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36 മത് കോൺഫ്രൻസിന് (പി.സി.എൻ.എ.കെ) ബോസ്റ്റണിൽ തുടക്കമായി.

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ബോസ്റ്റൺ: നോർത്ത് അമേരിക്കയിൽ നടക്കുന്ന സൗത്ത് ഏഷ്യൻ കമ്യുണിറ്റിയിലെ ഏറ്റവും വലിയ പെന്തക്കോസ്ത് മഹാസമ്മേളനമായ പി.സി.എൻ.എ.കെ 36. മത് കോൺഫ്രൻസിന് തുടക്കമായി. ജൂലൈ 5 ന്
വ്യാഴാഴ്ച വൈകിട്ട് നാഷണൽ കൺവീനർ റവ. ബഥേൽ ജോൺസൺ ഉദ്ഘാടനം നിർവ്വഹിച്ചു. സമ്മേളനത്തിൽ പാസ്റ്റർ ജോർജ്.പി. ചാക്കോ അദ്ധ്യക്ഷത വഹിച്ചു.
പാസ്റ്റർ പി.വി.മാമ്മൻ
സങ്കീർത്തനം വായിച്ചു. ലോക്കൽ കൺവീനർ പാസ്റ്റർ ജോൺസൻ സാമുവേൽ സ്വാഗതം പറഞ്ഞു.
ലോക പ്രസിദ്ധ സുവിശേഷകനും അമേരിക്കയിലെ യുവജനങ്ങൾക്കിടയിൽ ഏറെ സ്വാധീനവുമുള്ള റവ.ഡോ.സാമുവേൽ റോഡ്ട്രിഗർസ് , ദക്ഷിണേന്ത്യയിൽ ഏറെ സ്വാധീനമുള്ള സുവിശേഷ പ്രവർത്തകൻ ബ്രദർ. മോഹൻ.സി.ലാസറസ്സ് എന്നിവർ ആദ്യ ദിനത്തിൽ മുഖ്യ പ്രഭാഷണം നടത്തി.
സംയുക്ത ആരാധനയോടും ഭക്തി നിർഭരമായ തിരുവത്താഴ ശുശ്രൂഷയോടും കൂടി ജൂലൈ 8 ന് ഞായറാഴ്ച സമ്മേളനം സമാപിക്കും.
അമേരിക്കയിലെ മലയാളി പെന്തക്കോസ്ത് വിശ്വാസികളുടെ ഏറ്റവും വലിയ സുവിശേഷ സമ്മേളനമാണ് പി.സി.എൻ.എ.കെ പ്രാരംഭ ദിനത്തിൽ ആരാധന ശുശ്രൂഷ നയിക്കുവാൻ എത്തിയത് പ്രമുഖ വർഷിപ്പ് ബാൻഡായ യേശുവ സംഗീത ഗ്രൂപ്പാണ്. ഡോ. ബ്ലെസൻ മേമനയുടെ നേത്യത്വത്തിലുള്ള നാഷണൽ മ്യൂസിക് ക്വയർ എല്ലാ ദിവസവും ആത്മീയ ഗാന ശുശ്രൂഷകൾ നിർവ്വഹിക്കും.

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Court temporarily blocks Trump order banning TikTok from US app stores

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TikTok has been granted a last-minute reprieve from Donald Trump’s executive order banning the service from US app stores, after a judge in Washington DC temporarily blocked the ban from taking effect on Sunday evening.

The order, which was due to take effect at one minute to midnight, was the first step towards banning TikTok entirely within the US. It would have required Apple and Google to remove the service from their respective app stores, preventing new users from downloading it, but would not have stopped existing TikTokers from continuing to access the app on their own devices.

Instead, the US district judge Carl Nichols granted a preliminary injunction sought by TikTok’s owner, ByteDance, to allow the app to remain available in US app stores.

Nichols declined “at this time” to block a second set of restrictions requested by the US Department of Commerce, due to take effect on 12 November, which will bar any American company from providing services to TikTok. That order would have make the app impossible to use in the US, TikTok has said, effectively banning it entirely.

