[IsraelTimes] From Australia to South America, infections and deaths from annual influenza drop dramatically, apparently due to social distancing and better hygiene practices.
Annual flu rates have dived in the southern hemisphere with infections in some areas down to a fraction of their usual numbers for the season, with medical officials saying that restrictions to limit coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... infection rates were having a similar impact on flu transmission.
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[HARTENERGY] Eni said July 28 that the company and partners BP and Total have made a natural gas and condensate discovery at the Bashrush prospect about 11 km offshore Egypt in the Mediterranean Sea.Located in the North El Hammad concession, the well encountered 102 meters of net gas pay in high quality sandstones of the Abu Madi Formation, Total said in a separate news release. Flow rates reached up to 32 million standard cubic feet of gas per day (MMscf/d), limited by testing facilities, during a production test. The companies said estimated future well deliverability is up to 100 MMscf of gas and 800 bbl of condensate per day.
"These resources have low development costs since they can rapidly be tie-in and put into production," Kevin McLachlan, Total’s senior vice president of exploration, said in the release.
The companies are screening development options and intend to fast-track production.
Holding a 37.5% working interest in the concession, Eni serves as operator through its affiliate IEOC. BP holds 37.5%, and Total holds 25%. The concession is held in participation with the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Co.
[Aljazeera] Harare, Zimbabwe - Allison Charles is still haunted by the image of her brother's lifeless body lying in a pool of blood.
"They just shot him like he was a dog and left his body on the street," she said.
Gavin Dean Charles, 48, was one of the six people killed in Zimbabwe's capital two years ago when soldiers opened fire on opposition supporters protesting against what they said was an attempt by the governing ZANU-PF party to steal tightly contested elections.
Many other demonstrators were wounded in the army clampdown in Harare's central business district on August 1, 2018, with some of the casualties shot from the back.
"I am still struggling to sleep at night and to come to terms with everything that has happened," said Charles. "I am taking anti-depressants now."
She is not the only one struggling to cope in the aftermath of the bloodshed.
"The death of my son still hurts, even now," said Maxwell Tauro, whose son, Challenge, was also killed on that day. "He was a good boy who was working in town and who was not politically active."
[Arutz 7] - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly "extremely concerned" that a second wave of coronavirus could hit the UK within two weeks, British media reported on Tuesday.
Johnson earlier warned we are seeing "signs of a second wave" of COVID-19 in continental Europe, and there are now fears it could reach Britain within 14 days.
A Downing Street source told the Mail Online on Tuesday, "The PM is extremely concerned by what he's seeing abroad and fears we could be seeing the same thing here in a fortnight."
"People have got to realize we are still in the middle of a pandemic. He wants to go further on opening things up and getting people back to work, but he knows it'll be his head on the block if things go wrong," added the source.
The warning comes after a spike in cases forced Johnson to impose 14-day quarantine on thousands of Brits returning from Spain.
After announcing a lockdown on March 23 in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Britain, Johnson in May outlined a roadmap for a return to routine.
The British Prime Minister himself dealt with the virus and even had to go into intensive care.
He later revealed that his health deteriorated so badly after contracting coronavirus that a strategy was drawn up in case he died. But, but, but, he's not over 80!
Yes he should recuse himself from COVID decisions as he obviously (and his rather bumbling government) cannot see the difference between testing more and there being more...
Hospitals empty and still killing people by deferring treatment of non-COVID. The disastrous over-response to COVID shutting down the country mirrors how COVID kills, it doesn't, the immune over-response does.
The Trump administration's response to COVID-19 has puzzled me.
Herd immunity isn't going to happen. The first Germans who caught the virus in late January today no longer shows any traces of antibodies. He could catch it again.
This means we need to keep the numbers as low as possible. COVID-19 isn't harmless. And we still don't know much about it and what it might do in the future.
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Learned recently of a lady and her friend near Charleston, SC who signed up for the test. They stood in a long line in the heat for a couple of hours. They finally gave up and left. A few days later they received notification that they had tested positive.
You're assuming this is not an urban legend, TW?
