Minitrue Diary, February 12, 2020: Donations, Migrants, Flags, Food Prices, and the People’s War on Coronavirus

Reports on external support and purchases of prevention and control material by Chinese people and diaspora abroad should be low-key. Report cautiously on donations and quantities, and especially do not play up our global mobilization of prevention and control material procurement to avoid a public opinion backlash in the countries concerned and consequent obstructions to our overseas procurement work. In
| CDT Highlights, China & the World, Economy |

Money and Art Marry: Scull Sale at Sothebys

Related Art Pop Goes Homosexual: It’s a Queer Hand Stoking the Campfire by Vivian Gornick Related Art Rauschenberg’s Throwdown at Sotheby’s by The Voice Archives Related From The Archives Andy Land 1: Taking a Look Behind Warhol’s Shades by John Wilcock Related From The Archives Taxi Driver — A Trip To 1970 by Jules Stewart Related Art Pop Goes Homosexual:

Make digital transformation about people — or fail

A study by IFS reveals how enterprises might be overlooking the importance of people in executing impactful digital transformation The company urges “continuous dialogue” with individuals across departments throughout the process READ NEXT How is digital transformation taking place across sectors? YOU MIGHT LIKE Is digital transformation being ‘rushed’ amid COVID-19 pressure?
| Latest, CIO, Digital Transformation |

Trump invites anti-immigrant campaigner Nigel Farage on campaign trail

The US president invited the Brexit Party founder on to the stage at a campaign rally in Arizona despite Covid-19 restrictions against the entry of British nationals. President  Donald Trump enlisted the aid of a right-wing populist British politician on the campaign trail as he seeks  support  for his re- election  bid. Introducing him as "one of the
| News |

Ann Black: I’d promote unity, accountability and openess on Labour’s ruling body

Improve communication with members.  Too often we are only told what we cannot do.  We hear too little from the frontbench, not just about the complexities of Covid-19 and Brexit, but about the reasons for abstaining on the overseas operations bill and the covert human intelligence sources bill.  Shadow ministers could easily engage with local meetings via Zoom.  Develop positive
| Left Foot Forward, Labour |

Record-breaking early voting numbers point to huge turnout in US election

Democrats lead among the high number of early votes but election day remains up in the air, analysts say. US election observers are expecting a record turnout in next week's vote as new figures reveal a stunning surge in early voting . The number of American who cast their ballots early reached
| News |

Global Data Community’s Response to COVID-19

The world is currently counting more than 42 million confirmed cases of the COVID-19 and over 1 million deaths since the start of the pandemic. 1 • Lessons learned in using data to track and mitigate the impact of COVID-19, at the global, national and local level; • Better ways to communicate data and statistics; • Use
| Civil Society, Democracy, Development & Aid |

Security sector reform and economic recovery key priorities for post-COVID-19 Somalia

Security sector reform and economic recovery are key priorities for a post-COVID-19 Somalia, according to the latest World Bank economic analysis. The 5th edition of the Somalia Economic Update, Impact of COVID-19: Policies to Manage the Crisis and Strengthen Economic Recovery, says three decades of armed conflict have contributed to poor economic outcomes and the marked decline in quality of
| News |

Remote operation — the future of industrial innovation?

Remote operation is starting to see wider use in industrial settings, making it easier for businesses to maintain supply chains without accelerating risk of Covid transmission Through careful use of sensors and cameras, socially-distanced drivers can continue their role safely and with accountability Teleoperations are also responsible for remote analysis of workspaces and processes, which can lead to many operational
| Latest, Automation, CIO |

African countries convene at UN FAO conference to plan way out of hunger crisis

Accra (SONNA) – The COVID-19 pandemic, rising levels of hunger and malnutrition, and growing swarms of locusts are the backdrop for the 31 st  Session of the Regional Conference for Africa, starting today, convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. More than 80 Ministers and deputy Ministers from more than 45 countries are taking part, as
| News, World |

