I’m a 30 year airline captain and I’ve had one encounter with severe turbulence when I was a young pilot for a commuter airline in a small turboprop. It was a short encounter along the front range of Colorado in the vicinity of standing lenticular clouds. It scared me and the passengers but nobody was hurt and the airplane was undamaged.
Severe and extreme turbulence can be very dangerous to unbelted passengers and crew. Unbelted people can hit the ceiling and just as quickly be thrown to the floor. Things that are not secured can become projectiles and injure and even kill passengers and crew. Best to follow the advice of the flight attendants and keep your things under the seat in front of you or securely in the overhead bins. Always, always, always wear your seatbelt.
An airplane flying into the heart of a thunderstorm could be damaged in rare cases. The turbulence may be so extreme that the aircraft can exceed the design load limits. That means the airplane may be bent or broken in critical parts. In the most extreme cases an airplane might become a total loss even though it does not crash.
In extremely rare cases, the airplane could break up in flight. In 1981, a Fokker F-28, crashed when the pilot entered an area where tornados were reported in the Netherlands and all 17 aboard were killed. In 1990, a Twin Otter turboprop airplane crashed shortly after takeoff in very strong winds in Norway killing all 5 on board. I can’t remember any other accidents that caused an airliner to break up. There may be others.
I’m not trying to scare anyone, the chances are tiny. Most modern airplanes have radar and other technology that alerts the pilot that there is a thunderstorm or extreme turbulence ahead in time for it to be completely and safely avoided. In my early years, there were several microburst accidents but in those cases it was impact with the ground that was the killer, not turbulence. Today’s airliners have doppler radars that alert the crew in no uncertain terms that there is “windshear ahead, WINDSHEAR AHEAD!”
As a passenger, you have very little to worry about in the event of turbulence. It is very rarely any worse than moderate. It’s an uncomfortable annoyance and it feels kind of scary but the crew isn’t worried about it.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s state epidemiologist is urging a halt to more than 300,000 coronavirus vaccinations using a Moderna vaccine version because some people received medical treatment for possible severe allergic reactions.
Dr. Erica S. Pan on Sunday recommended providers stop using lot 41L20A of the Moderna vaccine pending completion of an investigation by state officials, Moderna, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the federal Food and Drug Administration.
“Out of an extreme abundance of caution and also recognizing the extremely limited supply of vaccine, we are recommending that providers use other available vaccine inventory,” Pan said in a statement.
She said more than 330,000 doses from the lot arrived in California between Jan. 5 and Jan. 12 and were distributed to 287 providers.
Fewer than 10 people, who all received the vaccine at the same community site, needed medical attention over a 24-hour period, Pan said. No other similar clusters were found.
Pan did not specify the number of cases involved or where they occurred.
However, six San Diego health care workers had allergic reactions to vaccines they received at a mass vaccination center on Jan. 14. The site was temporarily closed and is now using other vaccines, KTGV-TV reported.
Moderna in a statement said the company “is unaware of comparable adverse events from other vaccination centers which may have administered vaccines from the same lot.”
The CDC has said COVID-19 vaccines can cause side effects for a few days that include fever, chills, headache, swelling or tiredness, “which are normal signs that your body is building protection.”
However, severe reactions are extremely rare. Pan said in a vaccine similar to Moderna, the rate of anaphylaxis — in which an immune system reaction can block breathing and cause blood pressure to drop — was about 1 in 100,000.
The announcement came as California counties continue to plead for more COVID-19 vaccine as the state tries to reduce its rate of infection, which has led to record numbers of hospitalizations and deaths.
California, with a population of 40 million, has received about 3.5 million vaccine doses and has only administered about a third of them, according to the CDC.
So far. the state has vaccinated just 2,468 people per 100,000 residents, a rate that falls well below the national average, according to the federal data.
Although Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week said anyone age 65 and older would be eligible to start receiving the vaccine, Los Angeles County and some others have said they do not have enough doses to vaccinate so many people and are concentrating on inoculating health care workers and the most vulnerable elderly living in care homes first.
On Monday, the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District sent a letter to state and county public health officials asking for authorization to provide COVID-19 vaccinations at schools for staff, local community members and for students once a vaccine for children has been approved.
“Doing so will help reopen schools as soon as possible, and in the safest way possible,” Superintendent Austin Beutner wrote.
California is nearing 3 million coronavirus cases and more than 33,600 people have died since the start of the pandemic last year, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
The death rate from COVID-19 in Los Angeles County — the nation’s most populous and an epicenter of the state pandemic — works out to about one person every six minutes.
On Sunday, the South Coast Air Quality Management District suspended some pollution-control limits on the number of cremations for at least 10 days in order to deal with a backlog of bodies at hospitals and funeral homes.
“The current rate of death is more than double that of pre-pandemic years,” the agency said.
California has had about 500 deaths and 40,000 new cases daily for the past two weeks. Although hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions remained on a slight downward trend, officials have warned that could reverse when the full impact from transmissions during Christmas and New Year’s Eve gatherings is felt.
“As case numbers continue to rise in California, the total number of individuals who will have serious outcomes will also increase,” the state Department of Public Health said in a statement Sunday.
Adding to concerns, California is experiencing new, possibly more transmissible forms of COVID-19.
The state health department announced Sunday that an L452R variant of the virus is increasingly showing up in genetic sequencing of COVID-19 test samples from several counties.
The variant was first identified last year in California and in other states and countries but has been identified more frequently since November and in several large outbreaks in Northern California’s Santa Clara County, the department said.
Overall, the variant has been found in at least a dozen counties. In some places. testing has found the variant in a quarter of the samples sequenced, said Dr. Charles Chiu, a virologist and professor of laboratory medicine at the University of California San Francisco.
However, not all test samples receive genetic sequencing to identify variants so its frequency wasn’t immediately clear.
However, health officials said it was linked to a Christmas-time outbreak at Kaiser Permanente San Jose that infected at least 89 staff members and patients, killing a receptionist. The outbreak has been blamed on an employee who visited the hospital emergency room wearing an air-powered inflatable Christmas tree costume.
The variant is different from another mutation, B117, that was first reported in the United Kingdom and appears to spread much more easily, although it doesn’t appear to make people sicker.
That variant has already shown up in San Diego County and Los Angeles County announced over the weekend that it had detected its first case.
PUBLISHED: 20:41, 20 January 2021 | UPDATED: 21:14, 20 January 2021
An officer who has been hospitalised with Covid-19 after working at an anti-lockdown protest highlights the need for police to receive priority vaccines, his force has said.
A Dorset Police officer who was present at the rally in Bournemouth where another officer was spat at is being treated for a suspected blood clot on his lung after becoming unwell on Tuesday night.
Dorset Police Federation said they are supporting his family and the group’s chair Anna Harvey said his hospitalisation is ‘a stark reminder of the extra risks our officers are facing’, adding the Government are to blame for failing to prioritise police in the vaccine rollout.+3
An officer has been hospitalised with Covid-19 after working at an anti-lockdown protest. Pictured: a masked officer in Cardiff
‘It saddens me to say that there is every chance this officer would not be in this position if police officers had been prioritised for the Covid-19 vaccine,’ she said.
‘Warm words about how brave police officers are from the Government are not enough. Police officers are being put at risk.’
She added: ‘What I want now from the Government is action. We hear from the Home Secretary today that the police service is being told to “get ready” for the vaccine.
‘But when will officers actually get the vaccine so that no more of our colleagues end up in hospital?’+3
Home Secretary Priti Patel promised the Government ‘will absolutely work’ to prioritise police in the vaccine rollout
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick has also said she is ‘baffled’ about why frontline officers were not closer to the front of the queue to receive the vaccine.
Home Secretary Priti Patel promised the Government ‘will absolutely work’ to prioritise police in the vaccine rollout, but has not given a timescale for when officers could expect to receive their first dose.
When asked whether she wanted to see officers ‘bumped up the queue’, Ms Patel told BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday: ‘It is police, fire and other frontline workers, and the Health Secretary and myself are working to absolutely make that happen – I’ll be very clear about that.+3
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick has also said she is ‘baffled’ about why frontline officers were not closer to the front of the queue
‘This isn’t just something we are thinking about. There is a lot of work taking place in Government right now.’
The hospitalised police officer, who Dorset Police has not named, attended an incident on January 9 where anti-lockdown protesters ‘planned, stage-managed and recorded’ a woman being arrested for breaching coronavirus rules for sitting on a bench.
The force said three people were arrested following linked demonstrations in Bournemouth that day, after refusing to give their details to officers who had attempted to issue them with fines for breaching coronavirus regulations.
A vaccine is a type of medicine that trains the body’s immune system so that it can fight a disease it has not come into contact with before. Vaccines are designed to prevent disease, rather than treat a disease once you have caught it.
To understand how vaccines work, it helps to look first at how the immune system works, because vaccines harness the natural activity of your immune system. This short animation explains how vaccines enable the body to make the right sort of antibodies to fight a particular disease.
How do vaccines work? Script from the animation by the Vaccine Knowledge Project, Oxford Vaccine Group, University of Oxford: http://vk.ovg.ox.ac.uk/how-do-vaccines-work To understand how vaccines work, it helps to look first at how the immune system works, because vaccines harness the natural activity of your immune system. There are about a hundred trillion bacteria and viruses on your body. Not all of them cause disease. But some are able to get inside our bodies to multiply, and this can make us ill. There are barriers to stop this happening. But suppose some disease-causing bacteria do get through. Your immune system is quick to recognise them as invaders. This is because the proteins or sugars on the bacteria’s surface have different shapes to any of the ones in the human body. They trigger a complex chain of events involving many different types of white blood cells working together. One type of white blood cell is able to make antibodies to fight the invaders. Antibodies can stick to the proteins or sugars on the bacteria’s surface, and this kills the bacteria or disables them. However, not all antibodies will work against these bacteria. They have to be exactly the right shape – a bit like a key fitting a lock. Our bodies have a library of billions of white blood cells, each of which can make just one shape of antibody. Only a few of these antibodies will match the invading bacteria. Producing antibodies of the right shape can take several days. By this time there could be billions of disease-causing bacteria in your body. Once the right cells are activated they quickly divide and turn into a production line, making masses of antibodies that stick to the bacteria. Eventually your body gets rid of all the bacteria and you recover. Antibodies remain in the blood, and some white blood cells may also become ‘memory cells’. If those specific bacteria invade the body again, the immune system will respond so quickly that you won’t get ill. Vaccines work in the same way. They contain weakened or dead bacteria or viruses, or even just a few proteins or sugars from the surface. This is enough to convince the immune system that a real invader has got in. The same process takes place as when real bacteria or viruses invade our bodies – except you don’t get ill. Afterwards, if your body ever meets the real thing, your immune system will remember it and get rid of it before you even know it’s there.
The European country of Romania has decided to take the lead in loosening travel restrictions for people arriving in the country. As of this week, everyone who has received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine does not need to go into quarantine upon arrival, so long as ten days have passed since the second dose was administered. Will this policy be the blueprint for liberalizing travel restrictions worldwide this spring?
Romania takes the lead in Europe
This week, on Monday January 18th, the European country of Romania has taken the lead in liberalising travel restrictions. It is doing so thanks to the several COVID-19 vaccines being administered worldwide at the moment.
The National Committee for Emergency Situations (CNSU) of Romania published the details of this new policy following a meeting it held on Monday. As has become standard practice across the world, the Committee updated its list of countries that it deems to be carrying “high epidemiological risk.” The list includes 48 countries. What is not standard practice, however, is the article that followed. It reads as follows (translated):
“Exempted from the quarantine measure are those who arrive in Romania from countries or areas of high epidemiological risk or close contacts of a confirmed positive case who have been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 virus including the second dose and for which at least 10 days have elapsed from the administration of the second dose until the date of direct contact or until the date of entry into Romania.”
The development of several COVID-19 vaccines has been a game-changer for the aviation industry in particular, and this medical achievement is already being put to use in Romania.
The policy positions Romania as the leader in the liberalization of travel restrictions on the basis of a person’s completion of the vaccination process.
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“The vaccination proof, including the date when the second dose was administered, should be made through the document issued by the health unit that administered it, whether that be in Romania or abroad.”
The loosening of travel restrictions cannot come soon enough
Airlines around the world have been hit severely by the travel restrictions that governments worldwide have imposed to curb the surge in positive cases and deaths resulting from the pandemic.
Still, as remarkable as the speed of the vaccine development was, it has not come soon enough for some airlines. Montenegro Airlines has had to shut down because its owner, the government of Montenegro, could not find a legal way to provide it financial assistance following earlier rounds of financing before the pandemic.Advertisement:
To prevent such scenarios from happening everywhere, governments and shareholders across the world have stepped up to provide unprecedented sums of money to their airlines and, in doing so, have preserved the existence of many of them. Lufthansa received an $11 billion bailout. South African Airways received two packages of state aid.
Could Romania’s example serve as the way out of the current situation?
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Many readers will be familiar with Steven Spielberg’s lp film The Terminal, starring Tom Hanks. It told the story of a man stranded at JFK for years after he was denied entry but who could not return home due to a coup. The tale is purportedly based on the story of Mehran Karimi Nasseri, an Iranian refugee who lived for 18 years in Terminal One at Charles De Gaulle Airport.
Lost paperwork and a story that kept changing
Mr Nasseri ended up stranded at Charles De Gaulle Airport between 1988 and 2006. How did this happen? He “lost” his paperwork and identity documents and was denied entry to the United Kingdom and got returned to France (where the flight originated).
Mr Nasseri claimed to be expelled from Iran in 1977 for protesting against the regime there. Both the expulsion and the lost documents were the source of conjecture over the years. In any case, there wasn’t much the French could do about it, and with nowhere to go, Mr Nasseri made himself at home in Terminal One.
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“The truth was that no one knew the whole truth about Alfred, not even Alfred himself. He was born in either 1945 or 1947 or 1953 and claimed to be Iranian, British or Swedish,” wrote Michael Paterniti in GQ in 2003.
Mr Nasseri claimed to have a Scottish mother and was an ardent anglophile. He renamed himself Sir Alfred Mehran – as you do. During his extended stay in Terminal One, both France and Belgium offered Mr Nasseri residency. He said no because neither recognized him as British, and both declined to call him Sir Alfred.
Life airside in Terminal One at CDG for 18 years
The story of why Sir Alfred/Mr Nasseri spent 18 years at Charles De Gaulle Airport is absurd, but also sad. Trying to get a handle on what the story was is tricky because the story and its background kept changing over the years. Was he stateless? Homeless? Persecuted? Mentally ill? Probably a bit of each one, and none of them are laughing matters.
But in many ways, Sir Alfred/Mr Nasseri was his own worst enemy because he refused so many offers of assistance. Hardcore airport fans might not stress too much about spending an extended time in one, but Terminal One’s long-term resident didn’t have an airport thing. He was just stubborn and intractable.Advertisement:
Sir Alfred/Mr Nasseri’s existence in Terminal One wasn’t lavish. He didn’t spend his day’s lounge hopping, drinking vodka martinis, and making use of the airport day spas. Reports from the time say he hung out in fast food joints and camped amongst his luggage in various Terminal One alcoves.
Over the years, Sir Alfred/Mr Nasseri developed a bit of a cult following. People came to know him. Media would drop by for a chat. People would bring food and magazines. His life developed a weird sort of rhythm.
Sir Alfred/Mr Nasseri never made it to London. In 2006, he became unwell and was taken to hospital. Airport authorities took the opportunity to pack up his belongings. The Red Cross took him under their wing. He eventually accepted French residency, but as plain old Mr Nasseri.
As far as Simple Flying can ascertain, Mr Nasseri still lives quietly in France. There are worse places to wind up. Since then, there have been a few efforts to pull the same stunt, setting up camp airside in an international terminal somewhere. But no-one has managed 18 years, and no-one gave themselves a knighthood in the process.
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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Dutch government is set to add the first nationwide curfew since World War II to its already broad lockdown on Wednesday in a bid to limit the spread of new coronavirus mutations in the Netherlands, broadcaster RTL said.
The curfew would allow only people with pressing needs to leave their homes between 8:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. local time as of Friday night, RTL said, citing government sources.
Schools and non-essential shops have already been closed since mid-December, following the shutdown of bars and restaurants two months earlier.
This lockdown will remain in place until at least Feb. 9, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said last week.
The introduction of the first night curfew since that imposed on the Dutch by German occupiers in World War II is highly contentious, and various political parties have already said they will never back it.
The government is discussing the curfew and other possible measures on Wednesday morning, and has said it will announce its decisions early in the afternoon.
It will then seek the backing of parliament for its measures in a debate expected to start around 1500 GMT. The curfew however can be imposed without the backing of opposition parties.
The government is also considering whether to ban travel to and from Britain and South Africa, RTL said, to limit the spread of the highly contagious variants of the virus which were first discovered there.
Infections in the Netherlands have decreased steadily in the past three weeks, but health authorities say the new variants will lead to a new surge by next month if social distancing measures are not tightened.
The Dutch government currently has a caretaker status, as Rutte last Friday handed his resignation to King Willem-Alexander following a damning report on his cabinet’s handling of childcare subsidies.
Rutte has said he will remain able to take decisions on COVID-19 policies until a new government is formed after the March 17 elections, seeking broad support for measures from both coalition and opposition parties.
PUBLISHED: 10:14, 20 January 2021 | UPDATED: 10:49, 20 January 2021
Mary Trump has predicted a ‘grim’ future for her uncle Donald as he tries to ‘change the narrative’ around his legacy while facing a loss of relevance and legal threats.
The clinical psychologist told CNN that Tuesday, Trump’s last day in office was ‘probably the worst day of his life’.
Trump will leave the White House early on Wednesday morning ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden later today.
‘This is probably the worst day of his life, because the clock is ticking and he’s running out of time,’ Mary Trump, who wrote a book about her uncle, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday.
‘The other thing I just want to point out about that speech, it was reminiscent of a video he made after the insurrection saying the movement is just beginning, which seems like a bit of a threat to me,’ Trump said, comparing the video farewell message from the president to one before the siege of the Capitol building two weeks ago.https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/KjaZrcrfYAo
‘My hope is that he be as contained as possible. He’s going to do whatever he can or believes he can to change the narrative and I think we’re going to see that play out with some of these pardons in excess of 100, if I’m hearing that correctly, and some of these pardons will be quite horrific, some of them will be strategic.’
‘But the bottom line is he’s out of there. I mean, he’s been out of there, you know, metaphorically speaking, for a long time. He’s not been doing the job.
‘As of 12 o’clock or earlier, he’s heading down to Florida and he no longer has powers and protections of the Oval Office, and he knows it,’ Mary Trump said.
Outgoing President Donald Trump will leave the White House early on Wednesday morning ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden later today [File photo]
Trump’s departure from office comes just two weeks after his supporters stormed the Capitol building, killing a police officer while vandalising and looting the home of Congress.
