(WORLDWIDE) #Christmas Travel ALERT Report: Holiday heartbreak for thousands as airlines pull flights #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.25: According to flight tracking firm FlightAware, 2,380 flights were called off and another 11,163 delayed globally on Christmas Eve. The figures for Christmas Day stood at 2,388 cancelations and 2,579 delays as of the afternoon. Another 747 flights scheduled for Sunday have been pulled as well.

#AceChristmasDesk says according to travel news real time tracker reports ……Airline companies have canceled more than 4,500 flights worldwide during the #Christmas weekend, citing staff shortages due to the rapid spread of the #COVID19 #Omicron variant. The move has sparked chaos at airports.

US airports accounted for more than a quarter of all cancelations, with United Airlines and Delta being among the worst hit. There were 688 flights pulled across the US on Friday, and a further 980 called off so far over the peak travel weekend.

The majority of the cancelations came from five airlines, with China Eastern forced to call off more than 1,200 journeys over the weekend. Meanwhile, Air China, United, Delta, Jet Blue, and Lion Air have reported large numbers of pulled flights, according to FlightAware’s real-time tracker.

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“The nationwide spike in Omicron cases this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operation,”United said in a statement on Friday, adding that it was “notifying impacted customers” and working to rebook them.

Delta also apologized to customers, noting that it had “exhausted all options and resources – including rerouting and substitutions of aircraft and crews to cover scheduled flying.” The airline attributed the cancelations to both the Omicron variant and poor weather conditions.

Meanwhile, German carrier Lufthansa told AP on Friday that it was canceling 12 transatlantic flights over the holiday period due to a “massive rise” in pilots calling in sick, and despite arranging for a “large buffer” of additional staff for the period.

The last-minute travel chaos added to the frustration for passengers looking to celebrate with their families over the holidays after pandemic precautions severely impacted Christmas in 2020. Airline social media feeds reflected this public anger, with several passengers weathering service delays to demand assistance and refunds.

@Delta HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE!! Flight was canceled yesterday and I’ve been trying to get a refund since yesterday! Hours spent being sent from person to person only to be offered an ecredit!! I want my money back and the sky Miles I used to upgrade my flight— Sonny Wigginton (@SonnyW08) December 25, 2021

According to figures released by the American Automobile Association earlier this month, airlines were expected to see an 184% increase in traffic between December 23 and January 2 from 2020. The US Transportation Security Administration expected to screen nearly 30 million people between December 20 and January 3.You can share this story on social media:

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(WORLDWIDE) Chainalysis Report Cryptocurrency-based scammers & cyber criminals netted a whopping $7.7 billion worth of cryptocurrency from victims in 2021, marking an 81% rise in losses compared to 2020, according to blockchain analysis firm #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.21: Some $1.1 billion of the $7.7 billion in losses were attributed to a single scheme which allegedly targeted Russia and Ukraine, it said…..

#AceDailyNews says according to ZNet News Report: “The most important takeaway is to avoid new tokens that haven’t undergone a code audit,” said Chainalysis By December 20, 2021

Scammers grabbed $7.7 billion worth of cryptocurrency in 2021, say researchers

“As the largest form of cryptocurrency-based crime and one uniquely targeted toward new users, scamming poses one of the biggest threats to cryptocurrency’s continued adoption,” said Chainalysis.

At the same time though, the number of deposits to scam addresses fell from just under 10.7 million to 4.1 million, which it said could mean there were fewer individual scam victims – but they are losing more.

A major source of rising cryptocurrency losses in 2021 were so-called “rug pulls”, where the developers of a new cryptocurrency vanish and take supporters’ funds with them. Rug pulls accounted for 37% of all cryptocurrency scam revenue in 2021, totaling $2.8 billion – up from just 1% in 2020. 

“Rug pulls are prevalent in DeFi because with the right technical know-how, it’s cheap and easy to create new tokens on the Ethereum blockchain or others and get them listed on decentralized exchanges (DEXes) without a code audit,” it warned. 

The characteristics of the investment scam networks are changing. Chainaylsis found that the number of active financial scams rose from 2,052 in 2020 to 3,300, while their individual lifespan has decreased from over 500 days in 2016 to 291 days in 2020 and just 70 days in 2021.     

“Previously, these scams may have been able to continue operating for longer. As scammers become aware of these actions, they may feel more pressure to close up shop before drawing the attention of regulators and law enforcement,” it said.

Unsurprisingly, scams also increase in line with the rise in value of popular cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum and Bitcoin, although that link may have been broken in the last year. 

Chainalysis notes: “The most important takeaway is to avoid new tokens that haven’t undergone a code audit. Code audits are a process through which a third-party firm analyzes the code of the smart contract behind a new token or other DeFi project, and publicly confirms that the contract’s governance rules are iron clad and contain no mechanisms that would allow for the developers to make off with investors’ funds.”

It added: “Investors may also want to be wary of tokens that lack the public-facing materials one would expect from a legitimate project, such as a website or white paper, as well as tokens created by individuals not using their real names.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Dec.21: 2021:

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(WORLDWIDE) G20 Debt Treatment Report: With the debt service suspension initiative expiring and interest rates poised to rise, low-income countries will find it increasingly difficult to service their debts #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.06: Despite significant relief measures brought on by the #COVI19 crisis, about 60 percent of low-income countries are at high risk or already in debt distress. In 2015 that number was below 30 percent…..

#AceDailyNews says that #COVID19’s Toll leads to the #G20 Common Framework for Debt Treatments Must Be Stepped Up‘ With policy space tightening for highly indebted countries, the framework can and must deliver more quickly: – 2021 – 12-02T09:17:06-05:00: By Kristalina Georgieva & Ceyla Pazarbasioglu

For many of these countries, the challenges are mounting. New variants are causing further disruptions to economic activity. COVID-related initiatives such as the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) are ending. Many countries face arrears or a reduction in priority expenditures. We may see economic collapse in some countries unless G20 creditors agree to accelerate debt restructurings and suspend debt service while the restructurings are being negotiated. It is also critical that private sector creditors implement debt relief on comparable terms.

2022: a more challenging debt outlook

Recent experiences of Chad, Ethiopia, and Zambia show that the Common Framework for debt treatments beyond the DSSI must be improved. Quick action is needed to build confidence in the framework and provide a road map for helping other countries facing increasing debt vulnerabilities.

Since the start of the pandemic, low-income countries have benefited from some attenuating measures. Domestic policies, together with low interest rates in advanced economies mitigated the financial impact of the crisis on their economies. The G20 put in place the DSSI to temporarily pause official debt payments to the poorest countries, followed by the Common Framework to help these countries restructure their debt and deal with insolvency and protracted liquidity problems. The international community also scaled-up its financial support, including record IMF emergency lending and a $650 billion allocation of special drawing rights, or SDRs—$21 billion of which was allocated directly to low-income countries. The G20 leaders committed to support low-income countries with onlending $100 billion of their SDRs to significantly magnify this impact.

No doubt 2022 will be much more challenging with the tightening of international financial conditions on the horizon. The DSSI will expire at the end of this year forcing participating countries to resume debt service payments. Countries will need to transition to strong programs, and for low-income countries that need comprehensive debt treatment, the Common Framework will be critical to unlock IMF financing.

But the Common Framework is yet to deliver on its promise. This requires prompt action.

Implementation so far has been slow

The Common Framework is intended to deal with insolvency and protracted liquidity problems, along with the implementation of an IMF-supported reform program. G20 official creditors—both traditional “Paris Club” creditors, such as France and the United States, and new creditors, such as China and India, which, as shown in the chart below, overtook the Paris Club as lenders in the last decade—agreed to coordinate to provide debt relief consistent with the debtor’s capacity to pay and maintain essential spending needs. The Common Framework requires private creditors to participate on comparable terms to overcome collective action challenges and ensure fair burden sharing.

But so far, only three countries—Chad, Ethiopia, and Zambia—have made requests for debt relief under the Common Framework. And each case has experienced significant delays.

In part, these delays reflect the problems that motivated the creation of the Common Framework in the first place. These include coordinating Paris Club and other creditors, as well as multiple government institutions and agencies within creditor countries, which can slow down decisions. The Common Framework aims to mitigate these problems but does not eliminate them. New creditors, including relevant domestic institutions, need to gain comfort with restructuring processes that would allow all creditors to work together in providing relief and enable the IMF to lend to countries facing debt difficulties. This takes time.

But there were also delays for reasons that have nothing to do with the Common Framework. To restore debt sustainability, Chad must restructure a large, collateralized obligation held by a private company, which is partly syndicated to a large number of banks and funds. This complicates the decision-making process. Domestic challenges slowed progress in Ethiopia and Zambia.

No time to waste

With policy space tightening for highly indebted countries, the framework can and must deliver more quickly.

First, greater clarity on the different steps and timelines in the Common Framework process is vital. Alongside earlier engagement of official creditors with the debtor and with private creditors, this would help accelerate decision making.

Second, a comprehensive and sustained debt service payment standstill for the duration of the negotiation would provide relief to the debtor at a time when it is under stress, as well as incentivize faster procedures to get to the actual debt restructuring.

Third, the Common Framework should clarify further how the comparability of treatment will be effectively enforced, including as needed through implementation of the IMF arrears policies, so as to give greater comfort to creditors and debtors.

Last but not least, the Common Framework should be expanded to other highly-indebted countries that can benefit from creditor coordination. Timely and orderly debt resolution is in the interest of both debtors and creditors.