The new minster of Information Culture and Tourism along with his deputy takes office+pict

Mogadishu(SONNA) The new Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism for the Federal Government of Somalia His Excellency Osman Abukar Dubbe, has today on Monday officially assumed his duties.( SONNA reported). This came on an occasion that took place at the Ministry of Information headquarters today, Monday, in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Mehdi Muhammad Guled. The Deputy Prime
| News, News Bulletin, World |

Good Governance Papers No. 9: Building an Effective Human Rights-Based Foreign Policy

Restart Access to Asylum . Early in its tenure, the administration should issue a new executive order overturning and/or abolishing the suite of policies that have gravely endangered asylum seekers, including the so-called “Remain in Mexico” program; expulsions relying on a series of specious public health orders ; entry and transit bans and denials; “asylum cooperation agreement”
| Human Rights, asylum, Democracy |

Good data is the key to a sustainable post-COVID Pacific

Good data and statistics make essential contributions to building resilient and strong democratic societies. Decisions based on empirical data rather than anecdote or opinion are the foundation for good policy and planning. A focus on science and evidence-based data has been the cornerstone of SPC’s work for over 70 years. And as our understanding of the complexities and interconnected nature
| Development & Aid, Sustainability |

Showing the Responsibility of Major Country and Building a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind

The world is undergoing complex changes,COVID-19 is spreading and human beings are facing unprecedented tests and challenges. At the time when the United Nations was founded 75 th anniversary, China’s president Xi Jinping delivered a series of important speeches at the 75 th anniversary meetings of the United Nations to clarify the Chinese government’s proposals, position and principles.

SAP takes ‘margin hit’ amid COVID-19 cloud reset

Shares for German software giant SAP tanked 20% amid a pessimistic outlook citing withering software spend in 2020 The firm will scrap ambitious plans, and refocus on shifting customers to the cloud — but the benefits will take time READ NEXT IBM feels burn from COVID-19 software spend slow-down YOU MIGHT LIKE Why Audi is getting hands-on with SAP S/4HANA
| Latest, CIO, Cloud |

The Legend of Roy Cooper

Roy Cooper will be the next governor of North Carolina. That’s exactly the kind of declarative boast that would never come from the careful Cooper. Yet, as of the fourth week of October, the Democratic chief executive of the Tar Heel State has all but cemented a second four-year stay in the governor’s mansion. The latest polling has Cooper thumping his opponent, far-right Republican and current Lieutenant
| Election 2020, Roy Cooper, North Carolina |

The Khabib Halal/Haraam Ratio: Good Character, Bad Sports, And The Conundrum of Muslim Representation

وَعَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ‏- رضى الله عنه ‏- قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اَللَّهِ ‏- صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏-{ إِذَا قَاتَلَ أَحَدُكُمْ, فَلْيَتَجَنَّبِ اَلْوَجْهَ } مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ.‏  1 ‏ .‏ ‏1  ‏- صحيح.‏ رواه البخاري (2559)‏، ومسلم (2612)‏ واللفظ لمسلم، ولتمام تخريج On The Ropes Glutton For Punishment Related to modesty is the reminder to Muslim women who have been watching
| #Life, Featured Home, Featured Life |

Tributes Pour on Khabib Nurmagomedov for Unbroken Record, Championship Win on Retirement Match

After defeating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 to defend his lightweight title, Nurmagomedov announced he would retire with a perfect 29-0 career record and 13-0 UFC record. “Today, this was my last fight,” he said. “Ain’t no way I’m going to come here without my father.” Nurmagomedov’s father and coach, Abdulmanap, died in July after complications from Covid-19. Nurmagomedov said
| General Interest |

