(WASHINGTON) FBI & Several Federal Agencies #COVID19 Report: On Wednesday warned hospitals and cyber-researchers about “credible” information “of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and health-care providers.” #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.29: The FBI, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security and known as CISA, said hackers were targeting the sector, “often leading to ransomware attacks, data theft and the disruption of health-care services,” according to an advisory:

The advisory warned that hackers might use Ryuk ransomware “for financial gain.” The warning comes as #Covid19 cases and hospitalizations surge across the country. The cybersecurity company FireEye said multiple U.S hospitals had been hit by a “coordinated” ransomware attack, with at least three publicly confirming being struck this week. […]

The attack was carried out by a financially motivated cybercrime group dubbed UNC1878 by computer security researchers, according to Charles Carmakal, FireEye’s strategic services chief technology officer: At least three hospitals were severely affected by ransomware on Tuesday, he said, and multiple hospitals have been hit over the past several weeks. UNC1878 intends to target and deploy ransomware to hundreds of other hospitals, Carmakal said:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Oct.29: 2020:

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(Paris, France.) JUST IN: Alleged terrorist attack foiled near Sartrouville following earlier incidents in Avignon as a slew of incidents were reported across the country #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.29: A man has been arrested near the Saint-Martin church in Sartrouville in possession of a knife, amid earlier attacks and incidents across France on Thursday: A security cordon has been established in the area while investigations are carried out: The man was arrested at approximately 1pm local time, according to French media, who also claim the man intended to carry out a copycat attack similar to the one which took place in Nice on Thursday morning in which at least three people were killed: The would-be attacker’s father reportedly raised the alarm with police, who scrambled to the church and quickly arrested him: The news comes amid a slew of incidents across France in the wake of the Nice attack, including a police shooting in Avignon, the evacuation of a train station in Toulon and the arrest of a man in possession of a 30cm knife near a train station in Lyon:

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(PARIS, France.) LATEST: French Media (unconfirmed) release details of suspect in the Nice attack today as assailant Brahim A and officials still to confirm facts as they launch a terrorist investgation into the case #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.29: French media have released the first details about the suspect in an attack that killed three people at a church in Nice. The facts are yet to be confirmed by officials, who launched a terrorist investigation into the case: The assailant has been identified as Brahim A., a 21-year-old male of Tunisian descent, Nice-Matin, a regional daily, reported. The claim has been repeated by at least one French lawmaker:

The suspect is now in police custody after being injured and arrested at the site: At least one of his three victims had their throat cut, AFP reported, citing officials. Several other people are believed to have been wounded in the attack: The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, described the attacker as an “Islamo-fascist” and told reporters that the man kept shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’, “even while under medication.” French prosecutors have opened a terrorist investigation into the attack.

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Security forces guard the area after a knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice, France, October 29, 2020.

Hours later, police in Avignon, southeastern France, shot and killed a man after he allegedly tried to attack them with a knife: Then, in Lyon, a suspect armed with a “long knife” was apprehended by authorities, purportedly as he attempted to carry out an attack:

France has raised its terrorism alert system to its highest level following the incident in Nice: The country has struggled to crack down on Islamic extremism following the beheading of a schoolteacher, Samuel Paty, by a Chechen refugee. Paty’s murder was thought to have been provoked by his decision to show cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his students during a lecture about freedom of speech:

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Oct.29: 2020:

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(LONDON) JUST IN: U.K. Labour Party Suspends Former Leader Jeremy Corbyn After Anti-Semitism Report Released Today: Keir Starmer promised a culture change but its pending an investigation by party members #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.29: Officials in Britain’s opposition Labour Party failed to stamp out anti-Semitism and committed “unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination,” the U.K. equalities watchdog said Thursday in a scathing report. Labour’s leader said the findings were “a day of shame” for the party: The Equality and Human Rights Commission found “significant failings” and a “lack of leadership” in how the left-of-center party handled allegations of anti-Semitism among its members:

Labour leader Keir Starmer promised “a culture change in the Labour Party,” saying there would be “no more denials or excuses.” ” It is a day of shame for the Labour Party,” Starmer said: ” We have failed Jewish people, our members, our supporters and the British public.”……………..

His predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn, who led the party when the acts described in the report occurred, accused opponents of exaggerating the problem for “political reasons.”………………The party responded by suspending Corbyn, who has represented Labour in Parliament since 1983:

Labour has been grappling with allegations that anti-Semitism was allowed to fester under the 2015-2019 leadership of Corbyn, a long-time supporter of Palestinians and a critic of Israel:

In a 130-page report, the commission said in two cases party officers committed “unlawful harassment” against Jewish people and their allies. It said there were many more accounts of harassment by ordinary party members, but that Labour could not be held legally accountable for them since the perpetrators did not hold any official roles: The equality commission also said there was “evidence of political interference in the handling of anti-Semitism complaints” by the party leader’s office, and that the interference was unlawful: ” Some complaints were unjustifiably not investigated at all,” the report said: It said there was “a culture within the party which, at best, did not do enough to prevent anti-Semitism and, at worst, could be seen to accept it.”…………The commission does not have the power to bring criminal charges, but made recommendations for change, which the party is legally bound to act on.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, said the report marked a “historic nadir for the Labour Party.”

After the comments, Labour said it was suspending Corbyn pending an investigation: ” If after all the pain, all the grief, and all the evidence in this report, there are still those who think there’s no problem with anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, that it’s all exaggerated, or a factional attack, then, frankly, you are part of the problem, too,” Starmer said. “And you should be nowhere near the Labour Party, either.”

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Oct.29: 2020:

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(MADRID, Spain.) #Coronavirus Report: State of emergency extended for 6 months as regions are given Covid#19 powers over curfews and borders #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.29: Spain’s parliament approved a six-month extension to the national state of emergency on Thursday, granting regional authorities more power to tackle the country’s second wave of #Covid19 : This is Spain’s third extension to the state of emergency during the pandemic and will be in force until May 9, but with the option for it to be lifted on March.09:

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Taxi drivers take part in a demonstration to demand economic aid from the government, in Barcelona . © AFP / Josep LAGO

Under this new extension, regional governments have the power to control freedom of movement and curfew times without having to go through complicated fortnightly procedures in parliament: Spain has registered 1,136,503 confirmed cases of Covid-19 to date – among the highest in Europe – and its coronavirus death toll stands at 35,466. 

