Medium Shot – Tunali Fotograf http://tunalifotograf.com/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 01:56:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://tunalifotograf.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-1-150x150.png Medium Shot – Tunali Fotograf http://tunalifotograf.com/ 32 32 Covid News: Biden calls efforts to vaccinate very young American children a ‘monumental step forward’ https://tunalifotograf.com/covid-news-biden-calls-efforts-to-vaccinate-very-young-american-children-a-monumental-step-forward/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 00:06:46 +0000 https://tunalifotograf.com/covid-news-biden-calls-efforts-to-vaccinate-very-young-american-children-a-monumental-step-forward/ President Biden spoke on Tuesday about Covid-19 vaccines for children under 5 from the White House.Credit…Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times President Biden on Tuesday marked what White House officials billed as the unofficial start of the U.S. campaign to vaccinate children under 5, visiting a site in Washington, D.C., to meet with families and children […]]]>
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President Biden on Tuesday marked what White House officials billed as the unofficial start of the U.S. campaign to vaccinate children under 5, visiting a site in Washington, D.C., to meet with families and children while that certain vaccines were administered.

‘Finally, some peace of mind,’ Biden said at the White House after the event in remarks celebrating the availability of vaccines, calling it a ‘monumental step forward’ in the country’s response to the pandemic. .

Federal health officials, eager to show the progress the United States has made in controlling fatal coronavirus cases, have worked for weeks to prepare parents and doctors to vaccinate the youngest children, a population of ‘about 20 million adults who waited 18 months after first became eligible for the injections.

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late last week cleared the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech plans for young children following votes by independent expert panels.

Mr. Biden said he met about 17 families at the Washington vaccination site with children who had already received a vaccine or were about to do so. A federal website, vaccines.govhad updated Tuesday to show where vaccines could be found, he said.

Arsema Desta, a registered nurse in Washington who helps local pediatric vaccination efforts, appeared with the president at the White House and said vaccines for young children were important “because it allows multigenerational households to ensure that all household members are vaccinated.

The Biden administration has already made at least 10 million doses available to states and health care providers and plans to rely heavily on pediatricians and primary care offices to administer them, as is usually the case in pediatric vaccination campaigns. Pharmacies and community health centers, among other providers, will also vaccinate younger children.

But as of last week’s deadline, only 2.5 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine had been ordered, about half of what the federal government was offering, along with about 1.3 million doses of Moderna, about a quarter of what was on offer.

Dr. Deborah M. Greenhouse, a pediatrician in Columbia, SC, said as of Tuesday afternoon her office was still waiting for about 1,000 doses to arrive. She said the parents she has met so far fall into three categories: those knocking on doors to get vaccinated; those who are interested but need to be consulted; and completely resistant families.

She said the low turnout of children aged 5 to 11 was a “genuine concern” she and her colleagues had, but hoped to overcome with younger children. Only about 37% of children in this age group received at least one dose.

Pediatricians are especially important for families in choosing, she said.

“Once it’s rolled out and you have a lot of early adopter groups, once their kids have gotten the vaccine and there’s more data and bigger numbers, that’s what’s going to attract” families who are waiting to decide, she said.

Speaking at the White House on Tuesday, Biden again warned of a lack of funding for the federal response to the pandemic, which he said could hamper future attempts to call off possible surges. Federal health officials have pleaded for months with lawmakers to provide more money for vaccines and treatments. But negotiations have stalled, even becoming publicly hostile during a Senate hearing last week.

Mr. Biden also appeared to hit Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida. State health care providers were allowed to late order shots for young children last week after Florida became the only state to refuse pre-orders, White House officials said. State officials denied reversing their stance and said they maintained a policy of allowing orders after FDA clearance.

“Let’s be clear: elected officials must not get in the way and make it more difficult for parents who want their children to be vaccinated and who want to protect them and those around them,” Biden said. “Now is not the time for politics. This is about allowing parents to do all they can to keep their children safe.

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How to come and see avoids the problems inherent in anti-war films https://tunalifotograf.com/how-to-come-and-see-avoids-the-problems-inherent-in-anti-war-films/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 21:30:00 +0000 https://tunalifotograf.com/how-to-come-and-see-avoids-the-problems-inherent-in-anti-war-films/ Anti-war films have always faced an uphill battle. A director can use every technique under the sun to portray the brutality of war, creating films brimming with graphic violence to really hammer home the savagery of such an event, but they still come up against the same problem: how much war does it translate to […]]]>

Anti-war films have always faced an uphill battle. A director can use every technique under the sun to portray the brutality of war, creating films brimming with graphic violence to really hammer home the savagery of such an event, but they still come up against the same problem: how much war does it translate to the screen? . It may be cliché, but the film is a visual medium, resulting in a format where meticulously crafted imagery and deliberate use of body language can say more than an entire monologue ever could. The movie is essentially a big celebration of movement, and therefore, it’s no surprise that it lends itself incredibly well to the action genre. Watching Keanu Reeves shoot the lobby of a hotel at The matrix or a nightclub John Wick is cinema in its purest form, an elaborate dance of tightly choreographed moves where no lines of dialogue are required, and it’s hard to imagine such sequences would have even half their impact had they been shown. in a book or piece of music instead. There’s no better action format than film, and while it’s generated decades of entertainment for global popcorn audiences, it’s proven to be a serious problem every time the filmmakers tackle the controversial subject of war.

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A clear example of this can be seen in by Steven Spielberg film Saving Private Ryan. Its iconic opening, set during the assault on Omaha Beach as part of the Normandy landings, features some of cinema’s most explicit and heartbreaking imagery of war. Nothing embodies the saying that war is hell better than this, with Spielberg echoing it so much in the film’s marketing campaign. “Every war movie… is an anti-war movie,” he said Newsweek, a quote that should sum up the film, but as every artist learns, how an audience perceives their work can be very different from how it was intended. The sequence is a staple of the best action scenes of all time and was ranked by tv guide as greatest movie moment on their 2001 list. While such inclusions are hardly made in bad faith, it’s odd to see such a gruesome sequence based on a real-life tragedy make it onto a list of “greatest movie moments” alongside the Rain Dance of Sing in the rain and Humphrey Bogart say goodbye to Ingrid Bergman in casablanca.


Saving Private Ryan isn’t the only war movie to run into this problem, and it’s only the first in a long line that plagues the genre. The need to condense such horrific events into a three-act structure that fits within a standard length can make the concept of an anti-war film problematic from day one, risking turning what should be a powerful signal of alarm for humanity into a simple commercial product. Films that are too overtly anti-war have struggled to receive support from major studios, and those that do often fail to achieve their stated goals while producing something that will do well at the box office. Francois Truffautone of the leading figures of the French New Wave, once said “there is no anti-war film”, and although many filmmakers have tried to expose it, it remains the defining quote on the subject.


