Tuesday is the last day for Columbia Public Schools and Moberly Public Schools students to receive the first dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine if they want to be fully vaccinated by the first day of school on Aug. 24.
The Pfizer vaccine, which is the only COVID-19 vaccination approved for people younger than 18, requires two doses 21 days apart. Two weeks after the final dose, a person is considered fully vaccinated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pfizer vaccine is 95% effective at preventing coronavirus after two doses of the vaccine and if the individual didn’t previously have the virus.
The Pfizer vaccine is only approved for students 12 or older, so elementary-age students are not eligible. That means in CPS, more than 8,000 students could start the year unvaccinated because of their age, based on last school year’s enrollment.
Last year’s first day enrollment numbers at CPS showed 8,411 elementary students, which is 45.7% of the 18,413 total number of students enrolled. First-day enrollment numbers last year were lower than usual because of parental concerns about COVID-19.
John Potter, who has three children enrolled in CPS ages 6, 9 and 12, said his children won’t be getting vaccinated because they already have natural antibodies and he wants to wait for more research to be done on the vaccine.
“I just think there’s a lot of unknowns, especially with children because they just haven’t had as long of time as they have with adults,” Porter said.
On July 12, CPS updated guidelines for its summer school students. CPS now requires students 11 years old and younger to wear masks in the classroom. Potter said this change in rules led him to take his two youngest children out of in-person summer school.
“One of the main reasons my kids are in public school is so they can interact and socialize with people in the community. And I think the masks really hamper that,” Potter said.
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Fear Street Part 1: 1994 trailer released on Netflix
Netflix are trying something different this year. This week marks the release of Fear Street Part 1: 1994, the first of three films set in Goosebumps author RL Stine’s fictional town of Shadyside. Later this month the story of the town’s murders continue in Fear Street Part 2: 1978 and Fear Street Part 3: 1666. The introduction to the series in 1994, however, is fantastic.
Deena (played by Kiana Madeira) is heartbroken after breaking up with her girlfriend, Sam (Olivia Scott Welch), and is struggling to get over the failed relationship.
Her disappointment crescendos when she sees Sam with a new boyfriend at a local football game between her school and their rivals from neighbouring town Sunnyvale. She doesn’t have too long to worry though, as a murderous high-schooler sends the entire town into chaos.
Before long, it is up to Sam, Deena, her brother Josh (Benjamin Flores Jr), and their friends Kate (Julia Rehwald) and Simon (Fred Hechinger) to figure out the mystery behind the vicious Skull Mask Killer that pursues them.
What follows is a gripping look into the horror genre, complete with a number of cliches that are treated with respect rather than obligation.
It quickly becomes evident that Fear Street Part 1: 1994 wears its inspirations on its sleeve, creating something fans of the scene will love.
Fear Street Part 1 1994 review: The first entry into the trilogy is great fun (Image: NETFLIX)
Killers of all kinds are given their spotlight in the movie, all of which have direct inspirations no doubt taken from some of the greats.
The Skull Mask Killer almost seems ripped straight from the Scream franchise, as the frantic murderer wields nothing more than a serrated blade to slaughter his victims.
Meanwhile, the supernatural nature of the killers that follow the gang feels a little more like the Nightmare on Elm Street series.
Fear Street Part 1: 1994 does feel somewhat different, though. It has that sort of Netflix sheen draped over it. The almost overuse of ’90s music adds to the overall sickly-sweet pastiche, and the comparisons to Netflix’s heavy-hitter Stranger Things are endless – mostly in a good way.
Fear Street Part 1 1994 review: Maya Hawke’s role is short but sweet (Image: NETFLIX)
Most notably, however, Fear Street Part 1: 1994 is a really good looking movie. Between moments of bright neon and dark forests, the style and direction of each scene are beautiful. Real care and effort have been put into this picture.
The aforementioned echoes of classic horror films are of course tied together with a healthy dose of violence, blood, gore, and brutality.
With that said, there are not a lot of examples of pulpy death scenes that horror fans have come to expect.
In fact, most of the film’s time is spent trying to figure out the backstory of the Fear Street witch, Sarah Fier.
Fear Street Part 1 1994 review: The supernatural plot is enticing (Image: NETFLIX)
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Considering the film is billed as a neon-clad slasher flick, the final product doesn’t reflect that exactly.
