Covid, the United States removes the obligation to test from June 12 at the entrance for travelers.

From 12 June, a negative anti-Covid test will no longer be necessary to set foot in the United States. The official will arrive shortly, as anticipated by some media including CNN and substantially confirmed by the vice-spokesman of the White House Kevin Munoz. The Joe Biden administration’s decision therefore comes in early summer and will take effect in the next 48 hours. This is a ‘revolution’ for the US which had essentially always kept its guard high on arrivals from abroad. For months, pressure from companies working in the travel sector had been going on for the CDC to speak out in favor of an elimination. Now the green light will come which will last 90 days, when the CDC will express itself again, also in light of the emergence of new variants. According to the travel industry, starting with the airlines, the mandatory entry test has had a “freezing” effect on an already fragile economy.

For this reason, there had been numerous meetings between White House officials and a group of industry managers, such as Nick Calio, number one of Airlines for America, the oldest and largest airline association. Several deputies, including Democrats, in favor of lifting the obligation had also joined the front in recent weeks. The US Travel Association also cheers: “Before the pandemic, travel was one of our nation’s largest exports in the industry. The abolition of this requirement will allow the industry to pave the way for a broader US economic and employment recovery, “said CEO Roger Dow. In recent weeks, lawmakers, including Democrats, have also supported the lifting of the testing requirement. Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto said, “I am delighted that the CDC has lifted the burdensome coronavirus testing requirement for international travelers and will continue to do everything possible to support the strong recovery of our hospitality industry.”

E3 2022, the video game fair has been canceled

E3 2022 will not take place, in any form. The largest video game fair in the world, a traditional annual event that Los Angeles E3 2021 was held in a digital format. In 2022 there won’t even be that.

“It had already been announced that E3 would not be held live in 2022 due to the continuing health risks associated with COVID-19. Today we announce that in 2022 there will not even be E3 in digital version”, reads a statement. of ESA. “We will devote all our energy and resources to deliver a revitalized physical and digital E3 experience this summer.”

In a world that after two years of emergency tests for coexistence with the virus, albeit in no particular order (from lockdowns to the end of the state of emergency in Italy), the world of fairs linked to entertainment and technology is moving again with lead feet: after the CES and the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in attendance, albeit with many defections and small ranks, E3 chooses the path of the sabbatical year, but to speak only of prudence would be an understatement.

While it is true that last week the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco was held, from which many industry professionals are rumored to have come out with COVID-19 positivity, it remains clear that more and more companies in the sector are opting to hold reviews. its online events, from Nintendo with Direct to Sony with State of Play.

If all goes well, E3 will return in 2023 taking over the reins of the videogame scene, but for this to happen it will have to be supported by the publisher and be economically sustainable. In the meantime, there are those who try to fill the void: Geoff Keighley has promptly confirmed that the Summer Game Fest will be held in June.

Stephen Wilhite, the inventor of the GIF, has died

Almost everyone has used an animated gif at least once on social networks and on their devices. Stephen Wilhite, inventor of this famous format, passed away a few days ago at the age of 74. Yet another victim of COVID-19. Today, GIFs (Graphics Interchange Format) are used in online conversations as memes and jokes, but in reality they have existed for decades and were born for very different reasons. Stephen Wilhite created the GIF in the late 1980s when he was employed at CompuServe, which is the beginning of the Internet age, with the aim of offering a format that would facilitate the download of color images at a time when speed of the Internet was completely different from the current one. Hence the .gif format has become one of the most popular on the web. Farewell to the inventor of the GIF format. “Humble, kind and good man” The unfortunate occasion allows to clarify the debate on the pronunciation of this acronym. As stated by the inventor Wilhite, the word “GIF” is pronounced with the soft G, or “JIF”. Stephen Wilhite has always remained a humble person and out of the spotlight. After retiring in the early 2000s, the inventor of the GIF image has spent his life traveling and building model trains in the basement of his home. “Even with all his achievements, he has remained a very humble, kind and good man,” his wife Kathaleen said in an interview with The Verge.

Johnson & Johnson will split into two companies

(ANSA) – NEW YORK, NOV 12 – Johnson & Johnson splits into two listed companies. The giant, at the height of its 135 years and with more than 136,000 employees, opts for the spin off of its consumer products division, known for patches, shampoos for children and Neutrogena products. The separation will take place in 18-24 months and is “the best way to accelerate efforts to serve our patients, consumers and healthcare professionals,” as well as “push growth,” says CEO Alex Gorsky.

