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    UK: 99-year-old veteran raises over £3 million for NHS



    A 99-year-old British veteran who challenged himself to walk 100 lengths of his garden has raised more than £3 million for the NHS in just over half a day.

    Tom Moore, who served in India and Burma, originally set out to raise £1,000 – but a burst of donations on Tuesday saw that sum pledged on average every 20 seconds, Politicalite reports.

    The fundraiser had topped £1 million as of 9am on Tuesday, before surpassing £4 million as of 11pm.

    His Twitter account said: “We cannot wait to tell the news to Tom in the morning, he will not believe his ears!

    “Thanks each and every one of you – we are in awe of you, but especially our frontline staff who need this now more than ever.”

    Mr Moore, originally from Keighley in Yorkshire, was aiming to walk 100 lengths of his Bedfordshire garden before he turns 100 on April 30.

    His challenge and fundraising has been praised by a range of famous faces, with England hooker Jamie George saying he had been “truly inspired”, Carole Decker from T’Pau said he was an “amazing fella”, and the US ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson saying it was “amazing what people can do”.

    Speaking about the fundraising efforts, Mr Moore told BBC News: “It seems almost like fairy land to think that we started off at 1,000 to a sum of money that’s not believable, is it?”

    Mr Moore, who recently had a hip operation, is ahead of schedule with his walking, now hoping to finish the challenge by Thursday.

    His fundraiser has led more than 200,000 individual donors to sponsor him for his 100 laps.

    Mr Moore, who trained as a civil engineer before enlisting in the army for the Second World War, rising to captain, told the BBC: “I never imagined anything like this, but I’m so pleased, and I hope it just goes on because the services I got from all these doctors and nurses was absolutely outstanding.

    “And they’re such nice people too.”

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    Germany plans 1st steps to restart public life



    BERLIN (AP) — Germany plans to let smaller shops reopen next week after a weeks-long coronavirus shutdown and to start reopening schools in early May, but Europe’s biggest economy is keeping strict social distancing rules in place for now.

    After much-anticipated talks Wednesday with Germany’s 16 state governors, Chancellor Angela Merkel set out a plan for the first steps of a cautious restart of public life — following neighboring Austria and Denmark and other countries in launching a slow loosening of restrictions.

    New infections in Germany have slowed in recent weeks, but Merkel cautioned that the country has achieved only “a fragile intermediate success” so far and doesn’t have “much room for maneuver.”

    She said a ban on gatherings of more than two people in public and an obligation to keep at a 1.5-meter (five-foot) distance from others, which has been in place since March 23, will remain in place beyond Sunday when it was previously set to expire.

    Nonessential shops, which have also have been closed for nearly four weeks, will be allowed to start reopening, with hygiene precautions, if they are up to 800 square meters (8,600 square feet) in area. So will auto showrooms, bike shops and bookshops, irrespective of their size.

    Merkel said the decisions apply to the period from Monday though May 3, and officials will review the situation again on April 30.

    She said authorities also will recommend that people wear face masks on public transport and when shopping, but are stopping short of making their use obligatory for now.

    Schools have been closed since mid-March. Merkel said preparations will be made for them to reopen step by step from May 4, with the oldest students returning first. Hairdressing salons also should prepare to reopen starting May 4, officials said.

    State governors and Germany’s interior minister will hold talks this week with religious communities on what to do about religious gatherings, which haven’t been allowed in recent weeks, Merkel said.

    It remains unclear when bars, cafes and restaurants — which also are closed, apart from for takeouts — will be allowed to reopen.

    “We are moving forward in small steps and must see what effect they have,” Merkel said.

    Major gatherings won’t be allowed through Aug. 31.

    Germany’s federal structure gives individual states significant leeway to make decisions, and some may diverge slightly on details of how to restart public life.

    Germany has confirmed more than 130,000 coronavirus infections, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. It has recorded over 3,500 deaths, but that is a lower number than in countries with comparable case figures and Germany’s health system hasn’t been overwhelmed.

    The coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness.

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    Jeff Sessions: Stop Immigration Until Americans Return to Work

    On the heels of news that more than 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment since mid-March, Jeff Sessions is calling for a moratorium on employment-based immigration until the U.S. unemployment rate goes back down below 3.5%, where it was in February.

    Sessions released this statement on Thursday morning:

    “American families and workers must come first. It is morally wrong and economically disastrous to import more foreign workers when millions of Americans are out of work through no fault of their own.

    “Before the pandemic, our economy was booming with record low unemployment and wage growth. President Trump’s leadership has proved vital to restoring American economic strength. But the Chinese government’s dangerous and deceitful behavior has enabled the Wuhan Virus to explode worldwide and savage our health and our economy.

    “Tens of millions of Americans are out of work and hundreds of thousands of small businesses teeter on the brink of bankruptcy. Americans need to go back to work to rebuild our economy. But it should be American, not foreign, workers taking those jobs, providing for their families, and restoring our economic strength.

