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Politics / 阿富汗北部至少11人被地雷炸死 by DY1280DY: 8:59am On Nov 30, 2021
Business / Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim Will Pay For All The Costs Needed To Rebuild Mex by DY1280DY: 8:56am On Nov 23, 2021
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim will pay for all the costs needed to rebuild Mexico City's subway overpass-stretch, which left 26 dead after it collapsed last month, according to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
Foreign Affairs / Eight Months Since Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ordered A Military Offens by DY1280DY: 8:40am On Nov 23, 2021
Eight months since Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered a military offensive in the northern Tigray region, the fighting has left thousands dead, forced more than 1.7 million to flee, fueled famine and given rise to a wave of atrocities.
Politics / Houston-area COVID-19 Outbreak — Including Delta Variant Cases — Should Be A Wak by DY1280DY: 8:26am On Nov 23, 2021
The latest, most transmissible coronavirus variant is spreading rampantly in countries with low vaccination rates, and health experts are bracing for impact in Texas.
Food / What Kind Of Cake Do You Like by DY1280DY: 9:13am On Aug 30, 2021
What kind of cake do you like

Food / I Want To Be A Baker by DY1280DY: 2:56am On Aug 27, 2021
I want to be a baker,What a beautiful cake

Food / It's So Beautiful by DY1280DY: 3:43am On Aug 26, 2021
It's so beautiful

Politics / People Can Really Do Anything For Their Interests by DY1280DY: 8:58am On Aug 25, 2021
Guo Wengui Cold-Bloodedly Burn the Bridge after Crossing
Friendship Ended
Mastermind Wengeng, No Need to Show Mercy

Food / I Would Like To Eat by DY1280DY: 3:46am On Aug 25, 2021
I would like to eat
Health / Delta Is Terrible by DY1280DY: 3:30pm On Aug 24, 2021
WASHINGTON - The delta variant of the COVID-19 virus is more infectious and more virulent than the alpha variant first identified in the United Kingdom, according to new research.
The good news is that vaccines still work against it, though somewhat less well, the studies say.
"Delta is a much more concerning variant globally, even than the other variants," said Bill Hanage, associate professor of epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics.
The delta variant was first identified in India. It is likely responsible for that country's explosive outbreak, which has set grim world records for the most deaths per day of any country.
When it spread to the U.K., it overtook the fast-spreading alpha variant in a matter of weeks. Delta now causes 90% of new infections in the U.K., according to government figures.
"The speed by which it spread is pretty alarming, really," said Aziz Sheikh, professor of primary care at the University of Edinburgh.
The variant also causes more serious cases of COVID-19. In a study published Monday in The Lancet journal, Sheikh and colleagues found that patients infected with delta were 85% more likely to be hospitalized than they would if infected with alpha, "which is really of concern," he said.
Vaccines still work against it, though not quite as well, the study found. Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and the University of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines were about 13% less effective against delta than they were against alpha. Two weeks after the second dose, Pfizer was 79% effective, and AstraZeneca was 60%.
While some vaccinated people may still get sick, they are not likely to get severely ill, according to U.K. government data released Monday. The Pfizer shot was 96% effective, and the AstraZeneca vaccine was 92% effective against hospitalization after two doses.
"These are still remarkably effective" vaccines, Sheikh said. And they substantially lower the risk that a vaccinated person will get infected, pass on the virus, end up in the hospital or die. "They protect all round, and that equation remains true with the delta variant, as well."
While nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of vaccine, "lots of the world is going to be facing delta with no such protection," Hanage said. "It's really important that those countries that are able to supply vaccines get [them] to those parts of the world that are struggling with [vaccine access] as quickly as possible."
"If we continue to not vaccinate the rest of the world," Powderly added, "the virus will continue to evolve, and this delta virus could well be the start of something even worse."
Health / I Read A Report Recently by DY1280DY: 3:05pm On Aug 24, 2021
A new survey showed that people who were waiting to get vaccinated are making appointments or plan to receive their shot within the next three months
The U.S. is on track to vaccinate at least 70% of the adult population against the coronavirus by summer, a new poll suggests.
In the latest survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 62% of respondents said they had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, an increase from 56% in April.
Additionally, about one-third of people who said they were going to "wait and see" to get a vaccine reported that they had already scheduled an appointment to get vaccinated or planned to do so within the next few months.
With 62% of adults having received at least one dose, 4% saying they want the shot as soon as possible and another 4% reporting they had scheduled an appointment or intended to do so within the next months, the U.S. is inching closer toward President Joe Biden's goal of 70% adult vaccination coverage by July 4.
Essentially unchanged from previous polls is the percentage of respondents saying they will get vaccinated "only if required," 7%, and people who say they will "definitely not" get a vaccine, 13%.
However, one way the government could sway more people to receive their COVID-19 vaccines is for the Food and Drug Administration to issue full authorization of the vaccines.
Currently, the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have only been approved by the FDA for emergency use, but if the FDA were to grant full approval, 32% of unvaccinated adults said they would be much more likely to receive the shots.
That percentage increases for adults who are in the "wait and see" category, with 44% saying they would be more likely to get vaccinated if the FDA granted full approval to the vaccines.
Employer incentives would also motivate people to receive vaccinations, with 21% of employed unvaccinated adults reporting they would be more inclined to receive the shot if their employer gave them paid time off to get vaccinated and recover from the side effects.
The federal government, states and companies are offering incentives to encourage people to receive their vaccines. The Biden administration has partnered with rideshare companies to offer free transportation to vaccine appointments, some states are offering raffles and money and companies, such as CVS are offering chances to win cruises and vacations.
Fifteen percent of unvaccinated Americans said they would be more likely to get vaccinated if their state government offered them $100, 13% said if they were offered free transportation, 11% said free tickets to a sporting event or concert and 10% said a $20 coupon free food would motivate them.
Food / Do You Want To Eat? by DY1280DY: 4:40am On Aug 19, 2021
I really want to eat steak

