News article – BSD News http://bsdnews.org/ Tue, 05 Jul 2022 23:17:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://bsdnews.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/bsd-150x150.png News article – BSD News http://bsdnews.org/ 32 32 Yellowstone National Park partially reopens after historic flooding Kids News Article https://bsdnews.org/yellowstone-national-park-partially-reopens-after-historic-flooding-kids-news-article/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 18:07:03 +0000 https://bsdnews.org/yellowstone-national-park-partially-reopens-after-historic-flooding-kids-news-article/ Yellowstone National Park suffered catastrophic flooding on June 13, 2022. (National Park Service) A unprecedented flood hit Yellowstone National Park on June 13, 2022. The catastrophic the event was caused by a combination exceptionally heavy rains and rapid snowmelt. High and rapid water flows destroyed bridges and washed away entire roads, leaving communities and homes […]]]>
Yellowstone National Park suffered catastrophic flooding on June 13, 2022. (National Park Service)

A unprecedented flood hit Yellowstone National Park on June 13, 2022. The catastrophic the event was caused by a combination exceptionally heavy rains and rapid snowmelt. High and rapid water flows destroyed bridges and washed away entire roads, leaving communities and homes isolated. Fortunately, the approximately 10,000 park visitors were safe evacuated.

The town of Gardiner, along the Montana-Wyoming border, was particularly hard hit. The flood waters of his namesake river left the nearly 900 residents without electricity or water for several days. Both have since been restored. But at Gardiner economy, which depends on the nearly three-quarters of a million visitors who pass through the park’s northern gate each year, is likely to suffer. The flood waters have seriously damaged Yellowstone’s main north entrance road from Gardiner to Mammoth, and could take years to rebuild.

Park officials have begun work on improving a alternative gravel road to Gardiner. This will ensure that residents can to access food, supplies and other essential emergency services. A limited number of tourists may also be allowed into Gardiner once the road is completed. stable.

Yellowstone’s North Gate is closed indefinitely. But the park’s three southern gates were opened to visitors on June 22, 2022. Park officials implemented a new entrance system to avoid overcrowding. It is based on the last license plate number of the customer’s vehicle and the digital calendar date of the month. Cars with odd numbers can visit the park on odd days of the month, while those with even numbers can go on even days.

Historic Lamar River flows in June 2022 eroded the northeast entrance road to Yellowstone National Park. (National Park Service)

Established in 1872, Yellowstone is the oldest national park in America. The 3,472 square mile reserve extends three states – Wyoming, Idaho and Montana – and is home to many unique geological features. These include fossil forests, a mountain of volcanic glass and the largest in the world concentration — 500 — assets geysers. Old Faithful, which has been breaking out at regular intervals for as long as records to existis the best known.

Resources: NPS.gov, idahocapitalsun.com, moutainjournal.org

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My NBC News article on today’s Supreme Court ruling banning discrimination against religious schools in Maine’s school choice program https://bsdnews.org/my-nbc-news-article-on-todays-supreme-court-ruling-banning-discrimination-against-religious-schools-in-maines-school-choice-program/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 21:15:24 +0000 https://bsdnews.org/my-nbc-news-article-on-todays-supreme-court-ruling-banning-discrimination-against-religious-schools-in-maines-school-choice-program/ NBC News just published my article on today’s Supreme Court decision in Carson v. Makinwhich prohibits public school choice programs from discriminating against “sectarian” religious schools. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court struck down a Maine law that excluded most religious private schools from a voucher program in place at similar secular schools. The 6-3 decision […]]]>

NBC News just published my article on today’s Supreme Court decision in Carson v. Makinwhich prohibits public school choice programs from discriminating against “sectarian” religious schools.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court struck down a Maine law that excluded most religious private schools from a voucher program in place at similar secular schools. The 6-3 decision in Carson v. Makin is an important victory for the constitutional principle that the government cannot discriminate on the basis of religion. It can also help open up valuable opportunities for parents and students, especially the disadvantaged.

