P-E Biden Demonstrates Reasons Why Older Adults Should Engage in Physical Activities

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Nowadays, seeing older adults aged 65 or older actively taking part in a sport or engaged in some kind of physical activity is no longer a surprising sight. Yet, we must admit that we are struck with awe when we see a senior vigorously pedaling a bike, competing in bowling tournaments , vying for pro tennis rankings or even show off their dancing prowess in international talent competitions.

Rather than let old age be a handicap that prevents them from doing things they love do to, many seniors are of the mind set to conquer aging symptoms by staying active, as doing so all the more makes them physically and mentally fit.

Present Day Politicians Exemplify Physical and Mental Ability as Seniors

Just look at the most prominent politicians in our midst today, in the persons of President-elect Joe Biden and soon-to-be-former president Donald Trump.

While Trump constantly mocked his presidential-election rival as “Sleepy Joe,” the description doesn’t fit because Mr. Biden has the look and stamina of a healthy senior. After the news media declared Joe Biden as the president-elect, he showed to the world that he is still physically and mentally fit to become the 46th U.S. President. Millions of viewers worldwide saw him jog on the way to the podium while wearing a protective mask; but not at all sounding short of breath when he delivered his moving speech.

During his campaign rallies, the former vice-president has been confronted with questions about mental fitness, for having stuttered, stammered and making verbal blunders during his public appearances. Yet today as we listen to his speeches, and observe the manner by which he is handling the transition process made difficult by Donald Trump, doubts about the president-elect’s mental fitness are all but gone.

After nearly a year of gruelling campaign activities, the now 78-year old President-Elect has shown only indications of determination to address all problems currently faced by the country, including the effects of climate change.

Transitioning from Inactive to Active, Best to Seek Medical Consultation First

Only recently, Pres-Elect Joe Biden’s personal care physician published a medical report attesting to the incoming POTUS’ fitness in assuming the related duties and responsibilities of a national leader. Dr. Kevin O’Connor also pointed out that the President-elect’s aversion to smoking and years of active engagement in regular workouts at least 5 times a week are the main reasons why even as a septuagenarian, Mr. Biden is still very much physically fit.

Seniors who are looking to transition from inactive to active lifestyle should first consult with their personal care physician. While many older adults can be physically active at any age, it would be best to have a medical opinion about one’s level of fitness. While there are different kinds of physical activities to engage in, the level of intensity and the length of time in which to spend engaged in such activity should be under professional medical supervision.

Let’s take for example the recumbent 3-wheel bikes that have become popular among active older adults. It would be wise for an elderly to start with light bike runs first, before moderately increasing one’s recumbent biking. Many older adults prefer to ride a 3-wheel bike because it’s more stable and allows for easy mobility. Especially now when they buy groceries and supplies online. A 3-wheel bike with a rear basket enables them to pick-up the ordered items instead of having to wait several days via a doorstep-delivery.

By the way, there’s an array of 3-wheel bikes available at Amazon, but as the Black Friday sale is on an extended run, the increasing demand for affordable 3 wheel bikes for seniors have caused some of the most popular brands to run out-of-stock

UK PM Johnson’s Support of Pres-Elect Biden Eases Fears of Tension

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After being declared by news networks as President-elect, the first among the European leaders whom Joe Biden called was UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. A Downing Street spokesperson said that during the call, PM Johnson expressed his congratulations to both President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

In related news reports and as Trump continues to refuse to accept the election results, the UK Prime Minister refused to give any comments about the issue. Nonetheless, PM Johnson said that the United Kingdom will still maintain a good relationship with the U.S. regardless of who takes the seat of the country’s presidential position.

Is There Tension between President-elect Biden and UK Prime Minister Johnson

It can be surmised that the reason why the UK PM was the first to be called is due to the fact that last month, President-elect Biden posted a tweet about the U.S.-UK trade relationship. The incoming U.S. president remarked that the future of trade deals between the U.S. and the UK depends on the latter country’s commitment of not turning its back on the Good Friday Peace Treaty with Northern Ireland.

The call between the two leaders lasted for 25 minutes, in which certain concerns were brought up; including President-elect Biden’s known opposition to Brexit. Many anticipate that the incoming President’s opinion of the UK’s Brexit move could cause tension that would result in a strained relationship with the UK.

The peace treaty or the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) was also brought up during the call and the UK Prime Minister reassured Pres-elect Biden that under his Brexit, the GFA will be kept secure. It is acknowledged that the two leaders of the country talked through the significance of Brexit while still keeping the Good Friday Agreement.j

MP’s of PM Johnson’s Conservative Government Showed Support for Biden

Not many in the U.S. are aware that in the later part of October, Ministers of Parliament in PM Jonson’s Conservative government had already expressed their support for Joe Biden. According to UK news reports, the Conservative Ministers of Parliament had already advised PM Johnson that a Biden-win will likely see the U.S. re-engaging in amicable trade deals and it would be in the best interest of the UK not to be left behind in the potential trade deals.

