Officials in Northeastern China Sacked For Escalating Virus Outbreak


Police officers clad in protective suits stand guard outside Jilin city's railway station in China's Jilin province on May 13, 2020. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Police officers clad in protective suits stand guard outside Jilin city’s railway station in China’s Jilin province on May 13, 2020. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

By Nicole Hao May 17, 2020 The Epoch Times

Amid an escalating CCP virus outbreak in northeastern China, six local officials have been dismissed for failing to contain the virus.

The latest second wave outbreak first erupted in Shulan, a county-level municipality within Jilin city, Jilin Province.

Locals told The Epoch Times that the outbreak situation was more serious than how authorities portrayed it. They also complained about rising food prices following the outbreak.

The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus, first broke out in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019. The virus quickly spread to all parts of the country.

After a period in March when local authorities throughout China proclaimed that there were little to no new infections, since April, regions of northeastern China confirmed a second wave outbreak.

Outbreak

The “patient zero” of the Shulan outbreak was diagnosed on May 7. She is a 45-year-old cleaning lady who works at the city’s police bureau.

Since then, the virus quickly spread within Shulan, as well as to districts within Jilin city, and Shenyang, the capital of the neighboring Liaoning Province.

Since May 12, all new infections announced by China’s National Health Commission are related to the outbreak in Shulan and Jilin.

Over the weekend, the Jilin provincial health commission announced five new diagnosed patients, who are from Shulan, as well as the Fengman and Chuanying districts in Jilin city.

On May 17, the commission also announced that one elderly person in Jilin city was diagnosed with COVID-19, but was not counted as a new COVID case because he or she died before the test result was announced.

The test result was announced on May 16, but the person had already died of cardiovascular problems, according to authorities.

Dismissals

Late evening on May 16, Li Pengfei was dismissed from his position as Chinese Communist Party boss of Shulan. Zhang Jinghui, deputy mayor of Jilin city, was named to take his place.

“This new appointment is not in line with convention,” said U.S.-based China affairs commentator Li Linyi.

Li said typically, the Party would promote a lower-ranking official to replace a dismissed one. But in the Shulan case, the Party did not promote the second-in-line, the Shulan mayor, to be the Party boss.

“It shows that the CCP superiors don’t trust that Party leaders in Shulan can control the outbreak,” Li said.

More dismissals were announced by the Jilin provincial government soon after: Liu Shijun, deputy director of the Jilin city health commission; Yue Xiaoyan, director of Shulan health bureau; Geng Jianjun, deputy Party boss of Shulan police bureau; Liu Hanyin, director of the Shulan center for disease control and prevention (CDC); and Xu Zibiao, director of the Fengman district CDC.

Hours prior to the announcement, Jilin city ordered all of the city’s private-run clinics and outpatient departments to shut down. All who need to visit a doctor must register at state-run hospitals instead.

By launching this regulation, anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms can only visit state-run hospitals.

Locals

Locals told the Chinese-language Epoch Times that there were more infections in Jilin than officially announced. They heard of people who were diagnosed as asymptomatic carriers, but were not counted into authorities’ tallies.

Several gave more details about confirmed patients that Shulan authorities announced. They include four police officers; one staff working at the Shulan government; one receptionist at the Shulan People’s Hospital; and one high school teacher.

Mr. Peng, a resident of Jilin city, also described the current state of panic: “People are crazily shopping for food and medicines… Prices have increased dramatically.”

Peng said some vegetables were triple, even five times, the price prior to the outbreak. Wheat flour prices increased by more than 10 percent in the past week.

Shulan residents previously told The Epoch Times on May 13 that the Shulan police bureau was closed due to several police officers being diagnosed with COVID-19.

A police officer’s wife told The Epoch Times: “All the diagnosed patients [at Shulan police bureau] are in mild condition, but we are in a panic because the virus spreads so quickly.”

Mr. Li lives at the Sihe Tianyuan residential compound in Fengman district, Jilin city, where he said several residents were diagnosed with the virus.