#AceHealthDesk report ……………..Published: Oct.29: 2020:

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(WISCONSIN) JUST IN: GOP Has said on Thurday that their account had been ‘ hacked ‘ and $2.3-million has been stolen according to the @AP #AceNewsDesk report

AceNewsReport – Oct.29: Hackers stole $2.3 million from the Wisconsin Republican Party’s account that was being used to help reelect President Donald Trump in the key battleground state, the party’s chairman told The Associated Press on Thursday:

The party noticed the suspicious activity on Oct. 22 and contacted the FBI on Friday, said Republican Party Chairman Andrew Hitt. Hitt said the FBI is investigating: The attack was discovered less than two weeks before Election Day as both Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden made their final push to win Wisconsin and its 10 electoral votes:

Trump won the state by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016 and planned his third visit in seven days on Friday: Biden also planned to campaign in Wisconsin on Friday. Polls have consistently shown a tight race in the state, usually with Biden ahead by single digits and within the margin of error:

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Oct.29: 2020:

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(FRANCE) Private Data Report: According to WSJ ad companies have filed a complaint over Apples new opt-in rules in iOS 14 later this year to get permission from users to collect their random advertising identifier, which advertisers use to deliver personalised ads and track how effective their campaigns were #AceSocialNewsdesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.29: The Wall Street Journal reports that advertising companies and publishers have filed a complaint against Apple with France’s competition authority, arguing that the enhanced privacy measures would be anticompetitive:

According to the report, the complaint alleges that the wording of Apple’s permission prompt will lead most users to decline tracking of their device’s advertising identifier, which could result in lost revenue:

In August, Facebook warned advertisers that the prompt could lead to a more than 50 percent drop in Audience Network publisher revenue: In a statement, Apple reiterated its belief that “privacy is a fundamental right,” adding that “a user’s data belongs to them and they should get to decide whether to share their data and with whom.” Apple said that its own data collection doesn’t count as tracking because it doesn’t share the data with other companies:

#AceSocialNewsdesk report …….Published: Oct.29: 2020:

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(TAIWAN) JUST IN: Pilot killed on Thursday after his F-5E fighter jet crashed off the island’s eastern coast during routine training, the military said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.29: The pilot, Captain Chu Kuang-meng, 29, reported an engine malfunction shortly after takeoff and managed to eject himself from the F-5E jet. He was unconscious when he was rescued from the sea, the air force said, adding, however, that he could not be revived: Chu “tried his best to guide the plane away from the nearby settlement to avoid civilian casualties,” the Defense Ministry said: After the crash, all F-5 fighters were immediately grounded for safety checks, according to air force chief of staff Huang Chih-wei. So far, the military has only reported that the fighter jet crashed for unknown reasons: The F-5E is an older generation fighter, and was a joint venture between Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation and the Northrop Corporation in 1973. The first aircraft was commissioned by the air force in 1974, and the planes are still being used for training:

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Female soldiers of an artillery unit take part in the live fire Han Kuang military exercise, which simulates China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) invading the island, in Pingtung, Taiwan, May 30, 2019. © Reuters / Tyrone Siu

This is the second fatal air crash in three months involving Taiwan’s aged military aircraft. Two crew members were killed in a helicopter crash in July, during military manoeuvers across the island. One of the drills included simulated coastal assaults from China: Taiwan’s under-equipped air force has recently increasingly scrambled its jets after complaining about an “unprecedented level of incursions” into its defense zone by Chinese fighters. While China says there is no “mid-line”of the Strait, defending its “one-China principle.”…………..Tensions between Taipei and Beijing have spiked in recent months, and China held military drills in September after it expressed anger over senior US officials’ visit to Taipei. Meanwhile, Taiwan is set to get three US weapon systems worth an estimated $1.8 billion.

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Oct.29: 2020:

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(PARIS, France.) JUST IN: An attacker with a knife killed at least two people and wounded several others at a church in Nice on Thursday, police said in an incident that the mayor described as terrorism according to Actu17 a woman was beheaded and a man was slaughtered #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport _ Oct.29: A woman has reportedly been beheaded and a man had his throat cut in a suspected terrorist attack outside a church in Nice: An operation is in progress near the Notre Dame Church in Nice, with French media reporting that two people have died and several people have been injured: According to Actu17, “a woman was beheaded, a man was slaughtered”……..The media outlet reports “an assailant was neutralised by bullets and taken to hospital, he is seriously injured”……….Nice mayor Christian Estrosi tweeted he was on-site with the police who have “challenged the perpetrator of the attack”

Woman ‘beheaded’ and man’s throat cut in knife terror attack in France Euronewsweekly.Com/

29 October 2020 @ 10:30

Factbox: Reuters Wire News: France’s litany of deadly attacks: The incident, which the Mediterranean city’s mayor described as terrorism, took place less than two weeks after the beheading of middle school teacher Samuel Paty by a man of Chechen origin: Paty’s attacker said he wanted to punish him for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a civics lesson: Here are other attacks that have taken place in France over the past few years:

** Two people were stabbed and wounded in Paris on Sept. 25 this year near the former offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, where Islamist militants carried out a deadly attack in 2015. A man originally from Pakistan was arrested over the attack.

** Oct. 3, 2019 – Mickael Harpon, a 45-year-old IT specialist with security clearance to work in the Paris police headquarters, killed three police officers and one civilian employee before being shot dead by police. He had converted to Islam about 10 years earlier.

** March 23, 2018 – A gunman kills three people in southwestern France after holding up a car, firing on police and taking hostages in a supermarket, screaming “Allahu Akbar”. Security forces storm the building and kill him.

**July 26, 2016 – Two attackers kill a priest and seriously wound another hostage in a church in northern France before being shot dead by French police. Francois Hollande, who was France’s president at the time, says the two hostage-takers had pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

** July 14, 2016 – A gunman drives a heavy truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice, killing 86 people and injuring scores more in an attack claimed by Islamic State. The attacker is identified as a Tunisian-born Frenchman.

