USA: The rise of COVID worries the director of public health

The United States’ director of public health said Sunday that he is concerned about what lies ahead, as COVID-19 cases are on the rise in every state, millions of people remain unvaccinated, and a highly contagious variant of the coronavirus spreads. quickly.

Noting that nearly all COVID-19 deaths are currently occurring among the tens of millions of people who have not been inoculated, despite the wide availability of vaccines, Dr. Vivek Murthy painted a disturbing picture of what could bring the future.

“I am concerned about what is to come because we are seeing an increase in cases among unvaccinated people in particular. And although, if you are vaccinated, you are very well protected against hospitalization and death, unfortunately that is not the case if you are not vaccinated, “Murthy told CNN’s” State of the Union “program.

COVID-19 cases in the United States increased last week by 17,000 nationwide in a 14-day period for the first time since late fall, and historically a spike in deaths followed a spike in illnesses. Much of the problem is being driven by the delta variant, which was first detected in India, and has since affected Britain and other countries, Murthy said.

Although the numbers of cases and hospitalizations in the United States remain well below the levels recorded at the worst point of the pandemic at the beginning of the year, Murthy pointed out that the deterioration of the situation shows the need to convince people to get vaccinated. .

“It is the fastest and most effective way we have to get out of this pandemic,” he commented.

About 186 million Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, but another 90 million who can do so have not yet been inoculated. Authorities are trying to overcome rejection among some to get vaccinated, especially conservative white people living in rural areas, but how to do this is unclear. So in the meantime, in some places public health measures that had been neglected have been re-implemented.

In Las Vegas, some resorts and casinos again required their employees to wear masks in response to a recommendation issued by health authorities amid a spike in COVID-19 in Nevada, which ranks fifth among the nation’s states. with the highest number of new cases per capita in the last two weeks.

On Saturday night, Los Angeles County reestablished regulations requiring everyone to wear masks inside public buildings. In the San Francisco Bay area, which has one of the highest vaccination rates in California, health authorities have recommended that everyone wear masks inside buildings again, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not.

But in Alabama, a conservative state where COVID-19 hospitalizations have more than doubled in a month and only about a third of the population is fully vaccinated, authorities have refused to reinstate restrictive health standards in the entire state and to use incentives such as lotteries to promote inoculations.

“I think the best we can do is simply encourage everyone to use their common sense and practice personal responsibility and keep themselves and their families safe,” Governor Kay Ivey told reporters last week.

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Peru’s Prosecutor’s Office opens an investigation against journalists and politicians who ask to reject electoral results

The Peruvian Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation this Sunday against several people, among them the former presidential candidate of Popular Renovation, Rafael López, and journalists Phillip Butters, Enrique Adolfo Luna, Victoria Muñoz and Beto Ortiz, for asking to reject the official results of the second return of the presidential elections held on June 6 that are expected to be proclaimed in the next few hours.

The journalists and the politician are being investigated for the alleged crimes “of conspiracy for sedition and serious disturbance of public tranquility”, according to the disposition of the Prosecutor’s Office collected by ‘La República’.

In this document, it is indicated that those investigated “would be using” communication media “inciting to reject the electoral results of June 6, 2021, trying to weaken electoral institutions and even calling for a coup d’etat” .

JUSTICE OF PERU REJECTS APPEAL TO CANCEL THE ELECTIONS

Also, this Sunday the Justice of Peru has declared inadmissible a claim for protection by the former congressman of Fuerza Popular Yeni Vilcatoma who asked to declare the general elections invalid in addition to the new head of Congress taking over as president.

Vilcatoma argued in her claim that the officials of the National Registry of Identification and Civil Status should “adequately purify” the electoral roll in order to eliminate the votes of “minors and deceased” who, according to her, would have participated in the elections. RPP.

Upon hearing the news, the former congresswoman has announced that she will appeal the decision of the Peruvian justice and has encouraged to present more appeals against the results.

The National Elections Jury (JNE) continues without announcing the official results of the second round of the presidential elections, in which according to preliminary data the leftist candidate, Pedro Castillo, beat his rival, the conservative Keiko Fujimori.

The JNE plans to proclaim the next president of Peru on July 20, a month and a half after the second electoral round in which Pedro Castillo and Keiko Fujimori faced off, as explained this Saturday by an adviser to the JNE presidency, Alexandra Marallano , in statements to the state news agency, Andina.

The general minutes could be published this weekend, which would open a three-day period for appeals, and finally on Tuesday the general minutes will be published with the announcement of the results of the second electoral round.

In the disputed second round, Pedro Castillo (Free Peru), prevailed with a narrow margin (50.12 percent) to the ultra-conservative option represented by Keiko Fujimori (Popular Force), with 49.87 percent of the ballots.

