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January 30, 2023 3:50 pm

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Duchess of York ‘among famous faces whose details have been spread on Dark Web by Russian hackers’ – leader-call.com

Duchess of York ‘among famous faces whose details have been spread on Dark Web by Russian hackers’  leader-call.com
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Russia-Ukraine war could grind on for years – Asia Times

Russia-Ukraine war could grind on for years  Asia Times
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“I don’t think he’s bluffing”: Zelenskyy says Putin’s nuclear threats “could be a reality” – Face the Nation

  1. “I don’t think he’s bluffing”: Zelenskyy says Putin’s nuclear threats “could be a reality”  Face the Nation
  2. Zelenskyy on Putin’s threat of nuclear weapons: ‘I don’t think he’s bluffing’  CNBC
  3. Zelensky offers guarantees for Russian soldiers who surrender  The Hill
  4. Ukraine President Zelensky says nuclear war ‘could be a reality’  New York Post
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Giorgia Meloni: Italy’s far right set to win election – exit polls – BBC

  1. Giorgia Meloni: Italy’s far right set to win election – exit polls  BBC
  2. Giorgia Meloni set to be Italy’s most far-right prime minister since Mussolini — exit poll  CNN
  3. Italy on track to elect first right-wing prime minister since World War II, first female to hold the office  Fox News
  4. Elections: Why fascism still has a hold on Italy  Al Jazeera English
  5. Giorgia Meloni is a danger to Italy and the rest of Europe  The Guardian
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Ridding The World Of Nuclear Weapons – – The Tide

Ridding The World Of Nuclear Weapons –  The Tide
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Julio Herrera Velutini asks that they eliminate the gag order in the case against Wanda Vázquez

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The Venezuelan banker Julio Herrera Velutini asked the court to exclude him from the gag order imposed on the parties in the case against the former governor Wanda Vazquez Garced.

In a motion filed yesterday afternoon, the defense of Herrera Velutini requested that the order be dropped or, at the very least, be allowed “to make public statements regarding the allegations in this case if such statements are directed to the press, the media, and/or the public outside of the United States.” the United States”.

The motion stated that the restriction prevents him from publicly defending himself against the allegations against him, which have been expressed by federal authorities and reviewed by the press.

He also argued that the gag “has a disproportionate impact on him.”

He pointed out that, until the moment he turned himself in to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), he lived in London, England, where he operates an international business network.

He added that since the indictment he has received “constant requests about the allegations,” since the gag order “will not stop the press from reporting on the matter,” while “it will only stop Mr. Herrera Velutini from having a voice in that discussion.”

In this way, just as Vázquez Garced did, the banker joins co-defendant Mark Rossini’s petition to rescind or modify the gag order.

Federal Judge Raúl Arias Marxuach issued the order last month. It provided that the parties to the case may only discuss the information that is part of the public record of the case, such as motions and orders. The indictment is also public.

They can only comment on documents that are sealed or other procedures that are not available to the general public.

Arias Marxuach indicated in his order that the purpose was to try to find a balance between the public attention of a case – which involves a former governor – with the interest that the accused have a fair trial, since the members have not yet been selected. of the jury.

For his part, Herrera Velutini pointed out that, although the gag order “has good intentions”, the effect will be that “it will cause more damage than what it prevents.”

In that sense, he cited an expression of the Fourth Circuit of Appeals indicating that “‘by prohibiting only certain types of information from selected sources,’ the protection order can actually distort public discussion, ‘thus increasing prejudice instead of mitigating it.”

“Therefore, it is equally important for Mr. Herrera Velutini to receive a fair trial to have a vehicle through which to express his truthful and valid defenses to the allegations in this matter in response to press speculation in this regard,” he added.

A federal grand jury issued on August 3 last a seven-count indictment against Vázquez Garced, Herrera Velutini and Rossini. All three face 20 years in prison on charges that include conspiracy, bribery and fraud.

Herrera Velutino is the owner of Bancocrédito and Rossini was his advisor, in addition to having worked in the past as an FBI agent.

According to the indictment of the Federal Grand Jury, the three conspired for Vázquez Garced to receive contributions to his gubernatorial campaign from the banker, with the help of Rossini, in exchange for the then official removing George Joyner from the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions (OCIF), in order to put an end to the audit that had detected suspicious transactions in Herrera Velutini’s bank accounts.