Under the Trump administration trade negotiations between European countries were impacted by Trump’s unwarranted imposition of higher tariffs.

The UK’s Long-Term Plan for Addressing Mental Illness Among British Adolescents,

General, Health, Society

Mental illness among adolescents has become a major social problem, for which countries like the UK formulated solutions to help arrest the continuing rise.

There are several factors that can cause mental health disorders among Britons, especially now that the COVID-19 pandemic is on its second wave. Yet the UK government is raising public awareness that adolescents are in a critical stage that makes them vulnerable to mental illness. Based on the most recent data collected, the UK government found out that one in every seven (7) adolescents between ages 11 to 16 year old, have been diagnosed with potential mental health disorder.

Moreover, the data also revealed that by the time those youths reached the age of 14, about 50% were confirmed as mentally unwell. Even more alarming is that 75% of those pre-diagnosed, were suffering from serious mental health problems at age 24.

Schools Play an Important Role in Detecting Mental Illness Among Adolescents

Schools in England play an important role in detecting adolescents likely suffering from mental illness. In recent years, not a few schools have bee making referrals to the the government-funded healthcare system, the National Health Services (NHS), concerning students needing mental health treatment. During the recent 3 years, the number of school referrals grew by more than ⅓,. Over a 4-year period, 55% of those that received referrals for mental health treatment came mostly from primary schools.

A more comprehensive analysis of the available data showed that in an average class comprised by an average of 30 15 year-old students, the recommendations for mental treatment arose from the following reasons:

  • 1.  Witnessing parents separate;
  • 2.  Experiencing death of a parent;
    3.  Bullying or being bullied
    4.  Proneness to inflicting self-harm

UK Government’s Introduction of the NHS Long Term Plan

In carrying out the government’s policy to undertake actions that will help improve the mental health of UK’s adolescents, a 5-year programme called the NHS Long Term Plan was established. The programme commits to develop mental health services in providing mental treatments to pre-adolescent and adolescents, starting 2020-2021.

The NHS Long Term Plan commits to the continuance of the programmes over the next 10 years, by broadening access to government-funded mental health services by way of community-based centers, including setting up support services in schools and colleges.

Other programmes include making Relationship Education a compulsory subject in state-funded primary schools. The topic advances to Relationship and Sex Education for students in the seconday level. In both programmes, pupils will also be required to learn about mental wellbeing. In September 2020, the Department of Education has made these subjects compulsory in all state-funded schools.

UK Government Also Highlights the Need to Provide a Supportive Environment for Adolescents

Still, as these programs can only help prevent the increase in mental health illness among UK’s youth, the government still highlights the importance of a supportive environment involving family and peers. Even the simple act of gift-giving can contribute to building a protective environment in combatting and mitigating the risks of mental illness among adolescents.

While choosing gifts for adolescents especially those aged 14-year old, gifting a son or a relative with something related to his interest or hobbies is a confirmation that you are aware of his current activities. Listening to what a beloved teen often talks enthusiastically about, are good enough clues for finding a gift that will show how much people around him truly cares.

To help readers find the birthday or Christmas gifts most adolescents include in their wish list, they can find different gift-buying guides, including age-specific recommendations like the one they will find at https://medium.com/@playtime/best-gift-ideas-for-14-year-old-boys-a3c580dbfddb

Former M16 Officer Wants UK Gov’t. to Beef Up Security vs Russian Activities

Politics, Security

Christoper Steele, a former M16 officer who submitted evidence on illicit Russian activities in the country, wants the government to to take a proactive stance.

Steele had previously submitted dossiers to the Security Committee conducting a Russia inquiry. However, he was disappointed with the report released by the committee last month, saying the UK government badly underestimates the Russian threat.

There are a lot of unanswered questions, specifically those raised regarding the funds that flowed into the Conservative Party. The dossier presented evidence that the money came from individuals who have ties with Russia but later defected to become UK citizens.

Although parliament ministers are now contemplating on requiring foreign agents to register in the UK as a means of strengthening UK’s security laws, Mr Steele recommends that such laws must be framed carefully in order to be effective. He asserts that the UK government must also launch organised efforts to bar Russia from carrying out its plan of distorting and disrupting the political systems of countries, .

Former M16 Officer’s Explanation about the Russian Threat

The former M16 intelligence officer explained the Russian threat to Conservative MP Daniel Collins in the latter’s Infotagion podcast.