In 2020, the Supreme Court ruled in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue that a state-run voucher program could not exclude religious schools simply because of their “status” as religious institutions. As Chief Justice John Roberts reiterated in his opinion in court on Tuesday, a state cannot “withhold public benefits otherwise available to religious organizations” simply because they are religious….

Until now, the state of Maine has subsidized the cost of private schools offering the equivalent of a secular public school curriculum for the approximately 5,000 children who live in districts (school administrative units, in Maine parlance) too sparsely populated to support their own public school. . However, Maine refuses to subsidize private school attendance with a religious curriculum in these areas….

Defenders of the Maine voucher program, including Judge Stephen Breyer in his dissenting opinion, argued that it was not a case of religious discrimination because the program did not exclude schools affiliated with the religion as such, but rather only those that are “sectarian” – which the state Department of Education defines as an institution which, “in addition to teaching academic subjects, promotes the faith or belief system to which it associates with and/or presents the material taught through the prism of that faith”.

This distinction makes little sense… and the court was right to reject it. The First Amendment clearly protects not only religious beliefs and religious affiliation, but also the “free exerciseof religion (emphasis added). The word “exercise” suggests that people should be free to act according to their faith – including trying to promote it…..

The flaws in the status-use distinction become apparent if we consider what it would mean in other contexts. So if the state had passed a law that extends social benefits to followers of all religions but denies them to those who could “use” some of the money to “promote” their faith, just about anyone which court would strike that down as unconstitutional discrimination. on the basis of religion….

Under Tuesday’s decision, the state remains free to restrict vouchers to schools that do not meet school standards that also apply to religious and secular schools — even if those standards run counter to the beliefs of some between them. For example, it could require beneficiary schools to teach students the theory of evolution despite the fact that some religious groups reject it….

Some argue that any state aid to religious schools violates another part of the First Amendment — the Establishment Clause, which prohibits the state from creating an “established” church. But non-discrimination between religious and secular institutions in no way privileges a particular faith, nor does it imply state endorsement of a faith’s religious beliefs or coercion to adhere to a certain faith….

In addition to upholding an important constitutional principle, Carson v. Makin is a potential boon for poor and disadvantaged children. Social science research indicates that the choice of private school is often particularly valuable for poor and minority children, and that some religious schools – notably Catholic schools – are particularly adept at improving the performance of disadvantaged students. You don’t have to endorse the religious doctrines of these schools (as an atheist, I don’t myself) to recognize the valuable opportunities they offer.

The decision also offers an opportunity to transcend today’s increasingly divisive culture wars over education…. Red and blue states are increasingly seeking to enforce uniform state-sponsored dogma through their public education systems. School choice that includes a wide range of religious and secular options allows dissenters to go their own way and creates valuable competition that parents can take advantage of.

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Get ready to enjoy the longest (or shortest) day of 2022! Children’s news article https://bsdnews.org/get-ready-to-enjoy-the-longest-or-shortest-day-of-2022-childrens-news-article/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 19:29:59 +0000 https://bsdnews.org/get-ready-to-enjoy-the-longest-or-shortest-day-of-2022-childrens-news-article/ The Northern Hemisphere summer will begin on June 21, 2022 (Image by pamplemousse3/CC-By-SA-2.0/ Pixabay) The school may be closed for the summer, but the astronomical the start of the hot season will not be before June 21, 2022. Called summer solstice, it’s the day when the North Pole is the most inclined towards the Sun. […]]]>
The Northern Hemisphere summer will begin on June 21, 2022 (Image by pamplemousse3/CC-By-SA-2.0/ Pixabay)

The school may be closed for the summer, but the astronomical the start of the hot season will not be before June 21, 2022. Called summer solstice, it’s the day when the North Pole is the most inclined towards the Sun. This allows residents of the northern hemisphere to enjoy the longest day of the year. Those in the southern hemisphere will mark the start of winter with the shortest day of the year.

Summer Solstice Celebrations to deploy themselves during the day. But the solstice technically occurs at some point – when the Sun is just above the Tropic of Cancer, its northernmost position in the sky. In 2022, it will be at 5:14 a.m. EST (2:14 a.m. PST).