UN to launch second round of polio vaccination drive in Somalia

Mogadishu (SONNA) -A second round of polio immunization campaign is set to begin in Somalia on Sunday, targeting 1.65 million children aged under five years, with oral polio vaccine in south and central regions, the UN said on Saturday. The four-day campaign will seek to end the currently ongoing outbreak of polio, which has already infected 23 children, the
| News, World |

U.S. Sets Coronavirus Case Record Amid New Surge

More than 85,000 new cases of the virus were reported across the country on Friday, shattering an earlier single-day record and stirring new fears about the months ahead. New reported cases by day in the United States Source: New York Times database of reports from state and local health agencies Wisconsin had its deadliest day of the pandemic on Wednesday.Credit…Lauren
| Health |

South Africa: Can South Africa Rejuvenate an Ageing United Nations?

[ISS] COVID-19 has shown that countries across the world need to work together to tackle global problems. United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres made this clear in his plea that 'to overcome today's fragilities and challenges we need more international cooperation - not less; strengthened multilateral institutions - not a retreat from them; better global governance - not a chaotic
| News |

Trump passes executive order to strip civil service protections

Donald Trump has signed an executive order on the eve of presidential elections in what experts believe is a bid to secure his administration in the event of a loss. Donald Trump created a new executive order on the eve of presidential elections , which could potentially cause a Joe Biden administration problem. The order creates
| News |

Trump votes in Florida a day after worst US Covid spike

President Donald Trump has officially became one of nearly 55 million Americans to cast early ballots in a year when the coronavirus has made in-person voting problematic. President Donald Trump cast his vote Saturday in Florida ahead of another punishing day with three campaign rallies as he works to close the gap with Joe Biden and pull off
| News |

Somali Parliament approves the new cabinet

Mogadishu(SONNA)-Members of the Lower House of the Somali Federal Parliament on Saturday overwhelmingly approved the cabinet at a special session at the House of the People in the capital Mogadishu, SONNA reported. Parliament Speaker, Hon. Mohamed Mursal Abdirahman said that 188 members voted in favour of Prime Minister’s request to have his cabinet passed, noting that no one rejected or
| News |

Health workers instrumental to immunization, Somalia commends on World Polio Day

Mogadishu (SONNA) -On World Polio Day today, Somalia is celebrating polio workers’ continued commitment to reach and immunize every child in the country to end all forms of polio, and the role they play in strengthening health systems and responding to health emergencies. Since the inception of Somalia’s polio eradication programme in 1997, hundreds of polio health workers have
| News, World |

US COVID-19 Toll Could Top 500,000 by March, Study Predicts

Using data from previous public health studies, a study team with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predicts that an estimated 130,000 lives could be saved if authorities in all US states impose the universal use of protective face masks in public - and if 95 percent of people comply.
| US |

Trump’s Sideshow Fizzles Out

The president tried to turn debate day into a trial of the Biden family’s allegedly shady business dealings. It didn’t go smoothly. Three phones displayed by Tony Bobulinski, who says he is a former associate of Hunter Biden, on Oct. 22 in Nashville. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo This isn’t the first time that Trump has made this kind of political
| Politics/Diplomacy, Biden, Nashville debate |

Somaliland: Budgeting for a Better Future for Children

2020 has not turned out as planned. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact populations around the world, governments have been forced to take a fresh look at their spending and how to meet additional costs of pandemic response as they expect a fall in revenue. Budget information has become even more critical. Joanne Bosworth is Chief of Public Finance
| Social Issues, Somaliland |

Covid-inspired digitalization in Africa {Business Africa}

On this exciting edition of Business Africa, we celebrate entrepreneurs in Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo. Plus, we discuss ways of recovering from the Coronavirus. - Covid-inspired digitalization in Africa – Over the last 20 years, internet penetration in sub-Saharan Africa has grown tenfold, according to a survey by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This means that sectors like
| News |

Budgeting for a Better Future, for Every Child

2020 has not turned out as planned. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact populations around the world, governments have been forced to take a fresh look at their spending and how to meet additional costs of pandemic response as they expect a fall in revenue. Budget information has become even more critical. Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau Joanne Bosworth is Chief of
| Children on the Frontline, Editors' Choice, Featured |

