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Foreign Ministry: Armenia should admit its guilt, not blame Azerbaijan

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"The unsubstantiated allegations of the Armenian Foreign Ministry about the alleged massacre against the Armenian population in Baku in January 1990 are propaganda aimed at hiding the genocide historically carried out by the Armenian side against the civilian population of Azerbaijan, the policy of ethnic cleansing, the brutal murder of 613 civilians in the city of Khojaly in one night," Report informs, citing Leyla Abdullayeva, spokesperson for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.

"We note with regret that stories in which Armenians are presented as victims formed the ideological basis of Armenian nationalism for decades, which gave impetus to the territorial claims of Armenia to Azerbaijan, led to a devastating conflict that caused great suffering to hundreds of thousands of people. While the issues of normalization of post-conflict interstate relations are the subject of discussion, repeated statements by the Armenian Foreign Ministry with such unfounded and destructive statements indicate that the opposite side does not seek to normalize relations, but poisons its society with harmful ideas.

“Since the late 1980s, Armenia's open territorial claims to Azerbaijan have been accompanied by massacres, torture, and persecution, as well as the forcible resettlement of about 250,000 Azerbaijanis from their historical places of residence on the territory of the Armenian SSR. Unfortunately, so far not a single person has been held accountable for these and many other crimes committed by Armenia against Azerbaijanis.

“As is known, on the night of January 19-20, 1990, the Soviet army committed a massacre against peaceful Azerbaijanis, and the responsibility for this crime lies with the former Soviet leadership. The January events of 1990 could not break the will of the Azerbaijani people, our country restored its state independence.

“Instead of unreasonably blaming Azerbaijan, the Armenian Foreign Ministry should admit that for decades, due to the policy of ethnic cleansing personally approved by former presidents and the occupation policy that lasted for almost 30 years, the fundamental rights of hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis were grossly violated. It must admit that the perpetrators must be held accountable so that such crimes do not happen again in the future," Leyla Abdullayeva said.

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WHO says NeoCov’s potential danger to humans requires further study

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The question of whether the NeoCov coronavirus, recently discovered in bats in South Africa, poses a threat to humans, requires further study, according to the World Health Organization, Report informs, citing TASS.

"Whether the virus detected in the study will pose a risk for humans will require further study," the organization has told TASS, adding that it "works closely" with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Environment Program (UNEP)in order to "monitor and respond to the threat of emerging zoonotic viruses."

Chinese researchers earlier detected a new type of coronavirus among bats in South Africa. According to reports, it is closely related to the Middle East respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus (MERS) and can enter cells in a manner similar to that of SARS-CoV-2.

The WHO told TASS that its experts were aware of this research, and "thank the researchers for sharing their findings in a preprint."

"Animals, particularly wild animals are the source of more than 75% of all emerging infectious diseases in humans, many of which are caused by novel viruses. Coronaviruses are often found in animals, including in bats which have been identified as a natural reservoir of many of these viruses," the global body said.

According to Chinese scientists, NeoCov can penetrate human cells in the same way as SARS-CoV-2. It is only one mutation away from becoming dangerous for humans, researchers said in a paper shared via the bioRxiv electronic library.

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Boosters increase protection against death from Omicron in over-50s to 95%, UK health agency says

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COVID boosters increase protection against death from the Omicron variant to 95% in people aged 50 or over, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said on Thursday, Report informs, referring to The Guardian.

The UKHSA said that about six months after a second dose of any of the Covid vaccines, protection against death with Omicron was about 60% in those aged 50 and over. However, this increased to around 95% two weeks after receiving a booster vaccine dose.

UKHSA added that data continued to show high levels of protection against hospitalisation from the booster. Effectiveness against hospitalisation was 90% for the Pfizer/BioNTech shot, dropping to 75% 10-14 weeks after the booster.

For Moderna, effectiveness against hospitalisation was 90-95% up to 9 weeks after the booster.

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How to earn income from social media platforms in Azerbaijan?

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In the wake of excessive interest in social networks, the growth of their use for serious profits, questions inevitably arise: how much can one earn on these platforms? Can every active user earn income?

Although we know that advertising generates revenue, many do not know how it is calculated and in what form a user receives money. Let's start with the fact that not every social media platform in Azerbaijan is able to generate income.

Social media expert Vusal Mammadzada told Report that the main issue is the number of the channel's audience.

"As the number of subscribers grows, so does the profit. There are other options. Some platforms themselves offer advertising on a mutually beneficial basis. YouTube is one of such platforms," Vusal Mammadzada explains the principle of their work.

The specialist notes that the service is provided through Google AdSense: "Google offers content developers to activate advertising and receive a certain income. According to the current rules, Google pays 60% of the income to the content developer, and 40% remains for the company. And the company justifies its share by the fact that that California law provides for tax payments and certain expenses."

Although other platforms have similar features, these conditions do not work in some countries. In Azerbaijan, it is also not possible to earn income from each platform. However, a channel with a large audience can itself negotiate with a company, advertise it and receive income. In this case, an agreement is concluded and tax is paid in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Vusal Mammadzada says that earlier it was more convenient to make money on the YouTube platform: "Google did not impose requirements on content developers. That is, as soon as you opened a channel, you could connect it to Google AdSense and earn money. But now 4,000 watch hours and 1,000 subscribers are needed. A channel that meets these conditions can contact Google. Then the channel is viewed by the company. If the channel did not violate the company's rules, and in the absence of other problems, it is activated. Then the channel receives advertising money, that appears in a video.

“According to Azerbaijani law, YouTube is taxed, like all advertising. After activating the channel, a certain amount will come to your account on the channel. To remove them, first of all you need to register with the tax authorities, open a tax identification number (TIN). Then you go to any bank and transfer funds to your card. From there, the advertising revenue tax is deducted. It is impossible to receive money without opening a bank account and tax registration."

There are few advertisers in Azerbaijan, offering ads for the YouTube platform, so it is very difficult for channels with Azerbaijani content to generate ad revenue. Experts see the reason for weak competition.

"For example, in America, 100 banks place advertisements. Each bank is forced to increase the amount of advertising so that it appears in more videos. And in this case, the content owner earns more. But there are few advertisers in Azerbaijan and the amounts are, accordingly, very low," Vusal Mammadzada says.

According to him, children's channels are the most profitable, since it is in them that the commercial is often viewed to the end.

Mammadzada said that he receives $150 a month from Google, and views reach 300,000-400,000 per month.

Tiktoker Tural Gambarov says that earning on TikTok is different from YouTube: "70% of the profit is retained, and 30% goes to the content owner. With these 30%, a WebMoney online credit card is first bought. The amount is credited first to the WebMoney card, then to the bank account opened in Azerbaijan. There is also a fee and tax on each transaction. As a result, the amount is even lower than 30%. Despite this, the platform is profitable, and the earnings are $700 per month."

How to make money on TikTok?

The most common method of earning income from the TikTok platform is through gifts sent by live guests. For example, an owner of the content goes live, and the guests send him gifts that go to the balance. 30% of this amount is already taxed under Chinese law.

The State Tax Service told Report that individuals' income from various social networks is taxed at a rate of 14% per annum. To do this, individuals must submit an annual report on income tax to the tax authority no later than March 31 of the next year.

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