While all the countries north of the equator will enjoy at least 12 hours of light on June 21, some will have much more. The people of New York, NY go lounge in over 15 hours of sunshine, while those in London, UK will enjoy over 18 hours. Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, live 21 hours of light, while lucky residents of regions around the Arctic Circle will enjoy a 24-hour day.

The summer solstice is observed with many fun events. One of the oldest and most Dear the holidays are at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. The Neolithic stone circle – built in three phases between 3000 BC and 1600 BC – is designed to align with sunrise in midsummer and sunset in midwinter. Thousands of visitors from all over the world flock to the historical site during the solstice to witness the magical sight of the sun rising above the stones.

Traditional dances around a maypole are a popular midsummer tradition in Sweden. (VisitSweden.com)

The Swedish Midsummer festival is celebrated with family gatherings and traditional dance around a 20-foot-tall maypole. The most popular is the frog dance, which involves jumping around the pole while singing a tune from a famous Swedish song, “Små grodorna” (“The little frogs”). Braid fresh flowers in flower crowns and crowns are also popular. The ancient Customs we believe harness the magic of nature for to assure good health for the year.

Alaska marks the June Solstice over several days with various events including festivals and marathons. The most unusual is the Midnight Sun Game in Fairbanks. The fun tradition dates back to 1906 and involved play baseball from 10:30 p.m. until about 1:30 a.m. the next day without artificial light.

Happy Summer Solstice!

Resources: Earthsky. org, farmersalmanac.com bortonoverseas.com, mlb.com, english-heritage.org.uk

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Understanding the Importance of Juneteenth Kids News Article https://bsdnews.org/understanding-the-importance-of-juneteenth-kids-news-article/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 17:52:33 +0000 https://bsdnews.org/understanding-the-importance-of-juneteenth-kids-news-article/ Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. (fs.usda.gov) On Sunday, June 19, 2022, Americans will observe both Father’s Day and Juneteenth, the nation’s youngest federal holiday. Officially recognized in 2021, it commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. On this day in 1865, the last slave people – a group […]]]>
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. (fs.usda.gov)

On Sunday, June 19, 2022, Americans will observe both Father’s Day and Juneteenth, the nation’s youngest federal holiday. Officially recognized in 2021, it commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. On this day in 1865, the last slave people – a group in Texas – were notified that slavery had been done illegal and that they were free.

The events that led to this historical The day began with the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. The document – issued during the American Civil War (1861-1865) – freed millions of slaves in the 11 Confederate States of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. But the law did not apply to the slaves of the border States that remained loyal to the Union. This included Missouri, Kentucky, Delaware and Maryland. 13 Amendment – passed by the U.S. Congress on January 31, 1865 – closed the loophole and abolished slavery throughout the country.

Areas covered by the Emancipation Proclamation are in red. Uncovered slavery areas are in blue. (Derivative work: SFGiants, CC BY-SA 3.0/Wikimedia Commons)

The two acts freed all but 250,000 of Texas’ slaves, who had heard only unconfirmed rumors about the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. They were not freed until General Gordon Granger of the Union Army announced the decree in Galveston, Texas, June 19, 1865.

Juneteenth began the following year when the ancient slaves celebrated the first anniversary of their freedom with communal barbecues, dancing and prayers. Over the years, Emancipation Day, or Black Independence Day – as it was also known – has been observed to varying degrees in several states and was even declared a holiday in Texas in 1980.

A band playing in Texas for Emancipation Day in 1900. (Mrs. Charles Stephenson (Grace Murray)/Public Domain/ Wikimedia Commons)

But the holidays have really started to gain national notoriety in 2020 among nationwide protests against police abuse of African Americans. This, together with the growing awareness of systemic racism in corporate America, has led companies like Twitter and Nike to make Juneteenth a paid holiday in 2021. The governors of New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania have also declared it a holiday for employees of the State.

Whereas encouraging, it wasn’t enough for a 95 year old man activist Opal Lee, who had been to make a campaign make June 16 a national holiday for more than four decades. The Fort Worth, Texas resident had stepped up her efforts since 2016 with a 2.5-mile walk down West Lancaster Avenue every June 16. The distance symbolized the almost 2.5 years it took slaves in Texas to realize they had been freed. In 2021, the “Juneteenth grandmother” took her cause online with a petition on Change.org, garnering 1.6 million signatures.

