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Rumors of Ex President JJ Rawlings dead is mounting

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Speculations of JJ Rawlings are ongoing. it’s quite unclear whether the news is true. We will follow up with updates.

God bless our homeland Ghana.

It is well.

Dr. Pfizer says early analysis shows its Covid-19 vaccine is 90% effective and outstanding

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Drugmaker Pfizer said Monday an early look at data from its coronavirus vaccine shows it is more than 90% effective — a much better than expected efficacy if the trend continues.The so-called interim analysis looked at the first 94 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among the more than 43,000 volunteers who got either two doses of the vaccine or a placebo. It found that fewer than 10% of infections were in participants who had been given the vaccine. More than 90% of the cases were in people who had been given a placebo.

This 12-year-old is happy to be testing a Covid-19 vaccine

This 12-year-old is happy to be testing a Covid-19 vaccinePfizer said that the vaccine provided protection seven days after the second dose and 28 days after the initial dose of the vaccine. The final goal of the trial is to reach 164 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection.In a news release, the pharmaceutical giant said it plans to seek emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration soon after volunteers have been monitored for two months after getting their second dose of vaccine, as requested by the FDA.Pfizer said it anticipated reaching that marker by the third week of November.

The Phase 3 trial of the Pfizer vaccine, made with German partner BioNTech, has enrolled 43,538 particpants since July 27. As of Sunday, 38,955 of the volunteers have received a second dose of the vaccine. The company says 42% of international trial sites and 30% of US trial sites involve volunteers of racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds.

“With today’s news, we are a significant step closer to providing people around the world with a much-needed breakthrough to help bring an end to this global health crisis,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement. “We look forward to sharing additional efficacy and safety data generated from thousands of participants in the coming weeks.”

Pfizer says it has added a secondary endpoint to its study. It will evaluate whether the vaccines protects people against severe Covid-19 disease and whether the vaccine can provide long-term protection against Covid-19 disease, even in patients who have been infected before.

The FDA has said it would expect at least 50% efficacy from any coronavirus vaccine.

Donald Trump’s spiritual advisor dispatches ‘angels from Africa’ to help him win USA PRESIDENTIAL election outrightly

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America’s Presidential Spiritual Advisor, Paula Michelle White-Cain claims angels from Africa are being dispatched to the US to secure President Donald Trump’s re-election. 

In a rather hilarious viral video which oneminutegh.com spotted on social media, Pastor Paula White who was leading an impassioned prayer service is seen purportedly battling the “demonic confederacies” that are attempting to steal the election from Trump.

She was heard saying:

“I hear a sound of victory. The Lord says it is done. For I hear, victory, victory, victory!”

“Angels are being dispatched right now.” Then the prayer got even more bizarre as she uttered, “Angels have been dispatched from Africa right now. They’re coming here, in the name of Jesus.” She continued her chant in Latin, and repeated “I hear the sound of victory”.

This comes barely 48hours after Democratic Presidential opponent, Joe Biden emerged in the lead in the polls and the results are set to be announced soon.

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Austria: Police deployed in Vienna after reported shooting near synagogue

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Police in the Austrian capital, Vienna, say they are carrying out a major operation in the city center. The news follows reports of a shooting near a synagogue with several casualties.

Police in the Austrian capital, Vienna, said on Monday they had launched a major operation in the city center, without giving details on what triggered it.

It comes after reports of a shooting near a synagogue.

In a tweet, Vienna’s police department said there had been shots fired in central Vienna, with “multiple” people being injured.

What we can learn from 1918’s deadly second wave 

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Why Covid-19 spreads more in the winter

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(CNN)In the deadly fall wave of the 1918 flu pandemic, millions of people were doomed because they didn’t know what we know now about how viruses and respiratory illnesses spread. We might face a similar fate if some people continue to ignore what a century of scientific progress and hindsight have taught us about ending pandemics. The 1918 pandemic transpired in three waves, from the spring of 1918 to the winter of 1919 — ultimately killing 50 million to 100 million people globally. The first wave in the spring of 1918 was relatively mild. A majority of 1918 flu deaths occurred in the fall of 1918 — the second, and worst, wave of the 1918 flu. 

