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New vaccine rollout needed to fight off another Covid wave

Moderna, Pfizer and other drug companies are all working on vaccines that target different Omicron variants (Picture: Getty Images)Covid vaccines must be urgently updated to target future variants, leading UK scientists have warned. More than two million people are estimated to have had the virus in the week ending June 24, up 32% from a week earlier. The number of hospital admissions and patients in the ICU is also rising, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This is the highest estimate since late April, but is still some way below the record of 4.9 million at the peak of the Omicron BA.2 wave at the end of March. Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Adviser at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), stressed that the country will also see at least one wave of Covid

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JFRD firefighter battling for PTSD benefits gets backing from state leader

A Jacksonville firefighter battling for PTSD benefits is getting support from a state leader. “Sometimes we need to show them that we’ve got their back,” said Jimmy Patronis, who is Florida’s chief financial officer and state fire marshal. “[First responders] have our backs technically 24/7, 365 days a year every time we dial 911.” Patronis filed an “Amicus Curiae Brief” on July 30. It is also known as a “friend of the court brief” that voices his support for first responders getting benefits for any mental and nervous injuries. JFRD firefighter Jerome Patterson is seeking medical benefits for mental or nervous injuries of PTSD. He has already been denied twice. “There is definitely a powerful psychological burden that comes from the trauma that these men and women experience,” Patronis sa

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Nate Diaz slaps reporter backstage at UFC 276 over Twitter comments

Diaz was seemingly not happy with recent social media comments (Picture: Full Send MMA)Nate Diaz slapped an MMA reporter backstage at UFC 276 after warning over his recent social media comments. Diaz, 37, was in attendance during Saturday’s show in Las Vegas with Israel Adesanya headlining the card in his decision victory over Jared Cannonier. Before the main card action got underway, the reporter approached Diaz backstage, asking him if he was rooting for Sean O’Malley, the bantamweight sensation who was in action against Pedro Munhoz. An unimpressed Diaz replied: ‘Nah. And you better watch your tweets about my dude who was fighting recently.” The reporter replied: ‘Oh I know’ before Diaz slapped the microphone out of his hand, taking aim for a second time to knock the repo...

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Rare vortex of economic troubles descends on Bay Area residents, businesses

From her vantage point at the cashier’s stand in a grocery store in Mountain View, Maria Soria sees firsthand the damage wrought by a rare vortex of economic troubles descending on Bay Area residents and businesses, from skyrocketing inflation to rising rents. As a retail worker living in one of the costliest regions of the world, she faces problems herself. Since the start of the year, Soria’s rent for a room in a shared apartment in Mountain View has jumped nearly 50%. “My neighbors are worried about that, too,” said Soria, 22. “Some of them had to move out.” She used to spend about $100 on groceries every two weeks. “Now I’m spending like $150 or $200,” Soria said. In Ava’s Downtown Market where she works, prices are rising for almost every foodstuff. The store on Castro Street speciali

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Latest line: A good week for state parks, a bad week for San Francisco archbishop

State parks department It took a while, but state parks crews have finally cleaned up Big Basin, California’s oldest state park, enough so its famed redwoods can reopen to the public July 22, two years after a major wildfire.         Salvatore Cordileone San Francisco archbishop denies House Speaker Nancy Pelosi communion over her abortion views. Humiliating him, she flies to Italy and receives communion from Pope Francis at the Vatican.         Abortion clinics With the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, California abortion providers expect lots of patients from other states. The new California budget contains $200 million to help cover those costs.   ...read more Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News...

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Love Island spoilers: Dami Hope admits ‘we’re in trouble’ over new girls and Luca Bish flirts with Mollie Salmon

Could Dami (L) and Luca (R) be tempted? (Credits: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)The Love Island boys will be tempted by six new girls set to enter the villa tonight, and Dami Hope and Luca Bish have both hinted their heads could turn. Dami and Luca are currently part of the two most solid couples on the island, currently paired up with Indiyah Polack and Gemma Owen respectively. However, we’ve seen some massive twists in the past as a result of Casa Amor, and this year is sure to be no different. Tonight will see six bombshells drafted in for the boys, and Dami and Luca, as well as Jacques O’Neill, are already hinting there could be ‘trouble’ ahead. The boys will go outside and are soon greeted by six new girls, as Dami says: ‘These girls are phenomenal, they’re beautiful. Literally, ...

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Abortion ruling puts spotlight on gerrymandered legislatures

In overturning a half-century of nationwide legal protection for abortion, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Roe v. Wade had been wrongly decided and that it was time to “return the issue of abortion to the people's elected representatives” in the states. Whether those elected officials are truly representative of the people is a matter of debate, thanks to another high court decision that has enabled control of state legislatures to be skewed to the right or left. In June 2019, three years before its momentous abortion ruling, the Supreme Court decided that it has no role in restraining partisan gerrymandering, in which Republicans or Democrats manipulate the boundaries of voting districts to give their candidates an edge. The result is that many legislatures are more heavily partisan tha

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Abortion ruling puts spotlight on gerrymandered legislatures