** June 14, 2016 – A Frenchman of Moroccan origin stabs a police commander to death outside his home in a Paris suburb and kills his partner, who also worked for the police. The attacker told police negotiators during a siege that he was answering an appeal by Islamic State.

** Nov. 13, 2015 – Paris is rocked by multiple, near simultaneous gun-and-bomb attacks on entertainment sites around the city, in which 130 people are killed and 368 are wounded. Islamic State says it was responsible for the attacks. Two of the 10 known perpetrators were Belgian citizens and three others were French.

** Jan. 7-9, 2015 – Two Islamist militants break into an editorial meeting of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Jan. 7 and rake it with bullets, killing 12 people. Another militant kills a policewoman the next day and takes hostages at a supermarket on Jan. 9, killing four before police shoot him dead.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Oct.29: 2020:

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(ANKARA, Turkey.) Court Report: On Tuesday a Turkish employee of the American Consulate in Istanbul has been sentenced to more than five years in jail after finding that he had knowingly aided a terrorist group #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.28: Nazmi Mete Canturk, who worked as a security guard, is one of three Turkish staffers at U.S. Consulates facing similar charges, a situation that has raised tensions between the two longtime allies: U.S. diplomats maintain that the charges against the employees are baseless, and critics of Turkey have said they amount to political hostage-taking. Since 2017, the men have been in jail, under house arrest or under travel restrictions, despite protests from American officials:

Court sentences ‘ U.S. Consulate Employee ‘ to over 5-Years in jail for being part of a coup in 2015 to overthrow Erdogans rule that he linked to a terrorist group

Nazmi Mete Canturk, a guard at the United States Consulate, was accused of aiding a terrorist group, a charge the Americans and other critics say is baseless – NewYorkTimes.Com/

Mr. Canturk was charged with being a member of a religious organization led by the Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused of masterminding a failed coup in 2016 from his self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania. The attempted coup left 251 people dead, mostly civilians, and wounded more than 2,000 others: In the years since, Mr. Erdogan’s attempt to hold thousands accountable for their alleged involvement in the coup has drawn criticism from international rights groups:

Mr. Canturk was not immediately taken into custody on Tuesday because he still has a right to appeal: In all, he faces a sentence of five years, two months and 15 days. Mr. Canturk’s wife and daughter had also faced charges, but they were acquitted: Mr. Canturk, whose trial began in June 2019, has been barred by the court from leaving the country: In June, Metin Topuz, another longtime employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, was found guilty on similar charges and sentenced to more than eight years in prison: He is now serving his sentence:

Another consulate employee, Hamza Ulucay, worked as a translator in the U.S. Consulate in the southern Turkish city of Adana for 30 years before he was detained: He was convicted on the same charge in January, and was sentenced to four and a half years in prison but was released after the court determined that his time had been served:

Since 2016: Around 70,000 people have been brought before Turkish courts to face charges related to the coup attempt, some in mass trials of more than 100 people at a time…………….Many of the trials have taken years and are expected to continue through the appeals for several more years:

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Oct.28: 2020:

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(LONDON) MET Terrortorial Support Group Report: Youngsters in the area of ‘ Canada Wateer Station ‘ have arrested a 16yr-old-teen in ‘ crackdown ‘ on rising concerns by householders in the area of ‘ anti-social-behaviour ‘ on Tues.27:Oct: #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.28: A large hunting knife is off the streets following dedicated action by officers to clamp down on rising concerns of anti-social behaviour in the Rotherhithe area of London: This follows recent reports of youngsters throwing fireworks in the area around Canada Water station: Officers from the Territorial Support Group (TSG) have been deployed throughout this week, in support of existing patrols by local officers: On Tuesday, 27 October, at approximately 17:40hrs, officers were on Helena Street, SE16, when they saw two teenage boys acting suspiciously: Both boys attempted to run from police but following a short chase, they were stopped: One of the boys, aged 16, was seen to throw a knife under a car which was later recovered: He was arrested at the scene and taken into custody:

MET TSG Officers have seized a ‘ hunting knife ‘ and arrested a a teen in Rotherhithe on Tuesday after reports of youngsters throwing fireworks …..

Inspector Lee Barnes of the Territorial Support Group, said: “In the last week, the community of Rotherhithe have reached out to the Met following a number of worrying incidents where youngsters were recklessly playing with fireworks in the Canada Water area: This dangerous behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated: My TSG unit was tasked to support local officers and to show a strong policing presence in the area: “This arrests is a direct result of those patrols. I am really pleased to see that a potentially lethal knife has been taken off the streets. We will continue to work closely with the residents of Rotherhithe to take tough action against those who carry weapons or cause a blight to their local community.”

The 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon: He was taken to a south London police station and has since been released under investigation as enquiries continue:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Oct.28: 2020:

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(LONDON) Kit Klarenberg Report: Controverisal ‘ open source investigations’ website Bellingcat was paid directly by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) at least once, official data sh ows, debunking its founder and chief Eliot Higgins claims to the contrary #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.28: Suggestions that Bellingcat is a tool of Western governments, and funded by them directly, have long-abounded – and consistently been denied by founder and chief Eliot Higgins:

Bellingcat DID take UK Foreign Office money, open logs show, directly contradicting Eliot Higgins’ claims

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Bellingcat DID take UK Foreign Office money, open logs show, directly contradicting Eliot Higgins’ claims

By Kit Klarenberg, an investigative journalist exploring the role of intelligence services in shaping politics and perceptions:

Such allegations reached fever pitch in late 2018, when files related to the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) military intelligence operation Integrity Initiative were leaked by hacktivist collective Anonymous: The papers revealed the secret endeavour, among other things, worked to discredit left-leaning, anti-war figures at home and abroad, and maintained clandestine global networks of journalists, academics, and military and intelligence operatives to spread pro-Western propaganda and encourage more aggressive policies toward Moscow:

Several documents openly referred to Bellingcat, at least one suggesting the organizations were collaborating on certain projects – if true, this would in turn imply Bellingcat was in receipt of FCO cash: Higgins was repeatedly probed on the question via Twitter, but he strenuously deniedBellingcat had conducted any work for or with the Initiative, or received FCO funding:

However, publicly-available documents prove the latter contention, at least, to be an outright lie: As Declassified UK chief Matt Kennard revealed on Twitter on October 26, official FCO procurement figuresmake clear the department paid Bellingcat £1,800 on December 20 2018 for “consulting, management and public relations” services – mere days prior to several of Higgins’ spirited denials: The precise nature of the “consulting, management and public relations” services rendered by the organization is unclear, although it may be related to shadowy FCO program Open Information Partnership (OIP)…………………Officially, under its auspices Bellingcat collaborates with the Atlantic Council’s DFRLab, Zinc Network and Media Diversity Institute to “work together through peer-to-peer learning, training and working groups to pioneer methods to expose disinformation,” in collaboration with a sizable network of NGOs across Europe: However, leaked documents suggest the endeavor is in actuality an avowed “disinformation factory” itself, seeking to covertly further Whitehall’s global policy objectives, seeking to influence “elections taking place in countries of particular interest to the FCO,” and other malign objectives – and strongly suggest Integrity Initiative is involved in the endeavour, or at least was at some stage.

The Initiative’s parent ‘charity’ Institute for Statecraft was named as one of OIP’s partners alongside Bellingcat et al, a number of Initiative staff were to be seconded to OIP, and the Initiative’s “pre-existing pool of contacts” was intended to serve “as a springboard for the identification of new potential network members.” Significantly, the documents also detail numerous examples of OIP partners collaborating prior to the program’s April 2019 launch – yet further indications Eliot Higgins was also lying when he denied Bellingcat had ever joined forces with the Integrity Initiative:

For instance, in Ukraine OIP collaborated with a dozen online ‘influencers’ “to counter Kremlin-backed messaging through innovative editorial strategies, audience segmentation, and production models that reflected the complex and sensitive political environment,” in the process allowing them to “reach wider audiences with compelling content that received over four million views.”

In Russia and Central Asia, OIP worked with a network of ‘YouTubers’ in Russia and Central Asia to create videos “promoting media integrity and democratic values.” Somewhat sinisterly, participants were also taught how to “make and receive international payments without being registered as external sources of funding” and “develop editorial strategies to deliver key messages,” while the organization minimized their “risk of prosecution” and managed “project communications” to ensure the existence of the network, and indeed OIP’s role, were kept “confidential.”

Bellingcat’s website notes the organization is an OIP partner, although the fact that the program is funded entirely by the FCO – a fact openly stated on OIP’s homepage – isn’t mentioned. Upon the endeavour’s launch, Higgins was keen to claim Bellingcat was “subcontracted” for the project by OIP partner Zinc Network, which in turn received FCO funds: A cynic might suggest this semantic fudge allowed him to maintain the fiction Bellingcat wasn’t funded directly by the FCO, thus preserving the myth the organization is an independent citizen journalist collective, while nonetheless being heavily bankrolled by the UK government:

Alternatively, it may be the case that Whitehall itself wishes to distance itself from Higgins: After all, a leaked FCO-commissioned appraisal of Bellingcat concluded the organization was “somewhat discredited, both by spreading disinformation itself, and by being willing to produce reports for anyone willing to pay.”

Whatever the truth of the matter, there are indications Bellingcat’s relationship with the FCO may extend far further than what can be pieced together from publicly-available information: A Freedom of Information request submitted to the FCO in January 2019 asked the department for all internal documents related to research on the Syrian crisis mentioning Bellingcat, particularly those relating to the use of chemical weapons in the country, and “any documents that refer to the reliability of Bellingcat as a source when drafting research assessments.”

In response, the FCO stated it could “neither confirm nor deny it holds information relevant to your request,” on the grounds of “safeguarding national security.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Oct.28: 2020:

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(NEW DELHI, India.) #Coronavirus Study Report: Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar has found that ove r 40 per cent of the population has developed antibodies for #Covid19 — a quantum jump from a June s tudy, in which only 3.8 per cent of the population had developed antibodies for the virus #AceHealthDesk rep ort

#AceHealthReport – Oct.28: “The study showed that half to two-thirds of the sampled population in some areas of the district had antibodies for the #COVID19 “ The present study showed a manifold increase in sero positivity among the Srinagar population as compared to our previous study conducted in June this year, where sero prevalence of SARS CoV-2 Infection in Srinagar district was just 3.8%:

#Coronavirus Study by GMC has found over 40% of population has developed anti-bodies for #COVID19

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It shows that the majority of the population has been exposed to SARS COV-2 virus and we shall still continue to follow SOPs religiously to prevent infection among vulnerable populations especially elderly and persons with co-morbidities,” said principal investigator of the study Dr Muhammad Salim Khan, who heads the Department of Community Medicine at GMC.” As part of the October survey, which was conducted in collaboration with the Directorate of Health Services and the National Health Mission, over 2,300 people across the different age groups were tested from 20 clusters of Srinagar district, covering both the urban and rural areas, with 40.6 per cent of the samples showing sero-prevalence for SARS CoV-2.

” The study was initiated after a go-ahead from the institutional ethical committee. “Blood samples of both rounds of sero prevalence study in Srinagar district were tested on high-end Architect analyser of Abbott Laboratories, which was also used by ICMR during their recent countrywide sero survey of SARS CoV-2,” said Dr Sabhiya Majid, who heads the biochemistry department at GMC and is the co-principal investigator of the study.” …………“If we extrapolate the results of the study on the general population of Srinagar district, we may presume that around 6 lakh people must be expected to be sero-positive to SARS COV-2 amongst the 15 lakh population in the district,” Khan said. “The sero survey is undergoing in nine other districts of Kashmir division and their results are expected soon.”