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But if there’s a film that proves the opposite of Truffaut’s quote, it’s the 1985 film. come and see. Directed by the famous Soviet filmmaker Elem Klimovthe film depicts the occupation of Belarus by Nazi Germany in 1943 through the eyes of a young teenager called Flyora (Alexei Kravchenko) who aspires to join the Belarusian resistance movement. The film proved difficult to make, with Klimov having to fight censorship from the Soviet authorities for eight years before being allowed to make the film (he only had to understand with the title of the filma radical departure from the much bolder Kill Hitler he had originally wanted). Even then, the production was far from easy, with its lengthy filming schedule and graphic content taking its toll on everyone involved. The film received a positive response upon its premiere at the 14th Moscow International Film Festival, and over the ensuing decades it became one of the most acclaimed films of the genre, becoming the benchmark to which all films anti-war must be compared to. Quite simply, come and see is a tough movie to watch, and its refusal to back down, overwhelming as it is, makes its Hollywood equivalents look like child’s play by comparison. Almost 40 years later, it has lost none of its impact.


But how does come and see accomplish a task decades of movies have failed? The answer comes from its unwavering commitment to portraying the horror of World War II no matter what, resulting in one of the most unsettling films ever made. He excels at depicting the atrocities of war without ever falling victim to Hollywood sensationalism, with Klimov ensuring that the viewer never confuses the events on screen with just another WWII entertainment. An example of this can be seen when Flyora returns to her native village following an attack by German paratroopers at the resistance movement’s camp. Accompanied by Glasha (Olga Mironova), a young girl who worked as a nurse at the camp, they find the village deserted. Flyora seems rather casual about the whole thing, even helping herself to her mother’s still-warm kitchen, but it’s clear something is wrong. Glasha spots him first. The flies, a gentle buzz that radiates throughout the village, and which increases as the scene progresses. Eventually it becomes too much and Flyora runs out of the house, sprinting in a seemingly random direction while shouting illogical thoughts about her family hiding on a nearby island through a bog.


Glasha follows, but not before she takes a single look back at the village, and it is here that the nightmare is confirmed. The bodies of the entire population of the village are piled up against a house, piled up as if they were only animals in a slaughterhouse. The plan lasts only a few seconds, but a few seconds are enough. The film does not dwell on the violence, instead focusing on its consequences and the effect it has on its characters rather than the act itself. Letting the viewer imagine the massacre makes it a considerably more terrifying moment and demonstrates Klimov’s refusal to bend to the formula of a traditional war film. It’s a shot that will chill even the most hardened viewers and serves as the climax to a sequence that is a masterclass in filmmaking. The gradual build-up, enhanced by its fantastic sound design and minimal use of dialogue, feels more like a horror movie than anything else, an approach that guides the rest of the film.

But it’s not just a single sequence; rather, it’s something that leaves a permanent mark on both of its characters. In the next scene, Flyora tries to drown Glasha upon learning the truth and soon after tries to commit suicide out of guilt. These two events highlight the physical and mental impact of the war, and show the film’s commitment to avoiding the usual clichés of the genre. Rather than including the action purely for entertainment rather than adding to the overall story, Klimov lets the action linger long after it’s ended in a way that few movies replicate. . Flyora does not use these events as motivation to grab a gun and end the scourge of Nazism once and for all, rather he becomes the empty shell of a person whose direction in life is entirely decided by those around him. . The decision to present the story from the perspective of a 14-year-old boy may seem like a cheap trick to elicit audience sympathy, but Klimov is careful to avoid brazen attempts at sentimentality. In the final sections of the film, Flyora is hardly a character, just a passive vector to lead the audience from set to set. As the credits roll, he looks more like an old man than a teenager, and that’s only after living through the war for just a few days. God only knows what the next two years will bring.


come and see the refusal to include the usual action scenes associated with this genre goes to the heart of how it avoids the inherent problem of anti-war films. The previously mentioned village sequence circumvents this by skipping the show of gunfire and explosions to focus only on the aftermath, with other scenes using similar techniques to ensure that no second can be misinterpreted as mere entertainment. Chief among them, an extended sequence where an SS unit wreaks havoc on the innocent residents of Perekhody, feels like a deliberate attempt to avoid the quote-to-quote “happy” endings that war movies usually end with. No allied forces are riding up the hill to save the day here; instead, there’s just an unimaginable horror compounded by the length of the sequence, with Klimov forcing the viewer to watch every second of the tragedy. The masterful editing, which cuts between the scenes of violence and the shots of those who commit it (all of whom derive sickening pleasure from it), is certain to fill the audience with utter disgust. It could also be seen as a statement by Klimov, with the shots of people enjoying the violence somewhat mimicking how a typical audience would react to such a scene if featured in a more traditional film. But there’s sure to be no smiles from the audience here, with the sequence languishing in nightmare for so long you’ll be tempted to hit the stop button just to stop it. None of these scenes made it to the “greatest movie moments” list, and rightly so.


come and see is a hard movie to watch. Even for those who consider themselves jaded by cinematic violence, there is an authenticity to come and see that sets it apart from similar movies, a feeling that has only gotten worse because so much of it is based on real events. The action may lend itself beautifully to the middle of the film, but there’s an art to constructing an intricate sequence of moves that doesn’t just feel like a group of actors working on a script, with insane levels of work required to give to the public the thrills of the blockbuster. they are thirsty. But there is also an art to producing such a sequence which is the opposite of pleasure. It may seem like a wild ride, totally at odds with the concept of such a scene, but in the proper context it can have a profound effect on the viewer. come and see is a great example of this and uses the action in a way that avoids the biggest problem that all anti-war movies face. It’s one of the best films ever made. It is also the one that is very difficult to recommend. But, ultimately, it is a very important film, a visual document recounting one of the darkest periods of our history, and which all anti-war films should draw inspiration from.


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The new automatic grenade launcher is designed as an assault rifle https://tunalifotograf.com/the-new-automatic-grenade-launcher-is-designed-as-an-assault-rifle/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 00:29:25 +0000 https://tunalifotograf.com/the-new-automatic-grenade-launcher-is-designed-as-an-assault-rifle/ At this year’s Eurosatory, which is an industry fair where international companies can showcase their weapons and other defense products, German company Rheinmetall unveiled its detachable magazine-fed automatic grenade launcher. The Squad Support Weapon 40, or SSW40, which looks like something out of a Hollywood blockbuster, is attracting attention for its ability to fire medium-velocity […]]]>

At this year’s Eurosatory, which is an industry fair where international companies can showcase their weapons and other defense products, German company Rheinmetall unveiled its detachable magazine-fed automatic grenade launcher. The Squad Support Weapon 40, or SSW40, which looks like something out of a Hollywood blockbuster, is attracting attention for its ability to fire medium-velocity 40mm shells that could provide small units with great firepower, and many, in a relatively compact format. package.