In overturning a half-century of nationwide legal protection for abortion, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Roe v. Wade had been wrongly decided and that it was time to “return the issue of abortion to the people's elected representatives” in the states. Whether those elected officials are truly representative of the people is a matter of debate, thanks to another high court decision that has enabled control of state legislatures to be skewed to the right or left. In June 2019, three years before its momentous abortion ruling, the Supreme Court decided that it has no role in restraining partisan gerrymandering, in which Republicans or Democrats manipulate the boundaries of voting districts to give their candidates an edge. The result is that many legislatures are more heavily partisan tha

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Black Jewish leader works to boost community, inclusiveness

Nate Looney is a Black man who grew up in Los Angeles, a descendant of enslaved people from generations ago. He’s also an observant, kippah-wearing Jew. But he doesn’t always feel welcome in Jewish spaces — his skin color sometimes elicits questioning glances, suspicions and hurtful assumptions. Once, he walked into a synagogue dressed for Shabbat services in slacks and a buttoned-down shirt and was told to go to the kitchen. “The last thing you want to happen when you go to a synagogue to attend a service,” Looney said, “is to be treated like you don't belong.” Now Looney is in a position to do something about that, after being named to the new role of director of community, safety and belonging for the Jewish Equity Diversity and Inclusion team at the Jewish Federations of North Americ

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How to never be late again

Always late? (Picture: Getty/Metro.co.uk)Timekeeping is something I’ve struggled with all my life. Although I never miss work deadlines or join Zoom meetings late, when I have to get myself somewhere on time, it’s a different story. Despite having got ready to go out a zillion times by now, I still seem to have only a vague idea how long actually takes. I always leave the minimum time for my journey, assuming that everything will go smoothly because, in my world, signal failures and heavy traffic don’t exist. And I never factor in time for last-minute hitches, such as the discovery of a big hole in my tights just as I’m about to leave, or the realisation that the car is parked several streets away. I know I’m far from alone in this. My friends tend to fall into two categories

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Soho absolutely buzzing with Pride well into the early hours

Over a million people attended this year’s Pride Parade in London (Picture: Marcin Nowak/LNP)London’s Soho was well and truly filled with people celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pride last night, as it returned to the capital for the first time in two years. The West End neighbourhood, an epicentre for the LGBTQ+ community, was decorated with an abundance of rainbow flags lighting up the streets with colour. Iconic venues in the area hosted their own after-parties while many revellers gathered in the streets to mingle. Couples shared kisses, friends drank and danced, and the police officers were seen smiling amid the fun, despite being banned from joining the parade. A number of venues held events for those who wanted to continue the celebrations (Picture: Marcin Nowak/LNP)

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Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell Had ‘Intimate Relationship,’ Ex-Royal Cop Claims

Christopher Furlong - WPA Pool/Getty ImagesWelcome to this week’s edition of Royalist, The Daily Beast’s newsletter for all things royal and Royal Family. Subscribe here to get it in your inbox every Sunday. Andrew and Ghislaine were ‘in some sort of relationship’ Ghislaine Maxwell had “unrestricted access” at Buckingham Palace, and a former royal policeman claims he and other colleagues thought she and Prince Andrew had an “intimate relationship” that went beyond friendship. at The Daily Beast. ...read more Source:: The Daily Beast...

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Barcelona ready to step up bid to sign Jules Kounde ahead of Chelsea

Jules Kounde is wanted by Barcelona and Chelsea (NurPhoto via Getty)Barcelona president Joan Laporta has indicated that Barcelona are ready to beat Chelsea in the race to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde. Chelsea came close to signing the France international last summer before Sevilla raised their asking price to €80 million (£68.5m). Kounda has remained on Chelsea’s radar but Thomas Tuchel’s side are now prioritising a move for Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus. Barcelona are also interested in Kounde but have made a slow start to their summer transfer business due to their financial restrictions. Laporta, however, has now suggested that Barcelona will step up their efforts next week with Leeds United winger Raphinha and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski also keen to ...

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Huge fire breaks out on top floors of modern flat block

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Around 80 firefighters are battling a blaze at a block of flats in South East London. Footage posted on social media showed flames bursting through the roof of a residential building in Bromley. A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said the fire started on the 15th floor of the 17-storey building. They said ‘half of a five room flat’ was ablaze shortly before noon. Images from the scene showed firefighters spraying water up the building’s distinctive incline from balconies on lower floors. Other residents further down the building could be soon watching from their balconies while a thick column of smoke rose over the area. ...

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Love Island spoilers: Gemma Owen immediately rumbles Ronan Keating’s son Jack as they bond over famous family

Ronan’s son Jack is one of the Casa Amor bombshells (Picture: REX/ITV/@rokeating)Love Island’s Gemma Owen and newcomer Jack Keating will quickly bond over their respective famous families in tonight’s Casa Amor opener.  Gemma was one of 10 OG islanders to enter the villa last month, and is currently coupled up with Luca Bish. However, she’s now been whisked off to Casa Amor with the rest of the girls, with the six new boys hoping to turn their heads. One boy is set to take a shine to Gemma, with Ronan Keating’s son Jack straight in there tonight.  But Gemma, who is the daughter of footballing legend Michael Owen, will soon end up chatting about having celeb dads with Jack. Tonight’s episode will see Gemma and Jack cool off at the side of the pool and the topic of conversatio

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