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[ANALYSIS] Why COVID-19 spread continues despite 97% antibody rate among population

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A woman walks with a mask in her hand on a street in Jung District, Seoul, Friday. The outdoor mask mandate, which went into effect from April 2021, will be fully lifted starting Monday. Yonhap
A woman walks with a mask in her hand on a street in Jung District, Seoul, Friday. The outdoor mask mandate, which went into effect from April 2021, will be fully lifted starting Monday. Yonhap


Waning immunity, emergence of new variants remain concerns

By Lee Hyo-jin

While a recent government study found that almost all Koreans have developed antibodies against the coronavirus either by vaccination or natural infection, this finding does not mean that the population has achieved herd immunity, according to health officials.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) unveiled on Friday the results of its latest study, which showed that 97.4 percent of those surveyed had antibodies against the spike protein (S) of the coronavirus. The survey, co-organized with the Korea National Institute of Health (NIH), involved some 10,000 people aged five and above living in 17 cities and provinces.

A COVID-19 antibody test checks whether an individual has developed S-antibodies or nucleocapsid protein (N)-antibodies. S-antibodies are produced either through natural infection or vaccination, while the N-antibodies are formed only through natural infection.

Although the vast majority of the population has developed antibodies against the coronavirus, people should still remain vigilant and receive an updated booster shot, health officials warn.

“A positive antibody test result does not necessarily mean that the person has high immunity to the virus. We also do not know the specific antibody levels of the individuals or whether they have neutralizing antibodies,” Kwon Joo-wook, director of the NIH said during a briefing. A neutralizing antibody is an antibody that actually defends cells from pathogens and infections.

A woman walks with a mask in her hand on a street in Jung District, Seoul, Friday. The outdoor mask mandate, which went into effect from April 2021, will be fully lifted starting Monday. Yonhap
Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency Commissioner Peck Kyong-ran, center, and Kwon Joon-wook, director of the Korea National Institute of Health, left, participate in a COVID-19 response briefing held at Government Complex Seoul, Friday. Newsis


He also said that the latest study has only confirmed the presence of antibodies for the original COVID-19 virus, not for the Omicron variant and its subvariants.

“Antibodies diminish over time and the possible emergence of new variants may weaken the protection offered by antibodies from a previous variant,” he said, explaining that inoculation via a booster shot is essential after four months or longer following either infection or vaccination.

Kwon, however, expected that the high level of positive antibody rate among the population would help reduce the risk of falling critically ill and further bring down the fatality rate, which currently stands at 0.11 percent.

Another notable finding from the survey is the N-antibody positivity rate of 57.7 percent. The N-antibody is abundantly expressed during infections, so the figure indicates that nearly six out of 10 people have been infected with COVID-19. This figure is higher than the test-confirmed rate which stood at 38 percent as of late July. The presence of N-antibodies does not indicate immunity against reinfection, however.

The authorities presume that approximately 19.5 percent of the population, or 10 million people, have been infected without being included in the official case count. These “silent” virus carriers could have been asymptomatic, or may have avoided testing despite being ill, the KDCA said.

By age group, the percentage of these “silent infections” was the assumed to be the highest among those in their 40s and 50s: 27.62 percent and 24.83 percent, respectively.

“People in their 40s and 50s are considered the economically active population as breadwinners, with many of them assumed to be self-employed. They may have shunned getting tested on record even though they had symptoms, due to concerns about having to self-isolate,” said Kim Dong-hyun, a professor of preventive medicine at Hallym University College of Medicine.

The survey results came as the government has recently lifted more COVID-19 restrictions. The outdoor mask mandate will be fully lifted from Monday, including at sports events, large rallies and concerts.

The health authorities will continue to review the gradual relaxation of the remaining measures such as the indoor mask mandate, the 7-day self-quarantine rule on virus carriers, as well as a PCR test requirement for all inbound travelers. They said they will maintain the indoor mask mandate for the time being in preparation for a possible COVID-19 resurgence during the flu season.

Meanwhile, the KDCA reported 25,792 new daily infections for Saturday, raising the aggregate total to 24,620,128.

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U.S. warns Putin of ‘catastrophic’ consequences if nuclear weapons used in Ukraine – Marketscreener.com

U.S. warns Putin of ‘catastrophic’ consequences if nuclear weapons used in Ukraine  Marketscreener.com
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Jake Sullivan: US will act ‘decisively’ if Russia uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine – The Guardian US

  1. Jake Sullivan: US will act ‘decisively’ if Russia uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine  The Guardian US
  2. U.S. warns Putin of ‘catastrophic’ consequences if nuclear weapons used in Ukraine  Yahoo News
  3. US warns of consequences if Russia uses nuclear weapons  Al Jazeera English
  4. Biden unsure if Russia fits ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ designation amid Ukraine war: Jake Sullivan  Fox News
  5. Putin Using Nuke Will Bring ‘Catastrophic Consequences’ From U.S.: Sullivan  Newsweek
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NYC Mayor Adams, local pols visit Puerto Rico in aftermath of Hurricane Fiona – New York Daily News

NYC Mayor Adams, local pols visit Puerto Rico in aftermath of Hurricane Fiona  New York Daily News