    “That is why I am calling on the federal government to immediately halt immigration to the United States until Americans are back to work.

    “More than 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment since mid-March. That’s more than 12 percent of the American labor force going without a paycheck. In February, our unemployment rate was just 3.5 percent—less than one-third of what it is today.

    “In Alabama, more than 200,000 workers have claimed unemployment in the past few weeks. This number is continuing to grow.

    “Under my plan, we will put Americans back to work before we bring in more foreign labor. Visitors who do not have the virus can still come to the United States, and foreign investment in our businesses and economy will continue to be welcomed, but employment immigration will cease until our national unemployment rate is back below 3.5 percent, as it was in February before this pandemic. Rare exceptions will be granted only in critical, time-sensitive industries like farming, and only if the employer proves they tried to hire Americans first.

    “There are powerful reasons for such a policy. First, the self-worth of every American is lifted by a job. They feel better about themselves, their families, and their future. But when a worker from abroad arrives and takes one of the few jobs available, the American does not disappear but is then pushed on to government assistance: the new government relief program, unemployment compensation, Medicaid, housing benefits, food stamps, and other programs, all adding to our debt.

    “It is insanity for this nation to invite foreigners to come in and take any of the few jobs available during this crisis.

    “For decades, open-borders advocates and certain business interests have undercut American workers by importing large flows of low-wage foreign labor. This keeps American wages low, especially in unskilled or low-skilled positions, but also in higher skilled positions. From factory workers and hourly employees to tech workers and college graduates with student debt, all types of Americans have their wages reduced by excessive foreign labor.

    “The United States issues more than 1.4 million ‘temporary’ visas to foreign workers per year, and that’s not even counting new green cards (permanent residents), refugees, illegal aliens, or those who illegally overstayed their visas from previous years.

    “President Trump has kept his promise to reduce illegal immigration into the United States, and he needs more support as he continues his progress.

    “Under President Trump’s policies, our economy has been booming, unemployment reached record lows, and real wages were rising for the middle class for the first time in decades.

    “This pandemic has hit our economy hard, but the fundamentals of the Trump economy are strong and will allow us to rebound stronger than ever before. My plan ensures that we get back on track, instead of bringing in foreign workers to undercut struggling American families.

    “China’s actions caused the Wuhan Virus to spread into a global pandemic, far beyond what would have occurred if the Chinese communist government had acted quickly and not covered it up. We will hold them accountable, but we also must get the American economy moving again.

    “American policies should put American workers first. We know that China’s policies put China’s economy first. We know that every other country in the world also puts their own economy first, as they should. Here in the United States, President Trump has restored common sense and done the same thing.

    “Now is the time to suspend employment immigration so that we can make sure that jobs are available to the millions of Americans who have been displaced by this pandemic.

    “We don’t need the big government monstrosities that the Democrats and the Establishment want to put in place during this crisis—we need to get Americans back to work.”


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chlodovech View Post


    President Trump announced Tuesday he was freezing all funding from the United States to the World Health Organization
    That's great news!

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    The WHO should get not even a penny from us.
    Both WHO and Big Pharma don't deserve a single penny from no matter who. Their main purpose is just to create consumers, they are not interested in actually helping people's health. They also want to force vaccines on everyone. They are simply criminals, they should be shut down forever.

    It's crazy how they also try to control internet, banning the information about natural medicine which could actually save people's lives and prevent infection with COVID-19 or other viruses. No, they want people to buy their poison and fill out their pockets, and to infect everyone with vaccines.

    I really hope their end will come soon!
    Die Farben duften frisch und grün... Lieblich haucht der Wind um mich.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Žoreišar View Post
    Newly published statistic from the Swedish health authorities on the demographic transmission of the Chinksniffles:

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    Purple = Percentage of total infected cases
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    Do Finnish people disproportionately work in care facilities? If not, maybe this is a gene receptor thing?

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    Raleigh Police Shut Down #ReOpenNC Protesters In Their Cars, Claim ‘Protesting Is A Non-Essential Activity’



    On Tuesday morning, the Raleigh Police Department shut down approximately 100 protesters with the libertarian group #ReOpenNC. The majority of protesters were demonstrating from their cars, abiding by North Carolina’s social distancing guidelines.

    The group gathered to protest Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order shutting down the state until further notice. While many governors have given constituents an end date to shelter-in-place orders, Cooper signed North Carolina’s order until he decides to rescind it.

    “This Executive Order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until rescinded,” it reads.

    The #ReOpenNC protesters claim Cooper’s shelter-in-place order is an unconstitutional overreach that will kill small businesses. The group has a following of approximately 30,000 members and is compromised of many small business owners.

    Ashley Smith, the co-founder of #ReOpenNC, told The Federalist she couldn’t sit there and watch small businesses and personal liberties be taken away by a prolonged shelter-in-place order.