The outgoing president was impeached a week later for a record second time over allegations that he incited the riot. He will face a trial some time after Biden takes office.
If convicted, Trump would be barred for life from holding public office, however it remains unclear whether Republicans senators will vote to convict.
Since the riot, Trump has been laying relatively low, with a ban from most social networks including Twitter blocking his preferred means of communication.
Steve Bannon (centre), Trump’s polemical former adviser, was among the most high-profile pardons Trump issued on his final day in office on Tuesday. Pictured: Bannon waves as he exits the Manhattan Federal Court in August 2020 [File photo]
Rapper Lil Wayne (pictured) was among the 73 people pardoned by Trump. Wayne pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge last year [File photo]
Trump also commuted the sentences of 70 people including former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (pictured), who was sentences to 28 years in prison in 2013 on racketeering, bribery and extortion charges [File photo]
However in his final hours in office on Tuesday he issued 73 pardons, most notably to his former adviser Steve Bannon who is facing fraud charges and to the rapper Lil Wayne, who pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge last year.
Trump also commuted the sentences of another 70 people including Kwame Kilpatrick, who was sentenced to 28 years in prison in 2013 on racketeering, bribery and extortion charges.
The charges relate to Kilpatrick’s time as mayor of Detroit, the subject of the second season of the popular podcast Crimetown.
It is not clear how Trump plans to spend his time after leaving office but he has expressed his desire to make his permanent home at his Mar-al-Lago property.
Mary Trump predicts a ‘grim’ future for Donald as he tries to ‘change the narrative’,the end in pictures……
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Our company manual prohibits reading non pertinent material during flight. It’s probably the most often broken regulation.
By far the most popular thing to do during long flights is to read books, newspapers, magazines and Kindles. I’ve seen very, very few cockpits where the captain prohibits it. The standing joke is: “I’m not reading… I’m just looking at the pictures.”
Some pilots knit or crochet. One fellow was building doll house furniture and he would do fine finishing work on the pieces. There was also a guy who wrote country/western songs. Some pilots have businesses or side hustles so they’ll do some paperwork while at cruise.
I know this seems terribly unprofessional to the reader. But modern airplanes don’t need constant supervision like they did in the past. The flying pilot checks the fuel burn on each leg of the flight and keeps track of the navigation and the non-flying pilot is responsible for communications. That means that we’re always listening to what’s happening on the frequency and the airplane. Nobody reads recreationally in congested airspace or bad weather.
This kind of thing can get out of control though so crews need to maintain good awareness of what’s happening. In October of 2009, the pilots of Northwest airlines 188, became immersed in a conversation about a new crew scheduling program and had their laptops open. Nobody was listening to the radio or monitoring navigation. The airplane overflew the destination by 100 miles. A flight attendant noticed that they should have landed by then and notified the pilots. They had been out of contact with Air Traffic Control for almost two hours, which in my opinion, is disgraceful.
Here’s their route:
From Wikipedia: The FAA found that Cheney and Cole were out of radio contact with air traffic controllers for more than an hour and a half “while you were on a frolic of your own.” It cited the pilots for acting in “total dereliction and disregard” for their duties, and were “disengaged and impervious” to the danger their actions posed to themselves, the passengers and the crew. Among other things, the FAA found that the pilots failed to comply with air traffic control instructions and clearances and failed to monitor the plane’s air-ground radios. The FAA found that the pilots operated the plane in a careless and reckless manner, and thus showed they lacked “the degree of care, skill, judgment and responsibility” to hold a pilot’s license.
The FAA stripped the pilots of all of their pilot licenses and they had to start over again as student pilots and re-gain private, instrument, multi-engine, commercial and ATP certificates from scratch.
The captain retired early and the first officer was offered retirement but declined and was dismissed from the airline.
The other issue is fatigue and catnaps. The U.S. Air Force, Australia, Canada, China, Europe, New Zealand and Turkey, allow crews to take a short catnap for up to 40 minutes. It’s called Controlled Rest In Position or CRIP. It’s not allowed by the FAA in the U.S. yet. Studies show that a short nap of even 15 minutes very significantly improves the performance of a fatigued pilot. Qantas and Air Canada and Air France have specific procedures for CRIP and it is regularly practiced.
Consumers are majority against this procedure while about 75% of pilots favor it. I’m among those pilots. I’ve flown with first officers who have dropped off to sleep en-route and had trouble staying awake even during descent and approach. Therefore, if a crewmember needs 15 minutes with their eyes closed, I don’t object. It’s far better to have them alert for the critical segments than alert during cruise.
In my opinion, allowing reading in the cockpit gives the crew a diversion and actually sharpens them up for the descent and landing. Making the copilot stare out the window or at the unmoving dials does nothing but dull the senses until he’s in a stupor. Better to let the crew entertain themselves a little bit while en-route and then have them feeling rested and ready for the approach. I could be wrong though.
Interesting side note; Flight attendants are also prohibited from recreational reading in flight but they do it all the time. I don’t object to it at all.
Nine Metropolitan Police officers have been fined for breaching coronavirus regulations by eating together in a cafe while on duty, Scotland Yard said.
The officers, members of the South East Basic Command Unit, were investigated after images of them in uniform eating together were posted online earlier this month.
The photos were reportedly taken at The Chef House Kitchen Café in Greenwich on January 9.
After the incident, the officers were issued fixed penalty notices of £200 following an investigation by the force.
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Chief Superintendent Rob Atkin, South East BCU commander, said: “Police officers are tasked with enforcing the legislation that has been introduced to stop the spread of the virus and the public rightly expect that they will set an example through their own actions.
“It is disappointing that on this occasion, these officers have fallen short of that expectation. It is right that they will pay a financial penalty and that they will be asked to reflect on their choices.”
IT manager Brian Jennings took the pictures.
He said at the time: “There’s a large police depot on the Thames riverside near me, I walk past it a few times a week because it’s a nice quiet place to take exercise.
WHY THE PFIZER AND MODERNA EXPERIMENTAL BIOCHEMICAL AGENTS THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS JUST ENTHUSIASTICALLY – AND IN FULL AWARENESS OF THE RISKS – HAD INJECTED INTO 4 MILLION BRITS, FOR CHRIST’S SAKE, IS NOT, REPEAT NOT, A VACCINE.
IT IS A BIOCHEMICAL DEVICE THAT STIMULATES THE CELLS TO PRODUCE PATHOGENS (IE, MAKE YOU SICK) WITH VARIOUS AUTO-IMMUNE ILLNESSES INCLUDIG ALZHEIMERS, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, ACCELERATED CANCERS ETC AND – AS DISCUSSED ELSEWHERE – A VIRULENT REACTION TO ANY CORONAVIRUSES THE VACCINATED PERSON COMES INTO CONTACT WITH.
IF THESE EXPERTS ARE CORRECT OR EVEN HALF CORRECT, WE ARE WITNESSING THE REAL-TIME EXECUTION OF HUMANITARIAN CRIMES ON A MASSIVE SCALE AND, QUITE POSSIBLY IN OUR OPINION, THE BEGINNINGS OF A POPULATION CULL.
For the technically minded, here is a more “sciency” explanation:
“You are genetically modified by this synthetic molecular package. The consequences are potentially horrendous.
Biologically, messenger RNA is transcribed from DNA and travels into a cell’s cytoplasm where it’s translated by ribosomes into proteins.
For the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, the synthesized mRNA is cloaked in a lipid nanoparticle in order to evade the immune system when it’s injected. Once it’s inside a cell, the ribosomes will get to work pumping out the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2.
The immune system then mounts a response to that protein, conferring immunity to the virus without ever having been infected by it.
Essentially, instead of pharma producing the proteins via an expensive and difficult process, mRNA enlists the body to do the work.”
And back to a layman’s explanation:
In essence then, your cells will be reprogrammed to produce the COVID19 virus – instead of waiting for the virus to arrive and attack it – so that it can then mount an immune response.
This is comparable in lunacy with inventing a therapy that (maybe) handles cancer and giving it to people who don’t have cancer so that it can stimulate their cells to manufacture cancer so that it can handle the cancer!
The government are very sure sure that nothing could possibly go wrong with this brilliant plan.
They are so sure that nothing can go wrong they have not even bothered to wait for the things to be tested so as to confirm nothing could go wrong, even though what could go wrong could wind up condemning to lifelong illnesses or early death millions of unsuspecting Brits. They have gone right ahead and injected four million people with them!
The manufacturers are not so confident that nothing can go wrong – mainly because not enough research and testing has yet been done. Indeed, they were so not sure, they would only release these biochemical agents for use (and profit of course) if the government would first absolve them of any responsibility and guarantee them protection from prosecution if their experiental products killed anyone.
Several flaws are:
As explained here, the body can wind up in a perpetual immune response if the production of the Covid19 spike protein by the cells will not switch off.
It is difficult to know how the cells can be programmed to produce a spike proten that has never yet been actually identified, isolated and had its DNA mapped and all we have in fact are computer simulations of what the virus probably is.
Calling these products vaccines is actually fraud. Marketing them as vaccines is fraud, insisting people take them as part of a vaccination program is fraud.
It is worth noting too that of the various vaccines now allegedly in existence, the gov is enthiastically working to get everybody injected with the two that are (a) the most dangerous and (b) not vaccines.
Reports suggest that at least six health care workers experienced allergic reactions, including numbness in the tongue and throat, and neck pain.
Dr Pan noted that “less data exists on adverse reactions related to the Moderna vaccine,” but still claimed it is rare for allergic reactions to occur.
“Out of an extreme abundance of caution and also recognizing the extremely limited supply of vaccine, we are recommending that providers use other available vaccine inventory and pause the administration of vaccines from Moderna Lot 041L20A,” Pan wrote in a statement.
However, the pause is not mandatory, and has not been adopted by all clinics with the batch of vaccines.
The batch in question is now under review by Moderna, the CDC, and the FDA.
The development comes on the heels of several concerning reports of adverse reactions to the vaccines.
January 19, 2021 “Information Clearing House” – Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny was detained on returning to Russia from Germany for good, legal reason. He had made a mockery of his parole license.Navalny is a convicted felon, found guilty of fraud and embezzlement by a Russian court in 2014. But his jail sentence had been suspended with the condition that he report regularly to Russia’s prison authorities. A normal condition.
For nearly five months, however, he had sojourned out of the country as a de facto guest of German authorities. That’s a brazen breach of his parole conditions. And the Russian prison service was right in issuing him a warning at the end of last month that violation of his suspended jail term risked the sentence being converted into detention behind bars.
It’s a sovereign matter of Russian laws that on returning to Russia at the weekend Navalny was arrested and is now in custody awaiting court proceedings in coming weeks on whether to revoke his suspended sentence.
The hue and cry from Western politicians and human rights groups over his arrest Sunday at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport is predictable.
High level officials from the United States, Britain, Germany and France, among others, have all made strident statements demanding Navalny’s release.
Britain’s Foreign Minister Dominic Raab called the dissident figure’s arrest “appalling”.
For all these supposedly concerned advocates of human rights there are only two words: Julian Assange.
In all of the years of Assange’s barbaric detention, there has never been a fraction of the official Western public outcry that has been expressed for Navalny.
That’s because Navalny, unlike Assange, is a political asset for a Western agenda to undermine Russia.
There are good grounds to believe the Russian blogger-cum-media-activist is funded and directed by Western intelligence services. Everything about his gadfly campaigning smacks of orchestration as an agent provocateur.
The way that Navalny has coordinated closely with Western media and intelligence outfits like Bellingcat to peddle the story that he was allegedly poisoned with Soviet nerve agent Novichok is strong evidence of his provocateur function. And the way that Western media routinely “report” the alleged poisoning as if it is fact is demonstration of how such media are totally dominated by propaganda service to geopolitical agenda.
When Navalny was treated in a Russian hospital after apparently becoming suddenly ill on August 20 onboard a flight to Moscow from Siberia, the doctors found no poisons in his system. The medics said the apparent illness was due to metabolic shock from possible misuse of his own medicines for diabetes, depression and perhaps excess alcohol.
Conspicuously, days later after he was airlifted for further hospital treatment in Berlin, then the German authorities announced they had detected poisoning with nerve agent.
No evidence has ever been presented by the German authorities or other NATO laboratories in such a way that is independently verifiable.
Russia has been denied access to any of their alleged data in order to verify, yet Moscow is condemned for not carrying out a criminal investigation into the alleged poisoning.
Not only that but while Navalny was supposedly recuperating in Germany from a super lethal toxin he somehow had the media resources to purportedly set up prank calls to trick a Russian secret service member to confess to an assassination plot, a plot which the artful activist claimed was ordered by the highest Kremlin authorities. Russia has dismissed that media stunt as a fake.Clearly, there was something inordinately irregular going on – and it wasn’t from the Russian side. How was it that a dubious figure with foreign sponsors could get away with making sensational accusations against the Russian government based on no verifiable evidence?
And all the while this dodgy character Navalny is making a mockery of his parole for a suspended jail sentence. Not only that but there is patently supreme arrogance from him and his foreign allies that Russian sovereign laws can be mocked with impunity.
The Western overreaction to his rightful arrest on returning to Russia after five months of orchestrating a hostile foreign media campaign is proof of their arrogance.
And while Julian Assange is languishing in prison that is damning proof of Western deceit, duplicity and hypocrisy.
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Russian anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny inexplicably decided to return to the same country that he claimed had unsuccessfully tried to kill him, curiously timing his trip to coincide with the immediate run-up to Biden’s inauguration in what some suspect is nothing more than a Hybrid War provocation to establish the “publicly plausible” pretext for the incoming president to intensify his country’s anti-Russian crusade following Navalny’s detainment in response to his probation violations.
Many folks are scratching their heads wondering why in the world Russian anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny would return to the same country that he claimed had unsuccessfully tried to kill him last year, yet that’s exactly what he inexplicably decided to do over the weekend.
He had previously been receiving treatment at a Berlin hospital after being poisoned by an unknown chemical substance that the Western Mainstream Media claims was Russian-produced Novichok, though Moscow vehemently denies the allegations. After all, conventional wisdom suggests that the Kremlin wouldn’t have let Navalny leave Russia for Germany in the first place had it truly wanted to assassinate him. In any case, the information warfare narrative recently being spun by hostile forces is that Russia is a so-called “rogue regime” which deserves to be aggressively isolated from the international community, including through the possible imposition of more sanctions against it.
Most observers expected Navalny to live out the rest of his days abroad acting as a symbolic but politically insignificant “opposition” figure as this blogger has been popularly but wrongly described by many. He therefore surprised everyone by recently announcing that he’ll return home despite the authorities promising to detain him for his probation violations, which they ultimately ended up doing true to their word, with a court ruling that it’ll last until 15 February.
This sequence of events in turn prompted incoming National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan to lambast the Kremlin for following its own laws, which was followed by Russian Foreign Minister spokeswoman Maria Zakharova reminding him to respect international law by not encroaching on the national legislation of sovereign states. Shortly thereafter, the British and German Foreign Ministers echoed Sullivan’s demand that Navalny be immediate released. As can obviously be seen, this incident is being exploited for clear information warfare purposes against Russia.
With that in mind, it convincingly appears as though Navalny timed his provocatively senseless return to Russia to coincide with the run-up to Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. The purpose in doing so was to establish the “publicly plausible” pretext for for the incoming president to intensify his country’s anti-Russian crusade following Navalny’s detainment in response to his probation violations.
Nord Stream II has always been the real target all along, not so-called the promotion of so-called “democracy” and “human rights” in Russia, as was obvious the moment that foreign figures started calling for sanctions against that project shortly after news about Navalny’s poisoning last summer was first reported. Biden also plans to assemble an “Alliance of Democracies” as part of the US’ forthcoming soft power push aimed at connecting its geographically disparate network of allies so giving them a “unifying cause” to rally around by condemning Navalny’s detainment could serve to advance that grand strategic objective as well.
It shouldn’t be forgotten that President Putin accused Navalny (though not by name since he prefers to use the euphemism “Berlin patient”) of cooperating with US intelligence agencies during his year-end press conference last month which adds credence to the author’s interpretation of recent events as being part of a preplanned Hybrid War provocation for the previously explained ends.
Navalny never truly felt that his own government tried to kill him last summer otherwise he’d have never returned to the scene of the crime if that was the case. Nor, for that matter, would his intelligence handlers have allowed him to do so. They only want him to serve as an “opposition” icon, a role which they concluded that he’d more effectively play while in Russia (whether jailed or free) than living abroad in Germany for example. That’s why he mysteriously decided to return home over the weekend, which in and of itself debunks his own prior claims that the Kremlin unsuccessfully tried to kill him. The real purpose of his return is to rally the “opposition” and “justify” sanctions against Nord Stream II.
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Andrew Korybko is an American Moscow-based political analyst specializing in the relationship between the US strategy in Afro-Eurasia, China’s One Belt One Road global vision of New Silk Road connectivity, and Hybrid Warfare. He is a frequent contributor to Global Research.
With the pandemic, the “digital transformation” that so many analysts have been referring to for years, without being exactly sure what it meant, has found its catalyst. One major effect of confinement will be the expansion and progression of the digital world in a decisive and often permanent manner. – Klaus Schwab, COVID-19: The Great Reset (p. 153)
No matter the origin or true lethality of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus pandemic has been utilized to implement broader agendas that have been planned well in advance. One of the motivations for declaring a global pandemic was to make possible the widespread usage of new technology such as facial recognition, digital IDs and payment systems, mRNA vaccines and vaccine certificates. This is openly stated in books such as COVID-19:The Great Reset and The Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The engineers of the “plandemic” recognized that new technology is often resisted by the masses, but could be adopted quickly due to a public health crisis. What better way to coerce people into using technology that has long been planned to enslave humanity than by holding them hostage to a “deadly” virus causing people to fear for their lives? From the outset of the COVID-19 crisis, humanity was told the world could not return to normal without global vaccination against the coronavirus. We were even told that some things would never return to normal.
In fact, the people and organizations behind exercises such as Crimson Contagion and Event 201 secretly planned to reshape the world in their technocratic image using the guise of the pandemic to implement their schemes.
For decades Hollywood, a major partner in advancing globalist agendas, has been conditioning people to accept all-pervasive surveillance through films such as Enemy of the State,Eagle Eye, and Minority Report. The societies depicted in those dystopian films is now a reality. Welcome to Dystopia Now!
Vaccine Certificates Will Change the Future of Work and Travel
On January 14 the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI), a broad coalition of health and technology corporations, was announced. The VCI combines the efforts of companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, and Mayo Clinic for the purpose of standardizing digital access to vaccination records. The VCI also garners support from the World Economic Forum (i.e., Klaus Schwab and his Great Reset) through The Commons Project Foundation and its Common Pass project.