The Commerce Department said in a statement that it would “comply with the injunction and has taken immediate steps to do so”. The statement, which defended the legality of the TikTok order and Trump’s executive order demanding ByteDance divest its TikTok US operations within 90 days, did not say whether the government intended to appeal.

TikTok said it was pleased with the injunction and it would “maintain our ongoing dialogue with the government to turn our proposal, which the president gave his preliminary approval to last week, into an agreement.”

The company’s lawyer John Hall had said a ban would be “punitive” and would close off a public forum used by tens of millions of Americans.

In a written brief filed before the hearing, TikTok lawyers said the ban was “arbitrary and capricious” and “would undermine data security” by blocking updates and fixes to the app.

The company also said the ban was unnecessary because negotiations were already under way to restructure the ownership of TikTok to address national security issues raised by the administration.

Hours before the DC court ruled in TikTok’s favour, a judge in Pennsylvania rejected a separate legal move by three TikTok influencers seeking their own stay on the ban. Doug Marland, Cosette Rinab, and Alec Chambers, who have almost 7 million followers on the app between them, argued in court that access to the app was critical to their livelihood.

If TikTok were to be blocked from US app stores, the three said, they would “lose access to tens of thousands of potential viewers and creators every month, an effect amplified by the looming threat to close TikTok altogether”. But the judge Wendy Beetlestone denied their request to stay the order, agreeing that such a ban would be an “inconvenience” for them, but noting that they had failed to demonstrate the irreparable harm that would be required for a court victory.

One hundred million Americans use TikTok at least once a month, the company says, and half of those use it every day. Globally, the app has been downloaded about 2bn times, placing it in the same tier as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube. But unlike those services, TikTok’s parent company is not listed on the US stock market. ByteDance is a privately held company, legally incorporated in the Cayman Islands and headquartered in Beijing.

Government lawyers argued that the president had a right to take national security actions, and said the ban was needed because of TikTok’s links to the Chinese government through ByteDance. A government brief called ByteDance a “mouthpiece” for the Chinese Communist party and said it was “committed to promoting the CCP’s agenda and messaging”.

ByteDance said on 20 September that it had struck a preliminary deal for Walmart and Oracle to take stakes in a new company, TikTok Global, that would oversee US operations, after Trump said he had given the deal his blessing. Negotiations continue over the terms of the agreement and to resolve concerns from Washington and Beijing.

The deal is still to be reviewed by the US government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

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Presence of ‘Brain-eating’ amoeba in drinking water in Texas, people panic.

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Texas: The governor of Texas has issued a disaster declaration after the death of six-year-old boy infected with a brain-eating amoeba that was later found in his community’s water supply.

The child died on September 8 following an infection caused by the amoeba Naegleria fowleri, a microscopic organism that breeds in the warm, fresh water of lakes and rivers and of poorly maintained swimming pools, US media reports said.

The amoeba enters the body through the nasal membranes and penetrates to the brain, causing powerful migraine, hyperthermia, stiff neck and vomiting, then dizziness, extreme fatigue, confusion and hallucinations.

Testing revealed traces of the amoeba in the tap of the garden hose at the boy’s house, a spokesman for the town of Lake Jackson said, quoted by local media.

Traces were also found in a fountain in the town centre and in a fire hydrant in a town just one hour away from the major city of Houston, said Modesto Mundo, a city official.

Grandparents of Josiah McIntyre, the deceased child, told the Houston Chronicle that he might have been exposed to contaminated water while he was playing in a splash park downtown, shortly before he fell ill.

The splash park has since been closed and several towns in Brazoria county, where Lake Jackson is located, advised residents to avoid using tap water for drinking, bathing or cooking.

That advice has since been lifted but authorities are urging residents to boil water before using it.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration on Sunday for Brazoria County, which includes Lake Jackson.

The declaration allows authorities to use extra state resources due to an emergency.

Between 1983 and 2010, Texan health authorities have attributed 28 deaths to the amoeba Naegleria fowleri.

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