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this is al jazeera america, i'm bisi onile-ere in new york. here are the top stories... ..protests in cologne germany as fall out continues from the new year's eve assault of dozens of women by foreign men. mexican authorities say they are willing to extradite captured drug lord el chapo to the u.s. republican leaders gather in south carolina to discuss fighting poverty in america.
>> my family has been sick, my friends sick, community suffering an out of control gas leak in an l.a. neighbourhood is keeping thousands out of their homes. dualling protests erupt in the german city of cologne over a new year's eve out break over sexual violence against women, blamed on foreigners. the largest by anti-immigration groups, police had to use tear gas and water canons to disperse the crowds. they arrested scores of protesters, as they tried to keep the group away from a counterleft wing protest. the backlash over assault and robberies during celebrations is
forcing german german chancellor angela merkel to act. dominik kane is in cologne. >> reporter: it was a day of protest that culminated in moments of violence. supporters of the far right anti-islamic group demonstrated against the asylum policies of the government. and those carrying out the sexual violence on new year's eve. in the event. some followers threw stones and other objects at the police. police responded with water cannon to restore calm. a number were held, others injured. earlier, a large rival demonstration by left wing opponents. they had come to prevent or disrupt the far right rally, and to call for tolerance in german society. >> translation: i would say society is divided at the moment, those holding onto the
welcoming culture and the fascists. it's incredible what is happening. we must fight against racism. many have forgotten germany's pass. >> this is about to happen. what happened on new year's eve is no go. it can't happen again. we will stand up for it. when the going gets tough, us germans will fight again for it. >> reporter: the fallout from the sexual attacks and robberies of new year's eve continues to resonate more than a week on. more than 300 complaints have been made to the authorities, a young woman told how a friend of hers was groped and she was threatened. >> i was afraid and insecure. and didn't know how to react. i didn't know how to respond and started to stare at the floor. i was afraid at the looks. >> the glamor for something to be done has claim the job of the
police chief of cologne. now the german chancellor angela merkel says the law needs to be strengthened so if refugees commit crimes, they can be deported. >> it's in the german's best interests, and also for the fast majority of refugees that arrived here. it is very important. >> the two demonstrations that have been staged have come to an end with the police moving in to restore law and order. the debate about what the country does with the asylum seekers that it has encouraged to come here is far from over mexican officials say they may be willing to extradite joaquin guzman to the u.s. he was recaptured on friday in his home state of sinaloa. he spent six months after escaping from a prison cell.
the mexican attorney-general's office would handle an extradicks, a process that could take months. more of this report later in the hour the man accused of shooting a philadelphia police officer apparently travelled to saudi arabia and egypt in recent years. the suspect has told authorities that he was inspired by i.s.i.l. when he shot at officer jessie hartnett's police car, hitting the officer three times. the fbi is working with the philadelphia police determine to determine if the suspect was connected to i.s.i.l. or similar groups. the man's family said he was mentally unstable from past head injure you injuries. the officer is in stable condition presidential candidate courted voters in south carolina. diane eastabrook is in columbia. what was the overall messages of
the forum? the after all message is that the party needs to be sympathetic. interestingly, the two candidates that are leading the g.o.p. were no shows at the forum. >> reporter: here in south carolina, they dish up eggs and coffee, and the breakfast crowd debates the upcoming primary. >> trump appealed to me. i think rubio kind of leaning towards him. >> i'm leaning towards trump. >> why do you like trump. >> he's brave enough to say what we want to hear. >> reporter: in a race crowded
with candidates and an election a little more than a month away. donald trump is leading the pack in the palmyra state by a wide margin, followed by ted cruz and mark rubio. jobs and the economy are key issues. >> what would you do? >> mark rubio was peppered with questions about both at a meet and great with advocates. >> how do we provide long-term opportunities and skill sets for the workers. >> employment growth in south carolina is doing better than the rest of the country overall. manufacturers like b.m.w., who south carolina's plant say will be the largest. and michelin, a long-time fixture in south carolina's manufacturing, with half-a-dozen plants in the state. the unemployment state lags the rest of the nation because of losses in the textile industries.
