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US reversal prevents UN vote on pandemic truce
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The United States on Friday stunned other members of the UN Security Council by preventing a vote on a resolution for a ceasefire in various conflicts around the world to help troubled nations better fight the coronavirus pandemic, diplomats said.

Washington's reversal came a day after it agreed to the text, negotiators said under cover of anonymity.

"The United States cannot support the current draft," the country's delegation declared, without further detail, to the 14 other Security Council members, after nearly two months of difficult negotiation over the text.

The latest stalemate continues to leave the global peace and security body largely mute in the face of a once-in-a-century pandemic that has killed more tha 270,000 people and raised further fears for the world's most vulnerable.

When asked for an explanation of the US move, a State Department official told AFP that China had "repeatedly blocked compromises that would have allowed the Council to move forward."

Diplomats told AFP that the language used in the draft to describe the World Health Organization was behind the US move to prevent the vote.

But other sources said Washington wanted the Council to return to an initial draft of the resolution which highlighted the need for "transparency" in global cooperation in tackling the pandemic.

"In our view, the Council should either proceed with a resolution limited to support for a ceasefire, or a broadened resolution that fully addresses the need for renewed member state commitment to transparency and accountability in the context of COVID-19," the State Department official said.

US President Donald Trump has accused the WHO of downplaying the seriousness of the outbreak in China.

The procedure blocked by the United States would have allowed the sponsors of the resolution, France and Tunisia, to put it to a vote.

The latest version of the text -- obtained by AFP -- called for a cessation of hostilities in conflict zones and a 90-day "humanitarian pause" to allow governments to better address the pandemic among those most suffering.

It called on all nations to "enhance coordination" in the virus fight and highlighted the "urgent need to support all countries, as well as all relevant entities of the United Nations system, including specialized health agencies, and other relevant international, regional, and sub-regional organization."

This wording, which implicitly refers to the WHO without explicitly mentioning it, was the compromise obtained from US and China on Thursday night, according to diplomats

- 'Very bad news' -

Washington had threatened to use its veto if there were any explicit reference to the WHO, while Beijing brandished its own veto if the global health body were not mentioned, before in the end accepting that it would not be.

Diplomats said the US had let go more than a week ago of its demand for mention of transparency in the French-Tunisian text. The "ball was in the Chinese camp" now, one of them said previously.

The US turnaround "is a very, very bad news for United Nations, the Security Council and multilateralism," said one ambassador from a Security Council member.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been pushing for a cessation of hostilities around the world since March 23, urging all sides in conflict to lay down arms and allow war-torn nations to combat the coronavirus.

French Ambassador Nicolas de Riviere told AFP that he would like "of course to continue to try to reach an agreement, if there is room for that."

His Tunisian counterpart Kais Kabtani said discussions are continuing "to convince the Americans." He vowed that the procedure for going to a vote would be taken up again.

Ironically, the Security Council was also engaged Friday in a major videoconference organized by Estonia, which holds the body's rotating presidency this month, on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

More than 50 ministers from around the world participated, most of them issuing a "plea for multilateralism."

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1,386 recovered +15

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New Zealand will soon be able to stretch its legs under Alert Level 2.

Today, the Government decided on the country's next steps in its Covid-19 response.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced plans to move down to level 2 at 11.59pm
on Wednesday, May 13th.

The likes of restaurants and cafés, playgrounds, and gyms can reopen from this Thursday. Schools will reopen this Monday, and bars the following Thursday.

From how schools will operate to what travel will look like - here's what we know about Alert Level 2.

From Thursday, most businesses - excluding bars - will be able to reopen. This includes restaurants, cafés, cinemas, gyms, and facilities such as playgrounds. However, all must practice physical distancing and good hygiene.

Bars will be able to reopen - with restrictions - from Thursday, May 21st.

Schools and Early Childhood Education will reopen at full capacity from Monday, however, ECE centres have been given the green light by the Ministry of Education to reopen on Thursday if they can do so safely.

Cabinet will review the country's position in two weeks. At today's press conference Ardern wouldn't put a definitive timeline on how long we would remain in level 2.

