We are talking about the US decision to send troops to Eastern Europe and start some sports at the Beijing Olympics.
America will send troops to Eastern Europe
President Biden approved the deployment of approx 3,000 additional US troops to Eastern Europe to reassure NATO allies worried about tensions around Ukraine.
The Pentagon spokesman said on Wednesday that the troops, including 1,000 already in Germany, would go to Poland and Romania. The US has said it will not deploy troops to Ukraine in the event of a conflict there.
Biden’s decision came days after Pentagon leaders said Russian President Putin had deployed enough troops and military hardware on the Ukrainian border to launch a large-scale invasion. .
“It’s important that we send a strong signal to Putin and the world that NATO is important,” spokesman John Kirby told reporters. “We are making it clear that we will be prepared to defend our NATO allies if that happens.”
Text definition: Officials say Russia is threatening Ukraine, not Romania or Poland. However, Putin has made clear his distaste for both NATO and the redrawing of the map of post-Cold War Europe.
Responding to Russian requirements: US and NATO refused a request to which Ukraine never joined alliance but offered more transparency about missile deployments in Eastern Europe, according to a report from Spain’s El País newspaper.
Chinese influence: Putin and Xi Jinping, China’s leader, will meet in Beijing on Friday before the opening ceremony of the Olympics. China has expressed support for Putin’s grievancesand can provide a lifeline in the Ukraine crisis.
Winter Olympics begins in Beijing
The opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics takes place on Friday, but the pool, hockey and freestyle skiing teams will debut this week. This is the latest updates.
The US and China ranked first in mixed doubles irons match. Canada favorite, inactive until Thursday.
The start of the competition heralds the arrival of a moment that an increasingly confident China has been waiting for for seven years. The leader of China, Xi Jinping, has made it clear his country’s intention to wear one of the world’s largest sports glasses entirely on its terms.
Beijing – the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics – has placed the Games in a sealed bubble the size of a small city, while shrugging its shoulders in condemnation of the violations. human rights and heavy-handedness towards neighboring countries.
Not without fear: The New York Times sat down with three dozen competing Olympic athletes the scariest, most dangerous events during the Winter Olympics and asked them if they were scared of what they did. Guess what? All are the same.
Stars to watch: Mikaela Shiffrin in Alpine skiing. Chloe Kim and Shaun White in skiing. Figure skater Nathan Chen and Yuzuru Hanyu. The Dutch speed skating team is so dominant that qualify for the Olympics might be the hardest part.
A Covid booster?
India’s Bharat Biotech has an experimental nasal vaccine that could prove to be pandemic game changer.
Vaccines by injection produce strong and long-lasting immunity. But their protection against infection can be short-lived and could falter as variants emerge. Nasal vaccines used as boosters may be the best way to prevent infection, as they provide protection exactly where it’s needed: the lining of the airways, where the coronavirus reaches the head. first.
The mucosal vaccine coats the surfaces of the nose, mouth, and throat with long-lasting antibodies, which fight infection and spread. The injected vaccine produces antibodies in the blood.
As our science reporter writes, “It’s the difference between planting guards at the gate to deter intruders and trying to oust them after they’ve stormed the castle.”
Favorable: It is quicker to get vaccinated with a nasal or oral vaccine than with an injection, which requires skill to do. Nasal vaccines can also make many people (including children) more palatable than painful injections and will avoid shortages of needles, syringes, and other materials.
Progress: At least a dozen other nasal vaccines are in development worldwide. Bharat Biotech’s may be the first to hit the market. In January, the company won approval to start a Phase 3 trial for people who had received two shots of the Covid vaccine.
German climber Jost Kobusch is trying to become the first person to climb Mount Everest in winter without supplemental oxygen. He can best be described as loneliest Alpine climber in the world.
“You have to picture this: There is only one tent in the base camp,” Kobusch said on the call from Nepal. It’s his, of course.
Life lived: Shintaro Ishiharaoutspoken nationalist governor of Tokyo, dies at age 89.
ARTS AND IDEAS
Taking real crime to the next level
According to Apple, Ashley Flowers’ first podcast, “Crime Junkie,” which she did with her best friend in 2017, is often the top podcast across all categories.
Currently Hoa is organizing a new podcast called “The Deck” which she says goes into “the coldest of the cold cases.” “No leads, nothing at all,” says Flowers. “There is someone out there with information. So what if we brought these stories to a larger audience? ”
Her podcast production company’s portfolio currently includes “Anatomy of Murder,” “CounterClock,” “Park Predators,” and “OC Swingers,” which Apple says are among the most popular new shows. of the platform in 2021. The shows have gained a loyal following and a large fan base.
But Flowers believes showrunners like her need to be more responsible – calling on listeners to support victims and their families, share information and even help prevent crime.
She hopes “The Deck” will help bring solutions to the victims’ loved ones.
PLAY, WATCH, EAT
What to cook?
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