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The country must do something ‘dramatic’ to protect the US against Covid-19, an expert says

“We’re seeing this because the public misunderstood the CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people as ‘We can now do whatever we want. Even if we are unvaccinated, we can now behave as if we are vaccinated,'” CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday.
Covid-19 cases are surging in nearly every state with the average of new cases at least 10% higher than a week ago — and 38 states are seeing at least a 50% increase, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Many experts have attributed the rise to slowing vaccination rates with only 48.3% of the US population fully vaccinated, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In Arkansas, where only 35.1% of the population is fully vaccinated, the Delta variant has had a big impact, Chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Cam Patterson said, adding hospitals are “full right now and cases are doubling every 10 days.”
And emergency response services in the state say there are receiving a record number of calls due to the rise in the virus, according to CNN affiliate KATV.
In Missouri, one local health department has asked the state to fund staffing and a location for a Covid-19 care site to handle to rise in severe cases, according to a statement from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.
There is still hope for avoiding a fall spike, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said, if enough people get vaccinated. But, if the trend in rising cases continues, cities and states could implement travel restrictions for unvaccinated travelers, she told ABC’s Good Morning America.
“I think now is our moment to really double down on our vaccination efforts and our other prevention interventions,” she said. “We still have to send the same messages as we did last year,” Walensky said.
In an interview on NBC Nightly News, Walensky said that with case rates rising, vaccination rates declining and the Delta variant spreading, things could continue to get worse in the pandemic.
In California, Los Angeles County — the nation’s largest county with a population of 10 million people — has responded to a surge in cases and hospitalizations by reinstating a mask mandate beginning Saturday.
“Right now is the time for locales to follow LA county’s lead,” Wen said.
A patient arrives at the Jordan Valley Community Health Center in Springfield, Missouri,  on July 12, 2021

Colleges and universities requiring vaccinations

Some businesses and hospitals have already required their employees to be vaccinated, and now some universities are implementing requirements as well.
Rhode Island has become the first state where all public and private colleges and universities require their students to be fully vaccinated before returning to campus this fall, Governor Dan McKee announced this week.
Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, Rhode Island’s director of health, said in the state’s news release that vaccinations are “key” to having a successful academic year.
“We cannot let our guard down now,” Scott said. “The Delta variant is now circulating in parts of the country where many of our students live. The good news is that the vaccines provide protection against this variant. Anyone who has not been vaccinated should get vaccinated today.”
And the University of California, the nation’s largest public university system, said it plans to mandate that all students, faculty and staff be fully vaccinated before returning to campuses in the fall. Those who are not exempt from receiving the vaccine will be barred from in-person classes, activities, and housing, UC officials announced Thursday.
Experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci have said that local vaccine mandates could be helpful in protecting the US from further surge. And such mandates could become easier for private companies as vaccines move further along.
An average of about 343,000 people are becoming vaccinated each day, a pace less than a quarter of the rate two months ago, when more than 1.3 million people were becoming vaccinated each day.
“Getting full approval — getting out of the emergency use authorization and into full approval — is something that will clear up any legal questions that private employers may have,” former US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday.
With so many people hesitating or resisting the vaccine and vaccination rates dropping, restrictions to work and school may be key to motivating the public to reach the necessary threshold to slow or stop the spread., experts have said.

