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How TikTok is a potential threat to America’s national  security
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How TikTok is a potential threat to America’s national security

Believing that the Chinese make social media application TikTok could be a threat to national security of America. Considered the most downloaded application in 2019, the Republican Senator David Hawley has passed a legislation to ban the use of the app on any of the devices private or of governmental use, if held by any federal employee.

Hawley who is currently serving as the junior United States Senator from Missouri, spoke about the way the application invades into the privacy of the user. Seeing it as a huge breach in governmental handlings, the use of the same by any federal employee can be catastrophic.

According to Chinese government laws, the application is suppose to share all its user data. It is owned by a Chinese company which has Chinese communist members in leadership.
According to reliable sources, the information gathered by the application includes Information about messages, applications, sites you might be accessing, search history, location data and maybe lots more.

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The Pentagon, Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have all directed that none of their employees or family at home may have the TikTok application on their phones.
Owned by the company ByteDance, the company owns many other applications and is considered China’s facebook. It had come under scrutiny in 2017 when it was discovered that it was censoring content that ‘could anger and displease governments’ where they were operating. It was later discovered that on pressure from the Chinese lawmakers, the company was sharing user data with the leadership.

Several American lawmakers had already pressed for investigations into the working of the application in October 2017. Even other AI enabled instruments like Alexa could be a potential breach in confidentiality. Working from home in the lockdown period, a lot of lawyers have warned their clients to keep the Alexa at bay. It could be actually listening to confidential conversations.

“We will ask the President to authorize four coronavirus emergency hospitals,” says New York Gov. Cuomo
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“We will ask the President to authorize four coronavirus emergency hospitals,” says New York Gov. Cuomo

On Friday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced that he would ask the president to permit the construction of four more hospitals as the state battles a rising number of coronavirus cases.

“We’re going to seek to construct four more temporary hospitals, which would provide us extra 4,000 beds,” he explained.

The call from New York’s governor came as the city has reported around 44,635 affirmed cases and 519 deaths from covid-19, according to reports. He said that right now, the state has 53,000 hospital beds and 3,000 ICU beds. At this testing time, New York would require an estimated 140,000 beds and 40,000 ICU beds.

Cuomo stated in a public interview from the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan that one of four temporary hospitals that he has already ordered and the others will be built in Westchester, Stony Brook, and Old Westbury on Long Island. We are still short of beds, so we are moving on plan B.

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Plan B means having a temporary hospital in each borough of New York City, Nassau County, and Suffolk County. According to Cuomo, the sites have been selected, Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, the New York Expo Center in the Bronx, and the City University of New York-College of Staten Island.

Cuomo rehashed earlier projections that virus spread in the NY could reach its peak in around 21 days.

Article Credit: The Hill/Fox News

American warship crosses the Taiwan Strait amid tensions with China
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American warship crosses the Taiwan Strait amid tensions with China

The US and Taiwan armies said that an American warship passed through the Taiwan Strait amid escalating tension between Taiwan and China, tensions that reached a level that prompted the Taiwanese Air Force recently to send its fighters to intercept Chinese fighters.

A statement of the Taiwan Defense Ministry said on Thursday that the ship passed through the strait and was under the control of the Taiwan armed forces.

The ministry described the vessel’s passage as a “normal mission”, indicating that there was no cause for concern.

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The ship is the McCamble destroyer with guided missiles, which conducted a “routine crossing of the Taiwan Strait on March 25th (local time) in accordance with international law,” said Anthony Junko, spokesman for the US Seventh Fleet.

“The ship’s passage through the Taiwan Strait reflects the commitment of the United States to the freedom and openness of the Indian Pacific region,” he added. The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate missions anywhere permitted by international law. ”

In recent weeks, the Chinese Air Force has carried out several missions near Taiwan, prompting the Taiwanese army to send fighters to intercept and warn Chinese aircraft.
Taiwan described the Chinese exercises as provocative and called on China to focus on fighting the outbreak of the Coronavirus instead of its threat.

‘I’d love to have it open by Easter’: Trump says he wants to restart economy by mid-April
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‘I’d love to have it open by Easter’: Trump says he wants to restart economy by mid-April

Despite health experts’ warnings, the president has signaled an eagerness to end the strict preventative measures his administration imposed last week.

