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Recent suggestions that the US national elections be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic seem to be lacking education on the US Constitution. The Congress has the only authority to do this and with a polarized Congress this will not happen. Secondly the Constitution did provide for the scenario of a delayed election, but specifically stipulates that the current administration's term ends on January 20 and cannot be extended due to a delayed election. In the event of a delayed election the Speaker of the House of Representatives assumes the Presidency in a temporary role until such time as a proper election is held. Either the legal advisors to the Administration are woefully lacking on their education of the Constitution or they do not think that any of the citizenry are sufficiently well versed in the Constitution to call out their veiled attempt at totalitarian rule. Either way they fail badly.
The current Administration would do better to develop a plan to deal with the deteriorating economy of the US due to the pandemic. They lack the understanding that the economy is driven by the pandemic and cannot be restored without controlling the pandemic. The recent loss in GDP of 33% is egregious not just for its magnitude as a pandemic and subsequent business stoppage can easily cause such a downturn. but it is comparison to the other impacted countries in the community of industrialized nations that is most unsetling. The US has lost 33%GDP, the EU has lost 1% GDP and China is still gaining GDP as are other Asian nations. They are replacing the US in the Global Economy. What does this mean for the US? It means that it is no longer dominant on the global stage. It now has to compete for influence and commerce on the world stage from a position lagging behind much of the rest of the industrialized world. The thing that global pandemics do is they change world. The leaders become followers or do not survive and the followers become leaders demonstrating a new way to live.
It seems that a general education on the basic biology of viruses is in order because the US obviously has about 40% of its population that did not pay attention in high school biology. Viruses require a host to multiply and proliferate. The host can be most any living organism and in the case of Covid-19 the primary host is the human species. This means that the protein spikes on the virus are most well adapted to latch on to human cells. This virus is of microscopic scale and requires an imaging electron microscope in order to see it. Billions of virus can occupy the size of the head of a pin. The virus proliferation is very important because the more the virus multiplies and generates more total virus is in the country and the world and the greater the difficulty in quelling virus blooms like we are now seeing. This also brings us closer to the virus becoming endemic. When the virus becomes endemic it is here to stay indefinitely. This means that around the world we would be destined to endure cyclical blooms like we are currently encountering in the US for the indefinite future. This will require a shut down of almost all public activity each time, for two to three months, to gain control of the virus spread. As long as there is Covid-19 virus somewhere in the world this is a likely scenario. As for a vaccine, modern medicine has never been successful at building a vaccine for a corona virus. The common cold is a corona virus. How many of us have had a common cold? Many people get them multiple times per year. If the antigen reaction is similar then a vaccine is likely to only be effective for a very short time. Also consider that even if an effective vaccine is generated, modern medicine has only been able to eradicate one virus and that is Small Pox. In all of it efforts and with very effective vaccines humanity has not been able to eradicate any other virus. So this leave us with the need to adapt and change our behavior to live with Covid-19 among us. We know from example that this can be done as most of Europe, Asia, the Pacific Rim and may African countries have done so. It will require a collective effort to wear respiratory coverings (masks), physical distance, (keep more than 6 feet between people), limit interactivity to only necessity, change the work environment to accommodate physical distancing and air handling sanitation and convert to remote and teleworking as much as possible. This needs to be a lifestyle change and not seen as a temporary action. This will have to be endured for years to deal with this virus. If we do this we can adapt to recover an economic platform that will benefit the populace and allow for a good standard of living. It will not be the same as we had become accustomed to but will be a survivable scheme for all. If we do not change the behavior of the populace then we are destined to continue this cycle of opening activity and then having to shut down weeks later because of a raging virus bloom and each time because we continue to pile up the amount of virus generated which grows with each bloom then the cycle becomes more wide spread with greater severity. This will continue to occur until the other 96% of the world which is being affected by the behavior of the US populace, since the virus anywhere is the virus everywhere, reaches the end of its patience with the childish actions of the US populace. I do not see this taking very long. We already see the early actions being taken where US occupants are only allowed to travel to 12 countries currently, none of which are major trading partners. US goods are already becoming circumspect in Europe, Asia and the Pacific rim. Even though current data does not indicate that virus transmission from surfaces is great, simply the perception that goods could be tainted is causing purchase hesitation by trading partners. Also trading partners are very hesitant to allow vessels and aircraft carrying freight to access their ports and airports. The US is already the pariah of the world. If the behavior does not change now the world's attitude towards the US will become pervasive and reversing this will take a generation or more.