robin, from the university of south carolina's institute for public service and policy research. says trump vowed to bring back jobs like those is striking a cord with voters. >> poor emphasis in terms of not winning, a lot of people will be voting in the republican primary, want america to be a winner again. that's a message that is resonating here. >> hello sir. >> restaurant owner is a life-long republican, undecided about who will get his vote. he is all for building a stroker economy. isn't here. they have been tribute to that. they are not talking about certain important issues like the infrastructure in the country. the ballooning deficit. the depth the country incurred. >> reporter: like a lot of voters, they hope it will change as the race heats up in south carolina. >> thank you very much, sir.
>> and we talk to a lot of voters today who say normally they would have a candidate selected, they'd know who they were going to vote for. there are so many candidates, they don't know what they'll do. >> immigration is an issue in the race. is it it come up at all? >> it did come up. there were protesters that heckled marco rubio about the switch in his position towards undocumented workers, or undocumented residents, and they say that he has turned his back on the hispanic population, and they took him to task for that. >> thank you for your report. a muslim advocacy group wants an apology from donald trump after a muslim-american woman was thrown out of a campaign rally.
she stood up silently at the event. audience members heckled her and security guards escorted her out. trump has not responded to the council's request for him to meet with american muslim leaders. join us later for a deeper look on american muslims and their views on the election, and american politics as a hole. 8:00 eastern, 5:00 pacific on al jazeera saudi arabia's foreign minister says further action may be taken against iran a week after the kingdom severed ties. what the action might be is not specified. as reported, tensions continue to rise in the region, a week after a controversial execution. >> reporter: saudi arabia seems to be determined to build an international front against iran. they are targetting the g.c.c., the arab league and the islamic
organization. they warned them to issue statements of solidarity, and statements denouncing iran. this is what happened with the g.c.c., where they said iranis are destabilizing the region, in the internal affairs of saudi arabia. it's a critical moment for both saudi arabia, and for iran. iran presents itself as the defender of shi'ite. and saudi arabia as a sunni powerhouse. and we are going to continue to see some sort of tension building up in the coming months, because of the issues at stake. so you have places like yemen. syria and iraq where the saudis accuse the iranians of supporting shia groups. on the other hand iran says that sudbury wolves not help half and is not willing to negotiate political settlements. this is why for saudi arabia,
it's crucial to have regional and international allies saying they this stand with saudi arabia that they are opposed to the policies of iran. >> video footage shows iranian missile fire. the u.s. navy says the video shows iranian ships launching missiles on what appears to be a military vehicle. the incident occurred in late december, iranian officials have not responded to the new video, but called earlier reports false news. the syrian government announced that it will end peace talks later in geneva, on one condition. no group considers terrorists should take part, excluding anyone fighting to overthrow the president. in northern syria, an air strike
killed 39 people today. the missiles struck buildings that were used by al qaeda's affiliate in syria, el-nasr front. >> neighbouring iraq, thousands of refugees that fled the conflict are facing a hark winter. al jazeera's mohammed jamjoom reports from northern iraq. >> reporter: whether escaping war or bracing for winter, those displaced have become accustomed to one catastrophe after another. in a camp meant to protect them, supplies are too few and aid distributions too far between. it's why some children walk around in slippers, despite the freezing cold. >> translation: the condition here is so difficult. the tends are soaking wet -- tets are soaking wet. >> as if on queue, while we were talking, a deluge begins. the nightmare described is real
