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via voanews01/18/2021

Winter Weather Hits Parts of Europe, From Poland to Turkey - Voice of America

Extreme cold has hit large parts of Europe, with freezing temperatures cracking railroad tracks in Poland, snow blanketing the Turkish city of Istanbul and smog spiking as coal was being burned to generate heat. Temperatures dropped to minus 28 degrees Celsius (minus 18 Fahrenheit) in some Polish areas overnight, the coldest night in 11 years. Many trains were delayed on Monday after rail tracks at two Warsaw railway stations cracked. Hand-in-hand with the cold came a spike in smog in Warsaw and other parts of Poland, as the cold prompted an increase in burning coal for heat.

via staradvertiser01/17/2021

Democrats build impeachment case, alleging ‘dangerous crime’ - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

WASHINGTON >> The lead prosecutor for President Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment began building his case for conviction at trial, asserting today that Trump’s incitement of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol was “the most dangerous crime” ever committed by a president against the United States.

via voanews01/17/2021

NASA's Boeing Moon Rocket Ground Test Is Cut Short - Voice of America

All four engines of the core stage of NASA's deep space exploration rocket built by Boeing were ignited for the first time Saturday, but only briefly. Mounted in a test facility at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, the Space Launch System’s (SLS) 212-foot-tall core stage roared to life at 4:27 p.m.

via voanews01/16/2021

Distrust, Division and Doubt Cloud Palestinian Election Call - Voice of America

Beset by political infighting, split between three territories and distrustful of their institutions, many Palestinians are skeptical that their first national elections in 15 years will bring change - or even happen at all.   President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday that parliamentary and presidential elections would be held later this year in a bid to heal long-standing divisions. His main rival, the militant Islamist group Hamas, welcomed the move.   The announcement is widely seen as a gesture aimed at pleasing U.S.

via bakeryandsnacks01/15/2021

Turkish miller gets financial boost to keep up with coronavirus-driven flour demand - BakeryAndSnacks.com

Ulusoy Un Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S. – one of Turkey’s largest flour millers and grain traders – has received a cash injection from an EBRD and TSKB co-financing programme, created in 2016 to improve and simplify access to finance for small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Turkey.

via arabnews01/14/2021

HRW blasts Turkey for using COVID-19 pandemic to silence dissident views - Arab News

ANKARA: Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its World Report 2021 on Jan.13 and its chapter on Turkey highlights the country’s increasing crackdown on human rights over the past year. The New York-based watchdog criticized the Turkish government for using the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext for increasing authoritarianism by silencing dissident views and adopting legislation that

via healthcareitnews01/14/2021

States rely on wide range of IT systems to manage COVID-19 vaccines - Healthcare IT News

In lieu of a federal vaccine management system – at least for now – states have turned to their own technology for allocating and tracking the COVID-19 vaccine. As states begin to expand eligibility beyond healthcare providers alone, local officials are relying on a wide variety of tools to help manage the demand. Given the logistical issues associated with the vaccines, in

via staradvertiser01/17/2021

Small numbers of protesters gather at fortified state capitols - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Small groups of right-wing protesters — some of them carrying rifles — gathered outside heavily fortified statehouses around the country today, outnumbered by National Guard troops and police brought in to prevent a repeat of the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol.

via sfchronicle01/17/2021

Ozil bids farewell to Arsenal, joins Fenerbahce in Turkey - San Francisco Chronicle

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) — Mesut Ozil said farewell to Arsenal teammates and flew to Turkey on Sunday to join Fenerbahce in a bid to reignite a once-flourishing career that faltered in London. The former Germany midfielder, who is of Turkish descent, hasn’t played for Arsenal since March after falling out of favor with manager Mikel Arteta over concerns about the player’s work rate. “I am very excited. I’ve said I’m a Fenerbahce fan. I am very happy to be coming to Fenerbahce," Ozil said in a telephone interview with Turkish broadcaster BBO Sports. "God has granted me the chance to wear the Fenerbahce uniform as a Fenerbahce fan. I will do my best for the team.” The 32-year-old Ozil wasn’t even included in Arsenal’s Premier League squad for the season despite being one of the highest earners and has been ostentatiously tweeting his support for the team from his home during matches. Now Arsenal has managed to offload Ozil before his contract expires in June. Fenerbahce posted images of Ozil leaving London on a private jet on Sunday night. After 7½ years at Arsenal, which he joined from Real Madrid, Ozil is heading to one of the favored clubs of Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “Welcome to your home, your country dear @MesutOzil1088," Erdogan spokesman Ibrahim Kalin tweeted. Ozil posed for photos with Erdogan in May 2018 in the run-up to the Turkish general election — prompting serious criticism from German soccer officials and antagonizing some in Germany who felt the player wasn’t fully behind the national team — while the president was an official witness at Ozil’s wedding ceremony. Fenerbahce won the last of its 19 Turkish league titles in 2014. The team has not been in the Champions League group stage since a match-fixing...