FDA approves first COVID-19 drug: antiviral remdesivir

FILE – In this March 2020 photo provided by Gilead Sciences, rubber stoppers are placed onto filled vials of the investigational drug remdesivir at a Gilead manufacturing site in the United States. On Thursday, October 22, 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to treat COVID-19: remdesivir, an antiviral medicine given through an IV for
| World, coronavirus (COVID-19), coronavirus treatment |

Somalia: Germany Contributes €7.2 Million for the Delivery of Health Sevices Bolster the Covid-19 Emergency Response

[Dalsan Radio] The Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) has released US$9.26 million to scale up priority life-saving assistance to nearly 300,000 people affected by floods in Somalia. These critical funds, part of the SHF 2020 Reserve Allocation, will support national and international non-governmental partners operating in Banadir, Hiraan, Lower Juba, Middle Shabelle and Lower Shabelle regions through integrated and Cluster-specific interventions.
| News |

A clear Choice on Climate: Trump wants to Wreck the Planet; Biden has taken strides toward a Green Vision

” In 2017, the Trump administration instituted a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels, ostensibly to invigorate U.S. manufacturing. In practice, however, this hobbled solar-panel installation in the U.S. and imperiled the jobs of more than 350,000 people who work in solar (more than twice as many people who work in the entire American coal industry). A solar industry
| Climate Crisis, Democratic Party, Donald Trump |

Covid-19: A Series of Unlikely Events

You could say I lost my faith in science and progress… I never saw no miracle of science, That didn’t go from a blessing to a curse I do this real moron thing, and it’s called thinking. And apparently I’m not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions. Everybody’s on the take Tell me, are
| COVID-19, Death Certificates, Health/Medical |

Minitrue Diary, February 6, 2020: No War Rhetoric or Clickbait on Epidemic; Death of Li Wenliang

Regarding reports on the spread of novel coronavirus: 1. Use information published by authoritative departments such as the National Health Commission as standard, and do not publish conjecture, experts’ opinions, research findings etc. that have not been approved by authoritative departments without permission. 2. Strictly standardize sourcing. Only use reports from authoritative media. It is strictly prohibited to use material from non-standard
| CDT Highlights, Level 2 Article, Politics |

Niger: Niger - They Fight the Coronavirus in Their Own Way

[World Bank] Niamey -- With great emotion, Fati remembers the day she learned she could no longer join the members of her association due to social distancing measures put in place by the government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) last spring. "This group is more than an association for me. It is my family. It would be
| News |

A federal lawmaker participating in Russia’s coronavirus-vaccine trial has contracted COVID-19

Russian lawmaker Valery Gartung, the deputy head of the “Just Russia” faction in the State Duma, announced on Facebook on October 21 that he has tested positive for COVID-19, though he has no symptoms of the illness. Gartung is one of 40,000 people participating in the Stage III trials of “Sputnik V,” Russia’s first registered vaccine against the coronavirus. “Now
| News |

UN envoy hails early agreements in Libya talks

Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, speaks about the fourth round of the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission, during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, October 21, 2020. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)
| Middle East, ceasefire, coronavirus (COVID-19) |

Human Trafficking Survivor Harold D’Souza: “The Perpetrators are More Aggressive Than Ever”

The fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic continues: as more people around the world lose their livelihoods, human trafficking is on the rise. Support services for survivors have been shut, and past gains to combat it have been reversed. Funding has dried up. Consider the following: Human trafficking is global — according to the UN, there are now 40 million
| Asia-Pacific, Crime & Justice, Economy & Trade |

