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Azerbaijan’s Baku and Georgia’s Tbilisi become twin towns

BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 13


The Georgian delegation headed by Mayor of Tbilisi Kakha Kaladze is on a visit to Azerbaijan’s Baku city, the Baku City Executive Power told Trend on July 13.

On the first day of the visit, the guests reviewed the historical monuments in Icherisheher (Old City) and the Fountain Square.

The Georgian delegation met with the head of the Baku City Executive Power Eldar Azizov on July 13. During the meeting, Azizov stressed that there are long-standing friendly and good-neighborly relations between the two countries.

The head of the Baku City Executive Power stressed that the Azerbaijan-Georgia relations have reached the level of strategic partnership and are developing in many spheres.

“The mutual visits open up new opportunities for the further development of bilateral relations and political relations at a high level have a positive effect on the economic ties,” Azizov said.

Stressing that the Azerbaijani and Georgian peoples have lived in peace and friendship for centuries, Kaladze said that Georgia attaches particular importance to the relations with Azerbaijan.

Kaladze thanked for the hospitality and stressed that the visit will play a special role in strengthening the relations between Baku and Tbilisi.

Kaladze stressed that the members of the Georgian delegation were fascinated by the beauty of Baku and said that they saw extensive landscaping and construction work here.

Then a memorandum on the establishment of twin town relations between Baku and Tbilisi was signed and memorable gifts were presented.

Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Georgia Faig Guliyev and Ambassador of Georgia to Azerbaijan Zurab Pataradze also attended the meeting.

During the visit, members of the Georgian delegation will visit the sights of Baku, including the Seaside National Park.

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The government wants Norway to become better known as a food nation

The Norwegian government wants to strengthen Norway’s international reputation as a food nation. Therefore, it is organizing a conference with the industry to find inspiration and get good advice.

By 2030, food culture should be a visible element in Norway’s tourism offer, the government’s vision for Norway as a food nation states.

“Norway has unique and world-class drink and food treasures that more people should experience. We have invited a wide range of actors who will provide views and inspiration on how to continue the work regionally to make Norway an internationally recognized food nation,” Minister of Agriculture and Food Olaug Bollestad (KrF) noted.

She invited industry players to a digital conference on August 31, where sector representatives will be able to discuss national and regional developments.

The key topics are as follows:

* How the blue and green food sectors can work better together and take advantage of their advantages.

* Strengthen cooperation around food, diet, and enjoyment of meals in the population.

* Build strong food and tourism regions.

* Increase recruitment to the food industry.

In addition to Bollestad, the Minister of Fisheries and Seafood, the Minister of Health and Care Services and the Minister of Trade and Industry will participate.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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Undervaccinated areas vulnerable to Covid surges could become breeding grounds for more deadly variants

The analysis by researchers at Georgetown University identified 30 clusters of counties with low vaccination rates and significant population sizes. The five most significant of those clusters are sprawled across large swaths of the southeastern United States and a smaller portion in the Midwest.
The five clusters are largely in parts of eight states, starting in the east in Georgia and stretching west to Texas and north to southern Missouri. The clusters also include parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Tennessee, and are made up of mostly smaller counties but also cities such as Montgomery, Alabama; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Amarillo, Texas.
Most of these states are currently seeing increases in Covid-19 cases.
“Parts of the country are just as vulnerable if not more vulnerable than they were in December, 2020,” said Shweta Bansal, an associate professor of biology at Georgetown University. Bansal heads up the US COVID-19 Vaccination Tracking project, which has been gathering data on the US vaccine rollout since it began in December.
Those vulnerable clusters put all of the United States — and to some extent, the world — at risk for going back to 2020, since high-transmission areas can become breeding grounds for Covid-19 variants that could go on to evade Covid-19 vaccines.
“These clusters of unvaccinated people are what is standing in the way of us putting this virus down permanently,” said Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a CNN medical analyst and professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University.

Millions of unvaccinated people in the clusters

About one-third of Americans have not received even a single Covid-19 shot — and the Georgetown analysis shows that these people are not evenly spread around the United States.
Analyzing county vaccination data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments, the Georgetown researchers found 30 clusters of counties throughout the US that have low vaccination rates compared to the national average and also have significant population size.
The five most significant clusters together include more than 15 million people. Of those, only 27.9% are fully vaccinated — far lower than the national rate of 47.6%.
The county data is not without its flaws. When someone gets a shot, their home county is supposed to be noted in state records, but the system doesn’t always work perfectly. In the Georgetown analysis, at least 90% of all vaccinations were recorded with the person’s home county, Bansal said.
In some cases, the Georgetown data differs from CDC data because Bansal and her team were able to obtain additional data directly from state health departments.
While the clusters do encompass some sizable cities, 92% of the counties in the clusters have a population of less than 100,000.
The federal government has been engaging with churches and organizations such as the YMCA to encourage Covid-19 vaccination in areas like these, US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy told CNN.
“These are extraordinary partners in reaching communities [in rural areas] where health care access isn’t as easy as it is in urban areas,” he said.