ARE BUBBLES AND PHYSICAL DISTANCING STILL NECESSARY?

Bubbles can dissolve in level 2. People can open their homes to friends and family but gatherings must be kept small - a maximum of 10 people only.

Ardern said level 2 isn't the time to host a large party.

"Parties, big social events or anything designed to be for mixing and mingling won’t be allowed to happen for groups larger than 10 people.

"That doesn’t mean you won’t see larger gatherings than [10]. People will be at the movies – but they’ll be spaced out. They’ll be watching sports, but spaced out. People might go to show, but they’ll be spaced out. You’ll see bars and restaurants open – but they’ll be required to have people seated, and spaced out."

Public health measures such as physical distancing will still be necessary, but if there's someone you know and are close with, you can get a bit closer than two metres. Ardern said last week you can "live with less" space between you and people you're close to.

Anyone who is sick or presenting mild symptoms, especially those who are considered most at risk, is advised to stay home and get tested.

"If you have a sniffle, or a sore throat, or a cough – get advice and get a test. Quickly. Please don’t be a stoic Kiwi."

At home, all high-touch surfaces - like keys and door handles - should be cleaned regularly, and you should avoid passing around your phone, Ardern said. Good personal hygiene is still an important component.

CAN I GO BACK TO WORK?

While going back to work is allowed, it's important to discuss the possibility of working from home with your boss.

Ardern explained that offices can reopen, but alternative ways of working is still encouraged. The Alert Level has been designed to get as many people back to work in the safest way.

Basic hygiene practices in workplaces are non-negotiable.

Ardern said to strike the balance between reopening the economy and perfecting the next stage of our response, businesses mus "alter the way we work within for the next wee while".

If you are sick, you should not go to work.

WHAT'S OPEN?

Level 2 will see more businesses open and life get a little bit closer to normal.

Restaurants, cafes, malls, retail shops, and cinemas can all reopen from Thursday. So can all public spaces including playgrounds and gyms.

"All will be required to have physical distancing and strict hygiene measures in place," Ardern said.

Business are encouraged to use shift-based working, flexible leave and staggered meal breaks where possible to protect the safety of workers.

Retail outlets need to practice good hygiene, and larger retailers should take note from supermarkets and limit the number of people in store to enable enough physical distancing space.

Health services are expected to operate as normally as possible.

ANY CHANGES TO THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY?

There are limitations for restaurants and cafes reopening on Thursday.

Ardern previously spoke about three 'S's' that businesses in the hospitality industry must abide by - seating, separation and single-servers. All patrons must be able to be seated, they should be separated from one another, and only deal with single-servers.

On top of this, a limit of 100 people per establishment needs to be followed. "Covid loves congregations," Ardern said.

Bookings larger than 10 won't be allowed and people cannot hire out entire facilities.

The rules for Easter trading will be used to allow restaurants to serve alcohol but bars not to open. Bars won't reopen immediately, instead, they will be required to close until Thursday, May 21. Businesses breaking the rules could lose their license.

"While we have put in place measures and expectations to make all hospitality as safe as possible, these few extra days really do give us a chance to lock in the data from level three and feel more secure that we’re ready for this move," Ardern said.

She previously acknowledged there are "significant risks" in this sector but it's believed the new regulations can "be made to work".

WHAT ABOUT GATHERINGS?

Gatherings of more than 100 people are still off the table in level 2. All gatherings - including weddings and funerals - must be limited to 10 people. This was a change from the announcement last week, where Ardern said gatherings must be capped at 100.

"Gatherings at home need to be capped at 10. Church and religious events, weddings, funerals, stag dos – all must be limited to 10 for now."

The limit has been set at 10 due to the ease of contact tracing.

"Why 10? Simple. If something goes wrong with a group of 10, that’s much easier to contain, much easier to contact trace, and much less likely that if something goes wrong that the whole country will have to experience more restrictions."

Big events lead to risk, which in turn can lead to clusters, Ardern previously said. She explained that we need to get things right before we can move to a place where larger events are allowed.

Success or failure could depend on something so simple as how often you clean the handrails, she said.