He said one such resident was Mr. Hao, a driver who recently returned from Shulan and had dinners with relatives and friends in Fengman district.

Hao transmitted the virus to his uncle and 23-year-old cousin, according to Li. The cousin works at the high-speed train vehicle maintenance department in Shenyang, the nearby capital of Liaoning Province. The cousin went back to Shenyang and spread the virus to more people.

Shenyang resident Mr. Li (unrelated to above-mentioned) told The Epoch Times that the Shenyang 463 Hospital, an air-force-operated hospital, was closed down due to a cluster outbreak.

“The whole hospital is locked down. Both people and vehicles are banned from entering or leaving the hospital. It [local authorities] said that one was infected inside, but you don’t know the real situation. You don’t know how many people died of the virus already,” Li added.

Locals also complained that authorities charged very high fees for those who are mandated to self-quarantine at hotel-modified quarantine centers in Shenyang, ranging from 6,860 yuan to 8,286 yuan (about $966 to $1,167) for the duration of 14 days.

Forgiveness Is A Magnanimous Act


Forgiveness, insofar as it appears in Aristotle’s ethical writings, seems to be found chiefly in the character of the magnanimous or high-minded person, according to Brown (2009). Since the magnanimous person is the perfection of human virtue, that person’s virtue of forgiveness is thought to be a good thing. The magnanimous person does indeed pardon those who have harmed or offended him or her, and this is good. But the goodness is associated with the magnanimous person’s own virtue, not with real concern for the one who is pardoned. The magnanimous person forgives because it would be petty not to: such a person is above any desire for vengeance, rather the way God is above being concerned with this world. “A high-minded man is thought to be one who, being worthy of great things, requires of himself that he be worthy of them.” Such a person prefers to give goods rather than to receive them.

But to forgive a debt is to give something good. Thus, the magnanimous person will be likely to do this. “For he who received a good is inferior to the man who conferred it, and a high-minded man wishes to be superior.” Such a person will not ask for help, but will be ready to help others. “It is the mark of the high-minded man, too, never, or hardly ever, to ask for help but to be of help to others readily.” Such a person, if treated unjustly, does not harbor vindictiveness. “Nor will he bear grudges; for it is the mark of a high-minded man not to bring up the past, especially what was bad, but rather to overlook this”.22 However, the reason for not bearing grudges is a sense of superiority and the desire to preserve personal virtue. There is no sense that pardoning an offense is meant to contribute to the virtue or ultimate happiness of the one forgiven.

Thus, the forgiveness of the magnanimous person is in the image of divine forgiveness—more forgetfulness or an indifference than an active engagement with the one forgiven for his or her good. An indication that the forgiveness associated with the high-minded person differs substantially from the Christian notion is that high-mindedness is a virtue related to honor. “A high-minded man is concerned with honors and dishonors as he should be.” Honor is indeed related to other people, but not insofar as it is concerned with them but insofar as it is bestowed by them. Thus, the indifference that the high-minded person shows to slights and injustices is motivated by the desire to be honored, not so much by the person pardoned, but by the rest of society, or at least by those who matter.

John MacArthur in his commentary on Matthew states that what Jesus is talking about is the forgiveness of a Father. He says that, “Believers cannot know the parental forgiveness, which keeps fellowship with the Lord rich and blessings from the Lord profuse, apart from forgiving others in heart and word”.23 Thus He sees Jesus’ conditions applying to our sanctification not our justification. However, he does go on to say, commenting on verse 15 that, “The sin of an unforgiving heart and a bitter spirit (Heb. 12:15) forfeits blessing and invites judgment” but he does not explain the extent or nature of the judgment or how that really relates to God not forgiving the one so judged. Perhaps Dr. MacArthur means that God’s lack of forgiveness is the same thing as His not bestowing blessing. Although this may be true with regard to God’s forgiveness, I am not so sure that is exactly what Jesus had in mind. Thus, for MacArthur these verses may indicate not only a loss of fellowship with God, but also his judgment in some way.