Common Pass is a “globally-interoperable platform for people to document their COVID-19 status (health declarations/PCR tests/vaccinations) to satisfy country entry requirements, while protecting their health data privacy.” In other words, it’s a digital tracking system designed to keep people from traveling unless current with vaccines and other future health requirements. Common Pass requires a smartphone and works on Apple (through the Apple Health app) and Android (through the CommonHealth app) devices. Authorities will be able to scan a QR code embedded in the app that will verify whether an individual is cleared for travel. It is expected to launch in the first half of 2022.
In the new world being erected right before our eyes, the Global Syndicate does not want the average citizen to have the right to travel freely without being closely monitored for compliance with new societal rules. They claim reducing travel will help the environment and solve the problem of climate change, but this is just a ruse to destroy individual freedom and rights. In reality, they want humanity locked into a surveillance grid that can track every movement and eventually, every thought!
As I warned in part four of the Beware the Vaccine series, employers will eventually make it difficult to work without proof of vaccination. Additionally, stores, concert and sports venues, restaurants, museums, and parks may also soon require a tool like Common Pass to shop for necessities and access entertainment and leisure. But it doesn’t stop here.
Facial Recognition, Thermal Cameras, and Biometric Wearables
Contact tracing plans largely failed because people were uncooperative, and the technology was not well developed. Companies such as TraceSafe and Estimote have created the next wave of contact tracing tools in the form of biometric wearable devices. Wearables from Flywallet and Digital DNA will hold your vaccine certificates. For now, these new surveillance devices are meant to be worn outside the body, but the ultimate goal is for widespread adoption of bodily implants as documented in my Internet of Bodies article.
Though there have been some rumblings about the privacy violations these technologies could create, it hasn’t stopped their development or implementation by governments and companies worldwide. This does not bode well for the future as the digital transformation of society races on.
Digital IDs Will Place All Humans on the Surveillance Grid
Globalists have a funny way of posing as saviors while secretly planning humanity’s total subjugation. A global technocracy cannot be imposed without robust surveillance systems, widespread deployment of artificial intelligence, and the digitization of everything.
The push for digital identification is increasing at a pace faster than Usain Bolt’s 100-meter dash. As I wrote in part 5 of the Beware the Vaccine series:
“…the plan is to roll out a full-fledged digital ID (ID2020) which would contain driver’s licenses, passports, work badges, building access cards, debit and credit cards, transit passes, and more.”
Under the guise of aiding the marginalized and protecting their civil liberties, despotic technocrats will be able to use digital IDs to control access to government, finance, health, travel, and any service where an ID would be required for access or benefits. The road to the ID2020 initiative leads to the Bill & Melinda Gates and Rockefeller Foundations. You may recall that both were co-sponsors of Event 201, the pandemic planning exercise that became reality just a few months later. Is it a mere coincidence that these two foundations are the driving forces behind global pandemic planning, vaccination, and the creation and enforcement of digital IDs?
Digital Payment Systems, Global Digital Currencies, and the Cashless Society
The next domino to fall, coinciding with a planned and coordinated global economic reset, will be universal adoption of digital payments and the outlawing of cash.
The plandemic has served to rapidly change the way people think about money, especially cash. Last March, the World Health Organization vilified cash as a coronavirus spreader, and its use was restricted around the world. Coin shortages also soon followed, resulting in a dramatic shift toward digital payments. Talks and moves to implement digital currencies ramped up, all according to schedule.
Prior to the plandemic, cash usage was still prominent in the U.S., but was already on the decline in China and many Asian countries. The COVID-19 crisis provided the perfect cover to accelerate adoption of digital payments throughout Western nations.
Many are excited about digital money and the blockchain technology behind it, believing it will be the key to decentralization and less oversight by central banks. However, history has proven that elites tend to establish greater control of economies as societies move away from physical currency.
This push for digitalization is placing the world at a crossroads. I believe the transition to a global digital economy will happen similar to the way Napster revolutionized digital file sharing (mainly music) in the late 90s. As millions of songs were uploaded, downloaded, and shared across Napster’s networks, consumers relished the ability to obtain “free” music. However, the music industry and many of its artists were not happy and launched an all-out assault against Napster and the many services it spawned, such as Limewire and BitTorrent. After years of legal proceedings, the music industry was able to smash Napster and other file-sharing platforms to pieces. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) even sued individual citizens for illegal downloading and file-sharing. Through the creation of platforms like iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music, the music industry regained iron-clad control of its copyrighted material. Sadly, artist revenue never rebounded to pre digital piracy heights.
I see a similar situation with blockchain and digital currency. Though blockchain technology and cryptocurrency may initially provide financial freedom and anonymity through products like BitCoin, eventually the banking elites and their technocratic partners will find a way to regain control. The Federal Reserve has already proposed a new FedCoin that threatens to centralize digital currency with the ability to track and/or prohibit transactions. Attacks on cryptocurrency are on the rise as governments, credit card companies, and mega-corporations have banned their use. Big tech giants like Facebook and Google joined together to ban cryptocurrency ads. However, Facebook (which owns data from billions of people) has announced it will launch its new rebranded cryptocurrency called Diem later this year.
To top it off, several countries and banks have issued Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC) which threaten to destroy the independent and anonymous financial system brokered through blockchain technology. Once these efforts by governments, central banks, and mega-corporations gain steam, it won’t be long before BitCoin and other cryptocurrencies will be targeted for extinction. Those who possess them may be sued, criminalized, and excluded from financial systems much like those who pirated music in the earlier part of the century.
The War on Terror Set the Stage for Global Surveillance
A significant outcome of the war on terror was the emergence of the surveillance state. Initially sold as a way to track terrorists, governments soon turned these tactics on their citizens, as revealed by whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Julian Assange and through legislation like the Patriot Act (which President-Elect Joe Biden bragged about writing) and National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It even spawned the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), an entirely new government agency conceived to monitor known and “potential” terrorists and prevent future terror attacks. With time and the advancement of technology, the fledgling surveillance state of the early 2000s has grown exponentially into the monstrous biosecurity police state now emerging.
What began as eagle eye tools for militaries to track and monitor “terrorists” abroad have now been adapted for use in everyday consumer products like nanny cams, smartphones, smart watches, and vehicles. Use of traffic and surveillance cameras have exploded in the years since 9/11 to the point where the U.S. and China combined possess one surveillance camera for every four people. It is expected that 2021 will see the global deployment of over one billion cameras.
DHS expects to have biometric data including DNA and face, fingerprint, and iris scans of at least 259 million people by 2022. DHS is using cloud-based software called Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART), hosted by Amazon Web Services to “make it possible to confirm the identity of travelers at any point in their travel,” according to former secretary Kevin McAleenan. The possibilities of using this software to curb individual rights and freedom are staggering. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation:
“The records DHS plans to include in HART will chill and deter people from exercising their First Amendment protected rights to speak, assemble, and associate. Data like face recognition makes it possible to identify and track people in real time, including at lawful political protests and other gatherings. Other data DHS is planning to collect—including information about people’s “relationship patterns” and from officer “encounters” with the public—can be used to identify political affiliations, religious activities, and familial and friendly relationships. These data points are also frequently colored by conjecture and bias.”
Northrop Grumman, a preeminent U.S. defense contractor, received a $95 million contract to develop the first two phases of the HART system under DHS’s Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM). But this is just one of many ongoing government surveillance projects designed to spy on and incorporate all of humanity in biometric databases.
Technology Isn’t the Problem, It’s the People Behind It
For the record, I am not advocating against the use of new technology. Technology is simply a tool used to achieve a task or goal. It’s mostly neither good nor bad. How it’s used, who’s using it, and for what purpose typically determines benefit or harm. However, it has been proven time and again that digital systems are fragile, ripe for hacking, and contain back doors that can be used to spy on users. Though the technologies discussed in this article promise privacy and individual control, trusting those overseeing their development or deployment is foolish. Most involved in the creation, implementation, distribution, and use of these technologies have ties to governments, global entities, spy agencies, and billion-dollar tech companies.
All these new inventions are being used to create a global panopticon, making it easy for technocrats to control humanity through technological innovation. So pardon me if I don’t get all excited about artificial intelligence, augmented reality, body implants, and other rapidly developing technologies. In fact, these unprecedented modern times make me nostalgic for corded telephones and fax machines.
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204,076 people got their first Covid jabs yesterday, Monday January 18 – the lowest since this time last week
It was down from 225,000 on Sunday, 277,000 on Saturday and a record high of 324,000 on Friday
Think-tanks have urged the Government to ‘throw money’ at the rollout to make sure it works 7 days a week
Efforts are now being focused on areas that have fallen behind pace on reaching top priority groups
The number of Brits getting vaccinated against Covid in the UK has fallen for the third day in a row, raising fears that the rollout has stalled over the weekend.
Some 204,076 people in Britain were vaccinated yesterday, January 18, with the total slumping from 225,000 on Sunday, 277,000 on Saturday and a high of 324,000 on Friday.
More than 4.26 million people have received their first dose of a Covid vaccine through the NHS programme – one in every 16 people in the UK – which makes it one of the best covered countries in the world.
But to hit the Government’s target of 13.9million people by February 15, which is the threshold at which officials will consider relaxing lockdown, Britain must manage 360,000 jabs per day from today onwards – 2.5million per week. Last week it averaged 254,000 per day and hit a total 1.77million. The daily requirement will increase for every day that it isn’t hit.
Dr Duncan Robertson, an analyst at Loughborough University, said today: ‘The number vaccinated has fallen for three successive days. It would be useful to know what the vaccine supply schedule is over the next weeks and months, and the reason for this decrease.’
The reasons behind the slowdown are not clear – it could be a consequence of the Government focusing efforts and supplies on slow rollout areas so they can get to all over-80s, or it may be a bottleneck in supply. Ministers repeatedly warned last week that manufacturing speed was the ‘limiting factor’ and it has emerged that Pfizer, one of the two vaccine suppliers, has delayed its deliveries for the rest of January while it expands its Belgian factory.
It comes amid growing pressure on the NHS to run a 24/7 service after people noticed the number of jabs given out over the weekend was lower than in the week.
No10 was told today it must ‘throw as much money as possible’ at the NHS to ensure coronavirus vaccine uptake stays high all week.
At a Downing Street press conference last night, Health Secretary Matt Hancock brushed off questions about the lower uptake the weekend, urging people to look at the weekly averages rather than data from individual days. But think-tanks told MailOnline today that the drop was ‘both worrying and unwarranted in the face of the pandemic’, and called on ministers to ‘put money into it’, if it turned out that staffing issues was to blame.
Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus, told MailOnline: ‘Throughout this pandemic the Government has consistently over-promised and under delivered. When it comes to the vaccination program, the Government must avoid repeating the failures of our test and trace system and PPE supply chains to the frontline.’
It comes as an NHS trust in London today reportedly sent out an email to staff urging them to just turn up to get Covid vaccinations because leftover doses were at risk of expiring if they weren’t used by tomorrow morning.
Health and social care workers are in one of the top priority groups to get vaccinated, and people working in the vaccine supply chain will now also be prioritised to make sure deliveries are not interrupted.
Concerns about the speed of the rollout come as officials in Scotland and Wales have been accused of stockpiling vaccine stores and not using them as soon as possible. Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said yesterday he did not want staff ‘standing round doing nothing’ later in the month if all supplies of the jabs were used now. Scottish Conservatives said today there are 400,000 doses that have been delivered to Scotland but not used yet.
With 27 days left for the Government to hit its target of vaccinating 13.9million people by February 15:
Number 10 insisted all areas have had equal access to the coronavirus vaccine, with the Prime Minister’s spokesperson saying ministers had ‘ensured’ everywhere received the same supplies;
Doctors on the frontlines have complained limited supplies are hampering Britain’s largest ever jab rollout, claiming they could do more with more regular deliveries;
A GP helping to organise jab appointments in Sheffield revealed over-80s have been texted to secure slots, saying he feared it may mean many elderly residents are missing their jabs;
A racecourse hosting a Covid vaccination hub that provides up to 1,500 jabs daily is temporarily halting the service to enable its horse racing to continue;
Up to 2,000 people working in roles in the Covid vaccine supply chain will be offered jabs to help ensure the UK gets the doses it needs to protect the most vulnerable, the Government has announced.
Why has Britain’s Covid vaccination programme slowed down?
The reasons behind the slowdown are not clear – it could be a consequence of the Government focusing efforts and supplies on slow rollout areas so they can get to all over-80s, or it may be a bottleneck in supply.
Speaking at a Downing Street press conference last night Mr Hancock said vaccine supply was the ‘rate-limiting factor’.
‘If you listen to voices on the ground in the NHS, you hear people saying ‘give us more supply and we will jab it into more arms’,’ he said. ‘We are shoveling it out as fast as we can.’
Pressure is mounting on the Government to dish out coronavirus vaccines 24/7, with Labour saying No10 ‘must deliver for the British people’ because the public ‘have sacrificed so much’.
But ministers earlier claimed there was ‘no clamour’ for appointments beyond 8pm.
It emerged last week that Pfizer is shrinking and delaying its deliveries to Europe while it expands its factory in Belgium.
The company makes one of just two vaccines that are being given to the public in the UK and confirmed that Britain would be affected in late January and February.
Countries in the EU have criticised Pfizer for shrinking its deliveries as it emerged Norway would get a batch 18 per cent smaller than expected next week.
A spokesperson at the company told the Financial Times: ‘Although this will temporarily impact shipments in late January to early February, it will provide a significant increase in doses available for patients in late February and March.’
Department of Health figures published today show that the number of people vaccinated against Covid rose by 204,076 between Sunday and Monday.
The total number of coronavirus vaccine doses dished out — 208,641 — is higher because some patients were given their second jab.
Data also revealed the number of people vaccinated in England has fallen from 320,894 on Friday to 167,150 in the past 24 hours.
Across Britain as a whole, the total number of people getting jabs daily fell from 324,233 on Friday to 277,915 on Saturday to 225,407 on Sunday.
To hit its target of 13.9million people by February 15, which is the Prime Minister’s target before he can start to think about loosening lockdown restrictions in March, the nation must manage 360,000 per day, and this number will increase for every day that the target isn’t hit.
The Adam Smith Institute think-tank told MailOnline today there seemed to be a ‘lackadaisical approach to Saturdays and Sundays’.
Deputy director Matt Kilcoyne said the blip in figures was ‘both worrying and unwarranted in the face of the pandemic’.
‘Knowing as we do that every hour counts, every day counts… there is no reason why the UK could not have the same vaccination rollout rate as Israel,’ he added.
Chris Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the Institute for Economic Affairs, said NHS staff needed to be congratulated on the ‘great job’ they’ve done with the vaccine roll out so far.
But he added: ‘The NHS is bit of a five day week service in many ways and if it comes down to staffing then we need to put more money into it. If you give people strong financial incentives it makes people want to work seven days a week.’
Ministers are piloting 24/7 vaccinations after Boris Johnson came under immense scrutiny for claiming there was ‘no clamour’ for appointments beyond 8pm. But the inconsistencies at the weekend will raise concerns about whether No10 can deliver.
Mr Snowdon told MailOnline ‘money should be no object’ when it comes to the vaccine rollout because the benefits of immunising the entire country and ending the economically-crippling lockdowns would outweigh any cost.
He said: ‘At the moment they’re only paying GPs commission on jabs given to care home residents, but they [the Government] should pay commission for every patient.
Issue to top agenda at Build UK meeting this morning
The issue of construction workers packing onto Tube trains to get to sites in London will be top of the agenda at a Build UK meeting later this morning – with images of overcrowding on the network continuing to surface on social media.
The industry has been told to cut the amount of workers using the underground or risk the government shutting down sites in the capital.
Contractors have promised to stagger start times and increase the amount of car parking space at sites to relieve congestion on the network.
Congested stations include Vauxhall in south London as well as stations in the east especially Stratford, West Ham and Canning Town.
But yesterday morning, there appeared to be continued overcrowding at several stations, with trains on the Jubilee line understood to be particularly full.
Some have suggested additional measures to cut congestion could include London Underground limiting the number of entrants at well-known hotspots while another worker said on Twitter: “All they need is [to] scrap the congestion charge and give free parking to construction workers. [It] keeps people in work, who [are] 90% self employed so [they] don’t get paid if [they] don’t work and [it] stops congestion on tubes.”
One firm said blaming images of crammed carriages on construction alone was wrong. “Other industries wear hi-vis jackets, those working in warehouses for example. We’ll get more of an idea of how things are going later this week. The issue isn’t about covid security on sites, it’s about crowded trains and stations.”
Last week the government told construction bosses that if they could not reduce the amount of staff using the network between 6am and 8am, sites across the capital could be forced to shut.
An emergency summit on the issue was held on Friday afternoon with around 40 chief executives of London’s biggest contractors along with officials from the business department and representatives from London Underground working out how to cut the number of builders using the network.
One source who attended the meeting said: “There was a threat that construction might have to shut down in London, it was definitely not an empty threat. We had CLC, Build UK, LU, all the big contractors were there. Everyone’s got to work together, you’ve got to work to get as many people off the network as possible, certainly between 5.45am and 8.45am and we monitor it daily.”
Transport secretary Grant Schnapps is receiving daily bulletins on the number of people using the Tube as part of the government’s monitoring of the situation.
I changed my name in search of fame To find the midas touch Oh I wish I’d never wanted then What I want now twice as much We crossed the mighty oceans And we had a few divides But we never crossed emotion For we felt too much inside
You know all the tales we tell You know the band so well Still I feel, somehow, we let you down We went off somewhere on the way And now I see we have to pay The rock’n’roll circus is in town
Buffin lost his child-like dreams And mick lost his guitar And verden grew a line or two And overend’s just a rock’n’roll star Behind these shades the visions fade As I learn a thing or two Oh but if I had my time again You all know just what I’d do
Rock’n’roll’s a loser’s game It mesmerizes and I can’t explain The reasons for the sights and for the sounds We went off somewhere on the way And now I see we have to pay The rock’n’roll circus is in town
So rock’n’roll’s a loser’s game It mesmerizes and I can’t explain The reasons for the sights and for the sounds The greasepaint still sticks to my face So what the hell, I can’t erase The rock’n’roll feeling from my mind
From my mind, from my mind, from my mind From my mind, from my mind, from my mind From my mind
Source: LyricFind Songwriters: Ian Hunter / Michael Geoffrey Ralphs / Peter Overend Watts / Terence Dale Griffin / Verden Allen
(NEWSER) – Dr. Payman Simoni gave lip fillers to a patient last month who called a few days later to reveal she’d tested positive for the coronavirus—and on Friday, the 50-year-old plastic surgeon died of COVID-19. The Beverly Hills doctor, who had appeared on the reality show The Doctors and was well-known in Hollywood, got tested on Dec. 6 after being informed about his patient, who’d had her temperature checked and filled out a COVID questionnaire prior to her procedure. He was positive for the virus, but was “perfectly fine” for about a week, family and friends tell CBS 2. “Yes, he was wearing a mask at all times,” a family friend says. “He was a physician. And he took all the protocols.”
