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* Vaccine Makers Right To Plan For Adjustments To Covid-19 Shot, Says WHO

* Virtual Land In The Metaverse Is Selling For Millions Of Dollars

* Nevada Becomes First State To Impose Surcharge On Unvaccinated Workers

* Covid Treatments Are Coming

* Hawaii Under Blizzard Warning With 12 Inches Of Snow And Winds Up To 100 MPH Expected

* Putin Calls For A Deal With NATO

* DeSantis Proposes A New Civilian Military Force In Florida That He Would Control

* Second Dose Of Covid-19 Vaccine Available To Duval County Public School Students

* H.R. 550- Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act Of 2021

* Tornado Warnings Across The South East Tonight

* Stanford And Google Team Up To Create Time Crystals With Quantum Computers

* Moderna Scientist Racing To Tweak Vaccine To Block Omicron Variant

* SA Experts Describe What They Are Seeing With Omicron

* NEWS TODAY: W/ Dr. June Knight- Crypto Logo Clue To AC, Florida Farce, & MAGA

 

Vaccine Makers Right To Plan For Adjustments To COVID-19 Shot, Says WHO

The WHO’s spokesman Christian Lindmeier said that the agency was still studying the transmissibility and severity of the Omicron coronavirus variant and it was right for vaccine manufactures to plan ‘for the likelihood for having to adjust the existing vaccine.’

 

 

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Virtual Land In The Metaverse Is Selling For Millions Of Dollars

 

The trading volume of NFTs reached $10.67 billion in the third quarter of this year, with more people apparently willing to shell out huge sums of money for art that will never actually hang on their walls or adorn their homes in any way (with the exception of artist Beeple’s newest piece, which lives in a 3D box the buyer can put wherever he chooses). Now there’s a related, equally bizarre item selling for millions of dollars online: virtual land. It’s like real land, sort of, except you’ll never set foot on it because it only exists in the metaverse.

Last week Tokens.com Corp, a Canadian investment firm focused on crypto assets, announced it had closed on the “largest metaverse land acquisition in history” through its subsidiary Metaverse Group, whose real estate portfolio spans several different virtual worlds and is reportedly worth “in excess of seven figures.”

The land acquisition was in the form of 116 segments each equivalent to 52.5 square feet, for a total of 6,090 square feet of land. That’s a little bigger than a standard full-size basketball court (which is 4,700 square feet). In short, it’s not a lot of space, particularly for $2.4 million. So what gives? Read More  

 

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Nevada Becomes First State To Impose Surcharge On Unvaccinated Workers

Nevada on Thursday became the first U.S. state to impose a surcharge on workers who have not gotten a COVID-19 vaccine, though the penalty doesn’t take effect until the middle of next year. All but two members of the state’s Public Employees’ Benefit Program Board (PEBP) voted during a meeting to approve a surcharge of $55 a month on unvaccinated workers. The approved proposal also stipulates a surcharge of $175 a month for workers’ spouses, partners, and dependents 18 and older. That could be adjusted down the road. The surcharges will go into effect on July 1, 2022.-

 

 

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A new generation of Covid-19 treatments will soon be available, and they matter more than many people realize. They have the potential to substantially reduce hospitalization and death.

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Hawaii Under Blizzard Warning With 12 Inches Of Snow And Winds Up To 100 MPH Expected

 

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning until Sunday morning on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The warning remains in effect from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday as up to 12 inches or more of snow is expected on the island. The service also warns residents to stay indoors as forecasters predict winds gusting over 100 mph.

"Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility at times, with periods of zero visibility," the agency's warning reads.

Aside from the blizzard warning, a Kona low is expected near the islands starting on Saturday night. Kona storms are a type of seasonal cyclone in the Hawaiian Islands, usually formed in the winter from winds coming from the westerly "Kona" direction, the weather service says. Kona lows often bring about wet and "unsettled" weather. Read More 

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Putin Calls For A Deal With NATO

 

As Ukraine moves to allow Western troops into the country, Putin urges talks with NATO to establish guarantees that the US-led military bloc does not creep closer to Russia's borders.

