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During a panel discussion on “disrupting distrust” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, it was posited that combating the spread of “disinformation” by “right-wing groups” is a crucial step in restoring trust in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that collaborate with governments and other entities on initiatives aimed at ameliorating global issues. The CEO of global communications firm Edelman, Richard Edelman, noted with regret the decline in trust towards NGOs in recent years and attributed this shift to the influence of right-wing groups, while noting that companies are now viewed as more trustworthy in addressing matters pertaining to civil society. “My hypothesis…

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Sales of existing homes fell for the eleventh consecutive month in December, according to the National Association of Realtors. Existing home sales decreased 1.5% between November and December 2022 and dropped 34% from the previous December. Of four United States regions, three saw a drop in sales, while the western region remained stable. Housing prices have risen for 130 consecutive months, the longest period of increase yet recorded. The average median existing home price increased 2.3% in 2022, from $358,800 in December 2021, to $366,900 in December 2022. The percentage of first-time buyers purchasing existing homes increased from 28% in November to…

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Food and Drug Administration advisers will meet Thursday to discuss simplifying the Covid vaccination schedule, allowing most people to get the currently available booster, regardless of how many doses they had received before that. The agency’s proposal was outlined in briefing documents posted online Monday. Currently, everyone ages 6 months and older are required to complete a primary vaccination series — at least two doses of either the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Novavax vaccines or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine— before they can get a booster dose two months later. The FDA is proposing skipping over that primary series, meaning that…

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Allegations of a ‘lockdown sex party’ that was said to have taken place in a property next to Newcastle’s St Mary’s Cathedral are now to be investigated by the Vatican, according to a report from the Sunday Times. The heads of the Roman Catholic church are set to look into claims as part of a wider investigation into the retirement of Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, Robert Byrne, in December 2022. The Vatican has made it clear however that this part of the investigation does not involve the former Bishop, who was not aware nor made aware of the alleged party, but rather the late…

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iNCOVACC, the world’s first COVID-19 intranasal vaccine, will be launched on January 26. The intranasal coronavirus vaccine has been developed by India’s Bharat Biotech. Speaking at an event at the Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT), Krishna Ella, the company’s chairman and managing director, said, “Our nasal vaccine will be officially launched on January 26, on Republic Day.” The company, in December 2022, got the approval for the primary 2-dose schedule, and as a heterologous booster dose. Before that, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) had approved the restricted use of the intranasal vaccine in emergency situations in the age group of…

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Liberal elites spend their summers on Nantucket, an isolated island off Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Many year-round residents live in homes worth millions of dollars and are furious about the plans to build an affordable housing complex on the island. Surfside Crossing is planning to build 156 homes on a 13-acre affordable housing development has sparked a flurry of lawsuits and protests. A record amount of residents have turned out at hearings to object to the low-income housing development amid the worst affordability crisis for homeownership ever.  However, the rich liberals don’t want the working poor in their backyards. These workers clean…

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The parents of a girl who died after inhaling aerosol deodorant want clearer product labelling to warn people of the potential dangers. Giorgia Green, who was 14 and from Derby, had a cardiac arrest after spraying the deodorant in her bedroom. Her parents have since become aware of other young people who accidentally died after inhaling deodorant. In response, the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) said deodorants have “very clear warnings”. By law, aerosol deodorants must be printed with the warning “keep out of reach of children”. However, Giorgia’s parents said the writing was small. They believe many parents buy…

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Airlines and regulators are pushing to have just one pilot in the cockpit of passenger jets instead of two. It would lower costs and ease pressure from crew shortages, but placing such responsibility on a single person at the controls is unsettling for some.  Over 40 countries including Germany, the UK and New Zealand have asked the United Nations body that sets aviation standards to help make single-pilot flights a safe reality. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has also been working with planemakers to determine how solo flights would operate and preparing rules to oversee them. EASA said such services could start in…

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Since its launch in November, AI chatbot ChatGPT has gained a large following, with millions of people using it for various purposes from creating stories, movie script outlines, song lyrics, books, and rap battles to generating technical documentation and Python scripts. A woman from South London has recently tried to use the chatbot and did it for an unusual purpose – to make a decision concerning her marriage. As reported by the Mirror, the woman, named Sarah, had been having an affair for six months and decided to ask ChatGPT whether or not she should divorce her husband. According to the woman, she has been…

