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Trump Contradicts Canada Trade Pact With New Tariffs In Aluminum
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Trump Contradicts Canada Trade Pact With New Tariffs In Aluminum

As the US continues to go on trade war with trade partners one after another, Canada is the new one in its list, which has now decided to slap it with retaliatory tariffs to the tune of $2.7billion.

The Canadian move comes as Trump administration decided to slap a 10percent aluminum duty on the former. In response to America’s notoriety, Deputy PM Chrystia Freeland has said “We intent to impose dollar-for-dollar counter retaliatory countermeasures in a most balanced manner.”

The tariff imposition had been lifted over Canada over a year ago. According to Trump, Canada was putting American manufacturers out of business and therefore the re-imposition is a justified move to save fellow Americans into Aluminum manufacturing.

“We intent to impose dollar-for-dollar counter retaliatory countermeasures in a most balanced manner.”

Deputy PM Chrystia Freeland

Mr. Donald Trump’s assertions do not come out as justified as Freeland could argue the re-imposition as an unnecessary move that would simply hurt American consumers already suffering from the economic devastation inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic. Freeland has further said in the media that “Canadian aluminum is in no way a threat to U.S. national security, which remains the ostensible reason for these tariffs, and that is a ludicrous notion.” Strangely, the re-imposition and new tariffs come just over a month after the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement came through. It was a trade pact entirely backed by Trump that replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. But the latest move seems to be contradicting the assertions and commitments of the pact.

Canada Readies For Huge Corona Virus Vaccine Supply In 2021
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Canada Readies For Huge Corona Virus Vaccine Supply In 2021

In the race for the most effective Corona virus cure, Canada is also joining the bandwagon as it signs a deal with Pfizer, Moderna for a vaccine. The country intends to secure millions of doses by 2021. Pfizer is developing the vaccine in collaboration with the German biotech company Biontech.

According to company official statement Pfizer is currently working on four experimental coronavirus vaccines and Moderna is also working on what’s been described as among the leading candidates for a vaccine. Pfizer is also in deal with the United States for supply its firs t 100 million doses by December 2020. This could create a hiccup for Canada, owing to the fact that the US has far more numbers of contractions and a larger population that Canada and President Donald Trump could go to any lengths to ensure America gets special preference over everyone else.

Procurement Minister Anita Anand however has said in an official statement that Canada is in the front of the line to receive the vaccine in millions. The actual numbers have not been disclosed. This could possibly because Anand indicated that Health Canada would first need to access the authenticity and effectiveness of the vaccine before they are rolled out amongst the Canadian population.

While Canada is making arrangements for vaccines, there are indications that the fight against contractions will continue till the time the whole population can be immunized. For this, the Canadian Innovation and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains has confirmed that the government indeed will also be injecting more funding into both vaccine research as well as research into treatments in the form of a new task force. Indeed, Canada does not want to keep all its eggs in the same basket and will continue to sensitise Canadians to keep maintaining social distancing and hygiene protocols to keep the contraction numbers stable.

United State, Judge Esther Salas speaks two weeks after the killing of her son
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United State, Judge Esther Salas speaks two weeks after the killing of her son

Esther prepared the notes, collected her hair, wears a white shirt with a bow and a blue jacket. Look at the camera, as if to say: I’m in full control. But it is difficult to tame the pain, the emotion if not even two weeks ago a stranger rang your door and madly killed your twenty-year-old son, seriously injured your husband.And then Judge Esther Salas stops, breathes deeply, starts talking slowly. He decided to appear on video two weeks after that July 21, when Roy Den Hollander, a New York lawyer, misogynistic fanatic and anti-feminist, showed up at his cottage in North Brunswick, New Jersey, dressed as a FedEx bellboy, the fast delivery companies.

It was five o’clock on a quiet, sultry Sunday afternoon. Esther says: “My son Daniel was conversing with me:” You know, mom, I really like talking to you.” At that precise moment, we hear the bell upstairs. “Who will be?” Daniel says, and a moment later, I see him run to open. A few seconds and here is the noise of the shots and a “nooo” cry. My son died like this, hit in the chest, and shielding his father.” Marc Anderl, 63, the husband of Judge Salas, has been operated on several times and is still in the hospital.