once more. to give you an idea of how bad the weather conditions are, it was raining a few minutes ago, now it is hailing. and this hail, and this rain is coming in to this tent. that's why so many of the internally displaced are worried about what the worsening weather will bring in the weeks and months to come. concern for the welfare of her children. she took what cautions she could as early as possible. >> we paid for and built a second makeshift room. sometimes the tent plies away. one time the tarp flew away. we had to bring it back. >> after three months of saving, they had money to buy the wood for the makeshift shelter. tiny, compared to the tent they reason in. they now feel more secure against the elements. in other parts of the camp,
things are far worse. the evidence is all around. like the tarp that collapsed under the weight of the rain, or the trash piling up in the mud. u.n.i.c.e.f.'s worker tells us that getting money and resources to help the people is extremely difficult. >> what people are forgetting is 322 million displaced people living a miserable life. the fighting with i.s.i.l. makes the news. the plight of the people does not go to the news. >> the situation children were facing has been described. they are haunted by the memory of seek a child so cold he tried to warm himself under the engine of a car. life for many children is as punishing as the weather, and they are becoming accustomed to the suffering
over 200 children who sang in a german boys choir were allegedly abused over four decades, according to a lawyer investigating the accusations that range from beatings to rape. the abuse has been mostly attributed to the director of the school choir attached, and who died in 1992. included in the 231 incidents are 50 potential rape cases. speaking at a press conference an investigator detailed the attacks. >> translation: with record to sexual violence i can report cases from stroking a buttock to rape. with regard to physical violence, it's beating attacks, beating until bleelding, withholding of food and force on the other side. beating with tools and keys and sig incident rings. >> the brother of former pope benedict the 16th - the lawyer claims he must have been aware
of some of those abuses. >> all eyes on chinese financial market come monday. next - will it be another roller-coaster ride, and what will the ripple effects on the world economy be. >> they are sick and tired in a californian town - nose bleeds and headaches are some of the symptoms that residence complain about, from a gas leak that has been going on for months. we'll be right back.
chinese markets ended this past week on a slight uptick after a volatile week, starting when a measure meant to promote stability had the opposite effect, triggering a nosedive in stocks. patricia sabga has more. [ bells toll ] a miserable ending to an abysmal opening week of trading in u.s. stock market history. the trouble started in china, after a weaker than expected reading on manufacturing sent stocks into a tail spin. a spiral dragging down stock markets as worries mounted over the severity of economic slowdown, and the ability of chinese leaders to manage it. >> it's not so much that the china market hold off. the bigger problem is a panic in
the air on the part of the chinese policy makers. >> like the short flirtation with circuit breakers that shut the stock market monday and thursday, before the breakers were suspended on friday. when analysts suspected beijing was buying back shares to lift the market into positive territory. a page from an intervention playbook including restrict the stock sales by investors, and a series of currency devaluations rattling investor confidence. as china's economy desell rates, so does the appetite for raw materials. hammering commodity prices and a slide in oil prices, hitting 12 year lows this week. it added up to a wall of worry, high enough to eclipse a brief rally on wall street on friday, triggered by strong growth.
as investigators focus on stagnant wages and what the tea leaves are telling them about an economy whose fortunes have the power to shake the world. and adam johnson is the founder of insight and action advisors, and a contributor at bold.global. thank you for joining me. a question that a lot in the u.s. have, is when they see something like this happen with the stock market and china, what is the implications in the u.s.? >> it's a giant wake-up call. it would be hard for china, if it was trying to deal with the fact that it had the market. trying to convert the economy from export driven to one focused on internal consumption. like the u.s. is hard to do. they are trying to go from cronyism to rule of law. they are trying to go from command economy to free market.