Despite this, the haunting tale of a long-forgotten local witch is expanded upon further with stories of murderous teenagers in Shadyside throughout the ages (no doubt nods to the upcoming films, 1978 and 1666) – and this entire portion of Fear Street Part 1: 1994 is really interesting.
While the overall plot of the movie is enticing, the dialogue leaves a lot to be desired. Some lines prompt vigorous eye-rolls and others beget amnesia. Combine some of this unavailing dialogue with a dull and staggered will-they-won’t-they relationship, and you have the worst parts of the film.
In spite of these shortcomings, most of the film’s plot has an indelible pace that really holds its own.
That is, until its last major scenes.
Fear Street Part 1 1994 review: The film looks fantastic throughout (Image: NETFLIX)
The final 20-or-so minutes of Fear Street Part 1: 1994 are dedicated to setting up the film’s already-shot sequel, Fear Street Part 2: 1978.
Ultimately, this is totally fine. Viewers will only have to wait a week for their next instalment, but it does give a bit of an unwanted peek behind the curtain. It makes the entire experience feel like a marketing ploy by Netflix (which, it obviously is, but this is where the seams start to show the most).
Fear Street Part 1: 1994 is a thrilling slasher film for the Stranger Things generation. Extra effort has been put into the dark and mysterious backstory of the town and the characters themselves, rather than cliched “horror” tropes of the genre. The result is a film that feels fresh, thrilling, and has a passable dose of the genre’s required moments. For the most part, the dialogue isn’t spectacular, and will probably leave viewers cringing – but isn’t that all part of the charm? Ultimately, fans will be dying to see the next entry to the Fear Street trilogy.
Fear Street Part 1: 1994 is out now.
Fear Street Part 2: 1978 hits Netflix on July 9, 2021.
In Wingspan, you and up to 4 other players compete to build up their nature preserves in a limited number of turns. It is a relaxing experience, where your goal is to discover and attract beautiful birds with unique abilities. Every single bird that you add to your preserve makes you better at laying eggs, drawing cards or gathering food. Many of the 170 bird types have powers that echo their real life counterparts: your hawks will hunt, your pelicans will fish, and your geese will form a flock. You’ll feel right at home if you’re bird-savvy, but if you’re not – don’t worry, you’ll catch on in a jiffy.
But that’s not all. There’s also the fact that each bird you add to your preserve extends a chain of powerful combinations in one of your habitats. Each habitat, in turn, focuses on a key aspect of the growth of your preserves. This interesting loop is what keeps the gameplay interesting and what will hook you right into it.
The digital edition of Wingspan is the official adaptation of an award-winning board game of the same name. It has won multiple awards, including the prestigious Kennerspiel des Jahres.
When the board game was released in 2019, it took the world by storm. To the point that Golden Geek Awards rules needed to be adjusted, because Wingspan won half of the categories. When I reached out to Jamey Stegmaier – the publisher – in January 2019, this was still yet to happen, but we’ve heard enough about the concept to jump head-first into creating its digital counterpart. This version not only preserves the original’s look and feel, but builds upon it to enhance the relaxing experience. The birds now sing with their real life sounds and interesting pieces of information are available on each and every species in the game. The goal to create something special, based on the original, is what’s been driving us from the very beginning. It’s been quite a while since we set out on this journey, but we’re not stopping here.
All of the above makes Wingspan a game that merges three worlds together. The nature related theme blends seamlessly with the sharp board game mechanics and allows for strategic depth. In the digital adaptation, in turn, the birds and habitats of Wingspan are brought to life by the beautiful art, carefully crafted animations and calming soundtrack.
Wingspan is an experience for everyone. You’ll be able to learn it in no time, but on the other hand, its mechanics allow for a lot of experimentation. The kids will love the audiovisual aspects and the atmosphere, while advanced players can also dive deep into the strategic and tactical choices it offers. This turns the game into a fantastic time that you can enjoy with your family and friends, both offline and online.
Wingspan is not only the game, it’s also – if not first and foremost – the players. There’s a phenomenal community that is built around the game and it would be great if you’d like to become a part of it. Head on over to discord.gg/wingspan and chat with gamers and bird lovers from all around the world. It’s the best place to find multiplayer partners, too. You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – follow us to keep posted with Wingspan related news.