The killer managed to escape. Investigators found his body long a street in Catskill County, New York State, about 230 kilometers from the scene of the crime. Den Hollander had committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. The investigation reconstructed the killer’s crazy plans, a character well known by the television audience. He also appeared on the TV show The Colbert Report to defend his thesis “against women’s privileges.” He had sued clubs and discos that offered discounts to girls.

Den Hollander had married a Russian citizen who, however, left him as soon as he obtained the green card, the permanent residence permit in the United States. For the magistrate, that man is “the monster who has ruined our family forever.” Esther Salas is a federal judge in the New Jersey District Court since 2011, when Barack Obama appointed her. She has dealt with many difficult cases: drug trafficking, organized crime, murders. “It is part of our job to dissatisfy someone with our decisions. We can accept it. But what is inadmissible is the ease with which information about our private life is easily accessible to everyone. Even if this monster who targeted me for my position as a federal judge.”

The Federal Bureau made it known that Salas had not received specific threats, so much so that he moved without escorts and protections. But now the judge is asking to protect the privacy of the most exposed magistrates. Esther was born in California. She is the daughter of a Mexican father, Cuban mother. The parents moved to Union City, New Jersey. She graduated in law, thanks to scholarships for minorities. She is the first woman of Latin descent to become a judge in the New Jersey District Court.

She met her husband, MarckAnderl, in 1992 in a court. She was taking fingerprints from a client of Mark, now one of Newark’s most prominent criminal lawyers. Daniel was the only son: he attended the first year of the Catholic University of Washington. He played baseball and wanted to become a judge like Esther or a lawyer like Mark.

Media Might Be Excluded From Republican Convention In August
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Media Might Be Excluded From Republican Convention In August

This year’s American Republican Party’s annual convention is not going to see any media presence. The Covid-19 situation and social distancing protocols have gone in Trump’s favour, who is now being re-nominated by the Republican Party to stand for the forthcoming US elections slated for November 2020.

However, not taking an official stand on exclusion of this valuable fourth estate in the free world, the Republican Party has refrained from making a formal statement.

The Covid-19 lockdown seems to be ruling the decision making for Trump as of now, who had earlier canceled the Florida Convention due to sudden increase in the numbers of corona virus cases. He later rescheduled it to a scaled down event in Charlotte and then part of it in North Carolina. A crucial state for Trump for his vote bank support, the four day event would see only two days of activity.

 Media run opinion polls are indicative of a fact that Trump is facing an uphill battle to get himself a successful second term at the oval office. This is due to evident criticism around bad disaster management and of handling the pandemic led deaths.

There is a silent approval amongst the Republic National Committee (RNC) members that press may not be invited in the convention proceedings. The event is suppose to be attended by 336 delegates, who are also suppose to cast proxy votes for some 2500 official delegates.

According to a New York Times White House correspondent, journalists might be banned from the early part of the convention. Similar instances have been reported between the years 2017-2019 when Trump administration had systematically stopped access to press on various occasions. Some have been protested about and some have not. In the current scenario, the convention may allow press to cover the main event, between 24 and 27 August.

Buddy, the first coronavirus positive dog in the United States, has died
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Buddy, the first coronavirus positive dog in the United States, has died

It had been the first confirmed case of a coronavirus positive dog in the United States: now Buddy, a German shepherd, has died in New York. His family, Robert and Allison Mahoney, of Staten Island, told National Geographic that Buddy, 7, had developed respiratory problems in mid-April, after Robert himself contracted Covid-19.Six weeks later, a vet found that the dog tested positive. On July 11st, Buddy was subjected to euthanasia, as his health has deteriorated. Blood tests showed that Buddy had cancer, but it is unclear whether coronavirus played a role in his illness.