Misinformation costing lives

Meanwhile, key reasons for the hesitancy around Covid-19 vaccines are mistrust and misinformation, according to a CNN analysis of data from the US Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey.
Nearly half of people who said they will “definitely” or “probably” not get a Covid-19 vaccine cited mistrust in the vaccines as a reason for not getting vaccinated, according to the latest data, published Wednesday and based on survey responses from June 23 to July 5. That’s an increase from about a month ago, when 46% of people who said they did not plan to be vaccinated gave the same reason.
And in the latest survey, more than a half of people who said that they “definitely” or “probably” would not get a Covid-19 vaccine because they were concerned about side effects, up from 49% about a month ago.
“Millions of people don’t have access to accurate information right now, because on social media platforms and other tech platforms we’re seeing the rampant spread of misinformation, and it’s costing people their lives,” US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Much of that information frequently comes out of people with good intent, he added, saying that they think they are spreading helpful information, but that often misinformation spreads more quickly than accurate information.
Conversations in social circles may be a big part of the solution, he added.
“It’s about peers talking to peers,” Murthy said during a Stanford University panel event on Thursday. “Remember, all of these conversations first start with listening… so try to understand where somebody is coming from, why they may be worried. It may not always be what you think.”

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Why is my wee cloudy? The five causes of something ‘serious’ – and what to do next

Diet swaps

Simply eating certain foods can have an impact on the colour of your wee.

Adding too much vitamin D to your diet could lead to having cloudy urine, for example.

Diabetes

On occasion, cloudy urine could be caused by high blood sugar.

It’s more likely to be caused by diabetes if it’s accompanied by unexplained tiredness, feeling very thirsty, and passing more urine than normal.

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Don't buy a new Android phone! Something even better is launching soon

“Snapdragon is synonymous with premium Android experiences. Our latest flagship Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G Mobile Platform will help deliver the premium entertainment, connectivity, and gaming experiences users deserve,” said Christopher Patrick, senior vice president and general manager, mobile handset business, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We’re excited to see OEMs launch with products based on our highest performing platform.”

Although this new chip has only just been revealed, a number of firms including Motorola, Xiaomi, ASUS and HONOR have already committed to using it.

“As part of our portfolio, the Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G Mobile Platform will support us on our mission to continue delivering smarter technology for all,” said Sergio Buniac, president, Motorola Mobility. “The Snapdragon 888 Plus will help us bring the most significant performance and 5G speeds to our consumers.”

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Millions get cheap BT broadband from next week but there is something even cheaper

From next week, millions of BT broadband customer will be able to take advantage of much lower prices with the firm launching its new Home Essentials plan. This bundle, which costs £15 per month, is available to anyone claiming Universal Credit.
It will offer speeds of around 36 Mbps plus you get free calls thrown in and there’s no long-term contract to sign meaning you can cancel at any time you like or upgrade to something faster when your financial situation improves.

£15 per month is a good price for fibre broadband but one of BT’s smaller rivals is fighting back with a similar plan at an even lower cost.

Community Fibre, which supplies large parts of London with its own broadband connection, has announced that it is offering one full year of full-fibre broadband for just £10 per month to those who are on income support.

This plan doesn’t feature a data cap so you can download as much as you like although it’s worth noting that you will have to sign up to a 12-month deal and, at 10Mbps, it isn’t quite as fast as BT’s offering.

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As a comparison, a full HD movie will take around 55-minutes to download via a 10Mbps connection compared to 17-minutes at 36Mbps.

Speaking about the new plan Graeme Oxby, CEO of Community Fibre said: “Our mission is to bring better internet to all Londoners and we always look for opportunities to give back to the communities we serve.

“We recognise that many have lost their job because of the COVID-19 pandemic and may not be able to afford a good internet connection to secure their next job opportunity. “Unlike other packages available on the market, our COVID-19 recovery package capitalises on the advantage of the 100% full fibre network to deliver a full 10Mbps broadband service as promised at an affordable price to support the community.”

BT and Community Fibre now follow Virgin Media who launched something similar last year.

Virgin’s Essential broadband plan offers an internet connection at a much lower price. Virgin launched this ‘Essential ‘ service to help those facing financial hardship during these turbulent times.

The new plan includes unlimited broadband for £15 per month with Virgin stating that there’s no fixed-term contract to sign and the promise of no price increases.

To be eligible you’ll need to supply proof of your Universal Credit with customers then receiving confirmation that their application has been successful before they are moved onto the plan.