The group plans to complete the separation within 18-24 months, a statement read.

J&J will retain the pharmaceutical and medical equipment divisions. The divisions are expected to generate revenues of approximately $ 77 billion in 2021.

The stock was up 5% in the US pre-market in the wake of the news

COVID: vaccine for Kids in USA

Covid, in the US, definitive green light for a Pfizer vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old

The OK from the CDC, which came after FDA approval, launches the new phase of the American vaccination campaign. Approximately 28 million children affected. “We are at a turning point in our battle with Covid,” said President Joe Biden. He specified that the injections could begin in the week of November 8.

In the United States, the authorities have finally approved Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11. The green light was given by the CDCs (Centers for disease control and prevention), which recommended injections also for this age group and, in fact, launched the new phase of the vaccination campaign. In recent days there was the approval of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), which had said yes for children at a reduced dose (one third of that for adults) and two injections three weeks apart. The decision affects approximately 28 million American children
Biden: “We are at a turning point”

“With the authorization of the vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11, we are at a turning point in our battle with Covid,” said US President Joe Biden. The green light of the CDC to vaccinations for children, he added, is a “big step forward in our battle to defeat the virus”. The head of the White House has specified that the vaccination campaign for children can begin in the week of 8 November.

Mourning in US politics: Colin Powell is dead

Born in Harlem, he was the first African American secretary of state in the history of the United States. The family: “We have lost a husband, a father and a great American.”

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell died today at the age of 84. According to what the family communicated on his Facebook page, the cause of death would be attributed to “complications related to Covid-19”. It is not known at the moment what kind of illness was fatal to him.

While the reactions of the White House are awaited, former Republican President George W. Bush commented on the news through an official statement, declaring himself “deeply sorry” for the loss of a figure who marked American foreign policy during the years of the presidency of he. Colin Powell was “a great public servant from the time he served as a soldier in Vietnam,” adds the Republican. “He is highly respected at home and abroad. And more importantly, Colin was a family man and friend. Laura and I send our sincere condolences to Alma and their children, ”adds the note. Bush’s words were joined by the first reactions from the world of politics and the military: «The world has lost one of the greatest leaders. He has been my mentor for years, with him I also lose an extraordinary friend, “commented Pentagon number one, Lloyd J. Austin. Among the first to express condolences was General Martin Dempsey, former US Chief of Staff, followed by Republican Senator Mitt Romney, who defined Powell as «a man of indomitable courage devoted to the cause of freedom.

He remained in office from January 2001 to January 2005, and is best remembered for his speech at the United Nations Council on February 5, 2003 in which he supported the existence of evidence – by exhibiting a vial that contained a white powder – on the possession of weapons of mass destruction by Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime to justify military intervention.

Speaking of the biological weapons in Iraq’s possession, Powell showed representatives of other countries, with a very theatrical gesture, a vial that contained a white powder. Powell added that Iraq could have produced about 25,000 liters of anthrax, according to UN inspectors. The speech was so dramatic and effective that even many American liberal commentators, tending to be unfavorable to the policies of the Bush administration, were influenced by it in saying that they were convinced of the reality of the danger represented by Iraq.

Anthrax had been a very real danger for a few months in previous years: after the 9/11 attacks five people died and another 17 were infected by a series of letters containing small amounts of anthrax. In the months following the February 5 speech, it was discovered that much of the information and reconstructions presented by Colin Powell to members of the Security Council were false.

There were no mobile laboratories or huge arsenals of weapons of mass destruction. Much later, in the summer of 2008, the investigation into the anthrax attacks also ended: the FBI said it had gathered enough evidence to say that the culprit was Bruce E. Ivins, a microbiologist who worked for the government. that he was not tried because he had killed himself a few weeks before the announcement. In February 2005, Powell called his speech to the United Nations Security Council – and the exposition of the arguments produced by the American and British secret services – a “stain” on his career.

The singular case of the world: The vaccination regime in Italy …

Mario Draghi, current president of the Italian Council (since February 2021) and former president of the European central bank.

