Warga Desa Cikondang, Desa Cineam, Kabupaten Tasikmalaya digegerkan dengan penemuan mayat bayi di dalam kantong plastik, Minggu (12/4). Jasad bayi ditemukan dalam kondisi mengenaskan, bahkan bagian tubuhnya ada yang hilang diduga digigit anjing.
- The Telegraph
Dominic Cummings claims 'pseudo lockdowns' are 'hopeless' as he launches fresh attack on Government's covid-19 response
Dominic Cummings has claimed that “pseudo lockdowns” without “serious enforcement are hopeless” as the Government considers local restrictions to contain the spread of the Indian variant. Threatening another major row with Boris Johnson, the former senior Number 10 adviser has launched a wide-ranging attack on handling of the pandemic, describing the UK’s border policy as a “joke”. He also accused the Government of a lack of transparency during the pandemic, adding that secrecy over its response had “contributed greatly to the catastrophe” seen during the first wave last year. Mr Cummings added that while the plan for tackling covid-19 was hailed as “world class” by the Prime Minister and others in Government, it had in fact “turned out to be part disaster, part non-existent.” With Whitehall departments now drawing up contingency plans to deal with Indian variant, which is surging in parts of the country, Mr Cummings also questioned why MPs were “accepting a lack of a public plan” on how the vaccine task force intended to contain new strains. And in a move that will unnerve senior figures in Downing Street, he also threatened to release a "crucial historical document" on Covid-19 decision-making. The intervention comes just days before Mr Cummings is due to appear before the Health and Science select committees’ joint inquiry into the pandemic, where he is expected to be highly critical of Mr Johnson and the wider Government response. Lockdown and borders In one of several attacks on UK decision-making, Mr Cummings said the Government had been "totally hostile to learning from East Asia". In a series of posts published on Twitter, he added that "one of the biggest misunderstandings" was that there was a necessary trade-off between imposing lockdowns and shielding the economy in the long-term. "Fact: evidence clear that fast hard effective action best policy for economy AND for reducing deaths/ suffering," he said. "Best example: Taiwan. Also shows that if you really get your act together not only is econ largely unscathed but life is ~ normal." “There's a general western problem based on nonsense memes like 'asians all do as they're told it won't work here'. This is what many behavioural science 'experts'/charlatans argued, disastrously, in [February] 2020. This nonsense is STILL influencing policy, eg our joke borders policy". He added that if covid-19 restrictions were necessary then the best option was to lockdown “harder” and “earlier” to avoid “health system collapse.” However, without “serious enforcement”, he said the restrictions merely amounted to “pseudo lockdowns” which resulted in an economic hit and people “die anyway” with the “nightmare” rumbling on. Vaccine taskforce at risk from Whitehall “blob” While highlighting the success of the vaccination programme, Mr Cummings said this had been achieved by diverting from the “normal Whitehall process” by bringing in outsiders with relevant experience to set up the Vaccine Taskforce and taking responsibility for it away from the Department for Health. However, he claimed that this success appeared to have “blinded” Whitehall, adding that he believed that human trials should have started “immediately”, which could have led to vaccinations starting as early as last summer. Mr Cummings went on to claim that he had heard “rumours” that the “silent entropy of Whitehall” was also “slowly turning” the taskforce back into a “normal entity”. Lack of transparency He also challenged the lack of a public plan for dealing with new variants, stating: “One of the most fundamental and unarguable lessons of Feb-March is that secrecy contributed greatly to the catastrophe. Openness to scrutiny [would] have exposed [Government] errors weeks earlier than happened. “So why are MPs accepting the lack of a public plan now”, he said, referring to the Vaccine Task Force’s work on tackling new variants. Mr Cummings said “the best hedge [regarding] a variant escaping current vaccines is PUBLIC SCRUTINY of Government plans,” adding that he hoped this would show it had been “taken seriously”. “I can think of no significant element of covid response that wd not have been improved by discarding secrecy and opening up,” he continued. However, he added that “if not” it was better for the public to “learn now” that the Government had “screw up again” before “variant escapes” became a major news story. He went on to challenge the claim, made repeatedly by ministers, that a lack of transparency over the vaccine rollout was necessary on the grounds of national security and sensitivity around global demand. “Having watched classified elements of covid response, [the Government could ] make the vaccine plans 99 per cent public without risks,” he said. “‘National security’ almost totally irrelevant to the critical parts of the problem, a few things [could] be withheld while publishing all crucial parts of the plan.” Release of crucial document
- The New York Times
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department under President Donald Trump secretly obtained a grand-jury subpoena last year in an attempt to identify the person behind a Twitter account dedicated to mocking Rep. Devin Nunes of California, according to a newly unsealed court document. But Twitter fought the subpoena, as well as an associated gag order barring the company from talking about it publicly. Twitter executives raised skepticism about whether the Justice Department might be abusing federal criminal law-enforcement power to retaliate against a critic of Nunes, a Republican who is a close ally of Trump, in violation of the First Amendment. Ultimately, according to a person familiar with the matter, the Justice Department withdrew the subpoena this spring, after President Joe Biden took office. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times What was going on behind the subpoena remains murky. The filing — a motion to suppress the subpoena and lift the gag order that Twitter filed in March — shows that the Justice Department sent the company a demand on Nov. 24 to provide identifying information about the user @NunesAlt. Twitter appears to have immediately been suspicious about the legitimacy of the request. The user of that account, the filing said, “appears to be engaged in clear First Amendment activity, discussing stances on current events, government policies and one elected official in particular — Congressman Nunes.” The filing provided examples of some of the account’s tweets, such as a photograph of Nunes with text superimposed over his face: “Believe in conspiracy theories. Even if there is no evidence.” As the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee until Democrats took control of the chamber after the 2018 midterm elections, Nunes used his position to put forward claims that supported Trump’s contention that the Russia investigation was a “deep state” conspiracy against him. Twitter’s filing also noted that Nunes and his lawyer had separately filed a series of lawsuits in efforts to unmask pseudonymous social media users who criticized him, including an account that purported to be the congressman’s cow and the @NunesAlt account. When Twitter pressed the Justice Department for an explanation, the filing said, the government said the subpoena was part of a criminal investigation into a possible violation of a federal statute that makes it a felony to use interstate communications to threaten to injure someone. But the government refused to point to any particular tweet that made a threat. The company’s filing asked the judge overseeing the matter to take a searching look at the basis for the Justice Department’s motivations in going after the user. “As the custodian entrusted with the private identifying information that the government seeks, Twitter is concerned the subpoena may not be supported by a legitimate law enforcement purpose, and that therefore, there cannot be any need — let alone a compelling need — for the government to unmask the user,” a lawyer for Twitter wrote in the court motion. It continued: “As such, Twitter asks that the court engage in a searching analysis of the government’s bases for issuing the subpoena in order to determine whether the subpoena violates the First Amendment and should be quashed.” The grand-jury subpoena had been obtained by the office of the United States attorney for the District of Columbia. At the time, the office was run on an acting basis by Michael Sherwin, who had been installed by Attorney General William Barr. A spokesperson for that office did not respond to a request for comment or explanation, including whether the underlying investigation remained open. The text of the subpoena, which was attached to Twitter’s court filing, suggested that the inquiry was being run by the Capitol Police, which protect members of Congress. A spokesperson for Nunes did not respond to a request for comment. The person who operates the @NunesAlt account appeared to be surprised by the filing, writing in a post Monday afternoon that there was “nothing remarkable about me” and adding, “So then why am I being sued by a US congressman? Why would the DOJ ever target me? Is it the mean tweets and bad memes?” Twitter said in a statement that it was “committed to protecting the freedom of expression for those who use our service. We have a strong track record and take seriously the trust placed in us to work to protect the private information of the people on Twitter.” This article originally appeared in The New York Times. © 2021 The New York Times Company
- The State
The dead period ends May 31.
Both the first and second families’ tax returns reveal losses of income since the successful Biden-Harris White House bid. Vice President Kamala Harris and husband Douglas Emhoff earned more than double what President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden earned in 2020. The first and second families released their tax returns Monday, revealing that Harris and Emhoff earned $1.7 million last year and paid a federal income tax rate of 36.7 percent.
- Business Insider
Why do Trump's foreign golf resorts lose millions of dollars every year? Experts say it could be incompetence, vanity, or something more sinister
Trump's golf courses lose millions every year, with some experts and opponents suspecting they could be a cover for something else.
- The Independent
‘Caitlyn Jenner is essentially bullying a fellow trans woman’
MADRID (Reuters) -A Spanish study on mixing COVID-19 vaccines has found that giving a dose of Pfizer's drug to people who already received a first shot of AstraZeneca vaccine is highly safe and effective, preliminary results showed on Tuesday. The Combivacs study, run by Spain's state-backed Carlos III Health Institute, found the presence of IgG antibodies in the bloodstream was between 30 and 40 times higher in people who got the follow-up Pfizer shot than in a control group who only received one AstraZeneca dose.
When California stripper Brittney, 26, walked into San Francisco’s reopened Gold Club stripping venue again in April after a year, she was confronted with masked-up dancers and just a clutch of patrons. “A lot of times you'll see a lot of girls just sitting around,” said Brittney, who started stripping around two years ago to supplement income from two other jobs. Under guidelines in San Francisco, for instance, strip clubs such as Gold Club that offer food are able to reopen, but strippers and patrons must keep their masks on.
- The Independent
Trump news - live: Ex-president ‘too unhealthy’ for 2024 run as lawyers say Giuliani treated like ‘terrorist’
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- Associated Press
During the Cold War, Russia's Nagurskoye airbase was little more than a runway, a weather station and a communications outpost in the Franz Josef Land archipelago. Now, Russia's northernmost military base is bristling with missiles and radar and its extended runway can handle all types of aircraft, including nuclear-capable strategic bombers, projecting Moscow's power and influence across the Arctic amid intensifying international competition for the region's vast resources. The shamrock-shaped facility — three large pods extending from a central atrium — is called the “Arctic Trefoil” and is painted in the white-red-and-blue of the national flag, brightening the otherwise stark vantage point on the 5,600-kilometer (3,470-mile) Northern Sea Route along Russia's Arctic coast.
- The Independent
SpaceX founder loses second spot to LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault
- The Independent
Navy personnel can be heard saying the UFO ‘splashed’ into the ocean in clip which has been confirmed by Pentagon
Mr Kant is believed to be the second Australian to die in India amid a temporary travel ban on citizens.
- The Daily Beast
REUTERSIndia’s catastrophic coronavirus outbreak has now sent lethal reverberations to Africa, where countries are relying on Indian-made vaccines through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access program known as COVAX.The World Economic Forum warned that Africa, which already has the world’s slowest vaccine rollout, with just 2 percent of the entire population inoculated, risked being left vulnerable to a wave of new variants as the virus mutates unchecked across the continent due to vaccine shortfalls caused by India’s crisis. The Next Big COVID Disaster Could Be HereGlobally, 150 doses per 1,000 people have been put into arms. In Africa, just eight doses per 1,000 people have been administered. And with India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, now unable to meet vaccine export demands meant for the COVAX program in Africa, that number could drop even further.Around 140 million doses of vaccines intended to be distributed to low-income countries in Africa through COVAX were missed in May. “Another 50 million doses are likely to be missed in June,” Henrietta Fore, the director of UNICEF, said in a statement. “We are concerned that the deadly spike in India is a precursor to what will happen if those warnings remain unheeded. While the situation in India is tragic, it is not unique.”Taiwan, too, is in the midst of a devastating second wave after having largely skirted the brunt of the first wave. But variants have taken hold there, and anticipated vaccines through COVAX—again produced in India—have not arrived. Now the country is grappling with how to divvy up 300,000 doses on hand for a population that exceeds 24 million and whether they should save second doses or just get as many people a first dose as possible. Just 1 percent of the population is fully inoculated. The World Health Organization has also recommended that all African countries use all the doses of whatever vaccines they have to give first jabs to as many people as possible rather than saving supplies for second doses to provide at least partial protection to as many as possible. On Monday, WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus nudged the Serum Institute of India, which supplies the COVAX program, to “get back on track and catch up” despite being overwhelmed.The World Economic Forum is now calling on wealthy countries to abandon “vaccine nationalism” and help struggling nations by making vaccines global public goods with intellectual-property data open to all. India and South Africa have called for a waiver on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) to speed up the production of vaccines. The Biden administration has already called for patent sharing to help produce more vaccines. “Recent announcements on COVID-19 vaccine exports will undoubtedly blunt the momentum behind efforts to ensure global, equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines,” said Chido Munyati, head of Africa at the World Economic Forum. “This is the time for real public-private partnership as the world is facing one of its biggest challenges.”China has been among the first to heed the call to help Africa by donating vaccines to more than a dozen African countries to fill the gap created by the COVAX shortfalls. Beijing also supports the TRIPS waiver, which could also aid China in improving its own made-in-China vaccine, which has low efficacy, and of which it has pledged 10 million doses to COVAX. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian pledged Monday that they would continue to do more. “As the largest developing country and a responsible member of the international community, China will do all things that are conducive to developing countries’ fight against the virus and support all actions that can help developing countries acquire vaccines in an equitable way,” he said. “We are also working with over 10 developing countries including Egypt and the UAE on technological transfer and cooperative production to quickly advance large-scale production of vaccines.” But until any of these pledges and promises become reality, Africa is slowly nearing the edge of the COVID-19 cliff. The World Economic Forum says he delays “could have further long-lasting consequences on Sub-Saharan Africa’s economies” since without vaccine protection, the pandemic will continue there unhindered giving way to the development of new vaccine-resistant variants, stifling already sluggish economies and taxing health systems that will quickly buckle under any more pressure. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
- Business Insider
Russia's intelligence chief suggested without evidence that the US and UK orchestrated the SolarWinds hack that breached US government agencies
The head of Russia's foreign intelligence service (SVR) denied Russian involvement in the SolarWinds cyberattack and pointed at the UK and US instead.
- Associated Press
Sirens wailed just before the Jewish holiday of Shavuot began on Sunday evening, sending Chen Farag and her family once again running for cover as they have dozens of times over the past week since the latest war between Palestinian militants in Gaza and the Israeli military erupted. The city of about 225,000 people is around 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of the Gaza Strip. Six adults, two dogs and a parrot huddled in their home’s reinforced safe room — a routine precaution for hundreds of thousands of Israelis in the country's south.
- Raleigh News and Observer
“Due to the boldness” of the attack, police believe the manager has assaulted others in the past.
- USA TODAY
The tweets were sent from the official Twitter account of the State of Israel a week after airstrikes left hundreds dead
- Kansas City Star
The chief operating officer is a native Kansan, and he promises: The headquarters will stay right here in Kansas City.
- Associated Press
Federal authorities say a man on trial in Fargo, North Dakota, slashed his own throat in the courtroom Monday and died. Carlson said the man had a sharp instrument that might have been made of plastic. Carlson said the jury had left the courtroom, but U.S. District Judge Peter Welte, courtroom staff and others witnessed the incident.