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The country has long had Pegasus technology

Since 2011, the presence of the Pegasus program in Mexico has been documented, but it was during Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration that its use reached scandal levels.

In June 2017, The New York Times, Article 19, R3D, Social Tic and Citizen Lab identified the first targets of espionage, among which were activists, journalists and human rights defenders.

As part of that investigation, 25 victims were detected in Mexico. With the Pegasus Project, today it can be estimated that potential espionage victims number in the thousands.
Since 2017, journalists and human rights organizations have filed complaints with the then PGR, thus opening an investigation that is now continuing from the Attorney General’s Office.

Aristegui Noticias published that the program has been at least in the hands of federal agencies such as the Attorney General’s Office, the Mexican Army and the now-defunct Center for Research and National Security (CISEN). There is information that state governments have purchased similar equipment and programs.

Since the # GobiernoEspía report was published, no federal authority has made the use of these programs transparent or prosecuted those responsible for the illegal and illegitimate use of this type of system.

Pegasus Project is an international investigation that reveals for the first time the existence of more than 50 thousand telephone numbers that were selected for the purpose of espionage by the clients of the company NSO Group, a leading company in the world of cyber espionage.

In the investigation coordinated by Forbidden Stories, the French organization dedicated to investigative journalism, and Amnesty International, more than 80 journalists from around the world from 17 media and organizations participate, among which is Aristegui Noticias.

The Washington Post, Le Monde, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit, The Guardian, Daraj, Direkt36, Le Soir, Knack, Radio France, The Wire, The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, Haaretz, PBS Frontline, Aristegui Noticias y Proceso are part this international research.

The information presented here points to the responsibility of dozens of governments and institutions that used Pegasus against all kinds of leaders, leaders, journalists, activists and human rights defenders, without valid justification, court orders or any reason of State.

Throughout the investigation, it was documented that the system operators targeted more than 500 diplomats, more than 1,200 officials, around 250 human rights defenders and at least 180 journalists. Among the thousands of registered numbers appear at least 12 heads of state, whose numbers were targeted by clients of the program while they were in office in their respective countries.

During the investigation it was not possible to know how many of those thousands of numbers were subjected to spying with Pegasus. It was possible to corroborate through forensic analysis 37 cases of phones that had been successfully infected with the software created by NSO.

The Israeli company NSO Group developed one of the most intrusive and efficient spy systems in the world. He created software that, due to its effectiveness and scope, has been acquired in dozens of countries, in different regions of the world.

Despite the fact that the company affirms that the software can only be used against criminal objectives or those that threaten the security of the States, the truth is that today there is evidence that Pegasus has been used without complying with the company’s standards. that created it or the laws of the countries where it operates.

The information allows us to know that those who have used Pegasus not only put a person as their target, but also include their family, friends, co-workers and everything that has to do with the person being spied on in the attack.

The revised data describes the program’s operations since 2016 and to date in 50 nations. Some countries have dozens of targets selected and only a handful exceed 1,000 incomes. India, for example, exceeds 2 thousand numbers entered and in Saudi Arabia the record is more than 800.

The Mexican case is cooked apart. Compared to any other of the investigated countries, their records skyrocket.

It is the nation, which by far exceeds the number of telephones entered into this universe of information. More than 15 thousand entries appear in the available data, a very high figure next to those reported in other parts of the world. A large portion of the rest of the identified numbers are in Middle Eastern countries, such as Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Yemen.

The use of spyware in Mexico can only be compared to that of the United Arab Emirates and Morocco, with more than 10,000 targets each. Rwanda appears in a distant third place with more than 3,500, while Bahrain accumulates almost 3,000. In the case of Europe, a thousand French numbers were reported and those of at least two media moguls in Hungary.

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Accused of the assassination, he traveled to Haiti on May 21 in a Dominican plane

The Dominican airline Helidosa confirmed this Sunday that it transported Christian Emmanuel Sanon, the main detainee for the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, on a flight between Florida (USA) and Haiti on May 21.

The company detailed in a statement that the corporate flight was requested on May 19 by a US company and was booked for two days later, to cover the Fort Lauderdale, Florida route to Port-au-Prince.

Sanon was traveling on the flight with two other US citizens, who were not identified by the company and who passed all the immigration checks and controls at the airports through which they left and entered.

Sanon, a Haitian doctor with US nationality and resident of Florida, has been arrested by the Haitian authorities accused of being the mastermind of the assassination of President Moise, perpetrated on July 7.

Helidosa, a company founded by Gonzalo Castillo, the second most voted candidate in the 2020 presidential elections in the Dominican Republic, pointed out that it transports 10,000 passengers a year in its fleet of 15 planes and 24 helicopters.