The St. Louis Red Cross Motor Corps was on duty with mask-wearing women holding stretchers at the backs of ambulances during the influenza epidemic in Missouri in October 1918.

The St. Louis Red Cross Motor Corps was on duty with mask-wearing women holding stretchers at the backs of ambulances during the influenza epidemic in Missouri in October 1918. Health experts expect Covid-19 infections to increase this winter because the virus that causes Covid-19 is a coronavirus, and other coronaviruses spread more during winter. In wintry, less-humid air, virus-carrying particles can linger in the air longer. Additionally, our nasal membranes are drier and more vulnerable to infection in winter. And as the weather gets colder, we spend more time indoors without sufficient ventilation, which means the virus has a higher likelihood of spreading. Covid-19 hasn’t “claimed as many lives yet as did influenza. Basically, around 675,000 people died in the US by the end of the 1918 pandemic,” said Dr. Jeremy Brown, an emergency care physician and author of “Influenza: The Hundred-Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History.” “That would, today, be around 3 million people in the US. The good news is that we haven’t seen those numbers — of course, the numbers are really quite appalling.”But, of course, the story that we’re talking about isn’t over yet,” Brown said.

Why the second wave was so deadly 

There are several possibilities why the 1918 second wave was so horrible, including a virus that possibly mutated and patterns of human movement and behavior at the time. Winter meant that influenza also spread more and people were indoors more often. “My guess is it wasn’t great at infecting people in the spring and had to sort of adapt,” said John M. Barry, author of “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History.” “Then a mutation took over that was very good at infecting people and also more virulent.” In 1918 flu patients, pneumonia often quickly developed and killed people by the second day. Efforts for the First World War had taken over, so rampant spread was facilitated by troop movements and crowded military camps. Where military personnel traveled, so did the virus — resulting in influenza and pneumonia sickening 20% to 40% of the US Army and Navy personnel in the fall, interfering with induction, training and efficacy. “Influenza and pneumonia killed more American soldiers and sailors during the war than did enemy weapons,” a 2010 studyreported. 
The 39th Regiment marched through the streets of Seattle in December 1918, while wearing masks made by the Seattle Chapter of the Red Cross.

The 39th Regiment marched through the streets of Seattle in December 1918, while wearing masks made by the Seattle Chapter of the Red Cross. Six days after the first case of influenza was reported at Camp Devens, Massachusetts, cases multiplied to 6,674 cases. When Colonel Victor C. Vaughan remembered Camp Devens, “it was shocking,” wrote Gina Kolata, a science and medicine reporter at The New York Times, in her book “Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It.” “Here was Vaughan, in the midst of the first war to use modern weapons, a war that was felling young men with machine guns and gas warfare, and yet it was all nothing compared to this illness,” Kolata wrote. An immense obstacle was a lack of knowledge of the virus’ character, behavior and severity. The pandemic came before awareness of what a virus looked like and how to isolate and learn it. The vengeance of the second wave led some people and doctors to think they were dealing with a disease different than what had plagued them that spring. 

The announcing of the armistice on November 11, 1918, was the occasion for a grand celebration in Philadelphia. Thousands of attendees were infected with influenza.

The announcing of the armistice on November 11, 1918, was the occasion for a grand celebration in Philadelphia. Thousands of attendees were infected with influenza. Flu deaths peaked in November 1918, which was possibly the deadliest month of the pandemic. A Philadelphia parade held on Armistice Day on November 11 gave thousands of attendees the flu. 

The social impact

The 1918 flu ripped at the fabric of society. Roughly half of the deaths were among young adults ages 20 to 40, in contrast to the current pandemic, with older adults more likely to experience serious illness and death from Covid-19. Many events, schools and public spaces were canceled and closed. “‘The ghost of fear walked everywhere, causing many a family circle to reunite because of the different members having nothing else to do but stay home,'” wrote Kolata, quoting an Arizona newspaper. 

Female clerks in New York work with masks tied around their faces on October 16, 1918.

Female clerks in New York work with masks tied around their faces on October 16, 1918.Authorities imposed mask-wearing and anti-spitting laws. City officials inflicted punitive measures including fines against people who broke the rules. The Provost Marshal General of the US Army in October canceled a draft call of 142,000 men, despite Europe’s need for them. The toll on adults in their prime meant that many children lost one or both parents. The world lost generations of young people, and for them the pandemic and World War I became the central experiences of their lives. 