via staradvertiser01/16/2021

Amazon workers to hold mail union vote starting in February - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Amazon.com Inc. workers at an Alabama warehouse will vote by mail in February and March on whether to form a union, the National Labor Relations Board said, setting a date for a closely watched referendum on the relationship between the largest online retailer and the employees who pack and ship its products.

via voanews01/16/2021

NY Prosecutors Interview Michael Cohen About Trump Finances - Voice of America

New York prosecutors conducted an hours-long interview Thursday of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, asking a range of questions about Trump's business dealings, according to three people familiar with the meeting. The interview focused in part on Trump's relationship with Deutsche Bank, his biggest and longest-standing creditor, according to the three people, who weren't authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. The interview, at least the second of Cohen by the Manhattan district attorney's office

via voanews01/15/2021

Expansion of Naval Base Seen Giving China More Power in Disputed Asian Sea - VOA Asia

China’s People's Liberation Army has expanded a navy base on the South China Sea, giving its fleet more clout in a strategic waterway disputed by five other countries and watched closely by Washington, security analysts say. Over at least the past year, China’s navy expanded Yulin Naval Base on the island province of Hainan from a conventional submarine facility into a bay that berths nuclear submarines, military news database GlobalSecurity.org said. Four trestles for submarines, each 229 meters long, can accommodate 16 submarines, it says.

via crainsnewyork01/14/2021

Rent-regulated tenants more than $1.1B behind on payments: survey - Crain's New York Business

Almost 200,000 of the city's rent-regulated tenants are more than two months behind on rent payments and owe about $1.1 billion in total, according to a survey from the Community Housing Improvement Program. The amount of residential tenants more than two months behind in rent has increased…

via globaltimes.cn01/17/2021

Chinese COVID-19 vaccines gain more intl recognition - Global Times

A video of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic welcoming the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines in the cold wind went viral on Chinese social media platforms over the weekend, touching millions of Chinese netizens who applauded Vucic's strong endorsement of Chinese vaccines, which is of much significance amid fierce smearing from some Western media outlets.

via 9to5mac01/16/2021

New studies show how Apple Watch can help detect COVID-19 prior to symptoms and testing - 9to5Mac

A pair of new studies highlighted by a CBS News report indicate that smartwatches such as the Apple Watch can help detect COVID-19 before the onset of symptoms or a positive test. The studies, separately undertaken by Mount Sinai Health System in New York and Stanford University in California, are giving experts hope that the […]

via 9to5mac01/16/2021

Which U.S. states are using Apple’s Exposure Notification API for COVID-19 contact tracing? - 9to5Mac

January 16, 2021: Updated with latest states including Hawaii and Wisconsin. Apple and Google announced plans to build COVID-19 tracing into iPhone and Android operating systems on April 10, 2020. The move marked a major partnership between the top two mobile operating system competitors in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Platform updates to […]

via deadline01/15/2021

DOJ Won’t Seek To Terminate Or Modify Consent Decrees Governing Music Licensing - Deadline

The Justice Department will not move to terminate or modify the 80-year consent decrees that govern how most music is licensed after a review. Makan Delrahim, the chief of of the Antitrust Division, cited the lack of consensus among stakeholders in the industry as a reason for not moving to termi...

via staradvertiser01/15/2021

Oxygen shortage in Amazon city forces mass COVID-19 patient transfer - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

SAO PAULO >> Dozens of COVID-19 patients in the Amazon rainforest’s biggest city will be flown out of state as the local health system collapses, authorities announced Thursday as dwindling stocks of oxygen tanks meant some people were starting to die breathless at home.

via fiercepharma01/14/2021

JPM sound bites, vol. 2: Mushy brains, chewing gum and walking, and that good old San Francisco weather - FiercePharma

The J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference may not have been as much fun as it typically is, given the whole “doing it alone at home” aspect. But that didn’t stop us from rounding up even the passingly funny quotes we heard during presentations and interviews throughout the week.