As a backgrounder, Christopher Steele took part in building the Trump-Russia dossier. The dossier gave the U.S. FBI team led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, evidence in a related investigation. The results of which led to the successful prosecution of several Trump allies and Russian individuals, who allegedly took part in Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign

Steele explained:

”Moscow’s goal is to create great partisanship and division, in order to create polarity within political systems; the likes of which have not been seen before in democracies.”

He asserts the need for the UK government to proactively engage the help of the country’s M15 and M16 security services, inasmuch as UK political parties are currently being targeted by way of cyber hacking and political donations. Citing the Brexit movement as an example, Steele said Kremln launched efforts to shatter consensus that led to extreme lengths of political debate.

He added that the UK government’s lax regulation over the flow of Russian money in the country, enabled the Kremlin to interfere with Brexit and other political issues during the past years. Although Moscow denied such allegations, Mr. Steele presented evidence to the Security Committed, showing leaked documents about UK-US trade talks that emerged before the 2019 elections.

The information was stolen by hacking the personal email account of Conservative MP Liam Fox and were subsequently published online. The Labour Party then used the leaked information in their 2019 campaign by claiming that the country’s National Health Services (NHS) would be put at risk.

Steele warns of more interference in the forthcoming 2020 U.S. election because other foreign governments that harbor concerns if Democratic contender Joe Biden wins in the November U.S. presidential election.

He argues that at present, the UK is on the defensive, with the West being weaker at this point since the end of the Cold War. He pointed out that the government has been slow in its response because of the vulnerabilities created by democracy, combined with modern technology; to which the country has yet to catch up in order to prevent adversaries from using and exploiting them.

The Politicalization of Instagram

Political Photography, Politics, Social Media

While a lot has been going on around the world, there are also lots of things not happening, and as a result spurred the politicization of Instagram. Inasmuch as the U.S. is the leading Instagram user on a global scale, photographic content of political nature, particularly those chronicling the Black Lives Matter rallies across all states now dominate the photo-sharing platform’s news feeds.

The rest of the world are now gradually working their way out of the economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet there are still no events, concerts, celebrations and even restaurants from which interesting pictures can be taken, to draw the people’s interest away from U.S. political occurrences.

Why Instagram Serves as a Better Platform for Political Activism

Instagram has transitioned into becoming a social media platform for letting people around the world know what is actually happening in America today. Its importance as a more effective tool for political activism is enhanced by the two thousand number of characters that IG users can utilize in captioning a photo. The number stands in stark contrast to Twitter, which allows up to a maximum of 280 characters only.
Moreover, since Instagram is an affiliate of Facebook, it enables IG users to instantly spread their photographs across millions of FB accounts and make it go viral.

Socially shared photographs rather than words can lay bare truths much faster than the curated news being broadcasted by TV and online news channels. In fact, they often provide the lead that journalists pick up and follow through with formal coverage; making the information official as the latest development on a trending issue.

The Real World Now Matters at Instagram

Instagram initially gained popularity as a social platform where people can instill, as well as draw inspiration, on and from matters pertaining to lifestyle and life choices. To some, sharing and viewing IG photographs is a way of escaping reality. To entrepreneurs and brand advertisers, the platform serves as an easier and faster way to spread knowledge about their products and/or services.

Yet now more than ever, Instagram users are using the platform to raise awareness that “real changes” must take place in America today.

After all, Donald J. Trump, who as president of the United States, has been making feeble propaganda instead of addressing the ill effects wrought by COVID 19 on the country’s economy and people. He is now on a mission to project himself as the president who restored law and order, while encouraging his racist supporters to commit acts of violence.

To make matters worse, he has been deploying unidentified military forces in major U.S. cities who go after peaceful protesters instead of protecting them against agitators.

Instagram audiences around the world are still keen on liking and sharing photographs of political leaders who convey messages of hope for a better future. In fact, Indian Prime Minister Modi, being the leader of the nation with the second highest number of Instagram users, is ranked as the political leader with the biggest number of IG followers. Although Donald Trump would prefer to be in that position, he only comes in third. Former U.S. President Obama ranks second for being the political leader with the most number of IG followers.

While many are also hoping to grow the number of their followers, not a few find ways to push the visibility of their uploads by seeking assistance from the best place to buy instagram likes.

UK’s Vulnerable Sector Threatened by Stockpilers

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British shoppers’ incessant stockpiling habit is causing abnormal food and medicine shortages that threaten the well-being of the UK’s vulnerable citizens.