“The medical records provided by the Mahoney by two veterinarians who were not involved in his treatment indicate that Buddy probably had lymphoma, a type of cancer, which would explain the symptoms he had before his death – reads on National Geographic -. The Mahoney learned of the lymphoma only on the day of his death, they say, when further blood test results confirmed it. It is unclear whether cancer made him more susceptible to coronavirus contraction, or whether the virus made him ill, or if it was still just a case of coincidence. Buddy’s family, like thousands of families dealing with the effects of coronavirus worldwide, have many questions and few answers. “

The Mahoney recounts their bitterness related to the fact that health workers have never looked more closely at the possible connections between COVID and his health problems: after Buddy’s diagnosis of positivity, Robert Mahoney asked the veterinary health officials of New York City, who were responsible for the case, if they were interested in doing further tests on Buddy, but no one ever dealt with them.The New York City Department of Health told National Geographic that because Buddy was severely anaemic, they decided to don’t subject him to further blood. The original Buddy samples collected on May 15th were positive for SARS-CoV-2. The one collected on May 20th was negative, indicating that the virus was no longer present in the dog’s blood, but he has developed antibodies. That confirmed that Bubby entered in contact with the virus. The situation remains dramatic in the United States, where the virus continues to spread quickly. According to Worldometer, the country recorded 4,706,059 cases and 156,752 deaths from the beginning of the pandemic. The United States represents 5% of the world population, but they account for 25% of global deaths from COVID.Washington is experiencing more deaths per day than any other country in the world. In one day, July 31st, 1,379 people died, according to John Hopkins University. Arizona, Texas, and Florida contributed to the statistic by hitting a record high in one day the day before.Nineteen American states have not yet made the mask mandatory. The virus does not behave like an influenza: from the World Health Organization, they reiterate that it does not go in waves seasonally, even if the contagions in the various countries can accelerate and decelerate. It is also ten times more lethal than the flu.

Watchdog group files complaint against President Trump’s campaign for money laundering
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Watchdog group files complaint against President Trump’s campaign for money laundering

A complaint has been filed with Federal Elections Commission against President Donald Trump’s campaign over no transparency in spending money. A nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog group has accused the campaign of laundering millions of dollars in donations via many companies, some of which have been connected to former campaign manager for President Trump, Brad Parscale.

The watchdog group, the Campaign Legal Centre has alleged in the complaint that the Trump campaign along with an unauthorized joint financing committee sent approximately $170 million to companies and firms but failed to show transparency towards public regarding the expenditure description of the amount, rendering the whole transaction against the law.

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Complaint of CLC

The firms who received the laundered money have been mentioned by the group and include American Made Media Consultants. This company is founded by Parscale, whose another company Parscale Strategy too is listed in the complaint. Interestingly, American Made Media Consultants has been the largest vendor for Trump’s campaign with expenditure of over $100 million.

Trump’s campaign, former campaign manager Brad Parscale and many campaign lawyers for Trump have been accused by Campaign Legal Center for passing money through the mentioned firms in an attempt to hide spending details and the where the funds were finally directed to. Complaint has also listed mobile app for Trump’s campaign. The complaint alleges that no direct payments have been made to Phunware, the developing company of mobile app.

Trevor Potter, founder and President of Campaign Legal Center, who is former Republican chair of the FEC said, “Voters have a right to know how campaigns are spending money to influence elections. This scheme flies in the face of transparency requirements mandated by federal law, and it leaves voters and donors in the dark about where the campaign’s funds are actually going.”

In response, Trump’s campaign has condemned all the accusations and has defended American Made Media Consultants use legal. Tim Murtaugh, campaign’s communications director has said, “American Made Media Consultants is a campaign vendor responsible for arranging and executing media buys and related services at fair market value. It does not earn any commissions or fees.” “It builds efficiencies and saves the campaign money by providing these in-house services that otherwise would be done by outside vendors. The campaign reports all payments to it as required by the FEC. The campaign complies with all campaign finance laws and FEC regulations”, Murtaugh elaborated.

Coronavirus, Trump cancels the Jacksonville Republican convention
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Coronavirus, Trump cancels the Jacksonville Republican convention

Trump surrenders to COVID and cancels the Jacksonville Republican Convention. After underestimating the epidemic for over six months, pushing for an electoral hurried economy’s reopening that is now causing a spike in contagions and deaths, the US president has been forced to accept the reality. So, he canceled the appointment he cared about most, that is, the crowds in Florida. COVID-19 continues to spread worldwide, with 15 million positive people. Of these over 8 million in the American continent. On Thursday, the United States registered a new record of coronavirus contagions: 76,500. More 1,225 deaths, according to Worldometer.

