– Advertisement – “I don’t think they need to know everything,” Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of the Senate Republican leadership, said of Mr. Biden’s advisers. “I think they do need to know some things, and national security would be one of them.”Democratic congressional leaders warned that Mr. Trump’s stonewalling is already doing damage to the country’s ability to deal with foreign leaders — Mr. Biden made his first contacts on unsecured telephone lines — and plans for how to handle the most high-risk period in the spread of the coronavirus and bolster the economic recovery. They added that Mr. Biden’s decades of experience in Washington will likely soften those consequences. Deprived of access to secure government communications by the Trump administration, Mr. Biden’s team of more than 500 former officials and outside experts has embraced workarounds, talking over encrypted apps like Signal to shield their conversations from the Chinese, meeting in outdoor coffee shops with government officials they once worked alongside. The conversations are circumspect, both because of rules on both sides limiting how much information Mr. Biden’s team can seek and how much executive branch officials are allowed to say, participants said.It may be weeks until Mr. Biden’s so-called agency review teams, made up of longtime government officials with deep roots in the bureaucracy, are let into the government departments that a Biden administration will run starting at noon on Jan. 20. Some issues can wait until a formal “ascertainment” is declared, giving them access to the offices and classified material.But some cannot. Mr. Biden’s team is concerned that it is being shut out of planning for distribution of a coronavirus vaccine, a massive undertaking that the incoming administration expects to inherit the moment he is sworn in. Mr. Biden’s advisers say that they understand very little about the workings of Warp Speed, the project that has vaccine distribution planning well underway. The Biden team has not had access to the details.- Advertisement – “It is most unfortunate that the Republicans have decided that they will not respect the will of the people, and let me just say: It’s like the house is burning down and they just refused to throw water on it,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said.- Advertisement – President Trump’s refusal to allow President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his transition staff access to government offices, secure communications and classified briefings prompted growing warnings on Thursday, including from Republicans, that keeping Mr. Biden in the dark potentially endangers the country.On Capitol Hill, several Senate Republicans insisted that Mr. Biden should at least be given access to the President’s Daily Brief, the compendium of the nation’s most closely guarded intelligence secrets and assessments of threats like terrorist plots and cyberattack vulnerabilities. Their call amounted to an acknowledgment that Mr. Biden will be declared the victor in the election.- Advertisement – For now, one senior adviser to the president-elect said, the coronavirus-related teams are focusing on logistical challenges and policy questions, like how to prioritize who gets a vaccine, and how to make distribution equitable along racial and socioeconomic lines — a priority of Mr. Biden’s, but one rarely discussed by Mr. Trump. Access to the Trump distribution plan will become increasingly important “from an operational perspective,” so the Biden team can take over without any hiccups, said the senior adviser, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal transition details.The Biden team also hopes to implement a national testing strategy but will have to start from scratch, because the Trump administration does not have one. Biden advisers are seeking guidance from groups including the Rockefeller Foundation, which has drafted a national Covid-19 testing plan and is partnering with states and cities to expand testing efforts.Mr. Biden’s aides say they have been warned not to get into detailed conversations with government officials, even career officials, until they receive the formal approval that transition has begun. But there is no prohibition on talking with officials who worked for the Trump administration and left — and there are many of them. And many informal conversations between former political officials and those career government officials who stayed on have been going on for four years — and never really stopped.In many ways, what is happening now, officials said, is a reverse of four years ago — when President Barack Obama’s team was ready with detailed briefings and simulations of potential crises (including a pandemic flu), and Mr. Trump’s advisers were unwilling to receive them. read more
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The signing of the law came amid the implementation of an enhanced community quarantine in the entire Luzon until April 12 to curb the spread of Covid-19. “I especially thank Congress for granting the executive department with special powers through the ‘Bayanihan to Heal as One’ Act to effectively respond to the challenges caused by the Covid-19 global pandemic,” Duterte said. Other people who could face a two-month jail sentence, or a fine of P10,000 to P1 million include online fraudsters, hoarders and price gougers. President Duterte has signed a law that allows him special powers for a limited time to step up the government’s fight against the COVID-19. The said provision was included in the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” with false information about COVID-19 has been spreading rapidly online sowing fear and confusion among Filipinos. Under the provision in the signed law, those who will spread false reports regarding COVID-19 crisis are punishable with a two-month jail sentence, or a fine of P10,000 to P1 million. The Philippine National Police can use the Cybercrime Prevention Act to prosecute those who spread false information about COVID-19. MANILA – Spreading of fake reports regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is now punishable of detention and a P1-million fine after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” on Tuesday night. Also facing the same punishment are local government officials who disobey the national government’s policies, owners of private hospitals who refuse to operate according to the directive of Duterte, and businesses who refuse to accept contracts for materials and services needed in the government’s response to COVID-19. President Duterte, in a televised address on Tuesday night, thanked Congress for granting the executive department with “special powers” to address the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in the country. President Rodrigo Duterte with Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go is seen signing the “Bayanihan To Heal As One Act” that gives him the additional powers to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The Act was signed into law on March 24. CHRISTOPHER “BONG” GO “I express my sincerest gratitude to all of you for granting our most urgent requests. Finally, the executive department can move, decide, and act freely for the best interest of the Filipino people during this health crisis,” he added./PN read more
Image Courtesy: BCCI/GettyAdvertisement 973gNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3u5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4v7x3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bgogoWould you ever consider trying this?😱41Can your students do this? 🌚3y6Roller skating! Powered by Firework The first game of the One Day International series between India and Australia is live atthe Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, and the hosts have scored 255 runs in the first innings. However, the usual fielding lineup of Team India is different. The squad’s first choice wicketkeeper Rishab Pant has been out of the pitch in the second innings, after suffering a worrying bang on the head on the 22 yards. In his place, KL Rahul is on duty behind the stumps.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCI/GettyIn the 44th over, Rishab Pant was facing Aussie pacer Pat Cummins. In the second delivery of the over, Pant failed to make a proper contact with the ball, and it bounced from the edge of the bat, before hitting his helmet. The ball finally ended up in the hands of Ashton Turner, ending Pant’s score of 28.The head on collission didn’t tremble the 22 year old at first, but he didn’t appear as Kohli and the squad got down on the field.Advertisement An official statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s official Twitter handle revealed the unfortunate news, and also added that Pant is under medical monitoring.The statement read: “Rishabh Pant has got a concussion after being hit on his helmet while batting. KL Rahul is keeping wickets in his absence. Pant is under observation at the moment.”Advertisement Pant’s knock of 28 came off of 33 balls, with 2 fours and 1 six. Whle he is being kept under watch, Manish Pandey has been substituted in his place for field duty.Despite a disappointing start from Rohit Sharma, his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan was absolutely brilliant. In the middle of his invisible tussle with Rahul for the opening spot, the 34 year old scored a stunning 74 off 91, consisting of 9 fours and 1 six. Rahul, who came 1 down, missed his half century just by 3 runs.Aussie opening duo David Warner and skipper Aaron Finch are currently batting on the pitch, while the Indian bowling squad have failed to pick up their wickets. As of this moment, Warner is on 82 off 70, and Finch has scored 79 off 86. They still need 80 runs to win from 24 overs.Also read-Aussie legend Ricky Ponting predicts ODI scoreline: “Australia full of confidence”Tim Paine reveals Rishabh Pant’s reaction to ‘babysitter’ sledge Advertisement read more
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