At least 57 people were killed this week in attacks carried out by an Islamic rebel group in the northeast Democratic Republic of Congo as escalating violence near the Ugandan border has displaced hundreds of thousands of people so far this year.
The Centre for the Promotion of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights said in a statement that Islamic rebels attacked Samboko, Bandavilemba and Walese-Vukutu villages in Ituri province on Tuesday, killing 40, according to The Associated Press.
Attacks on villages have been attributed to members of the Allied Democratic Forces and a group known as MTM, which claims to be affiliated with the Islamic State terror faction. According to the news agency, the two groups have begun carrying out attacks together.
The latest attacks follow a separate attack on Monday that was attributed to ADF, an Islamist rebel group that was driven out of Uganda in the late 1990s but has operated in eastern DRC and resurged in recent years. A military offensive was launched against the group’s bases last year.
25:1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
25:2 Speak to the children of Israel, and take first-fruits of all, who may be disposed in their heart to give; and ye shall take my first-fruits.
25:3 And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold and silver and brass,
25:4 and blue, and purple, and double scarlet, and fine spun linen, and goats’ hair,
25:5 and rams’ skins dyed red, and blue skins, and incorruptible wood,
25:6 and oil for the light, incense for anointing oil, and for the composition of incense,
25:7 and sardius stones, and stones for the carved work of the breast-plate, and the full-length robe.
25:8 And thou shalt make me a sanctuary, and I will appear among you.
25:9 And thou shalt make for me according to all things which I shew thee in the mountain; even the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all its furniture: so shalt thou make it.
25:10 And thou shalt make the ark of testimony of incorruptible wood; the length of two cubits and a half, and the breadth of a cubit and a half, and the height of a cubit and a half.
25:11 And thou shalt gild it with pure gold, thou shalt gild it within and without; and thou shalt make for it golden wreaths twisted round about.
25:12 And thou shalt cast for it four golden rings, and shalt put them on the four sides; two rings on the one side, and two rings on the other side.
25:13 And thou shalt make staves [of] incorruptible wood, and shalt gild them with gold.
25:14 And thou shalt put the staves into the rings on the sides of the ark, to bear the ark with them.
25:15 The staves shall remain fixed in the rings of the ark.
25:16 And thou shalt put into the ark the testimonies which I shall give thee.
25:17 And thou shalt make a propitiatory, a lid of pure gold; the length of two cubits and a half, and the breadth of a cubit and a half.
25:18 And thou shalt make two cherubs graven in gold, and thou shalt put them on both sides of the propitiatory.
25:19 They shall be made, one cherub on this side, and another cherub on the other side of the propitiatory; and thou shalt make the two cherubs on the two sides.
25:20 The cherubs shall stretch forth their wings above, overshadowing the propitiatory with their wings; and their faces shall be toward each other, the faces of the cherubs shall be toward the propitiatory.
25:21 And thou shalt set the propitiatory on the ark above, and thou shalt put into the ark the testimonies which I shall give thee.
25:22 And I will make myself known to thee from thence, and I will speak to thee above the propitiatory between the two cherubs, which are upon the ark of testimony, even in all things which I shall charge thee concerning the children of Israel.
25:23 And thou shalt make a golden table of pure gold, in length two cubits, and in breadth a cubit, and in height a cubit and a half.
25:24 And thou shalt make for it golden wreaths twisted round about, and thou shalt make for it a crown of an hand-breadth round about.
25:25 And thou shalt make a twisted wreath for the crown round about.
25:26 And thou shalt make four golden rings; and thou shalt put the four rings upon the four parts of its feet under the crown.
25:27 And the rings shall be for bearings for the staves, that they may bear the table with them.
25:28 And thou shalt make the staves of incorruptible wood, and thou shalt gild them with pure gold; and the table shall be borne with them.
25:29 And thou shalt make its dishes and its censers, and its bowls, and its cups, with which thou shalt offer drink-offerings: of pure gold shalt thou make them.
25:30 And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me continually.
25:31 And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold; thou shalt make the candlestick of graven work: its stem and its branches, and its bowls and its knops and its lilies shall be of one piece.
25:32 And six branches proceeding sideways, three branches of the candlestick from one side of it, and three branches of the candlestick from the other side.
25:33 And three bowls fashioned like almonds, on each branch a knop and a lily; so to the six brances proceeding from the candlestick,
25:34 and in the candlestick four bowls fashioned like almonds, in each branch knops and the flowers of the same.
25:35 A knop under two branches out of it, and a knop under four branches out of it; so to the six branches proceeding from the candlestick; and in the candlestick four bowls fashioned like almonds.
25:36 Let the knops and the branches be of one piece, altogether graven of one piece of pure gold.