China football’s darkest day ends with Defeat, riots and recriminations


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by Camillus,

It is known as the “May 19 Incident” and by some estimations it haunts China’s national football team 35 years on.

On May 19, 1985, China were stunned 2-1 at home by neighbours Hong Kong, then still under British rule, on one of the most infamous nights in Chinese football history.

Hong Kong fans hold up signs that read "Boo" in 2015 during China's national anthem before a qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup at Mong Kok stadium in Hong Kong
Hong Kong fans hold up signs that read “Boo” in 2015 during China’s national anthem before a qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup at Mong Kok stadium in Hong Kong Isaac LAWRENCE AFP/File

It is notorious not just because China’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup for the first time ended in calamity.

After the match, fans in Beijing rioted, smashing cars, attacking buses and threatening foreign journalists and diplomatic staff.

It began an intense rivalry between the two teams which has continued to this day, despite the UK handing back Hong Kong to China in 1997.

Recent World Cup qualifying matches between the two sides have been bad-tempered affairs with Hong Kong fans jeering the Chinese national anthem, which their team shares, since pro-democracy protests broke out in the city in 2014.

– The match –

It was a Sunday night and China needed only a draw to reach the next stage of qualifying for the Mexico 1986 World Cup.

They were expected to beat the minnows from Hong Kong easily, but in front of 80,000 fans at the Workers’ Stadium a complacent China’s hopes of reaching the World Cup collapsed.

With a line-up regarded as one of China’s strongest in the last 40 years, they were level 1-1 at half-time but conceded in the 60th minute when Hong Kong defender Ku Kam-fai smashed in the winner.

As their World Cup hopes faded in the drizzle, Chinese supporters became frustrated by what they saw as Hong Kong’s play-acting and reluctance to attack.

Cries of “Hong Kong cowards” rang out and the full-time whistle was greeted with stunned silence, followed by the stamping of feet, then fury.

Kwok Ka-ming, Hong Kong’s coach at the time, told AFP ahead of the 35th anniversary of his team’s momentous victory: “In 1984 then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher visited Beijing and the Joint Declaration was signed (agreeing to return Hong Kong to China).

“So the victory we had in the qualifiers not only meant a lot for football, but also in history.”

– The riot –

Losing was one thing but doing so to “little brother” Hong Kong made it even worse.

“After we won and wanted to return to the changing room, the spectators began to hurl stuff onto the field so we couldn’t make it back to the changing room and had to shelter,” Kwok recalls.

Outside the stadium hundreds of fans, some drunk, rioted.

Some were armed with stones, bricks and bottles, according to reports at the time, and the atmosphere took on a distinctly anti-foreign flavour.

“An AFP correspondent taking photos was accosted by a hostile crowd of more than a hundred people, the police making no effort to intervene,” said an AFP report.

“The crowd, apparently acting on the orders of plainclothes police, did not allow the correspondent to leave until they grabbed his film.”

Other foreign reporters were spat at, threatened and had their cars attacked, while a staff member of the French embassy also saw his car targeted.

The hooliganism lasted about two hours with “several dozen cars” and buses were damaged. A taxi driver attempting to protect his vehicle was beaten up.

About 30 police officers were injured and 127 people were arrested.

– The repercussions –

The official Xinhua news agency called it the most serious incident in Beijing since the founding of communist China in 1949.

AFP noted that foreign residents and diplomatic circles were concerned about “a surge” in xenophobia and police failure to protect the victims.

The fallout was no less ugly for the Chinese team, who went into hiding for several days and made a public apology.

Coach Zeng Xuelin quit and later recalled the episode as “a nightmare”. The Chinese Football Association chairman resigned six months later.

Lee Chun-wing, a lecturer at Hong Kong’s College of Professional and Continuing Education, says there are two theories why fans reacted like they did.