President Joe Biden signed into law the June 17 National Independence Day Act on June 17, 2021. (The White House/ Public Domain/ Wikimedia Commons)

His efforts finally paid off on June 17, 2021, when President Joe Biden signed into law a measure making June 19, or June 16, a federal holiday. It was the first nationally approved holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983. Lee, who was invited to the White House to attend the important occasion, hope the holiday will become a national day unity.

“Juneteenth is not a black thing, and it’s not a Texas thing,” she said. “People everywhere, no matter what nationality, we’re all bleeding red blood.”

Resources: USAtoday.com, Wikipedia.com, abcnews.go.com, cbsnews.com

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Press articles | News | Media https://bsdnews.org/press-articles-news-media/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 07:05:22 +0000 https://bsdnews.org/press-articles-news-media/ 06.07.22 By: David Lim, Katherine Ellen Foley, Lauren Gardner Source: Politics DECISION TIME FOR NOVAVAX — Today marks an important day for Maryland-based vaccine maker Novavax: Independent FDA advisers will vote on whether to recommend the agency clear its Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use in the adults. But why does the US need another Covid […]]]>

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DECISION TIME FOR NOVAVAXToday marks an important day for Maryland-based vaccine maker Novavax: Independent FDA advisers will vote on whether to recommend the agency clear its Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use in the adults.

But why does the US need another Covid vaccine in its arsenal when nearly 77% of adults here are fully vaccinated? The benefits of having an alternate vaccine technology became apparent with the diminished status of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid vaccine. The Novavax vaccine could also be used by the small percentage of people who are allergic to a component of the messenger RNA offerings.

But FDA evaluation of Novavax data raised two red flags when it was released on Friday, Lauren reports: a potential causal link to cases of heart inflammation and a lack of manufacturing data proving the company can still manufacture a product that meets the high purity standards of the FDA.

“Multiple events of myocarditis/pericarditis have been reported in temporal relation to [Novavax vaccine] administration, similar to myocarditis following COVID-19 mRNA vaccines and raising concerns about a causal relationship with” the Novavax vaccine, the FDA said in its briefing document. The company said in a statement on Friday that it believes “there is insufficient evidence to establish a causal link.” Tom Shimabukuro, chief of the CDC’s Office of Immunization Safety, will present this morning on vaccine-associated myocarditis.

The FDA also said manufacturing data and product information for the vaccines Novavax intends to use in an EUA were still being tested and submitted when the agency conducted its review. exam. According to the FDA’s EUA guidelines to manufacturers, applicants must ensure vaccine quality and consistency — a longstanding issue for Novavax — to receive clearance.

PFIZER EXPANDS MICHIGAN PLANT FOR PAXLOVIDOn Monday, Pfizer announced a $120 million investment in its Kalamazoo plant, which will support the production of components used in its Covid-19 treatment, Paxlovid. This increase will spur the creation of more than 250 jobs, the company said.

CDC COVID MORTALITY DATA OVER A 2-WEEK BREAK The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics vital statistics system will undergo a two-week upgrade that will pause its updates of Covid-19 surveillance data. Data updates are expected to resume on June 20.



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RTL Today – Fact check: Image does not show authentic Global News article on Covid vaccine https://bsdnews.org/rtl-today-fact-check-image-does-not-show-authentic-global-news-article-on-covid-vaccine/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 11:54:57 +0000 https://bsdnews.org/rtl-today-fact-check-image-does-not-show-authentic-global-news-article-on-covid-vaccine/ An image shared tens of thousands of times on social media purports to show a Global News article that says the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is only 12% effective. It’s wrong; the Canadian press agency did not publish the article and clinical trial data from Pfizer showed the vaccine to be 95% effective. “Aaaaand finally some […]]]>

An image shared tens of thousands of times on social media purports to show a Global News article that says the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is only 12% effective. It’s wrong; the Canadian press agency did not publish the article and clinical trial data from Pfizer showed the vaccine to be 95% effective.

