Samson: Canada: The G20 agreed on the necessity of stabilizing oil prices
08:37 – 11/04/2020
Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Seamus Origan announced that the G20 countries, including Russia and Saudi Arabia, have agreed on the necessity of stable oil prices.
In the wake of the ministerial meeting of the twenty countries to discuss measures to achieve stability in the oil market, the minister revealed that the parties concerned agreed to form a working group to follow up on collective efforts to deal with oil issues.
He said that the “twenty” countries “have not yet reached what we want,” noting that there is still a lot of work before the countries, but they made a “great step forward” during today’s meeting.
He added that no “numbers” were discussed with regard to reducing oil production, and he declined to talk about whether countries planned to take any additional steps to reduce production at a later time.
This comes a day after OPEC + countries reached understandings to reduce oil production by 10 million barrels from May 1 and for a period of two months. LINK
Samson: The Washington Post: America has done the Patriot in Iraq
11:04 – 11/04/2020
The Washington Post, on Saturday, revealed that the United States has done the Patriot defensive systems in Iraq.
The newspaper said, “Patriot defensive systems have been activated in Iraq to protect US forces with the bases that have been attacked.”
While officials confirmed in an interview with the Associated Press, that the Patriot missile systems and two other short-range missile systems were deployed at Ein al-Assad base, which was hit by a missile strike last January, as well as at the military base in Arbil.
The officials, who asked not to be named, revealed that “the United States has been working to transport missiles to Iraq in recent months to provide protection for the forces present at its bases there.” LINK
Samson: Mr. Sistani sets the rule for fasting Ramadan in light of the spread of Corona
11:12 – 11/04/2020
The religious authority, Sayyid Ali Sistani, answered, on Saturday, a referendum on fasting the month of Ramadan this year after the spread of the Corona virus in the world.
The following is the text of the referendum and the answer:
Office of His Eminence, the supreme religious authority, Mr. Ali Al-Sistani, as long as his peace, mercy and blessings be upon you
Because the lack of water in the body reduces its immunity, and the dryness of the throat, if the virus has reached it, gives him the opportunity to move to the respiratory system, while drinking water helps to bring it down to the stomach and eliminate it in it. Is the fasting of the month of Ramadan for Muslims in this year falling for this reason?
In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As for what was mentioned that doctors recommend drinking water in close periods to avoid the lack of water in the body and the dryness of the throat – because they raise the possibility of infection with the Corona virus – it does not prevent the necessity of fasting except for those who have reached it, so he is afraid of catching the disease if he fasts He found no way to reduce the likelihood that fear would not be true to him – even if he stayed at home and taken all other precautionary means – and others must fast.
The obligation to fast the month of Ramadan is an individual assignment. Every person who fulfills the conditions of obligation is obliged to fast, regardless of whether or not it is obligatory for others.
If the coming month of Ramadan comes to a Muslim and he fears that he will develop corona, if he fasts, and if he takes all precautionary measures, his obligation is waived for each day, and he fears that if he fasts he will get sick. And if it can weaken the degree of probability of injury so that it becomes what is not considered by the wise people – even by staying at home and not mixing with others closely, using the muzzle, medical paws, and the constant sterilization care, and so on – and he did not have an extreme embarrassment that he usually did not bear, and it was not obligatory. Fasting.
Note that it is possible to avoid a lack of water in the body in the event of fasting by eating vegetables and fruits rich in water such as cucumbers and watermelons before dawn, as well as drying the throat by chewing sugar-free chewing gum – provided that its parts in the mouth are not crumbling and descending into the hollow – then chewing gum leads To increase the secretion of saliva in the mouth and do not mind swallowing in case of fasting.
Thus, it appears that those who can leave work during the month of Ramadan and stay at home so that they are safe from the disease do not lose their obligation to fast, and for those who cannot afford to leave their jobs – for any reason – if they are afraid of contracting the virus while leaving drinking water at close intervals during the day and they cannot To take another measure that they would be safe from, and they did not have to fast, even if it was not permissible for them to profess to break the fast in public.
It is well known that fasting the month of Ramadan is one of the most important legal duties, and it is not permissible to leave it except for a real excuse, and every person knows about his condition that he has a real excuse to leave fasting or not. LINK
Don961: Corona positives .. Is the world turning towards digital payments?
April 11, 2020 4:30 PM
Direct – Ahmed Shawky :
While the Chinese authorities have disposed of banknotes that are potentially loaded with Corona virus, Western countries are still not only late in their response to the epidemic, but also in adopting digital payments
One of the positive aspects of the crisis in the spread of the Coruna virus is that this may soon change and Western countries depend on digital payments, according to an analysis of three economists at Harvard University and Deutsche Bank via Project Syndicate
Given that manual exchange of the physical currency can transmit the Corona virus, countries around the world are forced to reconsider the use of cash
Indeed, Covid 19 may turn into the catalyst that makes digital payment the trend, and it is not surprising that the digital payments industry is already focusing on the opportunities created by the crisis
For its part, the Chinese government has started to cleanse and even destroy banknotes to reduce the spread of the virus, at least in the short term
For example, the South Qianya Morning Post reported that a local branch of the People’s Bank of China in Guangdong Province is disposing of funds that may have been traded through high-risk locations such as hospitals and food markets
Also, fearing importing currencies that might be loaded with the virus from Asia, the Federal Reserve began quarantining and clearing the dollar
These measures may be justified, keeping in mind that the currency in circulation can be vulnerable to disease transmission
Studies have found that the influenza virus, for example, can survive and contagious on banknotes for 17 days, so it would not be unreasonable to assume that the circulating currency played a role in the spread of corona as well
In any case, many countries will consider the option of purifying, isolating and reprinting the currency, and regardless of what they decide, one of the results seems already certain: the virus will accelerate the ongoing shift between the younger population towards digital payments, especially in Asia, specifically in China
This trend is really strong as, as of the end of 2018, around 73 percent of Internet users in China used online payment services, compared to 18 percent in 2008
Young people tend to be more open to adopting new technologies, and China and Southeast Asian countries have a much smaller population than Europe and the United States
Moreover, the Chinese government is actively promoting its online banking infrastructure, while western countries rarely use a top-down approach to governance, lagging behind Asian economies in adopting digital payments
There are internal and structural reasons for the slow rate of adoption by Western countries of digital payments. For example, there are no major technical or financial companies operating in this sector in Europe
As such, European consumers and companies must rely on the services provided by large American companies (Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Paypal) etc
But given fears about ceding vital sectors in the digital economy to US tech giants, the European Union has taken a slower and more cautious approach, favoring those less turbulent changes to European financial transactions infrastructure
Cultural customs have also slowed the pace of change in the West. Americans and Western European citizens in particular rely on cash much more than households in Asia
According to a recent Deutsche Bank survey, a third of respondents to advanced economies consider that cash is their preferred method of payment, and more than half believe that cash will always exist, so it may take some time for these culturally entrenched habits to change without risking negative reactions
However, the widespread spread of the Corona virus may push the world towards a turning point in how it handles payments
It is too early to predict changes that may occur, but they are likely to emerge as solutions to specific challenges in different national contexts, payment infrastructures, and demographic groups
Digital currency versions, such as the electronic krona that Sweden recently announced, are promising examples of what could be planned for the future
In addition to the influence of Covid19 and the increasing acceptance of non-cash payments in stores, there are other reasons why people want to switch to digital payments. A Deutsche Bank survey found that ease plays an important role in a person’s choice of digital transmission. Digital portfolios are free and readily available
The use of digital technology can also help track spending and manage budgets, and in terms of security, the transition without cash reduces the chances of being stolen physically
Certainly, the current crisis has not yet pushed many countries other than China to purify, isolate and reprint their currencies, but Corona could turn into a one-time-one pandemic that requires different solutions as well
So the current period is a clear opportunity to start accelerating the inevitable shift towards digital payments link
Clare: Coronavirus Can’t Hold These WWII Vets Down
Once a fighter, always a fighter.
That couldn’t be more true for two Oregon veterans who collectively survived World War II, the Great Depression, the Spanish Flu epidemic … and now COVID-19.
The virus has inundated U.S. hospitals and health care facilities over the past month. As of April 7, more than 374,000 cases have been diagnosed in the U.S., culminating in more than 12,000 deaths reported. And experts say it may still get worse before it gets better.
But just looking to 95-year-old Bill Kelly and 104-year-old William Lapschies can give us all hope. These World War II veterans got the virus and have since recovered – a huge feat because the elderly with underlying health conditions have been a hard-hit age group.
We wanted to know more about their service and recoveries, so we linked up with their families to get the details.
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