue to decide an international contract and patent dispute like this one between Korean and Swedish companies. ... China also seeks the role of world leadership in complex global IP disputes." Peter Yu, director of Texas A&M's Center for Law and Intellectual Property, told Axios he agrees with Rader's perspective."Chinese courts are sufficiently independent to make judgments in high-profile intellectual property cases, including those involving foreign litigants," Yu said in an interview.Yu said he and his colleagues have also filed an amicus brief to the Eastern District of Texas arguing against Ericsson's anti-anti-suit injunction (in other words, in favor of Samsung's position that the Wuhan court should litigate), because they are worried about "the potential creation of a counterproductive race between national courts that will come back to haunt international patent litigants."The case against China's courts: The Chinese Communist Party and leading figures in its court system have openly denounced the concept of judicial independence. “We should resolutely resist erroneous influence from the West: ‘constitutional democracy,’ ‘separation of powers’ and ‘independence of the judiciary,’” Chief Justice Zhou, the president of the Supreme People’s Court of China, said in a 2017 speech."No courts in China are truly independent," Donald Clarke, a professor of Chinese law at George Washington University, told Axios. "One can say that Chinese IP courts are staffed by capable people. But they are capable people who must follow an order if one is given."Rader's predecessor at the Federal Circuit Court, Judge Paul Michel, also filed a brief saying "there appear to remain deep differences between the Chinese judicial system and the judicial systems of other major countries that have adjudicated FRAND disputes." The big picture: Weak intellectual property protections and even rampant theft have long frustrated foreign governments and companies with operations in China.Under the phase one trade deal with the U.S., China has made specific commitments to improve its intellectual property protections — a trend the Chinese government has sought to emphasize in recent years as its economy is driven increasingly by high-tech innovation rather than low-tech exports.What to watch ... The Intellectual Property Tribunal of China's Supreme Court, to see how China's legal practice develops as courts there handle more patent-related disputes. Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
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COPENHAGEN (Reuters) -Maersk is accelerating its plan to transform itself from a container shipping giant into an integrated logistics company following its strong performance during the pandemic, Chief Executive Soren Skou said on Tuesday. Maersk, which handles one in five containers shipped worldwide, aims to expand its land-based logistics services, hoping to gain a larger share of the supply chain from existing shipping clients such as Puma and Walmart. "I don't want to put a date to it, but I'm certain that our logistics business has potential to become just a big as ocean shipping measured in turnover," Skou told Reuters in an interview.
A ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline last week halted 2.5 million barrels per day of fuel shipments in the most disruptive cyberattack on U.S. energy infrastructure. Privately owned Colonial Pipeline operator manually opened portions of the line to release needed supplies in Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey and the Carolinas.
FBI agents were at a large Hindu temple in New Jersey on Tuesday as a new lawsuit claimed it was built by workers from marginalized communities in India who were lured to the U.S. and forced to work long hours for just a few dollars per day. The lawsuit accuses the leaders of the Hindu organization known as Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, or BAPS, of human trafficking and wage law violations. An FBI spokesperson confirmed that agents were at the temple on “court-authorized law enforcement activity,” but wouldn't elaborate.
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TAIPEI (Reuters) -Taiwan's largest carrier, China Airlines Ltd, said on Tuesday that the quarantining of its pilots to stem a COVID-19 outbreak is expected to affect more than 10% of its freighter capacity, potentially affecting the island's chip exports. Taiwan has kept the pandemic under control thanks to early prevention, with only sporadic domestic cases, but since last month it has been dealing with an outbreak linked to China Airlines pilots and an airport hotel where many of them stayed. In a statement, China Airlines said it was cooperating with the government's instructions and would gradually quarantine its crew in groups, adding that it would try as hard as possible to maintain services and was not grounding the whole fleet.
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With a starting price of $39,000, the Cybertruck resembles an armored vehicle and takes aim at the heart of Detroit automakers' profitable truck business.Tesla plans to build its $1.1 billion Cybertruck factory near Austin, Texas, ending an intense competition with neighboring Oklahoma, the carmaker's chief executive Musk announced in July, 2020.Musk has been in New York this week preparing for the appearance. A photo posted to the "Saturday Night Live" Twitter account on Wednesday showed him hunched over papers, wearing a "Nuke Mars" T-shirt. Musk has mused about using nuclear weapons to reshape the Red Planet for human habitation.Some "SNL" cast members have expressed displeasure at the show's decision to give its platform to one of the world's richest people. Musk's appearance has drawn comparisons to the show's controversial decision in 2015 to invite Donald Trump to host as he was preparing for his presidential run.