He was recently in charge of making the trips of the Haitian president’s widow, Martine Moise, to the United States and also the transfer of former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide to Cuba, where the former president was treated for covid-19.

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Helidosa reports that it transferred Martine Moise and former Haitian president Aristide

Helidosa Aviation Group reported this Sunday that it transferred Martine Moise, the first lady widow of Jovenel Moise, who was injured during the assassination of July 7.

This was reported by the company through a statement, where it also stated that in the past the couple had used the company’s services on several occasions.

In the press release, Alex Castillo, executive president of the company, stated that former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide also traveled to Cuba and returned to Haiti in an ambulance plane also owned by Helidosa, “as do dozens of personalities of the world who decide to travel with a company like this one that adds more than 10,000 passengers a year ”.

Regarding the trip made by 3 North American citizens from Florida to Haiti, Alex Castillo stated: “On May 19, 2021 we were contacted by a US company to request a corporate flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a flight that it was awarded and reserved for May 21 ”.

He pointed out that the flight was carried out in the aircraft registration HI949, transporting the one today designated by the Haitian justice, American citizen, Christian Emmanuel Sanon along with 2 other North American citizens.

He emphasized that these three citizen passengers of the United States of North America, like the dozens of thousands of passengers who travel with Helidosa, passed all the immigration checks and controls at the airports through which they left and entered.

“Helidosa is everyone’s airline. And due to the scope and quality of our services, practically everyone travels with us ”, he said.

This trip has become a point of interest, since the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo assured that the plane in question is one of the key tracks of the FBI, since on board were several people linked to the assassination in Haiti, including Christian Emmanuel Sanon, one of the main suspects.

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Helidosa-owned private jet is key FBI piece on assassination in Haiti

Santo Domingo, RD.

The Colombian newspaper El Tiempo reported in a report published this Sunday that the jet used by the doctor Christian Emmanuel Sanon, accused in the assassination of Haiti, was a key clue for the FBI.

The HI-949 jet belongs to the Helidosa company, owned by former presidential candidate Gonzalo Castillo.

Just the itineraries of this jet, described as luxurious by the Colombian newspaper, was one of the FBI’s key clues about the crime.

A photo, which EL TIEMPO reveals exclusively, shows the Haitian doctor Christian Emmanuel Sanon, accused of being one of the masterminds of the assassination, on the steps of the aircraft, valued at 1.2 million dollars, and operated by Helidosa SA, ”the newspaper published.

In this photograph, together with Sanon, the former Colombian military officer Arcángel Pretelt Ortiz, an Ecuadorian identified as Walter Veintemilla, and the Venezuelan Antonio Intriago, president of the CTU Security company, and suspected of having recruited the Colombian mercenaries involved in the assassination appear.

Likewise, El Tiempo indicated that the aforementioned participated in the meeting where the assassination plan was devised, held in Miami, United States, and from there they traveled to La Isabela International Airport, located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with the objective of “fine-tuning the hiring of the command.”

Jovenel Moise was assassinated on July 7 at his residence. His wife, Martine Moise, was injured, was admitted to a Miami health center and returned to Haiti on Saturday.

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Haitian authorities arrested Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a doctor living in Florida, USA, on Sunday.

“When the advance of the bandits was blocked, the first person they called was Emmanuel Sanon,” said the director general of the Haitian National Police, Léon Charles, in an intervention before the press, in which he considered that the reason of crime is “political.”

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Helidosa-owned private jet is key FBI piece on assassination in Haiti

Santo Domingo, RD.

The Colombian newspaper El Tiempo reported in a report published this Sunday that the jet used by the doctor Christian Emmanuel Sanon, accused in the assassination of Haiti, was a key clue for the FBI.

The HI-949 jet belongs to the Helidosa company, owned by former presidential candidate Gonzalo Castillo.

Just the itineraries of this jet, described as luxurious by the Colombian newspaper, was one of the FBI’s key clues about the crime.

A photo, which EL TIEMPO reveals exclusively, shows the Haitian doctor Christian Emmanuel Sanon, accused of being one of the masterminds of the assassination, on the steps of the aircraft, valued at 1.2 million dollars, and operated by Helidosa SA, ”the newspaper published.

In this photograph, together with Sanon, the former Colombian military officer Arcángel Pretelt Ortiz, an Ecuadorian identified as Walter Veintemilla, and the Venezuelan Antonio Intriago, president of the CTU Security company, and suspected of having recruited the Colombian mercenaries involved in the assassination appear.

Likewise, El Tiempo indicated that the aforementioned participated in the meeting where the assassination plan was devised, held in Miami, United States, and from there they traveled to La Isabela International Airport, located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with the objective of “fine-tuning the hiring of the command.”