Modern-day advantage

Now, let’s fast-forward to the year 2020. Multiple scientific advances have allowed us a slight advantage in mitigating the spread and effects of respiratory illnesses like the flu and Covid-19. Technological improvements have allowed researchers to view cells and viruses through electron microscopes and X-ray crystallography, which also enables capturing millions of images of them. Microbiologists can now isolate, identify and describe the structure of viruses. Although we have coronavirus tests, one shortcoming is “that we don’t have sufficient testing ability and the tests take so long,” Kolata said. “And when you start having something like the coronavirus where the symptoms can mimic those of the flu — high fever, chills — you can overwhelm the testing system really easily if the flu season really gets underway.” 

Plenty of coronavirus tests are available, but they're not being used

Plenty of coronavirus tests are available, but they’re not being usedThankfully, we’re not in a global war. Hindsight and years of scientific progress have taught us how respiratory illnesses spread by encounters with respiratory droplets facilitated by close contact and insufficient hygiene. However, to be effective, these scientific and medical advantages require public compliance. null

What we can do 

Though Covid-19 cases are increasing and could spike this winter, there are things we can do to stem the spread. Precautions such as physical distancing, avoiding gatherings and unnecessary travel, hand-washing and mask wearing are still important. Stocking up on grocery, medical and emergency preparedness items — responsibly and in a manner that’s considerate of others — can help limit trips to stores, thus decreasing chances of spread. In 1918, there wasn’t an approved and regulated vaccine. This time around with coronavirus, Operation Warp Speed and other programs are testing vaccines to be able to inoculate the public potentially by spring 2021

Hanover athletic trainer saves referee’s life after cardiac attack on soccer field

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HANOVER, Mass. — Hanover High School’s athletic trainer saved a referee’s life after he suffered a heart attack on the field, police and witnesses say.

During Tuesday’s boys’ varsity soccer game, the official suddenly collapsed on the field. Players, coaches and spectators yelled for help, as athletic trainer Amy Tessitore, trained and prepared for everything from orthopedic injuries to cardiac emergencies, sprinted from the sidelines.

A nurse in the home stands yelled for an AED, and a father of a player ran and grabbed one from a station beside the field.

“I started care on him immediately and then directed other people to get 911 activated, get the AED and get everything kind of set up to do what we needed to do,” Tessitore said.

Tessitore performed chest compressions, but the official still had no pulse. She quickly started the defibrillator and was able to deliver a shock and regain a pulse. He soon became responsive, answering questions, and first responders rushed him by ambulance to the hospital.

“I just was like shaking my head in amazement at what she had done,” said Hanover High School Athletic Director Scott Hutchison, who witnessed the incident. “She saved a gentleman’s life and then jumped right back into the game and was ready to move forward.”

The official’s family has since reached out to the school to thank them and let them know he is doing well, Hutchison said.

“That’s all I could hope for. He’s a father, he’s a well respected member of our officials,” Tessitore said. “I’m thankful that I was there, so proud that my training allowed me to be there for something like this. And it was wonderful to see everyone around jump in. I couldn’t do it by myself.”

While Tessitore is humble about her actions, giving credit to the players, coaches and spectators who helped out, Hutchison is very proud of her.

“Really, she’s a local hero here,” Hutchison said. “Sometimes we throw that term out there. But on a day-to-day basis, Amy’s one of our heroes.”

Africa must prepare for second COVID wave, disease control group says

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Covid-19 cases are accelerating in some parts of Africa and governments should step up preparations for a second wave, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.

Over the past four week, cases have increased by 45% per week on average in Kenya, by 19% in Democratic Republic of Congo and by 8% in Egypt, the African Union-run organization’s head John Nkengasong said.

“The time to prepare for a second wave is truly now,” he said, urging governments “not to get into prevention fatigue mode.”

The continent of 1.3 billion people has so far managed better than widely expected in terms of containing the epidemic, with a lower percentage of deaths than other regions, partly due to strict lockdown measures imposed in March.