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Anthony Chickillo, former Steeler, agrees to contract with New Orleans Saints
Linebacker Anthony Chickillo has played the last five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers but now agrees to contract with the New Orleans Saints, and Mickey Loomis, the Sales general manager, announced this deal on Saturday. Chickillo is 6 foot tall and weighs 3,225 pounds, changing teams for the first time. He played 11 games as a part of the Steelers the previous season and finished with 11 tackles and half a sack.
The Steelers discharged him on March 16 alongside linebacker Mark Barron.
In October, Chickillo was blamed for ambushing his girlfriend while they were at the casino at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort but eventually, the charges were dropped.
22-year-old woman missing while driving from Virginia to Texas
A 22-year-old lady, Rachel McGregor was travelling from Newport News to San Antonio, Texas and stopped at New Orleans. As per reports, she went to an electronics store in the 900 block, Poydas Street, to get her cellphone repaired and the NOPD officers told that McGregor used the store’s landline to call a person who filed the missing report of McGregor when she did not contact again by 11:30 pm. Since Friday morning McGregor is missing, vehicle was not available, and her whereabouts are also not known.
The New Orleans City Council approves affordable and climate-resistant housing options
The New Orleans City Council today affirmed an understanding between the City of New Orleans, Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC) and Finance Authority of New Orleans (FANO), that enables FANO to offer monetary incentives to builders of reasonable and atmosphere resistant lodging.
As per the agreement, FANO can combine its multifamily income bonds with LHC's non-competitive 4% charge credits.
These credits give tax incentives that expect to build the accessibility of reasonable rental lodging.
As per Mayor LaToya Cantrell, this organization between the City, the Finance Authority of New Orleans and the Louisiana Housing Corporation, will permit them to achieve their mutual objectives. They can accomplish their objectives by making a progressively inventive and community-oriented element that can all the more likely make reasonable lodging alternatives.
The Director of the Office of Housing Policy and Community Development for the City of New Orleans, Marjorianna Willman, told that the establishment of their reasonable lodging biological system is the accessibility of an assortment of compelling apparatuses to fathom a variety of difficulties. Opening this significant apparatus for FANO will give them more prominent nearby control to take care of their neighbourhood issues while keeping up basic associations with state authorities.
According to Damon Burns, President and CEO of FANO, participation among government offices is expected to address the considerable measure of interest for moderate and atmosphere flexible lodging. This understanding is a case of the sort of coordinated effort required to convey more an incentive to the network.
9 Catholic Priests Accused Of Child Sexual Abuse In US
The United States published a report that provides evidence that nine additional Catholic priests sexually abused children from the 1950s to the 1990s in Colorado Catholic churches.
The report was published by Attorney General Phil Weiser, according to ABC.
The late Rev. Charles B. Woodrich, known as Woody's father, and the other eight people were not previously identified in the original report, released in October 2019, based on a review of Church records in the dioceses of Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo.
Six of the newly named priests have already died, while others have previously been removed from the priesthood or have ceased worship. Woody's father was named after Woody's father a few years after his death in 1991, but his name was removed from the name earlier this year due to allegations against the priest.
The latest report looked at cases of abuse of 46 children by a total of 25 priests, 16 of whom were named in last year's report. Grounded allegations of sexual assault were made against them. A total of 212 children were found to have been abused by 52 diocesan priests between 1950 and 1999.
Both reviews, conducted by former U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer, did not address alleged abuses by priests from religious orders or those who came from other dioceses.
The investigation began after a Pennsylvania grand jury announced in 2018 that more than 300 priests had corrupted at least 1,000 children over 70 years, raising doubts about the extent of abuse in other states.
The Church established and funded a reparations program to provide benefits to people who have been mistreated by priests. It was managed by Kenneth Feinberg and Camilla Biros, who oversaw the payment of compensation to the victims of the 2012 Aurora Theater shootings and the 9/11 attacks.
According to the final report, the program allowed $ 7.3 million to be paid out to 79 people.
A 62-year-old sailor whose boat capsized at sea was accidentally found off the coast of Florida.
Stuart Bee said that the day before he went swimming in his ten-meter boat. The next day he woke up from the fact that his cabin was rapidly filling with water. Later, the boat capsized and its owner was on the high seas.
The man's relatives sounded the alarm a day later when he did not return home and did not get in touch. The Coast Guard was searching for the sailor. However, he was accidentally found by sailors of a container ship, who were sailing nearby and saw a man holding his overturned boat.
