The Videographer of Ahmaud Arbery’s death case faces a Murder Charge

(William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., 50)

Feb. 23, 2020 – Ahmaud Arbery (25), An African-American young man was killed by two people, Travis McMichael (34), Gregory McMichael (64) in Glynn County, GA.

Until May 7,  protesters raised their voices to seek justice of Arbery’s death, due to lack of arrests or charges made in association with Arbery’s death.  It was May 7, more than 70 days after the incident, that McMichael father-son duo were arrested on charges of murder.

On Thursday, May 21, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation stated that it arrested William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., 50, on charge of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

Bryan took the video on his phone to depict the chase and killing of Arbery on Feb. 23 in Glynn County.

According to police report, Bryan tried unsuccessfully to block Arbery, who was jogging in the neighborhood when confronted.

The 28-second video showed Arbery jogging as Travis McMichael stood outside of a white pickup truck armed with a shotgun and Gregory McMichael standing in the truck’s open flatbed trunk holding a .357 magnum. The video shows Arbery and Travis McMichael brawling with the shotgun before three shots are fired. Arbery stumbled and fell to the ground and died at the scene.

Bryan will be booked into the Glynn County Jail, GBI said.

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First the Coronavirus, now this?! Michigan Evacuates from Dam Destructions

Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer warned people to get themselves out to safety, after two dams broke in central Michigan, where one downtown could be under 9 feet of water by Wednesday.  People living along the Tittabawassee River and connected lakes in Midland county were ordered to leave home.

Michigan saw an unusually high rainfall this year, and coupled with aging infrastructure (Edenville Dam having been built in 1924 and Sanford Dam in 1925), the weight of the water was simply too much on the dams. Edenville Dam received unsatisfactory grade by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2018.

The flooding of the Tittabawassee River this time has beat the last highest record of 33.9 feet during 1986 flooding, with 34.4 feet on Wednesday morning.

Michigan also has one of the highest COVID-19 infection rates at 53,009, with death toll now at 5,060.

As social distancing suggestions are still in effect, this evacuation could prove to be particularly difficult for the Michiganders living in the Midland area.

Pres. Trump will arrive in Michigan on Thursday.

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WHO will support international health crises? What if Trump Halts financial contributions to WHO

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Director of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus received a letter from Pres. Trump on Monday, criticizing “repeated missteps by you and your organization,” and that if the WHO does not “commit to major substantive improvements in the next 30 days,” he would permanently halt financial contributions to WHO.

Since WHO foundation in 1948, composed of 194 member states and delegation of health experts and leaders to represent each country in the World Health Assembly, the organization had developed as decision and policy-making body for global healthcare.

As death toll passed 90,000 on Tuesday, Trump blamed WHO on its procrastination from issuing epidemic or pandemic alerts earlier this year. As the biggest payer of WHO, the US reaped no benefits from the WHO this year.

While Trump threatens to pull out of WHO, Germany and France point fingers at Trump. Trump in turn, points finger back, angry at the rest of the member nations that pay significantly less, but reaps the same or more benefits. And the data seems to show that the US has the right to be angry at WHO’s incompetence in facing the Novel Coronavirus this year.

According to WHO, major countries’ total contributions to the WHO (2018-2019) shows the following:

United States: $893 million (membership dues $237 million + $656 million from donations)

United Kingdom: $435 million

Germany: $292 million

China: $86 million

France: $76 million

Russia: $57 million

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated to WHO $531 million in the same period.

Considering that the top two contributors are the US and the Gates Foundation providing more funding than the top 5 contributors combined (other than the US), WHO would be quite lost for funds should Pres. Trump indeed decide to stop funding.

Countries like South Korea took drastic measures earlier in the pandemic, and despite seeing initially high numbers of coronavirus infections, saw minimal deaths and is in the path to recovery. South Korea did not depend on the WHO to provide guidance, but the US did, which is why WHO is in the place it is today.