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The Justice Department seized additional classified records from President Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware home after an FBI search on Friday, Fox News has learned. “On Jan. 20, 2023, the FBI executed a planned, consensual search of the President’s residence in Wilmington, Delaware,” Joseph D. Fitzpatrick, an assistant U.S. attorney to U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch, told Fox News Saturday. Lausch was the DOJ official running the investigation into Biden’s improper retention of classified records ahead of the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Hur. Fox News has learned Lausch is still playing an integral role in the…

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Former House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi summoned priests to rid her luxe San Francisco home of evil spirits after a man allegedly attacked her hubby there with a hammer. “I think that weighed really heavy on her soul. I think she felt really guilty,” said Pelosi’s daughter Alexandra, the New York Times reported Saturday. “I think that really broke her. Over Thanksgiving, she had priests coming, trying to have an exorcism of the house and having prayer services,” she added. Fr. Arturo Albano, the pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Pelosi’s local parish, insisted his staff was not involved in such a…

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Norway’s Havila Krystruten is one of two shipping companies that sails between the coastal cities of Bergen and Kierkenes and says that it will no longer carry electric or electrified vehicles on its ships following the results of an external investigation. The company mostly carries passengers and goods on the route, but now says that it will only carry private vehicles with internal combustion engines. Havila Krystruten cited fire safety as the main reason for its decision. While it is not clear what led the company to run the external investigation, fears of fires on ships were stoked by a…

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US Army General Laura Richardson told the press via a virtual conference that the United States wants nine countries in Central America, South America and the Caribbean to “donate” their Russian military equipment to Ukraine. In exchange, the US would provide them with new US-made military equipment. These countries include Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. Richardson made the comments at the Atlantic Council on Thursday. “If I talk to my number two adversary in the region, Russia, I mean, I’ve got of course the countries Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua with Russia relationships,” Richardson said. “But what I really look at, in six other countries by…

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The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) will ban transgender women from female contact rugby competitions from February 1, the governing body said on Tuesday after carrying out a review of its gender participation policy. Only players recorded as female at birth would be allowed to play contact rugby in the women’s category and the policy will be reviewed each year and also if any new scientific data and research becomes available, according to the SRU’s guidance. The ban aligns with the positions of the English, Irish and Welsh unions and takes into account guidance from World Rugby and the UK-wide Sports…

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Pakistan’s government said it was scrambling to restore power to millions of people on Monday after a breakdown in the grid triggered the worst electricity outage in months and highlighted the weak infrastructure of the heavily indebted nation. Energy Minister Khurram Dastgir told reporters an inquiry had been launched into the outage, which began at around 7 am (0200 GMT) and has so far lasted more than 12 hours. “We have faced some hurdles but we will overcome these hurdles, and will restore the power,” he added. The outage, which the minister had said was due to a voltage surge, is the…

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Alan Komissaroff, 47, a Fox News senior vice president who supervised the cable-news network’s political-news coverage, has died following a heart attack, aged 47. Komissaroff joined Fox News in 1996 when it launched under the company formerly known as 21st Century Fox Corp. The 47-year-old worked his way up from the network’s ranks of writers and producers to overseeing coverage of politics, including the network’s Election Night reporting. Tributes flowed for the journalism stalwart who was lauded for his most recent supervision of the outlet’s midterm election coverage. According to a GoFundMe set up for the Komissaroff family, the 47-year-old had been exercising at…

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An interesting announcement relating to the payments industry has materialized from the World Economic Forum by the name of The Universal Digital Payments Network (UDPN). The UDPN was launched to provide interoperability between regulated stablecoins and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). UDPN is an “advanced digital currency payments project” that “has the potential to drive down the cost of digital payments and accelerate adoption by banks and businesses of all sizes.” The payment network has been developed in the last two years by decentralised cloud infrastructure company Red Date Technology, IT solutions provider GFT, TOKO and DLA Piper. Red Date Technology is also…

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