However, TMZ‘s sources say that despite his mask, the patient wasn’t wearing one, and she allegedly coughed and “sprayed” him at some point during the procedure. In mid-December he started experiencing shortness of breath, and soon was on a ventilator at a Los Angeles hospital, where he was later placed in a medically induced coma and ultimately died of a brain hemorrhage. “The shock is that he was so perfectly healthy,” the family friend says of the father of two. “He’s a doctor, I called him when I had COVID. He was instructing me what to do.” People notes that the CDC halted elective procedures at the beginning of the pandemic, but has since allowed them again. The Beverly Pressnotes Beverly Hills was among the first cities in the US to resume non-essential procedures. (Read more coronavirusstories.)
Many Brits will “probably no longer follow the rules” once vaccinated and this may outweigh the benefits of the jabs, the Government’s scientific advisers fear.
Minutes from a Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) meeting reveal three key fears experts have about Covid vaccine rollout, the Telegraph reports.
They are an increase in social mixing, the country being divided into a two tier system and black and ethnic minority group members refusing to get inoculated.
There are growing concerns people will ignore distancing and begin meeting up with those outside their households, including non-vaccinated family members visiting elderly relatives who have had the inoculation, assuming they are safe.
Scientists fear once people have been vaccinated restrictions will be ignored
Bank of America points to weakening trends in the European airline sector amid a tightening of COVID-19 restrictions.
“Systemwide net sales for flights booked in Europe fell to -88% yoy for the week ending 10 January, a deterioration vs. -83% the prior week. International net sales were down at – 89% yoy (vs -85% the prior week). Intra-Europe net sales decelerated to -85% yoy (vs. – 75% yoy in the prior week), driven largely by volumes, while pricing improved marginally.”
Daily website visits for European Union airlines decelerated to -63% Y/Y vs. -60% Y/Y for the week prior.
(NEWSER) – O’Hare International Airport employees called 911 on Saturday after asking a man for his ID and discovering the airport badge he presented had been reported missing months earlier. Then the story got much, much weirder. Authorities say that man, 36-year-old Aditya Singh, had been living in a secured area of the airport since October!
A court on Sunday heard the California man arrived in Chicago on a flight from Los Angeles on Oct. 19 and had been in the airport since. Police say he claimed he was “scared to go home due to COVID,” with the Chicago Tribune reporting police said he claimed he didn’t want to fly due to those COVID fears. A prosecutor told Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz that Singh had been eating food given to him by other fliers, and that the badge he had was that of an airport operations manager who reported it missing on Oct. 26.
As for Singh’s background, he lives with roommates outside LA and has his master’s degree in hospitality though he is unemployed; it is unclear why he was in Chicago. Ortiz seemed gobsmacked by the allegations: “You’re telling me that an unauthorized, nonemployee individual was allegedly living within a secure part of the O’Hare airport terminal from Oct. 19, 2020, to Jan. 16, 2021, and was not detected?” she said to the prosecutor.
“I want to understand you correctly.” She said.
Singh has been charged with felony criminal trespass to a restricted area of an airport and misdemeanor theft and has a Jan. 27 court date. Should he manage to post bail, he is prohibited from entering O’Hare. The Chicago Department of Aviation said this in a statement, per the Guardian: “While this incident remains under investigation, we have been able to determine that this gentleman did not pose a security risk to the airport or to the traveling public.” (Read more strange stuff stories.)
UK averaging 935 daily fatalities in the week up to January 17, or 16.5 per million
Statistics compiled by Oxford University-based research team Our World in Data
Czech Republic, Portugal (14.82), Slovakia (14.55) and Lithuania (13.01) in top five
The UK now has the highest coronavirus death rate in the world, shocking data has revealed.
Britain was averaging 935 daily fatalities in the week up to January 17, or the equivalent of 16.5 people in every million.
Statistics compiled by the Oxford University-based research platform Our World in Data shows no other country currently has a higher death rate per capita.
Britain overtook the Czech Republic, which had been at the top since January 11 with a death rate of 16.3, after publishing its latest death figures on Sunday night, when there were 671 victims.
Fatality statistics on the weekend and on Mondays in the UK tend to be lower due to a reporting lag, which means the country’s death rate could surge even further into the lead this week.
However there are signs that Britain’s crisis is starting to slow thanks to its third national lockdown. Infections are down by a fifth in seven days and deaths are expected to follow in the coming weeks.
Rounding out the top five countries with the worst death rates are Portugal (14.82 per million), Slovakia (14.55) and Lithuania (13.01). Panama is the only country in the top 10 list which is not in Europe.
Mainland Europe has become the epicentre of the pandemic since last October, accounting for around a third of global deaths
The 52 countries and territories in the region have recorded an average of 5,570 deaths every day – 17 percent higher than a week earlier.
The US and Canada have counted 407,090 altogether and saw fatalities rise by 20 per cent last week at 869 average daily deaths.
Latin America and the Caribbean have recorded 542,410 deaths and saw deaths rise by 25 per cent last week, with a daily average of 2,751 fatalities.
Britain’s death toll now stands at 89,243, according to the Department of Health, which is the fifth highest cumulative tally after the US, Brazil, India and Mexico.
But those nations have far higher population sizes, giving them much smaller rates per capita.
For example, the US ranks 13th, at 4.72 deaths per million, and Mexico 20th, at 7.75 per million.
India and Brazil do not make the top 30, with rates of 0.15 per million and 4.72, respectively.
Max Roser, founder of Our World in Data, blamed the UK’s grisly death toll on the Government being too slow at the start of the pandemic. ‘The last Covid death in New Zealand was in mid-September,’ he tweeted.
Figures from the Johns Hopkins University show two million people have now died worldwide with coronavirus.
The prestigious US university, based in Baltimore, Maryland, published figures today showing at least 2,034,705 have died with coronavirus and more than 95 million people globally have been infected by Covid-19.
The two million milestone was reached just over a year after the virus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan and as governments roll out vaccines developed at breakneck speed in an all-out effort to vanquish the threat.
The number of dead is about equal to the population of Brussels, Mecca, Minsk or Vienna, and took eight months to hit the one million mark.
Last week was the deadliest since the pandemic broke out, with an average of over 13,600 deaths daily worldwide – a 20 per cent rise over the previous week.
John Hopkins University said the US (389,581), Brazil (207,095), India (151,918), Mexico (137,916), Britain (87,295) and Italy (81,325) have suffered the highest death tolls, making up more than half of the global total.
Belgium has the most deaths in terms of the population with 1,751 fatalities for a million inhabitants followed by Slovenia (1,501) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (1,344).
While the count is based on figures supplied by government agencies around the world, the real toll is believed to be significantly higher, in part because of inadequate testing and the many fatalities that were inaccurately attributed to other causes, especially early in the outbreak.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said: ‘Behind this terrible number are names and faces – the smile that will now only be a memory, the seat forever empty at the dinner table, the room that echoes with the silence of a loved one.’
He said the toll ‘has been made worse by the absence of a global coordinated effort’, adding: ‘Science has succeeded, but solidarity has failed.’
Jeremiah Fears sat beneath an elk head mounted on the wall of the volunteer fire department in his little city and rolled up his sleeve for what he hopes is a step toward normality: his first dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.
“If we can get vaccinated and do our thing to protect one another and ourselves, we can hurry up and open and go from there,” said Fears, chief of the Corning Police Department. “I know there’s controversy behind it. But it is what it is.”
Fears had come to a vaccination clinic in Corning — population 7,600 — aimed at firefighters and police officers. But in that fire station was a hint of the pandemic skepticism that runs deep in rural Northern California: two elderly people, both on dialysis, who were coming to get their shots.
They had been put on standby because Tehama County health officials, who only brought two small vials containing 20 doses, suspected they might not attract enough firefighters or police officers to use them all.ADVERTISEMENThttps://43e68270bd2736ffb7fe4b7e543a287c.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
In the battle against COVID-19, health officials in Northern California face the daunting task of vaccinating more than 683,300 people spread across a mountainous, heavily forested region where calamity — either from illness or physical trauma — can mean hours-long drives to the nearest medical facility.
Among their biggest obstacles: overcoming widespread skepticism that the virus is a serious threat in far-flung towns, fear that the new vaccine is unsafe, and open rebellion against health orders. The pushback in rural parts of California is emblematic of the challenge in many parts of the United States, particularly outside more liberal urban centers.
“We’re getting very frustrated here in Northern California,” said Dr. Richard Wickenheiser, the Tehama County health officer. “We have a lot of anti-vaxxers and a lot of independent people who just feel that COVID was a hoax, that it was going to go away when the election was over. And that didn’t happen. … The excuses just go on and on.”
Public health messaging, he said, “isn’t working.”
In Shasta County, some speakers at supervisors’ meetings have compared mask mandates to Nazis forcing Jewish people to wear a yellow Star of David and spouted conspiracy theories about vaccines containing tracking devices. The county health officer has been threatened repeatedly.
In Tehama County, where indoor dining is banned by the state, restaurants were still seating maskless customers in recent days. In downtown Red Bluff, signs in store windows read: “Please respect everyone’s personal space. … Masks are welcome, but not required” and “Due to pre-existing health conditions, some of the staff are not wearing a face mask” and “MASKS OK.”
There is skepticism and defiance across the Golden State. But in California’s conservative northern counties — where a sense of rural abandonment by the state government has long had residents wanting to form a new state called Jefferson — the region is, in some ways, now a victim of its own early luck in the pandemic.
The virus was slower to spread in Northern California than densely populated urban locales farther south, and residents said the state was cracking down too hard on rural communities. In Modoc County, the first coronavirus case was not confirmed until late July. Its first death wasn’t until last month.
The Northern California region — which includes Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties —has been the only one of the five state-designated regions to not be placed under a stay-at-home order based on hospitals’ intensive care unit availability.
But now the area, like the rest of the state, is seeing a post-holiday surge in coronavirus infections. The region has 122 intensive care beds; as of Sunday, ICU bed availability was 24%.
If its ICU availability drops to 15% — which would trigger a stay-at-home order — that would mean there are only 18 beds across an area roughly the size of Indiana, not just for COVID-19 patients, but also for people suffering from heart attacks, strokes and trauma.
Four counties have no ICU beds at all: Glenn, Lassen, Modoc and Trinity.
“In the beginning, it was harder for people to appreciate the real risks to themselves because it seemed so far away in New York and L.A., but that’s not the case anymore,” said Dr. Gary Pace, the Lake County public health officer. “The numbers are up all around.”
For the two small hospitals there, the goal is often to stabilize patients needing specialized care before transporting them to bigger facilities, mostly in the Bay Area, Pace said. There’s a trickle-down effect when those urban hospitals become full themselves.
“If we get a huge surge and we can’t transfer people out, we’re going to be in a heap of trouble,” he said. “We’ve been spending a lot of time and sleepless nights thinking about this.”
Last month, Wickenheiser was so alarmed by public indifference that he penned a letter comparing the situation to the kind of emergency that Northern Californians are used to: wildfires.
“Availability of an effective and safe vaccine is hope on the horizon, like a caravan of CalFire trucks,” the letter said. “But we will need to equip ourselves with all these tools until we have manageable spot fires. Like a fire hose, a vaccine has minimal impact during a firestorm, but is effective at putting out a smoldering fire.”
The letter was issued by the Rural Assn. of Northern California Health Officers, a coalition of 11 county health officers, who said they were “gravely concerned” that hospitals could be easily overwhelmed.
Wickenheiser — an amiable, bespectacled 66-year-old who has been the Tehama County health officer since 1985 — actually retired in 2017 and hopes to eventually spend his days on the tea farm he runs with his son. But as with many rural public health jobs, which pay less and require living and working in small towns, it has taken years to fill the position.
Wickenheiser, whose work badge dubs him “Extra Help,” offered to assist until a replacement arrived. The commitment was minimal. Until the pandemic.
There have been 10 months of seven-day workweeks and the learn-as-you-go logistical nightmare of securing COVID-19 tests when they were in short supply and, now, setting up vaccine clinics.
When it’s fully staffed, the county’s public health department has 41 positions. But it’s almost never fully staffed, said Minnie Sagar, the public health director. Currently, it has 27 employees.
Local health officials have faced another challenge: bearing the brunt of public anger toward health mandates and lockdowns, even though they have no authority to shut down businesses.
“We never thought public health would become so contentious,” Sagar said.
As of Sunday, Tehama County had recorded 3,971 cases and 42 deaths.
During a Jan. 6 meeting of the county’s COVID-response Department Operations Center, there was a quiet urgency as staffers sifted through the logistics of pandemic management.
There was personal protective equipment to order for vaccine clinics, which, in a few days, would start operating five days a week. There were volunteers to find for those clinics — they would reach out to school nurses and figure out how to respond to members of the public who had been calling in, offering to help.
A Red Bluff youth baseball league wanted to know whether it could resume competition. They would figure that out, too.
Michelle Schmidt, the supervising public health nurse, announced that the county had recorded a COVID-related death for three days straight in the first week of the new year.
A few hours later, at the vaccination clinic in the Corning Volunteer Fire Department, Randy Potter, a 67-year-old volunteer fireman, said he had stopped going to emergency calls during the pandemic because of his age. He works at a golf course and as a custodian at a high school and now spends much of his time “spraying everything with COVID killer.”
Asked why he got the shot, he laughed.
“Well, duh,” he said. “I’m hoping this is going to be the fix and things can go back to normal.”
Fears, the 42-year-old police chief, said more than half of his staff of 13 sworn officers and eight civilians have been vaccinated. He doesn’t like masks, which he said make it hard to read facial cues when interviewing suspects, but wears one regularly. He doesn’t push the issue with his officers.
Two hours later, the Palomino Room bar in Red Bluff was hopping. It was karaoke night. Old country hits were queued up. No one wore a mask.
The restaurant’s owner, Carlos Zapata, has refused to close or require facial coverings. He lives in nearby Shasta County and has gained a following since giving an August speech at the Shasta County Board of Supervisors — in which he warned that angry citizens are “not going to be peaceful much longer.”
Asked why he does not require masks, he told The Times: “Why would we? We’re not sick. Masks are for sick people.”
He said he believes the government is using COVID-19 “as a way to create fear in society and create control.” He has heard from state regulators after people complained, but is “not even a little bit” worried about being shut down.
In the bar, Leon Womack, a stout 77-year-old in a leather vest and black cowboy hat, said he was going to sing a cowboy favorite — then surprised the crowd with a soulful rendition of “At Last,” in the style of legendary rhythm and blues singer Etta James.
Womack said he is not worried about COVID-19.
“I don’t smoke. I don’t take drugs,” he said while sipping a brandy and Coke. “I don’t worry about it. If you get it, you get it. It’s no different than the flu.”ADVERTISEMENThttps://43e68270bd2736ffb7fe4b7e543a287c.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
Jay Manor, the 30-year-old bartender, joked to a Times reporter that while he might “mask-shame you a little bit,” he didn’t really care whether people wore them. He lost his mother to cancer last month, and he said he’s just grateful to be still working in a small town where people supported him through that tragedy and are more relaxed all around.
“Right now, I don’t want to be anywhere but here,” he said. “I don’t want anyone telling me how to live.”
Times staff writer Matt Stiles contributed to this report.
Two American Boeing B-52 Stratofortress military bombers were spotted on Sunday flying over Israeli airspace heading to the Persian Gulf, according to Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth.
“This is the fifth time in recent months American aircraft of this particular model were seen passing in the area”, the newspaper said, without giving further details.
On Jan. 7, the newspaper reported that two B-52 bombers capable of carrying nuclear bombs accompanied by American F-16 fighters flew over Israel for the fourth time in two months.
A day later, the Saudi Ministry of Defense released video footage showing the Saudi Royal Air Force and the US Air Force performing a joint exercise involving Saudi F-15 fighter jets, US bombers B-52, and F-16 fighters.
Last month, two B-52 bombers flew over the Israeli airspace as part of an American display of force against Iran, for the third time in a month and a half.
Tension has risen between the US and Iran following the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran in November. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has accused Israel of killing the scientist and vowed “strong retaliation.”
*Ibrahim Mukhtar contributed to this report from Ankara
Hundreds of Russian soldiers head to northeast Syria amid heavy attacks by Turkish forces
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The official for the Russian-Syrian Joint Monitoring Center, Major Dmitry Suntsov, announced on Monday that about 300 Russian soldiers have been sent to the Syrian governorate of Hasakah to reinforce the monitoring centers.
“Our unit has arrived at one of the joint observation points in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, and our main task is to contribute to the de-escalation of the conflict in the area. Our forces are monitoring the compliance with the ceasefire, and providing all kinds of assistance to the local population,” Major Suntsov told reporters.
The arrival of the estimated 300 Russian soldiers to the Al-Hasakah Governorate comes just a day after the Turkish Armed Forces and their allied militants intensified their attacks on the key town of Tal Tamr, which is just east of the Al-Raqqa Governorate.
In a related context, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) closed the crossing points that link their areas of control with the areas of control of the Syrian state within the city of Hasakah.
The reason for closing the crossing points was allegedly due to the obstruction of water from the Alouk Station, which was caused by the Turkish-backed militants in the Ras Al-Ain area.
The Syrian government has accused the Syrian Democratic Forces of purposely blocking the areas held by the Syrian Arab Army to further the suffering of the people living under the state.
The Syrian Democratic Forces have not responded to these allegations.
The nurse said one elderly lady, originally admitted after breaking a rib in a fall, was now critically ill and had passed the virus on to two close relatives while at home.
And a daughter has lodged an official complaint over her mother’s death. Susan Colborne, 52, claims Pamela Clifford would be alive today if Royal Stoke Hospital had delayed her cancer surgery.
The 72-year-old oesophageal cancer sufferer had health complications that put her at risk of Covid-19, Mrs Colborne said. The hospital has launched an investigation.
Sage, the Government’s scientific advisory group, highlighted the problem last month.
‘It can be clearly seen that the proportion of infections that were acquired in hospital steadily increased throughout October and November,’ its pandemic modelling sub-group noted.
More than 25,000 patients have caught coronavirus in hospital since the second wave of the pandemic began in September. Pictured: Medical staff outside Royal London Hospital in London
An NHS spokesman claimed that in-hospital infections have now fallen to 7.7 per cent. He added: ‘High community infections and crowded hospitals – in some cases with over half their beds occupied with Covid patients – increases the risk, so the overriding goal has to be to bring community transmission back under control.’
Separate figures showed that the majority of coronavirus deaths are still among the elderly.
Jason Oke, from Oxford university’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, found the median age at which people had died from Covid-19 in October was 82.4.
He said this has barely changed, and now stands at 82.3 across the pandemic. The median age for all other causes of death since March is 81.4.
Figures from the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre show that the age of patients needing intensive care for Covid has also increased.
The median figure has risen from 59 in the first wave to 62 for the period from September.