According to Rheinmetall press release, the SSW40 is the world’s first self-loading grenade launcher. It is not known whether “automatic” means that this weapon is capable of firing fully automatically. Broadly similar semi-automatic weapons intended primarily to be fired from bipods or vehicle mounts have appeared in different parts of the globe. Thus, it could be that the SSW40 is “the first” to be fully automatic or to be semi-automatic and intended to be fired from the shoulder like a more traditional firearm. The company says the handling, ergonomics and specifications of the SSW40 were inspired by assault rifles, giving the launcher a generally familiar streamlined design.

It’s also important to note that the SSW40 reveal is the product of a much longer development process. Rheinmetall’s Hydra weapon, which is also a magazine-fed automatic grenade launcher, is believed to have been a prototype for the SSW40 and was first introduced a decade ago in 2012. The model was released as part of from a collaboration between Rheinmetall and Milkor USA, which showcased the Hydra at the annual SHOT Show in the United States in 2016.

Since the specific details surrounding the SSW40 are still somewhat ambiguous as development is not expected to be completed until next year, a Hydra report posted on The gun blog in 2016 during the SHOT Show exhibition could give a glimpse of what the SSW40 could become in the end. The blog post noted that the Hydra featured a hydraulic buffer tube attached to the chamber and barrel and was designed to be capable of firing 10 rounds in under two seconds in a fully automatic firing mode. It was also clarified that the Hydra exhibited at the SHOT Show that year was fitted with a six-round magazine, but four- and 10-round magazines were also available.

Hydra model, prototype of the SSW40. Weapons Wiki Fandom

Also, the blog mentioned that “The Hydra is backfire operated and the barrel uses non-progressive gain twist rifling. It currently has an empty weight of 9.91 [pounds]And one [overall length] 32.75 inches. It is designed for Rheinmetall-Waffen 40x46mm “magnum” cartridges, as well as all 40x46mm low-velocity cartridges. It will be carried out in the [United States]. Some possible design improvements before full production are changing the magazine safety and release, and grips made from something more durable like G10, [a popular high-pressure fiberglass laminate.]”

The SSW40 and previous Hydra design definitely have strong Terminator vibes, which should definitely help spark interest. Orion Image Capture

Rheinmetall also touts the SSW40’s recoil-reducing and self-regulating recoil system as being a significant enabler in its ability to fire all types of 40mm low-velocity (LV) ammunition available in addition to what Rheinmetall claims is its new family of 40 mm medium-velocity munitions (MV). The new MV family of ammunition includes high-explosive fragmentation, blast and anti-tank types, as well as non-lethal rounds including tear gas, door blasting, training, illumination, smoke as well as flash grenades- bong.

Artist’s impression of Rheinmetall’s new family of 40mm MV ammunition. Rheinmetall

“The new MV munitions have a significantly increased velocity and flat trajectory, allowing targets to be engaged faster and increasing the effective range of the system to 900 meters,” reads Rheinmetall’s press release. “Combined with the wide range of Rheinmetall’s 40mm LV/MV ammunition portfolio, the infantry user achieves unprecedented flexibility and efficiency on the battlefield of the future.”

These figures differ in particular from other LV and MV 40mm launchers of this type, including multi-shot weapons such as, for example, M32A1 from Milkor USA. The M32A1 Grenade Launcher is a six shot revolver style design and has a maximum LV range of only 400 meters and a maximum MV range of 800 meters.

M32A1 grenade launcher from Milkor USA. United States

In terms of combat use cases, Rheinmetall says the SSW40 could provide competitive all-terrain firepower in peer-to-peer and asymmetric conflict scenarios with just a change of magazine. This likely involves the ability to aim for armored targets, then soft targets, or even use less than lethal rounds, with just the change of magazine. The addition of laser modules, fire control sights and programming systems can be added, the latter of which can be used to program air burst ammunition for pinpoint accuracy, even in cover, such as targets at range. inside open doors, windows or hiding behind blankets.

While the magazine is huge, the SSW40 is relatively compact.

There has long been a desire to achieve this level of firepower in smaller units, prompting the development of weapons like the aforementioned M32A1, as well as the aborted XM25 25mm grenade launcher system developed for the US Army. If the SSW40 can overcome possible tangential issues that would hamper its practicality, such as carrying enough magazines to ensure enough ammunition is available, the weapon could eventually bring the idea of ​​a highly mobile automatic grenade launcher and easy to use capable of quickly firing medium-velocity rounds across the battlefield.

Needless to say, this thing could pack some formidable squad-level firepower in a relatively familiar package. The Terminator also seems to add some bonus points, no doubt.

Contact the author: Emma@thewarzone.com

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Indiana coronavirus updates for June 16, 2022 https://tunalifotograf.com/indiana-coronavirus-updates-for-june-16-2022/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 08:59:00 +0000 https://tunalifotograf.com/indiana-coronavirus-updates-for-june-16-2022/ The latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic for Thursday, June 16, 2022. INDIANAPOLIS – Here are Thursday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana. Vaccine registrations are now open for Hoosiers 5 and up across the Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated […]]]>

The latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic for Thursday, June 16, 2022.

INDIANAPOLIS – Here are Thursday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana.

Vaccine registrations are now open for Hoosiers 5 and up across the Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated throughout the day with more news on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dr. Fauci tests positive for COVID-19

Dr. Anthony Fauci, 81, has tested positive for COVID-19 and has mild symptoms, according to the National Institutes of Health said Wednesday.

Fauci, director of NIAID and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, is fully vaccinated and has been boosted twice, the NIH said. He is currently self-isolating while working from home and has not recently been in close contact with Biden or other senior government officials.

Fauci’s positive COVID test comes two days after US Health Secretary Xavier Becerra tested positive for COVID-19 again, less than a month after showing symptoms of the virus during a trip to Germany.

FDA advisers move closer to COVID-19 injections for children under 5

Injections of COVID-19 for infants, toddlers and preschoolers in the United States came closer on Wednesday.

The Food and Drug Administration’s outside vaccine advisers approved both Moderna shots for the little ones. The panel is expected to vote later Wednesday on whether to recommend Pfizer’s three-shot series for these youngsters as well.

Outside experts voted unanimously that the benefits of Moderna’s snaps outweigh the risks for children under 5, or about 18 million young people.

They are the last remaining group in the United States to be vaccinated, and many parents have been keen to protect their grandchildren. If all regulatory steps are completed, the shots should be available next week.

FDA reviewers said both brands appear to be safe and effective for children as young as 6 months old in posted analyzes before the one-day meeting. Side effects, including fever and fatigue, were generally minor in both cases and less common than in adults.