At the moment in Italy there are 49 million inhabitants (crica) who have completed the vaccination cycle with the two doses which corresponds to 79.38% of the population over 12. A percentage certainly not low but not high, considering that in Italy it was imposed the mandatory vaccine. Or rather, the mandatory green pass has been imposed as a ploy to encourage people to vaccinate. In reality, however, this incentive is an obligation because the green pass acquired with the swab in practice cannot be applied every day, both for an economic and practical reason.
Who does not have the green pass is suspended from work.
At the moment the only two countries that have adopted this policy are Italy and Saudi Arabia.
Understanding why it has come to this point is complex to explain it in two lines, but surely there are some reasons, albeit not very relevant: Italy still has a high number of daily deaths and moreover the places in intensive care are not as numerous as those of others European countries such as Germany or France.
What is surprising, however, is not only the measure imposed in Italy, but also the communication with which the measures are adopted.
In September, this obligation popped up overnight as if nothing had happened and the newspapers made no criticism. Moreover, since the appointment of Draghi as premier, no newspaper has dared to give a more heated criticism. And so the Italians, in addition to some vulgar criticism of this obligation, resigned themselves to a country with less and less freedom. Obviously the obligation of the green pass will avoid any lockdowns that could regress an economy already sunk for years, but the obligation is something that overrides any right and freedom.
The discomfort is that those who fight against this obligation are those who violently protest in the streets, and those who calmly defend the idea of ​​no-vax are no longer believed.

Mario Draghi took office since February 2021, when the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, proposed him to the chambers of parliament, which in the previous weeks had discouraged Giuseppe Conte, who despite his less noble name and curriculum, has brought results in Italy never seen before: laws against corruption, citizenship income, pre-retirement etc …

Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega confirmed for UFC 266

Reigning UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega would face off in a match for the UFC 260 title.
However, Alexander Volkanovski’s positivity to COVID-19 prevented such a dispute, which was shelved pending a new date.

Their confrontation was then included in the plans of UFC 266, PPV of the month of September, and Dana White has confirmed it in the last hours. This will almost certainly be the new main event of the aforementioned card.

In April, Alexander Volkanovski and Ortega were announced as coaches of the current edition of The Ultimate Fighter.

The Australian is still undefeated in the UFC and is returning from a two-match streak against former champion Max Holloway.

Ortega returned to action last October after nearly 2 years of inactivity, defeating “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung to then claim the coveted title shot at the featherweight belt.

The rate hike is another test for Bitcoin

The price of bitcoin (BTC) and other crypto assets may face some headwinds in the coming months as central banks around the world prepare to say goodbye to the ultra-loose monetary policies caused by the COVID pandemic. 19.

As the first central bank in a Western developed nation to do so since the start of the pandemic, Norway’s central bank, Norges Bank, this week raised its interest rate from 0% to 0.25%, citing the need to “initiate a gradual normalization of the official rate “while the economy” normalizes “.

Norges Bank further justified the rate hike by stating that “the reopening of the company has led to a marked recovery of the Norwegian economy and activity is now above the pre-pandemic level”. He added that the rate “will most likely increase further in December”. And while the rate hike in Norway may be insignificant in itself, central banks tend to follow each other when it comes to interest rate policies, as pointed out by Nik Bhatia, bitcoin advocate and author of the book Layered Money:

Also, setting the stage for tighter monetary policies, the Bank of England (BoE) warned Thursday that “global inflationary pressures remained strong” by keeping rates unchanged. He also noted that “cost pressures may prove to be more persistent” than previously believed.

The Fed is keeping rates unchanged for now

Similarly, the US Federal Reserve (the Fed) also decided to keep rates unchanged this week, although it noted in its statement that “inflation is high” and that it “is on track to moderately exceed 2%. for some time”.

2% is the long-term inflation target set by the Federal Reserve.

In comments to reporters, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said tapering – which means a withdrawal of the central bank’s $ 120 billion in monthly bond purchases to support financial markets – could begin as early as the next Fed meeting at early November, provided the labor market remains “reasonably strong”.

With a rising inflation rate and a tighter labor market, some analysts say the market now seems almost relieved that the Fed is moving towards tapering and rate hikes.

The world after the covid era [diary]

By now most people are tired of the pandemic.
the more advanced states are vaccinating almost the entire population, but precautions remain.
As you know by now, the vaccine does not guarantee 100% protection and also lasts about 10 months.
Autumn is approaching and the scary of new lockdowns are tangible …
But when will all this pandemic chaos end? Until we find a vaccine that is 100% effective and lasts a minimum
5-6 years will not completely resolve the situation and could always be with a mask, spacing and other precautions.
To be precise, vaccines should not be called such, but should be called serum, because not give
a definite immunity but only temporary protection. Of course, the discovery of these serums is essential while waiting for a real one
vaccine, but don’t confuse things. In the past, for diseases like polio, it took many years to find a vaccine that made people immune