“Aaaaand finally some honesty,” says a May 20, 2022 tweet from Olympic pair figure skating champion Jamie Sale.

The tweet includes an image that resembles an article from the Global News website with the headline: “Pfizer clinical trial data reveals company’s COVID vaccine has 12% efficacy rate.”

AFP asked Sale for a link to the supposed article but she did not respond. She posted a series of tweets opposing Canada’s strict requirements for Covid-19 vaccines for travel.

The same image can be found in Facebook posts, including here and here.

Contacted by AFP, a spokesperson for Global News said: “We can confirm that the headline and caption in question have never been published on our site and are falsely associated with the Global News brand. “

A search of the headline on the Global News website did not find the article – instead it revealed a 2020 story reporting that the Pfizer vaccine was 95% effective.

A Google search for the title also did not find a Global News article. Instead, he surfaced fact-checking articles from Full Fact and the Reuters news agency.

Canada’s CTV News has also been the target of posts sharing altered images designed to look like real news coverage.

12 percent efficiency

As AFP has previously reported, 12% is not an accurate measure of the effectiveness of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, according to information released by the company and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). .

Claims that the vaccine is only 12% effective can be traced to an April 3, 2022 Substack article published by Sonia Elijah, who writes for Trial Site News – a website that has promoted untested Covid-19 treatments. proven.

In his blog post, Elijah says the vaccine’s effectiveness should be calculated with numbers from page 42 of a December 2020 document that includes data Pfizer shared with the FDA. It says: “Of the 3,410 total suspected but unconfirmed Covid-19 cases in the overall study population, 1,594 occurred in the vaccine group versus 1,816 in the placebo group.”

However, these people did not have cases of Covid-19 confirmed by a PCR test.

Pfizer’s clinical trial protocols make it clear that participants should make an appointment for a PCR test if they have recognized symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, or loss of taste/odor.

Jeffrey Morris, director of biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, explained on his website that the 3,410 “suspect but unconfirmed” cases were people who had “any symptom mentioned in the list, which of course could have come from multiple causes, not just Covid-19 infections.”

He said: “Obviously the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine was not intended to prevent all coughs, fevers, chills, sore throats, muscle aches, shortness of breath, vomiting, etc. the cause, it would be ridiculous to include all reports of common symptoms such as Covid-19 cases for the purpose of calculating vaccine effectiveness.”

While these social media posts attribute the 12% figure to “clinical trial data” from Pfizer, other posts have referenced a preprint study from the New York State Department of Health. covered by the American media.

The study found that the lowest dose of the Pfizer vaccine – given to children aged 5 to 11 – was only 12% effective against infection during the Omicron wave that hit the state in December 2021 and January 2022. Despite this finding, the researchers concluded, “Vaccination of children 5-11 years of age protects against serious disease and is recommended.”

Other AFP reporting on inaccurate claims about vaccines can be found here.

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Rafael Nadal makes more history at the French Open Kids News Article https://bsdnews.org/rafael-nadal-makes-more-history-at-the-french-open-kids-news-article/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://bsdnews.org/rafael-nadal-makes-more-history-at-the-french-open-kids-news-article/ Rafael Nadal won his 14th Roland-Garros title on June 5, 2022. (Corinne Dubreuil/FFT/Rolandgaros.com) Rafael Nadal has once again proven himself to be the ‘King of Clay’. On June 5, 2022, tennis phenomenon beat Casper Rudd in three decisive sets to win a record 14th title at Roland-Garros. The 36-year-old is the oldest French Open men’s […]]]>
Rafael Nadal won his 14th Roland-Garros title on June 5, 2022. (Corinne Dubreuil/FFT/Rolandgaros.com)

Rafael Nadal has once again proven himself to be the ‘King of Clay’. On June 5, 2022, tennis phenomenon beat Casper Rudd in three decisive sets to win a record 14th title at Roland-Garros. The 36-year-old is the oldest French Open men’s singles champion and the first men’s tennis player to win 22 Grand Slam championships – the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic each hold 20 Grand Slam titles.

