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Opening of the virtual #WHA73 with @DrTedros. #COVID19 pscp.tv/w/cZEDzTI2MTAy…
"Nurses & midwives have been on the frontlines of the fight against #COVID19, putting themselves in harm’s way. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of humanity.
Please join me, wherever you are, in standing to show your appreciation for these health heroes"-@DrTedros
"We've come together as the nations of the 🌍 to confront the defining health crisis of our time. We come
in grief for those we've lost
with concern for those fighting for their lives
with determination to triumph over the common threat
with hope for the future"-@DrTedros #WHA73
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#SouthAfrica edges closer to the abyss: a thread.
South Africa is currently under martial law. Smoking and drinking are forbidden. Donating food to others is forbidden. The sale of hot food is forbidden. There is a strict curfew. Millions are starting to starve as what was left of the economy collapses completely.
How did we get here? I believe to get to the bottom of it all we need to go back 120 years to the turn of the 20th century and the second Boer War between the #Boers and the British.

Outstanding summary article here:

unz.com/pub/jhr__the-b…
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A thread on the measurement of excess mortality and uncounted COVID19 deaths. Key point: be careful inferring number of uncounted COVID19 deaths from a look at all-cause mortality data 1/n
Excess mortality is generally understood as the number of deaths (from any cause of death) we are seeing now (e.g., this week), minus or divided by the number of deaths we would have seen IN THE ABSENCE OF THE COVID19 PANDEMIC. 2/n
How do we measure this counterfactual, “the number of deaths we would have seen in the absence of COVID19”? In most cases, we simply calculate the average number of deaths per week in the past n years, i.e., when COVID19 had not emerged as a cause of death. 3/n
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🌍 THREAD: As the world fights to curb #coronavirus, Africa faces a unique challenge: tackling #misinformation fuelled by a deep distrust of government. Our fact checkers around the continent explain (1/5) 🕵️ u.afp.com/3Tz5
Conspiracy theorists in #Nigeria said the government made up COVID-19 cases there to cash in on international funds 💰 while viral online posts recommend eating onion to ward off the disease (2/5)
False rumours in #DRC include claims #coronavirus was created by the state to control the population 👩‍⚕️ Suspicions are fanned by misinformation, leading to attacks against health workers (3/5)
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14 countries have so far used some form of #castransfer and #basicincome program as #coronavirus response.

Here is what we know:

1. #Australia: one-time cash payment $750 to seniors, veterans and low-income people
2. #China: expanding Dibao program’s value and coverage for affected families

3. #Hong-Kong: one-off cash injection to all 7M adult residents

4. #Indonesia: expansions of e-food vouchers by 33% for 6 months
5. #Ireland: sick pay, illness benefit and supplementary benefits for workers affected by virus-related measures

6. #Italy: €600 childcare voucher for workers with children below age of 12

7. #Japan: ¥5,000 vouchers to those loading ¥20,000 for smartphone payments
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It is time for one long #Coronavirus update. I have been resisting doing this as (1) I do not want to add to the hysteria & the panic & (2) I don't believe in doomsday predictions. Moreover, things have been moving so fast, who knows what's what. BUT it's time for real talk...
Overall, #Coronavirus (the outbreak of #COVID19) is REAL. The effects on your daily life from the fallout will be REAL. The impact society, economics, & politics in 2020 will be severe & REAL. None of this is Fake News. None of this should be downplayed. (2/
People who are trying to silence REAL discussion are doing a disservice to the public interest. This is a 9/11 & 2008 level event in terms of its impact on domestic & international dynamics. This thread is not about creating panic but encouraging a smarter response. (3/
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#SouthAfrica – With #Cosatu having led the way in exploring the use of #pensionfunds to save #Eskom, the #ANC has followed suit saying the savings should also be used to invest in small to medium businesses.
#Communismkills

m.facebook.com/groups/2560949…
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#ANC: PENSION FUNDS SHOULD ALSO BE USED TO INVEST IN SMALL BUSINESSES
#Europe, #FransTimmermans wants to get more financial '#ClimateFraudPower' too, he will try to get our pensionfunds too.

#Communismkills

ewn.co.za/2020/03/06/anc…
#massmigration
Kelly Greenhill: the weaponization of migration, implications for the EU and Africa


60 000 Zimbabweans Crossed Beit Bridge Border Into South Africa In A 24 Hour Period
zimbolivenews.com/news.php?url=6…
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#COVID19 Flight attendant for Korean Air dx'd in Korea. She flew flights in/out of LAX/Seoul as well as Tel Aviv/ Seoul.

Also believed she walked Los Angeles Koreatown prior to return flight to Seoul.

Source Korean news &South Korea's Center for Disease Control.
This also on the heels of US military confirmed case in Seoul yesterday.

coronavirus #COVID19 #COVID2019 #COVIDKorea

@aHEMandias @RadChick4Cast @chiIIum @turnbolt11 @RMachArts @RedPill_1984
@aHEMandias @RadChick4Cast @chiIIum @turnbolt11 @RMachArts @RedPill_1984 RT'ing this here in today's thread on the earlier released but non-peer reviewed Los Alamos paper tweeted a week or so ago. Peer reviews take a long time.

