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* Italy Makes Covid Health Pass Mandatory For All Workers

* Vaccine Passports WHO Africa CDC React To The Rolling Out Passports For Travel Restrictions

* Covid Teams Can Vaccinate Pupils Against Parents Wishes, Schools Told

* Florida Landlord Requiring Tenants To Get Covid Vaccine

* After Vaccine Passports It's 'Personal Carbon Allowances' 

* WEF: Solar Is Now 'Cheapest Electricity In History' Confirms IEA

* WEF: Here's What Astronauts Can Teach Us About Coping With Isolation

* Rainstorms In France And Spain! Strong Winds Monterry And More Earth Change Around The World

* WEF: How To Follow Our Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2021

* AUKUS Partnership More A 'Symbolic Deal' Than A 'Capability Deal'

* World First Resurfacing Project Mixes Graphene Into Freshly Laid UK Road

* Earthquakes Swarm Triggers Volcano Alert On Spain's La Palma

* Lockdown Will Be Lifted Once 'Sustainable Sectoral Regulatory Measures' Are In Place- Ramaphosa

* Why Apple Wants Your Old iPhone

* Ebola Virus In Survivors Can Trigger Outbreaks Years After Infection

* Family Obituary Blames Unvaccinated People For Their Mom's Death: 'The Cost Was Her Life'

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Italy makes COVID health pass mandatory for all workers

 

ROME, Sept 16 (Reuters) - The Italian government approved on Thursday some of the strictest anti-COVID measures in the world, making it obligatory for all workers either to show proof of vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from infection.

The new rules will come into force on Oct. 15 in the latest effort by Prime Minister Mario Draghi's broad coalition to persuade people to get inoculated and blunt contagion in one of the countries worst-hit by the virus.

Any worker who fails to present a valid health certificate will be suspended on no pay, but cannot be sacked, ministers told reporters after the cabinet approved the measures.

People who ignore the decree and go to work regardless will face a fine of between 600 to 1,500 euros ($705-$1,175). The sanction for employers will be 400-1000 euros. Read More 

 

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Vaccine Passports I WHO, Africa CDC React To The Rolling Out Of Passports For Travel Restrictions

 

The World Health Organisation says vaccine passports should only be introduced once all countries have access to COVID-19 vaccines. South Africa is one of the nations that is considering introducing vaccine passports. The Africa Centre for Disease Control also opposes the rolling out of passports for travel restrictions.

 

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Covid Teams Can Vaccinate Pupils Against Parents’ Wishes, Schools Told

 

Healthcare staff can decide whether children get a Covid vaccine against the wishes of their parents, according to government guidelines published on Wednesday that left some headteachers fearing protests at the school gates.

The guidelines say vaccinations for children aged 12 to 15 will be administered by School Age Immunisation Service (SAIS) teams that already carry out flu and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations in England. The role of schools will be limited to providing a site and distributing information and consent forms to pupils and parents.

In cases where parents withhold consent but the child wants to go ahead, the guidelines say the vaccination teams will determine if the child is able to make an informed decision – known as Gillick competence – and “make every effort to contact a parent to check before they proceed”.

“If a parent objects to their child being vaccinated but the child wants to be vaccinated and is judged to be Gillick competent, the healthcare professional will try to reach agreement between the parent and child. However, the parent cannot overrule the decision of a Gillick competent child,” the guidelines state. In that scenario the child will be vaccinated.

In cases where parents refuse consent and the child is not deemed to be Gillick competent or does not want to be vaccinated, the guidelines from the UK health security agency say a vaccination will not be given. Read More 

 

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Florida Landlord Requiring Tenants To Get COVID Vaccine

 

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After Vaccine Passports It’s ‘Personal Carbon Allowances’

 

The pandemic and global warming hysterias are one and the same, emanating from the same crackpot Technocrats. Thus, just as vaccine passports are promoted to save us all from COVID, “Personal Carbon Allowances” (PCAs) will save us all from global warming. āƒ TN Editor

The COVID-19 pandemic offered an unprecedented excuse for wannabe authoritarians to stifle liberty.

To fight the virus, once unthinkable government controls abound. Entire economies have been shut down, businesses closed involuntarily, and people thrown out of work.

Contact-tracing apps were invented to alert the user when exposed to someone with the virus, but they also keep a clear record of individual movements.

Vaccine mandates enforced through phone-app-facilitated “passports” are now proliferating. Soon, continued employment or the ability to participate in society freely may depend on proving that one has received a vaccine.