Both vaccines use the same technology but there are differences. In a call with reporters earlier this week, vaccine experts noted that the vaccines have not been tested against each other, so there is no way to tell parents if one is superior.

If the FDA agrees with its advisers and authorizes the injections, there is one more step. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will decide on a formal recommendation after their own advisers meet on Saturday. If the CDC approves, the injections could be available as early as Monday or Tuesday at doctor’s offices, hospitals and pharmacies.

CDC map shows ‘high risk’ Floyd County, 14 ‘medium’ risk Indiana counties

On Thursday, June 16, 2022, Floyd County was listed on the CDC data card “medium” risk.

Around Indiana, the metropolitan areas of Louisville (medium) and Chicago (high) are also deemed at risk by the CDC.

Latest US and Global Numbers

There have been more than 85.94 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 5 a.m. ET Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 1.01 million recorded deaths in the United States

Worldwide, there have been over 537.35 million confirmed cases of coronavirus with over 6.31 million deaths and over 11.57 billion doses of vaccine administered.


For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older people and people with existing health conditions, it can cause more serious illnesses like pneumonia or death.

The White House offers 8 additional free COVID-19 tests to the public

The government website for people to request free home COVID-19 tests from the US government is now accepting a third round of orders.

The White House recently announced that American households can request that eight additional free home tests be shipped by the US Postal Service.

President Joe Biden pledged in January to make 1 billion tests available to the public for free, including 500 million through covidtests.gov. But only 350 million of the amount available for online ordering has been shipped so far to addresses across the continental United States, its territories and overseas military bases, the White House said.

People who are having trouble logging in or need help placing an order can call 1-800-232-0233 for assistance.

Round three brings the total number of free tests available to every US household to 16 since the program began earlier this year. Households were eligible to receive four tests during each of the previous two rounds of ordering through the website.

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2nd COVID-19 reminder available for Hoosiers 50+

The Indiana Department of Health has announced that Hoosiers age 50 and older, as well as those age 12 and older with compromised immune systems, are now eligible to receive a second COVID-19 mRNA booster. at least four months after their first booster dose.

The announcement comes a day after the Food and Drug Administration authorized an additional dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for this age group and some younger people with severely weakened immune systems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention later recommended the additional injection as an option, but did not urge eligible people to rush in and get it immediately.

IDOH is advising vaccine providers that they can begin giving second boosters of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to eligible people.

The CDC also says adults who received a primary vaccine and a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least four months ago can now receive a second booster dose of either mRNA vaccine. .

You can find a vaccination point at ourshot.in.gov or by calling Indiana 211 (866-211-9966). Appointments are recommended, but many sites accept walk-ins.

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Indiana COVID-19 Pandemic Updates Sunday, June 12, 2022 https://tunalifotograf.com/indiana-covid-19-pandemic-updates-sunday-june-12-2022/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 14:11:00 +0000 https://tunalifotograf.com/indiana-covid-19-pandemic-updates-sunday-june-12-2022/ The latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic for Sunday, June 12, 2022. INDIANAPOLIS – Here are Sunday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana. Vaccine registrations are now open for Hoosiers 5 and up across the Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated […]]]>

The latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic for Sunday, June 12, 2022.

INDIANAPOLIS – Here are Sunday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana.

Vaccine registrations are now open for Hoosiers 5 and up across the Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated throughout the day with more news about the COVID-19 pandemic.

RELATED: Here’s Everything We Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine

RELATED: Biden administration launches covid.gov site

CDC map shows ‘high risk’ Floyd County, 14 ‘medium’ risk Indiana counties

On Sunday, June 12, 2022, Floyd County was listed on the CDC data card “medium” risk.

Around Indiana, the metropolitan areas of Louisville (medium) and Chicago (high) are also deemed at risk by the CDC.

The state has reported 8,643 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days, along with 38 deaths from the virus.

Small businesses face a ‘summer of uncertainty’

Small businesses that depend on outside crowds and spendthrift tourists don’t know what to expect this summer. Consumers likely have a lot of pent-up demand after more than two years of the pandemic.

The US Travel Association expects travel spending to be slightly above pre-pandemic levels. But consumers also face significant financial headwinds.

Inflation makes daily living more expensive, which could leave less money for discretionary spending. Gasoline prices are up more than 60% from a year ago and hotel rooms and plane tickets are also more expensive, putting pressure on travel budgets.

“It’s been a summer of uncertainty,” said Ray Keating, chief economist at the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council advocacy group. “Inflation is a major concern and is linked to the increased costs small businesses are seeing from their own vendors and suppliers. There is a tight labor market. It’s a tough mix.

And COVID-19 remains an imminent presence.

Samuel Clark’s business, Broadway Crew, a promotional staffing agency and street crew that promotes Broadway shows, relies heavily on face-to-face interaction with tourists in Times Square. Although her business has recovered since Broadway reopened, it’s not been smooth sailing. Shows are still temporarily closed due to COVID-19 cases.

“It’s a clear and present existential threat – we’re seeing events and shows shutting down and having a week off,” he said.

Latest US and Global Numbers

There have been more than 85.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10 a.m. ET Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 1.01 million recorded deaths in the United States

Worldwide, there have been over 535.13 million confirmed cases of coronavirus with over 6.3 million deaths and over 11.54 billion doses of vaccine administered.


For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older people and people with existing health conditions, it can lead to more serious illnesses like pneumonia or death.

US lifts COVID-19 testing requirement for international travel

The Biden administration is lifting its requirement that international air travelers to the United States take a COVID-19 test within a day before boarding their flights, easing one of the last remaining government mandates meant to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that the requirement would end early Sunday morning. The health agency said it would continue to monitor the status of the pandemic and reassess the need for a testing requirement if the situation changes.

“This milestone is possible because of the progress we have made in our fight against COVID-19,” said US Health Secretary Xavier Becerra.

Airlines and tourism groups have been lobbying the administration for months to scrap the testing requirement, saying it discourages people from booking international travel because they could be stranded abroad if they contract the virus. virus during their journey.

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Moderna says updated COVID shot bolsters omicron protection

Moderna’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine that combines its original vaccine with protection against the omicron variant appears to work, the company announced Wednesday.

COVID-19 vaccine makers are studying updated boosters that could be offered in the fall to better protect people from future coronavirus outbreaks.

Preliminary results from Moderna’s study show that people receiving the combination vaccine experienced an eight-fold increase in anti-virus antibodies able to target the omicron mutant, the company said.

Today’s COVID-19 vaccines are all based on the original version of the coronavirus. They still provide strong protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death, even after the super-contagious omicron variant emerges, especially if people have been given a booster dose.

RELATED: Moderna Says Updated COVID Shot Strengthens Omicron Protection

The White House offers 8 additional free COVID-19 tests to the public

The government website for people to request free home COVID-19 tests from the US government is now accepting a third round of orders.

