Daily: 03/01/2022

Компанія Apple досягла ринкової капіталізації у 3 трильйони доларів

Підвищення ринкової вартості американської компанії з 2 трильйонів до 3 трильйонів доларів зайняло близько 16 місяців

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Головний дипломат ЄС відвідає Україну на тлі напруженості у відносинах з Росією

Візит триватиме 4-6 січня

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UK’s Johnson: Omicron Surge to Put Pressure on Health System

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday the nation’s current surge of COVID-19 cases driven by the omicron variant is going to put “considerable” pressure on the National Health Service but that there is no need for new restrictions at this time. 

Johnson made the comments to reporters while visiting a vaccination center in Buckinghamshire. The prime minister said while his government will continuously monitor the situation, the current measures Britain has in place are the right ones to combat the spread of the virus. 

Last month, as new infections driven by the omicron variant began to rise, the government implemented what they called “Plan B” measures, which include working from home, if possible, the use of masks on public transportation and getting tested if going to meet someone you do not normally associate with, among other rules. 

Some students to wear masks 

The British health minister also issued a statement saying that beginning Tuesday, they recommend that secondary school students wear masks in the classroom. 

Johnson said the difference between Britain and much of the rest of Europe is its high rate of vaccination, and they are continuing to build up defenses against the virus with boosters.

He said one of the reasons he made the appearance at the vaccination center was to encourage people to get booster shots, saying, “a third jab really does make a big, big, difference.” The British prime minister said the majority of people currently in the country’s intensive care units have not been vaccinated, and about 90% have not been boosted. 

The highly transmissible omicron variant has caused Britain’s daily new caseload to soar over Christmas and the New Year’s weekend, with 137,583 infections and 73 deaths reported for England and Wales on Sunday, with numbers for Scotland and Northern Ireland to be announced after the holiday weekend. 

Some information for this report came from The Associated Press, Reuters, and Agence France-Presse.

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Мати затриманого в Італії українського режисера Лавренчука сподівається, що його не екстрадують в Росію

Євген Лавренчук, родом зі Львова, як каже його мама, навчався свого часу у Москві, але у 2014 році «повернувся в Україну на знак незгоди з агресією путінського режиму»

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Голова МЗС Німеччини обговорить з держсекретарем США концентрацію російських військ біля України – ЗМІ

Тема України буде однією з головних під час зустрічі Анналени Бербок і Ентоні Блінкена цього тижня у Вашингтоні

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День на Донбасі: бойовики тричі порушили «тишу», поранений військовий ЗСУ

Стан пораненого бійця оцінюють як середньої тяжкості

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США, Китай, Британія, Франція та Росія виступили із заявою про недопущення ядерної війни

Заява була опублікована в той час, коли країни Заходу вважають, що Росія може готувати повномасштабне вторгнення в Україну

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Журналіст Цимбалюк залишив Росію через загрозу особистій безпеці

Російська влада раніше публічно звинуватила Цимбалюка розпалюванні міжнаціональної ворожнечі

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World’s Largest Consumer Electronics Show Goes Hybrid

It’s a chaotic time for the Consumer Electronics Show 2022, the world’s largest technology event. Last-minute COVID-19-related cancellations have wreaked havoc on the organizers’ plans to host exhibitors and welcome visitors in person in Las Vegas and online. But as VOA’s JulieTaboh reports, the show will go on.

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Смерть у новорічну ніч: молодий чоловік помер у Білорусі після перебування у райвідділі міліції

Матір 27-річного Дмитра Усхопова вважає, що його смертельно побили білоруські міліціонери в Новорічну ніч

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Байден у розмові з Зеленським підтримав «просування імплементації Мінських угод» – Білий дім

Також у повідомленні йдеться, що «Байден чітко дав зрозуміти, що Сполучені Штати та їхні союзники та партнери дадуть рішучу відповідь, якщо Росія вторгнеться в Україну»

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Рятувальники локалізували пожежу в будівлі парламенту ПАР, поліція заявляє про підпал

Вогонь зруйнував залу засідань Національних зборів

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COVID Outbreak Ends Cruise for Thousands on German Ship in Lisbon

The German operator of a cruise ship that has been stuck in Lisbon’s port due to an outbreak of the coronavirus among its crew pulled the plug on the voyage on Sunday after some passengers tested positive, port authorities said.

The AIDAnova, with 2,844 passengers and 1,353 crew on board, docked in Lisbon on Dec. 29 while en route to the island of Madeira for New Year’s Eve celebrations but was unable to continue the journey after 52 cases of COVID-19 were detected among the fully vaccinated crew.

It had been allowed to leave port and head to the Spanish island of Lanzarote on Sunday, but now another 12 people have tested positive, including four passengers, captain of the port Diogo Vieira Branco told TSF radio.

“The company’s protocol was immediately actioned, with those infected, who are asymptomatic or displaying light symptoms, immediately isolated on the ship … and the company decided to end the cruise and disembark the passengers,” he said.