Ensuring a success in the early cases will not only benefit the countries, but foster confidence in the Common Framework. In that regard, finalizing Chad’s restructuring quickly can serve as an essential precedent for other countries. In Ethiopia, the creditor committee should continue the technical work that will allow early provision of debt relief assurances once the situation stabilizes. In Zambia, G20 creditors should expeditiously form a committee of official creditors and begin engaging with the authorities and private creditors on debt relief, while also providing a temporary debt-service suspension for the duration of the debt-restructuring discussions. Otherwise, the country would be confronted with the impossible choice of cutting priority expenditures or piling up arrears.

Debt challenges are pressing and the need for action is urgent. The recent Omicron variant is a stark reminder that the pandemic will be with us for a while. Determined multilateral action is needed now to address vaccine inequality globally and also to support timely and orderly debt resolution. For its part, the IMF is ready to work with the World Bank and all our partners to help ensure the framework delivers for the people it was put in place to help.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Dec.06: 2021:

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(WORLDWIDE) Climate & Energy Crisis Report: The oil and gas industry worldwide faces a talent gap as workers contemplate moving to renewables or leaving the energy industry altogether #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.02: More than half of workers in oil and gas, 56%, said they would look for employment opportunities in the renewables energy sector, according to the survey. Last year, that percentage was 38.8%, highlighting the shortages the oil industry is facing as it looks to hire again, after letting go in 2020 thousands of workers in oil and gas and related services in the supply chain.

#AceDailyNews says according to an RT News Report: Oil industry to lose nearly half its workers survey by recruitment firm Brunel & Oilandgasjobsearch.com/ cited by Reuters, showed: With robots threaten to replace hundreds of thousands of oil & gas jobs by 2030 – report

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The survey also showed that 43% of workers want out of the energy sector within the next five years.

As more workers look to move to renewables or to ditch the energy sector altogether, recruiters in the oil and gas business find attracting talent with the right skills increasingly difficult.

Labor shortages have already become evident this year in the US shale patch and in the Canadian oil sands as demand recovers and companies put rigs back into operation.

Despite the recent uptick in oil industry employment in the United States, short-term and permanent shifts in workers’ negative perceptions of the sector have already started to create labor shortages. These shortages threaten to delay and even hinder the recovery of US oil production, analysts say. More and more workers are fed up with the boom-and-bust nature of the oil industry after two major oil price and drilling activity collapses in just five years. They vow they will never again be beholden to the volatile oil markets, and have quit the sector entirely after being let go in 2020.

In Canada, the number of total jobs expected is set to rise next year, but labor constraints have already started to impact the members of the Canadian Association of Energy Contractors (CAOEC), the association said last week in an otherwise positive outlook on Canada’s drilling activity for 2022.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Dec.01: 2021:

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(WORLDWIDE) #ClimateChange CAT Report: In the first week in Glasgow, we saw a number of governments make big announcements at the Leaders’ segment, along with signing a number of agreements pledging to cut emissions in various sectors #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.21: They certainly kept US busy and now Glasgow is over, and we hope you’ve had a bit of time to recover. We thought we’d send out a summary of the work we’ve done over the past few weeks.

#AceDailyNews CAT’s Glasgow #ClimateChange Summary Report: First, just ahead of COP26, on 28 October we released, with a number of partners, the State of the Climate Action report for 2021, that identifies 40 indicators across key sectors that must transform to address the climate crisis, and assesses how current trends will impact how much work remains to be done by 2030 and 2050 to deliver a zero-carbon world in time.

The news wasn’t great, but there are some areas showing good signs.

There was a buzz of excitement when India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India would aim for net zero by 2070, along with a new set of targets. We saw China and the US submit their Long Term Strategies (LTS). We rated the US net zero target as “average” and that of China as “poor”.

We got to work and assessed India’s new target. At most, it will only drive minor reductions in real world emissions as the country is already on a pathway to more than meet most of its targets. Without any further details, we couldn’t assess the net zero target, so have rated it “target information incomplete.” . Shortly before COP, we assessed green recovery for India. We identified India’s substantial potential to reduce national emissions through reducing coal use and scaling up renewable energy by 2030 with benefits to its economy and health. However, to achieve this and even further emissions reductions, India would need significant external support.

There were other, last-minute NDC updates, such as that from New Zealand, which managed an extraordinary feat of creative accounting that transformed a 22% reduction by 2030 into 50%, and Australia who refused to increase their 2030 target at all, instead opting for a net zero target that turns out not to reach net zero at all.

Toward the end of the first week of Glasgow, the IEA released it assessment of all net zero targets, arguing that they would bring global warming down to 1.8˚C. But just how real was that assessment?

We set the record straight on Tuesday 9 November when we released our global update, bringing the hype back to reality: without strong near-term 2030 targets, we won’t make it to net zero. Glasgow, we argued, has a credibility gap: if all governments achieved their current 2030 pledges, we’ll get 2.4˚C of warming by 2100, and if nobody did anything more than what they’re doing today (our policies & action pathway), we’re heading to 2.7˚C. 

While yes, we, too, got the 1.8˚C under our “optimistic” scenario, it is indeed just that: highly optimistic, and no reason for complacency. See the full update here. We also wrote an article for The Guardian summarising our findings.

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Nov.21: 2021:

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(WORLDWIDE) PyPI Malware Report: The open source repository that both large and small organizations use to download code libraries—was hosting 11 malicious packages that were downloaded more than 41,000 times, in one of the latest reported such incidents threatening the software supply chain #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.21: JFrog, a security firm that monitors PyPI and other repositories for malware, said the packages are notable for the lengths its developers took to camouflage their malicious code from network detection.

#AceDailyNews says according to an Ars Technica News Report: The lengths include a novel mechanism that uses what’s known as a reverse shell to proxy communications with control servers through the Fastly content distribution network. Another technique is DNS tunneling, something that JFrog said it had never seen before in malicious software uploaded to PyPI.

Malware downloaded from PyPI 41,000 times was surprisingly stealthy
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A powerful vector

“Package managers are a growing and powerful vector for the unintentional installation of malicious code, and as we discovered with these 11 new PyPI packages, attackers are getting more sophisticated in their approach, Shachar Menashe, senior director of JFrog research, wrote in an email. “The advanced evasion techniques used in these malware packages, such as novel exfiltration or even DNS tunneling (the first we’ve seen in packages uploaded to PyPI) signal a disturbing trend that attackers are becoming stealthier in their attacks on open source software.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Nov.21: 2021:

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(WORLDWIDE) IMF REPORT: Clean energy needs may cause years of high prices for copper, nickel, cobalt, and lithium under a net-zero emissions scenario #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.14: The world’s historic pivot toward curbing carbon emissions is likely to spur unprecedented demand for some of the most crucial metals used to generate and store renewable energy in a net-zero emissions by 2050 scenario.

#AceDailyNews says according to a post in IMF Blog …..Soaring Metal Prices May Delay Energy Transition with unprecedented demand for some crucial metals to store renewable energy …..

2021-11-11T16:01:43-05:00(Photo: Petmal/iStock by Getty Images)

By Lukas BoerAndrea Pescatori Martin Stuermer and Nico Valckx

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Prices could reach historical peaks for an unprecedented length of time—and even delay the energy transition itself.

A resulting surge in prices for materials such as cobalt and nickel would bring boom times to some economies that are the biggest exporters—but soaring costs could last through the end of this decade and could derail or delay the energy transition itself.

Prices for industrial metals, an important foundation for the global economy, have already seen a major post-pandemic rally as economies re-opened, as we recently wrote. Our latest research, included in the October World Economic Outlook and a new IMF staff paper, details the likely effects of the energy transition for metals markets and the economic impact for producers and importers.

For example, lithium, used in batteries for electric vehicles, could rise from its 2020 level around $6,000 a metric ton to about $15,000 late this decade—and stay elevated through most of the 2030s. Cobalt and nickel prices would also see similar surges in coming years.

Net-zero scenario

We look specifically at the goal of limiting global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius, which requires a transformation of the energy system that could substantially raise metals demand as low-emission technologies—including renewable energy, electric vehicles, hydrogen, and carbon capture—require more metals than fossil-fuel counterparts.

Our focus is on four important metals among the variety being used for the transition. They are copper and nickel, major established metals that have traded on exchanges for decades, and minor-but-rising lithium and cobalt, which have traded on exchanges only recently but are gaining popularity because they are important for the energy transition.

The fast pace of change needed to meet climate goals, such as the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Net Zero by 2050 Roadmap, implies soaring metals demand in the next decade. Under the roadmap’s ambitious scenario, lithium and cobalt consumption jumps more than sixfold to satisfy needs for batteries and other clean energy uses. Copper use would double and nickel’s would quadruple, though this includes meeting needs unrelated to clean energy.

Metal prices

While metals demand could soar, supply typically reacts slowly to pricing signals, partly depending on production. Copper, nickel, and cobalt come from mines, which require intensive investment and take on average more than a decade from discovery to production according to the IEA. In contrast, lithium often is extracted from mineral springs and brine via salty water pumped from below ground. That shortens lead times for new production to average roughly five years. Supply trends also are influenced by extraction technology innovation, market concentration, and environmental regulations. The combination of soaring demand and slower supply changes can spur prices to climb. In fact, if mining had to satisfy consumption under the IEA’s net-zero scenario, our recent analysis shows prices could reach historical peaks for an unprecedented length of time—and those higher costs could even delay the energy transition itself.

Specifically, cobalt, lithium, and nickel prices would rise several hundred percent from 2020 levels and peak around 2030. However, copper is less of a bottleneck as its demand increases are not as steep. We estimate prices would peak as in 2011, though be elevated for longer.

The demand surge under a net-zero scenario is frontloaded because renewable energy components such as wind turbines or batteries need metals upfront. On the supply side, however, production is slow to react due to the long lead times for opening mines, and only eventually eases market tightness after 2030.