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Crytek Seems To Be Teasing Something Related To Crysis 2…

Crysis 2

Last year, Crytek surprised longtime fans with a remaster of the original Crysis game. It turns out this year is actually the 10th anniversary of Crysis 2, and well, you know what that means, right? If Crytek’s recent activity on social media is anything to go by, it seems the German developer might be gearing up for a remaster of the second game, which was originally released in 2011.

The quote “They used to call me prophet” in the tweet below, is a line spoken by Major Laurence “Prophet” Barnesa from Crysis 2, and is followed by some wide-eyed emojis and a screenshot of the same game – seemingly suggesting something could be on the way.

Last year’s Crysis Remastered was the first time a Crysis game had ever been released on a Nintendo platform. At the time, we labelled it a technical miracle and one of the best shooters on the hybrid platform. If a remaster of the second game does go ahead, it should also be running on CryEngine V.

Would you be interested in playing a remaster of the second Crysis game on Switch eventually? How about the third one? Leave a comment down below.

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‘The start of something bigger’ First bitcoin community could be future of housing market

Managing Director at One Bequia Storm Gonsalves is planning to create the first Bitcoin community in the Caribbean where goods, services and the houses themselves could all be paid for through Bitcoin. The properties, ranging from £670,000 to £1.6million, can be purchased using cryptocurrencies equivalents where prices are locked in to avoid fluctuations in price during transactions. Mr Gonsalves said he is happy to be “pioneering” the technology and says other developers and countries will be watching how to replicate his successes – stating it could be a very normal thing in the years to come.  
One Bequia is set to be built on Bequia island which is part of St Vincent and the Grenadines measuring only 18-square-kilometres. 

Mr Gonsalves plans to build 39 luxury villas complete with shops, a clubhouse and other buildings which will all accept Bitcoin as payment. 

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Gonsalves was asked whether his development could be bigger than simply the bricks and mortar that make the development.

He said: “Well definitely, I think that real estate developments being offered for sale cryptocurrencies will become a very normal thing in years to come.

“Right now we’re pioneering an alternative form of financing, we’re also pioneering a new way of marketing.

“There is over a trillion dollars in the market cap of Bitcoin alone and many of these purchases first bought it when Bitcoin was only $ 1,000 dollars.

“So there is a lot of wealth in the cryptomarket that cannot be ignored anymore – it’s just too large.

“It has really hit the mainstream so I think what we’re doing is going to become run of the mill in a few years from now. 

While the cheapest property is for a two-bedroom villa costing £620,000, Mr Gonsalves said he is considering building smaller and cheaper properties to widen the market. 

The houses are also fully automated and kitted out with the latest technology which can be controlled remotely. 

Mr Gonsalves explains the Caribbean is becoming the epicentre of cryptocurrencies as major banks pull out of the region and withdraw their services to those living there. 

He explains cryptocurrencies are one of the few ways residents can send money internationally and Caribbeans have embraced it as part of everyday life. 

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Something old, new and borrowed: Kate Middleton wore £250,000 dress for wedding to William

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The Duke and Duchess tied the knot in 2011 when they married in Westminster Abbey. The couple met previously while studying at the University of St. Andrews and William popped the question to Kate while on a holiday in Kenya.

The bodice, skirt and underskirt train were all created out of English and French Chantilly lace. 

The French Chantilly lace was the only fabric not sourced or supplied by a British company.

It is thought that her dress could have been worth up to an eye-watering £250,000.

The Duchess’ wedding shoes were also hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen and were made of ivory duchess satin with lace hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.

For the “something borrowed” part of her special day, the Queen generously loaned Kate a stunning Cartier tiara.

Known as the Cartier Scroll tiara, the diadem was purchased by King George VI, Elizabeth’s father, for the Queen Mother in 1936.

It was later given to the current monarch by the Queen Mother on her 18th birthday.

The tiara rested on Kate’s veil, which was made from layers of soft silk and featured hand-embroidered flowers. 