“For me, it’s very difficult to describe the feelings I have,” Nadal said during the award ceremony on the pitch. “It’s something I never believed. To be here at 36, to be competitive again, playing on the most important court of my career… that says it all. I don’t know what can happen in the future, but I will keep fighting to try and keep going as many times as possible.”

Nadal’s exploits are all the more remarkable as a chronic a foot problem almost pushed him into retirement in 2021. Fortunately, the Spaniard recovered and in January 2022 won his first Grand Slam of the year – the Australian Open. Since then, Nadal has been suffering from a rib injury and the foot pain has also returned. After the Roland-Garros final, the 36-year-old told the media that he had received injections numb pain throughout the two weeks tournament.

Nadal has won more Grand Slams than any other male tennis player in history. (Roland Garros/ Twitter)

“The preparation wasn’t ideal,” Nadal said. “I had a stress break of the coastthen I have the foot [pain], which stays there all the time. I had my doctor here with me — I don’t know how to say in English what we did. We played without foot feeling, we played with a injection in the nerve, so the foot was asleep – that’s why I was able to play.”

The champion now counts undergo a procedure which can provide a long term reprieve pain. The success of the treatment will determine whether he takes part in the 2022 Wimbledon Championships, which begin on June 27. If the procedure doesn’t work, Nadal will have to consider major surgery, which may or may not solve the problem. It will also take a prolonged recovery.

“Wimbledon is a priority, still [has] been a priority. If I am able to play with anti-inflammatories? Yes. Play with anesthetic injections? No. I don’t want to put myself back in this position. Might happen once, but no, it’s not a philosophy life that I want to follow,” Nadal said.

Resources: Rolandgarros.com, ESPN.com, CNN.com.

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The image does not show the authentic Global News article on the Covid vaccine https://bsdnews.org/the-image-does-not-show-the-authentic-global-news-article-on-the-covid-vaccine/ Thu, 02 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://bsdnews.org/the-image-does-not-show-the-authentic-global-news-article-on-the-covid-vaccine/ Copyright AFP 2017-2022. All rights reserved. An image shared tens of thousands of times on social media purports to show a Global News article that says the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is only 12% effective. It’s wrong; the Canadian press agency did not publish the article and clinical trial data from Pfizer showed the vaccine to […]]]>

Copyright AFP 2017-2022. All rights reserved.

An image shared tens of thousands of times on social media purports to show a Global News article that says the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is only 12% effective. It’s wrong; the Canadian press agency did not publish the article and clinical trial data from Pfizer showed the vaccine to be 95% effective.

“Aaaaand finally some honesty,” says a May 20, 2022 tweet from Olympic pair figure skating champion Jamie Sale.

The tweet includes an image that resembles an article from the Global News website with the headline: “Pfizer clinical trial data reveals company’s COVID vaccine has 12% efficacy rate.”

AFP asked Sale for a link to the supposed article but she did not respond. She posted a series of tweets opposing Canada’s strict requirements for Covid-19 vaccines for travel.

Screenshot of a tweet taken on June 2, 2022

The same image can be found in Facebook posts, including here and here.

Contacted by AFP, a spokesperson for Global News said: “We can confirm that the headline and caption in question have never been published on our site and are falsely associated with the Global News brand. “

A search of the headline on the Global News website did not find the article – instead it revealed a 2020 story reporting that the Pfizer vaccine was 95% effective.

A Google search for the title also did not find a Global News article. Instead, he surfaced fact-checking articles from Full Fact and the Reuters news agency.

Canada’s CTV News has also been the target of posts sharing altered images designed to look like real news coverage.

12 percent efficiency

As AFP has previously reported, 12% is not an accurate measure of the effectiveness of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, according to information released by the company and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). .

Claims that the vaccine is only 12% effective can be traced to an April 3, 2022 Substack article published by Sonia Elijah, who writes for Trial Site News – a website that has promoted untested Covid-19 treatments. proven.

In his blog post, Elijah says the vaccine’s effectiveness should be calculated with numbers from page 42 of a December 2020 document that includes data Pfizer shared with the FDA. It says: “Of the 3,410 total suspected but unconfirmed Covid-19 cases in the overall study population, 1,594 occurred in the vaccine group versus 1,816 in the placebo group.”

