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Opinion: Our leaders need to answer for the dead

The deaths that is occurring because of the COVID-19 or Corona Virus spread has to answered too. Even if this old mistakes, forgotten pet-projects and even mismanaged straight to hell. The leadership, the administration and the governments of our current has to answer for that. This lack of investment, security and stockpiles of needed proportions has to answered for. There are to many casualties and deceased not too.

Yes, not all leaders are equal, neither is all to blame. However, the ones who is in office, who represent a constituency and who has the vote on the allocation of funds. They are all indebted to this. They could all have ensured legal framework, budget forecast and also sometimes even listen to forewarning of possible pandemics. Not like that is a new phenomenon. It hasn’t only been the plague and the Spanish Flue. There is no a big SARS family and COVID-19 is the last brother of this one together with Swine-Flu, MERS and SARS itself. They are all inter-connected, but still a variation of the same “gene-pool”. Therefore, the authorities, the Ministries of Health and the Heads of State should have invested more into this. That is if they cared or wanted to be more prepared in-case something like this occur. However, that they didn’t do.

We will in the future discuss, show the timelines and the lost time in every Nation and Republic. Where we can pin-point, who did where and what. How come there was lack of production and sales of PPE, why was there not enough ventilators and why not enough gloves, masks and whatnot for the nurses and doctors. Why where there no plan of execution and securing this as the state got hit with virus? Why where there no direct national guidelines or instruction to how to move, talk and ensure public safety. Since, this is not the first time the world has been hit with this, but this is a new breed still.

That is why the leadership has to blamed for all the lives that is lost. Every single soul is as much worth as the other. Even if some isn’t creating headlines or causing as much fuzz as the other ones. Still, in the eyes of God, they are equal and they need to be justified. These people are our neighbours, our grandparents and our siblings. These people are the loved ones lost, because we don’t have a cure and we don’t have enough medical expertise to even salvage their hurt. That is all on the leadership and the ones in-charge.

The ones dead now is as a result of losing control, losing the battle against a contagious virus, which we don’t have a cure too and doesn’t have the ammunition to beat in an open assault. However, the state, the leaders could have achieved more, if they listen to experts and if they prepared guidebooks, playbooks and protocol on how to act when these appear. What to do and what to say, what to order and what leverage you have to ensure more people lives get saved. However, that has been thrown out of the bus, or left and forgotten in some God forsaken archive, where no-one enters, unless its an lonely intern doing research to prove the boss of the faculty that his the next genius to get hired.

That is why we need to look to our leadership, the ones who lead and the ones who delegate. The ones who build systems, the ones who funds and the ones who uses the taxpayers money to make the health care system function. They are the ones we have representing us and who represented the deceased. The ones we shall not forget. They are maybe now lost for us, but their memory will live on.

With that in mind, their sacrifice and their hardships shall not be forgotten. That they took the bullet and ended their lives. Because of that, we the living has to battle this and continue to pursuit the truth and the vaccine. However, also have the clear-mind and spirit. Wanting the truth and the end-game of it all. Where we can beg to question, why didn’t you do more and what gives?

Why should I accept this massive amount of death-toll, when you could have contained it or used more powers in office? Why should I accept that you didn’t use the State of Emergency and acts to procure more equipments for the hospitals? Why didn’t you stockpile more in the sunny days and only started to buy umbrellas when it rains? Why didn’t you ensure more people where insured or was covered by the state to get treatment? Why didn’t you take the early advice and even the ones forewarning of this years ahead? Why, Why didn’t you?

How can you on a stack of bibles and in front of the Holy Father answer for you negligence and lack of due diligence?

Because, that is what you have to do. You didn’t play your part, but you ate the stake and drank the champagne. However, you did not secure the lives of the ones you represented. You let them die and that was on your watch. These people trusted you, but they shouldn’t have. Peace.

Opinion: Leadership get off the hook in the sunshine, but when it rains… it pours…

There is a reflection of our time, our day and this moment we are living in. We are seeing the true reflection of character, of values and priorities. The reflection of what counts and what is defaulting. We are seeing what counts and what falls.

There is no middle-ground in a crisis. There is golden route to the next destination in a hectic storm, a hurricane and a tornado. No, there is only a focus on how to hold on the boat, steady it and ensure your vessel get into shore. It will not be easy, this pass and the passage across the angry sea will not be without effort and hard-work. However, you got to hang in there and secure the personnel, secure the ropes and machine. Just to be sure, that you will get through and not caught in a wave. That is where we are passing right now.

We are in the midst of a storm, in the midsts of terrible winds. Where we are seeing people cast overboard, we can decide to move-on or try to save them. We can decide if we want to salvage the hurt or secure the weight of the boat. We have to count stock of the inventory and the possible timeline to the next port. So, we got enough time and food in the pantry to move along. That is where we are at.

This is not easy, especially when there is only a spoken few who is used to he sea onboard and the vessel isn’t that sturdy. This was build for the sunshine, not the rain. This boat of ours wasn’t built nor prepared with guidelines, legislation nor protocol. We have to trust the Captain, the main-deck, that their orders are good and will lead us ashore. We just have to trust and continue.

That is not easy. It will never be easy. That is why the great leaders will steer in the midst of winds and high waves. They will push through and give us hope. Even as everything seems dire, everything is grim. The fog, the wind and the waters seems more dark than ever before. Still, the Captain says the words and orders. You follow. You listen and take note. That is all you got to do. Because, you believe this man will take you there.

However, by that example. If the Captain is reckless, is beneath the office and beneath the character, which is needed. The boat will not be steady, the supply will run low and the moral will be dead. The ropes will not be taken care off and the course will be shifted. The risks are for failure even more astute. As the staff, the people are not prepared. The winds, the currents and the trust of leadership is breached. The ones onboard will fear the next turn, the next twist and the possible sinking gets there.

Because of this, the need for steady leadership is there. It is no other way out. This crisis needs that, it need the trust and understanding of the possible outcomes. An understanding of how to get away from the storm and get to port. Get ashore and be reassured along the way. Since, this sort of ride, this sort journey is hectic, nervousness and stressful. There is no short-cut, no way of turning around without getting the sea-water right in your face. That is where we are and we just got to deal with it.

Therefore, at this point of time. At this part of the journey, we will see the real leaders, we will see the Commanders among men and the ones who are followers. We will see the true ones destined to lead and the ones destined to failure. However, in this rain, we will see who gets a grip and who manoeuvrer quickly. Who has the courage and the ability to grasp the sincerity of the task at hand. That is what we will see.

The others will let the boat sink, they will let the vessel be damaged and hope someone else path up the hurt. That is not leading anything, but letting the buck stop and hoping someone else picks up the slack. That is mismanagement and destruction without taking responsibility. In reality, you see who has it and who doesn’t have it. Who can act upon the pressure and who collapse. Peace.

Opinion: Kushner and Trump proving the US is a GIANT Banana Republic!

Jared Kushner, the Son-in-Law and White House Advisor and President Donald J. Trump is proving again that the United States of America is run like a hack-job or a Banana Republic. The US Federal Government isn’t supplying the Health Care Units in the States, they are letting the States outbid itself for scraping the needed equipment and ventilators. As the National Stockpile isn’t at capacity nor cared for over the years in the Trump Administration. Just like the revelation of the dismantling the Pandemic Team within the White House. They have made a Task-Force for it, but that was a month ago. Just like the order of General Motors was barely two weeks ago. There is no real action made by the Federal Government to help the States and Local Government.

Kushner and Trump is now throwing shade at the local government. They are complaining and saying the states didn’t do enough. While he didn’t follow international intelligence in January nor February. He even tried early in March to downplay the crisis. Therefore, for him to blame others is very rich from the impoverished mind of Trump.

That Kushner now tells Governors and Mayors, that they don’t know what happens in their states and towns. Kushner claims that he has oversight of the National Stockpile and the data. But seemingly he seems like the merchant of death. That the man whose there to defend the father-in-law.

The White House, Trump Administration and the whole regime has failed the public. As they want it to be Hunger Games for the equipment. Not taking responsibility and really shifting blame to the local governments. Instead of seeing what it knew and what was at stake. The White House and President wanted to save Wall Street, but not act upon the coming needs. Like the Governors or Mayors would get intelligence briefings. No, they don’t and the Federal Government isn’t fixing the fixed prices and schemes to secure needed equipment. That is what its doing.

Kushner and Trump has not done their job. They are not taking responsibility nor acting as leaders. More as reactionary scarecrows. The Task-Force and Vice-President is all acting as puppets. They are not acting like they are governing, but as leaders who deserves credit, but hasn’t done anything fruitful.

This is happening while people is dying. As the people are getting sick and the COVID-19 crisis is hitting the United States even more. The Trump Administration hasn’t acted, they haven’t ordered. It been so easy in the past to order Executive Orders for White Supremacist legislation, but now to save lives. It cannot even touch the print or paperwork. They only used the law once to stop it and order one Company very late to the game. When the Federal Government could have ensured the companies was directly ordered to procure and produce needed equipment. Alas, that has not been done and not properly. Neither has there been sufficient control of 2stay home orders” in the various of states. White House and the President should have acted, but he doesn’t have the character to do so. Only get self-praise and shift blame.

Kushner can act like a king-pin over the Stockpile. The President can call himself a Back-Up. However, then he shouldn’t be the Executive, be the man whose head-of-state and Commander-in-Chief. Because, that isn’t the act of a President in crisis. That is the act of self-centred and lack of authority in the dire need. The man who had no trouble getting more people out of health-insurance and dismantling the Obamacare. The man who will not secure the people who now cannot enter hospitals, because they don’t have insurance. Since hospitals doesn’t take free-loaders who cannot pay for the services, as they are out-of-job.

That is why the US is a Banana Republic. Run by incompetent, nepotism and cronyism. Wall Street bulls who bull-market the Health Care Industry and the Pharmaceuticals. That is what they are doing and done. The cost now is lives of the citizens, who are pawns by the so-called Kings of the Washington DC.

These people doesn’t act for the citizens, but only for their self interest. The ones paying for that is the ordinary tax-payer. They are the ones living in a state of taxation without proper representation. The President and Son-in-Law, the Vice-President are all acting ill, while the state is getting sick. They have not acted and still doesn’t, only sending blame further down the food-chain. There will be no resolve, no resolution of this, only more pain. More suffering and more lack of leadership from the top.

Who needs leadership and clear mandates, when you can have a PR front-man and snake-oil salesman like a prosperity gospel preacher, instead of giving the people orders they need to save themselves. Peace.

Central Bank of Sri Lanka – Appeal to all Sri Lankans and well-wishers living in Sri Lanka and Abroad: An Appeal Made with the Approval of the Cabinet of Ministers (02.04.2020)

Somalia: The Paris Club Creditors Provide Debt Relief to Somalia (31.03.2020)

Brexit: European Commission – Statement by the European Commission following the first meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee (30.03.2020)

Philippines: Anticipate rising rice prices ahead

In these times were living in, the Department of Agriculture or other authorities cannot monitor or control every avenue of the Republic. The President and his associates can issue and ask for the public to follow guidelines. However, this will be hard to follow in the days ahead. As the exports of rice from Vietnam will dwindle. Even as the DA has stockpiled enough for 75 days. There will still be questioned, as the public are on lockdown and people cannot move as they used too.

The Luzon is already under quarantine and under direct lockdown. While Mindanao isn’t under that yet. Still, this will stop the movement of rice and other goods. With this in mind and with the COVID-19 or Coronavirus outbreak. The most likely thing to happen, when the public are not allowed to cross checkpoints and leave their homes. The traders, the farmers and everyone involved will need to be compensated. This will make the process more expensive, as well as the ability to import rice from Vietnam and elsewhere will be harder too. With all of those pieces in mind, the price from farm-gate to the consumer will rise.

The DA can by all means, monitor and challenge the rises of prices. They can send out information about their stockpile and the previously bought stock of rise in 2019. However, now in 2020, as people are living and seeing the spread of virus. The stops, roadblocks and lack of imports will make the prices go up. That is common sense.

The stockpiling which was done is positive. That the DA has stocks for three months of ordinary supply is good. However, the ability to transfer, the ability to get the rice moved will be harder. When the army and police is guarding the barangays and the communities. This will hit it and the ports will not as open as before, because the state has already issued guidelines.

With all this in mind, the prices are most likely rising and the basic commodity of rice will go up. Even if the warning letters comes the way of the DA. They cannot stop the inevitable. This is not just scrupulous traders, but usual tendencies when situations like these transpire. If there becomes shortage in Zambonga Del Sur or del Norte. Expect the prices to sudden rise. That because the rice from the stockpile in Luzon isn’t arriving there. The rice from Davao isn’t crossing Mindanao, because of the social distancing and the authorities are blocking the movement. Which likely could happen too.

Even if the ASEAN partners wants to help, they still got their own neck to consider too in this crisis. COVID-19 is hitting worldwide and therefore, the damage is everywhere. Philippines will be hit like everyone else. In this instance with imports of rice, as Vietnam and Thailand is not doing as much as they did in the past. That will affect the prices and will limit the scope. As well, as the other travel advisory and other measures made across Asian nations in concern of exports an so-on.

The DA and the authorities means well, they are trying to signal positivity in the midst of a crisis. However, initial thoughts from me is that with a crisis like this the prices will rise. Unless, the state decrees the prices. They nationalize all parts the food-chain from the farmer to the consumer. Where every party has a fixed price and therefore the rice is costing a much as they set it to be. If they don’t do that, then the prices will spiral and go up. As the fear, the ability locally and in the Barangay’s can use their means to put it up. Since it is less movement, they can initiate a jump of prices and the national authorities cannot follow-up in all areas.

That is why this will most likely happen. It is a force of nature. Even with a giant stockpile. That stockpile is one place and not made across the Republic. The rural Barangay’s will not get their additional loads of rice quickly. Not in this time. Because, the state and authorities doesn’t have the capacity or ability to move that quick. Therefore, there will be change of prices and costs will go up. They can try to stagnate it, but if they wanted to control it. They should do so on decree and nationalize it. Peace.

EFF Statement on the Decision by Rating Agency Moody’s Investors Services to Downgrade South to ‘Junk Status’ (28.03.2020)

Opinion: All hail the King or let your constituents die

President Donald J. Trump got a nerve, well, to be honest. I don’t think he got any. His not a governor nor any ordinary representative of the public. His the President and has Executive Power with Executive Privileges, which can through Federal Programs help the Hospitals or support the Health Care system as a whole.

The same man who dismantled the National Security Council directorate for Pandemics. While also sacking the pandemics expert stationed in China. Clearly, this President haven’t listened nor acted righteous.

He played down the COVID-19 or Coronavirus all through January and February. Even as he got the Intelligence warnings in December 2019. Not like the President couldn’t get the wire or the information from China. He would get it, but he didn’t listen, because it didn’t matter to him and his busy golfing scheduled at Mar-A-Lago in Miami.

President Trump has misused his time. The Timeline he cannot run away, which is exposed in the recent ad too. Where his words are used against him. As the numbers are skyrocketing and hospitals cannot manage to follow suit. Neither is the states able to get needed equipment or manpower to shield the apex of the pandemics in their areas. There is no central coordination, if it is. Its AD-HOC and reactionary, later after the fact.

The United States is fucked, because of their central leadership. The Governors and States can salvage the hurt. However, they are not getting the help they need from the President. Unless, they write love-letters or praise their King. The Jester at the White House. The Big-Man, the Don and the Snake-Oil Salesman. The Bankrupter of Casinos, he lost money even in a an industry: “where the house always wins”. That’s the sort of character he is.

This President is running FEMA. A cabinet filled of temporary people. His filled cronies and loyal yes men in his party. They are all evolved around him and his whims. His nepotism and his actions are clear, the bail-out will most likely be overturned and not give the needed surplus the people needs. Instead, its a cash-cow for the corporations. That is the sort of man, another trick and another act of deviousness.

Now, in the midst of the skyrocketing numbers of people catching the spread. The hospitals in Bronx, state of Georgia and everywhere else is crying out of needs. When the Department of State suddenly asks for a international brain-drain of educated health care workers from abroad. From the most devious of governments in recent history. Child-separating, closing of borders, Muslim-Ban and so fourth. Now, they need the migrants? Your insincerity and your lack of tolerance in the sunny days. Why should people come now to your need in the rain? Seriously?

The United States is so rich, but morally POOR. The poverty is their acts against minorities, the poor and the migrants itself. That is why they suddenly turn to them in the hour of need. The rest of the term they have been associated with dismantling opportunities to enter the Republic. So, in crisis and havoc, your needed, but rest of the time your a filthy person. Just think about that for a moment.

Still, the President wants to salvage the economy. He wants to save Wall-Street and the economy. Even if his printing money like a drunk sailor. However, the President needs the praise, they need to say his hair looks nice, his breath is fresh and give him two scoops of ice-cream beside his slice of cake. Also, not forget to give him his doze of cokes.

This President forgets his role, think this is a hunger game. Think this is play for who deserves the most and who begs the best gets equipment and funds. The citizens of United States deserves better. Now they are seeing what a narcissist and a self-centred individual will do in crisis. Instead of serving, his only want to be King. The Grand Monarch from Jamaica Queens to the White House. That is the man, apparently.

I’m grateful I’m European and seeing this from across the pond. However, don’t wish anyone to go through what the US Citizens are going through now. But, when you elect a man like this and when you support his actions. That will cost. The cost is showing now. The price of his leadership and reactionary ways comes. The US are losers, because the biggest contender for useless President in the World is on the throne there.

Still, remember praise the ass-hole, remember to give him the honour and kiss the ring. If you do, your constituents might get some relief. Peace.

South Africa: National Treasury – Media Statement – Government’s response to the rating action of Moody’s investors Service (Moody’s) – (27.03.2020)

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