Good explainer on R0 and how perception changed based upon reality of early patients.

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1.Anthropology needs to shift how it tells stories. #digitalnatives do not read nor think as earlier generations. This is to be embraced, not feared. This is a Twitter Essay on one way to begin (1/16). @AmEthno @AmericanAnthro @ASnA_Editors @ASAUK_News @africanstudies
@AmEthno @AmericanAnthro @ASnA_Editors @ASAUK_News @africanstudies 2. My book From ‘Water to Wine’ is the first “ethnography of a digital native for digital natives”. Growing up in the last gasps of #apartheid #SouthAfrica we had dial-up, and change everywhere (2/16). 3. utorontopress.com/us/from-water-… @annebracken @TeachingCulture @abenaopp
@AmEthno @AmericanAnthro @ASnA_Editors @ASAUK_News @africanstudies @annebracken @TeachingCulture @abenaopp 3. I learned to think within #multilingualism and #changingdiscourses. My book tracks across #Brazil, #Angola, #Mauritius, #Portugal, #SA, the #USA . It is political. It is about change. It is about beauty in Angola and writing through whiteness (3/16). @StanfordAnthro @UCT_news
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About 60% of newly emerged & re-emerging pathogens share a common origin: #animals. When we cut down the forests where they live, they roost in our backyards & farms instead. #OneHealth @dirgarambe @mdkimhsdubai @Virologist_11
@dirgarambe @mdkimhsdubai @Virologist_11 #Marburg #virus 1970s-80s: cases in #SouthAfrica & #Kenya. 1998: 2nd biggest outbreak - 154 cases in the #DRCongo. 2005: biggest outbreak - #Angola with 374 cases with 329 deaths (fatality rate: 88%). 2017: outbreak in #Uganda contained through early detection & response.
@dirgarambe @mdkimhsdubai @Virologist_11 #Ebola #virus 2014–16: #outbreak started in #Guinea & moved to #SierraLeone #Liberia - largest since the virus was first discovered in 1976. Current 2018-19 outbreak in eastern #DRCongo (#Zaire species) - highly complex, with insecurity adversely affecting #publichealth response.
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An Anthropologist following Gandhi.

In good company. Delighted & grateful my #Gandhi research project was selected this year.🙏
#Texas #Fulbright #fieldwork #researchculture #teachingisaworkofheart #anthropology #history #media #art #global #India

chronicle.com/article/Top-Pr…
An Anthropologist following Gandhi (2)

India's first Prime Minister famously said "Don't spare me Shankar" (a leading Indian cartoonist). But #Gandhi did not spare Shankar ;) I wrote about this in my book Caricaturing Culture.
#Texas #Fulbright #fieldwork #cartoons #India
An anthropologist following Gandhi (3)

#Gandhi tapped the power of #cartoons & #public communication early into his journalistic career in #SouthAfrica. Cartoons could be Satyagraha (truth force). His #newspaper the Indian Opinion published and interpreted British cartoons.
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Lets talk about #Gold #Mining in #SouthAfrica. Specifically, lets talk about #AngloGold's exit from South Africa & its impact on say, #Lesotho #Migrant #Mine workers...
The latest #news in the #SouthAfrican #Mining #Industry is that #AngloGold Ashanti, the world’s third-largest gold miner, has sealed a deal to sell its last remaining SA asset as it exits the country after 22 years on the #JSE...
I will not be talking about the "WHY" aspect of #AngloGold's exit from the #SouthAfrican #Mining #Industry. Rather, my focus will be on the consequences of such a move for #Labour, #Migrant labour to be precise. Labour from #Lesotho, specifically...
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Priscilla Pillay(65) was found dead in a veld after she and her husband was hijacked by armed men impersonating police.
After being dropped off, her husband Selvin(68) ran to a house nearby to look for help. They were on their way home in #Vereeniging, #SouthAfrica

RIP
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Following a long line of articles from #TobaccoControl types who completely fail to 'get' #TobaccoHarmReduction, @LauraRossouw chimes in to prove she can misunderstand it up with the 'best'.
So let's look at a brief overview of the article..
Firstly, the title itself. Not only do #THR advocates support (sensible) regulation on #eCigarettes / #vaping, but there are, in most countries, a variety of legacy consumer protections that apply to them (e.g. standards for electrical goods or standards for labeling poisons).
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FREEMASONRY AND THE DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH – PART 1
Secret Societies Control the Rise and Fall of Empires

discerningtheworld.com/2014/10/14/fre…
FREEMASONRY AND THE DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH – PART 2
Sadly, #SouthAfrica was ruled by ‘stealth and deceit,’ and the Afrikaner Broederbond was simply another workhorse of the #Cabalist #Sanhedrin, who has no ‘national’ peace in mind!

discerningtheworld.com/2014/10/14/cop…
Nelson Mandela: "We have many Jews in our struggle - and they have occupied the very top positions."