Somalia PM Re-names Former Ministers in New 70-member Cabinet

The new information minister, Dubbe Mehdi Gulaid, Assistant PM 2 . Abdulkadir Nur Jama , Justice 3. Omar Ali Rooble, Religious Affairs 4 . Khadija Mohamoud Derie , Relief & Disaster Management 5 . Gen. Mukhtar Hussein Afrah, Interior and Reconciliation 6 . Abdirahman Dualeh Beileh, Finance 7 . Hassan Hussein Haji , Defense 8 . Hassan Hundubei , Internal Security 9. Ahmed Isse
| Somalia |

Enhanced Social Protection an Opportunity Asia Pacific Must Grasp

In the fight against COVID-19, success has so far been defined by responses in Asia and the Pacific. Many countries in our region have been hailed as reference points in containing the virus. Yet if the region is to build back better, the success of immediate responses should not distract from the weaknesses COVID-19 has laid bare. Too many people
| Asia-Pacific, Development & Aid, Economy & Trade |

Questions Remain over Botswana’s Mass Elephant Deaths

They told IPS: “Africa’s least-corrupt wildlife haven and luxury tourism destination, known for its friendly, international cooperation and positive conservation models, appears to be entering an era of secrecy, exploitation and xenophobia. Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau Related Articles How the Pacific Islands are Balancing COVID-19 Survival Demands on Coastal Fisheries with Sustainable Management Sustainability of Zimbabwe’s Natural Food Sources take a Knock
| Africa, Biodiversity, Editors' Choice |

Liberia: China Curbs Covid-19 in 'Relatively Short Period of Time' - Embassy

[LINA] Monrovia -- The diplomatic mission of the People's Republic of China (PRC) near the Liberian capital has said since the outbreak of COVID-19, China has curbed the spread of the epidemic in a relatively short period of time and achieved great strategic advancements in the prevention and control of the epidemic in China.
| News |

Andy Warhol: Famous All Over Town

Related CULTURE ARCHIVES Andy Warhol: A Museum of His Own by Elizabeth Hess Related From The Archives Andy Land 1: Taking a Look Behind Warhol’s Shades by John Wilcock Related Art Rauschenberg’s Throwdown at Sotheby’s by The Voice Archives Related From The Archives Andy Land 4: A Saint, the Village Holy Man, and God Himself by The Voice Archives
| Art, CULTURE ARCHIVES, From The Archives |

Putin’s National Cultural Heritage Fund finally pays wage arrears owed to laid-off workers

Russia’s National Cultural Heritage Fund has paid off its debts to its former employees, who were laid off during the coronavirus lockdown. The fund is responsible for a large-scale construction project aimed at creating four cultural-educational complexes in Kaliningrad, Vladivostok, Kemerovo, and Sevastopol. The idea for the project came from President Vladimir Putin, who’s personally overseeing its development.
| News |

‘How do you feel?’. A ‘Meduza’ special correspondent continues cataloging her experience as a volunteer in Russia’s coronavirus vaccine trials

In August 2020, Russia announced the registration of the world’s first coronavirus vaccine, named “Sputnik V.” However, to finalize the vaccine’s registration, its developers at the Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology have to conduct large-scale clinical trials involving tens of thousands of volunteers. In September, “Meduza” special correspondent Svetlana Reiter became one of them. After receiving her first injection,
| News |

Union learning provides around £1.4bn to the economy – but the Tories want to scrap it

68% of union learners with no previous qualifications got a qualification. 47% with entry or level 1 qualifications got a higher qualification. 80% said they gained skills that could transfer to a new job. 53% of employers at union learning workplaces saw an increase in employees gaining qualifications. 77% said that union learning had a positive effect
| Left Foot Forward, coronavirus, Education |

First commercial passenger flight from UAE lands in Israel

FILE – In this Monday, August 31, 2020, file photo, an official stands at the door of an Israeli El Al airliner after it landed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The first commercial passenger flight to Israel by a carrier from the United Arab Emirates landed near Tel Aviv on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, further cementing a normalization deal
| Middle East, Abraham Accords, bahrain |