Macro-relevancy

Under a net-zero emissions scenario, booming demand for the four energy transition metals alone would boost their production value sixfold to $12.9 trillion over two decades. This could rival the roughly estimated value of oil production in a net-zero scenario over that period. The four metals could affect the economy via inflation, trade and output, and provide significant windfalls to commodity producers.

The concentrated supply of metals implies some top producers may benefit. Usually, countries with the largest output have the greatest reserves, and likely would be major prospective producers. The Democratic Republic of the Congo, for example, accounts for about 70 percent of global cobalt output and half of reserves. Other standouts include Australia, for its lithium, cobalt, and nickel; Chile, for copper and lithium; along with Peru, Russia, Indonesia and South Africa.

A long-lasting metals boom could also bring substantial economic gains, especially for large exporters. In fact, we estimate that a persistent 10 percent rise in the IMF metal price index adds an extra two-thirds of a percentage point to the pace of economic growth experienced by metals exporting countries relative to importing ones. Exporters also would see a similar magnitude of improvement for government fiscal balances from royalties or tax revenues.

Policy implications

The high uncertainty surrounding demand scenarios is an important caveat. Technological change is hard to predict, and the speed and direction of the energy transition depends on the evolution of policy decisions. Such ambiguity is detrimental because it may hinder mining investment and raise the odds that high metal prices derail or delay the energy transition.

A credible, globally coordinated climate policy; high environmental, social, labor, and governance standards; and reduced trade barriers and export restrictions would allow markets to operate efficiently. This would direct investment to sufficiently expand metal supply, avoiding unnecessarily cost increases for low-carbon technologies and aiding the clean energy transition.

Finally, an international body with a mandate covering metals—analogous to the IEA for energy or the UN Food and Agriculture Organization—could play a key role in data dissemination and analysis, setting industry standards, and fostering global cooperation.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Nov.14: 2021:

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(WORLDWIDE) #Coronavirus Report: Cases recorded by John Hopkins University have reached five million #COVID19 deaths in two years #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.02: That figure is almost equivalent to the total population of New Zealand: On average, more than 7,000 people are reported as dying of COVID-19 each day. Since April 2020, the number of daily deaths has dropped below 4,000 fewer than 20 times: But official figures reported by national governments fail to capture the true toll of the COVID-19 pandemic.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says according to latest news: Nearly two years into a #pandemic that continues to rage, the world has now reported its 5 millionth COVID-19 death, according to a count of global deaths maintained by Johns Hopkins University.

  • Global Confirmed247,185,545
  • Global Deaths5,007,148
  • U.S. Confirmed46,091,995
  • U.S. Deaths747,034

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A cemetery outside Moscow where many people who have died from COVID-19 have been buried. The official death toll from the pandemic has reached 5 million.(AP: Dmitry Serebryakov)

Firstly, for every official COVID death there are many more people who have grieved loved ones, been struck seriously ill themselves, or suffered the effects of long #COVID19

And the official death toll itself is likely to be vastly underestimated. 

Professor Alan Lopez, a leading international expert on disease burden and health statistics, believes 5 million is a very inaccurate count of the pandemic’s death toll. Professor Lopez says the actual figure is likely to be between 12 and 15 million — or close to half of Australia’s total population.

This is because deaths are only included in the tally if COVID-19 is officially determined to have been a factor.

Yet many people have died without ever knowing they have the virus. Others who died from non-COVID causes may not have done so if hospital systems had not been so stretched. Other COVID-19 deaths have occurred outside the health system, and were therefore never counted in the official toll.

“People are saying 5 million, but in reality, it’s much more than that,” says Professor Ali Mokdad from the United States’ Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). 

“There is a huge difference between what is being reported, and what is out there in terms of the true number of deaths.”

India reports record deaths
The official number of COVID deaths is now 5 million but the real number is likely to be far higher.(Reuters: Danish Siddiqui)

Another way to measure deaths

The clearer way to understand the death toll of the pandemic is by looking at each nation’s “excess deaths”. This figure reflects the number of people who have died for any reason since the pandemic began, over and above the average number of people that are expected to die in a typical year.When Spanish flu hit Australia’s shoresAustralia knew about the threat of the deadly Spanish flu months before it arrived. Much of what happened then, like quarantine policies, federal edicts and state-based border controls, are mirrored in the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.Read more

“Mortality is pretty steady, year after year after year,” Professor Lopez says. “If you look over the last three or four years and you average out the mortality of each week … and then you look at what’s happened in 2020 and 2021, the excess deaths in the absence of anything else are highly likely to be attributable to the various effects of COVID-19.”

And many countries — even with no shortage of vaccines  — are still recording many more deaths than in the pre-pandemic baseline.

The United States is one of those nations. The US is currently recording as many as 20,000 deaths a week over and above historical norms.

Professor Mokdad estimates that only around 50 per cent of COVID-19 cases are being detected in the United States. 

High vaccination rates have helped some countries, which suffered through a dreadful 2020, record relatively few excess deaths in 2021.

That includes Spain, one of the hardest-hit countries in the very early waves of the pandemic.

Australia, with its relatively small case numbers, has not recorded significant excess deaths, although all-cause mortality data for the lockdowns in the second half of 2021 have not yet been released by the ABS.

Analysis by The Economist estimates the true global death toll to be somewhere between double and four times the reported figures. This would put the real death toll anywhere between 10.2 million and 19.2 million.

The publication’s model puts the most likely figure at more than 16 million deaths, more than triple the figures being reported by authorities.

But there’s a lot of uncertainty around those estimates. Many countries don’t report death statistics in a timely manner, or even in some cases at all.

This is a significant flaw with using such estimates to drive policy. As Professor Lopez says: “There’s no point, for COVID policy today, talking about COVID deaths six months ago.”

Relatives wearing personal protective equipment attend the funeral of a man seen burning before them.
The accuracy of the COVID death toll is uncertain as many countries don’t report death statistics in a timely manner or even, in some cases, at all.(Reuters: Adnan Abidi)

The hidden pandemic toll

The country with the highest excess death levels through the pandemic is Peru.

The country’s weak health system played a significant role in the catastrophic outcome. Hospitals were overwhelmed, and demand for oxygen far outstripped supply. According to an article published by The BMJ medical journal, Peru has just 1,656 intensive care beds for its 33 million population.

Earlier this year, the country revised its COVID-19 death toll to almost three times its initial estimate, pushing it to the top of the list of countries with the highest death rate per capita.

The revision followed long-running warnings from experts that COVID-19 deaths were being undercounted. As of this week, more than 200,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Peru, according to the Johns Hopkins tally.

Across the world, COVID-19 testing is also inaccessible for many, leading cases and deaths to go undetected.

“The reality is, not every country is able to do testing appropriately — and it’s expensive,” Professor Mokdad says, adding that this is a particular issue for poorer nations.

This low detection rate, he says, is the key driver for underreporting deaths.

Two masked healthworkers sit atop a memorial wall covered in stylised hearts drawn in tribute to those who died from COVID.
In London, a memorial wall commemorates those who have died from COVID-19.(AP: Frank Augstein/File)

The current situation

Notwithstanding problems with official mortality figures, they do paint a picture of how the deaths have risen and fallen across each continent over time.

As Europe heads into winter, this region is again recording almost one third of the world’s officially-reported deaths.

Countries on the continent are battling combinations of low vaccination rates (particularly in eastern Europe) and waning immunity in nations that were among the world’s fastest to mass vaccinate (particularly in western Europe).

After a dreadful 2020 and the first half of 2021, South America is now reporting below 15 per cent of the world’s weekly deaths.

But as the pandemic landscape shifts along with growing vaccination rates, Professor Lopez believes it’s crucial to get the statistics right to allow for planning and response to emerging surges in case numbers. 

“Government policy ought to be informed by timely, reliable information on who’s dying of what and how that is changing,” he says.

“If we have the COVID numbers wrong we may vastly underestimate the impact of what’s undoubtedly a very big pandemic, that has already killed 12 to 15 million people in the last 18 months and may kill that number in the next 18 months unless we are able to control it.”

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(WASHINGTON) EIA REPORT: The prices of crude oil and petroleum products have increased from the lows seen in 2020 and are near their highest levels since 2014 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.29: As a result of the #COVID19 #pandemic, demand for crude oil and petroleum products declined rapidly, inventories increased, and prices fell. ……….The decrease in demand for petroleum products due to the pandemic led to a significant increase in crude oil inventories and falling crude oil prices starting in early 2020 (Figure 1). U.S. crude oil inventories reached 532.7 million barrels in June 2020 but fell to 448.0 million barrels in June 2021, the first time since the pandemic began that U.S. crude oil inventories were below their February 2020 level. This decline in inventory indicates that the large crude oil builds that occurred in the first half of 2020 have been completely withdrawn. Crude oil inventories have continued to decline since June 2021, reaching 430.8 million barrels as of October 22, a 17.1 million barrel (4%) decrease from June. Just as large inventory builds contributed to low crude oil prices in 2020, the large inventory withdrawals in 2021 have contributed to high crude oil prices. The price for U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil reached $85 per barrel (b) on October 26, up $37/b since the beginning of the year. Likewise, European benchmark Brent rose $35/b over the same period, reaching $86/b on October 26. These prices surpassed their pre-COVID pandemic, February 2020 average prices by $34/b and $31/b, respectively.

#AceDailyNews reports on EIA Petroleum & Other Products Analysis: Demand returns faster than supply, drawing inventories and supporting prices: This year, demand, both in the United States and globally, returned to 2019 levels faster than supply, reducing inventories and raising prices for crude oil and petroleum products. Crude oil, gasoline, and distillate prices were all higher on October 26, 2021, than they have been since February 2020, before the World Health Organization declared #COVID19 a pandemic.