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Moderna Claims COVID-19 Vaccine Success, but what is the Truth?

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Moderna is the leading biotechnology company in Massachusetts, and on Monday, it announced that phase I coronavirus testing for human vaccination purposes yielded safe and effective results.

The results have not yet been published in peer-reviewed scientific journal. However, market reacted positively, with company’s stock seeing a sharp soar of $66.69 per share to $83 in one day.

However, some are concerned that this is yet another biotech firm “fake and pull out” situation similar to that of Gilead, as Monsef Slaoui, one of the directors stepped down days ago, requiring him to sell his stocks. His options are worth $10 million at $66.69 per share, but with $83 per share, he will see great profit when selling his shares.

Another issue is Moderna’s receipt of $483 million from a federal agency by the name of Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, and many congress people are alerting the conflict of interest between federal and business co-op, that seems to generate great revenue but no firm results.

As the World continues to seek and develop vaccines to fight against COVID-19, these brief moments of hope that flickers and dies is hardly helpful to the overall economy; instead, it fuels distrust amongst the citizens, who wait patiently yet frustrated in their homes waiting for vaccines and getting no results but news of biotechnology company stocks going up in price per share.

First, Gilead, now Moderna. Who will come next for a little stock market boost?

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NYSE will reopen on May 26, “New Normal” Pres. Cunningham Says

After March 23, Coronavirus storm hit Wall Street very hard. Before Wall Street can be cleared up, big shovel of hope may be needed for many Americans first.

New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) President Stacey Cunningham announced Thursday, that NYSE will reopen on May 26, and allow a “subset” of brokers wearing face masks to work at the trading floor.

As of March 23, all trading switched to electronic due to one employee and one trader testing positive for coronavirus at the NYSE.

Cunningham said, “Our reopening will bring a ‘new normal’ for the NYSE, hopefully helping chart a path that other businesses in densely populated areas might follow.”

“Designated market makers” who oversee trading for the exchange’s 2,200 listed companies will continue to work remotely, and anyone entering the building will not be allowed to use public transportation. Temperature checks will be reimplemented at entrances.”

“We’ve learned a lot and are in a position to reopen the floor with vital new safety measures, as we begin working together to restart the U.S. economy,” she said.

Coronavirus pandemic is still very much in progress, and this new change will have to be monitored to see whether such action is safe or effective.

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Another Mask Incident, this time at a Target store in LA

On May 1, two unmasked men were caught on camera assaulting a Target employee, who confronted them about refusing to wear masks inside the LA store.

As the men refused to comply with wearing masks, they were escorted out of the store by the employees. As they neared the exit, one of the suspects suddenly turned and punched a store employee, and the employee fell to the floor. During the scuffle that happened, the employees left arm was broken.

The two men are in custody and faces a felony battery charge and held with $50,000 bail. Now on top of that, they’ll have to pay for the Target employee’s treatment.

… all because they didn’t want to wear a mask during a pandemic.

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Florida Shuts Down Beach After Massive Beach Crowding

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During Mother’s Day Weekend, Naples decided to reopen the beach and chose to shut it down once more when it was reported that the amount of people that swarmed counted in the thousands, looking to be even more than the crowd normally gathered during Independence Day crowds in July.

After seeing the swam of people on Saturday, the city closed the beach down effective Sunday. Many city residents were happy to see the closure, as it seemed that many that came out to the beach were out oft owners, noted by evidence of love bugs on the cars, which isn’t possible when driving around Naples.

Naples plans to keep the beaches open during the week, but limit opening on the weekends.

Florida has begun reopening except in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, as majority of COVID-19 cases arise from those three counties.

Florida currently reports 40,596 cases and 1.721 deaths. It is unclear whether beach reopening might bring that number up quicker than forecasted or not.

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A Cup of Poem~~꽃은 피는데/ 김호천

꽃은 피는데

청곡 김호천

실바람에 실려 봄은 왔는데

홍매화 철쭉꽃 모란은 피는데

새들 날아와 꽃놀이 즐기는데

날 새기 전 지도 넘어 떠난 친구여!