Hong Kong media critical of China blamed xenophobia but Lee — whose research interests include Hong Kong’s football history — points out that buses carrying locals were also targeted.

China in the 1980s was undergoing vast economic changes so another explanation is that fans took the opportunity to protest against price reform which had led to inflation.

China reached the World Cup in 2002, but today stand 76th in the FIFA rankings, a long way from President Xi Jinping’s ambition to become a football super power.

“Probably the players and fans have always been haunted by the defeat whenever China plays a do-or-die match since then (1985),” Lee said.

Come & Get Your Happiness


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“Garden Of Lovely”, TMJ/PAR 2020

Come and get your happiness.  I loved this little song as a kid.  I had the Shirley Temple album in the early 70’s.  That album brought my sister and I so many smiles.  We thought Shirley was the cutest little girl in the world.  In fact, we thought she was our age. Lol.

 As we go thru rotten times with tyrants trying to destroy and demolish.. We have to keep our chin up.  I know thats hard.  But, look around you at the animals, babies, trees, flowers, laughter.  “Accentuate the positive”, Right?  Ya all have a nice day today on this fabulous, sunny Sunday.  God loves you and I do too.

Shirley brought so many smiles and laughter and Hollywood was so horrible to her. Very bad.

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Two Months Ago Today We Were Attacked for Reporting that the W.H.O’s Coronavirus Mortality Rate of 3.4% Was Completely Inaccurate! – And We Were 100% Correct! — The Gateway Pundit


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Exactly Two months ago, on March 17, 2020, we reported on the controversial Ethiopian politician and Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who claimed in a press conference in early March that the fatality rate for the coronavirus was 3.4% — many multiples that of the fatality rate of the common flu which is estimated to be around 0.1%.

This egregiously false premise led to the greatest global panic in world history.

The Director General of the WHO spoke on March 3, 2020 and shared this related to the coronavirus:

While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity. That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease.

Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far…

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Football: Lewandowski Equals Messi, Ronaldo Records As Bayern Win In Berlin


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Robert Lewandowski bagged his 26th league goal this season as leaders Bayern Munich resumed their Bundesliga title chase with a 2-0 win at Union Berlin behind closed doors in their first match in two months on Sunday.

Lewandowski netted a first-half penalty and defender Benjamin Pavard scored a late header for Bayern in Berlin. The Bundesliga on Saturday became the first top European league to restart during the coronavirus pandemic.

Poland star Lewandowski, who missed two games with injury before the league was interrupted in mid-March, reached 40 goals for the campaign in all competitions as Bayern restored their four-point lead over Borussia Dortmund.

After today’s game, Lewandowski became the third player, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, to score 40 goals in five consecutive seasons, The Mirror UK reports.

Dortmund, who thrashed Schalke 4-0 in the Ruhr derby on Saturday, host Bayern in a pivotal fixture on May 26, another game that will be behind closed doors in line with the league’s strict hygiene guidelines.

“I have to say, each minute is very long when there are no fans and no noise,” said Bayern captain Manuel Neuer.

“It was a different atmosphere to what you would expect at the Alten Forsterei, but, okay, it’s about motivation and attitude.

“We still have a bit of work to do, but are happy to have dominated the game and can head home with the three points.”

Union had shocked previous leaders Dortmund and Borussia Moenchengladbach earlier in the season, backed by passionate home support at their Alten Forsterei stadium.

With players’ voices echoing around the empty ground, Thomas Mueller looked to have given Bayern the lead on 18 minutes only for the goal to be disallowed for offside.

Bayern eventually broke through when Union defender Neven Subotic fouled Leon Goretzka in the area on 38 minutes, with Lewandowski stepping up to slot home the resulting penalty.

Bayern coach Hansi Flick brought on French winger Kingsley Coman for his 100th Bundesliga appearance as the visitors sought to make the points safe.

It was Coman’s countryman Pavard who grabbed the second goal on 80 minutes when he headed a Joshua Kimmich corner inside the far post.