Top Trump administration officials on Tuesday signaled that they were already laying the groundwork to restart the U.S. economy amid the coronavirus pandemic — a tremendous task that President Donald Trump revealed he would like to accomplish by mid-April.

“I’d love to have it open by Easter, OK? I would love to have it open by Easter. I will tell you that right now,” Trump said from the White House Rose Garden, where he and members of the administration’s coronavirus task force participated in a virtual town hall.

“It’s such an important day for other reasons, but I’ll make it an important day for this, too,” he added. “I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.”

Trump’s remarks came just hours after Vice President Mike Pence told conservative leaders on a private call that White House aides were discussing ways to encourage businesses to reopen and healthy Americans to return to work at the end of the current 15-day period of recommended social distancing, during which administration officials have asked Americans to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and stay home as much as possible.

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The shifting message could set Trump on a collision course with health officials inside his administration, who have warned that resuming business as usual could worsen conditions by accelerating the spread of the coronavirus. Those experts are still searching for answers regarding the severity of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, as well as whether patients who recover from it become immune.

Senior administration officials, including Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, have shared concerns about the urgency of reopening the economy after hearing from a number of industry executives in recent days, while officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and some Republican lawmakers have advised the president to keep his focus on containing the threat — a mission that becomes more difficult if Americans return to work, they say.

Pence said on Tuesday that the president had no plans to overrule social-distancing guidance that state and local officials have issued to their residents, but that he was interested in softening federal guidelines in order to recharge the economy, according to five participants on the call.

“The vice president was clear in this call they’re not going to undermine governors and the decisions they are making, but he said the president wants to get the country back to work,” said Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots and one of more than two dozen conservative leaders who spoke with Pence on Tuesday morning.

Trump’s eagerness to bring an end to strict preventative measures he imposed last Monday bubbled up over the weekend as he consulted with outside allies and top economic aides, many of whom warned him that the unemployment rate could reach 30 percent in the second quarter of 2020 if businesses remain shuttered.

CDC guidelines and more severe directives from state and local authorities have already thrust the U.S. economy into a severe recession as Americans remain largely confined to their homes and large corporations and small businesses shed employees.

An anti-malaria drug used to fight Coronavirus (COVID-19), the testimony of the healed
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An anti-malaria drug used to fight Coronavirus (COVID-19), the testimony of the healed

“It has been around for a long time – said the US president – so we know that if things do not go as planned it will not kill anyone”. Trump added that it is a common drug and that it will soon be available on “prescription”, calling it a “turning point”. He also announced the reduction of “bureaucracy to develop vaccines and therapies as quickly as possible”. Rio Giardinieri, a Florida man 52 years old resulted positive to COVID-19 tests, confirms today he was saved from certain death by the anti-malarial drug touted as a possible treatment by President Trump. After attended a conference in New York, where he was probably infected, he said had started showing typical symptoms of the new coronavirus, such as back pain, headaches, cough and fatigue for five days. When the doctors at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in South Florida get the positive result to COVID-19 test, with a severe form of pneumonia, have put him on oxygen in the ICU.

After more than a week, doctors told him there was nothing more they could do and, on Friday evening, Giardinieri said goodbye to his wife and three children. The Florida man told to local media he was at the point where he was “barely able to speak and breathing was very challenging,” adding that he thought that his end was there”. But the situation completely changed when a friend sent him an article about hydroxychloroquine, the prescription drug that’s been used to treat malaria for decades and auto-immune diseases like lupus. Although doctors had doubts about the effectiveness of the treatment, given his so critical condition and the few possibilities to survive, they decided to give him Benadryl and some other drugs. “When I woke up around 4:45 a.m., it was like nothing ever happened”. Giardinieri claims, adding that fever and pain were disappeared and that he was able to breathe normally again.