Figure 1. U.S. commercial crude oil inventories and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil price

Refinery runs have increased faster than crude oil production in the United States, resulting in declining U.S. crude oil inventories. Despite several refinery closures since 2020, U.S. gross refinery inputs have nearly returned to their 2019 level for this time of year. The latest available weekly data indicate that the four-week rolling average for gross inputs into U.S. refineries was 15.7 million barrels per day (b/d) the week of October 22, a 2% decrease from the same week in October 2019. 

In contrast, U.S. crude oil production has grown more slowly. U.S. crude oil production, which averaged 12.8 million b/d in February 2020, fell to 9.7 million b/d in May 2020. Although U.S. crude oil production has since increased from that low point, it has remained at about 11.0 million b/d since January 2021, due in part to significant disruptions from cold weather in February and from Hurricane Ida in September. We estimate that U.S. crude oil production averaged 11.3 million b/d the week of October 22, a 12% decrease from U.S. production in February 2020. 

Production cuts among OPEC member countries and others have contributed to slow growth in the production of crude oil and other liquids outside of the United States. Over the first six months of 2021, OPEC crude oil production averaged nearly 10% less than in February 2020. In July, OPEC+ announced that it would increase production by 400,000 b/d beginning in August. As a result, we estimate that OPEC production averaged 27.2 million b/d in September 2021, which is 3% less than production in February 2020. Despite the increased production, we estimate in the October Short-Term Energy Outlook that global petroleum stock draws averaged 1.9 million b/d in the third quarter of 2021, which is more than the 2016–2020 average draw for the third quarter of 1.0 million b/d.

Due to slower growth in U.S. and global crude oil production, market participants have been drawing inventories to meet fast-growing petroleum product demand, particularly for gasoline and diesel. Based on a rolling four-week average of product supplied data, U.S. gasoline demand fell to 5.3 million b/d the week of April 24, 2020, a 44% decrease from the 2019 level for the same week. Gasoline demand has been within 3% of 2019 levels since July 2021; however, U.S. gasoline demand for the week of October 22, 2021, averaged 9.4 million b/d, only 2% below the 2019 average for the same week. Distillate demand has returned even more quickly. From August 13 to October 15, distillate demand has been above 2019 levels (Figure 2). For the week ending October 22, U.S. distillate demand averaged 4.1 million b/d, 2% less than the same week in 2019. Although jet fuel demand remains 19% lower than 2019 levels, it is higher than in early 2021, when demand was about 30% to 40% lower than in 2019.

Figure 2. U.S. petroleum product supplied for selected fuels

The relatively high petroleum product demand is contributing to product inventory draws and increasing prices and crack spreads. U.S. gasoline inventories fell from 226.1 million barrels on October 23, 2020, to 215.7 million barrels on October 22, 2021, a 5% decrease. Distillate inventories in the United States are down 20% over the same period. Although the price of crude oil is the largest contributor to gasoline and distillate prices, the high inventory draws are contributing to higher crack spreads (the difference between petroleum product prices and crude oil prices). On the U.S. Gulf Coast, wholesale gasoline crack spreads averaged 42 cents per gallon (gal) in October (through October 25), up from 14 cents/gal in October 2020. Global product inventories for gasoline and distillate at international trading hubs Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) and Singapore are similarly down this year (Figure 3). As of October 21, ARA gasoline inventories are down 40% from the same time last year, and distillate inventories are down 20%. October 2021 gasoline crack spreads in the ARA hub are more than double compared with crack spreads in October 2020, and distillate crack spreads are more than triple. In Singapore, declines in gasoline and distillate stocks have also contributed to higher gasoline and distillate crack spreads in the region from October 2020. 

Figure 3. Regional petroleum product inventories

U.S. average regular gasoline and diesel prices increase

The U.S. average regular gasoline retail price increased more than 6 cents to $3.38 per gallon on October 25, $1.24 higher than a year ago. The East Coast price increased nearly 10 cents to $3.34 per gallon, the Gulf Coast price increased nearly 8 cents to $3.06 per gallon, the West Coast price increased nearly 6 cents to $4.07 per gallon, and the Midwest price increased nearly 2 cents to $3.22 per gallon. The Rocky Mountain price decreased nearly 1 cent to $3.56 per gallon. 

The U.S. average diesel fuel price increased more than 4 cents to $3.71 per gallon on October 25, $1.33 higher than a year ago. The Gulf Coast price increased more than 6 cents to $3.48 per gallon, the West Coast price increased more than 5 cents to $4.28 per gallon, the East Coast and Rocky Mountain prices each increased nearly 5 cents to $3.70 per gallon and $3.78 per gallon, respectively, and the Midwest price increased nearly 2 cents to $3.63 per gallon. 

Propane/propylene inventories rise

U.S. propane/propylene stocks increased by 2.0 million barrels last week to 75.7 million barrels as of October 22, 2021, 13.5 million barrels (15.2%) less than the five-year (2016-2020) average inventory levels for this same time of year. Gulf Coast, East Coast, and Rocky Mountain/West Coast inventories each increased by 1.2 million barrels, 0.7 million barrels, and 0.1 million barrels, and Midwest inventories increased slightly, remaining virtually unchanged.

Residential heating fuel prices increase

As of October 25, 2021, residential heating oil prices averaged more than $3.40 per gallon, nearly 4 cents per gallon above last week’s price and $1.26 per gallon higher than last year’s price at this time. Wholesale heating oil prices averaged almost $2.66 per gallon, more than 2 cents per gallon below last week’s price but $1.41 per gallon above last year’s price. 

Residential propane prices averaged nearly $2.72 per gallon, almost 3 cents per gallon above last week’s price and nearly 92 cents per gallon above last year’s price. Wholesale propane prices averaged almost $1.57 per gallon, nearly 7 cents per gallon below last week’s price but more than 87 cents per gallon above last year’s price.

For questions about This Week in Petroleum, contact the Petroleum Markets Team at 202-586-4522.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Oct.29: 2021:

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(WORLDWIDE) #Climate Change & Global Warming Report: The Group of 20 rich countries are divided over phasing out coal and committing to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius as they prepare for a crucial summit in Rome next week, sources familiar with the negotiations said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.22: The need to curb emissions will be high on the agenda of the Rome G20 gathering on Oct. 30-31, seen as a key stepping stone immediately ahead of broader United Nations climate talks, called #COP26, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland.

#AceDailyNews says that according to a report G20 split over coal, 1.5 degree climate limit ahead of Rome summit according to sources and so far big polluters such as China and India have dug in their heels and little progress has been made since G20 energy and environment ministers met in Naples in July, said three sources, asking not to be named due to the sensitivity of the talks

Just as #COP26 is due to get underway and leaders look at #ProfitB4People again ….

“Countries are not moving, at the moment they are still just making sure their positions are heard loud and clear,” said one of the sources.

However he added that such intransigence was normal at this stage and any concessions were unlikely to come before G20 climate sherpas meet face-to-face next Thursday and Friday, immediately before their leaders’ weekend meeting.

“Where I see the problem is in the commitment to 1.5 degrees and in the phase out of coal and fossil fuels by China, India and Russia,” said another source, a G20 minister.

In Naples, energy and environment ministers recognized the desirability of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees but fell short of a clear commitment to achieve the goal.

They also failed to reach unanimous agreement on fixing dates to end fossil fuel subsidies, halt international financing of coal projects and phase out coal power altogether, asking leaders to bridge the gaps at the upcoming Rome summit.

Big-hitters stay home

At least four G20 leaders are not expected to come to Rome, including China’s Xi Jinping, at the helm of the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, head of the largest energy producer.

One source said while such absences were “not a great political signal,” they would not necessarily prevent progress.

Neither Russia, China nor India have committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, considered a vital goal in limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees.

So far China is proving most reluctant to commit to the 1.5 degree ceiling, while India is most intransigent in not pledging net zero emissions by 2050, one of the sources said.

China and India are also among a group of countries that have not yet presented new national plans, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) ahead of COP 26, on how they will help curb climate change.

The COP26 president, Britain’s Alok Sharma, said in a speech this month the G20, which accounts for 80 percent of global emissions, would be “make, or break” for achieving success in Glasgow.

However, one of the sources said breakthroughs were more likely in Glasgow than in Rome.

Big emitters like China, India and Russia tend to feel pressured and hectored by the Western countries at the G20, he said, making them defensive and reluctant to concede ground.

The much larger UN forum was more “neutral” and conducive to compromise, he said.

The Rome G20 will also focus on the coronavirus pandemic and how to foster global economic recovery, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who will chair the meeting, said on Wednesday.

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Oct.22: 2021:

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(WORLDWIDE) Climate Change Study Report: #COP26 Approaches with everyone saying this one has to be the one that we keep our promises but with sponsorship from oil and energy companies lobbying and now muted scientists do we really believe it will #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.09: Less than 1% of the authors were based in Africa, while only 12 of the papers had a female lead researcher: The lack of diverse voices means key perspectives are being ignored, says the study’s author. ……

#AceDailyNews says that according to BBC News Climate Change Voices from global south muted by climate science after the study looked at 100 of the most highly cited climate research papers over the past five years as Climate change academics from some of the regions worst hit by warming are struggling to be published, according to a new analysis.

By Matt McGrath
BBC Environment correspondent

Researchers from the Carbon Brief website examined the backgrounds of around 1,300 authors involved in the 100 most cited climate change research papers from 2016-2020.

climate researcher

They found that some 90% of these scientists were affiliated with academic institutions from North America, Europe or Australia. 

CELINE CLERYI: Issues concern to African climate researchers were in danger of being ignored……

The African continent, home to around 16% of the world’s population had less than 1% of the authors according to the analysis. 

There were also huge differences within regions – of the 10 authors from Africa, eight of them were from South Africa. 

When it comes to lead authors, not one of the top 100 papers was led by a scientist from Africa or South America. Of the seven papers led by Asian authors, five were from China. 

“If the vast majority of research around climate change is coming from a group of people with a very similar background, for example, male scientists from the global north, then the body of knowledge that we’re going to have around climate change is going to be skewed towards their interests, knowledge and scientific training,” said Ayesha Tandon from Carbon Brief, who carried out the analysis and says that “systemic bias” is at play here.

“One study noted that a lot of our understanding of climate change is biased towards cooler climates, because it’s mainly carried out by scientists who live in the global north in cold climates,” she added. 

There are a number of other factors at play that limit the opportunities for researchers from the global south. These include a lack of funding for expensive computers to run the computer models, or simulations, that are the bedrock of much climate research.

Other issues include a different academic culture where teaching is prioritised over research, as well as language barriers and a lack of access to expensive libraries and databases.

MATTHIEU RONDEL: Most of the leading papers on climate change were published by institutions in the global north….

Even where researchers from better-off countries seek to collaborate with colleagues in the developing world, the efforts don’t always work out well. 

One researcher originally from Tanzania but now working in Mexico explained what can happen. 

“The northern scientist often brings his or her own grad students from the north, and they tend to view their local partners as facilitators – logistic, cultural, language, admin – rather than science collaborators,” Dr Tuyeni Mwampamba from the Institute of Ecosystems and Sustainability Research in Mexico told Carbon Brief. 

Researchers from the north are often seen as wanting to extract resources and data from developing nations without making any contribution to local research, a practice sometimes known as “helicopter science”.

For women involved in research in the global south there are added challenges in getting your name on a scientific paper

SIA KAMBOUA scientist at work in Cote D’Ivoire: Women tend to have a much higher dropout rate than men as they progress through academia,” said Ayesha Tandon: But then women also have to contend with stereotypes and sexism, and even just cultural norms in their country or from the upbringing that might prevent them from spending as much time on their science or from pursuing it in the way that men do.”

The analysis suggests that the lack of voices from women and from the global south is hampering the global understanding of climate change. 

Solving the problem is not going to be easy, according to the author. 

“This is a systemic problem and it will progress and keep getting worse, because people in positions of power will continue to have those privileges,” said Ayesha Tandon.

“It’s a problem that will not just go away on its own unless people really work at it.”

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(WORLDWIDE) The Pandora Papers Report: A leak of almost 12 million documents that reveals hidden wealth, tax avoidance and, in some cases, money laundering by some of the world’s rich and powerful #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.05: More than 600 journalists in 117 countries have been trawling through the files from 14 sources for months, finding stories that are being published this week…..

#AceDailyNews says here is a simple guide to the Pandora Papers leak watch Panorama on the BBC iPlayer (UK viewers only)

There have been repeated calls for politicians to make it harder to avoid tax or hide assets, particularly following previous leaks such as these posts we published here in the Panama Papers.

By Pandora Papers reporting team
BBC Panorama

Graphic or key and documents

The data was obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in Washington DC, which has been working with more than 140 media organisations on its biggest ever global investigation: BBC Panorama and the Guardian have led the investigation in the UK.

What has been uncovered?

The Pandora Papers leak includes 6.4 million documents, almost three million images, more than a million emails and almost half-a-million spreadsheets.

Stories revealed so far include:

The files expose how some of the most powerful people in the world – including more than 330 politicians from 90 countries – use secret offshore companies to hide their wealth.

Lakshmi Kumar from US think-tank Global Financial Integrity explained that these people “are able to funnel and siphon money away and hide it,” often through the use of anonymous companies.

What do we mean by ‘offshore’?

The Pandora Papers reveal complex networks of companies that are set up across borders, often resulting in hidden ownership of money and assets.

For example, someone may have a property in the UK, but own it via a chain of companies based in other countries, or “offshore”.

These offshore countries or territories are where:

  • it’s easy to set up companies
  • there are laws that make it difficult to identify owners of companies
  • there is low or no corporation tax

The destinations are often called tax havens or secrecy jurisdictions. There is no definitive list of tax havens, but the most well known destinations include British Overseas Territories such as the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands, as well as countries such as Switzerland and Singapore. 

Is it illegal to use a tax haven?

Loopholes in the law allow people to legally avoid paying some taxes by moving their money or setting up companies in tax havens, but it is often seen as unethical. The UK government says tax avoidance “involves operating within the letter, but not the spirit, of the law”.

There are also a number of legitimate reasons people may want to hold money and assets in different countries, such as protection from criminal attacks or guarding against unstable governments.

Although having secretive offshore assets is not illegal, using a complex network of secret companies to move around money and assets is the perfect way to hide the proceeds of criminality.

But Mr Ryle said the Pandora Papers show that “the people that could end the secrecy offshore… are themselves benefiting from it. So there’s no incentive for them to end it”.

How easy is it to hide money offshore?

All you need to do is set up a shell company in one of the countries or jurisdictions with high levels of secrecy. This is a company that exists in name only, with no staff or office.

It costs money though. Specialist firms are paid to set up and run shell companies on your behalf. These firms can provide an address and names of paid directors, therefore leaving no trail of who is ultimately behind the business.

How much money is hidden offshore?

It is impossible to say for sure, but estimates have ranged from $5.6 trillion to $32 trillion, according to the ICIJ. The International Monetary Fund has said the use of tax havens costs governments worldwide up to $600bn in lost taxes each year.

Ms Kumar said it is detrimental to the rest of society: “The ability to hide money has a direct impact on your life… it affects your child’s access to education, access to health, access to a home.”

What is the UK doing about it?

The UK has been criticised for allowing property to be owned by anonymous companies overseas. 

The government published draft legislation in 2018 that would require the ultimate owners of UK properties to be declared. But it is still waiting to be presented to MPs.

A 2019 parliamentary report said the UK system attracts people “such as money launderers, who may wish to use property to conceal illicit funds”.

It said criminal investigations are often “hindered” because police cannot see who ultimately owns properties.

The government recently raised the risk of money laundering through property from “medium” to “high”.

It says it’s cracking down on money laundering with tougher laws and enforcement, and that it will introduce a register of offshore companies owning UK property when parliamentary time allows.

The Pandora Papers is a leak of almost 12 million documents and files exposing the secret wealth and dealings of world leaders, politicians and billionaires. The data was obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in Washington DC and has led to one of the biggest ever global investigations. More than 600 journalists from 117 countries have looked at the hidden fortunes of some of the most powerful people on the planet. BBC Panorama and the Guardian have led the investigation in the UK.

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(WORLDWIDE) JUST IN: IPCC REPORT: UK calls for greater global ambition as UN finds world warming faster than expected #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.09: This latest report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a stark warning from scientists around the world that human activity is damaging the planet at an alarming rate.

#AcDailyNews reports today that the UK is calling for urgent global action in response to the latest report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). So as we head towards #COP26 we are told what most people already knew that the world is heating up quicker than expected …Q/. So what do WE DO about it? A/……..!

IPCC REPORT:
  • UN report out today warns we could reach 1.5 degrees warming in the next decades without immediate action
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson and COP26 President Alok Sharma call for urgent steps to cut global emissions
  • UK lobbying countries to increase ambition on climate change ahead of COP26 in Glasgow in November

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The report warns that climate change is already affecting every region across the globe and that without urgent action to limit warming, heatwaves, heavy precipitation, droughts, and loss of Arctic Sea ice, snow cover and permafrost, will all increase while carbon sinks will become less effective at slowing the growth of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

It highlights that cutting global emissions, starting immediately, to net zero by mid-century would give a good chance of limiting global warming to 1.5C in the long-term and help to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

Today’s report makes for sobering reading, and it is clear that the next decade is going to be pivotal to securing the future of our planet. We know what must be done to limit global warming – consign coal to history and shift to clean energy sources, protect nature and provide climate finance for countries on the frontline.

The UK is leading the way, decarbonising our economy faster than any country in the G20 over the last two decades. I hope today’s IPCC report will be a wake-up call for the world to take action now, before we meet in Glasgow in November for the critical COP26 summit.

As extreme events are felt across the globe, from wildfires in North America to floods in China, across Europe, India and parts of Africa, and heatwaves in Siberia, COP President Alok Sharma has been negotiating with governments and businesses to increase global climate ambition and take immediate action to help halve global emissions in the next decade and reach net zero emissions by mid-century in order to keep the 1.5C goal set out in the Paris Agreement within reach.

The UK is already showing leadership with clear plans to reduce its emissions by 68% by 2030 and 78% by 2035, leading to net zero by 2050. Today, more than 70% of the world’s economy is now covered by a net zero target – up from 30% when the UK took over as incoming COP Presidency. In May, all G7 countries came forward with 2030 emission reduction targets that put them on a pathway to reaching this goal by 2050.

Some progress has been made globally since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015. More than 85 new or updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to 2030, representing over 110 parties, have been submitted to set out how countries will cut their emissions and address the climate crisis. However, today’s report shows that more action is urgently needed.

In a meeting with scientists later today (Monday 9th August) Alok Sharma will encourage countries that have not already done so, to urgently submit new or updated NDCs with their plans for ambitious climate action ahead of the vital COP26 summit later this year in Glasgow, particularly the major economies of the G20 who are responsible for over 80% of global emissions.

