Sep. 26, 2020

President Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the
replace late Supreme Court justice, Ruth Ginsburg.
An excerpt from the acceptance speech she made during the
appointment ceremony at the White House Ross Garden sums up the moment, " I have no illusions that the road ahead of me will be easy for the short term and or long haul ".
in spite of the president's belief that she is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials, and unyielding loyalty to the constitution, one of the nations, a most brilliant and gifted mind, she makes clear that the near future may not be an easy ride.
Though President Trump, as if dictating the manner and timing of the confirmation to USA senators ,a process which on average normally takes close to three months, says her confirmation should be quick though how quick was not said.
The president asked democrats to provide her with respect though Democrats are not the only senators to vet her.
President Trump also asked the media to avoid personal attacks of her, as if to say the present attacks from media outlets that the process is unfair compared to what operated in 2016 with the Obama nomination of Judge Garland that was not only attacked by conservative media outlets but unconstitutionally stopped by republicans following attacks from then a candidate for president, Donald Trump.
Senate majority leader McConnel immediately praised her as " exceptionally impressive jurist and an exceedingly qualified nominee to the Supreme Court".
Justice Barret says the court is an institution that belongs to all and she will not assume the role of justice of the court, for the sake of those in her own circle, though contradicting the wishes o
f those who have appointed her and the republican senators scheming to rush the process in a few weeks.
She assures the people that she will yield to the constitution, which is not a partisan ideological legal construct, not a theocratic paper, providing for making decisions based on tests of "if they are sanctioned in the Bible and or her faith".
Those who are already protesting against her believes her statements today, are just an opportunity or pretext to get confirmed, after which she will sit in the court and help destroy Roe v Wade and also Obama care.
The rush to confirm her within weeks instead of an average of three months as is the custom, many say is that she will join other conservative judges to side with President Trump over Biden, should there be a contested 2020 November 3rd presidential election outcome.
Democratic Senate minority leader has responded to her nomination by Trump saying " Shamelessly rushing to fill justice Ginsburg, s seat less than 40 days before a presidential election.
On Tuesday, September 29th, 2020, Ameri
cans will have the opportunity to hear some of these issues play out in the first presidential debate.
In 2016, it was let the American people decide, said republicans, and this time around with the shoe in the other foot, it is, Republican senators to decide through the rushed process as requested.
Dr. Akwo Ntuba Thompson.

Sep. 26, 2020

Ruth Ginsburg, the second USA female Supreme Court justice who died from complications related to cancer will be buried in Arlington cemetery the family says.
She laid in state at the statuary hall of the US Congress as opposed to the Rotunda, meaning, the decision for her to be honored in Congress was taken at the house level alone, since approval by both houses needed to happen before she could be placed in the Rotunda.
Many believe that the differences between the House majority leader McConnel and Congressional Speaker Nancy Pelosi led to the difference.
In an invitation-only event inside the congress, led by Speaker Pelosi, Jewish Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt spoke about her life story and contribution to the legal and judicial system.
Senator McConnel stayed away from the event but sent a message just like republican house minority leader Kevin McCarthy.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris were present, though president Trump visited the Supreme Court on Thursday 24th of September 2020 to pay his respect and honor her, accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump.
Dr. Akwo Thompson Ntuba.

Sep. 24, 2020

The collaborative Houston Waste Water Sars Cov 2 project results have been made public during a briefing at the City of Houston Gallery hall at 11.00 am on Thursday 24th of September 2020 by the participants from Houston health department, Houston public works, Rice and Baylor universities.
Dr. Loren Hopkins Ph.D. represented the city of Houston health department, professor Lauren Stadler represented Rice University, and Dr. Anthony Morenso represented Baylor Houston.
Wastewater surveillance has been used in Houston from 1940 to 1960 to detect viruses passed into wastewater in feces by those carrying the virus be they symptomatic or asymptomatic.
Feces that enter the sewage network carries the virus with it, and when the wastewater collected at treatment plants is polled as a study sample, the results could be positive or negative and or show viral particles per litter of water in a quantitative manner, as Dr. Anthony Morenso said was done with the Polio outbreak in Houston.
Professor Hopkins gave some advantages of the Coronavirus survey in wastewater to include, Early warning system for outbreaks, detection of a resurgence in communities, less expensive than mass surveys, coverage in areas with little Clinical testing information, and with use in identification of geographic areas of concern.
The hope is to continue using this method to help inform public health decisions regarding interventions to control the virus the City leaders said.
In addition to identifying emerging outbreaks, wastewater data can detect disease resurgence in communities, is more cost-effective than mass testing surveys, and provide data in areas with limited viral testing says, Professor Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University and academic lead of the project.
The conclusions of the project are the following, it provides additional information to complement the case positivity rates as shown by the data on slides provided, used to identify hot spits and opportunity for intervention, and future uses could estimate how prevalent the virus is in the community.
Dr David Persse says at a time when fewer people care getting tested, this project helps us to see what is happening in the city.
People still need to go out and get tested, but this project gives us data that serves as another tool to identify disease, slow the spread and save lives. The waste water project is not a substitution for viral Covid19 testing.
Mayor Sylvester Turner in closing gave present USA national Covid19 disease and death numbers, and what proportion is contributed by Houston Texas and asked Houstonians and Americans to take the virus serious.
Dr Akwo Ntuba Thompson