• Such requests can undermine inclusion efforts they are supposed to promote, imposing personal discomfort and the emotionally taxing work on people who aren’t trained to take it on. “To assume that every Black person has the skills and desire and knowledge for this work is tokenization,” said Michelle Kim of Awaken, a consulting firm that specializes in diversity, equity and inclusion. These and other firms are ready to help companies run programs the right way, with training and advice on setting boundaries and expectations for all involved.

⚖️ The confirmation hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, begins today with opening statements. (Read Judge Barrett’s opening statement here.) She faces questioning from Senate Judiciary Committee members — including Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential candidate — on Tuesday and Wednesday, with outside witnesses testifying on Thursday.

🛍 Amazon Prime Day, postponed from its usual time in July, takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday. The online retailer’s rivals, including Best Buy, Target and Walmart, are holding similar sales events this week in an effort to limit in-store crowds and encourage shoppers to get their holiday purchases in well before Black Friday.

📱 Apple will unveil its latest series of iPhones on Tuesday, promising the first major redesign in years and 5G capability.

💰 Third-quarter earnings season kicks off this week, and all eyes will be on the banks. The Fed has expressed worry about the health of the financial system without fresh stimulus, which will be the main talking point when bank chiefs present their latest results: JPMorgan and Citigroup are first up on Tuesday, followed by Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo on Wednesday and Morgan Stanley on Thursday.

🗣 Other companies reporting

By George Kaplan

Production is dominated by major international companies, particularly, and maybe surprisingly, European ones. Principally Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) (NYSE:RDS.B) and BP (NYSE:BP), but with Equinor (NYSE:EQNR), Eni (NYSE:E), Total (NYSE:TOT) and Repsol (OTCQX:REPYF) (OTCQX:REPYY) also active and many are (or were) seemingly wanting to expand in the area. Maybe this is an example of reciprocal technology transfer: the North Sea was initially developed with a lot of American offshore know-how and there it may now be the reverse is happening as deeper water fields using floating and subsea systems are developed.

The recent growth in production has come from the larger players, and they are taking a bigger slice of the expanding pie. The medium sized independents and smaller non-operating owners held many assets in shallow water but do not have the money, risk acceptance or knowledge to participate in the deep and ultra deep projects.

Lease Operatorship

Each lease has a nominated operator, and the proportion of production for each operator is shown. This is not the same as the operator of the surface processing platform; for example, Julia is a subsea lease operated by Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) but the fluids are processed in the Chevron (NYSE:CVX) operated Jack FPU. Exxon Mobil provided the subsea control system that interfaces with the subsea wells and Chevron installed and now operates it. Operatorship of the leases is concentrated, and the proportion growing, amongst the major oil companies (shown), and still more so for the operations of the surface facilities.

The big three operators dominate the drilling activity, which is now almost all deepwater, even more than they do production.

Reserve Holdings

Reserves are concentrated among the larger players; they also mostly show reserve growth (from brownfield growth I think), whereas the smaller companies mostly show decline. These

Jared Kushner, Kellyanne Conway standing next to a person in a suit and tie: White House senior advisor Jared Kushner and counselor Kellyanne Conway on April 30. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

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White House senior advisor Jared Kushner and counselor Kellyanne Conway on April 30. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

  • For several weeks in March and April, Max Kennedy Jr., then 26, served on Jared Kushner’s White House COVID-19 Supply Chain Task Force.
  • Kennedy, who is Robert F. Kennedy’s grandson, quit the task force in April. Soon after, he wrote an anonymous whistleblower complaint to Congress accusing the task force of corruption and ineptitude.
  • According to Kennedy, most members of the task force were young, inexperienced volunteers “cold emailing” Chinese factories from their personal email accounts.
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When Max Kennedy Jr. volunteered to help out on Jared Kushner’s White House COVID-19 Supply Chain Task Force, he thought he’d be helping out senior staff with rote tasks like data entry.

“My old boss called me and said he heard Kushner’s task force needed younger volunteers who had general skills and were willing to work seven days a week for no money,” Kennedy, now 27, said in the forthcoming documentary about the Trump team’s coronavirus response, “Totally Under Control.” The film, which was made in secret over the past five months, is slated for on-demand release on October 13.

Official poster for "Totally Under Control." Courtesy of Neon

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Official poster for “Totally Under Control.” Courtesy of Neon

Despite his “apprehension” about working for the Trump administration, Kennedy volunteered because he felt like it was the right thing to do, he said.

So Kennedy traveled to Washington, DC, and showed up at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Once there, he said volunteers were led to Conference Room A, a windowless underground meeting space. TVs covered the walls, all blaring Fox News.

After they sat down, Kennedy said representatives from FEMA and the military came in and gave them a

GENEVA (AP) — A former Chinese diplomat took center stage Tuesday at the World Trade Organization, announcing its revised prediction for a 9.2% percent decline in world merchandise trade this year and cautioning that a further hit could await if the coronavirus continues to spread.

Deputy Director-General Yi Xiaozhun’s presentation of the new WTO forecast symbolized a coming-of-age moment for China not yet a generation after it acceded to the trade body. It comes amid a punishing U.S. trade war against China under President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly accused the country of unfair trade practices and intellectual property theft.

WTO officials are required to serve the Geneva trade body, not their national interests. But the presentation by a former Chinese diplomat – Yi previously served as China’s ambassador to the WTO – could resonate for a U.S. administration that has been withering in its criticism of the Communist government that oversees the No. 2 world economy.

Yi announced that WTO economists have revised to a 9.2% drop in merchandise trade this year, down from their earlier prediction of a 12.9% plunge . That forecast was presented in April, when COVID-19 case counts were soaring in major economic engines like the Europe Union and the United States.

The revision follows better trade performances in June and July, notably thanks to rising demand for health care goods and electronic equipment. WTO now also predicts a 7.2% rise in trade next year, far more “pessimistic” than the April forecast for a 21.3% bounce-back. The forecasts exclude trade in services, and focus only on merchandise.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is above all a public health crisis, and preventing further suffering is the WTO’s overriding concern,” Yi said. “However, the outbreak has also disrupted the global economy in unprecedented ways.”

Health measures initiated to battle

The manager at the gym fired me for fighting. I think it was wrong of the manager to do that, as I was only defending myself.

Now I’m wondering how to get my job back. I talked to my lady friend and she told me her husband is home in bed with a couple of broken ribs and a headache. He couldn’t go to work today.

How can I get my job back?


A. “My mom is furious” is a sign that you aren’t grown up enough to shoulder the burden of being a true badass. I hope you wise up.

I think you are very lucky that you weren’t arrested for assault. Your manager was justified in firing you. Your behavior put this business (and other patrons) at great risk.

I would not want to attend a gym where a trainer regularly hooked up with a married patron and then beat that person’s husband to unconsciousness — right there in the gym. You obviously take no responsibility for your actions and how they contributed to the outcome.

Q. I always assumed that my hairstylist of many years and I didn’t see eye to eye on most political issues, but we kept our talk to personal lives and movies and TV shows.

She’s a genuinely nice person and I’m certain she’s kind to everyone. However, on social media she attacked a politician I truly admire.

I just can’t go back to her as if nothing happened. I just can’t go back at all.

Should I ghost her, or should I tell her that I’m switching stylists, and why? I don’t really want to make her feel bad, because she’s not a bad person. We just disagree.


A. You seem to like this hairstylist very much. You