Twitter ignores Malaysian government’s request to censor Tweets about flood response

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Global Voices

An aerial view of a flooded area in Klang during the December 2021 Malaysian floods. Screenshot was originally uploaded on YouTube by AiMediaMY under (CC BY 3.0) The Malaysian government has asked Twitter to censor posts criticizing its disaster response to record flooding as they allegedly violate the country’s laws. Twitter acknowledged the request yet refused to instantly delete the posts, citing its commitment to uphold freedom of expression. On December 17, torrential rains triggered Malaysia’s worst flooding in recent years. The floods left 41 dead and displaced more than 61,000 people. … Read More “Twitter ignores Malaysian government’s request to censor Tweets about flood response”

Making NFTs a Holiday Gift: Crypto, Art, and an NFT Marketplace

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The Street

By Michael Tedder A former Google scientist is making it easy to give someone crypto. We have enough sweaters. Nobody wants physical media anymore except for vinyl, and good luck finding that if you’re not an Adele fan. Giving someone an experience like a restaurant gift certificate sounds like a good idea, but have you seen those variant spread numbers? So like it not, this holiday season you may have no choice but to give your loved ones an NFT. All jokes aside, the popularity and value of non-fungible tokens have exploded this year. But not everybody has gotten on board, and many people sti… Read More “Making NFTs a Holiday Gift: Crypto, Art, and an NFT Marketplace”

New York sees increase in hospitalized children as Omicron hammers US

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AFP

Washington (AFP) – With Omicron cases on the rise, New York health officials have reported an increase in hospitalized children, as the White House promised Sunday to quickly resolve the United States’ Covid-19 test shortage. The New York State Department of Health warned “of an upward trend in pediatric hospitalizations associated with Covid-19,” in a statement Friday. In New York City, it “identified four-fold increases in Covid-19 hospital admissions for children 18 and under beginning the week of December 5 through the current week,” it said. Approximately half of the admissions are younge… Read More “New York sees increase in hospitalized children as Omicron hammers US”

Azerbaijan – Georgia trade turnover expands

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Azer News

By Trend Georgia’s total trade turnover with Azerbaijan from January through November 2021 amounted to $997.2 million – a 7.8 percent share of the total foreign trade turnover, Trend reports via National Statistics Office (Geostat). The current figure increased by 19.9 percent, compared to $831.3 million over the reporting period of 2020. According to Geostat, Azerbaijan ranks 4 among Georgian main trading partners in the reporting period of 2021. In particular, Georgia’s imports from Azerbaijan in the reporting period of 2021 amounted to $509 million, which is an increase of 12.7 percent, com… Read More “Azerbaijan – Georgia trade turnover expands”

399 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hr in Kazakhstan

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Azer News

By Trend 399 cases of the coronavirus infection have been detected in the country in the past 24 hours, Trend reports citing Kazinform. In total, 985,857 cases were identified in the country, of which 12,974 died. At the same time, over the past day in the country, 633 people recovered from coronavirus infection, the total number of recovered was 957,267. — Follow us on Twitter @AzerNewsAz Read More “399 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hr in Kazakhstan”

More than 70 lawyers hired by Philly DA Larry Krasner have left. Some say the office is in disarray

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — When District Attorney Larry Krasner took office in 2018, he set about traveling the country, to Ivy League law schools and historically Black universities, inviting top graduates to help fulfill his vision for a progressive prosecutor’s office. About 70 of those recruits have already left, joining an exodus that has included veteran prosecutors and young idealists. In all, the loss of 261 attorneys during Krasner’s first term has thrown the office — already beset by conflict with the police and judiciary, and mired in pandemic-related backlogs — into what some describe as a sta… Read More “More than 70 lawyers hired by Philly DA Larry Krasner have left. Some say the office is in disarray”

James Webb telescope sets off on million-mile voyage

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AFP

Kourou (AFP) – The World’s most powerful space telescope on Saturday blasted off into orbit, headed to an outpost 1.5 million kilometres (930,000 miles) from Earth, after several delays caused by technical hitches. The James Webb Space Telescope, some three decades and billions of dollars in the making, left Earth enclosed in its Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou Space Centre in French Guiana. “What an amazing day. It’s truly Christmas,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, head of scientific missions for NASA, which together with the European and Canadian space agencies, ESA and ACS, built the telescope.  ESA ch… Read More “James Webb telescope sets off on million-mile voyage”