With over 144,000 deaths, the country is by far the most affected in the world in absolute terms, ahead of Brazil and the United Kingdom. Donald Trump, for the first time, decided to cancel an event he was due to attend: The Republican convention in Jacksonville, Florida.Amid an election campaign because of the unexpected and problematic presidential elections, Donald Trump still has the card of security and public order. Objective: to paint the Democrats as weak on the subject of crime, irresponsible who risk leaving the country in the hands of radical and far-left or anarchist fringes.

In the past few hours, an opportunity to accelerate security has come again from Portland, Oregon, Northwest of the United States. Here Trump has sent hundreds of federal agents in a campaign against crime that has deliberately targeted the city led by Democratic leader. Portland has been the theatre of the main protests of “Black Lives Matter” movement, against police racism and held up by the US leader Trump as the most violent in America. That is an extension of the LeGend operation, named after a 4-year-old boy, LeGend Taliferro, killed in Kansas City, Missouri, in June while he was in his apartment, hit by the shots of a running car. Yesterday’s mother said she was in favor of the operation, which aims to tame the crime. Democratic cities are in turmoil. As a result, during the protests against police never dormant in Portland, Democrat Ted Wheeler ended up under the tear gas of federal agents. The mayor was with the protesters behind the protective fence mounted around the court when the agents hit him.The scene is the perfect photo of the conflict that Trump is looking for. On the one hand, an exponent of the opposition alongside the protesters who oppose the police. On the other, the order in person: the agents sent by the president to fight crime.

Watch President Trump saying that he has canceled the Florida component of the Republican National Convention:

China pulled up for production of PPE through Harassed Uighur Muslim Community
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China pulled up for production of PPE through Harassed Uighur Muslim Community

The world is up and arms against China for one or the other reason. It is the U.S. again, as it comes to the notice of the world that China is selling masks to the US made by its most oppressed ethnic Muslim community.

The inhuman treatment of the more than 1 million Uighur Muslims that reside in China is coming to light post the COVID-19 lockdown has opened. As a community they have been ostracized and subjected to brutal working conditions. Many of them were forced into manual labour amidst threats of contracting the Covid-19 virus.

Some more than 100 such individuals had been forced into working to produce masks that have been sent to the United States and Australia for consumption. The shipments have been received by various companies in these countries.

This controversial labour programme that runs in China amounts to human rights violation and therefore cannot be seen as fair consumption by any medical facility or personnel. The US has recently blacklisted some nine companies that have also made use of Uighur Muslim services, and is being seen as nothing more forced labour.

Most of the people from this ethnic community have been put into re-educational camps where they are brainwashed into believing and accepting the way of the Chinese government. While Beijing continues to say that these people are treated with utmost respect, the ground reality is completely different.

Under the Chinese government sponsored programme, labour is used from other sources when there is an increase in demand for goods and services. With the Covid-19 situation at hand, there has been an increase in demand for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  China has made use of the Uighur Muslim community (mostly against their will) to make up for the increase in demand.

According to China’s National Medical Products Administration, only four companies in Xinjiang produced medical grade protective equipment before the pandemic. As of June 30, that number was 51. After reviewing state media reports and public records, The Times found that at least 17 of those companies participate in the labor transfer program. The Chinese government has admitted to have kept a tight control over Xinjiang. This is the place where most of the Uighur Muslims are situated.  Their reason for doing so is their need to control any religious extremism.  But while that is not happened,  the human rights of the individuals from the community has been grossly violated. Underpaid and overworked, the members of the ethnic community have no voice left and are mostly kept in captivation. The US has now started voicing its concerns over China’s regimental working structures and trade resulting from it.

Trump Embraces Face Masks: “It’s patriotic!”
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Trump Embraces Face Masks: “It’s patriotic!”

After months of declining to wear a face covering at public events amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, the United States President Donald Trump on Monday saidon Twitter that it’s “patriotic” to wear a face mask.“We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance,” Trump wrote. “There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favourite President.”

Donald Trump affirmed, posting a photo where he is wearing a facemask in public for the first time at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre in Washington, D.C., where he met wounded service members and health care providers caring for COVID-19 patients.As he departed the White House, Trump told reporters: “When you’re in a hospital, especially … I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask.”

Before this event in Washington, Trump had declined to wear a mask at public events including news conferences, rallies and during updates from the coronavirus task force.Trump has also repeatedly referred to the new coronavirus(COVID-19) as the “Chinese virus,” as the virus was first detected in Wuhan, China last December.