The White House recently announced that American households can request that eight additional free home tests be shipped by the US Postal Service.

President Joe Biden pledged in January to make 1 billion tests available to the public for free, including 500 million through covidtests.gov. But only 350 million of the amount available for online ordering has been shipped so far to addresses across the continental United States, its territories and overseas military bases, the White House said.

People who are having trouble logging in or need help placing an order can call 1-800-232-0233 for assistance.

Round three brings the total number of free tests available to every US household to 16 since the program began earlier this year. Households were eligible to receive four tests during each of the previous two rounds of ordering through the website.

RELATED: FDA releases new expiration dates for some at-home COVID tests

2nd COVID-19 reminder available for Hoosiers 50+

The Indiana Department of Health has announced that Hoosiers age 50 and older, as well as those age 12 and older with compromised immune systems, are now eligible to receive a second COVID-19 mRNA booster. at least four months after their first booster dose.

The announcement comes a day after the Food and Drug Administration authorized an additional dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for this age group and some younger people with severely weakened immune systems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention later recommended the additional injection as an option, but did not urge eligible people to rush in and get it immediately.

IDOH is advising vaccine providers that they can begin giving second boosters of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to eligible people.

The CDC also says adults who received a primary vaccine and a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least four months ago can now receive a second booster dose of either mRNA vaccine. .

You can find a vaccination point at ourshot.in.gov or by calling Indiana 211 (866-211-9966). Appointments are recommended, but many sites accept walk-ins.

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Celebrate World Gin Day with these 8 new varieties of spirits https://tunalifotograf.com/celebrate-world-gin-day-with-these-8-new-varieties-of-spirits/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 02:45:48 +0000 https://tunalifotograf.com/celebrate-world-gin-day-with-these-8-new-varieties-of-spirits/ India’s gin revolution is still going strong with new varieties hitting the market every few months. While most are primarily produced in Goa, their distinct taste and flavor have left drinkers with their favorites. “Over the past two years, the Indian market has launched many new gin labels. Speaking of trends, small-batch craft gins are […]]]>

India’s gin revolution is still going strong with new varieties hitting the market every few months. While most are primarily produced in Goa, their distinct taste and flavor have left drinkers with their favorites. “Over the past two years, the Indian market has launched many new gin labels. Speaking of trends, small-batch craft gins are enticing consumers with their herbal flavors and native botanicals. Because of this, gin sales have skyrocketed, even surpassing sales of many other spirits,” says Dinesh Kathuria, co-founder of The Liquor Store (TLS), a premium liquor gallery and tasting room.

If gin is your spirit of choice, we’ve put together a list of the latest attendees to stock up for this World Gin Day. And if you’re looking for the perfect foods to go with your drink, Yangdup Lama, one of India’s top mixologists, recommends canapes, salads, or foods with simple, subtle flavors. “When the gin is bold, you can opt for dishes with more intense flavors like Indian or Mexican,” he adds. So take your pick and toast.

Stranger & Sons x Four Pillars

Stranger & Sons, one of the first brands to make contemporary craft gins in India from local ingredients, has released two new limited edition gins. This time they collaborated with Four Pillars, an award-winning Australian distillery, and the result is a blend of Indian and Australian botanicals that find their way into our gin bottles. Trade tides, a dry coastal gin, is distilled with Australian lemon myrtle, aniseed myrtle and river mint and Indian flavors of mangosteen, kokum and tamarind. The flavors are lemony and refreshing on the palate. Gin spice trade, on the other hand, has bold flavors with hints of turmeric, lime, teppal, long peppers, red chili and black cardamom. Both gins are available in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa, and will soon be launched in Delhi.

Photo: Courtesy of Stranger & Sons

more than no sleep

If you love gin but can’t live without your coffee, this variation blends your two favorite drinks into one. The result of a collaboration between Greater Than gin and Sleepy Owl coffee, the No sleep The variant is a limited edition available in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Delhi. Made from 100% Arabica from Chikmagalur, the coffee is a medium roast, cold brew with notes of red cherries, salted caramel and hints of pink peppercorn. When added to clear spirit, the result is a dark-hued beverage that is intoxicating with the herbal and coffee infusion. Keeping in mind the flavor profile, more than no sleep is best consumed with plain tonic water, ice, and an orange wedge.

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Indiana coronavirus updates for June 9, 2022 https://tunalifotograf.com/indiana-coronavirus-updates-for-june-9-2022/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 08:44:00 +0000 https://tunalifotograf.com/indiana-coronavirus-updates-for-june-9-2022/ The latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic for Thursday, June 9, 2022. INDIANAPOLIS – Here are Thursday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana. Vaccine registrations are now open for Hoosiers 5 and up across the Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated […]]]>

The latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic for Thursday, June 9, 2022.

INDIANAPOLIS – Here are Thursday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana.

Vaccine registrations are now open for Hoosiers 5 and up across the Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated throughout the day with more news on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Latest US and Global Numbers

There had been more than 85.21 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 4:30 a.m. ET Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 1,010,520 recorded deaths in the United States

Worldwide, there have been over 533.67 million confirmed cases of coronavirus with over 6.30 million deaths and over 11.52 billion doses of vaccine administered.


For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older people and people with existing health conditions, it can lead to more serious illnesses like pneumonia or death.

Moderna says updated COVID shot bolsters omicron protection

Moderna’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine that combines its original vaccine with protection against the omicron variant appears to work, the company announced Wednesday.

COVID-19 vaccine makers are studying updated boosters that could be offered in the fall to better protect people from future coronavirus outbreaks.

Preliminary results from Moderna’s study show that people receiving the combination vaccine experienced an eight-fold increase in anti-virus antibodies able to target the omicron mutant, the company said.

Today’s COVID-19 vaccines are all based on the original version of the coronavirus. They still provide strong protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death, even after the super-contagious omicron variant emerges, especially if people have been given a booster dose.

But the virus continues to rapidly mutate in ways that evade some of the vaccine protections and cause milder infections.

US regulators and the World Health Organization are therefore considering ordering a change in the vaccine recipe for a new round of boosters in the fall – when cold weather and the return of children to school are expected to lead to a new push.

FDA advisers back Novavax COVID-19 injections as new US option

American adults who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 may soon have another choice, as Food and Drug Administration advisers backed a more traditional type of vaccine on Tuesday.

Next, the FDA must decide whether or not to license the vaccine made by latecomer Novavax, a protein vaccine made with more conventional technology than current US options.

Novavax injections are already used in Australia, Canada, parts of Europe and dozens of other countries. But US customs clearance is a major hurdle for the Maryland-based company.

FDA vaccine chief Dr. Peter Marks said another choice in the United States could make at least some vaccine holders — whatever their reason — consider rolling up their sleeves.