If the country's case count continues to progress well, gatherings may be able to increase attendance numbers in the future.

CAN WE TRAVEL FURTHER?

Inter-regional travel is allowed, but public safety measures should be adhered to across the board.

"You can begin to move around New Zealand, but space yourself out especially if you’re using public transport," Ardern said.

You can take that trip across the Cook Strait or visit a friend in another city. But anyone planning to travel to attend a big party should think twice, because that's not what the eased travel restrictions are for.

"Go and see your mum – just don’t turn it into a massive family reunion while you’re at it. Instead, maybe visit a local tourism site or support a local business."

Restrictions at the border remain in place and international travel is still limited.

WHO SHOULD STILL BE STAYING AT HOME?

People at high risk of severe illness (those with existing medical conditions) are encouraged to stay at home at level 2 where possible. However, they are allowed to work.

They are also encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.

Anyone with a sniffle or sore throat is also asked to stay home.

WHAT ABOUT SCHOOLS?

Schools and ECE will reopen at full capacity from Monday. The same goes for tertiary institutions.

However, ECE centres already operating or who can safely operate from Thursday can do so, the Ministry of Education confirmed. Distance learning is still an option for those who need to self-isolate.

Residential specialist schools and day specialist schools will be able to fully resume, and school hostels can return as long as physical distancing measures are implemented. Ardern said the Ministry of Education is still working through specific requirements for school boarding houses.

Any schools with cases present must close for a limited time to allow for contact tracing and cleaning. They may be required to close for an additional 14 days.

CAN WE PLAY SPORT?

All water activities can resume and some community sports can return, Ardern said. But after the game is over, gatherings of no more than 10 people can take place - this rule is consistent.

"We all want to get back to sport, but we want to take enough time to do it safely."

Professional sport can resume domestically - for example, Super Rugby has confirmed a return - however, stadium crowds won't be allowed.

Gyms will reopen in level 2.

WHAT ABOUT BEAUTY APPOINTMENTS?

If you've been yearning for a haircut, you're in luck. Hairdressers and beauticians have been given the green light to resume operations from Thursday.

However, they should use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Ardern said more guidance will be announced on how such services can secure the necessary PPE.

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Yesterdays figures according to the man, NZ has:

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NZ is now at Alert Level Two and bracing for a spike in reported cases as businesses are opening and rules are relaxing.....

Todays figures according to the man, NZ has:

1,497 coronavirus cases

1,147 confirmed

350 probable

21 dead

1,411 recovered + 9

You would not believe the political double talk coming from the leader of the fat cat opposition party: In one breath, there is great concern about the effects of Covid-19
on Maori (NZ's indigenous people) who are allegedly susceptible, and not enough is being done to protect them, then in the next breath calling the governments recommendation to limit the number of people attending Maori funerals, which are traditionally large close contact affairs, as inhumane. (this is the same guy heading up a committee investigating the governments response to Covid-19 and ignoring any Maori input) it's an election year and this sack of shit will say and do anything to portray the government in a bad light.....
It's almost Trumpian.....

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Florida wildfire forces mandatory evacuations near Naples
A tropical threat is also possible off the coast of Florida.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/florida-wildfire-forces-mandatory-evacuations-naples/story?id=70675309

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May 14, 2020, 3:34 AM

Wind gusts up to 30 mph and temperatures in the 90s helped spread a wildfire east of Naples, Florida, Thursday, which prompted mandatory evacuations in the area.

The fire is at least 4,000 acres and is 0% contained.

Collier County issued a mandatory evacuation "due to the fast moving wildfire" just after midnight Thursday. Fire officials there said winds would continue to contribute to "significant fire movement."

More gusty winds are in the forecast for southern and central Florida Thursday, where wind gusts could reach 35 mph. A wind advisory has been issued for parts of the area.

The wildfire isn't the only weather Floridians should pay attention to; an area of low pressure is trying to form near the Sunshine State in the next few days.

This could become the first named storm system of the 2020 Hurricane season, which would be named Arthur. If it forms, it will develop Friday night into Saturday morning north of Bahamas.