Since it was discovered, the virus has infected more than 14.6 million people around the world, according to the Johns Hopkins University latest data. So far, according to the Worldometer, the US recorded in total 3.9 million confirmed cases and 140,811 people have died as a result of COVID-19.More than 70,000 new coronavirus cases have been recorded daily in recent days in the U.S.

“We do have embers, we do have flames,” Trump said of the recent surge in cases, while claiming, “It’s going to be under control.” The president played down the threat, saying that many of those catching the virus are young people who will quickly recover. “They have the sniffles,” he said.Trump contended, as he has in recent weeks, that the number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the U.S. is increasing because of the thousands of tests it has conducted, even though the growth in the number of infections is outpacing the increased number of tests.

“It really skews the numbers,” Trump said of the increased testing. As the White House and Congress consider another funding plan to help the country recover from the pandemic, Trump aides are opposing more money for increased testing, according to reporting by The Washington Post.Asked why the White House has attempted to discredit Fauci, Trump said, “Dr. Fauci made some mistakes,” while adding that he personally has a “great relationship” with him. Still, Trump called Fauci “a little bit of an alarmist.” But the president dismissed his own early mistakes, including a comment that the coronavirus would “just disappear,” from 15 cases down to zero.“I’ll be right eventually,” Trump declared. “I’ve been right probably more than anyone.”  Health experts predict that tens of thousands more Americans will die from the pandemic in the coming months.

Blazed US Navy warship has reversed country’s Pacific fleet by years
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Blazed US Navy warship has reversed country’s Pacific fleet by years

A million dollar US Navy warship was under a massive blaze for four days before the raging fire could be extinguished. The effect of this will be however felt for years to come as US’s Pacific Fleet has reversed back years together.

The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard was at port in San Diego where it was undergoing upgrades and maintenance, when onboard fire caused huge damage to ship before it was put out on Thursday last week. The massive blaze onboard the navy warship caused the temperatures to reach up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, causing the aluminum to melt and burning the wiring, plastics and combustibles on the ship like dry wall, bedding and office supplies, bringing the 850 foot long vessel to smoke.  The exact extent of damage needs to assessed by the expert engineers once the vessel cools down.

On Friday, US Navy’s top officer and Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Gilday said that there would be extensive investigations to expose the true cause of fire. He said, “We will fully investigate what happened here so that we learn all that we can from this terrible tragedy.”

Rear Admiral Philip Sobeck, Commander of Navy’s Expeditionary Strile Group Three said, “It is too early to make any predictions or promises of what the future of the ship will be. Whether or not it will be repaired will be determined.”

The long-term impacts of this massive loss are going to be particularly significant, experts say. The vessel USS Bonhomme Richard is a smack of a “baby aircraft carrier”. It was under upgrades so as to accommodate the latest and one of the most sophisticated US arsenal’s warplanes Marine Corps F-35Bs. If still operational, the ship would have been the only one of total 4 ships in the US fleet to have the capacity to handle the F-35Bs. The absence is definitely going to impact the logistics and the abruptly dismantled future plans of US Navy.

Former US Navy Admiral John Kirby said, “As tensions mount with China in the South China Sea, as well as with North Korea, the loss of this ship and her capabilities will make it more difficult for the Navy to meet all its war-fighting requirements.”

The past few weeks have seen regular deploying of F-35Bs in the Indo-Pacific region that has reminded the countries of technological edge enjoyed by US military and defense over the rival nations like China and North Korea.

After this loss, USS America is filling in for the Bonhomme Richard, and will be operating from the US Navy base in Sasebo, Japan. The USS America is also an amphibious assault ship, but of a newer version which is also capable to deploy the F-35Bs. USS Tripoli, the latest addition to the US Navy fleet, has also been added after being commissioned on Wednesday.

The experts however say that absence of Bonhomme Richard can really have significant toll. The vessel was supposed to return to fleet this fall post the upgrades and maintenance. Now the ship replacing it would too require the said upgrades making a significant delay in the plans. This can have a “snowball effect”, experts believe. To make up for the loss, US military would have to cut back on planned missions or the ones in future, or might have to overwork the existing crews to meet the obligations – both of these carry huge risks. Cutting back on operations can make a wide gap in US’s operational presence in the world, related to naval sector. This can bolster the regular trials by China to rise up.

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