The passengers would be transported home by air, he added, without specifying when.

The company, AIDA Cruises, which is a subsidiary of Carnival Corp., did not reply to a Reuters request for comment.

Reuters footage showed passengers still enjoying afternoon sun on decks with their drinks, and local media said the disembarking would begin after 6 a.m. on Monday.

The crew who had tested positive between Wednesday and Friday were transferred to Lisbon hotels and were in isolation there.

On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised people to avoid traveling on cruise ships regardless of their vaccination status.

The move delivered another blow to the industry that only returned to the seas in June after a months-long suspension of voyages caused by the pandemic.

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Biden to Ukraine: US, Allies Would ‘Respond Decisively if Russia Further Invades’

U.S. President Joe Biden told Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Sunday that the United States and its allies would “respond decisively” should Russia further invade Ukraine.

In a phone call, the two leaders also discussed diplomatic efforts to defuse tensions over Russia’s massive troop buildup along Ukraine’s eastern flank.

Biden and Zelenskiy discussed measures to “de-escalate tensions in Donbas and active diplomacy to advance implementation of the Minsk Agreements,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement released after the call ended.

However, Biden “reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the statement said, adding that Biden also “underscored the commitment” of the U.S. to the principle of “nothing about you without you.”

Biden has made little progress with Russian President Vladimir Putin to get him to withdraw about 100,000 troops stationed along Russia’s border with the former Soviet republic, although U.S. officials do not believe Putin has decided whether to invade Ukraine.

The U.S. and Russian leaders held a 50-minute phone call last Thursday, with Biden again warning Putin that the United States and its Western allies would impose significant economic sanctions against Moscow were Putin to carry out a Ukraine invasion, although Biden has ruled out a military response.

Moscow annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014, with the West protesting and imposing weaker sanctions.

The Kremlin in turn said last week that Putin told Biden in their call that new, tougher sanctions could lead to a complete rupture In Washington-Moscow relations.

The U.S. has been dispatching small arms and ammunition to Kyiv, along with Javelin missiles it says should only be used in defense.

The White House says that Russian and American officials will participate in three separate rounds of talks this month: first through bilateral talks scheduled to start January 10, and then through multiparty talks with the NATO-Russia Council, and with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.  

“President Biden reiterated (in his call with Putin) that substantive progress in these dialogues can occur only in an environment of de-escalation rather than escalation,” Psaki said.  

In the talks ahead, Russia is demanding that NATO, the seven-decade-old military alliance formed after World War II, deny membership to Ukraine and reduce its deployments in central and eastern Europe. White House officials have declined to discuss details of private talks. 

Some information for this report came from The Associated Press.

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В США відзначать 100-річчя першого виконання «Щедрика» в Нью-Йорку – Маркарова

«Хор, який виконував у США «Щедрик», поїхав саме з місією культурної дипломатії – через пісні доносити інформацію про молоду українську державу, яка здобула свою незалежність у 1918 році»

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Путін та Ердоган хочуть зміцнити партнерство Росії та Туреччини

Туреччина має добрі стосунки як з Києвом, так і з Москвою, але вона критикувала захоплення Москвою Криму та висловлювала підтримку територіальній цілісності України

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Розмова Байдена і Зеленського відбудеться після 22:00 – речник

Лідери двох країн планують розглянути підготовку до майбутніх дипломатичних зустрічей, спрямованих на деескалацію напруженості через нарощування російських сил поблизу України

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У січні очікуємо на запуск українського супутника зі SpaceX – Маркарова

«Точно у січні очікуємо на запуск нашого супутника»

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Twitter Bans US Lawmaker’s Personal Account for COVID-19 Misinformation 

Twitter on Sunday banned the personal account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for multiple violations of its COVID-19 misinformation policy, according to a statement from the company. 

The Georgia Republican’s account was permanently suspended under the “strike” system Twitter launched in March, which uses artificial intelligence to identify posts about the coronavirus that are misleading enough to cause harm to people. Two or three strikes earn a 12-hour account lock; four strikes prompt a weeklong suspension, and five or more strikes can get someone permanently removed from Twitter. 

In a statement on the messaging app Telegram, Greene blasted Twitter’s move as un-American. She wrote that her account was suspended after tweeting statistics from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, a government database which includes unverified raw data. 

“Twitter is an enemy to America and can’t handle the truth,” Greene said. “That’s fine, I’ll show America we don’t need them and it’s time to defeat our enemies.” 

Twitter had previously suspended the account for periods ranging from 12 hours to a full week. 

The ban applies to Greene’s personal account, @mtgreenee, but does not affect her official Twitter account, @RepMTG. 

A Greene tweet posted shortly before her weeklong suspension in July claimed that the virus “is not dangerous for non-obese people and those under 65.” According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people under 65 account for nearly 250,000 of the U.S. deaths involving COVID-19. 

Greene previously blasted a weeklong suspension as a “Communist-style attack on free speech.” 

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