28 May 2020

Famine risk for millions in second locust wave
A second wave of desert locusts in Africa and Asia is threatening famine for millions as critical resources are directed towards the COVID-19 crisis, scientists warn. … without action the locust population “could grow 400 times larger by June 2020 and spread to new areas, disrupting food supply, upending livelihoods and requiring substantial resources to address”, the World Bank says.

Drought prompts $5.6 billion FMD drawdown to supplement cash flow
“FMDs are designed to allow producers to set aside pre-tax income in the good years, which is then available as a cash flow management tool for lower production years,” Mr Horne said. “The continued drawdown and generally flat deposits in NSW reflect the prolonged periods of drought there, while a marginal winter cropping season in WA allowed continued deposits by producers.

Centre steps in after locust attack spreads to 5 states, swarm splits into two: Latest updates
Five states – Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh – are affected by the swarms moving at great speed.
In Maharashtra, officials reported that the swarm split into two groups after pesticide was sprayed between Monday night and Tuesday morning. One group is moving towards Parseoni in Nagpur while the other entered Bhandara, said officials.

Pompeo says Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has notified Congress that the Trump administration no longer regards Hong Kong as autonomous from mainland China, setting the stage for U.S. to withdraw the former British colony’s preferential trade and financial status it has enjoyed since it reverted to Chinese rule 23 years ago.

Emergency UN/WHO Funding For Palestinians Ends Up With Terrorist Group
A report by NGO Monitor revealed that emergency COVID-19 funding provided by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN body that responds to natural disasters, and the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) went to organizations that have ties to the People’s Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a group that is classified as a terrorist organization in Israel, the EU, US, and Canada.

US to Iran: Negotiate or manage economic collapse caused by sanctions
U.S. President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” policy is giving Iran a choice between negotiating with the United States or managing the economic collapse caused by U.S. sanctions, U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said on Wednesday. “Because of our pressure, Iran’s leaders are facing a decision: Either negotiate with us or manage economic collapse,” Hook told reporters during a conference call.

World War 3 alarm as Russia builds hypersonic weapon-capable stealth bomber to take on US
VLADIMIR Putin has thrown down the gauntlet to US President Donald Trump after Russia began construction of a hi-tech stealth bomber, armed with hypersonic weapons, which will rival the US-built B-2.

Senate Passes Bill To Boot Rogue Chinese Companies from US Stock Exchange
The U.S. Senate is sending a message to China: Either play by the rules or you’ll be asked to leave — in this case, the stock market. Last week, the Senate, in a bipartisan effort, passed the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act, which would require companies on the U.S. exchanges to certify that they are not under the control of a foreign government.

Bill Clinton Denied Going to Epstein’s Island, Now a Witness Says Otherwise
Clinton claims he wasn’t friends with the convicted sex offender and alleged child sex trafficker. Yet again, however, Clinton is being linked more closely with Epstein. This time, a witness says he saw the former president on Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean, a locale that’s taken on the ugly nickname of “Orgy Island.”

Tropical Storm Bertha makes landfall in South Carolina as 2020′s second pre-season storm 
2020’s second tropical storm formed and made landfall in just a few hours — and the hurricane season hasn’t even started yet. The National Hurricane Center announced on Wednesday morning that Tropical Storm Bertha formed off the coast of South Carolina. Bertha then made landfall about 8:30 a.m. CDT near Mount Pleasant, S.C., with 50 mph winds.

Israeli cyber czar warns of more attacks from Iran
A cyber winter is coming and it will be faster than suspected, Israel’s cyber czar warned on Wednesday, a week after Iran tried hacking Israel’s water system. In a recorded speech for a Cybertech conference event slated for Thursday and obtained by The Jerusalem Post, National Cyber Directorate chief Yigal Unna provided striking new details about the Islamic Republic’s hack and how Israel blocked it.

PLO declares agreements with Israel have ended
Palestinian officials said on Wednesday they are planning to step up their efforts to thwart Israel’s intention to apply sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, now that the Palestinians have “successfully” prevented the spread of the coronavirus. Some officials expressed hope massive international pressure would force Israel to backtrack on its “unilateral” move.

2nd Night Of Minneapolis George Floyd Protests Marked By Looting, Tear Gas, Fires
Tear gas, flames and smoke filled the streets surrounding the Minneapolis Police 3rd Precinct Wednesday evening, as officers tried to get people to leave the area in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. Late Wednesday night, protesters set several fires, including inside of an AutoZone store by the precinct building, located near the intersection of Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue.

Fed finds new challenge for the economy: Workers who don’t want to come back to their jobs
Mass unemployment that has accompanied the coronavirus pandemic has been compounded by people who don’t want to come back to work, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday in its periodic summary of the national economy. With the unemployment rate through April at… 14.7% and 20.5 million layoffs during the month, workers are reluctant to head back to their jobs for a number of reasons…

Salaries Get Chopped for Many Americans Who Manage to Keep Jobs
The hard numbers won’t be in for months, but anecdotal evidence is piling up. On earnings calls, big businesses including The Container Store Group and Lyft have cited what they say are temporary salary reductions. Federal Reserve officials also have found plenty of supporting evidence…Pay cuts for Americans who’ve managed to hold onto their jobs may hobble the return to normal.

Anti-Semitic crime in Germany hits highest level in nearly two decades
Germany’s interior secretary on Wednesday said anti-Semitic crimes in the country are increasing and reached their highest levels in 2019 since the country began recording them in 2001. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer called the rise in anti-Semitic crimes a “great concern,”…Data collected by the government shows that politically-motivated crimes overall were up 14.2 percent last year compared to data from 2018…

ICC asks PA to clarify if Oslo Accords still binding, after Abbas statement terminating agreements
A three-judge panel that comprises the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) pretrial chamber has requested clarification from the Palestinian Authority (PA) over President Mahmoud Abbas’ statement regarding the termination of all agreements with Israel. The justices are attempting to find out whether Abbas’ remarks apply to the Oslo Accords – signed in 1993 and 1995 – which helped establish the Palestinian Authority as an entity.

These FBI Docs Put Barack Obama In The Middle Of The ‘Obamagate’ Narrative
…agents fretted sharing Flynn intel with departing Obama White House would become fodder for ‘partisan axes to grind.’

Texas Supreme Court: Lack of immunity to COVID-19 alone not enough to vote by mail
The Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that lack of immunity to COVID-19 alone is not a physical disability that qualifies people to vote by mail.

Record heavy rains trigger severe flooding in Florida, U.S.
Persistent heavy rains over the weekend triggered severe flooding in parts of Florida, with a total of 185.4 mm (7.3 inches) recorded in Miami over a 48-hour period to Monday, May 25– the city’s heaviest two-day rainfall since 2012. Another bout of intense downpour hit the city on Tuesday evening, May 26, leaving many areas underwater. At 12:30 UTC on Wednesday, May 27, the disturbance that brought heavy rains organized into Tropical Storm “Bertha” — the second named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

Rightly Dividing The Scriptures On Church Age Salvation Prevents False Conversion From Evangelical ‘Easy Believism’
Our apostle Paul warns us that in the last days, there will be a dearth of preaching on bible doctrine, and because of that, Christians in the Body of Christ will be woefully ignorant on important, need to know doctrines like salvation. And because we are in the Laodicean Church age, there have been decades of gospel compromisers to such a point that ‘easy believism’ is rampant.

Christian Rock Frontman, Jon Steingard Of Hawk Nelson, Comes Out And Says He ‘No Longer Believes In God’ Showing Perils Of Easy Believism
Today’s story shows the terrible damage that can be caused by telling someone who ‘said the Sinner’s Prayer’ that they just became saved, because guess what? The ‘sinner’s prayer’ saves no one, never did and never will. It is the shed blood of Jesus Christ, that made a payment for your sins on the cross at Calvary, that when you receive it by faith pays your sin debt to God. Sinners need a Saviour, and what are we saved from? From having to go the Hell for eternity, that’s exactly what salvation is.

Social Confinement With Mandatory Masking Continues As New World Order Rising
The mandatory masks serve as a physical and ever-present reminder that they are in control, and that we are powerless. This social conditioning is so powerful that I see people everyday driving alone in their cars, windows up, and wearing a mask. That is lunacy, that is insanity. If you are healthy and you are doing that, you are endangering your own health. Stop that immediately.

Mandatory Masks Have Very Little To Do With Safety And Everything To Do With Social Control To Keep Us In A Constant State Of Confinement
I believe in practicing excellent hygiene and social skills, my parents taught me that years ago, and it is something I have always done. I wash my hands everytime I go to the bathroom after I have touched things, and I proactively wash my hands before touching things in the kitchen. My kids will be happy to tell you I am a freak about hand washing, and have made sure that they are as well. That said, it is sick people that should be placed in isolation, not healthy people. It is sick people that should be wearing masks, not those who are not sick. So what’s the agenda here?

Chicago Police Bang On Church Doors To Stop Services, Film Everyone Who Arrived
The pastor of a Chicago church said multiple police cars and a government representative showed up at his church on Sunday demanding services end.

‘Not A Global Police Force’: Pentagon To Brief Trump On Afghan Exit Before Election Timetable
Pentagon believes “such a timeline may be Mr. Trump’s preferred option because it may help bolster his campaign,” reports NY Times.