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Hong Kong Hospitals On Verge Of Collapse

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam warned of a potential “large-scale” coronavirus outbreak. “We are on the verge of a large-scale community outbreak, which may lead to a collapse of our hospital system and cost lives, especially of the elderly,” Lam said in a video statement late Tuesday. The city has mandated face masks, banned dine-in services at restaurants and public gatherings of more than two people as cases continue to rise. Gyms, bars and salons have also been closed. “I appeal to you to follow strictly the social distancing measures and stay at home as far as possible,” Lam added. “If we stand united and work together, we can suppress this epidemic again.” She added the Central Government is working to help Hong Kong enhance its testing capabilities.

Eviction Tsunami Coming To USA

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A wave of of evictions may be coming to millions of renters across the USA. Eviction protection under the eviction moratorium expired last Friday nearly four months after the US economy effectively shutdown due to the covid-19 pandemic. More than 12 million renters are behind on rent payments and now at imminent risk of getting thrown out of rental properties This Friday, some 25 million Americans will no longer receive their weekly $600 federal unemployment checks, Even if it is extended, benefits would likely be slashed from $600 to $200. This would result in an even higher number of households unable to pay their rent bill in the months ahead.  More than 31 million Americans collected unemployment benefits of some form during the pandemic shutdown. The economic recovery reversed in late June, as the next crisis among households looms. 

Nevada Rattled By 4.3 Earthquake

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A 4.2 magnitude earthquake shook parts of Southwest Nevada, Thursday morning July 23rd 2020. No initial reports of any damage.

Massive Alaskan Earthquake Triggers Tsunami Warnings

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A tsunami warning has been issued late Tuesday night for much of the southern coast of Alaska and the Alaskan Peninsula after a preliminary 7.8 magnitude earthquake was recorded 75 miles off the town of Chignik at a depth of eight miles.

Rentageddon Coming To USA

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We have dubbed the looming rental housing crisis coming to America - "Rentageddon" .  Over 12 million Americans may be facing evection notices as last months rent payments for housing have went unpaid. Payments have been missed because of job loss during the coronavirus pandemic. Even more staggering is the fact that as many as 23 million have little or no confidence in their ability to make the next rent payment, according to weekly Census Bureau data. About a third of the country’s renters are protected by an eviction moratorium that covers properties with federally insured mortgages. That expires July 25. 

Azerbaijani Threatens Strike On Armenian Nuke Plant

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The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense threatened on Thursday, that its forces would carry out a precision strike on the Metzamur nuclear power plant in western Armenia if they decided to hit Azerbaijani strategic installations. AP reports:  Armenia and Azerbaijan forces fought Tuesday with heavy artillery and drones, leaving at least 16 people killed on both sides, including an Azerbaijani general, in the worst outbreak of hostilities in years. Skirmishes on the volatile border between the two South Caucasus nations began Sunday. Azerbaijan said it has lost 11 servicemen and one civilian in three days of fighting, and Armenia said four of its troops were killed Tuesday  These statements reported in Interfax come against the backdrop of the military escalation in the border region between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which the two sides have accused each other of causing.

Bubonic Plague In Colorado!

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Add caption A squirrel in a Colorado has tested positive for bubonic plague.   The rodent was found in Morrison Colorado. The county's health officials said in a statement that the squirrel was the first case of plague in the county. Bubonic plague is one of three forms of the infectious disease caused by the Yersinia pestis bacteria. If left untreated, the bubonic plague, which is typically transmitted from animals to humans by fleas, has a fatality rate of 30 percent to 60 percent.  This disease caused the Black Death and killed some 50 million people in the 14th century. This report comes on the heals of a human case reported in China

Chinese Bubonic Plague Confirmed!

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China has closed the city of Bayannur in its Inner Mongolia region after a case of bubonic plague was identified and confirmed on Tuesday. Visitors are prohibited from entering the affected area. The patient is being isolated and treated in a hospital, and is in stable condition, according to the Chinese state-run Xinhua News Agency. It is believed the plague was contracted from eating raw marmot meat. China has issued a level 3 warning for Fatal Bubonic Plague.  The bubonic plague causes painful, swollen lymph nodes and fever, chills and coughing. Antibiotics can prevent complications and death if they are administered quickly enough.

Intense Wisconsin Illinois Heat Wave Buckling Roads

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A  heat wave that's gripped the Midwest for days and will only grow more intense by next week is taking its toll on roads across the region, creating hazards for motorists as roads buckle. The combination of prolonged intense heat and humidity has added stress on highways and local roads across the region.   The National Weather Service's said that temperatures in a warm air mass over the Midwest will climb into the 80s and low 90s on Wednesday from the Corn Belt eastward to the central Appalachians. The Illinois Department of Transportation warned motorists on Monday to watch for damaged roadways that may buckle during this intense stretch of heat. “One of the hottest weeks of the year means the potential for pavement failures will increase,” said Omer Osman, acting transportation secretary. “At IDOT, we have the necessary staffing and materials in place to make repairs as quickly as possible."

More Blasts In Iran

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Six explosions have happened at strategic locations in Iran over the last few weeks. Early Tuesday morning two Iranians were killed and three injured in a blast at a factory south of Tehran, IRNA reported. Like with other recent explosions and fires, official statements downplayed this latest blast as an accident. "Human error was the cause of the blast in a factory... The explosion that was caused by some workers' negligent handling of oxygen tanks.... was so powerful that the walls of a factory nearby were also totally destroyed," a local official stated. Several mysterious fires and explosions have broken out at sites in Iran lately, including explosions at a weapons depot, power station and a medical facility. The incidents are now coming with such frequency that the question of foreign sabotage is impossible to ignore, also considering Israeli leaders have over the past year vowed they'll do anything to ensure the Islamic Republic can't possibly develop a nuk

Israel Strikes Iranian Nuclear Site

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Israel hit an Iranian nuclear facility with a powerful bomb last week that caused “significant damage” and set back Tehran’s nuclear program by months Iran admitted the blast had caused serious damage to the site as satellite images were released last week. “We first learned that, fortunately, there were no casualties as a result of the incident, but financial damages incurred to the site due to incident were considerable,” said Iran’s atomic agency spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi. He also admitted the damaged building was indeed a centrifuge center and not an .industrial shed It is believed the bomb was planted inside the building, not a fire as originally reported . Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz remained tight-lipped but didn’t deny the allegations outright.

Syria Preps For War With Turkey

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The Syrian Army military is on high alert in response to the new round of aggression by the Turkish Army in  Northern Syria. Several convoys of government forces, including several T-62M battle tanks and a number of trucks equipped with heavy machine guns, deployed to the countryside of Ayn Issa after intense Turkish artillery strikes on positions of Syrian Democratic Forces near al-Nuyhat, Hushanah and Tell Tamr. According to local sources, there were no casualties among civilians or military personnel. Syrian state media also reported that Turkey set up a new training camp for its proxies northwest of Tell Tamr.