” The study also revealed that the prevalence of antibodies was more among women — 44.7 per cent — as against 37.5 per cent in men “

#AceHealthDesk report ………………Published: Oct.28: 2020:

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(BEIJING, China.) #Coronavirus Report: Factory linked to #COVID19 infections in Shufu county of Kashi in ‘ Northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region ‘ is a ‘ clothing factory ‘ to solve employment crisis for residents but is being slandered by the Western Media as a ‘ Forced Lab or Camp ‘ according to The Global Times #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.28: “The factory that’s been closely linked to #COVID19 infections in Shufu county of Kashi in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is a clothing factory, and its establishment has helped solve employment difficulties for residents, officials said on Wednesday, refuting Western media slander that it is a “forced labor camp.” ……Xinjiang officials said at a press conference on Wednesday that the factory was set up jointly by the local government and villages, and it mainly produces sportswear and other casual clothes:

Coronavirus Report: Factory providing work for villagers and contracting #COVID19 has been slandered as a ‘ force-labour-camp ‘ by Western Media according to The Global Times


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As of press time, the Kashi region had detected a total of 183 positive COVID-19 cases, all related to the clothing factory. No other positive cases were found beyond those 183 cases in other regions of Kashi: The township is populous but has little arable land, and the natural environment is harsh. In order to help villagers find jobs and earn more money, the local government supported the establishment of this garment processing factory. As part of its support, the local government helped the factory get sewing machines, and it carried out infrastructure renovation.

A total of 252 people work at the factory: After the factory was established, local farmers could find employment at their doorstep. The monthly income of employees ranges from 1,500 yuan ($223) to 3,000 yuan. In households where both husbands and wives work in the factory, they could earn more than 60,000 yuan a year, officials said: The factory has two production workshops and covers an area of about 13,000 square meters. Its annual production capacity at present is about 200,000 garments, officials said.

After the outbreak was detected in Kashi, the Global Times found that some foreign reports started to hype Xinjiang-related issue, claiming the factory was a forced labor camp: Accusing the factory of being a forced labor camp and fabricating such a story is an old line that the Western media and journalists can always follow whenever it comes to Xinjiang-related issues, said Zhu Weiqun, former head of the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference:

As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc overseas, people with ulterior motives should mind their own business and stop playing the old game of defaming China, Zhu told the Global Times on Wednesday: Except for the 183 people who tested positive in Shufu county, all other nucleic acid tests covering 4.7 million people in Kashi prefecture were negative. The possibility of any spread of the outbreak can be basically ruled out, officials from the Kashi health authority also said at the press conference.

Experts reached by Global Times reporters said that China’s virus prevention goal is never to achieve a zero caseload and sporadic infections are no surprise: The local government is ramping up efforts to clarify the source of infection and the path of transmission. A team from the National Health Commission is now in Kashi…..

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Oct.28: 2020:

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(BROOKLYN, N.Y.) Full Court Report: #NXIVM Trial: Keith Raniere sentenced on Tuesday to 120yrs-in-prison for ‘ sex-trafficking & other related crimes ‘ he purported to be able to offer self-improv ement-workshops but was in reality a puppet-master of a sex-cult #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.28: Keith Raniere promised a path to happiness, seducing wealthy people who felt they lacked a higher purpose in life: His company, Nxivm, offered self-improvement workshops that became popular in Hollywood and business circles: But beneath the surface, Mr. Raniere was a puppet master controlling a cultlike criminal enterprise, prosecutors revealed at his trial. Some women in Nxivm were sexually abused by Mr. Raniere, and even branded with his initials in a secret ceremony

Keith Raniere, Leader of #Nxivm Sex Cult, Is Sentenced to 120 Years in Prison

In the courtroom, more than a dozen victims gave wrenching testimony about how he manipulated and sexually abused them.

By Nicole Hong & Sean Piccoli Oct.27: 2020: NYTimes.Com/

Keith Raniere, 60, was found guilty last year of sex trafficking, racketeering, fraud and other crimes.
Keith Raniere, 60, was found guilty last year of sex trafficking, racketeering, fraud and other crimes.HBO

On Tuesday, Mr. Raniere, 60, was sentenced to 120 years in prison for sex trafficking and other crimes, effectively a life sentence. The judge also ordered him to pay a $1.75 million fine: The sentencing capped a remarkable downfall for a man who was once idolized by his followers, but has since been exposed as a fraudster who exploited Nxivm’s adherents for money, sex and power.

Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of Federal District Court in Brooklyn determined the punishment after hearing hours of wrenching testimony from 15 victims, many of whom described how Mr. Raniere had left them traumatized and brainwashed from his pseudoscientific teachings: Mr. Raniere’s lawyer, Marc Agnifilo, said he would appeal the sentence. “I salute the people who came in and spoke,” he said.

The first to speak was a woman identified only as Camila, who in a trembling voice recalled that Mr. Raniere started sexually abusing her when she was 15 and he was 45. She had previously declined to cooperate with prosecutors on the advice of a lawyer who was recommended to her by Mr. Raniere’s counsel: During their 12-year relationship, Camila said, Mr. Raniere expected her to be available for sex at all hours. He ordered her to weigh less than 100 pounds and directed her to get an abortion. She said she attempted suicide once: “I want to move on, but he has damaged me in so many ways,” Camila said: When he wanted to replace Camila, prosecutors have said, he directed his inner circle to find another “young virgin successor” for him: Camila’s mother, brother and a sister also spoke on Tuesday, telling the judge that Mr. Raniere destroyed their once close-knit family. The father and oldest daughter in the family — who had a child with Mr. Raniere — are still supporters of him. Mr. Raniere had a sexual relationship with all three sisters in the family:

In a speech before the court, Mr. Raniere, wearing blue prisoner clothes, maintained his innocence and said some of the victims were lying. He said he was “deeply sorry,” arguing that he did not mean to cause so much pain and anger: “Where I am is caused by me,” Mr. Raniere said. “This is all my doing.”……As Mr. Raniere waffled between apologizing and blaming the women, one of his victims and ex-girlfriends, Toni Natalie, buried her head in her hands: After the victims’ statements, Mr. Raniere’s lawyer, Mr. Agnifilo, argued that his client never intended to hurt any women, saying he was in love with them and simply had trouble dealing with breakups. In a stunning moment, Judge Garaufis interrupted Mr. Agnifilo in the middle of his speech, yelling, “No!”

During a back-and-forth in which the two men shouted through face masks, Judge Garaufis spoke forcefully about how intent did not matter when a 45-year-old man sexually abuses a child: “It’s an insult to the intelligence of anyone who listens,” the judge said.