In response to the report, Mr Sharma said:

The science is clear, the impacts of the climate crisis can be seen around the world and if we don’t act now, we will continue to see the worst effects impact lives, livelihoods and natural habitats.

Our message to every country, government, business and part of society is simple. The next decade is decisive, follow the science and embrace your responsibility to keep the goal of 1.5C alive.

We can do this together, by coming forward with ambitious 2030 emission reduction targets and long-term strategies with a pathway to net zero by the middle of the century, and taking action now to end coal power, accelerate the roll out of electric vehicles, tackle deforestation and reduce methane emissions.

UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:

The impacts of climate change are already affecting lives and livelihoods around the world, with increasing frequency and severity. Alongside the need to drive down emissions, this report rings the alarm to urgently help vulnerable communities adapt and build resilience – in developed and developing countries alike.

Protecting the most vulnerable is a priority for the UK’s COP26 Presidency. World leaders must heed the science and work together to adapt to our changing climate, as well as act to avert, minimise and address loss and damage for those on the frontline.

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(WORLDWIDE) #Coronavirus Report: #Delta variant has been identified in at least 132 countries worldwide, according to WHO #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Aug.04: The Delta variant is contributing to a rapid rise in #COVID19 cases in parts of Asia causing a severe strain on health infrastructure in some countries.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says Delta Variant: So which Asian countries are seeing rising cases? Here’s a reality check on these countries ? God Help Those In Need Amen 🙏’s

By Reality Check team
BBC News

Citizens in Malaysia protested in front of fake corpses to symbolise high number of deaths
Citizens in Malaysia protest in front of fake corpses to symbolise high number of deaths

Vaccinations rates are relatively low in many Asian countries, leading to fears the virus will continue to spread.

What has happened to case numbers?

It has been described as the “most transmissible of the variants identified so far” by the WHO. 

In Asia, a number of countries, including some which were relatively successful in containing the coronavirus last year, have seen sharply rising cases.

China is seeing a fresh outbreak in some provinces, the largest in the country for some months.

And Japan, currently hosting the Olympics, is in the midst of a dramatic increase in case numbers……..But Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam have also all been experiencing sharp increases.

Malaysia: Has now become one of the hotspots in Asia, and saw a record of 17,786 new cases on 31 July and daily deaths at a record high of 219 on 2 August.The country has been experiencing shortages of beds, ventilators and oxygen.Despite being in lockdown, some citizens have taken to the streets to protest at the government’s handling of the pandemic.At the end of June, around 70% of the samples sequenced in Malaysia were linked to the Delta variant, according to Our World in Data………The proportion of Malaysians fully vaccinated is higher than in some of its neighbours – but is still at only 21% of the population.

Bangladesh: which has a long border with India, has experienced an upward trend in cases since mid-May.The Delta variant was detected in 100% of the tests sequenced in the country up to 12 July.Amid rising cases, the country had lifted curbs and lockdown ahead of a major religious festival in July.It re-imposed a stricter lockdown after the festivities, but has relaxed it again.July saw the highest number of cases and deaths since the pandemic began.Although it was earlier than many other countries in starting vaccinations, the rollout in Bangladesh has generally been slow: return to the capital, Dhaka, as restrictions easeIn April, Bangladesh was forced to suspend vaccinations because exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine from India were halted.The rollout has now resumed with supplies of China’s Sinopharm and the Pfizer vaccine provided through the global Covax vaccine sharing scheme.Less than 3% of the population of Bangladesh had been fully vaccinated as of 1 August.

Thailand: The country’s daily cases and deaths were at a record high on 31 July. The recent rise in cases and deaths in Thailand has been attributed in part to the Delta variant.The Thai government recently said that 60% of cases were linked to the Delta variant with the figure as high as 80% in the capital, Bangkok. The country had recently opened up to tourists, but the government has now announced strict curbs which will be imposed from 3 to 19 August in 29 provinces……………Health officials have said that 90% of hospital beds in Bangkok and 80% of beds nationwide are occupied, and the authorities are keeping increasing numbers of people in isolation at home if they have mild or no symptoms: Hospitals in Thailand are overwhelmed: Vaccinations rates have also remained low with at least 25 vaccination centres shutting due to shortages of vaccine supplies: Only a little over 5% of the population was fully vaccinated as of 25 July.

Pakistan: Case numbers have been rising sharply as the country undergoes another coronavirus surge, fuelled in part by the Delta variant.At the end of May, about a third of cases sequenced during the previous two weeks were recorded as being the Delta variant.The exact spread of the variant is difficult to map as Pakistan does not have the capacity to do lots of sequencing of coronavirus tests.The UK is offering support to Pakistan and other countries so that they can carry out more sequencing……..Some parts of the country have imposed lockdowns, but Pakistan has low levels of vaccination, allowing the virus to spread more easily.Less than 3% of the population is fully vaccinated.

Vietnam: The country had managed to keep Covid-19 under control through testing, effective contact tracing and border restrictions until April this year when the Delta variant was detected.Until early July, Vietnam had reported less than 100 deaths since the start of the pandemic in 2020, but that had risen to more than 1,300 by 1 August: Reuters: Vietnam has put restrictions in place in Ho Chi Minh and other citiesAround 85% of total coronavirus cases were reported in just the last month. The health minister recently said that that the Delta variant was “destroying all anti-pandemic achievements” – but it is unclear how many cases are linked to the Delta variant: Despite restrictions in place, cases continue to rise, with Ho Chi Minh City the worst affected area…..

The vaccination programme has moved very slowly with only 0.68% of the population fully vaccinated as of 1 August: Read more from Reality Check

#AceHealthDesk report ……Published: Aug.03: 2021:

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(WORLDWIDE) #Coronavirus Report: The Delta variant of #COVID19 has now been detected in 124 territories across world the WHO has said #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.25: Infections are rising, particularly in Europe and the western Pacific region. Some Western countries have started to ease restrictions as death rates have dropped. But those without access to vaccines or with a slower vaccine rollout are facing a deadlier threat…

#CoronavirusNewsDesk#Covid19 Delta variant spreads globally as cases soar across 124 terrortories worldwide and its expected to become the dominant variant globally in the coming months, with the WHO predicting that there could be more than 200 million confirmed cases within a matter of weeks Read More Here:

https://www.mc.edu.ph/news/ArticleID/4074/covid-19-delta-variant

Reuters/BBC/Indonesia Media: Indonesia has seen cases soar in recent weeks after the Delta variant arrived in the country

Here, BBC journalists around the world give a sense of the toll the Delta variant is taking and what impact its spread could have:

Valdya Baraputri, BBC News Indonesia: Demand for funerals soars with more than 1,300 deaths in a day, Indonesia has become Asia’s new Covid epicentre. Hundreds of people have died in self-isolation – possibly because they could not get immediate treatment or were turned away by overwhelmed hospitals.Wirawan, a firefighter in the capital city of Jakarta, sees the worsening crisis first-hand. He and his team are tasked with picking up bodies from homes before finally delivering them for burial. Before the latest spike in cases, he arranged two or three funerals a day. Now, he gets calls for up to 24 funerals a day.That’s more than he can handle, so the bodies need to wait.

Dying alone in Indonesia’s grim battle with Covid-19 that is recording more than 50,000 new daily cases, and the government is keeping emergency restrictions until at least the end of this week. It is likely to extend the measures on Monday.As the new highly transmissible Delta variant, which was first detected in India, continues to ravage the country, Indonesia is racing to vaccine its people. From 208 million people eligible for vaccines, only around 16 million have received both doses.What is the Delta variant?

By Michelle Roberts, BBC Health Editor: First cases were identified in India, but it has been reported in lots of countries around the world It is a variant of concern, meaning it has undergone some genetic changes that are potentially worrying in terms of transmissibility and vaccine escapeIn some countries, including the UK, Delta has become the dominant type of Covid circulatingExperts say vaccines still work well to protect against severe disease caused by this variantTunisia – Pizza offers for vaccine registration.

By Rana Jawad, BBC North Africa correspondent: Tunisia is now witnessing the most devastating impact of Covid since the global pandemic took hold. It’s not known whether most of the new infections are the Delta variant specifically, but case numbers grew after its known arrival here. Hospitals across the country are completely overwhelmed, with some medics filmed crying over a shortage of oxygen concentrators as they are forced to decide who lives and who dies. Getty ImagesIn July a health ministry spokeswoman described the Covid situation in Tunisia as “catastrophic”Infection rates are soaring, and the vaccination campaign has been very slow with less than 8% of the population fully jabbed. Rights organisations have accused the government of mismanaging the crisis, and on Tuesday the health minister was sacked. In recent days, Tunisia’s national telecoms agency has offered 1GB of free internet for those who follow a mobile text prompt to register for a vaccine. At least one known pizza place in Tunis offered a 10% discount if customers showed proof of vaccine registration.The situation could turn a corner next month after Tunisia received donations of vaccines, oxygen tanks and other medical supplies from European and Arabic countries, with several countries pledging to deliver more aid.Mexico – People tire of the crisis.

By Marcos González Díaz, BBC Mundo correspondent: Mexico is facing its third wave of the pandemic. The number of infections has risen to more than 15,000 a day, reaching the peak we saw at the beginning of the year.Authorities are concerned about the advance of the Delta variant, which in the capital Mexico City already accounts for around 60% of cases.The government admitted that the spread of this variant in Mexico and the US is the reason they have extended the closure of the land border between the two countries to non-essential travel.Most of those affected in Mexico are young and unvaccinated people. Only one in four over 18 year-olds in the country are fully vaccinated: The Mexican villages refusing to vaccinate but with 65% of beds available, hospitals do not show for now the collapse seen in the worst moments of the pandemic.In the streets, the feeling is almost of apparent normality among a population exhausted by this crisis. Many of them must leave home daily to work selling food or in other informal jobs, in order to earn the money they need to survive.This is why the government does not plan to increase restrictive measures or shut down economic activities once again, despite the risk of Delta.