If the FDA clears Novavax as the nation’s fourth vaccine, it’s unclear to what extent it would be used — at least right away. About 27 million American adults are still unvaccinated. Eventually, Novavax also hopes to become a choice for the millions of others who have yet to receive a booster dose of current vaccines. Injections are used elsewhere as a booster, regardless of which vaccine people originally received.

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CDC map shows 13 Indiana counties at ‘medium’ risk

As of Thursday, June 9, 2022, 13 Indiana counties (LaPorte, St. Joseph, Starke, Marshall, Pulaski, Fulton, Benton, White, Tippecanoe, Carroll, Clinton, Lawrence, Orange) were listed on the CDC data card as having a “medium” community risk of spreading COVID-19. Around Indiana, the metropolitan areas of Louisville (medium) and Chicago (high) are also deemed at risk by the CDC.

CDC data shows 82 million vaccine doses are wasted

Pharmacies, states, U.S. territories, and federal agencies rejected 82.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from December 2020 to mid-May 2022, just over 11% of federally distributed doses , according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. shared with NBC News.

This is an increase from the 65 million doses the CDC told The Associated Press it was wasted in late February.

Two retail pharmacy chains, CVS and Walmart, were responsible for more than a quarter of the doses thrown away in the United States during that period, in part because of the sheer volume of vaccines they handled.

Five other pharmacies or dialysis centers — Health Mart, DaVita, Rite Aid, Publix and Costco — wasted fewer overall doses, but a higher share: more than a quarter of the vaccine doses they received, well over above the national average. Two states also threw away more than a quarter of their doses: Oklahoma, which threw away 28% of the nearly 4 million doses it received, and Alaska, which threw away nearly 27% of its 1 million doses, according to CDC data.

The overall amount of waste is in line with World Health Organization estimates for major vaccination campaigns. But public health experts said the wastage is still alarming at a time when less than half of fully vaccinated Americans receive a booster shot, which is critical to tackle newer, more contagious virus strains – and as many poor countries continue to struggle with vaccine supplies.

US makes COVID-19 antiviral drug more available at testing sites

The White House announced new measures to make the antiviral treatment Paxlovid more accessible across the United States as it anticipates COVID-19 infections will continue to spread during the summer travel season.

The first federally-supported testing site for treatment opens Thursday in Rhode Island. The site will offer patients immediate access to the drug once they test positive.

Other federally-supported sites are expected to open in the coming weeks in Massachusetts and New York, both hit by marked increases in infections.

Next week, the United States will send authorized federal prescribers to several Minnesota-run testing sites, turning them into testing sites to treat.

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The White House offers 8 additional free COVID-19 tests to the public

The government website for people to request free home COVID-19 tests from the US government is now accepting a third round of orders.

The White House recently announced that American households can request that eight additional free home tests be shipped by the US Postal Service.

President Joe Biden pledged in January to make 1 billion tests available to the public for free, including 500 million through covidtests.gov. But only 350 million of the amount available for online ordering has been shipped so far to addresses across the continental United States, its territories and overseas military bases, the White House said.

People who are having trouble logging in or need help placing an order can call 1-800-232-0233 for assistance.

Round three brings the total number of free tests available to every US household to 16 since the program began earlier this year. Households were eligible to receive four tests during each of the previous two rounds of ordering through the website.

2nd COVID-19 reminder available for Hoosiers 50+

The Indiana Department of Health has announced that Hoosiers age 50 and older, as well as those age 12 and older with compromised immune systems, are now eligible to receive a second COVID-19 mRNA booster. at least four months after their first booster dose.

The announcement comes a day after the Food and Drug Administration authorized an additional dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for this age group and some younger people with severely weakened immune systems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention later recommended the additional injection as an option, but did not urge eligible people to rush in and get it immediately.

IDOH is advising vaccine providers that they can begin giving second boosters of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to eligible people.

The CDC also says adults who received a primary vaccine and a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least four months ago can now receive a second booster dose of either mRNA vaccine. .

You can find a vaccination point at ourshot.in.gov or by calling Indiana 211 (866-211-9966). Appointments are recommended, but many sites accept walk-ins.

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COVID-19 cases spiked in Virginia in the spring https://tunalifotograf.com/covid-19-cases-spiked-in-virginia-in-the-spring/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 04:14:32 +0000 https://tunalifotograf.com/covid-19-cases-spiked-in-virginia-in-the-spring/ The seven-day averages of COVID-19 cases in Virginia have been escalation in the spring, from about 700 cases a day in early April to almost 3,000 a day last week. Hospitalizations, currently with a seven-day average of 573, have seen a relatively modest increase but tend to lag behind the number of cases as infections […]]]>

The seven-day averages of COVID-19 cases in Virginia have been escalation in the spring, from about 700 cases a day in early April to almost 3,000 a day last week.

Hospitalizations, currently with a seven-day average of 573, have seen a relatively modest increase but tend to lag behind the number of cases as infections take time to develop and worsen. Although the overall number of cases and hospitalizations is not close to the surge seen over the winter, the test positivity rate – 18.9% – is near the peaks of the initial wave and the Delta wave of the pandemic, even if the figure only includes laboratory PCR tests and not the rapid home tests which are largely used by people to diagnose infections.

The CDC has classified 77 of the state’s 133 localities as having medium or high community transmission of COVID-19. levels. A medium level of transmission is automatically triggered in any area where there have been more than 200 cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days. A high level also takes into account seven-day case averages and hospitalization capacity.

But in an interview last week with the Virginia Mercury, state health commissioner Dr. Colin Greene said the priority should be trying to get back to something close to normal life, and that individuals should assess their own risk tolerance and medical situation when determining how they should lead their lives amid the virus.

“At some point, we have to start living our lives again,” Greene said. “But we want people to be reasonable.”

Virginia State Health Commissioner Dr. Colin Greene. (Virginia Department of Health)

He urged every adult to get vaccinated, as well as “children whose parents choose to do so”. As of Monday, 73.8% of Virginians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and of those, 49% have received a third dose.

Greene pointed out that “we need to go back to something resembling our normal human interaction”, part of which means “being able to see someone’s face”. The CDC, however, recommends that those in high-community locations wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status, including 12 counties in Virginia.

Children under 5, who make up just under 6% of the state populationmay be able to get vaccinated as early as the end of June, according to a announcement by White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha.

This latest increase in the number of cases appears to be the result of a dominance war between subvariants of the omicron variant, which was itself extremely contagious and led to the highest number of cases seen at any time during the pandemic. Less than two weeks after the BA.2.12.1 subvariant became the dominant permutation of the virus in new cases, cases of the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants have already increase almost 80% in the United States. However, these still accounted for just 6.1% of new cases last week.