See you in your bird preserve!
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You are bird enthusiasts—researchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectors—seeking to discover and attract the best birds to your network of wildlife preserves. Each bird extends a chain of powerful combinations in one of your habitats. Each habitat focuses on a key aspect of the growth of your preserves. In Wingspan up to 5 players compete to build up their nature preserves in a limited number of turns. Each beautiful bird that you add to your preserve makes you better at laying eggs, drawing cards, or gathering food. Many of the 170 unique birds have powers that echo real life: your hawks will hunt, your pelicans will fish, and your geese will form a flock.
Author: Krzysztof Żarczyński, Managing Director, Monster Couch
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire
Announcing Warhammer Skulls, the annual festival of all things Warhammer video gaming, coming to Xbox and Windows PC for the first time this Thursday and running for 7 days! To kick off the launch, there will be a special Xbox specific Warhammer Skulls Showcase live streamed to Xbox’s Twitch and YouTube on June 3 at 6 p.m. BST / 10 a.m. PST, featuring world premieres, reveals, and announcements from leading studios and franchises.
As well as the Warhammer Skulls Showcase, the event will also provide new content and updates to fan favorite games, and feature weeklong discounts and promotions.
You can also look forward to big updates from Vermintide 2 (available with Xbox Game Pass), with the launch of their free Chaos Wastes expansion to the game on June 3.
Like Xbox, Windows PC is also massively into Skulls with no fewer than three new games for Skulls and recently launched titles with Horus Heresy: Legions, Warhammer Combat Cards, and Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower. World of Tanks: Blitz and World of Warships are also participating with their 40K in-game content. You can find it all on the dedicated Warhammer Skulls page on Windows PC come Thursday.
Be sure to join us on the Xbox Twitch channel and Xbox YouTube, and right back here on Xbox Wire for all the news, excitement and reveals this Thursday at 6 p.m. BST / 10 a.m. PST!
Author: Owen Rees, Head of Video Game Licensing, Games Workshop
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire
Rogue Company Season Two starts now! Featuring an all new Battle Pass, new rogue, and more, this season of Rogue Company is shaping up to be our biggest yet – read on for all the exciting details about our Season Two update!
Rogue Company has always seemingly existed beyond the reach of the law – until now. All of that changes with the introduction of Mack, an unrelenting Justicar agent who will stop at nothing to bring those he’s charged with to justice. What happens when an elite vigilante force who considers itself above the law collides with a man who considers himself to be the very embodiment of the law? Find out in Rogue Company Season Two!
Mack’s main tools for law enforcement are Conviction and Objection – and we aren’t talking about courtroom maneuvering, we’re talking about his trusty guns, which can be used to lay down major suppressing fire on the battlefield! If the fight gets up close and personal, Mack is always prepared with his massive claymore. This powerful sword, a weapon which hails from Mack’s home in the Scottish isles, can do some serious damage in close quarters. A defender who excels at repelling attacking enemies, Mack also comes equipped with his Lightbomb device, which can temporarily blind anyone on the opposing team who is caught in its blast!
Season Two also introduces an all-new Rogue Company Battle Pass. Incarcerated by Mack, Ronin’s new Prisoner 625 outfit headlines this Battle Pass — she may be locked up for now, but no one can keep Ronin under lock and key for long! Players advancing through this Battle Pass will also unlock Golden Absque Lancer, Urban Explorer Gl1tch, and Wasteland Scavenger Phantom, as well as dozens of other rewards! Every player will earn free rewards during Season Two, whether or not they’ve unlocked the full Battle Pass — meaning you can dive in today and start earning free rewards!
A new Rogue is great, but how about a whole new battlefield to test his mettle? A top-of-the-line training facility which has succumbed to a surprise attack by Jackal, Breach is an all-new Rogue Company map which also debuts with Season Two. Countless Rogues have trained for deadly missions in this facility, but now comes their most important mission yet — defending their home base when an enemy brings to fight to their doorstep!
New Battle Pass. New rogues. New maps. New events. Rogue Company Season Two promises to be the biggest yet for Rogue Company, and you can play it free today on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S!
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The world needs saving and only the best of the best can do it! Rogue Company is the third-person tactical action shooter that puts the fate of the world in your hands. Suit up as one of the elite agents of Rogue Company, each with their own individual set of skills, and go to war in a variety of different game modes. Download and play FREE now! Rogue Company is action packed with no shortage of weapons, gadgets, and style. The mission starts now. Save the Day, Look Good, Get Paid.