Snapchat has launched its own TikTok counterpart. The service was named Spotlight
The Snapchat section of the app is now available to users in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and France, but should be available in other countries soon.
The company also announced a prize pool of over $ 1 million, some of which will go to content makers over 16 who have submitted their best videos to Spotlight and have received the most views.
The promo videos shown by the company have examples of videos that can be made using the service, and it's very similar to TikTok
Cuomo is racing to expand New York’s hospital capacity and crying out for yet even more federal resources and is actually quietly trying to slash Medicaid funding in the state, enraging doctors and nurses, and elected officials of his own party. The same Cuomo who holds press briefings at a major New York City convention center, and now the home of a temporary 1,000-bed hospital, presided over a decade of hospital closures and consolidations, prioritizing cost savings over keeping popular health care institutions open.
It’s the same Democratic governor—every liberal pundit’s tried-and-true Trump antidote—who is doing damage to his state’s health care system at the worst possible moment, in the eyes of the critics who follow him most closely.
An Arizona woman caused a scandal in a supermarket because of protective masks
Melissa Raine Lively, a 35-year-old PR manager from Scotland, Arizona, became famous after a video with her participation hit the Internet on July 4, 2020.
The videos were made at the Target supermarket, where Lively went to buy water, and where she had a nervous breakdown, and published by her in Instagram stories.
The indignant woman shouted and scattered protective masks from the stand, shouting insults and flaunting that she could buy everything she was scattering. She herself described the condition as a "steroid panic attack."
4 people injured in a shooting in the parking lot of a bar, said Houston Police
According to the Houston Police Department, four people got injured in a shooting in Midtown on Saturday morning.
The Houston Police Department and the Houston Fire Department were reported about an incident of shooting. They responded at around 2:15 a.m. at a nightclub near Anita Street and Travis Street.
On reaching the place on the incident, officers found four people suffering gunshots. Two of them were having severe injuries, but none of them had life-threatening injuries, according to Police. Two victims are 22 years old, and the other two victims are both 26 years old.
Police said the shooting took place due to some disturbance at a bar.
According to Police, three victims were fighting with the suspects inside the bar. The fight moved and in the parking lot behind the bar and broke down. The suspects drove to the parking lot again, where victims were still standing, and one suspect got out of the car and opened fired on the victims.
The investigation is going on in this case.
PD: Dead boy’s mother arrested after faking abduction and charged for killing her son
A 9-year-old boy named Alejandro Ripley is dead, and detectives and prosecutors are accusing his mother of this killing in Southwest Miami- Dade County.
The 45-year-old mother told police officers that two men kidnaped her son, but the next day she was taken to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center to face charges of first-degree murder and attempted premeditated murder. She will be held till Saturday without bond.
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said that the mother had lied about the abduction as detectives found a video showing that she pushed Alejandro into a canal at 103rd Avenue and Kendall Drive at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Witnesses at the scene saved the boy for the first time, said Fernandez Rundle.
But the same day, a second crime took place at a canal at Southwest 62nd Street and 138th Court. Detectives said Patricia Ripley admitted that she drove there about 8:30 p.m. and pushed the boy into the channel at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club, where he drowned and died.
“This time, unfortunately, there was no one there to save him,” Fernandez Rundle said.
The detectives were still going on the detectives, others at the memorial were convinced that the evil madmen had abducted Alejandro on Thursday and killed him.
69th annual Spring Livestock sale online show and auction held virtually amide COVID-19 pandemic
This year, due to the COIVD-19 pandemic, 69th annual Spring Livestock sale online show and auction were held virtually to keep everyone safe.
The event started on April 27 and ended on May 2, and $ 76,630 was raised in the game from the winning bids on more than 130 student submissions. The sale included a range of small and large livestock, arts and crafts, welding, and woodworking projects.
Additional funds were raised from the donations which were directly made to the participating students.
Spring ISD Career and Technical Education Director Cynthia Williams said, "The virtual auction was very successful. If Tri-Club had not used this platform, student projects would not have been sold. All of their time and financial commitments would have been in vain."
According to Spring ISD, many students are dependent on the funds for their projects. Such auctions help them raise those necessary funds and for some graduating seniors as the fee for their post-secondary education and career training goals.
"Our community came together for this, and it was kind of heartwarming," Spring Tri-Club President Courtney Musterman said. "The majority of our big buyers that come out to our actual show did get online, and they still participated the way they normally do, but with it being an online auction we also were able to get some buyers that we've never had before, that haven't come out to our actual in-person auction. So that was kind of neat. It gave some of those people a different way to participate."