Clusters give virus opportunities to mutate

The Delta variant, which now comprises more than half the cases in the United States, is the latest in a long string of Covid-19 variants that have spread more easily and in some cases caused more severe illness.
That’s why the clusters are so worrisome. Each time a virus spreads, it has an opportunity to learn how to mutate.
“We know that if you give the virus the opportunity to circulate and replicate, you give it the opportunity to generate more variants,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, told CNN.
The Delta variant has learned how to evade Covid-19 vaccines to a small degree, but they still offer excellent protection against severe disease and hospitalization.
The fear is that the next variant might be able to outsmart the vaccine more thoroughly, causing problems even for parts of the country that have high vaccination rates.
“We’ve been lucky with the variants so far that they’ve been relatively susceptible to our vaccine, but the more you roll the dice, the more opportunities there will be for a resistant variant,” Reiner said.

Author: Elizabeth Cohen and John Bonifield, CNN
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Robert Doody South Dakota Inspires Native Americans to Become Lawyers

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Noted attorney Robert Doody sees a great need for attorneys in Native American communities.

SISSETON, SOUTH DAKOTA, UNITED STATES, July 7, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Noted attorney Robert Doody sees a great need for attorneys in Native American communities. This press release discusses why and how he can serve as an inspiration. He also talks about how they can achieve their dreams.

The Definition of Native American Law:

Attorney Robert Doody South Dakota understands this well. It is a compilation of laws, rules, and regulations that impact indigenous people including Native American nations. It is the principal factor that defines any relationships with other governments and individual nations. In reality, the various Native American nations govern themselves. However, there are many times federal and state lawmakers try to interfere with that process. One answer to that problem could be if more Native Americans became lawyers and represented their specific nation in the legal and court systems.

Why More Native Americans Should Become Lawyers:

Each nation has its own governing system and its own laws and regulations. It takes a representative for a specific nation to truly understand what they are. According to Robert Doody if more Native American men and women become lawyers, they could successfully represent their nation in legal matters. This would be far better than an outsider being called upon to defend a nation he or she knows nothing about.

What to Know First:

Each attorney is responsible for understanding and properly defending in a court, the laws of the people they represent. If an attorney is already a respected member of a Native American nation, he or she likely already has this knowledge. Then the attorney must know how to integrate those laws with those of the country or state they are in. Each nation has its own set of laws they adhere to. An attorney coming from that nation will already know what these are. This advice comes from attorney Robert Doody South Dakota directly.

The Need for Native American Lawyers:

The answer to this question is yes, definitely. Not only do they know the legal system for their own nations, but they also understand all the struggles the various nations still face even in 2021. An attorney from Native American nations can relate better to the people than someone just now introducing himself or herself to the community.

Robert Doody is an Inspiration:

Another reason it is important to have Native American lawyers is that they can serve as role models and inspirations to other people within their own nation as well as other nations. Take existing lawyer Robert Doody for example. He enjoys fighting the legal system on behalf of Native American nations. He actively encourages the youth of these nations to engage in a legal career. Everyone would certainly benefit from this.



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State Poised to Become First to Pilot Drug Injection Sites

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is poised to become the first state to authorize so-called harm reduction centers where people dealing with addiction can take heroin and other illegal drugs under the supervision of medical professionals.

Legislation cleared the state General Assembly Thursday creating a two-year pilot program for the centers, which are also referred to as safe injection sites or supervised injection sites.

The Senate-approved bill now heads to Democratic Gov. Dan McKee after the state House of Representatives approved the measure earlier this week. The Democrat has said he’ll review the proposal when it reaches his desk.

“Having a place where someone can save them from an overdose and where there are people offering them the resources they need for treatment is a much better alternative to people dying alone in their homes or their cars,” state Sen. Joshua Miller, the bill’s sponsor, said in a statement.

Canada is among at least 10 countries that allow the facilities, but none exist in the U.S. Assembly leaders said their bill would make Rhode Island the first state to authorize such a pilot program.

New York, Philadelphia and Somerville, a Boston suburb, are among the American cities that have been trying to open the centers to combat the opioid crisis in recent years. Massachusetts lawmakers are also weighing a bill creating a 10-year pilot program with at least two sites.