and that is hard to do. china is a special situation, the second largest economy in the world. that is complicated, but the one take away that jumps out at investors is that it's a wake up call. the central bank provided money, and all of a sudden bankers realized there was a problem, and there was no return in the u.s. we had to go further afield. when you see problems you say do you know what, we have to take 10% off. large investors selling, starting in china and selling the rest of the world. >> you touched on u.s. investors, what about those that have 401ks. >> it's a hard week. i traded for 20 years. the problem is that it's not
just speculators who are trading the markets, it's the mutual funds, the pension funds, people looking out for retirement, 401ks, and there's a lot of exposure. what's at times like this, capital goes home. there's evidence of that in the market. you look at the 4% rise in the japanese yen. it was a short trade. unwinding that, you look at the biotech index. it's down. it is large institutional investors saying we need to take money off the table. the selling could be painful. if you look at the 401k. you know it's hurt this week, and probably next week too. >> bringing me to the next question. people are concerned. is it too early to go into panic mode? >> 2008 was painful. a lot of us lost a lot of funny. whether in stocks or ponds or
real estate. we had the ghost on the shoulder. we look back on the shoulder saying this is not the next big one. george said it's 2008 all over again. i'm not buying that, the guys made a lot of fun yip. far be it, what is happening right now is what a lot of institutional investors are calling a period of new adjustment. in other words, it's free money available to the investment community, back when they needed to create the bid in 2002/2009, they did, giving away money by lowering interest rates to zero. that has gone on for too long. the fed and others are pulling back saying we'll raise rates, getting back to normal. there's a period of adjustment that has to happen. stocks you are down 10-11% from the highs. again, it's not as though it's 2008 all over again. put it's pain:
a period of adjustment. i read a report, and is says that the world bank cut the growth out look, saying there would be weak performances. is this proof of that. >> growth of 2.9% was grown. there is still growth, but just to look at china, that gives us a good window into what is happening. chinese imports have been down 13 months in a row. they are consuming less. the exports are down 8 months. we are buying less. rates have been low, zero per cent. which is why people are bragging at bars about a mort ig of 3.5%. it's inflating market, which is
why real estate is back to a high. it's painful. if you have grandparents reti d retired, living on a fixed income. they are not getting back, which is why a segment of the over 65s are taking jobs, arguably that would go to younger people. we are all in this together. we'll get through it. it's not 2008 over again. >> a lot of people are feeling the same pain. i want to bring up the issue of gas and oil prices. oil we have seen have been dropping dramatically. what impact does that have on the markets? >> big impact not just on markets, but people. according to triple a. lower gas prices put 500 and 400 in the packets of average americans, $504. if the average income is $55,000, that's before tax, it's
higher than that. this is good for consumers, the fact that oil... ..it hurts other parts of the economy. steel producers are not making pipes. drillers are not drilling as much. there's a downside. overall, it is good for you and me. >> thank you so much for your expertise, appreciate it. >> thank you. >> coming up on al jazeera. big changes are coming to parts of the bronx in new york. many say gentrification is not necessarily the best thing for the people that live there. >> more on the town that many in one new york town says need to go.
welcome back to al jazeera america, here is a look at the top stories - protests in cologne over a new year's eve outbreak of sexual violence against women, mainly blamed on foreigners. the largest of the protests were the aisent immigration groups -- anti-immigration groups. police had to use tear gas and water canons. angela merkel is proposing a swifter deportation for asylum seekers convicted of criminal activity. the allegations of sexual abuse does not stop there. 200 children who sang in a german boys choir was abused. among the claims 50 rape cases. the former director of a school
choir who died in 1992 was the perpetrator of most of those abuses. and drug king joaquin guzman may spend his time in gaol in the u.s. mrs he was recaptured in his home state of sinaloa on friday after six months on the run. our correspondent is in mexico. how long does an extradition take? >> i think it's important to note that this is not a process that is going to happen overnight. we are hearing that it will take between six and nine months. it's important to point out that this marks a shift in tone to the mexican government. today the attorney-general verified that the extradition process is moving forward. it's not the case in the past. the previous attorney-general
