2021-02-23 20:48:18 | Your Wednesday Briefing – The New York Times

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Story by: Melina Delkic The New York Times World News

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Tiger Woods suffered “multiple leg injuries” in a serious car crash and is in surgery, according to his agent.


The pressures of the pandemic in Japan have been compounded for women: More women have lost their jobs, and one in five women in Tokyo live alone. Others have struggled with deep disparities in the division of housework and child care.

China is planning to impose restrictions on Hong Kong’s electoral system to root out candidates the Communist Party deems disloyal, a move that could block democracy advocates in the city from running for any elected office.

The plan reinforces the Communist Party’s resolve to quash the few remaining vestiges of political dissent. Along with other measures that have given it near total control of the political landscape there, the efforts are transforming Hong Kong’s partial democracy into a system more closely resembling mainland China.

The central government wants Hong Kong to be run by “patriots,” said Xia Baolong, China’s director of Hong Kong and Macau affairs. To Beijing, that term means supporting mainland China and the Chinese Communist Party.

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Details: The plan would cover candidates for nearly 2,000 elected positions in Hong Kong, including the committee that chooses the chief executive, the legislature and the district councils. It would not be retroactive, and current councilors will keep their seats.


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Tiger Woods: The golfer was hurt in a car crash in Los Angeles, the police said. His vehicle sustained “major damage” and paramedics had to pull him from the wreckage with the rescue tool called the “jaws of life.” His manager said he was “currently in surgery.”

Facebook: The tech giant struck a deal with the Australian government to restore news posts on its platform in the country after it had blocked news links over the past week. The government is close to passing a bill that would make tech companies pay for journalism.

Indian activist: Disha Ravi was granted bail. Her arrest, for sharing an activism manual with farmers protesting new farm policies, sparked global outrage.

U.S. Capitol riot: During a Senate hearing, top security officials who were at the Capitol during the attack by a pro-Trump mob pointed to intelligence failures that led to the catastrophe. Police officials are also testifying. Here’s the latest.

Cook: This yogurt recipe, from our food writer Priya Krishna’s cookbook “Indian-ish,” is quite simple: All that’s required is a heavy-bottomed pot and an oven.

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There’s more to pique your interest in our At Home collection of ideas on what to read, cook, watch, and do while staying safe at home.

Erika Hayasaki wrote in The Times Magazine about a region near Los Angeles where Amazon is the largest private employer. She spoke to our On Tech newsletter about what she learned during her research with workers in the region about the impact that Amazon has had on the city.

What did Amazon warehouse employees tell you that they like and don’t like about their jobs?

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They appreciate that Amazon offers them health and retirement benefits — and that they have jobs at a time when many others have lost work.

The biggest concern that I heard was safety. That’s not new, but when the pandemic hit it was intense to hear workers’ fears for their lives.

And some Amazon-related jobs are precarious. I rode around with an Amazon delivery driver who also worked for an app-based delivery company. His girlfriend did, too. They were stringing together multiple forms of income for themselves and their five children. It’s not an easy way to live.

Amazon is creating many new jobs with starting pay that’s more than double the minimum wage. Isn’t that good?

Most of the workers I spoke with would say that Amazon can do better given the company’s financial success. I heard workers ask why the company increased pay by $2 an hour but only temporarily. They’re working harder than ever and it’s still a pandemic.


That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.

— Melina


Thank you
Carole Landry helped write this briefing. Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh provided the break from the news. You can reach the team at [email protected]

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