However, these people did not have cases of Covid-19 confirmed by a PCR test.

Pfizer’s clinical trial protocols make it clear that participants should make an appointment for a PCR test if they have recognized symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, or loss of taste/odor.

How the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine uses genetic information from SARS-CoV-2 to boost the body’s immune response ( AFP / John SAEKI, Laurence CHU)

Jeffrey Morris, director of biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, explained on his website that the 3,410 “suspect but unconfirmed” cases were people who had “any symptom mentioned in the list, which of course could have come from multiple causes, not just Covid-19 infections.”

He said: “Obviously the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine was not intended to prevent all coughs, fevers, chills, sore throats, muscle aches, shortness of breath, vomiting, etc. the cause, it would be ridiculous to include all reports of common symptoms such as Covid-19 cases for the purpose of calculating vaccine effectiveness.”

While these social media posts attribute the 12% figure to “clinical trial data” from Pfizer, other posts have referenced a preprint study from the New York State Department of Health. covered by the American media.

The study found that the lowest dose of the Pfizer vaccine – given to children aged 5 to 11 – was only 12% effective against infection during the Omicron wave that hit the state in December 2021 and January 2022. Despite this finding, the researchers concluded, “Vaccination of children 5-11 years of age protects against serious disease and is recommended.”

Other AFP reporting on inaccurate claims about vaccines can be found here.

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Everything you need to know about inflation and more News Article for Kids https://bsdnews.org/everything-you-need-to-know-about-inflation-and-more-news-article-for-kids/ Wed, 01 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://bsdnews.org/everything-you-need-to-know-about-inflation-and-more-news-article-for-kids/ Americans have paid significantly more for everyday items, like food, over the past year. (Th78blue/ CC BY-SA 4/0/ Wikimedia Commons) You may have heard your parents to complain on rising costs of everything from groceries to gas, clothes, electronics and even cars. They are not wrong. From March 2021 to March 2022, consumer prices for […]]]>
Americans have paid significantly more for everyday items, like food, over the past year. (Th78blue/ CC BY-SA 4/0/ Wikimedia Commons)

You may have heard your parents to complain on rising costs of everything from groceries to gas, clothes, electronics and even cars. They are not wrong. From March 2021 to March 2022, consumer prices for food increased by 8.8%, while energy costs increased by 32%. The rate of price increase over a given period is called inflation.

What causes inflation?

Inflation can be caused by many factors. Sometimes this is due to the rising cost of raw materials, which makes the final product more Dear at manufacturing. It can also be caused by employees asking for higher wages. This is because companies usually compensate for increased costs by raising prices.

Current inflation would be the result of the repressed the demand for goods and services once consumers emerged from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some experts believe COVID-19 relief measures, which added $817 billion to U.S. households in 2020, also contributed to the surge in demand. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which resulted in a peak energy prices, has made matters worse.

“The main factor that pushed up inflation was extraordinarily high demand as consumers have more money in their bank accounts, lower interest rates to borrow at higher stock prices, and lots of money they have saved because they haven’t spent a lot in 2020,” Jason Furman, a Harvard University practice professor and former economic adviser to President Barack Obama, said.

“It was exacerbated more recently by things like rising oil prices due to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s invasion of Ukraine,” Furman added.

Is inflation always bad?

Slow and steady price increases, such as the United States and other countries have experienced for more than 20 years, are beneficial to the economy. They help silver keep its value. Low inflation also makes it easier for businesses to plan long-term spending, as they can accurately forecast costs in future years.

The US isn’t the only country to experience high inflation in 2022. (Statista/ CC-By-SA-2.0)

But the same is not true for the run away the inflation we are currently experiencing. Higher costs would make it increasingly difficult for people to buy the things they need and want. As sales slow, companies are forced to make tough decisions, like laying off employees and delaying expansion plans. Left unchecked, high inflation could lead to a strict economic downturn or recession.

What can the US government do to slow inflation?