BA.2.12.1 is considered by the CDC to be approximately 30% more transmissible than its parent BA.2, which himself is approximately 33% more transmissible than the “original” omicron BA.1. An early paper claims that BA.4 and BA.5 are four times more resistant to antibodies, better warding off the immune response even of those who received a booster shot or previous infection with Omicron.

Experts have pointed out that current vaccines continue to do a good job of mitigating serious consequences of the virus, such as hospitalizations or death.

“I think what we’re seeing is a reflection that there’s a pretty good immunity base that’s mitigating the impact of this current wave of the pandemic,” said Dr William Petri, head of the infectious diseases division. and international. health at UVA medical school. “Most people have been vaccinated or given omicron.”

He also highlighted the development and distribution of the “miracle” antiviral drug Paxlovida treatment that can significantly reduce the risk of hospitalization and death and is widely available by prescription, in general for people at high risk of developing severe COVID-19. .

Dr Lisa Thanjan, public health physician at the Virginia Department of Health, also said vaccines protect most people from serious illness or death, but pointed out that even vaccinated people can have complications. A recent CDC study shows that 1 in 5 people under the age of 65 who have had a COVID-19 infection have persistent disease that could be attributed to that previous infection.

“Even though we’re seeing more mild illnesses, it’s still best to try to avoid COVID-19 infection, even in people who aren’t at high risk,” Thanjan said. “It’s because of the long COVID or those lasting effects of a COVID 19 infection. We’re seeing this happening even in people with mild disease. It could be heart issues, neurological issues, or respiratory problems.

However, Greene, the former director of the Lord Fairfax Health District in northwest Virginia who was appointed by Youngkin in January, said the risk of infection “has decreased significantly to the point where the benefit of stricter prevention just isn’t that big anymore.”

Signage encouraging people to wear masks on the VCU campus in Richmond, Virginia on September 3, 2020. Parker Michels-Boyce for the Virginia Mercury

“I think the key thing right now is that people need to understand that while the risk is not zero and for particularly sensitive people, they still need to be on their guard, for most people, in especially younger and healthier ones, it’s not 2020 anymore,” Greene said. “We are reaching a more stable state situation with this virus – epidemiologists call it an endemic stage. We are going to reach a final stage, and we have to adjust, we have to adapt, we have to decide how we are going to live our lives.

The Biden administration — in a bid to advocate for an additional $22 billion it is seeking from Congress to mitigate the pandemic — warned last month of models predicting that nearly a third of Americans could become infected with COVID-19 over the fall and winter if more funding for tests, vaccines and treatments is not secured. An estimated 130 to 140 million Americans were infected during the omicron surge.

by Greene approach leaves it up to individuals to make risk judgments and stay abreast of information such as fluctuating infection data, adaptation of public health advice and emerging variants.

“There are a lot more factors, there’s a lot of information to follow for sure,” Thanjan said. “It’s hard to follow some of the vaccination guidelines, but you know the CDC has a website stay up to date and when to get these boosters and who is eligible. It really is the most important thing right now.

Some experts, including Greene, believe COVID-19 will become endemic, meaning it will likely remain in stable condition and continue to circulate through the population. However, Dr Petri points to global efforts to eradicate polio through vaccination as cause for optimism. The key to such an effort would be to develop a vaccine with “broadly neutralizing protection” that would prevent the virus from mutating after immunization, such as omicron and its subvariants have.

“I think it’s entirely possible to eliminate SARS-CoV-2,” Dr. Petri said. “This year worldwide there have only been eight cases of wild polio, so we have gone from hundreds of thousands of children paralyzed each year to just a handful and this is proof that we can do it. . This will require a huge international effort.

Virginia Mercury columnist Roger Chesley contributed reporting.

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EDITORIAL: Paving the way for trade pacts https://tunalifotograf.com/editorial-paving-the-way-for-trade-pacts/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://tunalifotograf.com/editorial-paving-the-way-for-trade-pacts/ Last week, Taiwan and the United States announced the launch of the “Taiwan-US 21st Century Trade Initiative” to pave the way for a bilateral trade agreement, while also engaging with the EU on improving semiconductor supply chain resilience via a rare ministerial-level discussion. The latest developments are a welcome boost after Taiwan was left out […]]]>

Last week, Taiwan and the United States announced the launch of the “Taiwan-US 21st Century Trade Initiative” to pave the way for a bilateral trade agreement, while also engaging with the EU on improving semiconductor supply chain resilience via a rare ministerial-level discussion. The latest developments are a welcome boost after Taiwan was left out of the US-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) when it was launched by US President Joe Biden during his May 23 visit to Japan.

The government touted last week’s trade talks as major trade breakthroughs for Taiwan in its economic and trade relations with the United States and the EU. In general, industry representatives and trade groups welcome the new initiative between Taiwan and the United States, hoping that it will lead to a bilateral trade agreement between the two parties, allowing companies to benefit from lower tariffs and of better competitiveness. Eventually, they expect it to become a stepping stone for Taiwan to improve trade and economic relations with other economies and nations.

Nonetheless, the talks have drawn strong objections from Beijing as China continues its efforts to marginalize Taiwan. They have also drawn criticism from opposition lawmakers and critics in Taiwan that the initiative – which covers trade facilitation, regulatory practices, agriculture, anti-corruption measures, small and medium enterprises, digital trade, labor rights, environment and state- owner-owned businesses—lacks specific content and excludes tariff reductions and improved market access that free trade agreements would provide. traditional exchange.

However, high-level trade talks – such as the one between Minister without Portfolio John Deng (鄧振中) and Deputy US Trade Representative Sarah Bianchi on Wednesday and between Economic Affairs Minister Wang Mei-hua (王美花) and the Chief Executive of EU for Trade Sabine Weyand Thursday – help Taiwan achieve its goals of striking as many trade deals as possible with major economies. These talks are also helping to strengthen Taiwan’s position in rebuilding the resilience of global supply chains, especially on the semiconductor front. Moreover, the Taiwan-American initiative largely parallels the IPEF, even though Taiwan was excluded from the first round of IPEF membership.

What is more important is how the new trade talks could unfold and create opportunities for Taiwanese companies to expand their global reach and benefit the country’s economy. The substantive content of the new initiative will only be unveiled when the two sides hold their first face-to-face talks in Washington later this month, while progress in deepening relations with the EU on trade, investment and other strategic issues also depend on further discussions by new working groups. At the very least, last week’s high-level trade talks established negotiating mechanisms for nurturing closer relations with the US and EU.

The government has long maintained a building block approach to signing free trade agreements with other major economies, with areas of concern discussed first, setting aside issues that cannot be addressed at the moment and hoping to resolve those issues. thorny, including customs tariffs, when the time comes. A trade deal is always made through give and take between all parties, with gains in some areas and losses in others being part of the negotiation process.