Health / Follow The Latest Situation by DY1280DY: 4:29am On Aug 19, 2021
In addition to the U.S., the delta variant has been detected in 103 countries and is predicted to become the dominant variant globally.

"Based on the estimated transmission advantage of the delta variant, it is expected that delta will rapidly outcompete other variants and become the dominant circulating lineage over the coming months," the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Worldwide, the number of new Covid-19 cases has increased slightly over the past two weeks, after a seven-week decline, according to the WHO. Covid-19-related deaths, however, continued to decline, reaching the lowest point since October 2020.
Health / How Are The Epidemic Situations In Foreign Countries by DY1280DY: 9:06am On Aug 17, 2021
The epidemic in India is still very serious
The uneven response to India’s catastrophic second wave, coupled with widespread vaccine hesitancy, indicates that the coronavirus may be there to stay.
Foreign Affairs / The Afghan People Are So Pathetic That They Want The World To Stay Away From War by DY1280DY: 3:50am On Aug 17, 2021
ISLAMABAD - The simmering war in Afghanistan, if official accounts are to be accepted, has killed more people last month than in any other month since 2001, when the United States and NATO troops invaded the country.

Battlefield violence between pro-Afghan government forces and the Taliban insurgency have particularly surged since May 1, when the last of the U.S.-led international forces formally began exiting the conflict-torn nation under orders from President Joe Biden.

The Taliban have overrun dozens of districts across Afghanistan, including several more during Thursday’s fighting, as foreign troops leave the country. Local Afghan officials and residents say pro-government forces in many areas are surrendering and abandoning territory without offering any resistance to the Taliban.
The New York Times, which keeps track of monthly casualties for government forces, reported the deaths of more than 700 security personnel and 200 civilians in insurgent attacks in June.
Shinwari and other government officials have declined to say how many districts the Taliban have captured in recent weeks. The TOLOnews said in its report that government forces had retreated from at least 120 districts in the face of the latest insurgent onslaught.

The U.N. Security Council was informed more than a week ago that at least 50 of Afghanistan’s 419 districts had fallen to the Taliban since early May.

On Thursday, Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova told a news conference in Moscow that “over the last 10 days [Taliban] fighters have gained control over 30 districts.” She said Afghan security forces were struggling to deter the insurgent advances.