** “실바람, 봄, 홍매화, 철쭉꽃, 모란, 새 ” 이들 모두 봄이다. 봄을 이루고 있는 구성 요소이며 또한 새로운 도착을 알리고 있다. 그러나 “날 새기 전” 세상 너머 떠나간 이도 있다. 이 시는 시작과 끝이 모두 봄에 있음을 은연중에 암시하고 있다. 우리는 봄을 그저 항상 느끼듯 새로이 당도한 시작만을 생각하는 경우가 있곤하지만 어쩌면 봄,여름, 가을, 겨울 사시 사철에 모든 만물이 나고짐을 반복하고 있는 것을 알 수 있다. 지도 밖으로 떠난 친구에 대한 슬픔과 아쉬움을 사단시로 표현한 시인의 마음이 깊이 와 닿는다.

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LG Chemical Plant in India Leaks Causing Massive Hospitalization

In the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, a chemical plant released toxic gas into the air, causing a massive evacuation in the city.

India’s Natural Disaster Response Force went in with hazmat suits and gas masks, while many of the city’s habitants were seen running away, carrying injured and unconscious over their shoulders, and covering their faces with makeshift face masks.

11 have been confirmed dead with hundreds more hospitalized in a village with 3,000 people.

Most of the dead were apparently driving or standing outside their homes before losing consciousness where they were, with three dead being children.

The gas was styrene, which is a flammable liquid used to make a variety of industrial products, including polystyrene, fiberglass, rubber, and latex. The gas was released into the factory’s chimney and was carried by the wind.

There are 10,000 people within the affected area.

It seems it could have been much worse, as the plant was planning to reopen after the coronavirus lockdown restrictions were lifted and was in the process of restarting the operations. Thus, it was during regular maintenance and gauging that they found a leak from a storage tank, where chemical was turned into a gas.

The plant was shut down within an hour, but it wasn’t fast enough; no alarm was raised upon the gas leakage. Nonetheless, it is not expected that the gas leak will be as bad as Bhopal disaster of 1984, which led to death of 4,000 people.

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Preventing Smallpox Ver. 2.0 for Native Americans: Opinion

While the rest of the world keeps to social distancing and quarantines, there is a group of people who are most vulnerable to yet another epidemic.

The Native American communities across the country are facing surmounting dangers because of COVID-19. Many Native Americans struggle with poverty, high crime rates, and weak health. With 73 confirmed dead just in the Navajo Nation alone, the virus spreads especially fast amongst those who might have contacts with the criminal justice system.

Even during the 1918 influenza pandemic, the Native American tribes saw up to 4 times more severity in deaths and severity.

Now, Navajo Nation in the area around Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, is facing more than 2,000 reported cases. Indian Health Service has reported a total of 4,000 confirmed cases among all Native American nations so far, and it is not limited to reservations.

Native Americans lack healthcare. The Federal government spends $12,744 on Medicare and $9,404 on Veteran health, but only $2,834 per person for Native Americans. This leaves Native Americans vulnerable simply due to lack of healthcare.

Up to 40% of Navajo homes still lack clean running water and reliable electricity. Some homes are overcrowded exposing vulnerable people to greater risk. Even those tribes that succeeded from businesses are struggling as due to social distancing and shutdowns; many Indian nations receive income through retail or services such as casinos. That is not possible this year.

Solutions include: donating to Native American philanthropic efforts, making sure Native Americans receive their CARES act funds, to make sure healthcare is provided to Native Americans, to hire a Native American leader to have a voice in the Coronavirus task force. FEMA should consider the danger of Native American nations’ exposure leading to General American population as well. Infrastructure update would be very helpful, as many students would not have access to tools necessary to maintain their academic status.

While Native American nations were devastated by past pandemics, this does not need to continue; we can and should make the effort to help them out this time.

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