James McDonald, the state Department of Health’s medical director, said harm reduction sites have proven effective in preventing fatal overdoses.

They’ve also proven successful in connecting people with substance abuse treatment, recovery support and other health services, added Miller.

The Cranston Democrat has cautioned the measure, if approved, could face legal challenges as the injection centers remain illegal under federal law.

Under Miller’s bill, opening a center would also require city and town approval.

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First Warning: Tracking what may become the first hurricane of the year

Tropical Storm Elsa officially formed in the Central Atlantic early Thursday morning, becoming the 5th-named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

Tropical Storm Elsa is the earliest “E”-named storm on record, beating the old record of July 6th. The storm’s formation also means the 2021 hurricane season is now outpacing the 2020 Atlantic season to date, which ended up being the most active year on record.

Conditions are conducive for further intensification as the storm approaches the Windward Islands on Friday. After that time, computer models presently agree that the storm may curve northward and affect Cuba, then potentially enter the Gulf of Mexico or impact Florida.

“Spaghetti” computer model tracks of this tropical system over the next 120 hours

It is important to note that while the computer model guidance is currently suggesting a track far east of Texas, there is still a high degree of uncertainty when predicting the path of a storm that is just beginning to develop. This means that the Texas coastline is not entirely out of the woods.

This fifth storm of the 2021 hurricane season continues what has already been a busier than average year. According to NHC climatology data from 1966-2009, the first tropical storm of the year doesn’t typically come until July 9. The first hurricane of the season typically comes August 10.

While Elsa is not officially forecast to reach hurricane strength at this time, some computer models are suggesting that it could.

Intensity forecasts for the tropical system from different computer models (tropicaltidbits.com)

Stay with the KXAN First Warning Weather team for daily updates on this storm as it continues developing and as we process new forecast data.

Author: David Yeomans
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

8 Tips to Become a Powerful Scarlet Guardian in Scarlet Nexus


  • Check out these helpful tips and tricks to begin your journey with Scarlet Nexus.
  • Choose between Yuito and Kasane, elite psionics each armed with a talent in psychokinesis and their own reason to fight.
  • Scarlet Nexus is available now for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One

Recruits, report for duty! We hope you’re ready to go out into the field soon, because Scarlet Nexus releases today, June 25 for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. In futuristic New Himuka, the world has entered a new era where psionic hormones in the human brain have granted a select number of people with extra-sensory powers. These people, known as psionics, are tasked with protecting the world for deranged mutants called the Others.

If you haven’t done so yet, check out the demo to start things out with an extra edge! Make sure you try out the paths of both Yuito and Kasane in the demo and save your gameplay, as you’ll be able to unlock some special cosmetic items and plug-in enhancements to get a helpful boost to your journey.

Remember your training and use these helpful tips and tricks to help you get the most of your newly discovered psionic abilities.

1: Maximize Your Combat Abilities with the Struggle Arms System (a.k.a. SAS)

The SAS is a brain-to-brain connection with a virtual cable that allows you to connect with teammates to temporarily leverage allies’ psionic powers.

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Use the SAS to combine your abilities and take down stronger enemies in battle that you’re having difficulties with. You’ll have a limited amount of time to use it in combat, but it will recharge over time.

Additionally, when the number of allies and useable SAS grow, there will be more places you will be able to reach. Who knows — you may discover something new if you revisit previous locations!

2: Remember to Read the Bio

If you’re having difficulties with certain enemies, you can read up on them in the library menu and learn about their attacking style and their weaknesses.

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Others can have specific elemental weaknesses that can be amplified by connecting to teammates with certain psionic powers like pyrokinesis and electrokinesis. Other OSF teammates have abilities that can help you boost defense with clairvoyance or armor.

3: Don’t Underestimate the Power of Friendship (and Chatting!) 

Stronger friendships and bonds with allies can help you in combat. To increase your team bond Level, you can increase individual bond levels by interacting with your allies by talking, giving special gifts, completing bond episodes and more. Higher team bond levels lead to bonuses like increased rates of Guardian Vision, Assault Vision, and Revivals, and even chances to receive special items.

As you play, you’ll also receive Brain Messages from your teammates about the situation. Get to know them more personally and don’t forget to respond! You’ll have a limited time on when you can reply, so check your messages regularly.

4: Stop by the Hideout Every Once in a While

You can return to your hideout at any time to completely restore your health. At the hideout, you can also talk to allies and give them gifts to deepen your bonds with your allies. Gifts are mainly obtained through the shop’s item exchange, and the gifts you give to allies will be festively displayed in their area at the hideout.