There have been 41,776 deaths among the 1.74 million people reported infected with the virus, according to a Reuters tally based on official data as of Thursday morning.

Beginning in August, many governments eased restrictions, however, and a trend of decreasing cases has flattened, Matshidiso Moeti, Africa director for the WHO said in an online press conference on Thursday.

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In Kenya, the government allowed bars to reopen on September 28 and cut the nightly curfew by two hours. Schools partially reopened on October 12.

Some easing was justified to help economies in the region to start recovering, Moeti said. However, “we will need to be dealing with some of these upticks. What is important is to contain them.”

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday announced a November 4 summit to review the surge in infections, and urged Kenyans to wear face masks properly and practice social distancing to avoid “losing hard-fought for ground” in the fight against the disease.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari warned Thursday that his country’s economy was “too fragile” to bear another lockdown.

“Looking at the trends in the other countries, we must do all we can to avert a second wave of Covid-19 in Nigeria,” he said in a tweet. “We must make sure that our cases, which have gone down, do not rise again.”

In the World Health Organization’s situation update for the region on October 21, it encouraged member states to “observe all precautionary measures diligently and comprehensively.”

President Trump is the best choice for Americans of faith and peace

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We stand on the brink of one of the most important elections in our lifetime. Looking back over the last four years, the American people — and particularly people of faith —have a lot to be proud of. Four years ago, Donald J. Trump announced his candidacy, and a movement was born. Millions of forgotten men and women across the nation rallied behind President Trump because they shared his belief that America could be strong and prosperous again. That was especially true of people of faith, who under the last administration saw a steady assault on our most cherished values and God-given liberties. They trusted President Trump to deliver on his promise to defend those values and liberties, and that’s exactly what he’s done.

For decades, Presidents in both parties promised to move the American Embassy in Israel. But it was President Donald Trump who kept his word, and today that embassy is finally located in Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel. That move helped set the stage for the recently signed Abraham Accords, in which for the first time in a quarter century, two Arab nations recognized Israel — and more are on the way.

Likewise, since day one, President Trump has stood without apology for the sanctity of human life.

On just his fourth day in office, President Trump reinstated — and later expanded — the “Mexico City policy,” which ended taxpayer funding of programs that provide or promote abortion abroad.

It was my honor to be the first Vice President to speak at the March for Life. And this past January, President Trump became the first President to address the March for Life in person.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support abortion-on-demand — even up to the moment of birth. They’ve called for historic increases in funding to Planned Parenthood, and even repealing the Hyde Amendment, which prevents taxpayer funding of abortions. They even blocked the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, which would have required medical care be provided to those who survived attempted abortions.

President Trump, on the other hand, has called on Congress to end late-term abortion once and for all, and recently signed an Executive Order protecting all babies born alive.

And in perhaps my proudest moment as Vice President, I cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate for a law that allowed states to defund Planned Parenthood — and President Trump signed the bill.

Your perception of Black Lives Matter may be wrong

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As if racial issues weren’t contentious enough, the debate surrounding Black Lives Matter (BLM) is rife with controversy. Half-truths and misinformation continue to dominate the national conversation. This confusing cacophony demonstrates the need for a clear and nuanced evaluation of some much-neglected data.

Understanding the distinctions between the entity known as Black Lives Matter, the larger movement known as Black Lives Matter, and the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter is essential to successfully navigating the tumultuous and muddy waters of this topic. Consequently, we will explore each of these three components separately, including how they differ and how they overlap.

But first, to provide the proper context, let’s examine a short timeline of BLM’s beginnings.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF BLACK LIVES MATTER

It all began, of course, with the hashtag. #Blacklivesmatter was coined by Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors in 2013 in response to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. To quote from Beyond the Hashtags, a study by the Center For Media & Social Impact,

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For more than a year, #Blacklivesmatter was only a hashtag, and not a very popular one: it was used in only 48 public tweets in June 2014 and in 398 tweets in July 2014. But by August 2014 that number had skyrocketed to 52,288, partly due to the slogan’s frequent use in the context of the Ferguson protests. (9)

In November of 2016, three years after the creation of the hashtag, Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza, along with Opal Tometi, incorporated the Black Lives Matter Global Network as an extension of the growing BLM movement. The Global Network has, to date, only 17 chapters divided between 10 states and two provinces in Canada. While membership within the Global Network itself is vetted, “it is not exclusive about who can use the term ‘Black Lives Matter.’”