Author: Nicholas ‘Avi’ Bashore, Senior Community Specialist, Rogue Company
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UPDATE: No new PS5 stock was released on May 4 in the UK, meaning fans will have to wait a little longer for PlayStation 5 restocks at Argos, GAME, Very and Amazon UK.
A message from the PS5 Instant Twitter account reads: “PS5 Stock for Amazon should still be 10-17th. PS5 shipments are starting to arrive at warehouses across the UK.”
ORIGINAL: May looks set to be a big month for PS5 sales in the UK, with several retailers linked to large shipments.
April was dominated by severe delays that left many gamers unable to find a next-gen console to buy.
That’s on top of the normal shortages that have left many scrabbling after every PS5 restock in the UK.
The good news is that thousands of consoles are expected to be available from Argos, Very, Amazon and GAME over the coming weeks.
We don’t know the order, but it looks like Argos and GAME will be among the first to bring new stock.
Very and Amazon are also expected to offer limited releases this month, as will Smyths Toys.
It’s still unclear how others will fare, but Currys and John Lewis are usually involved at some point too.
One source has suggested that John Lewis will be offering PlayStation 5 stock next week, between May 11 and May 13.
This comes from PS5 Stock UK on Twitter, who posted this week: “John Lewis expects PlayStation 5 shipments to arrive between 3rd-8th May. There is no information on stock count. They should be going live with a drop between 11th-13th May.”
Meanwhile, this week should see at least one stock drop from either Argos, Very or GAME.
Argos usually posts its latest stock very early in the morning, meaning we might not see anything new until Wednesday, May 5 at the earliest.
And other stock tracker accounts have also suggested that these leading UK retailers will have something to offer gamers between now and May 12.
As usual, gamers will need to take this latest news with a pinch of salt until something official is announced.
PlayStation 5 consoles remain highly sought after, and even with several large stock drops expected in May, it’s unlikely that supply will keep up with demand.
Gamers have been warned several times that it could be months before there are enough next-gen consoles to go around, meaning some in the UK will be waiting until Summer.
However, other recent reports suggest that it could take longer, meaning problems could continue into the busy November season.
Knowing that more PlayStation stock is coming is important, but console hunters should also know the best ways to get stock from each platform.
Here are a few examples of how best to try and buy a PlayStation 5 console from leading UK retailers:
AMAZON UK: Amazon UK runs better under strain but still comes with a few kinks worth mentioning. Having an account set up with your card details is a good start, and gamers should also try adding a console to their wishlist before checking out.
GAME: GAME is a UK retailer that offers the most regular stock updates for PS5 consoles. However, console hunters have been warned to use Guest Checkout, as this option is less likely to crash when completing a purchase. GAME is currently expected to get its next major restock during May 2021.
ARGOS: The Argos website is notorious for crashing and being unable to complete purchases when site traffic is high. Stock trackers suggest using the mobile Argos app and keeping an eye on local store listings. Argos is not expected to receive any more stock until May 5 at the earliest.
Nintendo is celebrating the launch of Pokemon Snap by hosting a big event on another massive Pocket Monster platform.
This week’s Pokemon Go Snap Celebration has begun on Android and iOS, ahead of the big Nintendo Switch release.
For anyone who has not been following all things Pokemon this week, the new Pokemon Go event starts at 10am local time on April 29 and is scheduled to end on May 2, at 8pm local time.
During this short window, gamers will be able to catch Pokemon inspired by different habitats in the Lental region more often in the wild and in raids.
Meanwhile, a new avatar item and sticker will be available, and Shiny Smeargles will be making its Pokémon Go debut as part of the celebrations.
A rundown of all the event features includes the following:
Pokemon inspired by the deserts, jungles, and underwater landscapes of the Lental region—such as Lotad, Cacnea, and Ducklett—will be appearing more often in the wild.
Smeargle will be appearing in snapshots more often than usual, and if you’re lucky, you might even encounter one.
Smeargle will only appear in snapshots a limited number of times, and while Shiny Smeargle will no longer appear after the event concludes, you may encounter one during future events.