The first step towards slowing down run away inflation is brake consumer demand. The US Federal Reserve is trying to do this by raising interest rates, which were cut to zero in 2020. Officials have so far announced two increases totaling 75 basis points. Five additional rate hikes are provide for this year. Higher interest rates make more Dear individuals and businesses to borrow money and reduce their expenses. They should, at least in the theory, reduce demand, slow the economy and bring inflation back to more normal levels.

“It is our job to ensure that the inflation of this unpleasant high nature does not get entrenched in the economy,” Fed Chairman Jerome H. Powell said at a news conference. conference on May 4, 2022. “The process to get there involves higher rates – higher mortgage higher interest rates and higher borrowing rates, things like that. It’s not gonna be pleasant neither, but in the end, everyone is better off – everyone. Particularly those on fixed incomes and at the lower end of income Distribution are better with stable prices.”

The Fed’s effort will take time. Meanwhile, the White House is trying to provide consumers immediate relief from high gasoline prices by releasing some of the strategic oil reserves. They can even temporarily stop collecting the federal gasoline tax. Officials also warned oil and gas companies not to keep prices artificially high for Americans. consumers.

“If gasoline retailers’ costs go down, they have to immediately passing those savings on to consumers,” former White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on May 4, 2022. “The invasion of Ukraine and the volatility of the oil market is no excuse for excessive price hikes, increased profits, or any effort to exploit American consumers.”

Hope the combined will help reverse the rapid rise in inflation before it is too late.

Resources: Theeconomist.com, www.clevelandfed.org, abcnews.go.com, Qz.com

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Priyanka Chopra shares a photo of her late nani reading a news article about her https://bsdnews.org/priyanka-chopra-shares-a-photo-of-her-late-nani-reading-a-news-article-about-her/ Sat, 28 May 2022 03:51:08 +0000 https://bsdnews.org/priyanka-chopra-shares-a-photo-of-her-late-nani-reading-a-news-article-about-her/ Priyanka Chopra has shared a heartwarming photo of her late grandmother as she wished her on her birthday. Priyanka’s maternal grandmother, Madhu Jyotsna Akhouri, died in June 2016. The actress, who often shares photos and stories about her grandmother, shared another glimpse of their bond. Read also | Nick Jonas says he ‘sings old classics’ […]]]>

Priyanka Chopra has shared a heartwarming photo of her late grandmother as she wished her on her birthday. Priyanka’s maternal grandmother, Madhu Jyotsna Akhouri, died in June 2016. The actress, who often shares photos and stories about her grandmother, shared another glimpse of their bond. Read also | Nick Jonas says he ‘sings old classics’ for Malti, Priyanka Chopra ‘plays her songs on iPod or whatever’

Priyanka took to Instagram Stories on Saturday, May 8, to share a photo showing her grandmother reading a newspaper featuring an article about the actor. Priyanka captioned it, “Happy birthday nani. I always miss you,” adding a red heart emoji.

Priyanka Chopra shared a photo of her grandmother on Instagram Stories.

Priyanka had already said at the time of her grandmother’s death that she believed she would always be there with her. The actor said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ms Madhu Jyotsna Akhouri, our beloved mother and grandmother, freedom fighter, social activist, MLA, among others. .She was an amazing woman who lived a full life filled with purpose and love…The ones we love don’t walk away, they walk by our side every day.”

Priyanka recently shared childhood photos with her grandmother and mother Madhu Chopra and how her “nani” helped her mother raise her. One of the photos showed Priyanka feeding her grandmother. She captioned the post, “All 6, celebrating my Nani’s (maternal grandmother’s) birthday. She helped raise me while my mom and dad balanced medical school and careers. She was a part extremely consistent with my upbringing. I feel so lucky to have had so many strong mother figures in my life.”

Priyanka welcomed a daughter, Malti Marie Chopra Jonas, with husband Nick Jonas earlier this year. She was last seen onscreen in The Matrix Resurrections. She will next be seen in the Hollywood romantic comedy It’s All Coming Back to Me and the Amazon Prime Video web series Citadel. We will also see her in Jee Le Zaraa by Farhan Akhtar, alongside Katrina Kaif and Alia Bhatt.

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