Jovenel Moise was assassinated on July 7 at his residence. His wife, Martine Moise, was injured, was admitted to a Miami health center and returned to Haiti on Saturday.

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Haitian authorities arrested Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a doctor living in Florida, USA, on Sunday.

“When the advance of the bandits was blocked, the first person they called was Emmanuel Sanon,” said the director general of the Haitian National Police, Léon Charles, in an intervention before the press, in which he considered that the reason of crime is “political.”

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They offer reward for the author of a shooting in Washington that has caused the death of a child under six years of age

The Washington Police have announced that they are offering a reward of $ 60,000 (almost 51,000 euros) for the perpetrator of a shooting that has killed a child under the age of six and left five adults injured.

The event took place on Friday, a little after 11 p.m. (local time) in the Congress Heights neighborhood of the US capital, as reported by the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, reports the ABC network.

The victims of the incident were on the sidewalk between Martin Luther King Júnior avenues and Malcom X avenues, located in the southeast of the city, when the shooter passed through the area aboard a vehicle, as reported by the chief of Police, Robert Contee.

Three men and two women, all of them adults, were injured and treated in hospitals in the area for injuries of a weak nature, while the minor died of gunshot wounds.

At the moment the causes and circumstances of the shooting are unknown and there are no suspects, although the mayor of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, has asserted that they will find out who killed the minor.

For its part, the city police has released images of the vehicle in which the alleged perpetrator of the event was driving and has called for citizen collaboration to find the person responsible.

“I know there are many good people in this community who will not tolerate senseless violence, and together we will do whatever it takes to close this case in a swift and professional manner,” added Contee.

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25 years after the TWA Flight 800 tragedy

On July 17, 1996, one of the worst tragedies in recent history occurred: Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight 800.

This plane, a Boeing 747, left New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport for the Italian capital Rome, with a stopover in Paris, France, but a few minutes after taking off it exploded.

There were 230 people on board. They all died.

The incident entailed an exhaustive investigation to determine the reason for the accident, which lasted for four years, and revealed that the probable cause of the explosion was an electrical short circuit that detonated vapors in the fuel tank of the central wing, although they never definitively determined where the initial spark came from.

This was reported to CNN by Frank Hilldrup, a member of the US National Transportation Safety Council (NTSB) team that carried out the accident investigation.

It also indicated that the wreckage of the aircraft fell into the Atlantic Ocean, near the coast of Long Island, New York.

Likewise, in an interview with CNN, the managing director of NTSB, Sharon Bryson, assured that the impact of Flight 800 will continue even if the remains are destroyed.

“This may not be an investigation that you never close the book on. He taught us too much and changed too many things for the book to close, at least in the short term, “Bryson said.

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During the process, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) interviewed at least 755 witnesses.

According to CNN, of the eyewitness reports that were made public, the accounts varied, but many agree in describing the tragedy as “fireworks” heading toward the plane before it exploded.

However, prior to the conclusion of the investigation, the US authorities considered various theories, including terrorism, even considering Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gadhafi as suspects.

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Bulin 47 responds to a demand of RD $ 50 million from the “Underworld”

Bulin 47 walks this Saturday in “a juidero” after a colleague sued him for 50 million pesos, accusing him of plagiarizing the song “Bajo mundo”, which has been playing for two months and that he defends its originality.

“I want to ask the public, lawyers, prosecutors, magistrates, where is the plagiarism of the song for which they are suing me? If #bajomundo is a word in the public domain and who popularized it was my little brother #Capricorn with his program #Capricorniotv “, published Bulin on his social networks.

The lawsuit filed by Lio “El más Duro” was filed with the National District Prosecutor’s Office, arguing that it violated Law 65-00 on copyright.

According to the document of the lawsuit that the urban presented this Friday through his lawyer Quilvio Pimentel, in addition to the financial compensation, he asks the court for an arrest warrant against Bulin 47.

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When defending himself this Saturday, the interpreter of “El juidero” was emphatic: “I need you to tell me where the similarity is, where on YouTube there are thousands of songs with the same title and the same conjugated word, why #Bulin?

Hancel Teodoro Vargas Reynoso, Bulín’s real name, warned that “With this guys I will have to set a legal example” and reiterated that “I cannot accept that they stain my career with things like this, which make no sense and most of all they echo without scrutinizing the information, I can only do good without looking at who, but you wanted this, let’s play”.

Lio “El más Duro”, who said he has been in music for more than 12 years, also announced that he will bring urban exponents Haraca Kiko, Mozart La Para and Ceky Vicini to justice.

The song “Bajo Mundo”, published two months ago on the Bulin47 YouTube account, has more than 23 million views on that digital platform.

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