Mr. Agnifilo did seem to acknowledge tensions with his client, saying that he had refused to file a motion claiming evidence tampering by the government even though Mr. Raniere asked him to. In recent months, Mr. Raniere has spearheaded a campaign to overturn his conviction, directing his supporters to create a podcast about his case and set up a contest to find errors in his prosecution in exchange for a $25,000 cash prize:

Another victim, India Oxenberg, told the court that Mr. Raniere tried to poison her relationship with her mother, the actress Catherine Oxenberg, whose efforts to extricate her daughter from the organization were part of a recent HBO documentary series about Nxivm called “The Vow.” ………..India Oxenberg said Mr. Raniere expected her to wait naked for him, like a piece of meat. She became so thin under his manipulation that she stopped getting her period, she said: “You are a sexual predator, and you raped me,” India Oxenberg said. “When you touched me, I recoiled.”

Former Nxivm (pronounced NEX-ee-um) members said Mr. Raniere preyed on insecure people who hoped that immersing themselves in expensive self-help classes would unlock the key to fulfillment. Even highly educated people became trapped inside Mr. Raniere’s system, which he sold as the only way to overcome their fears, shaming anyone who tried to quit:

At Mr. Raniere’s trial, a primary focus was a secretive women-only group inside Nxivm: During a videotaped initiation ceremony, the women lay naked on a table, saying, “Master, please brand me,” as a cauterizing pen seared their skin without anesthesia: Some of those women testified that they thought they were joining a women’s mentorship group, only to discover that they were directed to have sex with Mr. Raniere: The women, referred to as “slaves,” were regularly required to hand over collateral like sexually explicit videos, which they constantly feared would be released. Prosecutors called it extortion.

On Tuesday, a former “slave” identified only as Nicole told the judge that the collateral was the only thing stopping her from spitting in Mr. Raniere’s face during her time in the group, which she described as the most degrading experience of her life: “I had never agreed to give up the right to my body,” she said.

A jury convicted Mr. Raniere in June 2019 after a six-week trial: Besides sex trafficking, the jury found him guilty of crimes that included racketeering and child pornography: To this day, Mr. Raniere has many supporters who insist that every activity in Nxivm was among consenting adults. Dozens wrote letters to the courturging leniency.

His supporters flocked to Brooklyn on Tuesday, waiting hours in line to enter the courthouse: There was a tense atmosphere before the sentencing; Mr. Raniere’s loyalists would approach victims or other lawyers involved in the case, who tried to dodge them: Nxivm was funded in large part by an heiress to the Seagram’s liquor fortune, Clare Bronfman, who spent more than $100 million of her inheritance to sue Mr. Raniere’s enemies and support the organization: One of Nxivm’s top recruiters was Allison Mack, the former television actress known for her role on “Smallville,” whose glowing testimonials helped bring Hollywood celebrities into the organization. The Dalai Lama once spoke at a Nxivm event.

Mr. Raniere was charged along with five women in his inner circle, including Ms. Bronfman and Ms. Mack. Each of them pleaded guilty ahead of his trial: Ms. Bronfman was sentenced last month to more than six years in prison for her role in Nxivm. The others do not have sentencing dates yet:

Mr. Raniere never married and had long-term relationships simultaneously with multiple women. Nxivm’s curriculum taught that women were to be monogamous, while men were to be polygamous: He fathered children with two women, including Kristin Keeffe, who spoke at his sentencing and said he had never paid child support for their teenage son.

Ms. Keeffe said that even though she was hired as an employee in Nxivm’s legal affairs department, Mr. Raniere commanded sexual obedience from her: She and other victims said Nxivm’s leaders told them not to seek professional medical help because Mr. Raniere knew better than doctors:

Since Mr. Raniere created Nxivm in 1998, around 18,000 people have taken its courses in the United States, Mexico and Canada: The group’s sales pitch claimed that Mr. Raniere was a genius with one of the highest I.Q. scores in the world. In reality, prosecutors have said, he graduated with a 2.26 grade point average from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y…………Most Nxivm members never had a sexual relationship with Mr. Raniere, but they did face pressure to pay for more and more classes, sometimes taking on debt to do so. One couple estimated they spent $300,000 on Nxivm courses and were forced to declare bankruptcy, prosecutors have said……………Nxivm defectors said it was not as easy as it seemed to leave the group……….Many participants took some workshops and moved on………..But others had quit their careers and moved to the company’s headquarters near Albany, N.Y., where they were isolated and more susceptible to Mr. Raniere’s influence……………..The ones who became Nxivm coaches depended on the organization for income……………Some were Mexican immigrants who needed Nxivm for their legal status in the United States…………And they had seen what happened to critics of Nxivm, who were targeted by private investigators and hit with endless lawsuits. Ms. Bronfman had even convinced the authorities to initiate criminal investigations against some of them.

When the authorities finally arrested Mr. Raniere in 2018, he was at a luxury villa near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, hiding in a closet. He was living with several women from Nxivm: As he was placed in the back of a police car and zipped away, the women chased after him:

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Oct.28: 2020:

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(AZERBIJAN) JUST IN: Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Report: Armed forces have obtained dozens of Turkish-made KARGU small loitering munitions and according to UNICEF has said today at least 12-children have been killed via@Sputnik today Wednesday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.28: The Azerbaijani Armed Forces have obtained dozens of Turkish-made KARGU small loitering munitions, which will likely be used against Armenian forces in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh: On October 28, leaked photos showing Azerbaijani troops showcasing at least 27 KARGU loitering munitions surfaced on social media:

Leaked Photos Confirm Transfer Of Dozens Of Turkish-Made Loitering Munitions To Azerbaijan

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KARGU, which was developed by Turkey’s defense contractor STM, can carry out reconnaissance and attack missions: The loitering munition has a range of 5 km, an endurance of 30 minutes and can carry different types of warheads: KARGU loitering munitions can operate in a swarm and has an artificial intelligence (AI) image processing capabilities, including facial recognition:

According Divan-i Harp Telegram chanell, this is Turkish Kargu quadcopter-kamikaze in Azerbaijani service.https://t.co/MR5HwhAGMO
I already noted earlier that some of the strikes in Azerbaijani videos were inflicted by quadcopters-kamikaze. pic.twitter.com/VU9DFs9cb1

— Yuri Lyamin (@imp_navigator) October 28, 2020

The Azerbaijani military has been using loitering munitions, including the Israeli-made IAI Harpo and Elbit’s SkyStriker, against Armenian forces since the outbreak of the battle in Nagorno-Karabakh more than a month ago: While the Harpo and SkyStriker were used against high-value targets such as air-defense systems and armored units, the smaller KARGU will likely be used against infantry and forward posts.