The threat for Florida will be more gusty winds and some heavy rain, especially for the southern part of the state, where some areas could see 4-plus inches of rain in the next few days. Some of the rain could make its way to the fire zone east of Napes in the next 48 hours.

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You would not believe the political double talk coming from the leader of the fat cat opposition party: In one breath, there is great concern about the effects of Covid-19
on Maori (NZ's indigenous people) who are allegedly susceptible, and not enough is being done to protect them, then in the next breath calling the governments recommendation to limit the number of people attending Maori funerals, which are traditionally large close contact affairs, as inhumane. (this is the same guy heading up a committee investigating the governments response to Covid-19 and ignoring any Maori input) it's an election year and this sack of shit will say and do anything to portray the government in a bad light.....
It's almost Trumpian.....

Trust us, we can believe, we've been living it for some time now. :|

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I am super concerned about coevad (Dave OC) he has not been the Forum since March 8th, he was very active as always and just dropped off out of no where, I have tried calling him and left a couple of messages but no call backs so far...hopefully all is well.


Daveo's absence has not gone unnoticed.....



I finally got a hold of Dave he is well, is PC is down, he was laid off due to the shut down and, he doesn't want to use his phone to much on the internet...he said he would try to check in soon, that was good to hear... :!:


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Plook wrote:
I am super concerned about coevad (Dave OC) he has not been the Forum since March 8th, he was very active as always and just dropped off out of no where, I have tried calling him and left a couple of messages but no call backs so far...hopefully all is well.


Daveo's absence has not gone unnoticed.....



I finally got a hold of Dave he is well, is PC is down, he was laid off due to the shut down and, he doesn't want to use his phone to much on the internet...he said he would try to check in soon, that was good to hear... :!:


Good news! I was beginning to think the worst.....
Bad news about DaveO's work situation though.....

We're all holding our collective breaths at work as things are beginning to tighten up,
we were flat out for the first couple of weeks after the lock-down ended, but inevitably
the work has started to dry up. The government has just approved another eight weeks
of wage subsidies to assist employers with staff retention, but if things don't pick-up by
the time the subsides end.....we're done.....

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1,498 coronavirus cases + 1

1,148 confirmed + 1

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It has been suggested that rather than burst the bubble, we build a wall
and send the bill to the People's Republic of China. Xi Jinping was so enraged
he threated to withdraw all Chinese takeaways and restaurants and flood
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© Peter Reid Earth's magnetic north pole has shifted away from Canada and closer to Siberia at a rapid pace in recent years. Here's why.

The magnetic north pole just isn't where it used to be.

Ever since James Clark Ross first identified it on the Boothia Peninsula in Canada's Nunavut territory in 1831, scientists have been carefully measuring its location ever since. But in recent years, it's been inching closer and closer to Siberia at a surprisingly rapid pace.

Now, researchers from U.K. and Denmark say they've uncovered the reason for this mysterious movement: Two writhing lobes of magnetic force are duking it out near Earth's core.

"The wandering of Earth’s north magnetic pole, the location where the magnetic field points vertically downwards, has long been a topic of scientific fascination," the researchers write in their paper, which appears in the May 5 issue of Nature Geoscience.

Earth's magnetic field is generated by molten iron in its outer core. The flow of this liquid iron can influence the location of the planet's magnetic poles. While poles have drifted and even swapped places numerous times over the course of Earth's long history, what's different about this recent shift is how quickly it's happening. From 1999 to 2005, Earth's magnetic north pole went from shifting 9 miles at most each year to as much as 37 miles in a year.

These scientists pored over 20 years of satellite data from the European Space Administration's Swarm satellite mission and discovered that "...over the last two decades the position of the north magnetic pole has been largely determined by two large-scale lobes of negative magnetic flux on the core–mantle boundary under Canada and Siberia," according to the study.

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© Livermore et al. Nature Geoscience (2020 The magnetic north pole has shifted over time since scientists first identified its location in 1831.

Between 1970 and 1999, the flow of molten, magnetic material in Earth's outer core changed. Because of these changes, the researchers say, the magnetic blob lurking beneath Canada slowly elongated in the early aughts, weakening the corresponding magnetic intensity on Earth's surface.