 

 

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DeSantis Proposes A New Civilian Military Force In Florida That He Would Control

 

St, Petersburg, Florida (CNN)Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to reestablish a World War II-era civilian military force that he, not the Pentagon, would control.

DeSantis pitched the idea Thursday as a way to further support the Florida National Guard during emergencies, like hurricanes. The Florida National Guard has also played a vital role during the pandemic in administering Covid-19 tests and distributing vaccines.
But in a nod to the growing tension between Republican states and the Biden administration over the National Guard, DeSantis also said this unit, called the Florida State Guard, would be "not encumbered by the federal government." He said this force would give him "the flexibility and the ability needed to respond to events in our state in the most effective way possible." DeSantis is proposing bringing it back with a volunteer force of 200 civilians, and he is seeking $3.5 million from the state legislature in startup costs to train and equip them. Read More 
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Duval County Public School students can get their second dose of the Covid-19 shot at several vaccine clinics. The clinics are for kids 5 years and older.

 

 

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H.R.550 - Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act Of 2021

 

Shown Here:
Introduced in House (01/28/2021)

Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act of 2021

This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take actions to improve data sharing and other aspects of immunization information systems. These are confidential, population-based databases that maintain a record of vaccine administrations.

Specifically, HHS must

  • develop a strategy and plan to improve these systems, including systems supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;
  • designate data and technology standards for use in these systems; and
  • award grants to health departments and other government agencies to improve their systems.

As a condition of receiving the grants, recipients must use the designated standards. However, HHS may waive this condition in some circumstances.

HHS must also report to Congress on these activities. Read More 

 

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Tornadoes Warnings Across The South East Tonight

 

 

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Stanford And Google Team Up To Create Time Crystals With Quantum Computers

 

A team of researchers including ones from Stanford and Google have created and observed a new phase of matter, popularly known as a time crystal.

There is a huge global effort to engineer a computer capable of harnessing the power of quantum physics to carry out computations of unprecedented complexity. While formidable technological obstacles still stand in the way of creating such a quantum computer, today’s early prototypes are still capable of remarkable feats.

For example, the creation of a new phase of matter called a “time crystal.” Just as a crystal’s structure repeats in space, a time crystal repeats in time and, importantly, does so infinitely and without any further input of energy – like a clock that runs forever without any batteries. The quest to realize this phase of matter has been a longstanding challenge in theory and experiment – one that has now finally come to fruition.

In research published on November 30, 2021, in the journal Nature, a team of scientists from Stanford University, Google Quantum AI, the Max Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems and Oxford University detail their creation of a time crystal using Google’s Sycamore quantum computing hardware. Read More 

 

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Moderna Scientist Racing To Tweak Vaccine To Block Omicron Variant

Although it has not been confirmed that a new vaccine will be needed to fight the latest omicron variant of COVID-19, scientists are researching ways to tweak their shots just in case.

 

 

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SA Experts Describe What They Are Seeing With Omicron

 

The panicked reaction across much of the world to the Omicron variant comes with a scramble for information. In SA, the country where Omicron was first identified and where cases are jumping, scientists and doctors describe what they are seeing. 

Here are highlights from several interviews and a briefing.

Dr Marc Mendelson, the head of infectious diseases at the University of Cape Town, who also works at Groote Schuur Hospital:

  • “Anecdotally, we are seeing a lot of reinfections. What we don’t know at the moment, because we haven’t got the data yet, is how many of those people are unvaccinated versus the vaccinated.”
  • “While people are freaking out, the other thing to stress is that if you look across the variants, the vaccines have protected against severe disease, hospitalisation and death. And really, looking at the Omicron mutations, though there are an awful lot of them, there’s nothing really to indicate that the ability of vaccines to fight this is going to be affected to a very great extent.”
  • “In truth, it doesn’t want to kill you, it wants you to stick around.”
  • “The only ones putting their hand on their hearts and telling the world don’t worry, this is going to be mild, haven’t learned enough humility yet in the face of this virus.”
  • “It’s always nice to hope, but don’t set everything on this because I think your hopes could be dashed.” 

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