Samba Cyuzuzo, senior digital journalist for BBC Great Lakes recently, Rwanda had been praised for its swift and strong measures to contain the virus.But since mid-June, the virus has hit harder. Cases and deaths have spiked to record highs week after week. By early July, all Covid treatment centres were said to be full.”We have never been here before in this pandemic,” the health minister told the state broadcaster on 6 July. Two days later he confirmed the arrival of the faster spreading and deadlier Delta variant.On 17 July, the country announced a 10 day lockdown in the capital Kigali and eight districts to try to halt virus. Cases and casualties, however, remain relatively high.More than 400,000 people are fully vaccinated – around 3% of Rwanda’s population.

https://www.dw.com/en/fact-check-what-do-we-know-about-the-coronavirus-delta-variant/a-57949754

Global & USA Cases as 24/07/2021:

  • Global Confirmed193,832,974
  • Global Deaths4,154,933
  • U.S. Confirmed34,431,974
  • U.S. Deaths610,850

DATA IN MOTIONCOVID-19 Data in Motion: Saturday, July 24, 2021A 60-second, daily summary of the most important data on COVID-19 in the U.S., updated every morning.

#AceHealthDesk report ………Published: July.25: 2021:

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(WORLDWIDE) RT Oped: For some years now, Wikipedia has had a libellous smear entry on me that cannot be edited to be less of a smear. So, imagine my surprise to learn a co-founder of the site accuses it of not being neutral #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.14: In February 2021, Larry Sanger, one of the founders of the online encyclopedia, said, “The days of Wikipedia’s robust commitment to neutrality are long gone.” This was not his first time speaking out against Wikipedia. Personally, I was surprised to learn that Wikipedia was ever neutral.

RT Oped: Larry Sanger is right, Wikipedia has become the establishment thought police – just look at my entry on there

Eva Bartlett

Eva Bartlett


https://www.rt.com/op-ed/529003-wikipedia-smear-bias-sangar/

Eva Bartlett is a Canadian independent journalist and activist. She has spent years on the ground covering conflict zones in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Palestine (where she lived for nearly four years).

12 Jul, 2021 15:31 

Larry Sanger is right, Wikipedia has become the establishment thought police - just look at my entry on there

In his more recent post, ‘Wikipedia Is More One-Sided Than Ever’, Sanger wrote:

“Wikipedia, like many other deeply biased institutions of our brave new digital world, has made itself into a kind of thought police that has de facto shackled conservative viewpoints with which they disagree. Democracy cannot thrive under such conditions: I maintain that Wikipedia has become an opponent of vigorous democracy.” 

I would extend his criticism to note that it is not only conservative views that are censored, but anti-Imperialist views, health care, and, specifically in the case of Syria, voices who have reported extensively from on the ground and contest official narratives about the country. These include me and British journalist Vanessa Beeley. Not coincidentally, we have both been subjected to relentless smear pieces from the Western media and the self-proclaimed fact checkers of Snopes, branding us cheerleaders for terrorists in Syria. 

Unsurprisingly, the bulk of the wiki-smears on us consists of those character assassination articles. 

There are of course many more voices who have reported honestly on Syria but, for some reason, I couldn’t find smear entries on them. On the contrary, some have what appear to be glossy PR entries of a more biographical nature, lauding their work. 

But for Vanessa Beeley and I, although much biographical information on each of us is widely available online, the Wiki entries remain devoid of the usual bios and instead are just designed to discredit us. 

Sanger noted that, “All encyclopedic content on Wikipedia,” declares a policy page, “must be written from a neutral point of view (NPOV).”Wikipedia may be branded ‘foreign agent’ if Russia adopts law imposing new rules on tech giants, says foundation’s representative

He went on to detail what this “neutrality” means or should mean. 

“From a truly neutral article, you would learn why, on a whole variety of issues, conservatives believe one thing, while progressives believe another thing. And then you would be able to make up your own mind.

Is that what Wikipedia offers? As we will see, the answer is No.”

He went on to give numerous examples of Wikipedia’s stark lack of neutrality on critical issues. For the sake of brevity, I would encourage readers to check out on Sanger’s article for the full list.

However, let’s look at the entries on myself and Vanessa Beeley:

Mine refers to me as “aCanadian activist and blogger who is known for promoting conspiracy theories aboutSyria.” Relegating me to a “blogger” was clearly intended to dispute my credentials as a journalist. Credentials which the Mexican Journalists’ Press Club deemed journalistically credible enough to award. Likewise, award-winning journalist and filmmaker John Pilger more recently deemed my latest article on the Douma chemical hoax an “outstanding report.”

The Wiki smear also states that I “write op-eds for the television network RT.” For a while, that line read“She blogs for the Russian-controlled outlet RT”, a bogus claim that many journalists (including the fact checkers of Channel 4) have copy-paste repeated without bothering to see that, like tens of other journalists, what I write is actually for the op-edge section of RT’s website.

The entry goes on to cite from the litany of smear articles against me since 2016, smears which I have refuted, and which always read the same: copy-paste character assassinations that whitewash terrorism in Syria. 

Then, there is the clear instance of libel: Wikipedia’s assertion that I, “went on a government-sponsored trip toNorth Korea.”

In fact, my August 2017 trip to the DPRK was not paid for by any government, but by myself, with some support from a colleague who knew I lived on a shoestring.

This lie was most recently regurgitated by British journalist (and I use that term generously) Brian Whitaker.  

Any defamation lawyers out there? 

Similarly, the Wiki smear entry on Vanessa Beeley relegates her to mere “blogger” status (although John Pilger thinks highly enough of her, and myself, to have highlighted our “substantiated investigative work”) and in 2018 she was included on a list of the most respected journalist: Facebook’s desire for you to report your friends is the latest alarming step in its bid to take over the world

It includes the sameconspiracy theories and disinformation” line that mine does, as well as the usual, predictable anti-Russia rhetoric. 

But even I was shocked to see Wikipedia’s claim that Beeley has, “been a frequent guest onInfoWars.” When I asked her about this, she replied: “This is an outright lie. I have never been a guest of Infowars. I challenge Wikipedia to publish the multiple interviews they claim exist. They can’t.” 

So there we have it. Not only are the entries not even close to neutral, each contains outright fabrication in addition to the character assassinations. 

At some point in 2018, I shared an email I had received from a Wikipedia editor, which noted:

“Dear Eva, I’m writing to inform you that we have taken action against a banned user who evaded their ban to create an article about you. The article has been removed. I do not have the full context here, but the content seems to have been extremely problematic and from your Twitter and the flood of supporter emails we received yesterday, I gather this has been an issue for some time.” 

And indeed, supporters told me they had contacted Wikipedia to challenge the smear entry on me and were successful in making changes to read more fairly. Yet, in short time, the entry returned to nearly exactly as it had originally been. 

The Wikitalk portion of the smear entry on me points out: “Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced orpoorly sourced must be removed immediately from the article and its talk page, especially if potentiallylibellous. If such material is repeatedly inserted, or if you have other concerns, please report the issue tothis noticeboard.” 

But no, that hasn’t happened in my entry.

On the same page, supporters called Wikipedia out: “It’s bordering onWP:ATTACK. Nothing about her early life, education or volunteer activities etc, which you’d expect to find in a Biography. It’s just a monologue of critical opinion pieces, with a couple of lines thrown in at the end to cover her response & with a selective focus on the usual slanted key words used to disparage.” 

Another critic of the entry pointed out the sources used were “questionable”, including noting that one source, Al Jazeera, is, “owned by theQatari Royal family…andQatar has been funding some of the Salafi rebels in Syria. Seriously, does anyone think they will report even remotely fairy on Eva Bartlett?” Also on rt.com Satirical content creator censored by YouTube ‘in error’ weeks after criticizing YouTube censorship

In his June post on Wikipedia, Larry Sanger wrote:

“Democracy requires that voters be given the full range of views on controversial issues, so that they can make up their minds for themselves. If society’s main information sources march in ideological lockstep, they make a mockery of democracy. Then the wealthy and powerful need only gain control of the few approved organs of acceptable thought; then they will be able to manipulate and ultimately control all important political dialogue.”

Similarly, Vanessa Beeley had this to say on the matter: “The Jimmy Wales Wikipedia enterprise is little more than a McCarthyite echo chamber that is weaponized to discredit journalists and academics who are influential in challenging US or UK Imperialist policies. There is virtually no redress for the targeted individuals, ‘editors’ scrub any corrections almost immediately. Wikipedia is effectively a gatekeeper for the ruling class.” 

In any case, for those interested in a fairer rendition of who is Eva Bartlett, someone created an entry on a site called Everpedia, and otherwise I have an about me section on my blog. 

Unfortunately, many will first come across the wiki entries on myself and colleagues, and many will stop there.  But, after all the smears, my skin has grown thick and I’m at peace with the fact that I know I’ve reported honestly. 

I highly doubt the editors behind such Wiki smears can say the same of their edits.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

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(WORLDWIDE) Spyware Pegasus Report: New investigation shows global human rights harm of NSO Group’s spyware and targeting of activists & journalists #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.08: NSO Group is the worst of the worst in selling digital burglary tools to players who they are fully aware actively and aggressively violate the human rights of dissidents, opposition figures, and journalists.Edward Snowden, President of Freedom of the Press Foundation.