Scarlet Nexus

You can also spend time together in the hideout with companions you’ve built deeper bonds with. Sometimes your companion’s basic stats will slightly increase when you spend time with them. However, there is a limit to how much the stats can increase this way!

5: Afraid of Status Ailments? There Might Be a Plug-In for That

Plug-in equipment can offer resistance against various status ailments. Change your equipment to match the enemy you face to help you minimize and deal with the effects of status ailments like Burning, Shocked, Oil, Soaked, and Confused.

6: Use Both Weapon and Psychokinetic Attacks in Battle

The psychokinesis gauge is gradually drained when you use your psionic abilities to control and attack with surrounding objects. Use weapon attacks to help you restore the psychokinesis gauge faster during combat.

Scarlet Nexus

7: Watch Out If That Thing Isn’t Where You Left It

When revisiting a location, you may notice an object’s strange movement! When some objects appear to be placed in a different position, this is most likely the work of an Other, as they have been observed to collect and move objects. A more obvious hint to the possible presence of Others is the Pinecone Flower. It is a strange flower regularly seen around their habitats, and there are reports of a great number of them growing in areas that endured large assaults.

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8: Get Both Sides of the Story

When you start the game, you can play as Yuito or Kasane. You’ll need to create two different files to play them separately.

They have their own playstyle, allies, and story differences. Kasane uses daggers where she can hit more Others but does less damage than Yuito’s sword; however, her psychokinesis is stronger than Yuito’s.

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To fully experience Scarlet Nexus, you’ll need to see the world from both of their eyes…

Our team is extremely excited to finally share the stories of Yuito, Kasane, and the world of Scarlet Nexus with you today. With an experience enhanced for Xbox Series X|S, you can enjoy stunning 4K visuals at 60fps inspired by a dynamic mix of classic anime and western science fiction. To help you seamlessly play the best version on your Xbox console with the power of Smart Delivery, a free upgrade to the digital Xbox Series X|S version of the game is available for Xbox One owners of Scarlet Nexus at no extra cost.

Get the Deluxe Edition to obtain the Brain Punk Bundle and three additional SAS Plug-in Variations to boost your fighting and experience-earning abilities!

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In the far distant future, a psionic hormone was discovered in the human brain, granting people extra-sensory powers and changed the world as we knew it. As humanity entered this new era, deranged mutants known as Others began to descend from the sky with a hunger for human brains. Highly resistant to conventional attack methods, extreme measures needed to be taken to battle the overwhelming threat and preserve humanity. Those with acute extra-sensory abilities, known as psionics, were our only chance to fight the onslaught from above. Since then, psionics have been scouted for their talents and recruited to the Other Suppression Force (OSF), humanity’s last line of defense. Featuring a dual story, begin your adventure with either Yuito Sumeragi, an energetic recruit from a prestigious political family or Kasane Randall, the mysterious scout whose power and skill has gained great notoriety among the OSF. As their different experiences interweave with each other, it is only then that you will reveal the full story and unlock all the mysteries of a Brain Punk future caught between technology and psychic abilities in SCARLET NEXUS.
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The Deluxe Edition includes: • SCARLET NEXUS (full game) • Brain Punk Bundle – Digital Soundtrack – Digital Artbook – Battle Attire Set -Red- Deluxe Edition Bonuses: • Additional Attachment “The Other” • SAS Plug-in Variations (3) In the far distant future, a psionic hormone was discovered in the human brain, granting people extra-sensory powers and changed the world as we knew it. As humanity entered this new era, deranged mutants known as Others began to descend from the sky with a hunger for human brains. Highly resistant to conventional attack methods, extreme measures needed to be taken to battle the overwhelming threat and preserve humanity. Those with acute extra-sensory abilities, known as psionics, were our only chance to fight the onslaught from above. Since then, psionics have been scouted for their talents and recruited to the Other Suppression Force (OSF), humanity’s last line of defense. Featuring a dual story, begin your adventure with either Yuito Sumeragi, an energetic recruit from a prestigious political family or Kasane Randall, the mysterious scout whose power and skill has gained great notoriety among the OSF. As their different experiences interweave with each other, it is only then that you will reveal the full story and unlock all the mysteries of a Brain Punk future caught between technology and psychic abilities in SCARLET NEXUS.

Author: Jennifer Huang, Digital Marketing Manager, Bandai Namco
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Harlem Globetrotters petition NBA to become official franchise

The Globetrotter’s letter petitioned Commissioner Adam Silver and the NBA governors to grant the team a franchise, “not now, but right now!”