OK, Wesley. That’s admittedly tough medicine, but it was necessitated as a public health measure to defeat a dangerous communicable disease. Once COVID-19 fades away or becomes endemic like the flu, everything returns to normal. Right?

Not if the technocrats get their way. COVID-19 whetted their appetite for power, and now they want their existing “temporary” sway over how we live to become a permanent fixture of society. Read More 

 

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WEF: Solar Is Now ‘Cheapest Electricity In History’, Confirms IEA

 

Reflecting this uncertainty, this year’s version of the highly influential annual outlook offers four “pathways” to 2040, all of which see a major rise in renewables. The IEA’s main scenario has 43% more solar output by 2040 than it expected in 2018, partly due to detailed new analysis showing that solar power is 20-50% cheaper than thought.

Despite a more rapid rise for renewables and a “structural” decline for coal, the IEA says it is too soon to declare a peak in global oil use, unless there is stronger climate action. Similarly, it says demand for gas could rise 30% by 2040, unless the policy response to global warming steps up.

This means that, while global CO2 emissions have effectively peaked, they are “far from the immediate peak and decline” needed to stabilise the climate. The IEA says achieving net-zero emissions will require “unprecedented” efforts from every part of the global economy, not just the power sector.

For the first time, the IEA includes detailed modeling of a 1.5C pathway that reaches global net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050. It says individual behaviour change, such as working from home “three days a week”, would play an “essential” role in reaching this new “net-zero emissions by 2050 case” (NZE2050). Read More 

 

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WEF: Here's What Astronauts Can Teach Us About Coping With Isolation

 

Being forced into isolation and confinement creates a number of potentially stressful demands. However, we might be able to learn a thing or two about coping with these demands, from people who choose a life in such settings.

Despite the glorified image of being an astronaut, isolation and confinement remains a challenge for the star sailors that live above us. Demands associated with isolation and confinement are known as a red risk for long duration human spaceflight, which means they have the highest “likelihood of occurrence and the severity of their impact on human health, performance in mission, and long term quality of life”.

Astronauts know that by choosing to fly in space, they are going to have to live, work and play under isolated and confined conditions. Clearly, being a well trained astronaut flying in space is different to being thrust into another pandemic related lockdown. Yet instead of trivialising what we are going through, we can look to astronauts’ experiences for tips to improve our own situation. Read More 

 

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Rainstorms In France And Spain! Strong Winds Monterrry And More Earth Change Around The World

 

 

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WEF: How To Follow Our Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2021

 

For over a year, countries have struggled to address a pandemic that respects no borders, destroys lives and livelihoods, and deepens pre-existing global challenges like inequality, climate change and education.

With less than a decade left to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, the fully virtual Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2021, hosted alongside the United Nations General Assembly, will bring together global leaders from diverse sectors, disciplines and geographies. Ensuring the world exits the pandemic stronger than it entered it will only be possible if leaders work together across sectors and borders to share and deploy know-how, innovation and promising approaches and accelerate the recovery.

On 20-23 September 2021, the World Economic Forum will host the virtual Sustainable Development Summit 2021. It will provide a timely platform for laying these foundations, working beyond silos and across stakeholders. In the rapidly evolving and uncertain context for the global economy, the meeting will address the most critical areas of debate, articulate pathways for action, and mobilize the most influential leaders and organizations to work together to accelerate progress. Read More 

 

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AUKUS Partnership More A 'Symbolic Deal' Than A 'Capability Deal'

 

The Australian's Foreign Editor Greg Sheridan says he thinks the AUKUS partnership announced on Thursday is more of a “symbolic deal” than a “capability deal”. “The symbolism though, is very, very powerful,” Mr Sheridan told Sky News host Peta Credlin. “The fact that the US President and British Prime Minister stood shoulder to shoulder with the Australian Prime Minister in this time of maximum pressure from China ... is a deep commitment to us, a deep commitment to our region. “Now on the submarines...we are a terrific nation for submarine announcements, we’re very bad at actually delivering submarines. “So, I’m all pro-nuclear subs, that’s great, but in fact, I will be in my mid-80s and we’ll all either be subject to Beijing or Beijing will be tremendously reformed by the time the first of these subs come into service.”

 

 

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World-First Resurfacing Project Mixes Graphene Into Freshly Laid UK Road

 

One of the many areas graphene promises to have transformative effects is in fortifying construction materials like concrete and asphalt. A first-of-a-kind trial now underway seeks to apply the wonder material's impressive attributes to one of the UK's major thoroughfares, by deploying it in a road resurfacing project along a stretch of the A1.