Advanced precision-guided weapons like the KARGU have granted the Azerbaijani military the upper hand in Nagorno-Karabakh’s battlefield

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Oct.28: 2020:

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(TEXAS, Ariz.) DOJ Court Report: Ore City man and convicted sexual offender has been sentenced to 840-months in prison for ‘ child exploitation violations ‘ between 2013 – 2018 on 18-minor-female-victims #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.28: U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox Announces: Jeremy OKieth Kyle, also known as Corey Webster, also known as Rick, also known as Derrick Willis, also known as Eric Sanders, also known as Brad Smith, also known as Jason, also known as J, pleaded guilty on Feb. 19, 2020, to three counts of coercion and enticement and was sentenced to 840 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle today:

According to information presented in court, between 2013 and 2018, Kyle, a convicted sex offender, committed numerous offenses against eighteen minor female victims and four adult female victims: He used a variety of false personas and promises of love and money to convince the victims to meet him and engage in sexual encounters. He acquired images and videos of the victims engaged in sexually explicit conduct and threatened to distribute those images and videos in order to coerce more sexual encounters”

“What this man did is a tragedy: These young victims were treated in ways no person should ever be treated,” said U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox. “This case also serves as a warning to parents: exploitation and abuse can be one click away in today’s social media and technological environment. Parents should take strong precautions to protect children from victimization.”

“Predators are targeting children of all ages online by using threats and manipulative tactics: The FBI will continue working with our partners to hold these online predators accountable for their dangerous behavior,” said FBI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno. “We encourage potential victims and their parents to contact the FBI or local law enforcement if they are targeted online.”

Anyone who had contact, in person or on social media, with an individual who identified himself as Jeremy OKieth Kyle, Corey Webster, Rick, Derrick Willis, Eric Sanders, Brad Smith, Jason, or J, is urged to contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 1-800-804-3547. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will take the necessary steps to protect the individuals’ identities and confidential information.

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Oct.28: 2020:

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(HOUSTON, Tx.) HPD Report: Officers are looking for crooks that robbed two different delivery drivers a few hours apart at the same pharmacy on Tues.Oct.13: #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.28: On Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 10:15 am, a UPS employee was delivering packages of prescription medicine at the Bizmart Pharmacy, located at 9504 Long Point, in Houston, Texas. As the delivery driver was dropping off two packages, he noticed an unknown male approaching his open truck. The complainant stated that something didn’t feel right about the male walking towards him, so he set the packages down at the front door of the pharmacy and began walking back towards his truck, at which time two additional males appeared and pinned him against his truck and held him there while the other suspect grabbed the packages at the door. During the robbery, one of the suspect stated that they had a gun and threatened the complainant if he resisted. The suspects then ran back to a blue Nissan Rogue and a dark colored Dodge Charger and fled the scene:

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The same suspects are believed to be responsible for another robbery a few hours later at the same location: In that robbery, a FedEx employee was delivering a package to the pharmacy when two unknown males ran up to him and forcibly grabbed the package that he was delivering. The suspects then ran back to the Dodge Charger and fled the scene. Houston PD #1359636-20

Suspect description: Black male, 20 to 25 years old, thin build, black jacket, black pants and wore sandals. Suspect #2: Black male, 20 to 25 years old, thin build, gray hoodie, blue jeans and black shoes. Suspect #3: Black male, orange 20 to 25 years old, heavy set, orange hoodie, blue jeans and white and black shoes: Breaking911 https://ift.tt/35DkE0F

Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at https://ift.tt/MULYJo

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Oct.28: 2020:

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(NEW DELHI, India.) #Coronavirus Frontline Report: Little Recognition and Less Pay: These female healthcare workers are the rural countries ‘ First Line of Defence Against #COVID19 but one workers story tells where a substantial number of new cases have been reported, many of these health care workers say the government is failing them: #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.28: Archana Ghugare’s ringtone, a Hindu devotional song, has been the background score of her life since March. By 7 a.m. on a mid-October day, the 41-year-old has already received two calls about suspected #COVID19 cases in Pavnar, her village in the Indian state of Maharashtra: As she gets ready and rushes out the door an hour later, she receives at least four more:

“My family jokes that not even Prime Minister Modi gets as many calls as I do,” she says.

Ghugare, and nearly a million other Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) assigned to rural villages and small towns across India, are on the front lines of the country’s fight against the coronavirus. Every day, Ghugare goes door to door in search of potential COVID-19 cases, working to get patients tested or to help them find treatment:

With 8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, India has the second-highest tally in the world after the United States and its health infrastructure struggled to cope with the surge in COVID-19 patients this summer: India spends only 1.3% of its GDP on public health care, among the lowest in the world. The situation is stark in rural areas where 66% of India’s 1.3 billion people live and where health facilities are scant and medical professionals can be hard to find:

India’s ASHA program is likely the world’s largest army of all-female community health workers. They are the foot soldiers of the country’s health system. Established in 2005, a key focus of the program was reducing maternal and infant deaths, so all recruits are women. They have also played an essential role in India’s efforts to eradicate polio and increase immunization, according to numerous studies:

How the Pandemic Is Reshaping India

But even as health authorities have leaned on ASHAs to quell the spread of COVID-19 in rural areas, where a substantial number of new cases have been reported, many of these health care workers say the government is failing them: Pay was meager to begin with, but some workers have reported not being paid for months: Their hours have increased dramatically, but pay rises, when they have come, have not reflected the increased demands. Many ASHAs have also complained about not being provided adequate protective equipment for their high-risk work: They are the unsung heroes who are fighting to contain the unfettered spread of the virus in rural areas,” says Dr. Smisha Agarwal, Research Director at the John Hopkins Global Health Initiative. She argues it is vital to improve pay to boost morale and sustain this frontline workforce:

