They have rekindled the hope of working with rubber," Rogério Barros, Raimundo's 24-year-old son, told The Associated Press as he demonstrated how to tap a rubber tree in the family's grove in the Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve. These land sales caused the large scale expulsion of rubber tappers from the forest. The Chico Mendes reserve is one of these. What sets the Veja operation apart is that rubber tappers are now getting paid far above the commodity price for their rubber. However, it has not been a game changer for the forest in the Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve, where almost 3,000 families live.
As chair of the caucus, Jayapal said she took responsibility for this. The letter had called for Biden to pair the unprecedented economic and military support for Ukraine with a "proactive diplomatic push, redoubling efforts to seek a realistic framework for a cease fire." Yet Jayapal did not disavow the substance of the letter or the push for Biden to engage in diplomacy. "There is nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine. The White House did not urge Jayapal to retract the letter, according to the people, who were granted anonymity to discuss internal White House thinking.3 months ago Chattanooga Times Free Press
Higher inflation and interest rates are likely to curb America's economic growth next year, but business investment in the Tennessee Valley remains robust, at least for now, according to the Tennessee Valley Authority. In the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, TVA recorded its second-best year ever for new business investment, attracting $10.2 billion in business investment. Fiscal 2022 was surpassed in new investment only by the record high $11.3 billion of investment TVA attracted four years ago. "TVA power is among the lowest cost, most reliable and increasingly most sustainable in the nation," Lyash told industry analysts during TVA's recent earnings call last week. On Friday a Korean newspaper reported Hyundai Motor and the Korean battery maker SK On are entering into a joint venture to build a $1.9 billion battery plant in the U.S.2 months ago Chattanooga Times Free Press
A political party has a problem when voters think it has the wrong answers to their most important questions. It has a bigger problem when voters think it isn't even focusing on those questions. They see Democratic leaders as most concerned with an entirely different set of issues: Jan. 6, women's rights and climate change. Voters aren't wrong to consider inflation a low-priority issue for Democrats. Rather than trying to reduce the Republican advantage on the economy, Democrats have tried to center the campaign on other issues, notably abortion.3 months ago Chattanooga Times Free Press
Yet young voters, indoctrinated by leftist college professors who make a living loansharking kids into overly expensive educations, do not understand. Even Barack Obama has warned the Democrats they need to stop with the cancel culture, woke nonsense and vilifying half the country as MAGA voters, and try to come up with workable solutions. The successful 60-plus-year-old Obama now has oceanfront mansions and a multimillion-dollar income; Trump's policies are now starting to appeal to him. Biden, of whom Obama famously said, "Never underestimate his ability to F'#*%@ things up," keeps harping on the wrong things. Now the most expensive things to operate in America are those self-checkout machines in the grocery store.3 months ago Chattanooga Times Free Press
On many nights in New York City, Hasidic or Orthodox Jews are being shoved, harangued and beaten. Is the Jewish state so uniquely evil that, alone among 193 U.N. member states, it has no moral right to exist? These are surely not what you had in mind when you decided to go "death con 3" on my people. Honest would also be admitting you speak for more people than many Americans would have cared to admit. The New York Times3 months ago Chattanooga Times Free Press
Griner's reunification with her wife, Cherelle Griner, her family and teammates on the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury squad will surely be celebrated across America. What Putin wants in exchange for Whelan remains unknown, but we trust Biden is working on his release just as earnestly and expeditiously as his administration toiled to secure Griner's freedom. The Biden administration should also take a closer look at the case of Marc Fogel, a Pennsylvania teacher whose case mirrors Griner's. We expect Putin to reprehensibly treat Whelan, Fogel and any other American detained in Russia the same way he treated Griner -- as a commodity, a bargaining chip. Biden must do all he can to rescue Whelan and Fogel from Putin's inhumanity.1 month ago Chattanooga Times Free Press
Others say election-related intelligence on China in particular was wrongly played down out of a belief that politicians would misuse it. The study was requested by the former election threats executive at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the 18 U.S. spy agencies. The CIA’s Center for the Study of Intelligence produces internal histories of key moments and issues faced across the intelligence community. Intelligence officials have not given a public briefing on foreign election threats. “In the golden age, the good old days, people at work didn’t know whether your co-workers — also intelligence officers — were Democrats or Republicans,” said Dujmovic, the retired CIA historian.3 months ago Chattanooga Times Free Press