A Cup of Poem~~ 스러진 영혼/홍성재

사진: 김서경

스러진 영혼

홍성재

꺼질 듯이 작은

별빛이 모여

이미 살라진 육신이

다시금 붉게 타오른다

불씨는 이미서

몇십 몇백 년 전

사라져 버린

별일지도 모른다

그렇게 스러진 별의

영혼을 그러모아

그대 앞에서

나를 태우노라

나 죽어 부르는

이 노래를 위해

한 줌의 재까지 살라내는

이 불꽃의 의미를

부디 잊지 않기를.

*이미서:사전에는 없는 말로 이미 벌써를 강조하는 합성어로 읽으시면 됩니다.

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Cute Alert: Bride-To-Be Finds Wedding Dress to be like Nothing she ordered!

A Kentucky woman wrote a furious email to a bridal company after her wedding dress arrived at her home. A tulle mermaid style dress with sweetheart neckline she had ordered seemed nothing like the dress she received.

She took photos of her dress and sent the email to the company.

However, when she received a reply, she was mortified and embarrassed to find that the reason she had not received the dress she had ordered was because she was wearing the dress inside out.

She posted the ordeal on her Facebook bridal group, so that everyone could have a laugh at her expense, and also, so that she could make up for the angry e-mail she’d sent to the company.

Ultimately, they did correct the mistake, which was pointing out to Aubrey that the dress was inside out.

In a climate with very little to laugh about, what with the Covid-19 pandemic, the US presidential election (no matter the side, there are still lingering worries), and the global economy, Aubrey brought a little laugh to those she told her story to.

Best of luck to her and her husband as they embark on this new journey.

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First Covid-19 Found in Remote Pacific Island Nation

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Vanuatu is a remote island nation in the pacific, one of the few places in the world untouched by the coronavirus. That is until this week, when a 23-year-old man returned from a travel to the U.S. tested positive while quarantining back home. He had flown back to Vanuatu on November 4 and was asymptomatic.

The health ministry confirmed that physical distancing and personal protection measures were applied and maintained during the flight, arrival, and during transport to and during registration at the quarantine facility. The man will remain in isolation until health clearance is given.

As of now, the coronavirus is active in 217 countries and territories, with 51 million cases of Covid-19 worldwide. More than 1.3 million have died from the virus since December 2019, when China reported its first case.

Vanuatu had been lucky until now, mostly thanks to its geographic location. Its closest neighbor, Australia, is more than 1000 miles from Australia and Vanuatu itself is made up of many tiny islands.

If a cluster is found within the general population, the health ministry will likely implement travel restriction and implement mask use in those with Covid-19 symptoms.

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Tropical Storm Eta Already Affecting Weather Although Not Quite Here

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Tropical Storm Eta is a bit over 300 miles away from the Southwest coast of Florida this afternoon. However, Southwest Florida is already seeing rain and wind. Florida is gearing up for rain with wind gusts above 35 and 40 mph.
Although Eta brings yet another storm into mainland US, the temperature is not expected to be affected. In Florida, temperatures continue to see a high of mid-70’s, despite it being November and generally averages at mid-60’s.
Eta will finally begin its move north on Wednesday, and many southern states will see the impact of yet another Tropical Storm this year.

Another Hurricane, Theta is coming but another disturbance in the Caribbean is worth watching over the next five days. Winter storm will pour few inches of snow in upper mid-west through tonight and head to Canada overnight, according to Weather.com.

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90% Efficacy in Pfizer’s Covid Vaccine

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In the trial volunteers without evidence of prior infection of the virus, results from an interim analysis of a phase 3 study demonstrated 90% effectiveness. BTN162b2 is a messenger RNA-based vaccine candidate requiring 2 doses. Global phase 3 clinical trial began on July 27 and enrolled 43,538 participants to date, with 42% of enrollees having racial and ethically diverse backgrounds.

38,955 trial volunteers received the second dose of either vaccine or placebo by November 8, and an independent data monitoring committee (DMC) found the vaccine efficacy rate at above 90% 7 days after the second dose. This means protection was achieved 28 das after the first vaccine dose.

This vaccine has been developed on the genetic strategy, meaning that it introduces the gene that codes for the coronavirus spike protein into the cell. The cells will make the spike protein, which the immune system will recognize and create antibodies for.

About 94 people did get sick, but in general, the 90% effectiveness is a positive news.

So far, there has not been any serious safety concerns.

The study plants to continue to collect safety and efficacy data as planned, and companies plan to apply to the FDA for emergency use authorization soon after the required safety milestone is achieved.

However, the administering of this vaccine may prove to be a challenge, as the vaccine must be shipped and stored at -70 to -80 degrees celsius, meaning the product would have to be shipped on dry ice.

While this is good news, even if everything is done as scheduled, to include Americans being vaccinated later this year, it would still be many more months before there is widespread vaccination in the country.

It is still imperative that Americans use masks, contact tracing, social distancing, and hand washing to keep themselves safe.

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Denmark to Contain Mutated Coronavirus found in Minks

Denmark is the largest producer of mink furs. However, Denmark is now planning to cull all mink in the country due to them hosting mutated form of novel coronavirus.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced on Wednesday that while it was a difficult decision, health concerns necessitated the culling. Statens Serum Institut is a Danish authority which deals with infectious diseases. So far, the Institutionalization has found five cases of the coronavirus in mink farms and 12 examples in humans showing reduced sensitivity to antibodies. Keeping the mink production alive might limit the effectiveness of future vaccines and treatments.