Eventually, the blob of molten material beneath Canada split in two and the stronger one slowly shifted toward the blob beneath Siberia. This spurred the magnetic north pole to slip closer and closer to Siberia, where the magnetic intensity was stronger.

In 2017, the magnetic north pole fell within 240 miles of the geographic north pole. The movement has been so rapid that the British Geological Survey and U.S. National Geophysical Data Center, which update the World's Magnetic Model, had to accelerate their process in order to keep up.

The scientists generated a series of models of Earth's core in an effort to understand how it might move in the future. "Our predictions are that the pole will continue to move towards Siberia, but forecasting the future is challenging and we cannot be sure," the study's lead author, geophysicist Phil Livermore of the University of Leeds, told Live Science.

These shifts have major consequences for global navigation systems. Anything or anyone that uses a compass—from ships at sea to the smart phones in our pockets—is impacted by this magnetic game of tug-o-war.

https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/world/th ... id=BHEA000

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Scientists think they've identified a previously unknown form of neural communication that self-propagates across brain tissue, and can leap wirelessly from neurons in one section of brain tissue to another – even if they've been surgically severed.

The discovery, made in February 2019, offers some radical new insights about the way neurons might be talking to one another, via a mysterious process unrelated to conventionally understood mechanisms, such as synaptic transmission, axonal transport, and gap junction connections.

"We don't know yet the 'So what?' part of this discovery entirely," said neural and biomedical engineer Dominique Durand from Case Western Reserve University last year.

"But we do know that this seems to be an entirely new form of communication in the brain, so we are very excited about this."

Before this, scientists already knew there was more to neural communication than the above-mentioned connections that have been studied in detail, such as synaptic transmission.

For example, researchers have been aware for decades that the brain exhibits slow waves of neural oscillations whose purpose we don't understand, but which appear in the cortex and hippocampus when we sleep, and so are hypothesised to play a part in memory consolidation.

"The functional relevance of this input‐ and output‐decoupled slow network rhythm remains a mystery," explained neuroscientist Clayton Dickinson from the University of Alberta, who wasn't involved in the new research but has discussed it in a perspective article.

"But [it's] one that will probably be solved by an elucidation of both the cellular and the inter‐cellular mechanisms giving rise to it in the first place."

To that end, Durand and his team investigated slow periodic activity in vitro, studying the brain waves in hippocampal slices extracted from decapitated mice.

What they found was that slow periodic activity can generate electric fields which in turn activate neighbouring cells, constituting a form of neural communication without chemical synaptic transmission or gap junctions.

"We've known about these waves for a long time, but no one knows their exact function and no one believed they could spontaneously propagate," Durand said.

"I've been studying the hippocampus, itself just one small part of the brain, for 40 years and it keeps surprising me."

This neural activity can actually be modulated - strengthened or blocked - by applying weak electrical fields and could be an analogue form of another cell communication method, called ephaptic coupling.

The team's most radical finding was that these electrical fields can activate neurons through a complete gap in severed brain tissue, when the two pieces remain in close physical proximity.

"To ensure that the slice was completely cut, the two pieces of tissue were separated and then rejoined while a clear gap was observed under the surgical microscope," the authors explained in their paper.

"The slow hippocampal periodic activity could indeed generate an event on the other side of a complete cut through the whole slice."

If you think that sounds freaky, you're not the only one. The review committee at The Journal of Physiology – in which the research has been published – insisted the experiments be completed again before agreeing to print the study.

Durand et al. dutifully complied, but sound pretty understanding of the cautiousness, all things considered, given the unprecedented weirdness of the observation they're reporting.

"It was a jaw-dropping moment," Durand said, "for us and for every scientist we told about this so far."

"But every experiment we've done since to test it has confirmed it so far."

It'll take a lot more research to figure out if this bizarre form of neural communication is taking place in human brains – let alone decoding what exact function it performs – but for now, we've got new science that's shocking in all kinds of ways, as Dickson adroitly observes.