We will examine “Black Lives Matter” as a phrase a little later. For now, we need only note that, due to the Global Network’s rigid membership guidelines and limited national presence, a majority of those using the “Black Lives Matter” slogan are not affiliated with the BLM Global Network in any capacity.

Influential leader, Al Mohler endorses Trump, says a Biden vote ‘beyond’ his ‘moral imagination’

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Influential evangelical leader Al Mohler explained why voting for Donald Trump is “consistent” with his Christian convictions, warning that a Biden-Harris administration would be “the most pro-abortion political force in American history.”

In a lengthy blog post, Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, detailed why he “sincerely” hopes that “Donald Trump—and not Joe Biden—will be elected President of the United States on November 3.”

“The difference between a Trump administration and a Biden administration will shape a generation and have a very great deal to do with the future of our nation,” Mohler wrote. “My convictions lead me to a very clear conclusion in this election. I hope and vote for the election of Donald Trump and the Republican ticket for a second term and for a continued Republican majority in the U.S. Senate.”

Mohler clarified that the president’s “divisive comments and sub-presidential behavior are an embarrassment … Constantly.” However, he stressed that “character” is also defined by political policies.

“If I am electing a neighbor, it would be Biden hands down,” Mohler wrote. “But I am not voting for who will be my neighbor, I am voting for who will be President of the United States.”

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In his article, Mohler said he chose his vote based on Trump’s actions regarding abortion, Supreme Court nominees, protecting religious liberty, and LGBT issues.

Mohler explained that though he did not vote for Trump in 2016, he nevertheless made note of his “pro-life promises, especially with reference to the federal courts culminating in the Supreme Court.”

“But I doubted that Donald Trump meant to fulfill his promises,” he admitted. “I was wrong.”

“In terms of presidential action, Donald Trump has been the most effective and consequential pro-life president of the modern age,” he continued. “Furthermore, in both executive actions and court appointments, President Trump has gone far beyond what would have been politically necessary to secure his base. He has staked his place in history and has defied the accommodationist temptation and has given pro-life Americans more than any other president.”

“In April, I said in public what was implicit in my commentary and actions since January 2017—I would vote for Donald Trump in 2020. And I already have,” he said. 

In contrast, a Biden-Harris administration would be “the most pro-abortion political force in American history,” he argued. 

“The Democratic Party is now so pro-abortion (and yes, that is the right term) that it has declared opposition to any restriction on abortion and demands tax-payer funding for abortion,” Mohler said. “Those who deny this reality are dishonest.”

Mohler said he quickly loses respect for those who endorse former Vice President Biden while “claiming to save the pro-life cause or the conservative movement.”

“I do not believe that conservative policies and principles can long survive without conservative virtues,” he emphasized.

He noted that while Christians must be concerned about questions of immigration policy, refugees, and other issues, “there is no hope for defending human dignity for all if it is denied in the womb.”

The author and speaker acknowledged that some Christians may not be able to vote for Trump in good conscience, a “predicament” he says he understands. Still, voting for Biden is “beyond my moral imagination,” he said.

“With my Black brothers and sisters, I make my best case for how I see the issues. They have every right to do the same. We each have a vote. Both of us will answer to God for that vote. We earnestly seek to persuade the other. We will likely vote differently in the end. We remain brothers and sisters in Christ,” he wrote. 

Mohler’s thoughts on the election come just days after famed author and pastor John Piper explained why he doesn’t feel comfortable voting for Trump in the upcoming election.

“When a leader models self-absorbed, self-exalting boastfulness, he models the most deadly behavior in the world,” Piper wrote. “He points his nation to destruction.”

A Pew survey conducted Sept. 30-Oct. 5 found that while white evangelical support for Trump had slipped since August, they “overwhelmingly remain on his side.” According to Pew, 78% of white evangelicals intend to cast ballots for Trump this election cycle. Among other groups, 90% of black Protestants indicated support for Biden and 67% of Hispanic Catholics said they were at least leaning toward voting for Biden.