Germany′s stricter rules for unvaccinated travelers take effect | News | DW | 01.08.2021

As of Sunday, unvaccinated travelers coming to Germany from abroad will need to provide a negative test to enter the country.

The new rules come amid concerns about curbing the spread of the delta variant and with officials worried about potential infection spikes from summer vacationers returning from abroad.

What are the new rules?

The testing requirement applies to all unvaccinated individuals aged 12 and older.

Vaccinated people and those who have recovered from the virus are exempt from the testing requirement — but must provide documentation showing that they are fully vaccinated or recovered.

Cross-border commuters and those traveling through the country in transit are also exempt from the testing mandate.

Rapid tests cannot be taken earlier than 48 hours prior to entering Germany. For PCR tests, the limit is 72 hours.

For those coming from areas designated as virus variant countries, rapid tests cannot be older than 24 hours.

Source: Germany′s stricter rules for unvaccinated travelers take effect | News | DW | 01.08.2021

Used Bike buying help guide

Frugal Average Bicyclist

Used bikes are the best deal you will find, but there is risk. You really should do a lot of research to get a good deal and a quality bike. I’ve bought quite a number of used bikes and hope this guide will help you.

If you haven’t figured out what type of bike you want yet, check out our guide for choosing a bike type:

What kind of bike should I get? – Frugal Average Bicyclist

Once you know the type of bike you want, you need to have a good idea of the size bike, check out our guide for that:

Bike Sizing Tips – Frugal Average Bicyclist

If you are looking for a good deal, I recommend you don’t limit yourself by single brand. It will be easier to find a nice mountain bike in size small, than a nice Trek mountain bike in size small. And…

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Nepal: Swayambunath, eine der ältesten buddhistischen Tempelanlagen der Welt

Senioren um die Welt

Am nächsten Tag wollten wir eines der wichtigsten Heiligtümer des Buddhismus, Swayambunath, besichtigen. Swayambunath (UNESCO-Kulturerbe) liegt auf einem Hügel, von dem aus man einen fantastischen Blick auf Kathmandu und das Tal mit den Himalaya-Riesen im Hintergrund hat. Wir hatten Glück, dass Kathmandu ausnahmsweise nicht unter einer Smogdecke lag, ein nicht allzu häufiger Anblick. Für mich war der große Stupa mit den allsehenden Augen Buddhas ein beeindruckendes Erlebnis.

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DEMOCRACIA

Para falar em democracia preciso apresentar Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), que foi um importante intelectual do século XVIII. Rousseau acreditava que o homem nasceria bom, mas a sociedade o corromperia. Pergunto: Será que Bolsonaro foi corrompido pelo CENTRÃO? Vejamos os vídeos anexados! Aguardo a conclusão de todos.

Primeiro vídeo:

Segundo vídeo:

O primeiro vídeo é de sua campanha em 2018, para presidente. Bolsonaro deixa claro que não levaria o Centrão para sua administração. Já no 2o vídeo, de 2021, o presidente afirma que é e sempre foi do Centrão. Como ficam os eleitores que votaram no Bolsonaro acreditando que ele representaria a nova política? É meus amigos, enganados. Vocês que até hoje acreditam no mito, que acreditam que ele é diferente, honesto, verdadeiro, um homem de bem, acho que agora não ficam dúvidas. Bolsonaro, segundo pensamento de Jean Jacques Rousseau, “Encontra-se acorrentado por fatores como sua própria vaidade, fruto…

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Oklahoma Republicans blast GOP for COVID vaccine, Holocaust comparison

Top Oklahoma Republicans on Friday denounced the state’s Republican Party for its Facebook post comparing COVID-19 vaccine mandates to the persecution of Jewish people during the Holocaust.

In a joint statement, Gov. Kevin Stitt, Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, and House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, criticized the social media post that was still up as of Friday evening.

“It is irresponsible and wrong to compare an effective vaccine — developed by President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed — to the horrors of the Holocaust,” the Republicans said. “People should have the liberty to choose if they take the vaccine, but we should never compare the unvaccinated to the victims of the Holocaust.”

Source: Oklahoma Republicans blast GOP for COVID vaccine, Holocaust comparison

Louisiana hospitals reach capacity as COVID-19 cases surge | TheHill

Louisiana hospitals are running out of ICU beds as COVID-19 cases surge in the state.

Our Lady of Lourdes and Oschner Lafayette General hospitals have run out of ICU beds. Our Lady of Lourdes has resorted to converting regular beds outside of the ICU to deal with the virus, KATC ABC 3 reported.

“Part of that reason and why it’s such a high percentage of our 70 patients is we’re seeing enhanced severity of this illness in these individuals who, many of whom, are otherwise completely healthy,” Dr. Henry Kaufman, interim chief medical officer at Our Lady of Lourdes, said at a press briefing.

There are three beds open out of 156 in Region 4 of the state, with more than 1,000 people hospitalized across Louisiana due to the virus, according to the outlet.

Source: Louisiana hospitals reach capacity as COVID-19 cases surge | TheHill

Florida reports record 21,000 cases in single day, highest since start of pandemic | TheHill

The state of Florida on Friday recorded its highest ever single-day increase in COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with 21,683 new infections, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Friday’s infection surge comes as the Sunshine State is emerging as the new epicenter for the virus. The new tally  outpaces the state’s previous peak measured in early January, when daily new cases reached a total of 19,334.

Source: Florida reports record 21,000 cases in single day, highest since start of pandemic | TheHill

Bad Fairy, Good Fairy?

Critical thinking for Human Community

This is not working as I’d hoped, but does explain why we need more visions of a kinder world:

 

-May the pain you cause my fe rebound thrice or more unto thee, and may you understand why, just before you die.

 

A malicious laughter tinkled across the canyon, startling Ametis out of a focus that suddenly became embarrasing.  Wheeling around with a sharp curve of a wing, the source of the cackle now revealed itself.  Perhaps taking the form of a peregrine falcon, rather than a starling, would be a good idea right now?  A short pip called the other starlings into formation around Ametis, who was grateful that they had accepted the call of a non-physical.  Ametis, armed with support, heard the laughter became a cough.

 

-Ahem.  Calling down mortal curses now, are we, good little fairy?

 

-Protecting my human, you stain on our…

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