"While it remains to be seen if the [findings] are relevant to spontaneous slow rhythms that occur in both cortical and hippocampal tissue in situ during sleep and sleep‐like states," Dickson wrote, "they should probably (and quite literally) electrify the field."

The findings are reported in The Journal of Physiology.

A version of this article was first published in February 2019.

https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/world/ne ... id=BHEA000

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^Are you really sure you want to form a bubble with Oz


It has been suggested that rather than burst the bubble, we build a wall
and send the bill to the People's Republic of China. Xi Jinping was so enraged
he threated to withdraw all Chinese takeaways and restaurants and flood
NZ with degenerate gamblers and methamphetamine precursors :twisted:


Aren't they all living in Sydney :mrgreen:

Anyway, Xi Jinping has just banned all beef and barley exports for Oz to China, if anyone one wants some beer and burgers - have I got a deal for you :smoke:


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Melania Trump wrote:
Gray_Ghost wrote:
Melania Trump wrote:
^Are you really sure you want to form a bubble with Oz


It has been suggested that rather than burst the bubble, we build a wall
and send the bill to the People's Republic of China. Xi Jinping was so enraged
he threated to withdraw all Chinese takeaways and restaurants and flood
NZ with degenerate gamblers and methamphetamine precursors :twisted:


Aren't they all living in Sydney :mrgreen:

Anyway, Xi Jinping has just banned all beef and barley exports for Oz to China, if anyone one wants some beer and burgers - have I got a deal for you :smoke:


:lol: Ping's still buying up our pork, ironically China's pigs have a virus.....

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So instead of Pigs and ponies, its Pigs and Bats

You're not sending them any flying Foxes or Possums? :roll:


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:lol: if only we could round up and export our feral wallaby population.....


Todays figures according to the man, NZ has:

1,499 coronavirus cases + 1

1,149 confirmed + 1

350 probable

21 dead

1,433 recovered + 5

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This unchanged 21 deaths is a triumph. RIP.

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if only we could round up and export our feral wallaby population.....

Aren't they good enough at Rugby? :mrgreen:


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^^^^^ Paws are to small, they can't hold on to ball :lol: ^^^^^

No change to the weekend's figures
according to the man, NZ has:

1,499 coronavirus cases

1,149 confirmed

350 probable

21 dead

1,433 recovered


Todays the day around 800,000 kiwi kids and their teachers returned to school
for the first time since the 20th of March.....I'm not one for praying, but I hope we don't
live to regret reopening the schools under Alert Level Two.....


Got home a little earlier than usual to watch todays "real" NASCAR race at Darlington,
the first race since the second week of March. I did enjoy the i-racing as a novelty
distraction, but there's no substitute for the real thing 8)

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according to the man, NZ has:

1,503 + 4 coronavirus cases

1,153 + 4 confirmed

350 probable

21 dead

1,442 + 9 recovered

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Got home a little earlier than usual to watch todays "real" NASCAR race at Darlington,
the first race since the second week of March. I did enjoy the i-racing as a novelty
distraction, but there's no substitute for the real thing 8)


Yes, a ray of sunshine, fun, and normalcy...I recorded Darlington and we're gonna watch it Thursday as we're both off...then we're back in the flow for live at Charlotte this Sunday night. :D

I think all the races have switched to the "normal" channels (as opposed to the two tiers up "pay extra" channels)...so that's really cool too as we'll get them all :)

I kinda like the exodus of fair weather fans so the money is leaving, I'm hoping when the multicar teams can no longer afford an org of 500 engineers and gobs of wind tunnel time, that the indivual teams and drivers can get a more level playfield and get into the top 10 more...for example the old top 35 was locked in rule was an example of what a few concentrated big money teams was doing to the sport. I'm kinda likin' all these new names and other people getting a chance.

I remember when it was so varied, that some team would figure something out and start lapping the field and winning with the rest of the field a lap down...until a few weeks later when it leaked, or the other teams reverse engineered it and caught up.

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It is currently believed that a human was infected by an animal - a mink infected a mink farm worker. Location not given but suspected in the south of the Netherlands.

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