COVID-19 Art: Connie D.K. Lane’s Light + Darkness | Happiness Between Tails by da-AL (Covid inspired art)

The devastation of COVID-19 inspired artist Connie D.K. Lane to create an installation where viewers are coaxed to feel and think. Amid the sad emptiness of the quarantined Glendale Central Library, she invited volunteers to help her fill the space with color and movement to honor Los Angeles County residents who’ve passed away from the virus.Source: COVID-19 Art: Connie D.K. Lane’s Light + Darkness | Happiness Between Tails by da-AL

Miami Beach declares state of emergency amid crowds of spring breakers | TheHill – (Young adults not all stupid but the stupid ones have gone to Florida for spring break!)

Miami Beach declares state of emergency amid crowds of spring breakers

Miami Beach, Fla., declared a state of emergency Saturday over concern about large crowds of spring breakers gathering in the city.

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber (D) said during a news conference Saturday that new measures will be implemented that are “essentially purposed to reduce the number of people” coming to the area. 

Gelber announced an 8 p.m. curfew in the Entertainment District, and a restriction of east-bound traffic on city causeways that will only be accessible to residents and hotel guests.

The measures go into effect at 9 p.m. Saturday, and will remain in effect for 72 hours. Gelber said he will hold an emergency meeting with the City Commission on Sunday to address the measures.

The city later posted the emergency order to its Twitter account. According to the order, these actions are separate from those that the city has put in place to combat COVID-19.

Source: Miami Beach declares state of emergency amid crowds of spring breakers | TheHill

L.A. County reports 521 new coronavirus cases, 56 deaths – Los Angeles Times (Hello! Stop killing your parents and grandparents!)

Of the cases reported Saturday, 70% were people under 50, and of the deaths, 93% were people over 50, the county public health department said in a news release. “Many younger people are out socializing with non-household members, raising concerns that asymptomatic young people are unknowingly helping to spread the virus to more vulnerable people,” Barbara Ferrer, the L.A. County health director, said in a statement. “Though we are making good progress in our vaccination efforts, we are entering a potentially perilous time if people let their guard down.”

Source: L.A. County reports 521 new coronavirus cases, 56 deaths – Los Angeles Times

Inhalable COVID vaccine? MIT researchers working on immunization potentially more effective than injection – Study Finds

Good news for individuals who simply can’t stand to be stuck with a needle. Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an inhalable COVID-19 vaccine that could be even more effective than injectable ones. In fact, they believe their research also opens the door for preventing and treating cancers and other diseases.

The researchers hope that, like other vaccines administered to the throat, their development will spark an immune system response as soon as the infection is inhaled. Foundation research on mice shows that an inhalable vaccine is 25 times more effective that one injected into a muscle. That’s because sending the vaccine directly onto mucosal membranes — like those found in the mouth, nose, throat, and lungs — can get immune system cells, or T cells, to “set up shop” ready to attack an infection where it lands.

Source: Inhalable COVID vaccine? MIT researchers working on immunization potentially more effective than injection – Study Finds

Idaho legislature shuts down after six House members test positive for coronavirus | TheHill

“We can’t help but be disappointed in how bad things have become at the Capitol, when we could’ve prevented this from becoming a hot spot all along,” Democratic House Minority Leader Ilana Rubel and Democratic Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett said in a joint statement. Source: Idaho legislature shuts down after six House members test positive for coronavirus | TheHill

Walrus spotted in Wales, days after one seen off Ireland – BBC News

walrus “I did a double take,” Cleopatra said. “You go around the coast path and go, ‘Woah.’ It’s not what you expect. It would be like seeing a penguin in your lounge.”

Cleopatra watched the walrus from about 40m (130ft) away and believed it was a young animal as its tusks were “about three inches long”.

“There is a tale going around that it fell asleep on an iceberg and ended up drifting across and woke up in Ireland,” said Cleopatra.

“And then ended up in Wales on the way home.”

Cleopatra said the animal should be named Wyn as it was seen in Wales, though the “obvious” name for the walrus was Wally.

“Wally by name, Wally by nature,” she said.

Source: Walrus spotted in Wales, days after one seen off Ireland – BBC News

50,000 anti-Netanyahu protesters gather for pre-election demonstrations – The Jerusalem Post

Israelis protest against Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, near the Prime Minister's official residence in Jerusalem on March 20, 2021, a few days before the Israeli general elections. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 Tens of thousands of protesters participated in a demonstration against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night, just two days before the elections. Demonstrations made their way from the Knesset’s front steps to Balfour Street – adjacent to the Prime Minister’s Residence – to call out Netanyahu for “taking the Knesset hostage” and urged him to step down due to his indictment for bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

Source: 50,000 anti-Netanyahu protesters gather for pre-election demonstrations – The Jerusalem Post

Covid cases are rising in 21 states as health officials warn against reopening too quickly

  • Even as the pace of vaccinations accelerates in the U.S., Covid-19 cases are increasing in 21 states and highly infectious variants are spreading even as governors begin to relax restrictions on businesses.
  • Public health officials warn that while roughly 2.5 million people nationwide are receiving shots every day, infection levels have plateaued this month and some states have failed to reduce the number of daily cases.
  • The 7-day moving average of new infections was 54,666 as of Friday, according to a CNBC analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

Source: Covid cases are rising in 21 states as health officials warn against reopening too quickly

Gonzalo Cardona killed in Colombia as environmentalists threatened – The Washington Post

On a January morning in the foothills of the Andes, Gonzalo Cardona Molina gave his daughter a goodbye hug, jumped on his 2015 Yamaha motorcycle and set off for the habitat of the elusive yellow-eared parrot. Cardona had spent two decades nurturing the rare bird, a species once thought extinct. Now, they numbered in the thousands, and he was their protector — the overseer of the wild preserve in this South American nation where they thrived anew. A preserve that happens to abut one of Colombia’s most notorious drug routes. “God willing, I will be coming back to you soon,” the 55-year-old told his daughter. Three days later, a search party found his body in a shallow grave with two bullets in his chest. His slaying was the latest in a deadly wave of killings of environmentalists in Colombia, a nation where they are fast becoming almost as endangered as the species they strive to protect.

Source: Gonzalo Cardona killed in Colombia as environmentalists threatened – The Washington Post