#AceDailyNews reports that Edward Snowden has narrated an accompanying video series which tell the stories of human rights activists and journalists targeted by Pegasus. The interactive platform also includes sound design by composer Brian Eno. A film about the project by award-winning director Laura Poitras will premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival later this month.

A new interactive online platform by Forensic Architecture, supported by Amnesty International and the Citizen Lab, maps for the first time the global spread of the notorious spyware Pegasus, made by cyber-surveillance company NSO Group.

An image of the interactive platform.

3 July 2021, 20:00 UTC

‘Digital Violence: How the NSO Group Enables State Terror’ documents digital attacks against human rights defenders around the world, and shows the connections between the ‘digital violence’ of Pegasus spyware and the real-world harms lawyers, activists, and other civil society figures face.  

NSO Group is a major player in the shadowy surveillance industry. The company’s Pegasus spyware has been used in some of the most insidious digital attacks on human rights defenders. When Pegasus is surreptitiously installed on a person’s phone, an attacker has complete access to a phone’s messages, emails, media, microphone, camera, calls and contacts.

“The investigation reveals the extent to which the digital domain we inhabit has become the new frontier of human rights violations, a site of state surveillance and intimidation that enables physical violations in real space,” said Shourideh C. Molavi, Forensic Architecture’s Researcher-in-Charge. 

“NSO Group is the worst of the worst in selling digital burglary tools to players who they are fully aware actively and aggressively violate the human rights of dissidents, opposition figures, and journalists,” said Edward Snowden, President of Freedom of the Press Foundation.

The online platform is one of the most comprehensive databases on NSO-related activities, with information about export licenses, alleged purchases, digital infections, and the physical targeting of activists after being targeted with spyware, including intimidation, harassment, and detention. The platform also sheds light on the complex corporate structure of NSO Group, based on new research by Amnesty International and partners.An image of the interactive platform.

“For years, NSO Group has shrouded its operations in secrecy and profited from working in the shadows. This platform brings to light the important connections between the use of its spyware and the devastating human rights abuses inflicted upon activists and civil society,” said Danna Ingleton, Deputy Director of Amnesty Tech.

Amnesty International’s Security Lab and Citizen Lab have repeatedly exposed the use of NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware to target hundreds of human rights defenders across the globe: Amnesty International is calling on NSO Group to urgently take steps to ensure that it does not cause or contribute to human rights abuses, and to respond when they do occur. The cyber-surveillance must carry out adequate human rights due diligence and take steps to ensure that human rights defenders and journalists do not continue to become targets of unlawful surveillance.

In October 2019, Amnesty International revealed that Moroccan academic and activist, Maati Monjib’s phone had been infected with Pegasus spyware. He continues to face harassment by the Moroccan authorities for his human rights work. In December 2020, Maati Monjib was arbitrarily detained before being released on parole on 23 March 2021.

Maati Monjib, tells his story in one of the short films, and spoke of the personal toll following the surveillance, “The authorities knew everything I said. I was in danger. Surveillance is very harming for the psychological wellbeing of the victim. My life has changed a lot because of all these pressures.”

Amnesty International is calling for all charges against Maati to be dropped, and the harassment against him and his family by the Moroccan authorities to end.

(Credit STR/AFP via Getty Images)

To find out more visit digitalviolence.orgMaati Monjib pictured upon his release from El Arjate prison near the Moroccan capital Rabat on March 23, 2021:

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(WORLDWIDE) JUST IN: Nearly three dozen women are suing the adult video website Pornhub and its parent company alleging they knowingly profited from footage depicting rape and sexual exploitation, including of minors #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.20: Lawyers representing the 34 plaintiffs accuse the online giant — one of the world’s largest adult video websites — of creating a teeming marketplace for child pornography and “every other form” of nonconsensual sexual content, and want the company to pay damages.

Pornhub sued by 34 women for allegedly profiting from videos of rape, sexual exploitation of minors and say they are suing Visa and Mastercard who say they will end the use of their cards on Pornhub — one of the world’s most-visited adult sites — amid allegations the site hosts videos of rape and child sexual abuse.

The Pornhub logo.
The suit accuses Pornhub’s parent company of being a “classic criminal enterprise”.(AFP: Ethan Miller)

They accuse MindGeek, the controversial adult entertainment empire that runs Pornhub, of being a “classic criminal enterprise” with a business model based on exploiting non-consensual sexual content.

“This is a case about rape, not pornography,” the complaint said, describing the website as “likely the largest non-regulatory repository of child pornography in North America and well beyond”.

14 plaintiffs say they were minors

All but one of the plaintiffs in the new case, who reside both in the United States and abroad, wished to remain anonymous.

Fourteen said they were minors when they were filmed and should be considered “a victim of child sex trafficking”.

Michael Bowe, a lawyer representing the women, told CBS News the court could order MindGeek to pay hundreds of millions to his clients.

Serena Fleites, the only plaintiff to be named, said that in 2014 she learned that “a nude, sexually explicit video” that her boyfriend had coerced her to make when she was only 13 years old had been uploaded to Pornhub without her consent.

The video remained online until the teen, posing as her mother, asked Pornhub to remove it.

Yet the video was not taken down for several weeks, the lawsuit said, and during that time it was downloaded and reuploaded by several different users, with each video requiring a fresh request to remove it.

The plaintiffs’ lawyers accuse MindGeek of operating a “gaslighting campaign” online in a bid to discredit the victims, as well as making “threats of physical violence and death” against them.

They are also suing Visa Inc — one of the world’s largest payments processing companies — for “knowingly” profiting from trafficking in providing merchant services to MindGeek.

Both Visa and Mastercard suspended processing payments for Pornhub in December, after a New York Times article accused the site of hosting illegal content, including child pornography and rape videos.

According to the suit, MindGeek owns more than 100 pornographic sites, including Pornhub, RedTube, Tube8 and YouPorn, and sees some 3.5 billion visits each month.

Montreal-based MindGeek described the suit’s accusation that it was running a “criminal enterprise” as “utterly absurd, completely reckless and categorically false”, according to US media.

Pornhub, which claims to have 130 million visitors a day, has denied allegations of trafficking and announced a series of measures to combat illegal content.

In December last year, 40 women sued MindGeek saying the company profited from a sex-trafficking operation by a content partner, GirlsDoPorn.

AFP/ABC/Social Media/

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.20: 2021:

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(WORLDWIDE) #Care2Share ………Its not time to blame politicians or leaders for the present problems but for everyone to work together for the good of others …….🙏’s Friends, Followers and Readers Be safe Amen

Editor says …..As l read many blogs daily some are using their time and providing people of this world in may countries with information that could either save their lives or at least help someone to help another person.

But others readily tell us that governments knew that our health services were under-funded and under-staffed …OK I agree ….but blame does not allow us to gain.

If we work together to help those in our community the best way we can then maybe that will bring about the change we seek in our ❤️ And in so doing God by any name will be able to see we #Care2Share his love given by his sons crucification and help and guidance will come.

🙏’s Friends, Followers, Readers and All People of this World Amen

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WORLDWIDE: ‘ End of Days Will See People Blinded to the Truth of God or Mammon ‘

#AceNewsServices – WORLDWIDE – October 11 – Tens of thousands of people are flooding the streets of cities all over Europe on Saturday in mass rallies against a controversial trade agreement between the US and the EU.

Talks on the pact, called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), started last February and, having been mostly held behind closed doors, have raised widespread concerns in the European Union and beyond.

Social networks have been mobilized for a mass campaign that has been calling on Europeans and Americans to take action against “the biggest corporate power grab in a decade.”

One of the organizers of Berlin’s demonstration, Michael Efler, told RT’s Peter Oliver: “We are protesting here against the free trade deal completely negotiated in secret, because they give corporations more rights they’ve ever had in history.”

Protests were planned in 22 countries across Europe – marches, rallies and other public events – in over 1,000 locations in UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic and Scandinavian countries.

According to the international organization ATTAC, the decentralized Day of Actions unites an unprecedented number of civil society groups and individuals, social movements, trade unions and rights defenders.

The main aim of the wave of protests is “to reclaim democracy,” which in this case stands for putting an end to the negotiations on three major trade agreements: the EU-US deal (TTIP), the EU-Canada deal (CETA) and the trade in services deal (TiSA).

A controversial free trade agreement, TTIP is destined to bring down regulatory barriers. Its supporters promise a 100 billion euro GDP growth for the EU, and almost $90 billion growth for the US, as well as the creation of over 700,000 extra jobs in the US.

Opponents of TTIP warn that these figures are too optimistic, however. While cheaper goods and services would deluge the EU, the deal would create environmental problems, a loss of economic sovereignty, and bring torrents of genetically modified food and unemployment, they say.

In the UK, where over a dozen protests are taking place, people fear for the future of the country’s public services – the healthcare system, the education system and even the BBC may be susceptible to interference from large US companies.

In London, British historian and investigative journalist Andy Worthington told RT’s Harry Fear that people have reasons not to trust politicians who have been reassuring them since 1980s, yet “handing over more and more power to corporations.”

The trade agreement between the EU and the US could be finalized by the end of this year.

The leaders of Canada and the EU signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) this September, which is yet to be finalized. It will remove over 99 percent of tariffs between the two economies by 2016.

The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is planned to liberalize the trade of services such as banking and transport between 23 parties, initiated by the US. Its draft version was released this June by WikiLeaks, which was followed by rising criticism.

Apart from the actions to stop TTIP, people from all over the globe are participating in another protest on Saturday – Global Frackdown Day, aimed at protesting against controversial oil and gas technique of fracking.

Initiated by Food & Water Watch consumer right group, Global Frackdown Day unites all continents in their struggle to protect air, water, climate and communities from fracking.

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