WASHINGTON — The Harlem Globetrotters wrote a letter to the NBA demanding to be made an official part of the professional basketball league.

The Globetrotters, founded in 1926, said on Monday that it has been 72 years since the team played in an NBA game, beating the Lakers in 1949.

Citing how the NBA is now a “multi-billion-dollar industry with international endeavors and huge media deals,” the Globetrotter’s letter petitioned Commissioner Adam Silver and the NBA governors to grant the team a franchise. 

“Not now, but right now!” the letter urged.

The letter dives into the team’s decades of contributions to the league, including the first Black player to sign with the NBA, Nat Sweetwater Clifton, and the first Black man to play in the NBA, Earl Lloyd. Both were Globetrotters.

It also highlighted its success to “pack arenas and grow the game of basketball across the globe.” The statement said the team brought basketball to the world stage and played in 122 countries, while the NBA has only played in 17.

It added that “when the NBA struggled to draw more than a few thousand fans, we agreed to schedule doubleheaders featuring the Globetrotters.”

When the NBA grew, the Globetrotters claimed the league was then able to attract “the best Black players, but we remember who helped the NBA get it all started.”

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“So, if you really believe what you’ve been saying about social justice, going back to ‘normal’ needs to look different. You can’t just act like we don’t exist anymore,” the Globetrotters statement reads. “It’s time to right the wrongs and rewrite history. It’s time for the NBA to honor what the Globetrotters have done for OUR sport, both here in the U.S. and around the globe.”

Adding the Globetrotters might not be out of the question. In December, according to NBC Sports, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver hinted at possibly expanding the NBA.

“I think I’ve always said that it’s sort of the manifest destiny of the league that you expand at some point,” Silver said, according to NBC Sports. “I’d say it’s caused us to maybe dust off some of the analyses on the economic and competitive impacts of expansion. We’ve been putting a little bit more time into it than we were pre-pandemic. But certainly not to the point that expansion is on the front burner.”

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This pandemic jobs program may become a permanent part of Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A program launched to help Austinites find work during the pandemic is expanding.

The Austin Civilian Conservation Corps (ACCC) is looking for a new crew that will focus on reducing wildfire risks this fall. It will be one of about a dozen projects that have kept people employed since the program’s launch last fall.

And now, the city council member behind ACCC doesn’t want to see the program end.

“Especially after a lot of the rain, the trails will grow over, so we’re coming through with loppers and clearing it out, making it easier for people to walk through,” explained Michael Dehay.

He’s the ACCC crew lead for the American Youthworks team, one of the community partners that manages the program.

Dehay seems to know a lot about conservation, but he’s only been in the field for about five months.

“I had been doing the print shop job for 10 years and kind of thought I’d be doing that for my life,” he said.

He lost his job in March during COVID-19 shutdowns. So did everyone else on this team.

“Never touched a chainsaw in my life before this job,” one of them said.

That’s when they found the ACCC — modeled off President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

The goal is to employ those hit by the pandemic through city projects and provide them with the training to be able to pursue a long-term job after the project wraps up, which can range from a few weeks to a few months.

More than 100 people have cleared trails, created artwork and even worked on construction projects in the City of Austin.

“It helps us to accomplish multiple city goals at once: we are providing the jobs, we are providing training and we are beautifying and improving our city,” said Alison Alter, city council member for District 10.

Alter, who created the program, said those jobs aren’t going away anytime soon, and the city needs a reliable, trained labor force.

She also said labor ends up being cheaper for the city than hiring contractors, since the projects are typically seasonal for different departments, and crews can be hard to find.

“If you can piece all of those together to create a crew that’s running all year round, it’s much, much cheaper than just trying to tackle sort of the one project at a time,” Alter said.

It’s why she’s trying to secure $ 5 million for the program for the next fiscal year.

“So that it can serve as a workforce hub and allow all the departments that have these projects that are climate, creative related to get those things done,” Alter said.

Currently, she said they have $ 1.9 million through the fiscal year. About $ 500,000 came from the general fund and the rest was reallocated from seven different department budgets.

So far, only about $ 850,000 has been committed for next year, but Alter hopes city council will make room in the budget as well as the American Rescue Plan funding, both of which are currently being discussed.

Dehay’s time with ACCC ends in October, but he plans to stay in his new line of work. He’s already applied to a conservation-related job with the city.

“I love it,” he said.

In April, Travis County commissioners voted to create a similar program, based off of Austin’s success.

The Civilian Conservation Corps will create jobs that will also benefit the environment.

Commissioners are in the process of developing a strategy for the program. The goal is to have that done by June 15th.

Author: Tahera Rahman
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin