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WASHINGTON (NYTIMES)- As US President Donald Trump prepares to leave office in days, a lucrative market for pardons is coming to a head, with some of his allies collecting fees from wealthy felons or their associates to push the White House for clemency, according to documents and interviews with more than three dozen lobbyists and lawyers. The brisk market for pardons reflects the access peddling that has defined Trump's presidency as well as his unorthodox approach to exercising unchecked presidential clemency powers. Pardons and commutations are intended to show mercy to deserving recipients, but Trump has used many of them to reward personal or political allies. The pardon lobbying heated up as it became clear that Trump had no recourse for challenging his election defeat, lobbyists and lawyers say. One lobbyist, Brett Tolman, a former federal prosecutor who has been advising the White House on pardons and commutations, has monetised his clemency work, collecting tens of thousands of dollars, and possibly more, in recent weeks to lobby the White House for clemency for the son of a former Arkansas senator; the founder of the notorious online drug marketplace Silk Road; and a New York City
PARIS (AFP) - Healthcare workers who have recovered from Covid-19 are largely protected against falling ill again for at least five months, a British study has found, but researchers warned some people could still carry and transmit the virus. Healthcare workers are among those most exposed to the Sars-Cov-2 coronavirus, as countries across the world have grappled with waves of infections in the year since it first emerged. Researchers from Public Health England's Siren study detected 44 potential re-infections out of 6,614 participants, who had already tested positive for antibodies in a five-month period between June and November 2020. In their first published report - which has not yet been peer reviewed - the authors said this represents an 83 per cent rate of protection from reinfection. But they warned that although antibodies may confer some protection from becoming ill with Covid-19, early evidence from the next stage of the study suggests that some of these individuals carry high levels of virus and could continue to transmit it to others. "This study has given us the clearest picture to date of the nature of antibody protection against Covid-19 but it is critical people do not
SEATTLE • Boeing said it will begin delivering commercial planes capable of flying on 100 per cent biofuel by the end of the decade, calling reducing environmental damage from fossil fuels the "challenge of our lifetime". Boeing's goal - which requires advances to jet systems, raising fuel-blending requirements, and safety certification by global regulators - is central to a broader industry target of slashing carbon emissions in half by 2050, the US planemaker said. "It's a tremendous challenge, it's the challenge of our lifetime," Boeing director of Sustainability Strategy Sean Newsum told Reuters. "Aviation is committed to doing its part to reduce its carbon footprint." Commercial flying currently accounts for about 2 per cent of global carbon emissions and about 12 per cent of transport emissions, according to data cited by the Air Transport Action Group. Boeing essentially has just a decade to reach its target because jetliners that enter service in 2030 will typically stay in service through 2050. The company must also confront the task hobbled by the coronavirus pandemic and the 20-month grounding of its best-selling jetliner after fatal crashes. Boeing is not starting from scratch. In