25:37 And thou shalt make its seven lamps: and thou shalt set on [it] the lamps, and they shall shine from one front.
25:38 And thou shalt make its funnel and its snuff-dishes of pure gold.
25:39 All these articles [shall be] a talent of pure gold.
25:40 See, thou shalt make them according to the pattern shewed thee in the mount.
26:1 And thou shalt make the tabernacle, ten curtains of fine linen spun, and blue and purple, and scarlet spun [with] cherubs; thou shalt make them with work of a weaver.
26:2 The length of one curtain shall be eight and twenty cubits, and one curtain shall be the breadth of four cubits: there shall be the same measure to all the curtains.
26:3 And the five curtains shall be joined one to another, and [the other] five curtains shall be closely connected the one with the other.
26:4 And thou shalt make for them loops of blue on the edge of one curtain, on one side for the coupling, and so shalt thou make on the edge of the outer curtain for the second coupling.
26:5 Fifty loops shalt thou make for one curtain, and fifty loops shalt thou make on the part of the curtain answering to the coupling of the second, opposite [each other], corresponding to each other at each point.
26:6 And thou shalt make fifty golden rings; and thou shalt join the curtains to each other with the rings, and it shall be one tabernacle.
26:7 And thou shalt make for a covering of the tabernacle skins with the hair on, thou shalt make them eleven skins.
26:8 The length of one skin thirty cubits, and the breadth of one skin four cubits: there shall be the same measure to the eleven skins.
26:9 And thou shalt join the five skins together, and the six skins together; and thou shalt double the sixth skin in front of the tabernacle.
26:10 And thou shalt make fifty loops on the border of one skin, which is in the midst for the joinings; and thou shalt make fifty loops on the edge of the second skin that joins it.
26:11 And thou shalt make fifty brazen rings; and thou shalt join the rings by the loops, and thou shalt join the skins, and they shall be one.
26:12 And thou shalt fix at the end that which is over in the skins of the tabernacle; the half of the skin that is left shalt thou fold over, according to the overplus of the skins of the tabernacle; thou shalt fold it over behind the tabernacle.
26:13 A cubit an this side, and a cubit on that side of that which remains of the skins, of the length of the skins of the tabernacle: it shall be folding over the sides of the tabernacle on this side and that side, that it may cover it.
26:14 And thou shalt make for a covering of the tabernacle rams’ skins dyed red, and blue skins as coverings above.
26:15 And thou shalt make the posts of the tabernacle of incorruptible wood.
26:16 Of ten cubits shalt thou make one post, and the breadth of one post of a cubit and a half.
26:17 Two joints shalt thou make in one post, answering the one to the other: so shalt thou do to all the posts of the tabernacle.
26:18 And thou shalt make posts to the tabernacle, twenty posts on the north side.
26:19 And thou shalt make to the twenty posts forty silver sockets; two sockets to one post on both its sides, and two sockets to the other post on both its sides.
26:20 And for the next side, toward the south, twenty posts,
26:21 and their forty silver sockets: two sockets to one post on both its sides, and two sockets to the other post on both its sides.
26:22 And on the back of the tabernacle at the part which is toward the [west] thou shalt make six posts.
26:23 And thou shalt make two posts on the corners of the tabernacle behind.
26:24 And it shall be equal below, they shall be equal toward the same part from the heads to one joining; so shalt thou make to both the two corners, let them be equal.
26:25 And there shall be eight posts, and their sixteen silver sockets; two sockets to one post on both its sides, and two sockets to the other post.
26:26 And thou shalt make bars of incorruptible wood; five to one post on one side of the tabernacle,
26:27 and five bars to one post on the second side of the tabernacle, and five bars to the hinder posts, on the side of the tabernacle toward the sea.
26:28 And let the bar in the middle between the posts go through from the one side to the other side.
26:29 And thou shalt gild the posts with gold; and thou shalt make golden rings, into which thou shalt introduce the bars, and thou shalt gild the bars with gold.
26:30 And thou shalt set up the tabernacle according to the pattern shewed thee in the mount.
26:31 And thou shalt make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet woven, and fine linen spun: thou shalt make it cherubs [in] woven work.
26:32 And thou shalt set it upon four posts of incorruptible wood overlaid with gold; and their tops [shall be] gold, and their four sockets [shall be] of silver.
26:33 And thou shalt put the veil on the posts, and thou shalt carry in thither within the veil the ark of the testimony; and the veil shall make a separation for you between the holy and the holy of holies.
26:34 And thou shalt screen with the veil the ark of the testimony in the holy of holies.
26:35 And thou shalt set the table outside the veil, and the candlestick opposite the table on the south side of the tabernacle; and thou shalt put the table on the north side of the tabernacle.
26:36 And thou shalt make a screen for the door of the tabernacle of blue, and purple, and spun scarlet and fine linen spun, the work of the embroiderer.