The Florida man, so far, would not be the only case. Also, the Actor Daniel Dae Kim affirms that a medication commonly used to treat malaria was “crucial” in his recovery from coronavirus. Kim, 51 years-old, described the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as the “secret weapon” in his hospitalization in a new video on Instagram. The “Lost” actor stressed that he’s not a doctor or lawyer, and that his comments should not be taken as though he’s a medical professional, but he wanted to share his own personal experience with his fans and followers. Also, in his case, the Hydroxychloroquine was one of several medications, included Tamiflu and the antibiotic widely known as Zpack, in addition to using an inhaler to help with breathing and inflammation, that made up a “drug cocktail” of treatment to win against the new COVID-19. If those stories confirm what Trump said about malaria medication that could be a “game changer” in the fight against coronavirus, Dr. Antony Fauci, a leading infectious disease expert in the USA, said a definitive statement cannot be made about it in terms of treating COVID-19.

America continues sanction tactic to penalise Iran
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America continues sanction tactic to penalise Iran

Despite the world doused in the fear of the coronavirus pandemic, the US has no plans of relaxing its sanction tight noose over Iran, the Trump administration has communicated this to the media recently.

As economies worldwide are pumping in resources to keep themselves afloat and not sink in despair, the Trump administration has sent a stark message to Iran in three new rounds of sanctions. America has been getting calls to ease off its pressure on Iran which has reported the worst management strategy of handling the widespread pandemic as more than 10,000 prison inmates were severely infected in the matter of days of being exposed.

However, this week, the Treasury Department went ahead and sanctioned five firms, adding to actions earlier in the week by the State and Commerce Departments. This time, the US has come down heavily on all those who have been instrumental in exporting petroleum products and nuclear operations despite the previous sanctions.

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As it stands now, the new U.S. steps has systematically and collectively blacklisted more than a dozen companies and executives and five nuclear scientists for allegedly helping export petroleum products, a critical revenue source.

This has been done because it is the belief of American sources that the Iranian regime has made use of revenues from petroleum and petrochemical sales to fund its terrorist proxies, instead of using it for the health and well-being of the Iranian people. Iran has constantly increasing cases of infection and has decided to keep its economy open and running, unlike other nations which have resorted to a complete lockdown to contain the spread of the contagious virus.

With its economy further sinking into an abyss, Iran has, in the first time in six decades as for an emergency credit line from the International Monetary Fund. America’s recent sanctions has also been frowned at by hopeful Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders along with others who feel this is too severe a blow and will ultimately affect the common Iranian.


In response, Trump administration officials might be right is saying that Iran’s woes are actually in large part, the result of the government’s policies, systemic corruption and mismanagement, including its handling of the pandemic.

Emission levels reduce as people stay indoors
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Emission levels reduce as people stay indoors

The good news is that because of the corona virus outbreak two things have found relief- war driven activity and spending as well as emission rates of gases in the environment.

With the world busy trying to contain the pandemic, war is not on a priority list of countries that were obsessed with either fighting it or taking sides. Most of them are trying to save their political face and working hard to keep their sinking economies from dying out.

According to researchers in New York, levels of air pollutants and warming gases has seen a dramatic drop over some cities and regions as coronavirus impacts work and travel. There is less traffic on the roads and that is another factor for the drop in emission rates. Nature has a way to resurrect itself and thrive, if survival is an understatement.

With the outbreak, not only has the illegal food and exotic animal hunting industry put to a halt in China, it has greatly impacted the way people consumed meat for centuries. The pandemic is also hitting the older generations, trying to naturally create a balance and order in the world population. Also, it has become a mirror for people to access actually how healthy the world is because, in most cases, only those who have a strong immune system have been able to survive after a 14 day quarantine period.

Scientists say that every year in May CO2 emissions are at their peak thanks to the decomposition of leaves. But this year, miraculously, the levels recorded might be the lowest since the financial crisis over a decade ago. Emissions of carbon monoxide, mainly due to cars, have fallen by around 50% for a couple of days this week according to researchers at Columbia University.

There are many other factors that are going to have a positive impact on reducing global warming. These include reduction in emissions from jet fuel, low energy consumption in Italy and China, reduction in general traffic movement around the world and slow down in economy leading to less manufacturing and allied industries that emit heat in any form.

Third phase for Economic stimulus for America on way
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Third phase for Economic stimulus for America on way

It is now confirmed that the American senate and treasury are going all out to ensure that the $1 trillion economic stimulus proposal passes the legislation vote according to aids on Capitol Hill.