said that joaquin guzman will be extradited in several hundred years after serving his time. that previous attorney-general viewed this has an issue of national sovereignty. as an expert told us, president peno nieto cannot afford a third estate. joaquin guzman's attorney-generally plans on vociferously on fighting extradition to the united states. >> translation: no, he shouldn't be extradited to the united states or any other foreign country. why, in mexico there are laws based on a fair constitution. in this case the national sovereignty must be right-hand. the sovereignty of judicial institutions. >> so one thing that has been mentioned to me today is that for a drug lord such as joaquin guzman, being extradited to the united states is considered a bit of a nightmare because, of course, he's effectively,
according to the authorities, been running the sinaloa cartel, when he has been, behind bars and had the ability twice to bribe his way out of prison. as an expert told us, his back is up against the wall. and a 57-year-old is facing a possibility of dying in an american prison joaquin guzman may have done himself in with the hopes of making a biographical film. how did the film industry in mexico track him down? >> well, i think by now everyone knows that joaquin guzman had near mythic status here in mexico. he's a confident man, and importantly that cockiness may have gotten him back in prison. the government said two months after escaping last february, he was keen to get in touch with members of the movie industry to make a biopic about his life, and the government says it was
through communication with producers and actors, that they were able to close in on his trail. so, what is the latest in the investigation today on where he was captured? >> so my colleague adam raney is in his home state of sinaloa, where he was captured. and a couple of details emerged. first i should mention that the house has been cordoned off. there has been forensic experts inside removing evidence and the bodies of five men. police say they were criminals, they were killed during the dramatic shoot-out with police. an interesting titbit from yesterday's capture - the government says that after they closed in on this house, that guzman and another tried to escape through the sewerage
system. the government were prepared for that. when they emerged and tried to escape. they were prepared. we spoke to a source who had ties to the attorney-general's office, and said there was a 30-40 minutes negotiation between joaquin guzman and police before he actually put down his weapon. apparently he was asking what would happen to his family. and the expert said something that i thought was interesting. he said joaquin guzman could have made a dramatic last stand. he could have shot at police and been killed or chosen to dill himself. that is something he didn't do. for now he's been returned to the same maximum security prison where he escaped. and mum is the word from the government as to what precautions he's taking to ensure he doesn't escape a third time. >> thank you thousands of residents in an upscale neighbourhood near los angeles had to leave their home due to a massive methane gas
link. 11 weeks, and a million dollars later. the leak has yet to be capped. as reported, it may not be until march. >>reporter: they chanted for change. >> my friends have been sick, family sick, and community suffering. >> reporter: and then took it inside. these people from north of los angeles have been clamoring to get state and local government to stop the largest natural gas link in u.s. history, happening in their backyard. >> this is what they are breathing. methane spewing into the air since late october. captured by infrared cameras. the investigation is ongoing by agencies, it will be a matter of if not months, years. as this comes out, and we get more and more information, time
will tell. >> reporter: the leak is coming from a blown pipe at a gas storage facility owned by the gas company. first detected on october 23rd, the leak continued to release methane for the past 11 weeks. >> it's the largest environmental disaster we have seen in the united states. >> the air quality management district which regulates the gas called the hearing to take testimony from residents. 12,000 of whom have been fleeing their home since december. >> the hearing could go on for hours and days, air quality management is looking to impose tougher measures on the leak and gas. the company says today it will agree to. the people say it's not enough. they want the facility yip permanently shut -- facility permanently shut down. >> shut it down. the hearing board has the authority. my daughter - her sons won't
come to our house. she doesn't want them there because they get sick, they could get cancer. please do something. >> we can't provide guarantee protection. nothing short of a shutdown will suffice. >> the gas company is working as fast as possible. with no shut off valve, drilling a relief valve is the only option. thousands continue to wait for somewhere knew to live. >> we understand and are sympathetic with the customers. we don't want to stay in our homes. >> we are prisoners in our own home. >> do you think you can get it to shut down? >> i think i do. if everyone bands together, we
can make a change. >> a meaningful change in gas operations that residents say they can't wait for any longer a former marylands police officer was sentence said to five years in prison for pointing a gun at a man's head. >> get back in the car now. i'm not going to tell you again cell phone video shows the officer confronting a man for parking illegally outside the man's own home. when the man tried to enter his house, the officer pointed out a service weapon, pointed at the man's head and demanded he get back in the car. in december he was found guilty of misconduct and assault. >> people in the central new york village whites borough will vote on whether to change the controversial image on the seal. it depicts a white man choking a native american. it is said to be a placeful
wrestling match, but the placement of the hands has people calling the seal offensive and racist. the town of 3700 takes its name from european settler hugo white. >> the cost of rent is causing many to consider residences away from the city. investors are now looking at the bronx. it has locals concerned. >> reporter: michael teaches photography to schoolkids in the bronx, a neighbourhood with a reputation of being high on crime and low opportunities. these kids see something different here. a proud tradition of working class new yorkers, many immigrants, many worried about a way of hive. i feel like i'm in a way saying
goodbye. new york is planning to redevelop a place known as jerome avenue, a place where many work and live in rented store fronts. >> we need the places as working place for people here, not a way for million airs to make more money. >> the city's plan to redevelop this section is yet to be finalised. it's already displacing small businesses that long thrived here. property values are going up. rents are going up. so, too, is the image of the bronx. celebrities made their way up town. looking for a place cheaper than manhattan to live. the bronx, with a burning theme played off an old stereotype. >> i think it is the future of real estate. >> that developer says the experience taught him the importance of talking to local residents.
his company planning to impress -- invest half a billion to bring market rate apartments to another section of the bronx, dominated by piano factories. >> we are taking what is highly underutilized areas, with truck traffic and parking and turn it into quality housing, with public assessible esplanades and creating space. local residents want more affordable housing. they are making their concerns known. we saw what happened. we are ready to make sure what happens is done in the right way. >> so that the poor and working class can continue to call the neighbourhood home on this week's episode of "third rail", in light of recent sexual assault allegations made against bill cosby, ali velshi and a guest panel debate if
there should be a statute of limitations on rape. here is a preview of tomorrow's episode. >> there's no statute of limitations on murder, why should there there be one on rape. >> i worry about the last group, memories changing, or in the case of someone, when the incident happened, may have had a set of circumstances, becoming famous, wealthy, and the incident that took place is now a rape incident, and because it's 25 years ago, and there's no statue of limitations, someone that wants money or fame has the right to go after that person. it's not to say that it wasn't wrong, but the statute of limitations limits the period of time you have to go after someone. >> there are issues with documentation, toxicology report. how long is the right amount of time, or is no amount of time right. >> all the issues exist in
murder cases, right. the longer we are away from them, the longer the evidence gets, you know, lost or, you know, memories may have faded. all applies. what we are talking about here is a culture of shame that has affected, you know, young children and women particularly, and in some cases men around rape, and, you know, the way the laws exist, the ways the statues of limitations, it privileges the offender, the perpetrator, we are eliminating or expanding the statute of limitations, giving more opportunity for the victim to give way you can watch the episode of third tomorrow at 5:30 eastern, 2:30 pacific, here on al jazeera america coming up, while thousands brave the heat to make a pilgrimage to a small town in northern argentina. plus, bigger than three football fields, the enormous cargo ship
to a folk saint who robbed the rich and gave to the poor. theresa vo has more on the legend. >> reporter: in the province of nearby argentina. people here are paying tribute to a folk saint. all the way from buenos aires - this man came to ask for his health. >> translation: it gives us what we ask for. i come every year to prey and ask for what i need. health and work are top of the list. >> reporter: faith brings people here and turns this place into a here and turns this place into a pilgrimage site. >> i cut my hair. my son had surgery, he is okay. >> reporter: the legend says that he started the army during the argentine civil war. he was executed by authorities,
and his body was hung on a tree. >> people believe that he stole from the rich to give to the poor. that's why there's thousands of people coming every year not only to request what they say are miracles, but to leave offers to him. you see people leave knives, wedding dresses and bicycles. >> reporter: this person working here for 30 years says people bring other things. >> translation: these are coffins with ashes. those that had devotion for antonio to be buried close to him. they are here with me. this man is not recognised as a this man is not recognised as a saint. many call for his canonization. in the past, the church has in the past, the church has tried to distance itself from saints. but this father says the church changed since francis became the pope.
>> the message from pope francis is clear. listen to your people and accept them. it is part of the culture, that's why the church has to that's why the church has to accept them. for years the church imposed on people, telling them what to believe in, giving more importance to power, not service. >> reporter: the image can be seen around argentina, and every year more and more believe in him. especially among the poor, who claim they give him what others do not jonathan betz is here with a look at what it coming up in the next hour. >> now that the notorious drug king pin is behind bars, the focus begins on effort to bring el chapo back to the united states. republican presidential candidates appear on stage
together for the first time this year. and a deeper look at how the race for the white house is viewed by muslim americans. those are some of the stories ahead in the next hour. >> thank you vex. kevin corriveau is here with a look at the weather. sounds like there's snow in the forecast. >> there's snow and dangerous temperatures coming as well. we get to those in a moment. it's a storm that made its way to the californian coast. it is pushing from texas to the great lakes. in oklahoma, we saw five fatalities from weather-related deaths because of that storm. now, we see the snow from chicago to michigan. it will continue. we are looking at probably about 8-12 inches of snow still, all the way through tomorrow. we'll watch this carefully. the other big problem of the storm is behind it. this is the temperatures here, through to tomorrow morning. >> we'll see wind chills of up
to minus 30 degrees. what that means is the temperatures in conjunction with the winds in that area bringing the feel of those temperatures down. fargo feels like minus 5 degrees. when you factor in the winds, it feels colder in the region, talking fargo, feeling like minus 24, omaha minus 20, it's a dangerous situation if you are outside. i want to put the forecast into motion, starting 10:00p.m.. see how the temperatures drop across the area, and the temperatures to the east. they are lower. tomorrow it will be dangerous across the area. >> not until we get to the end of next week, do we get back to normal. >> the future of shipping arrived in california. a ship that can carry three
times the amount of cargo. unfortunately it's too big for most u.s. ports. melissa chan explains what many are doing to handle the ship. >> reporter: it's called the "ben jam yin franklin", making a stop. called a megaship. it can hold 18,000, 20 foot shipping containers. the usual ships hold 5,000. >> it's important that the port of oakland shows it's ready to handle this. >> reporter: this is the "benjamin franklin", and this is a boeing 747, or as compared to the u.s.s. "george bush." it is one of the fewest at the
moment that can handle this size. oakland dredged 50 feet and raised the height of eight of its cranes. what port officials herald as a big cargo ship. will shuttle containers between asia and europe. when it comes to shipping, the u.s. is behind the times. megaships dock in asia, in the u.s. major ports are making updates to accommodate megaships, bringing in bigger cranes and dredging to deeper waters. >> the federal government needs to develop a comprehensive strategy. the arrival of the large vessels is a stimulus to have the parts of infrastructure get their act together. >> oakland and los angeles may have welcomed the "benjamin franklin" this time, but it does not mean either can handle more such calls. proponents of megaships saying
fuel, carrying more cargo, and less pollution. >> it's a challenge, putting stress on the trucking lines and the dredge companies that move cargo a short distance to transporting facilities, where they are put on cars to be sent to other parts of the country, or facilities where the gooth are repackaged for onward movement. >> at a hefty $150 million price tag some believe it takes sense. west coast ports recognise the far-reaching benefits of megaships. >> the port of oakland employs 450 people, but influences 73,000 jobs. that many depend on the port. with increased cargo comes more jobs. we see a true economic benefit to the region as the big ships arrive. >> reporter: that is the hope. as ships dock with greater
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