U.S. plans COVID-19 booster shots at six months instead of eight – WSJ | Reuters

U.S. health regulators could approve a third COVID-19 shot for adults beginning at least six months after full vaccination, instead of the previously announced eight-month gap, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

Source: U.S. plans COVID-19 booster shots at six months instead of eight – WSJ | Reuters

Record numbers vaccinated in one day in Jamaica

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No Movement Day #3. And it was hectic in some areas, as Jamaicans crowded vaccination centres – mostly outside the city of Kingston – in surprising numbers. Although the Government was targeting high school students, aged 12 to 18, for the Pfizer vaccinations, to enable them to return to face-to-face classes – many adults turned out also.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness could not wait to post the numbers, late last night… Here is their announcement.

Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz (standing) talks to residents waiting for their vaccinations in Portland yesterday. (Photo: Daryl Vaz/Twitter)

Over 21,000 Jamaicans vaccinated in One Day

Over 21,000 Jamaicans were vaccinated on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, as the Ministry of Health & Wellness continued its four day special vaccination blitz across the island. This number represents a record for the highest number of persons vaccinated in one day since the COVID-19 Vaccination programme…

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Texas governor bans COVID-19 vaccine mandates regardless of approval status | TheHill (Me: How long will Texans allow him to kill at will with the false claim of “freedom”)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued an executive order on Wednesday banning any governmental entity in the state from requiring a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of its approval status.

Source: Texas governor bans COVID-19 vaccine mandates regardless of approval status | TheHill

A Paradox for the Taliban: Resistance in Afghanistan Appears to Be Growing – DER SPIEGEL

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Taliban opponents in the Panjshir Valley on August 19

At first, it was just the Panjshir Valley – that legendarily inaccessible, lengthy mountain valley northeast of Kabul – which stood out like a solitary blotch on the map of Afghanistan in recent days. Only here did residents not initially succumb to the advance of the Taliban, who even managed to take over the capital city of Kabul a little over a week ago. The people of the valley let it be known that they would not be giving up. But for the last few days, more and more reports have been emerging – confirmed by eyewitnesses on the ground – that resistance against the Taliban has suddenly sprung up elsewhere as well. Units of the Afghan army, which has officially given up, have reportedly made their way to Panjshir from Kandahar in the south and from the Uzbek areas of the country in the north. On the southern edge of the Panjshir Valley, anti-Taliban forces apparently met little resistance when they took over the important road up to the Salang Tunnel, the only major north-south arterial.

Source: A Paradox for the Taliban: Resistance in Afghanistan Appears to Be Growing – DER SPIEGEL

Mary Trump: “Donald Is a Fascist and the Republicans Are Trying To Destroy Our Democracy” – DER SPIEGEL

In an interview, Mary Trump, the only niece of the former American president, talks about an uncle she describes as dangerous, his enduring power and the growing hate in America.

Source: Mary Trump: “Donald Is a Fascist and the Republicans Are Trying To Destroy Our Democracy” – DER SPIEGEL

Anti-Mask Dad Charged With Felony After Pushing Masked Teen

Cowardice knows no bounds, as evidenced by an anti-mask dad who shoved a mask-wearing girl into a fence at a Florida high school on Wednesday. He has been arrested and charged with felony child abuse. The Miami New Times reports that 50-year-old Dan Bauman was dropping off his maskless daughter at Fort Lauderdale High School when the incident occurred. According to police reports, Bauman was “causing a disturbance” while videotaping mask-wearing students in front of the school when a masked student approached him. She allegedly wanted Bauman to stop filming her and told Bauman that she “had enough of this for four days.” The girl reportedly attempted to grab Bauman’s phone when he responded by “aggressively pushing the student into a fence and twisting her arm in the process.” The incident was filmed by another student and shows security guards quickly pulling Bauman off the girl. Bauman is currently being held at Broward County Main Jail on one count of aggravated child abuse, a felony with a mandatory minimum sentence of four years in prison if convicted and a maximum sentence of 30 years imprisonment, 30 years of probation, and a $10,000 fine.

Source: Anti-Mask Dad Charged With Felony After Pushing Masked Teen

These Old British Coal Mines Now Pump Out Geothermal Heat

The last mine in Seaham closed in the 1990s, leaving behind holes that burrow deep into the earth. Today, these old mine shafts frequently flood, and when they do, the town pumps out the geologically warmed water. Heat pumps warm it further, and it is then piped into homes as a source of natural heat. Lo and behold, mines that once chugged out fossil fuels now dole out clean, green geothermal energy.

Source: These Old British Coal Mines Now Pump Out Geothermal Heat