26:37 And thou shalt make for the veil five posts, and thou shalt gild them with gold; and their chapiters shall be gold; and thou shalt cast for them five brazen sockets.
27:1 And thou shalt make an altar of incorruptible wood, of five cubits in the length, and five cubits in the breadth; the altar shall be square, and the height of it shall be of three cubits.
27:2 And thou shalt make the horns on the four corners; the horns shall be of the same piece, and thou shalt overlay them with brass.
27:3 And thou shalt make a rim for the altar; and its covering and its cups, and its flesh-hooks, and its fire-pan, and all its vessels shalt thou make of brass.
27:4 And thou shalt make for it a brazen grate with net-work; and thou shalt make for the grate four brazen rings under the four sides.
27:5 And thou shalt put them below under the grate of the altar, and the grate shall extend to the middle of the altar.
27:6 And thou shalt make for the altar staves of incorruptible wood, and thou shalt overlay them with brass.
27:7 And thou shalt put the staves into the rings; and let the staves be on the sides of the altar to carry it.
27:8 Thou shalt make it hollow with boards: according to what was shewed thee in the mount, so thou shalt make it.
27:9 And thou shalt make a court for the tabernacle, curtains of the court of fine linen spun on the south side, the length of a hundred cubits for one side.
27:10 And their pillars twenty, and twenty brazen sockets for them, and their rings and their clasps of silver.
27:11 Thus [shall there be] to the side toward the north curtains of a hundred cubits in length; and their pillars twenty, and their sockets twenty of brass, and the rings and the clasps of the pillars, and their sockets overlaid with silver.
27:12 And in the breadth of the tabernacle toward the west curtains of fifty cubits, their pillars ten and their sockets ten.
27:13 And in the breadth of the tabernacle toward the south, curtains of fifty cubits; their pillars ten, and their sockets ten.
27:14 And the height of the curtains [shall be] of fifty cubits for the one side [of the gate]; their pillars three, and their sockets three.
27:15 And [for] the second side the height of the curtains [shall be] of fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three.
27:16 And a veil for the door of the court, the height [of it] of twenty cubits of blue linen, and of purple, and spun scarlet, and of fine linen spun with the art of the embroiderer; their pillars four, and their sockets four.
27:17 All the pillars of the court round about overlaid with silver, and their chapiters silver and their brass sockets.
27:18 And the length of the court [shall be] a hundred [cubits] on each side, and the breadth fifty on each side, and the height five cubits of fine linen spun, and their sockets of brass.
27:19 And all the furniture and all the instruments and the pins of the court [shall be] of brass.
27:20 And do thou charge the children of Israel, and let them take for thee refined pure olive-oil beaten to burn for light, that a lamp may burn continually
27:21 in the tabernacle of the testimony, without the veil that is before the [ark of the] covenant, shall Aaron and his sons burn it from evening until morning, before the Lord: it is a perpetual ordinance throughout your generations of the children of Israel.
The UCP has been working hard to contain COVID-19 though there is a push to get things back to normal and the virus is being presented as a threat to seniors, but not so much to younger people, according to the Calgary Herald.
On Wednesday, during a legislature debate concerning the pandemic, Premier Jason Kenney emphasized the fact that the virus has a lower mortality rate for young people and has a high one for people over 80.
“The average age of death from COVID in Alberta is 83, and I’ll remind the house that the average life expectancy in the province is 82,” he said.
“In Canada, 95 percent of fatalities from COVID are from those over the age of 60, 80 per cent are in care facilities, and the risk of death from COVID for people under 65 is 0.006 percent.”
“What we are learning is that younger people, although not completely immune, have a rate of mortality related to COVID that is no higher than their general mortality rate from other illnesses,” he added. “For most Albertans, the risk of death from other pathogens, accidents and traffic fatalities is actually higher than it is for COVID.”
It is well known that the virus has different impacts on different age groups, though Kenney made an effort to vividly describe the age split during the first legislature debate on the subject since April 1.
Kenney said, “We cannot continue indefinitely to impair the social and economic as well as the mental health and physiological health of the broader population for potentially a year for an influenza that does not generally threaten life apart from the most elderly, the immunocompromised and those with co-morbidities.”
He added that there are more hospitalizations, deaths and outbreaks to come and said, “I challenge our public health experts and our officials to ensure that our policy response is predicated on protecting the most vulnerable in the strongest and most discreet ways possible.”
An RCMP officer physically removed a Rebel News journalist attempting to attend one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s press conferences.
Rebel reporter Keean Bexte’s arm was held behind his back as the RCMP walked him away from Rideau Cottage on the grounds of Rideau Hall, where Trudeau lives and has been hosting daily coronavirus briefings.