There are 15-17 million mink in Denmark, and although the country has worked to minimize the outbreak, it has not been successful.

However, Denmark is not the first country to cull so many minks due to the coronavirus; Netherlands and Spain have also taken such actions to prevent the outbreak or the spreading of the mutated coronavirus.

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Space Radio Waves Come from Our Own Galaxy

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In April 2020, astronomers spotted short, powerful blast of radio waves coming from outer space, and has since successfully found that it was coming from a powerful object within Milky Way, which means this wave is the closest of the kind ever seen.

The waves are better identified as fast radio bursts or FRBs, and are from something called “zombie” star, a remnant of a powerful supernova. Its official name is “neutron star” and such are formed when stars many times bigger than the Sun collapses on itself, oftentimes causing the formation of a neutron star, a magnetar. This magnetic star often has a very powerful magnetic field that can store a tremendous amount of energy and distorting the shapes of atoms.

Although FRBs sometimes appear, this is one of the first times when astronomers had actually successfully pinpointed the source. Unlike other FRBs’ source star, this magnetar is just 30,000 light-years away. This discovery supports a solid connection between magnetars and dynamic space radio waves.

The first FRB was spotted in 2007, but locating the origins had proven to be impossible. FRBs are also very fleeting, which means detection alone can be a challenge in itself. However, in this case, the CHIME of Canada and STARE2 of the US, observatories, both spotted the FRB coming from the same part of the sky. This FRB was also incredibly bright, that even a regular 4G LTE cellphone receiver could have picked up the signal coming from halfway across the galaxy.

Further cementing the hypothesis of a magnetar as a source, just a few days prior to the reception of FRB, the scientists noticed hyperactive magnetar activity in that part of the sky, which was sending out X-rays and gamma rays.

That being said, the astronomers have not declared the mystery of FRBs solved.  They accepted that while the magnetar had released significant amount of X-rays and gamma rays, but the follow-up events did not match up with any significant radio wave bursts. Also, the FRB was still relatively weak compared to even weakest FRB from outside the galaxy.

At the moment, the triumph comes not from the knowledge of absolute solution, but rather, to the pinpointing of a possible candidate and where to further narrow its research.

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US Dollar Weak No Matter the President

With the Trump presidency, the US dollar continued to see weakness, as tax cuts, growing deficit and interest rate cuts from the Federal Reserve continued to weaken the power of the US dollar. However, even if Biden were to become the next president, the dollar is not likely to become stronger.

There will likely be more stimulus for consumers and small businesses because of the Covid-19 pandemic, as the Democrats have been seeking it this year. Therefore, the spending will continue to show weakness in the dollar. Assuming that Biden manages to undo some of the tax cuts, the government spending would only be slightly balanced.

That being said, some are hopeful for more normal trade policies should Biden become the president which could help boost the power of the US dollar, as Trump’s trade policies made many enemies.

The US dollar Index tracks the dollar against the euro, British pound, Japanese yen, and other global currencies. It has seen 7% decline in its purchasing power since 2017. Of course, weaker dollar allows the big tech companies and multinational firms to grow, as it makes goods and services less expensive in foreign markets.

Most expect the dollar to continue to show stabilization, regardless of the president, as the real issue behind the currency is more Covid-related than the president in 2020.

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FLOTUS slams Democrats on Campaign Trail

FLOTUS Melania Trump spoke at a campaign event for the fourth time alone, in Huntersville, North Carolina. She had not appeared on the campaign trail for more than a year, and recently battled Covid-19 last month. She blasted the Democratic Party for their reactions during the BLM movement, stating, “when rioters and looters were burning our cities and wrecking small businesses that belong to hard working families and bring jobs to our communities, where were the Democrats?”

She said similar things in her other events this year. Her speech was more pro-Republican as she blasted the Democrats and FMR VP Biden. She also claimed that her staff and supporters do not feel comfortable supporting her husband, blaming on the Democratic Party and its supporters.

She criticized the concept of “tolerant left” for its treatment of the Trump administration, and told a crowd of about 250 people, that the media and the Democrats are politicizing the She claimed that the media and the Democrats are making COVID-19 the most politically charged and polarizing topic, rather than working with the Trump administration. However, many medical experts both within US and globally have warned the dangerous of dealing with COVID-19 without a comprehensive governmental plan for prevention. US continues to see alarmingly high number of infections and there are many concerns as winter is arriving.

FLOTUS plans to vote in person Tuesday morning in Palm Beach, Florida before returning to the White House.

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COVID Brings Layoffs to Universities

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University of Delaware confirmed the layoff of 122 employees due to a potential $0.25 billion shortfall in its budget. University spokesperson confirmed the reduction in force this week. Job reductions occurred mostly in the areas affected heavily by COVID-19, such as facilities maintenance, construction project management, and conference services.

However, that’s not where the reductions stop; top administrators will receive a small salary cut, and there will be other actions to deal with the shortfall.

UD also sought to use its $1.5 billion endowment to cover the shortage in the budget.

It is believed that layoffs come from those who are nonunion employees, as negotiations are underway with professors and others with union representation regarding early retirement and other options. This year’s enrollment is low, with most classes being held remotely, and as the university’s  budget model had been based on growing enrollment and broadened number of academic offerings, the impact seems to have become difficult.

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