Speaking to the media Senate Mc Connell has said, “We need to move rapidly as situation asks for it.” If passed, this will be the third and largest move to combat the aftermath of the coronavirus in terms of financials. This is also the time when a paid leave package has been also passed.

The dissemination of the economic stimulus would see $500 billion into direct cash payments to go to directly American bank accounts , around $100 billion as injections into hard hit industries and around a $300 million to support the low business programme in the country.

It is worth noting that when the first vote didn’t go through, the market fell by 7 percent. Secretary of the US Treasury, Steven Mnuchin has amply warned lawmakers to pass this bill of $1 trillion unless they want to face a situation where it is pre-empted that the employment rate will hit 20 percent.

A paid sick leave to hourly employees and expansion of unemployment insurance has also been passed through a bill. Meanwhile
This Phase three proposal also includes $50 billion to aid the hard-hit airline industry as well. The phase two package had included free coronavirus testing, expanded funding for food security programs, increased funding for Medicaid and state unemployment insurance, and paid sick, family and medical leave for workers at companies with 500 employees or fewer. The majority of workers in the country work at companies with more than 500 employees, many of which already offer paid leave.

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WHO officials slams calling corona virus a ‘Chinese virus’
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WHO officials slams calling corona virus a ‘Chinese virus’

World Health Organisation slams US President Donald Trump’s statement in which he referred to corona virus as a ‘Chinese virus.’ During a media conference on Wednesday, Dr. Mike Ryan, the executive director of WHO’s emergencies program said, “Viruses know no borders and they don’t care about your ethnicity, the color of your skin or how much money you have in the bank. So it’s really important we be careful in the language we use lest it lead to the profiling of individuals associated with the virus.”

WHO deliberately gave the deadly virus a generic name which doesn’t not hold any association with any territory, community, place, or animal. It was done to avoid any form of racial violence from erupting.

US President Donald Trump, during a press conference on Wednesday, defended his previous ‘Chinese virus’ statement. He said, “It’s not racist at all…No, not at all.”
On being asked, why he called it so, Mr. Trump said, “Because it comes from China…That’s why.”
There have been several reports of mistreatment of Chinese Americans who have been blamed for allegedly spreading the coronavirus.

The virus was first found in Wuhan in China, about three months ago from where it spread across the world. To this day it has infected over 212,000 people and taken at least 8,727 lives, according to data compiled by John’s Hopkins University. The virus which causes COVID-19, a respiratory disease is called corona virus. In ‘covid’ CO stands for corona, the VI for virus and the D for disease.

Mr. Ryan stressed on WHO’s call for solidarity against the pandemic. He said, “This is a time for solidarity, this is a time for facts, this is a time to move forward together, to fight this virus together. There is no blame in this…All we need now is to identify the things we need to do to move forward quickly, with speed and to avoid any indication of ethnic or other associations with this virus.”

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America gripped in fear moves for more liquidation for cash
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America gripped in fear moves for more liquidation for cash

Panic in the lives of people can be seen as investors and the likes are rushing to hold onto liquid cash and selling off whatever they can lay their hands on. Cash lenders at all levels seem to feel the drain as short term money lenders and credit companies reported a surge of people wishing to be served.

This has been the worst kind of liquidation situation that America has faced since 2008, when the financial market breakdown due to the over-lending mechanisms were employed by American banks, having a domino effect on the world financial economies and leading to a break down.

The liquidation spree over the coronavirus outbreak induced economy lockdown has gripped most of America. This is despite the fact that Trump administration had recently announced that they were pursuing a $1 trillion stimulus package that could deliver $1,000 checks to Americans within two weeks to cushion the economy.

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While this announcement had reassured the market and stopped the selling off of gold for cash, the market continues to show signs of insecurity. Currently, the selling has engulfed stocks, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 1,338.46 points, or 6.3%, to 19898.92, its first close below 20000 in more than three years. The blue-chip index, which dropped more than 2,300 points earlier in the session, has fallen by about a third in just the past month.

Airlines have already taken a severe hit due to drop in the number of passengers flying. Further, the liquidation demand has crushed shares of airlines not to mention restaurants, banks and retailers too. The declines shows the extent to which investors are worried that the novel coronavirus pandemic—which has already forced airlines to cut flights and businesses to close—could send the economy into a recession.

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