Pokemon inspired by the Lental region—like Vaporeon, Meganium, and Trapinch—will be appearing more often in raids.
Event-exclusive Field Research and Timed Research that’s focused on taking snapshots is now available in Pokemon Go.
A camera avatar item and a camera-themed Gift sticker will be available in the shop during the event. The new Gift sticker will also be available from PokéStops.
As for the release time of Pokemon Snap on Nintendo Switch, the game is expected to go live on the console’s eShop at around midnight on April 30.
And as soon as the game has been installed, Trainers will be able to start exploring the islands of Pokemon Snap, with Nintendo teasing fans this week with the announcement:
“The new Pokémon Snap features islands teeming with untouched nature – from dense jungles to vast deserts, all home to different wild Pokémon.
“Players will take on the role of a budding Pokémon photographer and work with the Lental region expert, Professor Mirror, and his assistant, Rita, on an ecological survey to photograph Pokémon thriving in their natural habitats.
“Along the way, players can capture Pokémon behaviors that aren’t normally seen! Professor Mirror will evaluate their photography prowess as they investigate the mysterious Illumina phenomenon and build their very own Pokémon Photodex.”
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance announced on Monday the launch of ‘trade digital tokens’ that represent fully backed shares of equity stock. It said the first stock tokens will be of Tesla, the largest automaker by market cap.
According to the statement, “each stock token on Binance will represent one share of equity stock, which is fully backed by shares stored in a depository portfolio of underlying securities, in cooperation with investment firm CM-Equity AG and asset tokenization platform Digital Assets AG.”
Tesla stock tokens on Binance will have a minimum trade size of one-hundredth of a stock token, representing the same fraction of a Tesla share. Stock tokens will be priced and settled in Binance USD (BUSD), a regulated stable coin pegged to the US dollar and issued by Paxos Trust.
Introducing tradable stock tokens on #Binance! Trade digital tokens that represent fully backed shares of equity stock.First stock token listing: @Tesla Inc. $ TSLA
— Binance (@binance) April 12, 2021
“Binance serves many users around the world and we are very pleased to be able to help them participate in the equity market,” said Changpeng ‘CZ’ Zhao, CEO of Binance. “Stock tokens demonstrate how we can democratize value transfer more seamlessly, reduce friction and costs to accessibility, without compromising on compliance or security. Through connecting traditional and crypto markets, we are building another technological bridge for a more inclusive financial future,” he added.
The launch of zero-commissioned stock tokens opens up new opportunities for both crypto and traditional investors, the company said. “Binance users who are knowledgeable about crypto’s fractional properties can now diversify into equity assets using a digital currency and platform they are familiar with.” Also on rt.comCryptocurrency market now worth almost as much as Apple after market cap hits record $ 2 TRILLION
Conventional investors will be able to access equities in smaller quantities and “gain exposure to the fast-growing crypto market through the largest and most liquid digital asset exchange in the world.”
Binance said it will continue to respond to market demand by listing more stock tokens and launching more related features.
The world’s leading crypto exchange, Binance, recorded a 346% growth in users during the first quarter of 2021, fueling a 260% growth in total trading volumes.
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The demand for physical gold increased sharply in the spring season in India, China and other Asian countries, where the precious metal’s shine is appreciated the most, Nikkei reports, citing industry data.
Statistics showed that India, one of the top gold consumers, imported 160 tons of the yellow metal in March, 5.7 times more than in the same month a year ago, when the country was under strict lockdown. Gold purchases in the country practically stopped in April and May 2020, but started growing again since the end of the year. In India, gold is a highly valued status symbol, offered at weddings and other festivities. A large part of the population keeps their savings in gold jewelry.
Purchases of jewelry were also up in China, 2.6 times year-on-year in February, data showed. The beginning of last year saw demand in the world’s biggest gold consumer tumbling to multi-year lows, again due to the coronavirus crisis. Also on rt.com‘Gold symbolizes strength of the country’: Poland plans to add more bullion to its coffers
Global demand for gold dropped to its lowest levels since 2009 in the third quarter of 2020, according to World Gold Counsil data, partly driven by dwindling demand in Asia. The pandemic has forced traditional buyers to postpone purchases and investors to ditch holdings, while lockdowns have hit the jewelry market. China and India have seen a drop in demand of 25% and 48% respectively in the first three quarters of 2020.
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