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Foundation commends US over sanction on election riggers

The Coordinator of One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Eholor has commended the Government of the United States of America over the latest ban on politicians who rigged elections.

Eholor was reacting to questions from journalists who sought his opinion on the development.

Speaking to Jungle Journalist Media Ltd, he said “It’s a welcome development. I honestly think it’s the most sincere thing the American Government has done for Nigeria. The European Union should also follow suit to restrain all Nigerian politicians who have been involved since our Nigerian democracy; there has to be a sanction for anyone who have been involved in the past or present.

“They and their families have to be banned from entering America or any European country. This will serve as a deterrent for present and future politicians. In fact, should go further more to seize their assets anywhere in the world because what they are doing is criminal and banditry, and also, they should extend the olive branch to some of our notorious pastors and some of our notorious military officials and all ministries and institutions, including Customs and Police for human right violations and theft.

“America should use their military intelligentsia and we would support them with our whistle blowers to give them information required to nail these bandits so we can have a better society. So the exodus of refugees will stop. We don’t need their foreign aid if they can assit us with this, for a better Nigeria is possible”, Eholor stated.

EU bans Nigerians, Americans, others from entering Europe from July 1

Ahead of the planned reopening of its borders to international travellers on July 1, the European Union Commission has released a list of 54 countries that qualify for travels into Europe and Nigeria is conspicuously absent.

According to the report, the countries whose citizens have been granted permits into Europe as the union open its borders that were shut to curb the spread of COVID-19, include Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Australia, Bahamas, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Canada.

Others listed are Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Paraguay, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Serbia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lebanon and Mauritius.

BREAKING NEWS: US terminates all relationship with WHO

President of the United States, Mr Donald Trump on Friday (local time) announced that his country is terminating its relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“China has total control over WHO despite only paying USD40 million a year compared to what US has been paying which is approx USD 450 million a year,” Trump said.

“Because they have failed to make requested and needed reforms today we will be terminating our relationship with WHO,” Trump said addressing reporters.

He further said US will be redirecting funds intended for WHO to other organisations working on public health needs.

BREAKING: Trump gives a 30-day ultimatum to WHO chief, says improve or will pull out

US President Donald Trump wrote a letter to World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, accusing the global health body of taking China’s side during the coronavirus pandemic.

The letter was tweeted by Trump on Tuesday morning. In the letter, Trump said that the WHO consistently ignored credible reports of the virus spreading in Wuhan in early December 2019 or even earlier. “The WHO failed to independently investigate credible reports that conflicted directly with the Chinese government’s official accounts, even those that came from sources within Wuhan itself,” he said in the letter.

He further said that the WHO knew about a major public health concern in Wuhan by December 30, 2019, which was also communicated by Taiwanese authorities. “But the WHO chose not to share any of this critical information with the rest of the world, probably for political reasons.”

Trump also said that even after declaring Covid-19 outbreak, the WHO failed to press China for the timely admittance of a team of international medical experts.

He then attacked the WHO chief in the letter. “Just a few year ago, under the direction of a different Director-General, the WHO showed the world how much it has to offer.”

“It is clear the repeated missteps by you and your organisation in responding to the pandemic have been extremely costly for the world,” Trump said in the concluding para of the letter. “The only way forward for the WHO is if it can can actually demonstrate independence from China.”

Trump has also threatened to permanently stop funding of the WHO and reconsider membership of the United States in the body. “If the WHO does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the WHO permanent and reconsider our membership in the organization,” Trump told WHO chief Tedros in the letter.

Speaking to the reporters at the White House earlier, Trump called the UN health body a ‘puppet’ of China.

“They (WHO) are a puppet of China. They’re China-centric, to put it nicer. But they’re a puppet of China,” Trump said.

“I think they have done a very sad job. The United States pays them US $450 million a year. China pays them US $38 million a year,” Trump said in response to a question.

Trump claimed that more people would have died from coronavirus in the country had he not imposed a ban on travel from China, which was ‘opposed’ by the health agency.

Washington is locked in an increasingly bitter spat with Beijing over the new coronavirus pandemic and has also taken aim at the WHO, which on Monday kicked off its first ever virtual assembly.

A resolution tabled by the European Union called for an “impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation” of the international response to the pandemic, which has so far infected nearly 4.8 million people and killed more than 3,17,000.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus acknowledged there had been shortcomings and told the virtual assembly he welcomed calls for a review.