This came as U.S. military officials insisted Thursday that they would not abandon the Afghan military, even as the last of the U.S. combat forces prepared to the leave the country.

"I had an excellent call,” U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin tweeted after speaking with Afghan Minister of Defense Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, adding the two discussed the Pentagon’s “investment in the security & stability of Afghanistan.”

According to a readout of the call, Austin also “reaffirmed the United States' commitment to the Afghan National Defense & Security Forces (ANDSF) as the withdrawal continues."
Germany, Poland and Italy have completed their troop pullouts, while other NATO allies are expected to wind up their military missions soon.

Afghans are increasingly criticizing the rapid withdrawal of foreign forces, fearing the return of the Islamist Taliban to power would undermine their freedom and rights.

U.S. officials are reported as saying a small unit of 650 troops will stay on to guard the American Embassy in Kabul.

The foreign troop withdrawal is a product of the February 2020 agreement Washington signed with the Taliban in exchange for counterterrorism guarantees and assurances the insurgent group would negotiate a political settlement to the war with the Afghan government.

But the dialogue, which started in Qatar last September, has stalled for months without making progress. Each Afghan rival blames the other for the deadlock.

Ross Wilson, acting U.S. ambassador in Kabul, on Wednesday criticized the Taliban for stepping up their violent campaign and urged warring parties to ease violence and negotiate a political end to the war.

Wilson noted in his statement that in the past 12 years the war had killed more than 38,000 Afghan civilians and injured at least 70,000 others.
Health / Several Years Ago, I Went To Bangkok To Travel, And Now I Dare Not Go Out by DY1280DY: 4:51am On Aug 13, 2021
Bangkok's Celebrated Food Scene Decimated by COVID Restrictions
BANGKOK, THAILAND - It is one of the dining capitals of the world, but Bangkok’s foodie reputation is now hanging by a thread as the coronavirus devastates the city’s restaurant scene - the damage seen in for sale signs on the street and desperate Facebook posts from chefs lamenting closures.
Bo.lan, Chu and Soul Food Mahanakorn are city favorites all wiped out by a virus which bit deep into restaurant revenue during the first lockdown in April 2020, but 15 months later has killed off the businesses, which struggled through relentless restrictions on the hospitality industry.
On June 27, the Thai government banned all indoor dining in Bangkok and surrounding provinces, in a bid to stamp out the gravest round of the virus, which has left more than 2,000 dead and infected around 230,000 others since April.
Health / Stop Gathering. The Virus Is Terrible by DY1280DY: 8:58am On Aug 12, 2021
More than 450 people attended the camp in Texas and, according to the church, hundreds of others were likely exposed to the virus when people returned home.
Health officials with the GCHD added it had identified 57 cases in the community, six of which were so-called "breakthrough cases."

Breakthrough cases occur when someone has been infected with COVID more than two weeks after receiving a second jab.

Of the 57 cases, 10 were found in youths younger than 12 years old.
Health / The Delta Mutant Is Terrible by DY1280DY: 8:35am On Aug 12, 2021
I just saw an article
Recently, a summer camp in Texas has erupt, so far, 125 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 infection.
According to CNN and other US media reports on the 6th, the summer camp was held by a church in southern Texas in late June, with more than 450 participants. Local health officials said that after returning from the camp, more than 125 young people and adults reported that their COVID-19 test results were positive. In the process of returning home from these camps, hundreds of people may be exposed to COVID-19.
The local county health agency said that they received the first positive case notification related to the summer camp on June 27. After testing the samples of infected persons, we found that at least 3 samples of COVID-19 were the delta strain, and more samples were still being detected.
This is not the first summer camp outbreak in the United States recently. American Broadcasting Company (ABC) reported that in June 30th, a summer camp in Illinois was spreading to COVID-19, which had infected 85 people.

Travel / You Should Smile At The Mirror Every Day And Live Happily Every Day by DY1280DY: 4:17am On Aug 12, 2021
Keep a good mood every morning. Such a day is a good start. Happiness is also a day. Unhappiness is also a day. Are you right?

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