Dr Oke said: ‘The figures suggest that if the Government meets its target of offering a vaccine to everyone over 70 by mid-February, we should expect a huge dent in the numbers of people dying.’ The Medical Research Council also confirmed that the chances of surviving the disease have significantly improved, thanks to a wider range of treatments.
It estimates the proportion of people infected who will die has fallen from 1.3 per cent in the first wave to 0.94 per cent.
Every 30 seconds, another Covid victim is admitted
By Colin Fernandez, Science Correspondent for The Daily Mail
A new Covid-19 patient is admitted to hospital every 30 seconds, NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens warned yesterday.
Sir Simon said the Health Service was facing the worst crisis in its history as 671 daily deaths were recorded – the deadliest Sunday of the pandemic so far.
His grim warning came as a survey of ambulance staff found many were ‘in tears’ before shifts while patients were ‘dying waiting for ambulances’.
A separate survey of frontline doctors revealed their ‘ongoing distress’ after working through the first wave.
In the past seven days, 29,228 Covid patients were admitted to hospitals.
However, in a sign that lockdown may be working, the number of daily cases fell to 38,598, down from 54,940
Sir Simon Stevens also revealed earlier today that a quarter of the Covid-19 hospital admissions are people under 55
In England alone, 15,000 patients have been taken into hospital with the virus since Christmas Day – equivalent to 30 full hospitals, according to Sir Simon.
He said cases were still rising in some areas and some age groups, including the over-60s, with 75 per cent more Covid patients in hospital now than at the previous peak in April.
The R number, he added, is between 1.2 and 1.3, meaning that for every ten people catching the virus it is spread to a further 12 or 13 people.
‘The facts are very clear and I’m not going to sugar-coat them,’ Sir Simon told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.
‘Hospitals are under extreme pressure and staff are under extreme pressure.’
He said that infection rates, although steadying, were still too high. Meanwhile, three out of four ambulance staff are at ‘breaking point’, and are suffering low morale, a survey suggests.
The GMB union said almost two in three out of 2,000 of members surveyed said they believed their PPE should be upgraded.
Workers said patients were dying waiting for ambulances because crews are ‘stuck at hospital’ with Covid patients, as a backlog of hundreds of calls builds up.
One said: ‘We had a taxi pull up in an ambulance bay with a dead male while his wife was shouting for help.’
Another said staff were ‘frightened almost to tears’ as their shifts started.
A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: ‘The safety of NHS and social care staff including paramedics has always been our top priority and we continue to work round the clock to deliver PPE that helps protect those on the front line.’
Another study found frontline doctors faced ‘ongoing distress’ after the high-pressure conditions of the first wave.
Nearly half of the 5,400 emergency, anaesthetics and intensive care professionals surveyed reported psychological distress as the first peak approached.
Trauma was detected in almost a quarter, according to the research by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the University of Bath.
Letters inviting patients to book their Covid-19 jab will be sent out to FIVE MILLION Britons from Monday in huge boost for mass vaccination programme… as Matt Hancock says we are ‘nearly on the home straight’ in battle to beat the pandemic
4.6million people in their 70s will receive letters inviting them to receive jabs
A further million ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ people will also be invited
Half of people aged over 80 in England have been vaccinated in the rollout so far
Dominic Raab pledged that every over-18 will be offered a first jab by September
Over 5million more Britons will be invited to receive a coronavirus jab from today.
In a major milestone for the vaccination programme, letters will start being sent to those in England in the next two priority groups.
This includes 4.6million in their 70s plus another one million classed as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ because they have conditions affecting the immune system, certain cancers or are organ transplant recipients.Read More
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the nation was ‘nearly on the home straight’ as 50 per cent of all over-80s in England have been vaccinated.
Some 140 a minute are receiving a jab, putting Britain on course to vaccinate all adults by early autumn.+11
In a major milestone for the vaccination programme, letters will start being sent to people aged over 70 in Britain
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab pledged that every over-18 will be offered a first jab by September – if not earlier.
And he said he was hopeful some lockdown restrictions could start to be lifted from March.
Ten new mass vaccination hubs will open today, including Blackburn Cathedral and Taunton Racecourse. In other developments:
NHS figures revealed one in six Covid-19 patients in English NHS hospitals arrived without the virus but were infected there since September;
Another 671 deaths were recorded, the highest number for any Sunday of the pandemic so far, along with 38,598 new cases;
NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said a patient is being admitted to hospital with coronavirus every 30 seconds;
Ex-Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption sparked a row after telling stage 4 bowel cancer sufferer Deborah James on TV that her life was ‘less valuable’ than other people’s;
All travellers arriving in Britain face being forced to quarantine in hotels under plans to further lock down the country’s borders;
England rugby star Maro Itoje called for every schoolchild to have a laptop as he vowed to tackle the ‘digital divide’;
Parks remained packed despite the Prime Minister warning people to ‘think twice’ before leaving the house;
Mr Raab warned the public it is ‘too early’ for them to book summer holidays for this year.
Ministers said the priority this week will still be to vaccinate the top two priority groups, made up of care home residents and staff, the over-80s, and NHS workers.+11
Boris Johnson, pictured with his son Wilfred on Sunday, has promised the first four priority groups will all have received the jab by the middle of February+11
Around 140 people a minute are receiving a jab, putting Britain on course to vaccinate all adults by early autumn
More than 3.8million have received their first vaccine dose so far. But NHS sites which have spare capacity will be allowed to offer jabs to those aged over 70 and those who are ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’.
Boris Johnson has promised the first four priority groups will all have received the jab by the middle of February.
The PM said: ‘Today is a significant milestone in our vaccination programme as we open it up to millions more who are most at risk from Covid-19. We are now delivering the vaccine at a rate of 140 jabs a minute and I want to thank everyone involved in this national effort.
‘We have a long way to go and there will doubtless be challenges ahead – but by working together we are making huge progress in our fight against this virus.’
Mr Hancock added: ‘Now that more than half of all over-80s have had their jab, we can begin vaccinating the next most vulnerable groups.
‘Where an area has already reached the vast majority of groups one and two, they can now start opening up the programme to groups three and four.+11
NHS sites which have spare capacity will be allowed to offer jabs to those aged over 70 and those who are ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’
‘We are working day and night to make sure everyone who is 70 and over, our health and social care workers and the clinically extremely vulnerable are offered the vaccine by the middle of February and our NHS heroes are making huge strides in making this happen.’ Mr Raab said yesterday it would be ‘great’ if the rollout could be faster amid reports that the target of offering everyone in the UK the jab could be met by June, but said the Government was working to the early autumn target.
‘Our target is by September to have offered all the adult population a first dose. If we can do it faster than that, great, but that’s the roadmap,’ he told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday.
Mr Raab said the Government hoped 88 per cent of those most at risk of dying from coronavirus would receive their first jab by the middle of February, with 99 per cent of those at greatest risk protected by the early spring.
He suggested lockdown restrictions could then be eased – with a possible return to the tiered system. ‘I think it is fair to say it won’t be a big bang, if you like, it will be done phased, possibly back through the tiered approach,’ he told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show.
Asked if vaccine supplies are sufficient for someone to get their second dose within 12 weeks, he said ‘we ought to’ be able to deliver.
Sir Simon Stevens said staff were jabbing ‘four times faster’ than people are newly catching the virus.
He also predicted lockdown could be eased ‘gradually’ around spring and summer time. However, he said this would depend on the effect of new variants of coronavirus.
A new strain found in the UK that is more transmissible than previous types is rapidly spreading across the country, and variants found in Brazil and South Africa are also being viewed with concern by virologists in case they are more resistant to vaccines.
Another 671 die from Covid in highest Sunday increase but number of new cases drops 30 per cent to 38,598 in clear sign that latest lockdown is working
By Danyal Hussain for MailOnline
A further 671 people have died from Covid-19 today representing the highest Sunday increase, but the number of new cases has dropped by nearly a third since last week, in a clear sign that lockdown is working.
Official statistics released this afternoon show 38,598 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded across Britain.
Last Sunday, the first under England’s third lockdown, saw 54,940 new cases recorded.
Today’s death toll represents the highest seen on a Sunday, with the previous tally reaching 657 last April.
Government figures released the total number of coronavirus cases recorded in the UK up to 3.39m.
It comes as NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens revealed someone in Britain is being admitted to hospital with coronavirus ‘every thirty seconds’. +11
Another 704 people have died with Covid-19 in British hospitals, it was announced this afternoon, with 631 of those in England
The NHS boss, who was appearing on the Andrew Marr show, said that hospitals had seen a huge increase in patients since Christmas and added that there are enough new cases to fill a whole hospital every morning.
He also revealed that a quarter of the admissions are people under the age of 55.
Sir Simon said: ‘The facts are very clear and I’m not going to sugar-coat them, hospitals are under extreme pressure and staff are under extreme pressure.
‘Since Christmas Day we’ve seen another 15,000 increase in the in-patients in hospitals across England, that’s the equivalent of filling 30 hospitals full of coronavirus patients.+11
‘Staggeringly, every thirty seconds across England another patient is being admitted to hospital with coronavirus.’
The surging death rate comes despite hopes infections might finally be tailing off. A raft of official data and scientific estimates published this week offered the strongest evidence yet that the tough lockdown restrictions have worked.
Cambridge University researchers believe the R rate – the average number of people each infected person passes the disease onto – may have dipped to as low as 0.6 in London and the South East. The figure must be below one for an outbreak to shrink.
Public Health England revealed weekly Covid cases have fallen in every age group except the over-80s, despite the spread of the highly infectious variant first spotted in Kent which officials feared couldn’t be contained.+11
Figures for Covid deaths in English hospitals today revealed patients who died were aged between 29 and 103.
All except 31, aged between 46 and 93, had known underlying health conditions.
The deaths were between November 5 and January 16.
No new Covid deaths were reported in Scotland today, while Wales recorded 48 and Northern Ireland announced 25.
In more positive news, he also revealed that a trial for 24-hour Covid vaccines within the next 10 days.
When asked if he would like to see jabs given ‘all day, all night’, Sir Simon said: ‘Absolutely, we will do that at the point that we have enough supply that it makes sense.
‘We will start testing 24/7 in some hospitals over the course of the next 10 days.
‘But we are at the moment vaccinating at about 140 jabs a minute and yesterday (Saturday), a quarter of a million people got their vaccinations on the NHS.
‘I’m pretty confident by the time we get to the end of today, Sunday night, we will have perhaps done 1.5 million vaccinations this past week, that’s up from around a million the week before.’
Poisoned Kremlin critic Navalny detained after landing in Moscow
Russia’s prison service said opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained at a Moscow airport after returning from Germany on Sunday.
The prison service said he was detained for multiple violations of parole and terms of a suspended prison sentence and would be held in custody until a court makes a decision in his case.
Navalny had spent the previous five months in Germany recovering from a nerve agent attack that he blamed on the Kremlin, and the prison service earlier said that his being outside the country violated terms of a 2014 suspended sentence for embezzlement.
After boarding the Moscow flight in Berlin on Sunday, Navalny said of the prospect of arrest: “It’s impossible; I’m an innocent man.”
Navalny, who has blamed his poisoning on the Kremlin, contended that Russian President Vladimir Putin was now trying to deter him from coming home with new legal motions. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied a role in the opposition leader’s poisoning.
At the end of December, the Federal Penitentiary Service, or FSIN, warned Navalny that he faced time in prison if he failed to immediately report to its office in line with the terms of a suspended sentence and probation he received for a 2014 conviction on charges of embezzlement and money laundering — charges he rejected as politically motivated. The European Court for Human Rights had ruled that his conviction was unlawful.
The FSIN said Thursday it had issued an arrest warrant for Navalny after he failed to report to its office. The prison service, which has asked a Moscow court to turn Navalny’s 3½-year suspended sentence into a real one, said it was “obliged to take all the necessary action to detain Navalny pending the court’s ruling.
Navalny supporters and journalists had gone to Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport, where the plane was scheduled to land, but it ended up touching down at Sheremetyevo airport, about 25 miles away. There was no immediate explanation for the flight diversion.
The OVD-Info group, which monitors political arrests, said at least 37 people were arrested at Vnukovo Airport, although their affiliations weren’t immediately clear.
Vnukovo banned journalists from working inside the terminal, saying in a statement last week that the move was due to epidemiological concerns. The airport also blocked off access to the international arrivals area.ADVERTISEMENT
Police prisoner-detention vehicles stood outside the terminal Sunday.
The independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta and opposition social media reported Sunday that several Navalny supporters in St. Petersburg had been removed from Moscow-bound trains or prevented from boarding flights late Saturday and early Sunday, including the coordinator of his staff for the region of Russia’s second-largest city.
Navalny fell into a coma while aboard a domestic flight from Siberia to Moscow on Aug. 20. He was transferred from a hospital in Siberia to a Berlin hospital two days later.ADVERTISEMENT
Labs in Germany, France and Sweden, and tests by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, established that he was exposed to a Soviet-era Novichok nerve agent.
Russian authorities insisted that the doctors who treated Navalny in Siberia before he was airlifted to Germany found no traces of poison and challenged German officials to provide proof of his poisoning. They refused to open a full-fledged criminal inquiry, citing a lack of evidence that Navalny was poisoned.
Last month, Navalny released the recording of a phone call he said he made to a man he described as an alleged member of a group of officers of the Federal Security Service who purportedly poisoned him in August and then tried to cover it up. The FSB dismissed the recording as fake.
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What people might not be allowed to do if they don’t get vaccinated
PUBLISHED WED, JAN 6 2021
Coronavirus vaccines are now being rolled out worldwide.
Some have speculated that vaccine refusers could be banned from flying, as well as entering restaurants, shops, and other venues.
However, there are ethical considerations for policymakers to take into account.
Demonstrator holding an anti-vaccine placard in east London on in central December 5, 2020.JUSTIN TALLIS | AFP | Getty Images
LONDON — A perfect storm is brewing as Covid-19 vaccines start to roll out more widely in countries around the world.
While many people can’t wait to protect themselves from the virus, some are adamant that they won’t get the jab, leaving populations divided into those that have been vaccinated and those that haven’t.
In the U.K., one in five say they are unlikely to take the vaccine, according to YouGov research published in November, citing a variety of different reasons. ADVERTISING
As a result of the differing views, a debate could start to emerge in 2021. Should any restrictions be imposed on people who choose not to get vaccinated given they can catch and spread the virus?
It’s a tricky subject but governments are already looking at introducing systems that would enable authorities, and possibly businesses, to tell if a person has had a Covid vaccine or not.
China has launched a health code app that shows whether a person is symptom-free in order to check into a hotel or use the subway. In Chile, citizens that have recovered from the coronavirus have been issued with “virus free” certificates.
On Dec. 28, Spain’s Health Minister Salvador Illa said the country will create a registry to show who has refused to be vaccinated and that the database could be shared across Europe.
Isra Black, a lecturer in law at the University of York, and Lisa Forsberg, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford who researches medical ethics, told CNBC that it “isn’t easy to say whether it would be ethically permissible for a state to impose restrictions” on people who refuse a jab.
The academics said in a joint statement via email that the answer will depend on factors like vaccine supply, the level of vaccination in the population, the nature of the restrictions on vaccine refusers, and how the restrictions are operationalized.
“We might think that there are strong, albeit not necessarily decisive, reasons in favor of some limitation on regaining pre-pandemic freedoms for individuals who refuse vaccination for Covid-19, for example, on their freedom to gather,” said Black and Forsberg. “There is the potential for unvaccinated individuals to contract a serious case of coronavirus, which we take would be bad for them, but could also negatively affect others, for example, if health resources have to be diverted away from non-Covid care.”
The pair added that it may be justifiable for the state to restrict vaccine refusers if it turns out the vaccines reduce onward transmission.
They also highlighted that allowing unvaccinated individuals to circulate freely may be associated with the development and spread of mutations of the virus, some of which might become vaccine-resistant.
In December it emerged that Los Angeles County plans to let Covid vaccine recipients store proof of immunization in the Apple Wallet on their iPhone, which can also store tickets and boarding passes in digital form. Officials say it will first be used to remind people to get their second shot of the vaccine but it could, eventually, be used to gain access to concert venues or airline flights.
“The idea of immunity certificates is not new,” Kevin Trilli, chief product officer at identity verification start-up Onfido, told CNBC. “For instance, children who get vaccinations for measles, polio and other diseases often must show their immunity certificate to register at a new school. Health passports could be a way to help reopen the economy and manage the new normal with a privacy-first approach.”
Trilli added: “There is a growing appetite for the use of health passports/certificates within the travel industry to improve the safety of their staff and customers, as well as to instil greater levels of confidence to help re-catalyze the tourism industry.”https://art19.com/shows/bcd08fc3-8958-4c47-bf8e-524432adcd77/episodes/5e3ba422-ba47-4045-85ff-4a5d5ad964bb/embed
In May, John Holland-Kaye, CEO of the U.K.’s busiest airport Heathrow, backed the introduction of health certificates to help the country emerge from the more stringent travel restrictions in place at that time. Heathrow Airport did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
Elsewhere, the CEO of Delta Air Lines, Ed Bastian, said in April that immunity passports could be used to help fliers feel more confident in their personal safety while traveling.
A spokesperson for Ryanair said “vaccination won’t be a requirement when flying Ryanair” when CNBC asked if it would ever prevent non-vaccinated people from flying on its aircraft. British Airways, Qantas, and easyJet did not respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
“We are looking at the technology, and of course a way of people being able to inform their GP (doctor) if they have been vaccinated,” said Zahawi on Nov. 30 during an interview with BBC Radio 4. “Restaurants, bars, cinemas and other venues, sports venues, will probably also use that system.”
Not everyone likes that idea. Sam Berry, who runs two restaurants in southwest London called Hideaway and No.97, told CNBC: “We are big believers in everyone being treated equally. Everyone is entitled to their view and beliefs and we wouldn’t want to stop that.”
He added: “Hospitality would be split with restaurants and bars for vaccinated guests and then bars and restaurants popping up that will cater for non-vaccinated guests. It just sounds crazy to me.”
Darren Jones, an opposition Labour lawmaker in Britain, told CNBC: “I just hope that we have a proper debate and full scrutiny of any proposed immunity passports, which I assume will end up being a thing even if they aren’t a thing.”
Jones added that any immunity passports should be linked to a “long overdue debate about a proper national ID system.”
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was approved by U.K. regulators on Dec. 30, meaning there are now two safe vaccines available to British citizens.
But millions of people across the country still don’t want to be vaccinated, according to opinion polls. Some fear needles, some believe in unsubstantiated conspiracy theories and some are worried about potential side effects. Others just don’t think getting vaccinated is necessary and would rather risk catching Covid.
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said on Dec. 1 that there are “no plans”to introduce a vaccine passport and the Department of Health and Social Care reiterated the message when contacted by CNBC.
The DHSC said it will be able to gather the evidence to prove the impact on infection rates, hospitalization and reduced deaths as large numbers of people from at-risk groups are given an effective vaccine.
If successful, this should in time lead to a substantial reassessment of the current restrictions.
SHOCK AS UK NOW MANDATING BIOMETRIC IMMUNITY PASSPORTS AND BEGINS REFUSING ENTRY TO SUPERMARKETS AND BANKS FOR PEOPLE NOT WEARING A MASK
The health passport — which will come in the form of a smartphone application — has been developed by the biometric firm iProov in partnership with the cybersecurity company Mvine. The trial is expected to be completed by March and will be overseen by two directors of public health in a local authority, yet to be announced. The stated goal of the project is to see how health passports can function as a means of tracking how many people have received the first or second dose of the vaccine.
The CEO of Covid-19 vaccine maker Moderna warned Wednesday that the coronavirus that has brought world economies to a standstill and overwhelmed hospitals will be around “forever.”
While America in particular and the world in general is obsessed with the ongoing civil war playing itself out in Washington DC, across the pond in the UK the New World Order proceeds unabated. The draconian COVID-1984 immunity passports and now something called a vaccine passport are in the process of being rolled out. All this while the Bill Gates funded Moderna calmly tells us that COVID is ‘never going away”’
“Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.” Habakkuk 1:5 (KJB)
The CEO of Covid-19 vaccine maker Moderna warned Wednesday that the coronavirus that has brought world economies to a standstill and overwhelmed hospitals will be around “forever.” Public health officials and infectious disease experts have said there is a high likelihood that Covid-19 will become an endemic disease, meaning it will become present in communities at all times, though likely at lower levels than it is now.
But please, continue spending all your time watching the staged proceedings in Washington, and sharing QAnon emails with your friends. Keeping on thinking that Trump ‘has a plan’ and will ‘martial the military’ to have Pelosi arrested sometime over the next 5 days. Because while you’re all distracted with that nonsense, no one is paying attention to what’s really happening on the path to the Mark of the Beast via COVID-1984 vaccine and immunity passports. Hey, have you noticed that everything is centered around you being allowed the ability to continue ‘buying and selling’ stuff? Have you wonder at all why that’s the focus? Wonder no more…
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16,17 (KJB)
PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE ID2020 COVID-19 ‘IMMUNITY PASSPORT’ THAT COMBINES DIGITAL IDENTITY WITH VACCINATIONS, BLOCKCHAIN AND NANOTECHNOLOGY
Vaccine Passports Trialed in the UK, as EU Leaders Push for ‘Standardized’ COVID Travel Passes
FROM BREITBART UK: The health passport — which will come in the form of a smartphone application — has been developed by the biometric firm iProov in partnership with the cybersecurity company Mvine.
The trial is expected to be completed by March and will be overseen by two directors of public health in a local authority, yet to be announced. The stated goal of the project is to see how health passports can function as a means of tracking how many people have received the first or second dose of the vaccine.
THIS WEEK HAS ALSO SEEN ALMOST ALL MAJOR BRITISH SUPERMARKETS, TESCO, ASDA, WAITROSE, ALDI, SAINSBURY’S, AND MORRISONS, SAYING THEY WILL REFUSE ENTRY TO CUSTOMERS NOT WEARING A MASK, UNLESS THEY HAVE A MEDICAL EXEMPTION. SUPERMARKETS LIKE TESCO ARE ALSO DEMANDING SHOPPERS SHOP ALONE, AND SEVERAL HAVE SAID THEY HAVE HIRED EXTRA SECURITY TO ENFORCE THE MEASURES. HSBC BANK HAS ALSO SAID IT WILL “RESERVE THE RIGHT” TO CANCEL THE ACCOUNTS OF CUSTOMERS WHO REFUSE TO WEAR MASKS INSIDE ITS UK BRANCHES. SOURCE
Frank Joshi, the director and founder of Mvine told the Daily Telegraph on Tuesday: “The idea is that we are there ready and waiting in the event that we find ourselves interested in a situation where we need to prove something about ourselves.”
The chief executive of iProov, Andrew Bud claimed that it was “very important” that vaccination programmes should be tied with Britain’s socialised healthcare system, the National Health Service (NHS).
The concept of coronavirus health passports was first floated by Health Secretary Matt Hancock in April, who said at the time: “We are looking at an immunity certificate. People who have had the disease have got the antibodies and then have immunity can show that and therefore get back as much as possible to normal life.” READ MORE
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Nimitz has been positioned in the northern Arabian Sea on President Trump’s order through the inauguration. The Nimitz was ordered not to return home by the Pentagon this month, instead told to remain in the area. +3
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said that its’ long-range ballistic missiles fired off Saturday morning and flew more than 1,000 miles into the northern portion of the Indian Ocean
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said that its’ long-range ballistic missiles fired off Saturday morning and flew more than 1,000 miles into the northern portion of the Indian Ocean.
In recent days, Iranian forces have been conducting a series of military exercises. Those have included firing cruise missiles from Southeast Iran into the sea.
Earlier this week, an American guided-missile submarine submarine armed with more than 150 Tomahawk cruise missiles stalked near the Iranian naval exercises near the Strait of Hormuz as a show of force.
An Iranian helicopter filmed the USS Georgia, which had the submarine creeping beside it at periscope depth. When it was released in Iran, the video appeared to make the submarine look like a man-made Great White shark.+3
There was some concern that Iran would retaliate on the one year anniversary of the killing of Qassem Soleimani
The missile launches by Iran come days after the one-year anniversary of Iran firing ballistic missiles at a base in Iraq that was housing American troops. While none were killed, 100 did suffer head injuries.
The attack from Iran came five days after the death of the country’s top general, Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by U.S. forces in Baghdad while leaving the airport.
Iran has released recent videos about the killing of Soleimani and the drone strike that was ordered by President Trump.
More than 20 rockets were fired at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad in December – the largest attack on the compound in a decade, according to officials.
There was some concern that Iran would retaliate on the one year anniversary of the killing of Soleimani.Read more:
Hundreds of people were evacuated from Germany’s Frankfurt International Airport as armed police react to ‘reports of a bomb alert’.
Terminal 1 of the airport was evacuated this evening in connection with abandoned luggage which was reportedly found to be harmless.
Footage saw armed officers surrounding a suspect while all passengers were seen standing outside the airport with the regional train station also closed. Read More
A man, believed to be homeless, reportedly left a bag at the passport control and shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ before he fled, according to unconfirmed reports on Bild.
The man and a second suspect were reportedly arrested shortly afterwards, according to the publication.
Frankfurt Airport tweeted: ‘Due to an ongoing police operation, parts of Terminal 1, the regional train station and the transition to the long-distance train station are currently closed at Frankfurt Airport. People get evacuated from Frankfurt Airport over suspected ‘gunman’Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time0:10FullscreenNeed Text+6
Police pointed a gun at a suspect at Germany’s Frankfurt International Airport following ‘reports of a bomb threat’Armed officers surround ‘suspected gunman’ at Frankfurt AirportLoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time0:22FullscreenNeed Text+6
Passengers are seen outside the terminal while Frankfurt Airport tweeted: ‘Passengers are asked to follow the instructions of the security staff on site’Police respond to suspected ‘gunman’ incident at Frankfurt AirportLoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time0:18FullscreenNeed Text
‘Passengers are asked to follow the instructions of the security staff on site.’
‘As a result, there may be delays in the operational process. Passengers are therefore asked to check the flight status in advance on the airline’s website.’
Federal and state police are probing the incident, according to Frankfurt Airport Police. +6
Armed officers surround a man (left) while police are seen in the terminal of Frankfurt Airport (right) +6
Passengers were evacuated from the terminal as Frankfurt Airport tweeted: ‘We will keep you informed as soon as we receive updates from the authorities’
In an update, Frankfurt Airport added: ‘In consideration of the ongoing police investigation at Frankfurt Airport, we would ask you to refrain from speculating and making inappropriate comments about the incident as well as posting videos.
‘We will keep you informed as soon as we receive updates from the authorities.’ Read more:
Laid (off) waitresses and bargirls are now offering nude and rude pictures of themselves online.So much for chastity …….the greenback beckons!
Dallas-area service industry professionals are hurting financially during the Coronavirus shutdown as business grinds to a halt, so in response, some of them are adding to their professional repertoires by taking their clothes off.
Jobless And Quarantined, Thousands Turn To OnlyFans To Make Ends Meet
A new gig economy job has flourished with people stuck at home and unemployment skyrocketing: selling nudes online.
When coronavirus cases started spiking in Texas late last month, Isabela, a 19-year-old student and waitress, felt a creeping sense of dread. She was already living paycheck to paycheck while financially supporting her parents.
A week later, she got the call: Business at the small Chinese restaurant where she worked had all but evaporated, and it could no longer afford to keep the lights on. She wouldn’t be getting any more shifts for the foreseeable future. Isabela panicked.
Her manager urged her to hold off on filing for unemployment benefits because it was unclear when the restaurant might reopen — a dilemma facing many service industry workers. And although her community college extended the deadline for tuition payments, providing some immediate relief, her bills were still due, and her family needed groceries.
As she processed her situation, Isabela remembered that she had an account on OnlyFans, a platform where content creators share posts that are accessible only to their paying subscribers. She had set up a profile with her friends a few months earlier, joking at the time that she could sell nude photos on the site to get by if things ever got tough. Suddenly, unable to work and confined to her house under a new government order, it seemed like her only viable option.
“Out of nowhere, it was just like, ‘Hey — you don’t have a job anymore,’” said Isabela, who asked to be identified by her first name only due to stigma surrounding her new source of income. “This is something I could do from home.”
As the coronavirus pandemic sends American unemployment levels soaring to record highs, thousands of peoplehave turned to OnlyFans and similar independent-creator platforms, such as Patreon, in hopes of making up for lost wages. In recent weeks, OnlyFans has seen a 75% increase in sign-ups, with more than 170,000 new users each day, according to a company email. Patreon reported 50,000 new creators in March — its fastest ever rate of growth.
Some users sell artwork; others sell workout routines, writing services or cooking tutorials. Many sell naked pictures.
Rae, a new mother living in Southern California, was abruptly furloughed last month after the gym she managed shut down due to the risks of coronavirus. Her fiancé, a construction worker, still had a job, but work was slow, and they started to worry about their mortgage payments and other bills.
“At first we [at the gym] were told that we would still be paid, but that didn’t last,”said Rae, 25, who also asked not to use her full name for privacy reasons. “I have a little one, so it was really stressful. I need to make sure he’s taken care of.”
She’d heard about people “making really good money” on OnlyFans, so a week ago, she set up an account to sell topless photos and started sharing her new profile with people on Twitter. Before long, she had more than 40 paying fans.
“It has already made quite a difference for us,” Rae said. “Being stuck at home, I have time to network and put work into promoting my page.”
To her surprise, Rae added, she has already made about $1,000 through subscriptions and tips on OnlyFans. Isabela has earned somewhere in the range of $250 to $300 in a matter of days — enough to keep food on the table for at least the next week, she said.
Yet even as OnlyFans and Patreon emerge as potential revenue streams for many struggling through this time of economic crisis, the platforms’ surge of new members is also disrupting business for some established creators. Longtime nude models, speaking to Vice, described feeling as if their work is being undermined and warned that digital content production — including sex work in particular — isn’t as easy as people think.
Aubrey Joseph was cautiously optimistic when she set up her Patreon account last week.She had suddenly found herself out of work due to COVID-19; one of her part-time employers laid her off, the other put her on a “zero hour” schedule until further notice. Like Isabela, the 24-year-old didn’t apply for unemployment benefits, since she was technically still on a payroll — just not getting paid. Her savings would barely get her through April.
Fearing eviction and late fees on the car insurance payments she could no longer afford to make, Joseph decided to try her luck at selling digital artwork on Patreon. She studied character design and animation in college, and had always enjoyed doing profile sketches in her free time.
She had a lot more of it now.
“These days, I have all the time in the world to produce art,” said Joseph, who lives with a friend in Florida. “I just don’t know when I’ll be able to work again.”
She’s selling character illustrations and digital wallpaper, and accepting commissions. So far, though, she has earned only $2 on Patreon.
“It’s a drop in the bucket. Hopefully, I can get more patrons to help me pay my bills,” Joseph said, “but I know times are hard for everyone right now.”
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The rise of OnlyFans – the Glasgow creators making money from nude photos during lockdown
We speak to an escort, a former stripper and a body positivity campaigner about the world of online sex work – and why it’s “not just easy money”
6 OCT 2020
OnlyFans has become one of the biggest online phenomenons of the last few years, transforming the adult entertainment industry and putting power in the hands of its creators.
Created by banker’s son Timothy Stokely in 2016, the paid subscription service was set up as a way for influencers to make money from exclusive content but quickly gained popularity for users selling sexually explicit photos and videos – earning its reputation as “the paywall for porn.”
Sign-ups have skyrocketed over the last six months to a massive 61million users and 850,000 content creators during lockdown – with the firm taking around 20 per cent of the cut.
In the UK, there are currently 100,000 creators, and 3.8m users signed up. Over 250,000 new users are registering every day, according to a spokesperson from OnlyFans
They added: “The site has truly become a new source of income for thousands of people in these challenging times.”
We speak to three women in Glasgow about what it’s like making money selling racy content from the comfort of their own homes – and why it’s not a business for everyone.
‘What makes me happy? Sex work.’
Elise Kennedy turned to OnlyFans after being forced to put aside her job as an escort at the beginning of lockdown.
The 24-year-old has been involved in the sex work industry for five years, starting out at a strip club for five months while at university before deciding she would earn more by meeting up with clients
Before the pandemic she managed to make between £6000 and £7000 in a good month. Clients were men from all walks of life, ranging from 18 to their 80s, from students who found dating difficult to men working in manual trades and media.
Elise would receive requests from clients online for dinner dates or a night spent with them at a hotel and pencilled them in through the week. This gave her plenty of time and money to pursue her passions as a makeup artist and creative director for photoshoots during the day.
She said: “I’ve always loved it and miss the freedom. I like being social and getting to know people. being paid what I would expect to be paid for my time.
“We’re all selling our bodies for something. When I was a waitress I would work 14 hour shifts and not even be fed. I was getting shouted at, customers were horrible to me and I had to beg for time off from my boss. When I started working for myself, I didn’t have to beg anymore.”
Once the pandemic hit, Elise had to strike out on a new path online or face being out of work.
At the beginning of March, she had virtually no social media presence due to the risky nature of her job. But in half a year, she has built up her brand from scratch, amassing 10,000 followers on Twitter.
She admits she is adjusting to earning much less money and spending more time working on OnlyFans, with her income coming in at around $1900 a month.
She said lockdown saw memberships soar on the website but it seems that the market is now over-saturated with “more competition.”
“No one expected it to go on this long. Earning has gone down for a lot of people, lost money, or not enough to spare. It’s a challenging time for everyone.”
Elise spends 16 hours a day working on her content and plunges much of her savings into kit including props, backdrops and camera equipment to make her content. She said showing off her personality by dipping into comedy has helped boost her subscriptions.
“I know it will pay off. I’ve got an eye and being creative comes natural to me. I’m good at coming up with concepts,” she said.
“I do well taking photos and making videos. My sketches have boosted my profile the most – just relatable stuff about the Onlyfans experience and being a sex worker with some stupid stuff thrown in. There’s an endless scroll of creators so you have to stand out.”
Elise said the most frustrating aspect of being in OnlyFans is the perception that it’s easy money: “When I was a makeup artist and director, no one said it was easy for me. No one said to the model it was easy, or the photographer. I’m now doing all those things at once, but because I’m in front of the camera and taking my clothes off, that’s when they say it. If it was that easy, I wouldn’t put in this much effort.
“You need mental resilience, creativity and marketing to build a following.”
Elise said another worry of OnlyFans is how quickly people will join without considering the consequences, particularly young women.
She said there is a common misconception that selling nude photos is a quick money-maker but warns joining up, even for a short while, could jeopardise the person’s career prospects.
“People see stories about OnlyFans in the media, women who quit their jobs and earn £30k a month. But that’s the top 1% of people. I’m in the top 4.1 per cent and don’t make anywhere near that,” she said.
“Young people probably join it now thinking no one will find out, that it can be a secret, and they can save the money. But it’s on the internet. There’s no way you can escape it.
“You need to really think about it – even if you’re just uploading bikini pics, you’re a sex worker. That’s your title now. If you want a job that will use that against you, why would you do it for £400 before you decide to give up? Because that’s probably what will happen.
“It doesn’t make a difference to me as I’m already a sex worker but you need to think of your entire life trajectory, 20, 30 years down the line, This could come back to haunt you.
“Imagine you were a teacher and a student held up his phone with a photo of you in the middle of the classroom – ‘Miss, is this you?’ You need to really think about it. It’s not a short-term solution.”
Elise has described her boyfriend, whom she lives with, as a constant source of encouragement, who she met online in 2018.
“He has always been supportive since I told him when we first started talking,” she said.
She hopes to return to escorting once restrictions ease in future as she’s an “in-person person” but acknowledges it will be challenging due to the coronavirus.
She believes that she will always be involved in the industry in some capacity and said she would like to one day become a sex educator.
“What makes me happy? Sex work. It’s what I’m good at it and my experiences would actually be beneficial in a career like that. Our voices need to be heard.”
She added: “There is no point in being secretive. I tell everyone I’m a sex worker so that no one could use that information against me.
“Not everyone knew I was an escort before but OnlyFans is online, so I have to embrace that as part of my life. It’s my f*****g job.”
While OnlyFans pays the bills for now, Elise said she wants to move away from the platform as it is not sex worker-friendly. Previously models have logged on to find their earnings wiped due to breaching guidelines, such as promoting escorting services or more content viewed as more extreme.
“It’s like navigating a time-bomb. The work is high risk, high reward. If you’re naked on the internet, you deserve to have the reward for that.
She added: “People get p****d off and slut-shame us online but a lot of it is bitterness that we are sexually liberated and have the power to do what we want and be paid for it.
“People argue that porn is free, so why would you pay for it? It’s not free. There are people forced into the industry. You don’t know everything is consensual or if the person is of age. People on this platform are uploading ID and doing it on their own and consensually.
“The sex industry has always been there, it always will be, it’s just more in your face now. It’s time we accepted that. Sex work is work.”
‘I don’t think I could go back to a normal job’
Shannon Crawford made £1000 on the day she joined OnlyFans in 2017.
The 24-year-old decided to quit her job as a music booking agent and take the plunge after gaining thousands of followers sharing X-rated photos for free on blogging website Tumblr.
“There’s a common misconception that you have to be really pretty or have huge boobs to do well. But a lot of these subscribers want to see normal girls. If they wanted something else they could search for it online.”
“I thought I may as well get paid for what I was sharing,” she said.
She has been raking in between £3000 and £4000 a month during lockdown and is in the top five per cent of creators.
This wasn’t Shannon’s first foray into the adult entertainment industry. From the age of 18 she worked at strip club Diamond Dolls at weekends while juggling her business studies at university.
Shannon’s friends are accepting of her career path, having been there since her days in the strip club. Her mum says “it’s at least safer than working as a dancer.”
Her boyfriend, who she met on Tinder earlier this year, is also happy with her work.
“It was one of the first things I told him. After all, I can’t hide it – it’s my job! But he is really supportive and joins in with some of it now.”
She continued: “I’ve not faced much backlash for OnlyFans. People aren’t weird about it anymore because I’ve always been open about being in this kind of industry. They are used to it.
“From my time stripping I’ve learned people will be pleasant to your face but speak about you behind your back. Some say you have no respect for yourself or that you’re a slut, but I was judged for the way I dress and the makeup I wore anyway.”
Shannon says she spends around two to three hours a day advertising and promoting her OnlyFans and making content.
She said the OnlyFans community is “far less bitchy” than in strip clubs because the workers there were in “direct competition” with one another.
While the income is not as steady as she would like, she doesn’t think she could have a “proper job” again – and admits that it might be a struggle to gain a profession with an OnlyFans under her belt.
“I’d have to work on my own. I’m so used to being self-employed.
“I think OnlyFans is a lot more normalised than when I was younger, a lot more influencers have it.
“As far as I’m concerned, I wouldn’t want any job that wouldn’t want me.”
Shannon said she has received messages from girls asking for advice about joining up over the last few years – but stresses she wouldn’t recommend it to everyone.
“I’ve had a nursing student and a teacher ask if they should join and I told them not to do it,” she said. “It’s not worth the risk of losing your job for something you don’t know will pay off. There are circumstances where you can’t do both.
“You have to be sure you’re strong enough to face the fact people won’t like it, if your family or job found it. You need to be confident – if you’re shy or you’ll get embarrassed, it’s not for you.
“We’ve still got a long way to go to make sure all sex workers are safe. It might be more popular now but that doesn’t make it easy.”
‘It boosted my body positivity’
Violet Lux said it was her participation in the body positivity movement online that led her to join OnlyFans in 2017.
The 27-year-old, who is plus-sized, had been sharing photos of herself in lingerie on social media and attracted messages from followers willing to pay for more tailored content.
She took a year off to focus on her career as a brand ambassador but returned to the website during lockdown because she has been spending more time at home.
“It has been a real boost for my positivity, it made me feel better about myself and it has been a good supplementary income,” she said.
“People are attracted to fat bodies. They wouldn’t be following me if they weren’t. There is appeal for all different body types and that’s the benefit of platforms like this.”
Violet has around 300 followers which isn’t high by OnlyFans standards but her income is around $1200 a month, mostly in the form of ‘tips’ from fulfilling personalised content requests from her subscribers.
“For example, they might ask for a strip tease from jeans and a t-shirt because they like the ‘girl next door’ thing or they’ll ask me to wear red lingerie, and they offer to pay for the stuff,” she added.
While some creators charge clients extra for personal messaging, Violet said she prefers to be more accessible as it’s better for business. She said she has between 50 and 60 “core” followers who have subscribed to her long-term, a lot of whom are fellow wrestling fans.
“I get more respect from my customers than I do from guys on Tinder. I’ve never felt unsafe. People who buy porn from someone locally over a big company want interaction, that local connection and to build a relationship with them.
“Some of them are super kind. Recently one guy wrote to me saying ‘I saw you’re having a hard time and I bought you a book from your Amazon wish list.’
Violet said her experiences of selling pictures online has been largely positive. Her bosses are aware of the nature of her work but, so long as she keeps the two separate and doesn’t post about her day job, they happily turn a blind eye.
She admits her mum “didn’t agree with it” when she told her but that she changed her mind upon seeing a billboard of a woman in her underwear while shopping in the city centre.
“She’s fine with it now and thinks if it’s everywhere already, I might as well get paid for it! She knows I have boundaries.”
“Posting photos makes me feel good but the decision to dive into it as a job was a serious one.”
She agrees with the other creators that it’s a big risk to take selling intimate photos online.
“It’s not just a selfie you’d send to your boyfriend that you post on the internet. That’s not the way it’s going to be. It takes time and effort out of every day to build that brand – taking and editing photos, interacting. It’s not as easy as everyone thinks.”
But she said she occasionally receives abuse while promoting her OnlyFans on Twitter occasionally, especially from women.
“I’ve had messages from girls saying no one will want to marry me because of it, but that’s not what I want anyway. The way I see it is we are all selling ourselves, whether working in a shop or selling pictures online.
“I feel more comfortable taking photos in my underwear than reading off a script in a Zoom meeting to a CEO.”
She added: “This is a hobby that I get paid for. I can work part-time and have time to do stuff that I love. I have a whole day off I can spend with my niece.”
“I’m happy with the balance. If it ever got to the stage where I dreaded making content for it, I would quit. I’m very successful in my day job and OnlyFans has never affected that but if it did, it would have to go.”
‘I quit my job and now earn £10,000 a month selling nude photos’
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Beth Spiby spent her winters working in retail but after learning “how much sex sells” during a summer season in Magaluf, she set her sights on selling lingerie photos on the website OnlyFans, which allows users to post any type of content, including pornography, and then charge fellow users to view it.
As she made the transition to sharing nude photos and some “more explicit” content, Beth soon began to earn a lot more money and told Phillip and Holly that she can now make more than £10,000 a month via the website.
Beth believes her fans subscribe because they’re interested in her – not just her body. “When I was younger and I first started it, I had this expectation that I had to continue to please my fans,” she said.
“But now I’m older and I’m more confident in my own skin, I understand that the fans aren’t necessarily paying for the content per se, they are paying for me and my energy and who I am.”
Holly expressed concern that the personalisation element of the website, where fans can be named during an explicit act, could feed obsessions and make Beth unsafe.
However, she said she doesn’t feel ever feel unsafe on OnlyFans: “There’s a massive disconnect between me and the actual fans. I don’t personally feel unsafe but there have been times when people cross the line a bit.”
Beth’s mum Jane, who took the first lingerie pictures when she joined the site, also said it was the element of control Beth had over her site that comforted her as a parent.
“I’d never heard about the site. But when she explained she was in control and she got to choose what she wanted to do, that made me a bit more happy and secure,” she said.
Beth revealed that she could be a millionaire by now if she didn’t spend so much money.
However, Alice Beer expressed her concern that some might see websites like OnlyFans as an “easy option” when it came to paying off debts and urged people to think carefully before sharing personal images on the internet.
“You have to be careful, please don’t be just lured into that lovely £10,000 a month,” she said
Swiss to vote in referendum on government’s Covid restrictions
Swiss campaigners have triggered a referendum to strip the government of new legal powers to impose lockdowns and curtail public life as the country battles the pandemic. This content was published on January 14, 2021 – 14:16January 14, 2021 – 14:16Sam Jones, Financial Times
Campaign group Friends of the Constitution on Wednesday handed in a petition of 86,000 signatures collected over the past three months — well in excess of the 50,000 required — to formally initiate a nationwide vote to repeal the 2020 Covid-19 Act under Switzerland’s highly devolved democratic system. External Content
The outcome will be legally binding, with a vote scheduled for as early as June.
While the pandemic has exposed social and political fractures across Europe over the rights of citizens, in Switzerland — where individuals’ rights are often treated as culturally sacrosanct and government powers are sharply proscribed by law — the strains have become particularly evident.
“In our opinion, the [government] is taking advantage of the pandemic to introduce more control and less democracy,” Christoph Pfluger, a board member of Friends of the Constitution, told the Financial Times.
He added: “The long-term problems that will arise from this kind of approach will be grave. We are a movement that says crisis management cannot be done without the will of the sovereign — the people. You cannot govern without the people.”
Mr Pfluger said Switzerland would be the first and perhaps the only country to give its citizens a direct vote on coronavirus restrictions.
Until late December, Bern’s governing Federal Council had been reluctant to impose restrictions during the second wave of the pandemic.
Staunch opposition from many Swiss to further curbs and dire warnings from several of the country’s most powerful and influential lobbying groups about the economic consequences of another shutdown forestalled action in the run-up to Christmas, even as case numbers rocketed.
A poll conducted by Switzerland’s Sotomo Research Institute for state broadcaster SRF in November found that 55 per cent of Swiss were concerned about their individual freedoms being restricted by government measures. The same survey found that even an 11pm curfew for bars and restaurants was considered too restrictive by a third of Swiss respondents.
Mr Pfluger said his campaign had been “astonished” by the level of support from volunteers it had gained in recent weeks and the speed with which it had been able to gather signatures.
The Swiss government’s laissez-faire approach exploded into a diplomatic stand-off in early December as the country refused to force its ski resorts to close, to the anger of its Alpine neighbours.
The referendum triggered on Wednesday takes aim at the legislation that underpins such curbs.
The Covid-19 Act, approved by lawmakers in September, gives Swiss authorities a continuing legal basis to impose restrictions to handle the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Before the legislation, Bern only had the power to curb public life through unilateral emergency decrees under Switzerland’s Epidemics Act. Those powers were strictly time-limited and subject to onerous parliamentary oversight.
Critics of the campaign to repeal the new laws note that by the time the referendum is held, not only will the pandemic likely be in remission, but many of the legal provisions granted under the Covid-19 Act will automatically have lapsed according to sunset clauses written into the legislation.
The Friends of the Constitution say they are battling to ensure a precedent is not set for future emergencies. “On a purely objective level, the [Covid-19] law is not that important,” said Mr Pfluger. “But it is one part of a bigger puzzle.”
According to the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, the country recorded 3,001 new infections on Tuesday, a rate of 477 per 100,000 citizens. Numbers have been slowly but steadily falling since the new year, and are sharply down from a peak of 10,558 daily new cases recorded on November 2.
A man died from complications caused by alcohol dependency just days after ‘poor communication’ meant he missed out on an emergency detox.
Matthew Copestick, who had a history of drug and alcohol misuse, collapsed in the shower at his home in Rochdale on January 8, 2019.
Just four days earlier, on January 4, he was taken to A&E at Fairfield General Hospital after falling unwell, an inquest heard.
A triage nurse believed the 21-year-old needed treatment for alcohol detoxification at specialist treatment centre the Chapman Barker unit.
Rochdale Coroner’s Court heard Matthew, who had autism, was discharged as medically fit instead.
“Due to poor communication between staff and a lack of understanding by the alcohol liaison nurse as to the requirements for an emergency inpatient admission to the Chapman Barker unit Matthew was not admitted for an inpatient alcohol detoxification,” senior coroner Joanne Kearsley ruled.
Matthew was left distressed by the news he wouldn’t be admitted to the Chapman Barker Unit – his father described him having a “meltdown” before he left hospital.
Matthew’s medical cause of death was recorded as 1.a. sudden and unexpected death in alcohol dependency.
2. Alcoholic fatty liver.
A post-mortem found that Matt’s liver was significantly enlarged.
Toxicology tests showed that at the time of his death Matt was not intoxicated and there was a very low level of alcohol in his system.
According to the record of inquest, Matthew had a history of drug and alcohol misuse.
At the time of his death he was being cared for by various services.
His alcohol dependency was ‘exacerbated by his Asperger’s’, according to the record of inquest.
In February 2018 he had been an inpatient for a drug detoxification.
He continued to use drugs, including Spice, for a period of time until he stopped in or around July 2018.
He remained under the local drug and alcohol service Renaissance.
Although he stopped using drugs, his alcohol consumption increased during the summer of 2018 – and he would have to 14-15 cans a day and whiskey.
In September 2018, an urgent referral was made to Turning Point, which provides health and social care services in the town.
Senior Coroner Joanne Kearsley ruled that this referral should have been made in April 2018 ‘given that Matthew was using drugs and alcohol after February 2018’.
Turning Point did not attend key multi agency meetings to discuss Matthew’s alcohol management and treatment plans until December 13.
Matthew asked to have a detox at home, but he was not suitable for this as he was suffering increased seizures.
Yes, voter fraud exists. It just usually doesn’t look like what many of us imagine it to be.
Our minds always drift off to visions that have a Hollywood-tinged aspect to them. Hacked machines switching our choices. Arcane, Rube Goldberg-like plans that Hans Gruber would be proud of. Foreign interference.
More likely, however, it takes the form of what a Texas woman allegedly did.
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According to KXXV-TV, Rachel (or Raquel) Rodriguez of San Antonio was arrested Wednesday on charges of election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot.
Rodriguez was featured in a Project Veritas exposé last fall in which she identified herself as a “ballot chaser.” What that means, in practice, is a ballot harvester who is targeting specific votes. Ballot harvesters are third-party individuals or organizations that collect absentee or mail-in votes to be sent in; critics of the process say it can lead to targeted collection or fraud.
Project Veritas’ undercover journalist set up the meeting with Rodriguez under the auspices of setting up his own campaign.
“Let’s say $6 per vote, right? And I’m going to bring in 5,000 votes,” she told the journalist in one of the videos.Do you think voter fraud should be prosecuted aggressively?Yes No Completing this poll entitles you to
One of her main clients at the time, Rodriguez said, was GOP House hopeful Mauro Garza, who ended up losing to Democrat Rep. Joaquin Castro in November.
“Mauro, right now, he said: ‘OK, Raquel, if you were running, what would you do?’ So, he sat me down and I said: ‘I would do this, this, this, this, and this.’ He said: ‘How much money do you think you would need?’ And I budgeted everything, right? OK, so you do it,’” she said.
“He was paying me $5,000 a month, but now he’s paying me $8,000 a month. Why? Because I took on his extra jobs.”
Garza denied any wrongdoing, telling The Texan that Rodriguez was a former campaign volunteer and saying he would “welcome any investigation and accountability to expose these outlandish allegations.”
There were a long list of other clients Rodriguez listed, too — from judges to state legislators.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced her arrest Wednesday in a news release in which he said Rodgriguez was facing charges of “election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot. Each charge constitutes a felony under the Texas Election Code.”
“Rodriguez was exposed in a Project Veritas video last fall while she engaged in vote harvesting leading up to the 2020 election,” the news release said. “The Election Fraud Division of the Office of the Attorney General reviewed dozens of hours of unedited, raw footage, which led to this arrest. In an uncharacteristic moment of honesty, Rodriguez acknowledged on video that what she was doing is illegal and that she could go to jail for it. If convicted, Rodriguez could face up to 20 years in prison.”
“Many continue to claim that there’s no such thing as election fraud. We’ve always known that such a claim is false and misleading, and today we have additional hard evidence,” Paxton said in a statement.
“This is a victory for election integrity and a strong signal that anyone who attempts to defraud the people of Texas, deprive them of their vote, or undermine the integrity of elections will be brought to justice,” he added.
“The shocking and blatantly illegal action documented by Project Veritas demonstrates a form of election fraud my office continually investigates and prosecutes. I am fiercely committed to ensuring the voting process is secure and fair throughout the state, and my office is prepared to assist any Texas county in combating this insidious, un-American form of fraud.”
Rodriguez’s attorney told KABB-TV that the investigation should have been more thorough and questioned the manner of the arrest.
“Well, she was arrested by state agents, and she’s being processed in Kendall County, which, from our perspective is interesting because none of the allegations are said to have occurred in Kendall County,” Nico LaHood said.
“We’re going to analyze this completely, we’re not going to leave any rock unturned,” he added. “Rachel and all people accused, all citizens accused of criminal allegation by the government, deserve an aggressive defense in a fair process, our job is to ensure that Rachel gets both of those and we plan to do that.”
In the video, Rodriguez comes across as having a lack of circumspection for someone who’s a practiced vote fraudster, something that makes one wonder if she’s a fraudster of a different sort. That’s what court is for.
What we know is the attorney general believes he has a case.
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If this all sounds farfetched, consider the only election overturned in recent years because of voter fraud involved ballot harvesting.
In the 2018 race for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, Republican Mark Harris beat Democrat Dan McCready by a 905-vote margin. However, suspicions were aroused when Harris seemed to get an inordinate percentage of the absentee vote, given that only 19 percent of it was from registered Republicans but 61 percent voted for Harris.
What emerged was what The New York Times called a “precise but amateurish operation” harvesting ballots that was run by local political operative L. McCrae Dowless Jr.
“Witnesses have described a scheme that was at once on the books and under the radar, and a network filled not with seasoned, ideological activists, but with acquaintances and relatives of Mr. Dowless who needed cash and asked few questions,” The Times’ Alan Blinder wrote in February 2019.
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“Guided by the slight, bearded man once celebrated as a local ‘guru of elections,’ they swept up unsealed or incomplete ballots and returned them in batches to Mr. Dowless, who was working on behalf of the Harris campaign. They sometimes filled in ballots, or signed as witnesses for voters they never met, in an ink color specifically chosen so it would not arouse suspicion at local elections offices.”
State officials refused to certify Harris’ win and he backed out of a redo, which was won by GOP Rep. Dan Bishop.
Dowless is awaiting trial on numerous charges, according to WECT-TV, although Harris was never charged.
This might not be the kind of voter fraud you’re thinking of. It’s not the kind of systematic fraud that could change a national election.
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It’s funny, though, how few Democrats were seen loudly declaiming voter fraud didn’t exist when Mark Harris’ victory wasn’t certified.
Iran responds for first time to casualty count from Israeli attack on Syria
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – A commander in the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard announced on Thursday said that the Israeli raids on military sites in eastern Syria did not cause any casualties, while further threatening Israel with a strong response.
The Fars News Agency quoted the political assistant to the commander of the corps, Ahmed Karim Khani, as saying that the raids launched by Israel on Wednesday did not result in any casualties.
Karim Khani said that the information announced by the Syrian Observatory that 57 soldiers and fighters were killed at dawn on Wednesday in these raids are “lies and media propaganda, and this attack did not result in any casualties.”
Karim Khani stressed that “the Zionists fear of Iran’s revenge forced them to carry out blind attacks.”
He added that Tel Aviv is well aware that the attacks on “resistance sites” in Syria will be met with a strong reaction.
At approximately 1:10 A.M. (local time) on Wednesday, the Israeli Air Force launched a powerful attack on the administrative capital of Deir Ezzor and the countryside of the city of Albukamal near the Iraqi border.
According to a source from the Syrian Arab Army, at least one of their soldiers was killed and a dozen more were wounded. The source added that several fighters from the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Deir Ezzor were killed, but could not confirm the total death toll at this time.
PUBLISHED: 17:29, 14 January 2021 | UPDATED: 21:16, 14 January 2021
Between 25 and 30 per cent of Londoners may have already caught the coronavirus, according to Imperial’s ‘Professor Lockdown‘ Neil Ferguson.
Professor Ferguson — whose grim modelling showing that 500,000 Britons could die unless action was taken spooked ministers into the first national shutdown last March — has co-authored a comprehensive study on the course of Britain’s outbreak.
The total infection figure comes from data based on analysis of blood donors in the UK aged between 15 and 65. Read More
It reveals London as the region of the country with the highest proportion of its population that has been infected with the virus.
Research by Imperial academics, published recently on medRxiv , reveals that at the start of December 15.4 per cent of London’s population had contracted the virus.
Professor Ferguson, a member of SAGE, told MailOnline: ‘In London a total of 25 per cent to 30 per cent of the population may now have been infected throughout the epidemic.’
He says London is the hardest hit region in the country and numbers are therefore lower elsewhere.
Fresh analysis published by academics at the University of Cambridge uses a different statistical method but found the attack rate in London is 30 per cent.
For the country as a whole, the cumulative infection rate is now 19 per cent and the lowest region is the South West, at eight per cent.
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‘Professor Lockdown’ Neil Ferguson — whose grim modelling that 500,000 Britons could die unless action was taken spooked ministers into the first national shutdown last March — co-authored a comprehensive study on the course of Britain’s outbreak
Cambridge’s Nowcast features data until January 11 and works out the change in cases, deaths, death rate and number of infections, as well as calculating total cumulative infections – also known as the attack rate.
Attack rate by region
It estimates England’s total number of infections now sits at 10.7million, with London the biggest contributor, at 2.63million.
London’s mayor Sadiq Khan today complained about the city’s Covid vaccine supply, after NHS figures revealed it has given jabs to fewer people than any other region.
Only two per cent of people in the capital were vaccinated against coronavirus by January 10, compared to five per cent in the North East and Yorkshire.
Mr Khan said: ‘I am hugely concerned that Londoners have received only a tenth of the vaccines that have been given across the country.’
London is currently England’s region worst-hit by coronavirus but both cases, hospital admissions and deaths across the capital have started to slow down.
The Imperial study created a computer model to track SARS-CoV-2 infections in care homes and the wider community.
It reveals people who have caught coronavirus are now more likely to survive than those who got Covid-19 at the start of the first wave.
The infection fatality rate has fallen from 1.25 per cent to 0.77 per cent nationally, driven by a greater understanding of the disease and improvements in treating it.
Since March 2020, dexamethasone has emerged as a drug which reduces risk of death by up to 35 per cent in ventilated patients.
A recent study also found the anti-inflammatory drugs tocilizumab and sarilumab slash the risk of death even further.
Results of the trial showed people who only received dexamethasone had a death rate of 35.8 per cent. This dropped to just 25.3 per cent when they were also given either tocilizumab or sarilumab.
However, death rate among elderly people in care homes is still alarmingly high at 35.9 per cent.
Researchers also looked at the effectiveness of prior lockdowns and found that of all the non-pharmaceutical interventions that have become commonplace, only full lockdown has succeeded in forcing R below 1.
The findings also reinforce the fact that dithering and delaying in introducing full lockdown in March 2020 cost thousands of lives .
‘[If lockdown was] introduced one week earlier it could have reduced first wave deaths from 36,700 to 15,700,’ the researchers write.
Dr Lilith Whittles, author of the report from Imperial College London said: ‘Our work pulls together the many different perspectives we have on the COVID-19 epidemic in England to form a complete picture of the first two waves of the epidemic.
‘Above all our findings emphasise the vital importance of acting fast to save lives.’
Professor Ferguson also said today that Britain’s lockdown rules may be needed until the autumn.
Asked if there could be restrictions for many months to come, he said: ‘Yes, and we can’t predict all of these things in advance.
‘We couldn’t have predicted this new variant coming up, but the new variant without doubt will make the relaxation of restrictions more difficult because it is substantially more transmissible.’
Professor Ferguson added: ‘It will be a gradual process to the autumn.’
Dr Susan Hopkins, one of the top officials at Public Health England (PHE), also added that England was likely going to have a ‘difficult time at least until Easter’.
Previous coronavirus infection gives people immunity for five months – MORE than the Oxford vaccine
People previously infected with the coronavirus have more protection against reinfection five months later than people getting the Oxford vaccine, and the same level of immunity that is provided by the Pfizer jab, a Public Health England (PHE) study has found.
Data from PHE’s SIREN study, which follows more than 20,000 healthcare workers at more than 100 sites across Britain, looked at how many members of NHS staff in the study group caught the virus more than once.
A total of 6,614 workers were found to have had the virus in early 2020, either through antibody testing, PCR swabs or clinical evaluation based on symptoms.
Just 44 people from this group later tested positive for the coronavirus as a result of reinfection.
President Donald Trump’s second impeachment was swift and decisive, just one week after he incited a violent white supremacist mob attack on the U.S. Capitol that left five dead, including a Capitol Police officer. Accounts of the insurrection from several elected Congresswomen of color capture the chaos of the moment, and the many dangers they faced:
“I was one of 12 trapped in the House Gallery. I heard the shot being fired. I saw the smoke from the tear gas….I watched one officer with no protective equipment face a raging mob just outside the chamber,” Norma Torres, Democratic Representative from South Los Angeles, said at a House Rules Committee meeting this week. “I answered my phone to my son, Christopher. The call lasted 27 seconds. All I could say, ‘Sweetheart, I’m okay. I’m running for my life.’ And I hung up.”
Also trapped in the upper Gallery was Washington Congressmember Pramila Jayapal. “The insurrectionists were domestic terrorists, many armed and many associated with white nationalist groups,” Jayapal said in a statement. “Tear gas was being used and we had to get down on the ground for cover. Capitol Police barricaded the doors with furniture and had their guns drawn.”
New York Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortéz, known as AOC, said on a livestream the night before the impeachment vote, “I thought I was going to die.” She explained why she felt she needed to avoid a secure extraction location: “There were QAnon and white-supremacist sympathizers and, frankly, white-supremacist members of Congress in that extraction point who I know and who I have felt would disclose my location and would create opportunities to allow me to be hurt [or] kidnapped.”
Ayanna Pressley, the first African American Congresswoman from Massachusetts, did go to the secure room, with people sheltering shoulder to shoulder. “The second I realized our ‘safe room’ from the violent white supremacist mob included treasonous, white supremacist, anti masker Members of Congress who incited the mob in the first place, I exited,” she tweeted on Tuesday. “Furious that more of my colleagues are testing positive.” Her husband, who was with her at the Capitol, has since tested positive for COVID-19.
Pramila Jayapal has also contracted COVID-19, likely in the same, cramped, multi-hour lockdown with unmasked Republicans during the siege. “Only hours after President Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, our country, and our democracy, many Republicans still refused to take the bare minimum COVID-19 precaution and simply wear a damn mask in a crowded room during a pandemic — creating a superspreader event on top of a domestic terrorist attack,” Jayapal said in a statement. Her husband, who was not at the Capitol, has also tested positive.
Congress’ attending physician, Brian Monahan, said in an email four days after the attack, about that secure room, “The time in this room was several hours for some and briefer for others…individuals may have been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection.”
New Jersey Congressmember Bonnie Watson Coleman was there, and later tested positive. The 75-year-old African American is a recent cancer survivor. “I am angry that after I spent months carefully isolating myself, a single chaotic day likely got me sick,” she wrote in a Washington Post op-ed piece this week. “I am angry that the attack on the Capitol and my subsequent illness have the same cause: my Republican colleagues’ inability to accept facts.” Her case highlights the potentially-lethal risks that mask-deniers selfishly pose on others around them.
Detroit Congressmember Rashida Tlaib was not on the Capitol grounds during the assault, as she wasn’t feeling great after receiving her first COVID-19 vaccination shot. She tweeted on Tuesday, as new security measures were implemented at the Capitol, “Just had to go through a metal detector before entering the House floor. Some colleagues are frustrated (guess which ones) by this requirement. Now they know how HS students in my district feel. Suck it up buttercups. Y’all brought this on yourselves.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has set fines of up to $10,000 for Congressmembers who refuse to pass through the metal detectors.
People of color in the United States are more likely to die of gun violence. They are also more likely to contract COVID-19, and when they do, disproportionately suffer more serious consequences, including death. The violent white supremacist insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th put the ugly realities of racism and inequality in this country in stark relief. Taking these on, remains the urgent challenge of our time. Trump’s departure from the Oval Office is only the first step.
Though she likely did not know it at the time, September 1995 was one of the most important months of Princess Diana’s life. Nearly three years had passed since she had separated from Prince Charles, and though the divorce had not yet been finalized, she was already making a name for herself as a world-traveling humanitarian. That fall, two chance meetings would put her on a different path. On September 19, her brother Charles Spencerintroduced her to Martin Bashir, a BBC journalist who claimed to have explosive information about press intrusion into her private life.
A few weeks earlier, Diana had visited a friend’s husband at the Royal Brompton Hospital, where he was recovering from surgical complications. While she was there, she met heart surgeon Hasnat Khan and was quickly smitten. Over the next few weeks she visited the hospital on multiple occasions, and in mid-September the two went on a date. Though the surgeon was busy working 90-hour weeks, over the next few months they embarked on a relationship that would ultimately last nearly two years, ending only five weeks before Diana’s tragic death in August 1997.
While she was getting to know Khan, Diana sat down for an interview with Bashir that was a bombshell at the time and has since become the subject of intense scrutiny, and an ongoing internal investigation at the BBC. Charles Spencer has alleged that Bashir showed a fake bank statement and liedabout impropriety among the family’s staff in an attempt to get closer to Diana. And now Khan, who has remained a largely private figure despite his relationship with one of the most famous women in the world, is telling his side of the story in a rare interview with the Daily Mail. He agrees with Spencer that Bashir used deceitful tactics to secure the interview with the princess, but also gives his own insight into Diana’s friendship with Bashir— and how it ended.
Spencer has said he was caught off guard by the Panorama interview because he decided that Bashir seemed untrustworthy after their initial meeting, adding that he did not know that Diana’s contact with Bashir persisted afterward until the interview was announced in mid-November. In his recent interview, Khan said that in the early weeks of their relationship, Diana was frequently speaking with a “mole” she called Dr. Jarman, and that he eventually realized she was actually speaking to Bashir.ADVERTISEMENT
“One of her most attractive qualities was her vulnerability. It was what endeared her to the public,” Khan said. “I later realized that Martin picked on those vulnerabilities and exploited them. He was very persuasive with Diana. It was all about him being from the BBC, being respectable, and very pious even. But he filled her head with rubbish, such as that stuff about the nanny Tiggy [Legge-Bourke] being pregnant with Charles’s child.”
Later accounts have painted a mixed picture of Diana’s life in the fall of 1995. She was falling in love with Khan and truly embracing her independence from the palace, but at the same time, she was growing increasingly paranoid about the press and what she felt was unfair intrusion by her in-laws.
“She told me that whatever she did, she always knew how the courtiers at Buckingham Palace would retaliate,” Khan said of the period leading up to the interview. “She said she knew how the Duke of Edinburgh would react and the same applied to the Prince of Wales. The only person she didn’t mention was [Queen Elizabeth], and I never once heard her utter a word of criticism of her.”
Khan told the Mail that Diana continued to be friendly with Bashir after the interview aired on November 20, adding that he visited a pub with Diana and the reporter in January 1996. “Almost from the word go, he started asking me the most direct personal questions about Diana and our relationship. Why didn’t we get married? When were we going to get married? That kind of thing,” Khan said. “It was intimate stuff.”
The continuing friendship between Diana and Bashir might explain one of the oddities of the original investigation into Bashir’s alleged misconduct. The BBC began to investigate Bashir soon after the Diana interview aired, over the allegations of forged bank documents. When the controversy about the interview erupted again last year, the corporation said that during its original investigation, it received a letter from Diana saying that she hadn’t been coerced into the interview, supposedly clearing Bashir of wrongdoing. In November the BBC announced that it found Diana’s note, and The Telegraph later reported that an employee had taken it.
Khan said that he couldn’t remember when exactly Diana and Bashir ultimately stopped speaking, but that Prince William was the cause. “The boys were central to everything she did,” Khan said. “[William] hated the Panorama interview and told her she had made a mistake, which had upset her. But he was very direct and said: “Mummy, he’s not a good person.”From the Archive:Diana’s Final Heartbreak
The interview with Bashir spawned some of Diana’s most iconic televised comments about her relationship with Charles, including the quip that “there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.” By telling her side of the story in public, not long after Charles had done the same in an interview with Jonathan Dimbleby,Diana marshalled public support; her biographer Sally Bedell Smithhas said it helped push the palace to quickly settle her divorce. But it was a victory for Diana brought about by Bashir’s slimy tactics, used against a woman whose life had been compromised and even potentially endangered by invasive press scrutiny.WATCHRalph Macchio Recaps ‘Cobra Kai’ in 20 MinutesMOST POPULAR
Though Khan’s account doesn’t answer the stickiest outstanding questions under investigation—what did the BBC know and when did they know it?—he does provide important corroboration for some of the stories other confidants of Diana have shared, and gives support for one potential reason why she might have intervened on Bashir’s behalf with a handwritten note. His comments also provide some insight into what Bashir, who has remained silent on the matter, might be thinking as the investigation continues.
Khan said he decided to speak out after he was contacted by a friend of Bashir’s seeking his assistance. “He phoned me, and said he knew Martin Bashir, and that he was under a lot of stress. He said he was a decent man but that he was very depressed and that he had a favor to ask: would I talk to Bashir?” he said. “I think the idea was that I would say something about how Diana wanted to do the interview. I could not do that.”More Great Stories FromVanity Fair
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Trump has multiple luxury properties in countries that do not have extradition treaties with the United States. Extradition is an action in which one jurisdiction delivers a person accused of a crime to the country where the crime was committed, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.
The president even floated the idea of leaving the country if he lost the 2020 presidential election during a campaign event in Georgia in October.
“Running against the worst candidate in the history of presidential politics puts pressure on me. Could you imagine if I lose?” he said.
“I’m not going to feel so good. Maybe I’ll have to leave the country? I don’t know.”
“He’s not going back to New York and he is not going to enjoy the comfort at Mar-a-Lago he would have in the pre-Capitol-ransacking world,” retired Brig. Gen. Peter Zwack said. “I’ll bet the feasibility of fleeing has come up because, in my mind, it is the only way to avoid instant accountability and reckoning.”
Trump qualifies for Secret Service protection as a former president. Agents could accompany him if he legally visits another country, but they cannot go with him if he flees to escape criminal charges.
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The Secret Service would also have to turn him over to a foreign country’s law enforcement if an arrest warrant or criminal charges are issued while he is in another country.
“The Secret Service would have to step back, but it would be an interesting situation,” McNabb said.
“If they continued to protect President Trump that would make them part of a conspiracy to prevent a criminal defendant from returning to the United States.”
Trump could use the political offense exception to block extradition by arguing that his alleged crimes were “in the context of a political struggle and should not be treated like ordinary crimes,” according to The Times.
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The vote in the House of Commons to approve Britain’s membership of the European Economic Community on October 28th 1971 was greeted with widespread jubilation. The “yes” vote was larger than expected, and it passed with a majority of 112. Leading politicians went off to celebrate in different ways—some to parties, while the famously buttoned-up prime minister, Edward Heath (pictured), returned to Downing Street in a mood of elation and played the first prelude and fugue from Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier”.
As Britain completes its departure from the eu half a century later, there is little celebration. Even determined Eurosceptics complain about the terms of the withdrawal treaty, particularly over fishing. Others are regretful if not furious: according to the latest poll, 48% of Britons now think the country should remain in the eu, while 38% think it should leave. There is nervousness, especially among the businesses that trade with Europe, about how the relationship will work. And there is residual puzzlement on both sides. How did it go so wrong?
While the Norwegian Medicines Agency is now investigating the deaths — estimated to be about 30 — the regulator and Australian authorities have been quick to play down any serious safety concerns.
“This group of people who had these adverse effects, and unfortunately some died, were very, very old and frail,” Professor Brendan Murphy, secretary of the Department of Health, told ABC News Breakfast.
They’re also investigating the case of a doctor who developed an unusual blood disorder shortly after receiving the Pfizer jab, and later died. It’s not yet known whether the COVID jab is linked to his illness.
We’re likely to see more potential scares as COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out more widely. But that doesn’t mean we should be alarmed.
Separating coincidence from cause
When investigating adverse events related to vaccination, regulators have to separate coincidence from true vaccine side effects — and then decide what to do.
They do this by looking for similar reports from the millions of people already immunised to see whether there are emerging patterns.
In Norway, approximately 400 people die in an ordinary week in nursing homes. It’s not yet clear whether the reported deaths following COVID-19 vaccination are simply a function of age and declining health, or whether the vaccine may have played a role.
According to Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration, the deaths were associated with fever, nausea and diarrhoea, which are “relatively common short-lived effects” some people experience after vaccination.
“It is not expected that these common adverse reactions following immunisation will be of significance in the vast majority of individuals vaccinated with the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine,” a TGA spokesperson said.
So far, the problem in the frail elderly doesn’t seem to be widespread — but it may be that other countries aren’t vaccinating terminally ill people at scale.
If regulators find there is a real risk to this group, they might be excluded from some vaccines, in the same way authorities advise people with certain severe allergies to avoid vaccination
In the US, the story of the doctor’s death is troubling. But his condition is so rare that it should be readily noticed and reported if it’s happening elsewhere.
So far, it doesn’t seem to be. But it’s just the kind of side effect that does worry authorities, because unlike severe allergic reactions or impacts on the elderly, it may be impossible to avoid, even if it’s extremely rare.
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Many of these reports are likely to end up being coincidental, rather than directly caused by the vaccine.
And with huge amounts of data available in real time, serious problems should be able to be sorted out at high speed.
Professor Catherine Bennett, chair in epidemiology at Deakin University, told ABC News on Monday that people should be reassured they won’t be offered the vaccine in Australia if it’s not safe.
“We have a very good regulatory process here … we’ve been able to wait for all safety data to come in from the phase 3 [advanced] trials and now have the benefit of learning from the experience in those countries rolling out the vaccine,” she said.
Houston, we have a problem… The first key test for NASA’s Space Launch System didn’t go as planned over the weekend and the space agency is now debating what to do. SLS, about 10 years in development and billions of dollars over budget, is crucial to plans to send people to the surface of the Moon by 2024 (Artemis program) and for NASA’s deep space ambitions and beyond.
Many publicly traded companies are involved in the SLS program, including a booster built by Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC), RS-25 engines made by Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE:AJRD) and core/upper stages and avionics manufactured by Boeing (NYSE:BA). SLS also intends to carry astronauts inside an Orion capsule built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT).
What happened? Engines were supposed to remain ignited for eight minutes, but instead shut down after slightly more than a minute, and well short of the four minutes program officials had said would be the minimum time needed to stay on track for a first launch in November. Just before the rocket shut down, a mission controller said there was a major component failure with the fourth engine, but NASA is still looking into the root cause of the issue.
Quote: “We don’t know what we don’t know,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said at a presser. “It’s not everything we hoped it would be.”
Outlook: The problem could be relatively easy to solve if it’s a component issue (meaning a possible SLS flight by the end of the year), but if it is a bigger structural issue, it could be a potentially major setback to NASA’s deep space goals.