Kate kept her jewellery fairly simple on her wedding day, letting the stunning dress do the talking.

Instead of wearing a necklace, the royal made a statement with her stunning drop earrings.

The earrings, made by Robinson Pelham, were diamond-set stylised oak leaves with a pear shaped diamond set drop and a pavé set diamond acorn suspended in the centre. 

Inspiration for the design came from Kate’s family’s new coat of arms, which includes acorns and oak leaves.

The earrings were made to echo the tiara and came as part of the “something new” element of her big day.

They were a personal gift to Kate from her parents for the wedding day.

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Queen guitarist Brian May posts cryptic message ‘Something good is coming!’ – ‘Eeek!’

Although, let’s also not forget that May regularly collaborates with other artists from X Factor’s Talia Dean and We Will Rock You’s Kerry Ellis to fellow guitarist Arielle.

Whatever the case, the 73-year-old’s fans have been responding to the cryptic post in the comments.

One fan wrote, “Bri — what is going on here”, while another responded, “To say I’m confused is an understatement.”

Interestingly, Talia commented with the same emoji which was likes over 700 times, so maybe it’s a new project with her?

Warzone Nuke event: When is the Call of Duty Warzone event, is something happening today?

While Activision has not confirmed that a new Warzone Nuke Event is happening, fans certainly believe there is enough evidence to support such a thing happening.

Not only have the silos and destructive weapons been part of the ongoing Warzone storyline since the start, but even more locations have been added during Season 2.

And when you consider the number of high-profile leaks surfacing in recent weeks claiming that such a Call of Duty event is being planned, it all seems to point to a big bang in April.

WHEN IS THE WARZONE NUKE EVENT?

The big question for many gamers is not what is going to happen, but when is the next Call of Duty Warzone event going to happen.

This is a fair question, especially with the first anniversary of Warzone being celebrated this week.

There has even been some speculation that something explosive could happen today, with the Outbreak event ending at around 6pm GMT.

And while anything is possible, the full Warzone Nuke Event probably won’t be happening today or during March.

Recent rumours suggest that Activision has plans for a special mode and other map locations being overrun by Zombies leading up to weapons dropping on Verdansk.

And from what has been shared so far, it seems more likely that the Call of Duty Warzone Nuke event will happen in April.

It all needs to be taken with a pinch of salt as plans can always change and gamers can always be surprised by something new.

But even if the next Warzone event does not kick off on March 11, after 6pm GMT, today is the day that smaller changes could start occurring.

Activision is a big fan of Easter eggs and throwing out clues to its fanbase, and more of those mini-events could be coming our way.

If developers Raven Software are planning a big event for the end of Season 2, that would give them a good few weeks to get things started.

This could mean Zombies invading new locations, followed by a limited-time Plague event and ending with the destruction of Verdansk.

Much of this remains just a prediction but Warzone could start changing in the coming days and weeks across all platforms.

If anything is being planned for today, March 11, you can expect some teasers to go up this afternoon, perhaps after 6pm GMT.

The current storyline is that Warzone Operators are trying to contain the Zombie outbreak on the shipwreck, fighting back the hordes in-game.

And as shared earlier this week by Activision, another much bigger reckoning is being planned, with a new statement from the publisher teasing:

“And now, during Warzone’s one-year anniversary, we find ourselves in Season Two, where Verdansk is primed for a reckoning.

“A cursed vessel known as the Vodianoy crash-landed and spilled its otherworldly cargo out into the city, with Operators desperately attempting to contain this new threat within the ship’s hull.

“It seems that after a year of smooth sailing, Warzone may have to prepare for a threat never before seen in Verdansk, and any Operators who wish to survive might need to save the celebration for another time and get back in the fight before it’s too late.

“Once again, thanks to you, the community, for being with us for the past year of Warzone. With Season Two’s story continuing through the game’s one-year milestone, we cannot wait to share with you what’s in store for the year to come… but it’ll be better for you to experience it for yourself.”