The UK is a nation in which nearly 12 million of the population are elderly citizens. The World Health Organization warns that those 65 years old and above as well as people with existing disorders like asthma, diabetes and heart problems, are deemed vulnerable to the harms caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. That is why it is important for these groups of people to stay confined within their homes to avoid contracting the infectious disease.

Although those who are able, can go out occasionally to buy food and/or medicines and other basic household supplies, the Briton’s panic-buying behavior has made it impossible for them to do so. Nonprofit organisations and churches who have been working for the welfare and interest of these people finally raised concerns over the stockpiling habits of UK shoppers.

Even online stores can no longer provide for the elderly as supplies have already been booked several weeks in advance. NHS workers and those who can only afford the cheaper brands have been deprived of their choices. Apparently, hoarders who are fortunate to have greater buying power, have practically emptied the shelves, much to the detriment of buyers with limited resources.

UK’s Salvation Army leader Commissioner Anthony Cotterill, called on the government to urge major retailers to put in place a coordinated approach in order to normalise the buying behavior of UK shoppers.

“Measures are urgently needed in both urban and rural areas as a means to help older people and key workers obtain the grocery items they need in staying healthy.”

Why Stockpiling Causes Artificial Shortages of Supply

Many are not aware that manufacturers follow a system of basing production on the existing average demand. That way, the quantities stockpiled in warehouses and freezers will not over-exceed the demand, since excessive surpluses could only lead to wastage or spoilage.

Actually, large groups of the British population have been stockpiling since the early days of the No-Brexit Deal. Although manufacturers and producers tried their best to meet the increased demand so they can also increase quantities delivered to wholesalers and retailers, the Covid-19 outbreak had aggravated the situation.

Major outlets Asda, Tesco and Waitrose have responded to the appeal for order, by implementing rationing of essential items, as well as putting in place social distancing measures among the panic-buying consumers.

To help the NHS frontliners, older citizens and other vulnerable customers carry out their regular shopping, Sainsbury has set a schedule for them between 8 to 9 am during Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tesco followed suit by reserving Sundays as special store hours for NHS employees and other vulnerable members of communities.

Morrisons on the other hand, took to taking on help offered by 500 charity shop workers to assist vulnerable shoppers.

Iceland has made online orders exclusive to state pensioners, to people placed in self-isolation, and vulnerable people including the disabled.

However, Age UK continues to worry because despite the changes implemented by supermarkets, the stockpiling behavior is still prevalent among UK consumers.

Great Britain to Move Forward with EU Withdrawal Without a Formal Brexit Deal

General, Politics

Great Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU) without a formal agreement will finally take place at exactly 11 p.m. London time on January 31, 2020. Thereafter, during an 11-month transition period, the entire United Kingdom will temporarily abide with the EU rules, whilst moving forward without any representation in the EU organization. The period of transition is set to expire on December 31, 2020.

During the transition term, negotiations for a formal agreement governing trading and diplomatic relationships between Great Britain and the EU will continue until December 31, 2020. In the event that a formal Brexit deal has not been reached by the end of the year, the No-Deal Brexit status continues with still uncertain trade arrangements and agreements, including rules governing aviation standards, data sharing and security, supply of electricity and regulation of medicines.

Although certain barriers and potentially higher costs are anticipated, the formality of the Brexit move, will enable Great Britain to propose and enter into trading negotiations with other nations, starting February 01, 2020. That is why UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has expressly stated that as much as possible, he prefers not to prolong the negotiation process nor agree to any legislation that would extend the deadline for the negotiation of a Brexit deal at the end of the 11-month transition period.

However, since the ministers of the European Union are set to reconvene in Brussels in February 25, 2020, negotiations for the Brexit deal will still be on hold. The start of the negotiation process will have to wait until the EU Commission re-confirms its approval of French diplomat Michel Barnier as the official EU representative in the negotiation process. This means that the earliest by which talks regarding Brexit move will start, will be in March 2020.

Calls for Extension of Transition Period Rejected

At this early stage, the Labour and Liberal Democrats in Parliament are already calling for the extension of the December 31, 2020 end of the transition period; arguing that the 11-month time frame is much too short within which to negotiate a favourable deal. As it is, a great many are sceptical that a Brexit deal could be finalized within a short time, considering that trade agreements typically take years to reach finalisation.

Nonetheless, EU negotiator Michel Barnier said they intend “do the maximum” in finalising a Brexit deal within the current time frame. The French politician opines that Britain is entitled to reject any calls for extension, saying that the British government has the right to choose whatever procedure it deems fit in moving forward with the No-Deal Brexit.

EU Poised to Offer a Major Concession that Could Finalise a Brexit Deal

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As the Brexit deal continues to drag on, the Irish backstop remains as one of the important reasons stalling EU and UK negotiators from arriving at a Brexit deal. Still the news currently floating around is that the European Union is planning to put forward a plan that will allow Northern Ireland to exit the Irish Backstop deal after a specific period of time.

What exactly is the Irish Backstop?

Basically, the Irish backstop was conceptualised as a form of safety net that would deter any attempt to reintroduce a hard border between the UK’s Northern Ireland section and the Republic of Ireland. The need to do so stems from worries that if a physical border will be in place to mark the divide, it will rekindle conflicts regarding the cultural, social and religious differences between the two regions.

The Backstop therefore serves as an invisible marker that will come into recognition once a Brexit deal is finalised; but before a complete and comprehensive set of guidelines has been worked out by the UK government and the EU body. During that period, Northern Ireland will remain under the single market trade agreement covering  EU economic zones.

That would also mean that goods passing through the Irish Backstop will not require custom checks for tariffs, product standards, quotas, custom processes, products of origins and such other applicable EU or UK trade policies. The backstop will pose as a common territory; the purpose of which is to minimise, if not avoid the occurrence of economic disruptions. However, under such conditions, the UK will still adhere to EU trade rules, albeit touted as temporary.

Not all members of the UK parliament are amenable to the backstop agreement though. That is why Theresa May’s early negotiations have been rejected by majority of the members of the British parliament. After all, the duration with which the temporary agreement will last is still not clear, leaving UK still without total control over goods that will be passing the Northern Irish border.

As a way of settling matters, incumbent Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears to be pushing for a No-Brexit Deal, calling the backstop issue ‘dead.”

Deal or no deal, Brexit is supposed to change everything as far as economic trade is concerned. The Northern Ireland sector will have to recognise the UK government’s set of trade rules and regulations, while the Republic of Ireland will remain part of the EU economic zone.

As a concession, the European Union is said to be contemplating an offer that will allow the Northern Irish government to leave the so-called Irish backstop after a specific number of years,

Prime Minister Modi Officially Launches NPCI’s RuPay Card Payment System in the Kingdom of Bhutan

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently spent a two-day state visit to the Kingdom of Bhutan to meet with with Bhutanese leaders led by Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering. The visit further strengthens bilateral ties through the signing of nine (9) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreements signed by the leaders of the two countries included the launching of the RuPay Card, India’s proprietary card payment system.

To officially launch the credit card payment scheme, PM Modi made the first RuPay purchase at Simtokha Dzong, one of the dzongs in Bhutan which currently serves as the country’s administrative and monastic centre.

The RuPay card payment system, owned and operated by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), enables Indian RuPay card holders to make purchases by way of credit and debit cards, as an alternative to the Visa and Mastercard international card payment schemes. The launching of RuPay in Bhutan makes the country the second nation, after Singapore, in which citizens in both countries are empowered to use a RuPay credit or debit card for seamless, cashless purchases.

The MoU signed by the two leaders include a standby swap arrangement involving an additional $100 million made available to Bhutan in meeting the related foreign exchange requirements.

The deployment of the RuPay card payment system in the Kingdom of Bhutan will transpire in two phases. The first phase entails the issuance of Rupay Cards by Indian banks, to qualified Indian nationals, which they can use during their visits to Bhutan. The second and final phase will be carried out by Bhutan banks in which RuPay cards will be issued to qualified Bhutanese citizens for their sojourns in India.

About India’s RuPay Card Payment System

RuPay card scheme was the project conceived by the NPCI in fulfilling the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) vision to have a locally operated open and multilateral payment system. The goal is to provide Indian nationals with a credit payment facility that charges lower processing fees than the card payment systems offered by Visa and Mastercard.

The RBI through its 2009-2012 vision stated that the need for such payment systems in the country arises from the high cost of affiliation that Indian banks have to bear in order to obtain accreditation with international card companies like Visa and Mastercard. As a result, even domestic credit card transactions that account for more than 90% in India’s market were being routed outside of the country.

Rupay processing fees for credit transactions are 23% lower than those charged by the companies behind the two leading international credit cards. The NPCI collects only 60 paise from the acquiring bank and 30 paise from the bank that issued the RuPay card

Backed by 10 leading banks, 6 of which are public-sector banks that include the Bank of Baroda, Canara Bank, the State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Bank of India, and the Union Bank of India; two (2) private-sector banks represented by HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank ; and two (2) foreign banks, namely Citibank and HSBC.

Presently, the NPIC has issued 64 million Rupay Global Cards released between 2014 and March 2019.

Amazon for one, which has an India branch makes it possible for Indian online consumers to stay active members via RuPay cards, especially during the holding of the online store’s annual Amazon Great Indian Sale.

El Paso Mass Shooter Echoes Trump’s “Invasion” Rhetorics but Trump Refuses to Accept Responsibility

News, Politics

The gunman responsible for the El Paso mass shooting last Saturday reportedly posted a manifesto on the 8chan online forum, warning readers about “Hispanic invasion,” minutes before he gunned down shoppers at the El Paso Walmart. The incident has more than ever amplified concerns over Trump’s repeated use of the word “invasion.” Although stated as a rhetoric about the rising number of Latino immigrants coming into the country

Instead of acknowledging even a hint of responsibility that his oft repeated rhetoric about “immigrant invasions:”somehow influenced the El Paso mass shooter to commit the “hate crime,” Donald Trump typically blamed other factors such as mental health and violent video games. He also blames Democrats for linking his rhetoric invasions to the recent spate of mass shootings, including the shooting incident that occurred in Ohio on the same day.

Police identified Saturday’s El Paso mass as Patrick Crusius, who turned 21 a week before he drove 10 hours from his hometown in Allen, Texas to commit a hate crime. Crusius is currently held in El Paso jail without bail and has been charged with capital murder.

Survivors and Witnesses Said Crusius Targeted Only Hispanics

According to relatives of the victims who were also at the scene of the shooting, Crusius was determined to kill only those that appeared to be of Latinx origin.

Chris Grant, a 50-year old African American whom Crusius took shots at only after Grant started throwing soda bottles as a way of distracting the shooter still have vivid memories about the incident. Grant recalls that Crusius had let white and black shoppers leave the store before shooting the victims. Since Grant was shot, he witnessed how the victims kneeled and prayed, begging Crusius to

‘Please! Please! Don’t shoot me.’

Grant said the memory of how Crusius just gunned down people who were already on the ground without any sign of remorse, still haunts him.
Still, Trump refuses to accept that the “invasion” rhetoric directed toward immigrants passing through the US. Mexico Border had nothing to do with the gunman’s actions.

El Paso Residents Want Trump to Apologize to the Community

Generally, the people of El Paso does not intend to welcome Trump upon his arrival. City Representative Alexsandra Annello though received some messages that encouraged welcoming Trump because the mass shooting is not about politics.

The City Representative disagrees, saying that after a week, people can expect Trump to turn around and resume mouthing the same racist rhetoric. After putting the community of El Paso in danger, she does not see Trump apologizing to the Hispanic people.

White House Officials Keeps White House Rejection of Climate Change Raging Even While Trump is Away

General, Politics

While president Donald Trump and his family went on a 3-day state visit to the UK, White House officials saw it fit to bar the State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research from submitting a written testimony about the catastrophic possibilities of human-caused climate change. The White House decision to stop Dr. Rod Schoonover, Senior Analyst of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, was obviously in deference to Donald Trump’s staunch opposition to movements pertaining to global climate change.

Later, some unnamed White House members told the Washington Post that the Office of Legislative Affairs decided to allow Dr Schoonover to attend a House Intelligence Committee hearing, scheduled last Wednesday; but, without the need to submit his bureau’s written scientific findings about the effects of climate change. According to the unnamed White House sources, the State Department had rejected suggestions to remove reference to human use of fossil fuel as the main cause of climate change.

The Washington Post could not reach Senior Analyst Schoonover in order to obtain his remarks about the White House order. Nonetheless, The Post published a full text of the White House-banned document entitled “The National Security Implications of Climate Change.”

President Donald Trump’s Stance on Global Warming/Climate Change

President Trump’s widely publicized remarks about climate change made clear his opposition to the global movement against the widespread use of carbon dioxide. He previously posted via Twitter, his belief that

”The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

During his UK state visit, Trump met with Prince Charles, who is himself a stern supporter of movements to reduce fossil fuel use. As opposed to Donald Trump, Prince Charles believes in the general scientific consensus that carbon dioxide, being a “heat-trapping gas,” has rapidly attained a level that yielded significant global climate changes.

Time and again, Trump made it clear that he is not a believer of scientific reports claiming that human use of fossil fuels is the main reason for the continuing rise of the climate-changing carbon dioxide gas in the atmosphere. In fact, National Security Council senior director, William Harper, who was tapped by the White House administration to lead the counter consensus against climate change was quoted stating,

“The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler.”

Ladder : Its Use as Metaphor, Its Origins, Development and Functionalities

General

More often than not, the word ladder is used as a rhetorical device, when referring to or narrating an uphill journey to reach the pinnacle of success. We often encounter phrases like, “climbing the ladder of success,” “corporate ladder,” political ladder,” and “social ladder” to idiomatically describe a quest that requires working one’s way to the top in a linear manner.

