#US; #US2020Election; #DonaldTrump; #RepublicanNominee
Washington, Aug 28 (Canadian-Media): In his address to the Republican National Convention at the South Lawn of the White House, US President Donald Trump officially accepted Aug 27 the Republican Party’s nomination to run for re-election.
Donald Trump. Image credit: Wallpaper Cave
“I profoundly accept this nomination for President of the United States,” Trump said.
When Trump declared in his speech that, "This is the most important election in the history of our country," his rival, Joe Biden, the U.S. Democratic Party nominee, tweeted: "Donald Trump is right, this is the most important election in the history of our country."
#Canada; #Halifax; #COVID19Vaccine; #Collaboration; #NRC; #CanSinoBiologics
Ottawa, Aug 27 (Canadian-Media): The rising tensions tensions between Canada and China resulted in the ceasing of the collaboration between a Chinese company CanSino Biologics and a Halifax research team aiming to carry out Canada's first clinical trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine, media reports said.
Ad5-ncov. Image credit: Facebook page
Vaccines are urgently needed by the federal governments across the world subject to the safety and efficacy of clinical trials shown in thousands of human volunteers before administering these to the general public.
The Chinese company, CanSino's vaccine, called Ad5-nCoV, was already being run through human trials in China and had shown promising results.
In May of this year a partnership was announced by the federal government of Canada between Canada's publicly funded National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and CanSino Biologics to allow NRC to scale up the technology needed to produce sufficient number of potential vaccines to protect Canadians.
The Canadian Centre for Vaccinology at Dalhousie University was supposed to work with CanSino to run the first Canadian clinical trials for a possible COVID-19 vaccine.
But CBC News was told by NRC that the Chinese customs had not approved the vaccine candidate to be shipped to Canada.
"Subsequent to signing [the agreement], the government of China introduced process changes regarding shipping vaccines to other countries," the NRC said in a statement. "The process is not clear to the NRC, but CanSino does not have the authority to ship the vaccine at this time."
#US; #FDA; #BloodPlasma; #Covid19Treatment;
Washington, Aug 24 (Canadian-Media): Emergency authorisation for the use of plasma to treat coronavirus patients was given Aug 23 by the United States (US) Food and Drug Administration (FDA), media reports said.
U.S. FDA. Image credit: Twitter handle
This procedure has already been used on over 70,000 people in the US and uses antibody-rich blood plasma from people who've recovered from the disease.
US President Donald Trump said the blood plasma treatment could reduce deaths by nearly 35 percent.
Describing the procedure as a powerful therapy, Trump appealed Americans to come forward to donate plasma if they've recovered from COVID-19.
Early research suggests, said the FDA that besides decreasing mortality, blood plasma can improve patient health if administered within the first three days of their hospitalisation.
The agency said it came to the conclusion about the safety of this treatment after an extensive review of data collected during recent months.
#MiddleEast; #Balkans; #IFIMES; #UfM; #COVID19; #UNEP; Vienna, Austria
Ottawa, Aug 24 (Canadian-Media): Developments in the Middle East, Balkans as well as around the world are analysed by the International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) from Ljubljana, Slovenia, media reports said.
IFIMES. Image credit: www.edu.int
In the text entitled “The future of Europe depends on its neighborhood – UfM’s Dr. Nasser Kamel says,” Guido Lanfranchi, an international affairs specialist based in Den Haag summarizes the speech of Dr. Nasser Kamel, the Secretary-General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) who participated in an international conference discussing the future of Europe in Vienna.
Dr. Nasser Kamel, participated July 1st, 2020 to discuss the future of Europe in an international conference held at the historic setting of the eldest world’s Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria, under the name 'From Victory Day to Corona Disarray: 75 Years Of Europe's Collective Security And Human Rights System.'
The four partners, IFIMES, Media Platform Modern Diplomacy, International Scientific Journal European Perspectives, and Action Platform Culture for Peace, with the support of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, were responsible for this gathering .
Describing the amplified impact of the COVID-19 on the old issues and long-standing challenges within the Euro-Mediterranean theater, Kamel, recommended in his keynote address that sustainability and more green, blue, and circular resilience should be at the core of the post-COVID-19 recovery, with a focus on enhancing the resilience of societies on both shores of the Mediterranean.
Kamel also advised the European policymakers that to become a global power, positive engagement with its neighborhood, both east and south was important by replacing hostilities and confrontation with cooperation and by including all EU/Europe neighbors without prejudices.
Kamel said negative effects of the extremely far-reaching repercussions of the pandemic -- not only in the economic front but also the fragility due to the high levels of inequality and the climate change emergency -- can be countered by resilience through a holistic approach to promote an environmental, social, and economic recovery throughout the whole Euro-Mediterranean region.
Speaking on the uneven impact of the COVID-19 in the Euro-Mediterranean region, Kamel said countries that were more dependent on Asian supply chains, for instance, have been hit harder and faster than others.
Debating about the current economic model and its typical long supply chains, Kamel refused frontal attacks to globalization as an outdated concept, and suggested that Euro-Mediterranean countries should increase their resilience by “proximization", or regionalization of these chains
Kamel said he is currently exploring the potential to create regional supply chains and is working with relevant partners, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), hoping to reach tangible development gains on both shores of the Mediterranean.
Addressing the Vienna Conference while honoring the 25th anniversary of the Euro-MED process, Kamel that besides the oft-discussed economic issues, the importance of environmental consideration, which is a reality, should be highlighted, which risk slipping at the bottom of the agenda in times of economic crisis
A report developed by a large group of scientists from several different countries, supported by both the UfM and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has highlighted that the impact of climate change in the Euro-Mediterranean is set to be particularly significant due to the region's warming 20% faster than the rest of the world.
While stressing the interconnectedness of the Euro-Mediterranean region, Kamel said in his concluding remarks, that the future of Europe as a relevant economic, political, and geopolitical power depends on its proactive engagement with its immediate neighborhood to promote resiliency, environmental consideration, and more economically integrated, which is the aim of UfM.
The four implementing partners along with many participants decided to turn this gathering of July conference to a meaningful event, named – Vienna Process: Common Future – One Europe.
This initiative was largely welcomed as foundation to establish a permanent forum of periodic gatherings as a space for reflection on the common future by guarding the fundamentals of our European past.
As stated in the closing statement: “past the Brexit the EU Europe becomes smaller and more fragile, while the non-EU Europe grows more detached and disenfranchised”. The prone wish of the organisers and participants is to reverse that trend.
To this end, the partners are already announced preparing the follow up event in Geneva for early October (to honour the 75th anniversary of the San Francisco Conference). Similar call for a conference comes from Barcelona, Spain which was a birthplace of the EU’s Barcelona Process on detrimental; the strategic Euro-MED dialogue.
#JoeBiden; #USPresidentialNomination; #BasicHumanKindness; #ElectionTool
Washington, Aug 21 (Canadian-Media): Joe Biden in the biggest speech of his long political life during the convention Aug 20 formally accepted the Democratic presidential nomination with his simple general-election message of basic human kindness as his election tool.
Joe Biden. Image credit: Twitter handle
"So, it is with great honor and humility [that] I accept this nomination for president of the United States," Biden said.
Describing himself as "An ally of the light — not of the darkness," Biden vowed to implement a national strategy to contain the covid-19 pandemic, to care about people, including people who dislike him as president, and end this season of darkness and added,
"It's a moment that calls for hope and light and love. Hope for our futures, light to see our way forward, and love for one another."
Biden called for most attention-grabbing development for a national mask requirement during the pandemic.
"We'll have a national mandate to wear a mask — not as a burden, but to protect each other," Biden said. "It's a patriotic duty."
#Washington, #US; #Democrats; #VicePresidentialNominee; KamalaHarris; #DonaldTrump; #Leadership
Washington, Aug 20 (Canadian-Media): Senator Kamala Harris, the Democrats' presumptive vice presidential nominee, in her keynote speech on Wednesday, said that US President Donald Trump's failure of leadership has cost lives and livelihoods in the United States.
Kamala Harris. Image credit: Twitter handle
"Donald Trump's failure of leadership has cost lives and livelihoods," Harris said in excerpts of her speech published early on Wednesday and added that the US, being at an inflection point must do better.
Harris and former US President Barack Obama topped the list of speakers at the party's national conference on Wednesday evening.
US Democratic Party's presidential nomination was officially won by former US Vice President Joe Biden securing 3,558 delegates after the roll call vote on Tuesday in at the party's the four-day virtual Democratic National Convention, during which President Donald Trump's leadership was attacked by several speakers.
Joe Bidden. Image credit: Twitter handle
The second night of the Convention's theme was Leadership, especially on a global scale, during which Trump's foreign policy was criticized by the Democrats.
Former Secretary of State John Kerry in his remarks said Trump is incapable of defending the country in contrast to Biden's steady hand.
"Joe understands that none of the issues of this world - not nuclear weapons, not the challenge of building back better after COVID, not terrorism and certainly not the climate crisis - none can be resolved without bringing nations together," Kerry said and added that Biden can make "America lead like America again."
"This moment is a fight for the security of America and the world," the Obama administration's top diplomat added.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who served under the George W. Bush administration, also made a case for supporting Biden.
"He will restore America’s leadership and our moral authority… and restore the alliances we need to address the dangers that threaten our nation from climate change to nuclear proliferation," Powell said and that Biden will stand up to adversaries and trust US diplomats and the intelligence community.
Trump was described by many of the Democrats throughout the night as selfish.
In the opening speech of the night, Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates described about Trump's alleged abuse of power.
"From the moment President Trump took office he's used his position to benefit himself rather than our country, he's trampled our rule of law," Yates said. "He treats our country like it's his family business, this time bankrupting our nation's moral authority at home and abroad."
Trump was also slammed by former President Bill Clinton for his mishandling of the US response to the domestic outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and his ignoring the advice from medical experts.
"COVID hit us much harder than it had to," Clinton said.
Under the current challenges faced by the US, Biden is the right person to lead the US, former President Jimmy Carter said.
Trump said he will deliver his acceptance speech from the White House lawn during the Republican National Convention scheduled to take place August 21-24 at Charlotte, North Carolina, US.
Biden is ahead nationally in the most recent ten polls by an average of about 7 percent, posted on realclearpolitics.com. The same site also shows Biden leading in the largest battleground states including Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.
#California; #HeatWave; #RollingPowerOoutages; #CaliforniaISO
California (US), Aug 15 (Canadian-Media): Rolling power outages were ordered Aug 14 by California for the first time since 2011 due to strain put on its electrical system by the statewide heat with temperatures around the state rose above 36 C in many areas, and air conditioning use soared, media reports said.
Rolling Power Outages. Image credit: Wikipedia
California Independent System Operator (California ISO), which manages the power grid declared an emergency after 6:30 p.m. local time and directed utilities around the state to shed their power loads causing about 200,000 to 250,000 customers in rotating outages turn off power for about an hour at a time.
California ISO. Image credit: Twitter handle
California ISO said the emergency declaration ended just before 10 p.m. and power had been restored statewide.
"Extreme heat is really the driver behind this," said Anne Gonzales, spokesperson for the power grid operator on Aug 15.
The heat wave is expected to last through next week and the power grid operator will decide whether to continue the rolling outages on a day-to-day basis, Gonzales said.
"We're dealing with weather, clouds, wildfires ... these are quickly evolving situations, quickly changing," Gonzales said.
The heat wave brought dangerously high temperatures, increased wildfire danger and fears of coronavirus spread as people flock to beaches and parks for relief.
Los Angeles, the Central Valley, Sierra Nevada foothills and parts of the San Francisco Bay Area would continue to see sweltering weather into Wednesday.
Mary Ellen Carroll, executive director of the Department of Emergency Management Carroll reminded people to always wear a face mask when in the vicinity of people who don't share their household.
Residents were also encouraged by Carroll to check on family, friends and neighbours, especially older adults and those in frail health, and
"We know it's going to be beautiful out this weekend but we just want everyone to remember that we are in a very serious response to this COVID-19 virus."
#DonaldTrump, #MiddleEast, #Israel, #UAE, #PeaceAgreement
Washington, Aug 13 (Canadian-Media): A surprise announcement was made by US President Donald Trump on Thursday at the White House stating that a peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had been reached, which would facilitate the way for truce in the Middle East.
Donald Trump. Image credit: Official
In a tweet, Trump said: "HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates!"
Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan said in a joint statement that they interacted on Thursday "and agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates."
Israeli and UAE delegations are scheduled to meet in the coming weeks to sign bilateral agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security and the establishment of reciprocal embassies, the statement said.
"At the request of President Trump with the support of the United Arab Emirates, Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the President's Vision for Peace and focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world," it said.
"The United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates are confident that additional diplomatic breakthroughs with other nations are possible, and will work together to achieve this goal," the statement added.
The “vigorous diplomatic outreach” by the president, Israel and the UAE was hailed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“The United States congratulates Israel and the Emirates for this remarkable achievement, which is a significant step forward for peace in the Middle East. Blessed are the peacemakers. Mabruk and Mazal Tov,” he added.
#US; #KamalaHarris; #JoeBiden; #DemocratHarris #BarrackObama; #USPolitics,
#USPolls, #BidenRunningMate, #USVicePresident, #USElections
Washington DC, Aug 13 (Canadian-Media): Kamala Harris, the second African American woman and the first Indian American made her first appearance on Aug 12 with US Democratic candidate Joe Biden as his presumed running mate and tries to rationalizes why Biden had hailed Harris Aug 11 to serve in the US Senate, as one of US' "finest public servants," media reports said.
Kamala Harris. Image credit: Twitter handle
"The President's mismanagement of the pandemic has plunged us into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and we're experiencing a moral reckoning with racism and systemic injustice that has brought a new coalition of conscience to the streets of our country demanding change," Harris said Aug 12 at the afternoon event in Wilmington, Delaware.
"America is crying out for leadership. Yet we have a President who cares more about himself than the people who elected him," said Harris.
In her speech, she described Biden's qualities of "empathy, his compassion, his sense of duty," adding that she and the former vice president were both "cut from the same cloth."
Earlier former President of the United States of America Barack Obama had tweeted in support of Kamala Harris.
Both Obama and Biden share a close bond as during Obama's tenure as the President, Biden served as the 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017.
"This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing," part of Obama's tweet read. He said his wife Michelle and him were thrilled with the announcement.
"I’ve known Senator@KamalaHarris [Kamala Harris] for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake," Obama tweeted.
Joe Biden made his announcement six days before the scheduled opening of the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which will run until August 20. He will not attend the convention out of caution over the novel coronavirus.
Joe Biden. Image credit: Twitter handle
"I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked Kamala Harris - a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants - as my running mate," Biden said in a statement.
"Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau [Biden's son who died of cancer in May 2015]. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then and I'm proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign," Biden added.
#Canada, #Trump, #US, #CanadaUSRelationship, #Aluminium
Ottawa, Aug 7 (Canadian-Media): Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland have decided to impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to reimpose a 10 percent tariff on Canadian aluminum imports, citing national security concerns, media reports said.
Aluminium.Image credit: Twitter handle of Face Aluminium
Trump said Aug 6 afternoon during a campaign speech at a factory in Ohio that the tariff which will affect non-alloyed unwrought aluminum articles, will take effect on Aug. 16.
Freeland, in a statement, said Canada "intends to swiftly impose dollar-for-dollar countermeasures" in response.
"Canadian aluminum does not undermine U.S. national security. Canadian aluminum strengthens U.S. national security and has done so for decades through unparalleled co-operation between our two countries," she said.
Trudeau said, "We will always stand up for our aluminum workers. We did so in 2018, and we will stand up for them again now."
The Trump administration suspended the 10 percent tariffs on aluminum imports from Canada more than a year ago.