United States says it won’t be part of WHO global drugs, vaccine launch

United States will not take part in the launching of a global initiative on Friday to speed the development, production and distribution of drugs and vaccines against COVID-19, a spokesman for the U.S. mission in Geneva told Reuters.

“There will be no U.S. official participation”, he said in an email reply to a query. “We look forward to learning more about this initiative in support of international cooperation to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 as soon as possible.”

U.S. President Donald Trump has announced a suspension of funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), where it is the largest donor. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will help launch the global initiative on Friday, the U.N. agency said ahead of the 1300 GMT event.

Some US States Starting to Reopen Businesses

By Ken Bredemeier

Governors of at least five U.S. states, all conservative Republicans supportive of President Donald Trump’s push to jump-start the national economy in the face of the coronavirus threat, are moving quickly to reopen some businesses in their states.

The leaders of the five southern states — Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas — have all said in recent days that certain businesses can reopen in their states now or within the next week or so.

However, they must at least in part retain two-meter physical distancing restrictions between customers and shopkeepers.

Their push to reopen shuttered businesses and start to rehire some of the 22 million workers laid off in the country comes as a new national poll by the Washington Post and University of Maryland shows that nearly two-thirds of those surveyed believe that it will be June or later before they think it will be safe for gatherings of 10 or more people.

First-term Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday issued the most sweeping new directive for opening businesses. But he drew immediate pushback from several city mayors and public health experts in Georgia who said the state still has too many coronavirus cases to safely resume normal commerce and did not meet Trump’s own new guidelines to start phasing in an economic resurgence in the country as a whole.

Kemp said he would allow gyms, barber shops, tattoo parlors and bowling alleys, among other businesses, to reopen on Friday, while requiring that they still follow social-distancing guidelines and screen their employees for signs of fever and respiratory illness.

He said theaters and dine-in restaurants would be permitted to open next Monday. A statewide stay-at-home edict expires at the end of April.

“By taking this measured action, we will get Georgians back to work safely, without undermining the progress we all have made in this battle against COVID-19,” Kemp said.

But the mayor of Atlanta, the state’s biggest city and an international air transportation hub, assailed Kemp’s decision.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, said in a statement, “More than 19,000 Georgians have tested positive for Covid-19 and the numbers continue to increase. It is the governor’s prerogative to make this decision for the state, but I will continue to urge [residents of] Atlanta to stay at home, stay safe and make decisions based on the best interests of their families.”

Mayor Bo Dorough in Albany, at the center of Georgia’s coronavirus outbreak, told CNN, “I understand that the governor had a difficult decision to make. I do, however, think he made the wrong decision.”

In the neighboring state of South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster said Monday most retail stores can reopen, albeit under limited circumstances. Businesses will be allowed to open with a 20% occupancy capacity, equivalent to five people per 92 square meters.

“In light of the common sense being shown by the great people of South Carolina, we are ready to take some steps that will help South Carolina assure that our economic health is as strong as our public health,” McMaster said.

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis gave a reopening task force five days to develop recommendations and placed executives from two of the state’s biggest tourist attractions, Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, on the panel.

DeSantis said Florida can “bounce back in a very thoughtful, safe, and efficient way.”

Some of the state’s Atlantic Ocean beaches have already reopened, but the beach reopening in Jacksonville last weekend drew widespread mocking on social media as beach-goers ignored social distancing. An internet hashtag quickly branded them as “Florida morons.”

In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee said a “vast majority” of businesses in the state would reopen by the end of next week on May 1, with some reopening by next Monday, April 27.

But he added a caveat, saying, “Social distancing works, and as we open up our economy it will be more important than ever that we keep social distancing as lives and livelihoods depend on it.”

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott took a measured approach between a push from state business leaders to reopen and health professionals saying it is too soon.

He said plans would be announced next Monday but would be determined by “data and by doctors.”

“Opening in Texas must occur in stages,” Abbott said last Friday. “Obviously, not all businesses can open all at once on May 1.”

Abbott said a too-soon reopening of businesses would risk a resurgence of coronavirus outbreaks and “be more likely to set us back, rather than to propel us forward.”

Voice of America (VOA)

Trump to suspend all immigration into US over coronavirus

US President Donald Trump said he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States, saying he needs to protect American jobs as coronavirus ravages the economy.

The move, announced in a late-night post on Twitter, effectively achieves a long-term Trump policy goal to curb immigration, making use of the health and economic crisis that has swept the country as a result of the pandemic to do so.

“In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States,”, Trump said on Monday.

He offered no details as to what immigration programmes might be affected by the order. The White House did not immediately elaborate on Trump’s announcement.

The development is the latest in a string of moves cracking down on immigration as the coronavirus spreads in the United States.

The US has by far the world’s largest number of confirmed coronavirus cases, with more than 42,000 deaths and 774,000 infections on Monday. 

In late March, Trump said the US would swiftly return any migrants who attempted to cross into the country from Mexico and Canada. He argued migrants crossing the border threatened to worsen the US’s coronavirus outbreak.

Monday’s decision drew swift condemnation from some Democrats, who accused the president of creating a distraction from what they view as a slow and faulty response to the coronavirus.

America Dumps Bill Gates ‘Predictive Contagion’ Model, Hopes To Begin Reopening May, June

In a stunning turn of events, Surgeon General Jerome Adams explained in an interview on live XM radio, that the Coronavirus Task Force has, effectively, dumped the Bill Gates/CDC/WHO predictive contagion model, and is now working with the real data.

He explained on the Sirius XM’s Breitbart News Daily host Alex Marlow, that given the new data, businesses will begin to re-open as early as May, others in June.

This runs contrary to the out-and-out fear-mongering of Dr. Fauci and Bill Gates who have made a media tour, threatening the public that businesses may not re-open for six months to a year, or until and unless governments purchase their conveniently patented, big-pharma vaccination.

According to Dr. Adams:

“What the American people need to know now is we actually have data, and so we’re tracking that data,”

Before this about-face, which appears to have come as an order from the Trump administration in consultation with the findings of Dr. Adams, the task force was working with’predictive models’, which had been created by the Bill Gates dominated WHO and CDC. Dr. Fausti’s control over the CDC has been criticized in the past for its for-profit motive in handling a range of illnesses from HIV to H1NI.

In those inflated, ‘fear-based’ models, the deaths of millions worldwide, and hundreds of thousands in America, were touted. These were used as the basis for what many experts have termed a ‘grossly disproportionate response‘.

Previously, the task force was working with predictive models, frequently criticized because of their tendency to exaggerate the possible effect of the virus on the United States. Models predicting the deaths of millions and hundreds of thousands in America appear to be overblown, as the real-time data is showing the death count much lower.

Adams said that the models usually took data from different cultures and places around the globe, but they were able to track more accurately what could happen in the United States based on real data gathered in places such as California and New York.

“We’re following this data every single day, and we’re giving that data to communities so that they can make informed and intelligent decisions about when and where to reopen,” he said.

A significant indicator for communities being allowed to reopen, Adams said, was actual testing data, not a predictive model.

“I feel confident that some places will start to reopen in May and June. Other places won’t; it will be piece by piece, bit by bit, but will be data-driven,” he said.

Adams praised South Korea and Singapore, which closed their borders early, just like the United States did with travelers from China. But he said there are lessons learned across the board.

Coronavirus Pandemic: Is This The U.S. Suez Moment?

By Slik Mgbeahurike

In 1956, a botched Anglo-French-Israeli intervention (checkmated by the United States) in Suez laid bare the decay in British power and marked the end of the United Kingdom’s reign as a global power. Is the U.S. facing the same fate in this coronavirus era?

Admittedly, the U.S. has been a global power for over the past seven decades. The three elements – wealth, power and legitimacy of domestic governance – that made the U.S. a global power are being challenged.

For instance, coronavirus is a global pandemic that requires a global response, but the only global power (the U.S.) is MIA. This is because, the U.S. has not been able to solve its own coronavirus problems due to lack of capacity to meet its own demands, let alone to provide aid in crisis zones elsewhere. The U.S. Strategic National Stockpile, the nation’s reserve of critical medical supplies, is believed to have only one percent of the masks and respirators and perhaps ten percent of the ventilators needed to deal with the pandemic. The rest will have to be made up with imports from China. Similarly, China’s share of the U.S. antibiotics market is more than 95 percent, and most of the ingredients cannot be manufactured domestically.

With the vacuum created by the inability of the U.S. to lead a global response against COVID-19, China is maneuvering for international leadership as the U.S. falters. It’s working to tout its own system, provide material assistance to other countries, and even organize other governments by videoconference, to share information about the pandemic and lessons from China’s own experience in battling the disease.

For example, Italy – a NATO and EU member – overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases made a general urgent appeal for medical equipment and protective gear; China, Russia and Cuba came to its rescue, before Germany and France – another NATO and EU members – responded. China sent 1,000 ventilators, 2 million masks, 100,000 respirators, 20,000 protective suits 50,000 test kits and medics. It’s instructive to note that, Russia sent military doctors and military equipment by military planes. This is to say that, Russia – a former Warsaw member – deployed its troops on a NATO soil. Cuba also sent medics and medical aid to Italy. These are countries that would like to see the existing world order led by the U.S. revised in their favor. For instance, Russia is under EU sanctions since 2014, which is renewable every six months and all 27 EU members must agree for it to be renewed. Do you think Italy would agree to that, considering the help Russia renders in their time of need, when EU members ignored them? Only time will tell.

Moreover, China has also dispatched medical teams and 250,000 masks to Iran, Spain, Africa and Serbia – whose president dismissed European solidarity as “a fairy tale” and proclaimed that “the only country that can help us is China.”

In addition, Jack Ma – Alibaba co-founder, China’s richest man and a member of CCP – signed up on Twitter this March, and his first tweet was medical aid sent to the U.S: 500,000 testing kits and 1 million masks. He also donated 2 million masks, 400, 000 test kits, 104 ventilators to 24 Latin American countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Peru. Another donation of 1.8 million masks, 210, 000 test kits, 36, 000 protective suits, plus ventilators & thermometers to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. To each of the 54 African countries, he donated 20,000 test kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 medical use protective suits and face shields.

It doesn’t stop in donation, he has also launched an online platform for doctors and nurses around the world to exchange ideas, lessons and know-how to fight the virus. In addition to that, a handbook of treatment and care protocols has been developed by clinical practitioners on the frontlines of China’s fight against COVID-19 and he’s sharing it for free.

Na so China generous reach?

By contrast, the U.S. is yet to figure out how to contain the virus on its soil, no wonder it now has the high number of COVID-19 cases in the world, whereas China has not only contained the virus, but also making plans to reopen Wuhan city – the epicentre of the outbreak – and is leading a global response against COVID-19.

It’s understandable that Beijing’s edge in material assistance is enhanced by the simple fact that China is the factory of the world, therefore much of what the world depends on to fight the coronavirus is made in China. For example, it was already the major producer of surgical masks, produces roughly half of the N95 respirators critical for protecting health workers and vast majority of active pharmaceutical ingredients necessary to make antibiotics critical for addressing emerging secondary infections from COVID-19. But, this is not the first time China is showing international leadership.

The Belt and Road Initiative, or BRI, an ambitious trade project that aims to link China to the rest of the world through infrastructure
initiated by President Xi Jinping in 2013, is one of the largest infrastructure and investment projects in history, with an estimated cost of $4-8 trillions and to be completed in 2049. This initiative is already challenging the world order, with China signing cooperational documents with 138 countries and 30 international organisations on ports, railways, highways, power stations, aviation and telecommunications projects.

This Writer personally doesn’t want a world led by China, simply because he dislikes a unipolar world. A multipolar world where Sino-Russian empire on one hand, balancing the powers of Anglo-American empire on the otherhand is ideal for this present world.

How the U.S. wants to respond to this geopolitical challenge posed by China is a matter of time. But, like the fall of the Berlin Wall or the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the coronavirus is going to change the world forever.

Slik Mgbeahurike is a public affairs analyst

US police arrest man who threatened to assassinate Donald Trump

America’s president Donald J Trump

United States Police on Saturday arrested a man outside the White House after he threatened to assassinate the nation’s President, Donald Trump.

The man named Roger Hedgpeth was reported by CNN to have approached the US Service police officer on patrol and said, “I am here to assassinate President Donald Trump,”.

25-year-old Hedgpeth according to a DC Metropolitan Police Department arrest report obtained by CNN told the officer he planned to do it with a knife, which the Secret Service officer confiscated after a pat-down search, the report said.

“At no point during this were any Secret Service protectees in any danger,” a law enforcement official told CNN.

The man has been placed under arrest at which time the arresting officer was advised by the Secret Service that the suspect was a critically missing/endangered person as well as a mental health patient.

He has been moved to a hospital for a mental health evaluation where he will be held until further notice, according to the report.

Efforts to get information about the suspect was futile. CNN reportedly contacted the home of what is believed to be a relative of the suspect’s but the woman who answered the call didn’t have any comment.