Why ladder and not stairs or steps? The idea is to use metaphor that is more related to slow upward movement, while maintaining a strong foothold on a step that is characteristically narrow. Maintaining balance or equilibrium on every level is important, as critical missteps can adversely affect one’s chances of making it to the top.

The same is true when trying to physically reach the top by way of a ladder. The latter, being a standalone equipment, requires several factors such as normal force, frictional force, gravitational force, wall-to-ladder angle, and the torque produced when all forces are at work. However, such forces must achieve a state of equilibrium to make sure the contraption will not slip or topple.

Origin of Ladders

The interesting thing about ladders is that the earliest period in which they were invented is as far back as 10,000 years ago. Paintings discovered in the mesolithic rocks of the Spider Cave in Valencia, Spain provided evidence that flexible ladders, seemingly constructed with some kind of grass, were already in use as means of accessing honey bee nests.

Still, not a few researchers believe that ladders with more functional designs came around during biblical times, in which ancient Egyptians and Hebrews developed and perfected ladders into what most of us use today.

Modern-Day Ladders: Forms and Uses

Modern-day ladders come in many forms, and are now commonly self-supporting; not requiring a wall or hard solid surface on which a force acts upon to create leverage. Most households keep a ladder handy in case they need to do chores that involve reaching or accessing something way above the head. Painters, carpenters, installers, as well as artists working on murals prefer ladders to scaffoldings, being a safer alternative to makeshift contraptions.

The advent of different home designs, installable devices and equipment, including the latest outdoor innovation, above-ground swimming pools, has made ladder use quite important. Dependent on the nature and purpose with which ladders are used, a ladder may be single or double-sided, may include a top deck, built with steps instead of rungs, or a combination of steps on one side and rungs on the other side. Materials also vary, ranging from wood, metal, aluminum or plastic.

Brexit : What’s Stopping the No-Deal EU-Withdrawal from Happening?

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Brexit to many is not as as simple to understànd, especially up to now when the move to withdraw has been extended twice, to which date of effectivity has extended to October 31, 2019.

Confusions About the Deal or No-Deal Brexit Conditions

Mentions about exit with or without deal upon effectivity date has been floating but remains baffling. The general understanding was that the UK was set to exit from the European Union last March 29, 2019, even if the UK and EU Council fails to arrive at a withdrawal agreement. .

Under the No-Deal scenario, the UK will engage in free trade, while businesses and people carrying on with activities in the UK, will abide by UK’s own set of laws. Yet Brexit finality remains uncertain, since extensions rather than the no-deal Brexit, has transpired.

Concerns Over a No-Deal Brexit

The crux of the matter is that if the UK goes ahead with free trade without a Brexit deal, there are apprehensions that disruptions and confusions may transpire. Disagreement may arise with regard to trading laws, border issues, tariffs, residence rights of citizens, consumer rights and protection and even over matters as simple as mobile phone charges.

Certain movements of goods and people require definitive rules. Although the UK has already set some guidelines, some EU member countries and other territories may raise issues if UK’s non-EU aligned policies adversely affect their businesses and citizens.

On the other hand, if UK goes into free trade with a Brexit deal, the withdrawal movement initially sets out within a transition period. In which case, temporary agreements are in place until unforeseen problems have been threshed out and resolved with a more permanent UK or EU policy.

Examples of Issues Clouding a No-Deal Brexit

As a rule, countries that do not have free trade deals between them have to abide by the rules set forth by the World Trade Organisation (WTO). This denotes that if the UK trades with EU member countries without a pre-agreed deal, tariffs or taxes imposed on imported goods will be based on WTO tariff rates.

A certain land border must be established in order to determine up to what point EU’s trade directives apply or do not apply as far as UK is concerned. Instead of installing custom posts, border towers and security systems, the EU and UK agreed to establish the 310-mile border separating Ireland from Northern Ireland as the the land border between the UK and EU.

In this scenario, Northern Ireland remains aligned with EU, which means UK products brought to the territory may be subject to controls and checks based on EU regulations. The establishment of the border has been referred to as “the backstop” safety net in the Brexit negotiations.

In the event the UK goes ahead with free trade, without formalising an agreement pertaining to border transactions, the “backstop” safety net stays. This denotes UK product movements in Northern Ireland will abide with EU regulations until such time that a more definitive agreement has been established.

Analysis of Trump’s Migration Policy Changes Has Lowered Number of Foreigners Granted Immigrant Status

Politics

The Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan organization that conducts authoritative research and analysis of information about migration and integration policies recently came out with an analysis of what the Trump administration has achieved so far.

The analysis shows that despite the strong pronouncements made by President Trump about his intention to change the migration landscape in the US, his administration has so far achieved only baby steps. Nonetheless, the changes implemented even if not visible, are important, since fewer number of immigrants have succeeded in gaining legitimate entry into the country

Examples of Policy Shifts that Lowered Migrant Admissions in the US

While Trump’s main political promise to build a higher US-Mexico Border Wall in the south is yet to see fulfillment, several changes were set into motion. Their implementation in related federal agencies somehow brought down the number of foreign nationals taken in by the country.

Enhancement of Immigration Enforcement – Interviews on all visa applicants, including those applying for “green card” has been mandated. Applicants for temporary visa were met with increased scrutiny, while additional requirements became necessary as part of a more comprehensive vetting procedure. All of which, contributed to the slowing down of US visa processing.

Cut Backs on Humanitarian Programs – In addition to increasing application requirements, federal agencies in charge of handling refugees and asylum seekers have implemented a narrower set of eligibility criteria. The goal of which is to scale down the number of noncitizens allowed to enter as refugees, or to receive temporary protection.

Increased Vetting and Obstacles for Legal Immigration – After hurdling a legal battle, the Trump administration succeeded in banning nationals coming from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen; citing as reasons terrorist activities, inability to properly document travelers and poor cooperation with US authorities.

Critical Setbacks Preventing Trump Administration in Implementing Other Migration Policy Shifts

To date, the Trump administration is faced with several lawsuits and house committee investigations. Many of which are aimed at putting an end to president Trump’s continuing pursuit of the billions of dollars worth of funding for expanding the US Mexico border wall. In fact, none of Trump’s proposed legislations have been passed by the US Congress, while not a few court rulings have suspended the implementation of his executive orders, which include the “Zero Policy”. The latter calls for the filing of criminal charges against adults proven to have illegally entered the US.

Why Even Wedding Photography is Also About Conveying Political Statements

Political Photography, Politics

Politics has a different meaning from political. Photography is not politics because as a profession, its essence as a career has nothing to do with activities associated with governance, or in referring to ideologies dividing individuals into parties, organizations or stances.

Yet photography can be political because it captures images that can make a statement, or convey a message, as well as tell a story about a subject and what he, she or they represent. Political photography therefore is similar to wedding photography.

Different Facets of Political Photography

Political photography makes photographic statements that suit the purpose of different persons, bodies or organizations involved in politics.

The Chief Official White House Photographer, for example, handles a team of photographers who covers the daily activities not only of the incumbent president, but also those of the members of his immediate family. However, not all photographs taken during the day are released for publishing. The White House communications department chooses which of the captured images can be best used to illustrate official White House statements offered as press releases.

Another example of political photography involves work commissioned to cover campaign trails of political candidates. To which the objective of course is to take photographs of candidates in ways that will convince voters of his sincerity in fulfilling his campaign promises. Campaign trail photographs also project stories of how well-loved, or at least how well the candidate was received in different regions.

Political Photographer vs. Photojournalist – A photojournalist covering the same campaign trail is not expected to duplicate the same shots taken by the political journalist.

A photojournalist has more leeway on how he or she wants to project the image of the candidate, usually for purposes of conveying neutrality or reality. If a candidate looks pale and feeble, then there is no need to adjust saturation in order to make the candidate look well and lively; or to edit out liver spots that suggest health disorders. A photojournalist may also apply lighting that will give equal emphasis on the candidate and the background, to suggest neutrality of the political statement conveyed by a photo

Still, all those three photographers are into political photography, albeit adhering to different photo-taking principles.

Wedding Photography is Also Political by Nature

Catherine Ross a professional wedding photographer is also a disciple of political photography. Her gallery of wedding photographs at https://catherinejgrossphotography.com exemplify how she uses lighting, angles and saturation in positions idealizing the bridal couple’s relationship. A wedding may be traditional, but it does not necessarily mean producing staple photos that project only the usual betrothal rites and the typical beaming smiles during wedding ceremonies.

To be political in capturing images of the union, a wedding photographer may choose angles that project the couple as a pair of forward-looking individuals all set to face the challenges of marriage. Rather than present them as dreamy-eyed lovers, a political presentation will focus on emphasizing facial projections that suggest strength and solidity of union.

Like Catherine, the current Official White House Photographer Shealah Craighead also started out as a professional wedding photographer. In interviews in which she was asked about her work as the official photographer of a quite controversial president, Ms. Craighead remarked that the challenges are mainly on the hectic schedule and in handling a team of photographers, but not on the job itself.

She also commented that the job offer was an opportunity too valuable to pass up. After all, her main task is to see to the documentation of the history of Donald Trump and that of his first and second families, during his tenure as the 45th president of the United States.