A fair question, g(r)omgoru — I am making an assumption, yes. Given overworked labs dealing with multiple tests of individual patients and multiple data collection organizations requiring copies of test results, people walking away from filled out forms that then got mismatched to test samples is certainly plausible. I have seen a number of first-person reports, but they were not analog friends/relations, so I concede it’s possible they’re all dogs or the equivalent.
My bottom line assumption is that it’ll be at least a year before the data is cleaned up. And also that Mr. Wife can eschew everything hydroxychloroquine if he wants, but at this stage I’ve decided if I get sick I’ll take the combo treatment.
People are avoiding testing.Even when sick not getting tested. Go on vacation but don't tell anyone where you are going. This is now the norm in my area. Oh, we will still have the vigilant brown shirts to protect us all.
[9News.com.au] The Three Gorges Dam spans the Yangtze, Asia's longest river, which has become a raging torrent with storm water pouring into the reservoir of the dam at 60 million litres per second on Monday night.
On Tuesday morning, dam operator the China Three Gorges Group said water flow into the reservoir fluctuated between 50 million and 60 million litres per second.
And the peak flow has not eased, adding more than ten trillion litres to the mega-dam in just 10 days.
All arteries leading from the Yangtze River remain deluged by the third big flood this summer.
The China Three Gorges Group say they plan to hold as much water in the dam as possible to buy time for cities downstream to build up their defences.
According to local reports, the dam's operator has indicated there are 13 days left before the reservoir will fill to the brim.
The China Three Gorges Group lifted the dam's floodgates on the weekend to discharge the reservoir to block the expected flood starting from Monday.
"Slight deformation" on some peripheral parts of the structure was reported by local media last week.
But the China Three Gorges Group said this year's floods were "severe but not unprecedented" and no match for the reinforced concrete structure.
[ConservativeTreehouse] Earlier today White House Trade and Manufacturing Advisor Peter Navarro discussed an initiative to lunch a new program spearheading new critical supply chains. The goal is to return manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, medicines and equipment back to America.
SUPPORTING AMERICAN SUPPLY CHAINS: The Trump Administration is signing a Letter of Interest in support of a deal that will help ensure essential medicines are produced in America.
* The Trump Administration is signing a Letter of Interest supporting a deal to transform Kodak into a pharmaceutical company that can help produce essential medicines in the United States.
* When the deal is final, the CEO of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) will use his delegated Defense Production Act (DPA) loan authority to provide a $765 million loan to launch Kodak Pharmaceuticals, which will create at least 360 jobs.
* With this loan, the company can build the capacity to produce essential medicines that have lapsed into chronic national shortage.
+ Once fully operational, Kodak will have the capacity to produce 25% of the generic active pharmaceutical ingredients necessary for all non-biologic and non-antibacterial pharmaceuticals used in the United States.
* Kodak will work with the Administration and drug product manufacturers to identify the products that are most needed to meet national security requirements. Peter Navarro - Maria Bartiromo video at link.
Maybe a light bulb turned on at the Intel executive suite. Yesterday: Heads roll at Intel after 7nm delay Renduchintala joined Intel in 2016, when the company lured him away from Qualcomm with an $8.1 million signing bonus and total compensation package worth up to $25 million. He has been Intel's chief engineering officer for just over three years now and was described as "the company's second most powerful executive" behind then-CEO Brian Krzanich.
Murthy Renduchintala will leave Intel on August 3, 2020.
Not to worry - Fusion — dubbed a 'miracle for our planet' — uses easy-to-source fuel and provides cheap, clean and safe energy without radioactive waste, or the risk of meltdown.
However, this will be done by creating a ring of charged, super-hot gas called a plasma — reaching some 270,000,000°F — which will be held in place by magnets. Electromagnets, one supposes.Hope they have a reliable power source for those!
Still, no one will remember the claims made in 2020 - The ITER project was launched in 2006 and had originally planned to conduct its first test run this year, to reach full fusion by 2023.
At the end of 2016, ITER director general reported that the new schedule would aim to see so-called 'first plasma' — to prove the reactor concept works — by December 2025, and full operation reached by the year 2035.
He admitted, however, that the plan would be 'challenging' to deliver and that further delays remained a possibility.
Victim's mom asks, "Tell me, in what other country in the world, when a murder has occurred and all the evidence points to the fact it was murder, would the accused be released on bail two weeks later?"
I can name a few:
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.