Made up of a single sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb pattern, graphene offers incredible strength and flexibility, and by incorporating it into materials like asphalt scientists hope to develop road surfaces that last far longer, and therefore cost less to maintain.

Back in 2017 we looked at an interesting take on this from a pair of Italian companies that developed an asphalt material doped with a graphene additive to make it less likely to soften in the heat and crack in the cold under high loads. This product, known as Gipave, also incorporates plastic pellets and was recently rolled out along stretches of UK roads as part of trials to see how it can extend the lifespan of the surface. Read More 

 

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Earthquake Swarm Triggers Volcano Alert On Spain's La Palma

 

MADRID (Reuters) – Authorities on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma have warned that a sudden increase in seismic activity could herald a volcanic eruption in the coming days or weeks.

Spain’s National Geographic Institute has detected 4,222 tremors in a so-called “earthquake swarm” in the Cumbre Vieja national park, around the Teneguia volcano in the far south of the island.

As the quakes intensified and moved closer to the surface, the Canary Island’s regional government on Tuesday put the island on a yellow alert for an eruption, the second of a four-level alert system.

It said on Thursday there was no clear evidence for an immediate eruption, though warned the situation could evolve rapidly. “More intense earthquakes are expected in the coming days,” it said in a statement.

More than 11 million cubic metres (388 million cubic feet)of magma have seeped into Cumbre Vieja in recent days, swelling the peak by around 6 centimetres, the Volcanic Institute of the Canaries said on Thursday. Read More 

 

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Lockdown Will Be Lifted Once 'Sustainable Sectoral Regulatory Measures' Are In Place - Ramaphosa

 

South Africa's lockdown will be lifted once "sustainable sectoral regulatory measures for Covid-19 response are in place", said President Cyril Ramaphosa in a late response to a parliamentary question.

But he did not say what these measures would be or when it could be expected to be implemented.

DA leader John Steenhuisen asked Ramaphosa, in a written parliamentary question, whether specific conditions had to be satisfied before the national state of disaster was lifted.

Ramaphosa responded: 

"The current measures contained in the regulations for dealing with the disaster in the context of the risk adjusted strategy remain necessary to limit the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Once sustainable sectoral regulatory measures for Covid-19 response are in place or the need to invoke current extraordinary measures provided for under the state of disaster ceases, all the regulations and directions issued under the national state of disaster will cease to exist.

"Accordingly, ongoing assessments by the National Coronavirus Command Council and Cabinet will determine the satisfaction of conditions for terminating or allowing the state of disaster to lapse." Read More 

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Why Apple Wants Your Old iPhone

Apple has heavily promoted their trade-in program in recent years, encouraging users to give up their old iPhone in exchange for a discount on a new model. Over a third of Apple Store customers now utilize this program, but it’s left many people wondering why Apple even wants our old iPhones.

 

 

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Ebola Virus In Survivors Can Trigger Outbreaks Years After Infection

 

Ebola survivors can relapse and trigger outbreaks at least five years after infection, and long-term follow-up of former patients is needed to prevent devastating flare-ups, according to new research.

Scientists already knew Ebola could lie dormant in survivors, who test negative because the virus is in tissue rather than circulating in the blood. But analysis of an outbreak this year in Guinea, published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, found these "virus reservoirs" appear able to awaken and cause new infections and transmission years on.

To trace the source of the Guinea outbreak, which involved 16 confirmed cases, 12 of whom died, researchers analysed the genomes of samples from several patients. Ebola outbreaks are usually thought to result from the virus "spilling" from an animal host to a human.

But the analysis showed the Guinea strain was virtually identical to that from a 2013-16 wave.If the virus had been circulating actively in the community since then, it would have accumulated a certain number of mutations as it spread.

Instead, the 2021 virus had just 12 changes, "far fewer than would be expected... during six years of sustained human-to-human transmission". Read More

 

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Family Obituary Blames Unvaccinated People For Their Mom’s Death: ‘The Cost Was Her Life’

 

The Covid death of a fully vaccinated 66-year-old Illinois woman was caused by those who chose not to get inoculated, her family has said in an obituary.Candace Cay Ayers, who was from Springfield, Illinois, was the mother of two and the grandmother of three children. She had been fully vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine in March, but died on 3 September after contracting a breakthrough infection.

“She was preceded in death by more than 4,531,799 others infected with Covid-19,” said the obituary, referring to the worldwide Covid death toll.

Sending a strong message to those who remain unvaccinated, the family levelled blame for Ayers’s death on vaccine hesitancy. Read More 

 

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