    “Our rights and our liberties and our lives are just being destroyed right before our very eyes,” Smith said. “None of us are going to stand up and do anything about it? No.”

    Smith described the communal aspect of #ReOpenNC and shared stories about friends who had weddings cancelled, mothers dying alone, and one individual who watched a life-long partner die through a small window in a hospital door.

    “It feels so personal now,” the mother of four said.

    Smith said the group’s co-founders called the Wake Forest Sheriff’s Department and the Raleigh Police Department to ask for permission to protest. She said the group was given permission and told they did not need a permit.


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    Savannah police using drones to enforce social distancing

    SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Police in Savannah have found a new way to to enforce social distancing.

    Five drones are monitoring the city. They fly 100 feet in the air and cover a much larger area than an officer could on foot.

    Two of the drones enforce social distancing with prerecorded messages.

    Police say they are following federal aviation guidelines and aren't flying the drones over crowds or in prohibited locations.

    "We do not use our drones for random patrol, they're not flying all the time. We use them in directed areas where the need is present," says Sgt. Jason Pagliaro of the Savannah Police Department.

    SPD says the drones will continue to fly for as long as they are needed.
    Source: WGXA.TV

    Andrew Yang Proposes $2,000 Monthly Stimulus, Warns Many Jobs Are ‘Gone for Good’



    Over the four weeks of coronavirus shutdown, more than 17 million Americans working in retail, transportation and other service-related industries lost their jobs. And, as much as we’d like to deny it, “a lot of” those jobs are “gone for good,” said entrepreneur and former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

    Speaking at an Axios virtual event on Wednesday, Yang warned that businesses that laid off workers may not be able to hire them back even after the pandemic is over.

    “Macy’s just furloughed the vast majority of their 130,000 employees. How many of those employees do you think they are going to rehire [after the pandemic]?” He asked, rhetorically. “Do we really think every Macy’s is going to suddenly reopen and be back at 100 percent capacity?”

    “We are at unprecedented levels of joblessness,” he added. “…So we need to make very dramatic moves to allow millions of Americans to have the dollars that they can feed their families with in the days to come.”

    Early Wednesday morning, Yang proposed on Twitter that the federal government should give every American a monthly stimulus check of $2,000 “for the duration of this crisis,” highlighting the fact that the onetime $1,200 payment the government has started handing out isn’t going to be enough to cover basic living expenses if the pandemic drags into May or even the second half of the year.

    To make the stimulus check bigger and a monthly payment, it means trillions of dollars of additional government assistance on top of what Congress has already signed off.

    “This, to me, is a necessary investment,” Yang explained his tweet during the Axios call. “When your house is on fire, you don’t worry that much about the water you are using to put it out. We have an equivalent of a $21 trillion fire on our hands, and we have to do everything we can do help people get through this.”

    “In the absence of this kind of stimulus, you will see unthinkable things happening,” he added. “I mean, unthinkable things are happening right now.”

    On Wednesday, fresh data from the Census Bureau showed that U.S. retail sales plummeted 8.7 percent in March from a year ago. It was twice as much as the worst fall during the 2008 financial crisis and the largest monthly decline on the Census Bureau’s record since 1992.

    Almost every retail category, except grocery stores and other “essential” businesses, saw a major decline due to business closure. Clothing and accessories stores, for example, saw sales plunge 50 percent in March; the furniture and home furnishing category was down 26.8 percent; sporting goods fell 23.3 percent; and electronics and appliance declined 15 percent. Observer
    “Only the lower natures forget themselves and become something new. Thus the butterfly has entirely forgotten that it was a caterpillar, perhaps it may in turn so entirely forget it was a butterfly that it becomes a fish.” - Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coillearnach View Post
    Do Finnish people disproportionately work in care facilities? If not, maybe this is a gene receptor thing?
    Not to my knowledge. So maybe its genetic. The stereotype is that Finns in Sweden are more prone to alcoholism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neophyte View Post
    Not to my knowledge. So maybe its genetic. The stereotype is that Finns in Sweden are more prone to alcoholism.
    And knifing people.

    The much lower death and transmission rates in Finland makes me think they're not particularly susceptible to the virus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Žoreišar View Post
    And knifing people.

    The much lower death and transmission rates in Finland makes me think they're not particularly susceptible to the virus.
    True, Finland has low rates of infection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neophyte View Post
    Not to my knowledge. So maybe its genetic. The stereotype is that Finns in Sweden are more prone to alcoholism.
    Well, others just deny the alcoholism problems better across Europe. If you go by stereo-types, it's the Scots, the Poles, the Russians, the Norwegians and Germans. Italians and French tend to have the lowest as people say. Maybe, it's the cold bitter weather and long dark winters and the manliness of a drinking culture. I lived in both hot sun-scorching weather to "fry in" and the bitter cold of Northern Europe. Overall, it's a different experience.

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