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Lets talk about #Oil and #Inflation and whether the relationship is #Linear or #NonLinear...
We have all been witness to the recent volatility in the #Global #Oil markets. We have seen how disruptions in oil #Supply, be it from #SaudiArabia, #Nigeria, #Venezuela, #Iran or #Libya can cause upticks in the global #Price of oil...
On the same token, we are aware how muted #oil #demand can arise from a slow down in #global #growth. For e.g. a persistent slowdown in #China often translates into a softening of global oil prices. Similarly, high #inventories & the impact of #US #shale drives down prices...
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China’s interest in South Africa represents a strategic addition to the New Silk Road, sometimes referred to as the One Belt One Road (OBOR ) or One Belt Initiative (OBI). Not only is it a step in the initiative, it also has some natural resources that China would like to access.
"As China has done many times before, they are using a country’s “value” over the cost of the investment. One only needs to look at countries that are indebted to China for funding/backing loans that finance “Infrastructure Projects,” to understand the dynamic."
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Let us briefly #Reflect on the #SARB's first #MPC #Meeting of 2020 and their #MonetaryPolicy decision to cut rates by 25bps from 6.5% to 6.25%...
Everyone with some interest in such matters is without a doubt already aware that the #SouthAfricanReserveBank's #MonetaryPolicyCommittee cut its key #PolicyRate, the #Repo by 25 basis points from 6.5% to 6.25%. The move can perhaps best be summarised by the following statement:
It is clear from the statement above that the SARB moved on the back of a growth story. They would want to see the level of #inflation creep closer to 4.5% but they didnt tighten to achieve this end. Rather, they provided more accommodation for growth & inflation might pick up...
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My current #Working #Research #Topic: "A Review of the #CommonMonetaryArea of #SouthernAfrica: Are Client Countries Better-off De-Linking from the #Anchor #Economy?". I'm using #OptimumCurrencyArea #OCA #Theory to analyse the #CMA arrangement. Draft will be ready January end..!
The #CommonMonetaryArea of #SouthernAfrica or #CMA could seem to some (mostly the technically inclined) to be a no-brainer & a clear natural #OptimumCurrencyArea given the historical links between the #anchor #SouthAfrica & the #clients (#Lesotho #Eswatini & #Namibia)...
Be that as it may, 2020 marks 46 years since the #RandMonetaryArea - #RMA agreement and 34 years since the RMA was revised to establish the #CommonMonetaryArea - #CMA between #SouthAfrica, #Lesotho, Swaziland (now, #Eswatini) and #Namibia...
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Let us talk about the #SouthAfricanReserveBank & what we can expect from their #MonetaryPolicy in 2020...
The #SouthAfricanReserveBank #SARB #MonetaryPolicyCommittee #MPC will conclude its first meeting of 2020 tomorrow 16th January 2020...The #KeyPolicyRate, the #RepoRate is currently 6.5% and #Inflation (#CPI inflation) is within the Bank's 3%-6% target range, at 3.6%...
The #SARB #MPC will consider #domestic #regional & #global #economic / #macroeconomic developments in deciding on its policy stance. The SARB is an inflation targeting #CentralBank whose mandate is to ensure #Price & #Financial #Stability necessary to support economic #Growth...
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(Not for sensitive viewers) This farmer is heartbroken about his 8 lions that were killed for body parts he says in Afrikaans the people who did this are cowards. This must be exposed. Will there be outcry like there was with #Cecilthelion? #SouthAfrica
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Is History All True ❓ Series Finale:

(Ag; the fight was already done❗️😂)

But;

d’Evil showdown edition - “part two”, anyhow❗️
So; in the last part of this thread, we identified some potential #StolenHistory “older” buildings, from the Burghersdorp, aka “The Brickfields” and Fordsburg areas. (Man; now Burghersdorp is a “two block” area 😂right next to one of the “original” Fordsburg maps of the 1890s.)
And Burghersdorp is identified by its trade name of Brickfields❓ 🤷🏻‍♀️Or something like that. (Man; that tyranny by naming control and other muddles❗️)
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The list of truly fundamental needs for human life is a short one.

Food is on that list.

▶️This is how climate change impacted crops in 2019◀️

This is terrifying.

#ClimateChange Impacts on #Food #2019InReview
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*North America*

#UnitedStates:
The midwest was plagued with heavy rain, leading to flooding & causing major challenges with corn, soybeans & other crops nyti.ms/2swW95K

This was widely documented by farmers themselves: #noplant19

#ClimateChange Impacts on #Food
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This caused investors to revisit their investments: bit.ly/2te9XSM

Impacts spanned the Midwest and beyond, including Wisconsin bit.ly/2rLv2nm, Indiana bit.ly/30cfPIk, ...

#ClimateChange Impacts on #Food #2019InReview
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