Only when there is steady progress at the working group level will Taiwan and its major trading partners, such as the United States and the EU, perpetuate the negotiating mechanisms and thus pave the way for conclusion of bilateral trade agreements. In this regard, the question is not only whether Taiwan can properly resolve the issues that concern its trading partners during the year, but also whether the nation can achieve maximum gains in negotiations based on the agreements. reached during the talks last week.

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Cony and MCI set for strong performances at state track and field championships https://tunalifotograf.com/cony-and-mci-set-for-strong-performances-at-state-track-and-field-championships/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 16:48:34 +0000 https://tunalifotograf.com/cony-and-mci-set-for-strong-performances-at-state-track-and-field-championships/ MCI’s Emma Burr bends over the line en route to winning the 100 meters at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference’s small and medium school meet May 27 in Augusta. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal It’s not a normal state championship prep week for the Cony High School and Maine Central Institute track teams. Not this year. Cony […]]]>

MCI’s Emma Burr bends over the line en route to winning the 100 meters at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference’s small and medium school meet May 27 in Augusta. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

It’s not a normal state championship prep week for the Cony High School and Maine Central Institute track teams. Not this year.

Cony (Class B) and MCI (Class C) are coming off historic performances at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Championships last week. The Rams won a clean sweep by winning the boys’ and girls’ middle school championships. It’s the first conference sweep in recent memory, head coach Shawn Totman said.

“It’s kind of hard to put into words,” Totman said. “I’m so proud of these kids, how they performed in this championship competition.”

The state champions will be crowned in track and field on Saturday. Cameron Stadium in Bangor will host the Class A meet, while Mount Desert Island High in Bar Harbor will host the B meet. The Class C meet will be held at Lewiston High School.

The MCI girls (138 points) held off Leavitt (136) by just two points to win the conference small school title. It’s the first conference crown for the Huskies in more than 20 years.

“We had never won a KVAC until this year,” said MCI head coach Jason Allen, who is in his 22nd year with the program. “It was quite exhilarating, even though the way it went on the wire, it was both exhilarating and nerve-wracking. I texted my two assistants before the 4×400 ( relay) and I said, ‘I think I’m going to vomit.’ »

The Cony girls have now won four straight KVAC outdoor titles. The Rams were led by Bri Harriman (5:50.05), who won the 1,600 meter race and was part of a winning 4×800 team that included Annabelle Orth, Grace Kirk and Loralie Grady. Kristen Kirk added wins in the high jump and triple jump.

Girls, they know what it takes to win,” Totman said. “They really had four straight years to practice the mentality you need to win a championship. Camden (Hills) are a great team and Morse had a great game. We knew it would be a real competition for the girls. To come out on top is incredible. This girls team has faced so much adversity with the injuries of Grace Kirk and Mallory Audet. It looks like we are now putting the pieces together at the right time.

The Cony boys had a strong performance in the field events. Conor Morin won the high jump (5-10), triple jump (39-11) and long jump (20-07). Danny Phan won the pole vault (9-06), while Jonny Lettre put in a dominant performance in the javelin (137-01). The Rams also won the 4×100 and 4×800 relays.

Cony’s Kristen Kirk won the 100-meter hurdles at the Capital City Classic earlier this season at Cony High School in Augusta. Kirk and the Rams will compete in the Class B track and field championship on Saturday in Bar Harbor. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

“Our boys really hung on when (Lawrence and Morse) kind of attacked them at the end,” Totman said. “Boys and girls winning a championship at KVAC, it’s never happened before, I know that, it’s just a fact. When they announced those team scores, they didn’t leave the track of the night. I had to fire them, finally. They were so excited. It’s a real adrenaline rush for our program and our school.

Totman knows there will be a lot of competition at the Class B championships. York High School’s boys and girls programs have had strong seasons and are coming off dominating victories at the Western Maine Conference championships.

“You get all these southern teams that are good like York and Yarmouth, Freeport and Cape Elizabeth,” Totman said. “MDI is going to be on its own way, I guarantee you they will be eager to get going. I guess the message to our kids is, “Don’t let the fact that this is a state championship get you out of the mindset we’ve had all year.” You take one practice at a time. Don’t take it too far. Control the things you can control, not the things you can’t control. I know that sounds like a coaching speech, but it’s really true. We don’t really change anything this week, we keep the same routine. We really feel like these kids are peaking at the right time, so why change what is working when it comes to their performance and attitude? It’s just trying to make them feel good.

Gardiner walkers Ashlyn Poulin and Jackson Boudreau, who won individual KVAC titles, are the top seeds for Saturday’s event.

Emma Burr – who won the 100 (13.32), 200 (27.58), 100 hurdles (16.69) and 300 hurdles (49.04) at the small school KVAC meet – leads the Huskies.

“She’s pretty easy to get motivated, because she’s so driven,” Allen said. “She drives herself inwardly more than anything. I don’t think she’s lost a race all year.

The Huskies also had wins from Samantha Martin in the pole vault (8-00) and Jillian Michaud in the shot put (34-03.50).

Allen said he expects strong performances at the Class C Championships from Orono, which swept the Penobscot Valley Conference Small School Championship, as well as Lisbon/Oak Hill.

Gardiner’s Jackson Boudreau wins the 1,600 meter walk at the Capital City Classic May 20 in Augusta. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

The boys team from Winslow High School could be part of the Class C mix. The Black Raiders finished second to Leavitt for the KVAC small school title. Winslow had KVAC meet victories from Evan Watts in the 200 (23.78), Levi Olin in the 400 (52.45) and Antoine Akoa in the high jump (5-08). The Black Raiders also won the 4×400 and 4×800 relays.

“We played conservatively last week knowing our goal was to be competitive in the United States,” Winslow head coach Ken Nadeau said. “Leavitt has 86 kids compared to our 36. They just filled the field. Putting my boys in a difficult situation that could hurt them, I just told them ‘Come this week, be ready for next week.’ The boys showed up, they had a great day, I think they still scored 120 odd points. It’s a really solid effort, there aren’t many teams that score 120 points and lose.

“I always do the numbers, I have us six points behind Orono right now,” Nadeau said. “They’re a lot like us in that they have a lot of strong kids who are asked to do a lot. They have a child who is a good hurdler, a good walker too. They have coins and obviously if they score well they have a lot of potential to win it… At the end of the day our kids just need to have a good day. I’ve done a few things (with sort events) that will hopefully shake things up a bit, put our kids in a position to steal a dot here, a dot there. Hopefully it comes down to single digits to make it a run.

Messalonskee, Mt. Blue and Skowhegan all have title contenders at the Class A State Meet. Cyrus Evans (51.21) of Mt. Blue won a KVAC Large School title in the 400. Messalonskee has contenders for the boys’ and girls’ pole vault in Caden Cote (12-06) and Rylee Spadea (7-06), who each won conference titles. in the event. Emmah Corson (93-02) won the conference high school title in the shot put.

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