Ghugare was chosen from her village of 7,000 people in 2011. Since then, she has overseen countless births, meticulously monitored the health of thousands of newborn babies and strictly ensured immunization through door-to-door awareness campaigns. The personal relationships she built over the years have helped in the fight against COVID-19, giving her a good grasp of the medical histories of most of the 1,500 people assigned to her. “It’s all in here,” she says pointing to her head:

Before the pandemic, she was expected to work two to three hours per day, for which she was paid about 2,000 rupees ($27) a month, with incentives for completing tasks in the community: Now, she’s spending 9 to 10 hours a day working to combat COVID-19. She had to cut back her other job working at a farm, and most of the bonuses have dried up as well. The Indian government has given her a 1,000-rupee ($13.50) COVID-19 stipend, but that doesn’t make up for the lost income:

Conditions like these are pushing many of these women to breaking point. Some 600,000 ASHAs went on strike in August to demand better pay and recognition as permanent government employees. (They are currently classified as volunteers, which renders them ineligible for minimum wages and other benefits.)

“The extra work we used to do earlier to ensure our stomachs weren’t empty has stopped now,” Ghugare says.

Indias Army of 600,000 Virus-Hunting Women Goes on Strike

 India’s Biggest Slum Successfully Contained COVID-19. But Can Its Residents Survive the Economic Collapse? ………………Heading out the door, she puts on a face mask and headscarf to protect herself while mentally running through the symptoms of one of the possible COVID-19 patients she had been phoned about earlier. Knowing that the individual suffers from diabetes, which makes people more vulnerable to coronavirus, Ghugare begins working out how to prioritize the case and arrange transportation to a center, about 40 minutes away, for urgent testing:

Some cases are particularly challenging. There are days when villagers refuse to talk to her. Worried about being forced to go to the hospital and missing work—a major hardship when people depend on daily wages for a hand-to-mouth existence—people often hide symptoms. Then there is also the menace of fake news, often spread on WhatsApp

Ghugare arrives at a house in the sweltering heat, where it takes her almost 20 minutes to persuade a man to get his wife tested for COVID-19. Because of a false rumor spread via messaging apps, he is convinced his wife’s kidneys will be removed if she goes to hospital. In the end, he relents. “Dealing with fake WhatsApp forwards is one of the most exhausting parts of the job,” Ghugare says: By around 1:30 p.m., she has already worked six hours. Before the pandemic, she would have wrapped up and headed to her second job. But now she still has a long list to get through to meet her daily target of visiting 50 houses.

Asha Health Workers Do Door To Door Survey To Identify Covid-19 Cases In Delhi

Demands like these have driven many ASHAs to protest. “We are warriors who were sent to war without any weapons,” says Sunita Rani, an ASHA from the northern state of Haryana. She has been protesting against the state government since July and says she won’t give up until their demands are met. “If we can fight a virus, we definitely know how to fight our governments.” The Indian government hasn’t yet responded to their demands for permanent government employment: Most health experts seem to agree that ASHAs are underpaid. But some say that making their roles full-time is more complicated. “The beauty of this role is the mix of incentives that tend to energize ASHAs to perform better,” says Dr. Jyoti Joshi, the director of South Asia at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policies, a public health research organization. She says retaining the incentives for completing tasks, while adding benefits like free family health checkups, might be one solution.

Pay varies by state, and salaries can range from 2,000 rupees ($27) to 10,000 rupees ($135) per month, according to a national union for ASHAs: Many workers also depend on receiving bonuses. For instance, Ghugare receives 100 rupees ($1.25) if she vaccinates a child against measles, mumps and rubella and 600 rupees ($8) for delivering a baby for a family living below the poverty line:

Some economists argue that making nearly a million female health care workers full-time employees, and paying them more, will not only benefit India’s health system but might also help revive the country’s battered economy, one of the worst hit by the pandemic: ” Employing and putting wages into the hands of so many people will definitely be beneficial to the rural economy, ” says Dipa Sinha, an economist at the Ambedkar University in New Delhi: It might also help recover India’s plummeting rate of female workplace participation, for which the country is among the bottom 10 in the world. Experts have attributed this to cultural attitudes and the slowdown in the agricultural sector, where most rural women work. Sinha says that this gender disparity plays into the issue of ASHAs not being recognized for their work. “Who volunteers for six to eight hours a day?” she says. “It’s because they are women that their work is undermined. You can’t do this to a cadre of men.”

Ghugare shares that sentiment although she didn’t take part in the protests: With her two children growing older, expenses are increasing. An increased salary with benefits would help her give her family a better life:

As she walks back home at dusk, she knows her day isn’t done yet. There is household work to get to before getting started with a report on the day’s survey. It will be midnight before she calls it a day. That is, if the phone doesn’t ring again:

“It feels like there is a sword over our heads,” she says. “A hanging sword.”

#AceHealthDesk report ……………Published: Oct.28: 2020:

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(CALIFORNIA) Private Data Report: A group of search engines from around the world are banding together to demand European Union regulators address Google’s dominance in the online search market #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.27: They are also urging the EU to take a closer look at Google’s controversial auction process: The news comes hot on the heels of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) antitrust case, which formally launched last week: The suit alleges that Google violates anti-competition laws by crowding out rivals in the internet search and advertising markets:

DuckDuckGo (U.S.), Ecosia (Germany), Lilo and Qwant (France), and Seznam (Czech Republic) have penned an open letter to European Commission executive VP Margrethe Vestager asking her to take a “renewed look” at the policing of Google’s search market dominance: As an initial step, the companies are calling for a trilateral meeting between themselves, the European Commission (EC), and Google to look at the issue of search engine competition in Europe and elsewhere.

More specifically, Google’s smaller rivals want to establish a more “effective preference menu,” giving Android users an easier way to choose a default search engine when setting up their device for the first time:

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Oct.27: 2020: