A convicted Tongan government minister, 'Akosita Lavulavu, and her husband 'Etuate Lavulavu have each been jailed for six years.
They were sentenced today in the Supreme Court after being found guilty on charges of obtaining money by false pretences.
The couple owned and ran the educational institution 'Unuaki 'o Tonga Royal Institute. They obtained state funding for the training facility, but kept the money.
New Caledonia's 11 newly elected ministers have again failed to elect a new president.
Like two weeks ago, none of the three candidates managed to secure the support of at least six ministers.
At this morning's meeting called by the French High Commissioner Laurent Prévost, the anti-independence Future with Confidence coalition's Thierry Santa won four votes.
The two pro-independence contenders Louis Mapou and Samuel Hnepeune secured three votes each.
Former US president Barrack Obama has blamed President Trump of inciting violence with continues baseless lies about the outcome of lawful election.
Mr.Obama released the following statement.
"History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation. But we’d be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise.
First China denied that COVID-19 was a virus found only in animals. China then denied that it was transferable from human to human, and then China lied about the numbers of infected people and death tolls. Not only did China lie: China destroyed initial test results, chastised doctors and scientists who raised concerns of a new virus, and some even mysteriously went missing.
China allowed 5 million people to leave Wuhan, taking the virus with them before closing it down. China did this because it claimed the virus was contained. As the world caught on fire, China stepped on to the world stage to provide leadership, and atone for her lies and present herself as caring international nanny. That in short is the summary of China’s benevolent aid to Spain, Italy and other countries.
Would you rather be told the truth about the virus so you either stop or quarantine people coming from China, and save your people? Or would you be content to be lied to by a country responsible for the outbreak, a country that irresponsibly lets it spread to other countries, and then gives you aid to fight the virus? Think about that the next time you praise Chinese efforts.
This is part three of “Debunking Covid-19 Conspiracies.” Many of you who read the first two articles might think I am contradicting myself by pushing a viewpoint that seems like a conspiracy itself. However, the difference between the first two articles and this one is that, this is based on facts. Facts that China will admit to. China did lie in all of the assertions made above. And it cost the world thousands of lives. This a collection of several articles, news reports and interviews, but mainly draws from the Nines Network’s 60 Minutes on Sunday evening. Many of you may have watched it. The latter part of the article is also based on another article.
The Nanny lies, kills, and shifts blame.
According to China’s only independent media outlet, Caixin Global, people in Wuhan area started displaying SARS-like symptoms in mid-November 2019. It began in Hua’nan “wet-market.” Its called wet-market because they salughter live animals, snakes, bats, rats, and every living thing they consider eidible. COVID-19 may have come from one of the animals. Note that SARS (2002), which killed 774 and H7N9 (2012), which killed 1223, were attributed to Chinese eating habits. Any SARS-like symptom should be of concern as it has a record of killing nearly 800 people between 2002 and 2003. China’s own medical doctors raised these concerns, and Chinese laboratories confirmed the similarities.
Instead of informing the world, as is the norm, China, more interested in protecting its totalitarian regime’s reputation ordered the lab results and samples destroyed. Dr Li Wenliang of Wuhan's Central Hospital, who first reported the virus, and his colleagues – were forced to sign confessions admitting they had lied. You must know that the Chinese government did not report the disease. The doctors and scientists did, and they paid the price.
Instead of containing the virus in China, President Xi – fully aware of the fact that he would be unleashing what in mid-January was still a local health emergency in Wuhan, onto the world – allowed over five million people from Wuhan alone were allowed to travel to destinations within China and around the globe without being tested for coronavirus. That is how the virus spread.
Cunny Nanny shifts the blame!
As a cunning nanny would do, China now tries to shift the blame. China now blames the incompetence of Wuhan medical authorities for the spread of COVID-19. But they did their part. Their doctors reported it. Their scientists confirmed it. They were humiliated, and all laboratory evidences destroyed. The Wuhan authorities did not do this to the doctor and the scientists, the Chinese Communist Party and President Xi did that. Two weeks ago, another doctor, Dr Ai Fen, went public saying she had been disciplined and silenced in December 2019 after alerting her superiors to the unknown virus afflicting her patients. President Xi ordered her interview erased from the internet. Dr Ai Fen herself has disappeared, whereabouts unknown.
This is part two of the article on Debunking COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories, refuting the conspiracies that are circulating on social medial that China or US created the virus to destroy the other, economically, and politically.
Part one of the article “Debunking COVID-19 Conspiracies PART ONE: Did China Create COVID-19 for Political and Economic Supremacy?” generated interesting debates under the comment section. Of the comments that were made, the one that stood out was by someone by the names of ‘Hatsire’ on Facebook. Here are his comments:
Conspiracy theorists look forward to world events, put their spin on it, masterfully and painstakingly, combine unrelated events to sew up theories that support their worldview. And in a world not lacking disasters and controversies, it’s the golden age of conspiracy theorists, from 9/11 to COVID-19.
The conspiracy theorists are not short of audience, especially in PNG. There is an abundant supply of hungry but ill-informed, non-critical population who would share conspiracy contents to on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. The Coronavirus, which started in Wuhan, in China, in December 2019, has become another conspiracy theorists’ paradise. Some argue that the United States invented the virus and infected Wuhan with the sole purpose of destroying China. Others claim that China invented the virus to destroy US and basically any other country in the world with the exception of Russia and North Korea. In this article I attempt to debunk some of these conspiracies on both sides.
Air New Zealand has withdrawn full-year guidance it downgraded just two weeks ago amid mounting disruption from the global coronavirus outbreak.
The carrier's chief executive has also taken a pay cut as it braces for a greater-than-expected hit from virus-related closures and travel bans that are hurting the wider aviation industry.
The Philippines has reported the first death outside China from the coronavirus.
Officials say, he was a 44-year old Chinese man who travelled from the City of Wuhan where the virus was first detected.
Australian Prime Minister Morrison spent the first day of the new year hosting a game of backyard cricket between the Australia and New Zealand cricket teams, welcoming them to Kirribilli house.
He said the cricket test would inspire Australians, but many have disagreed with him and slammed him on social media.
One user tweeted an image of the devastating fires with the message: "Scott Morrison: smile! How good's the cricket?"
Gunmen opened fire on a small commercial plane as it landed in Indonesia's Papua on Saturday.
Reports from one of the pilots quoted by The Star say there were no reports of casualties among the nine passengers on the plane.
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