Covid-19 Surges Due to Omicron’s Subvariant

The BA.5 subvariant of omicron is surging in the United States as extreme heat hits the west coast states along the mid and southern states. Covid-19 cases have increased on a daily basis due to this subvariant of omicron cases dominating the U.S.

Airplanes are fully booked, and flights are often delayed, but summer travelers are eager to make up for their summer vacations and return home sick. 29 states reported more cases than the week before as of July 20, according to USA TODAY. 20 states had more deaths than a week earlier in the data from Johns Hopkins University.

The BA.5 was detected in the U.S. at the end of April and only 3 months passed from the first patient before the BA.5 cases rose to nearly 80% of all cases according to Yahoo news. The common symptoms of BA.5 are very similar to other variants. Those infected with BA.5 may develop a cough, runny nose, sore throat, fatigue, headaches, and muscle pains but are less likely to experience shortness of breath or lose their senses of taste or smell. It can last a few days to a few weeks.

If you’re fever-free for 24 hours and symptoms are improving after five days, the CDC says you can end isolation but continue to take precautions for five additional days. This includes wearing well-fitted masks around others inside and outside the home and avoiding travel.

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Solar Storm will hit on Earth by Tomorrow

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A solar storm will hit on Earth by Tomorrow. According to the Joint USAF/NOAA, Solar activity is expected to be low with a chance for M-class flares and a slight chance for an X-class flare on days one, two, and three (July 19-21). This solar storm will arrive without any obstacle, but our GPS, radio blackouts, and cell communication are going to be influenced.

This week, many countries are burning with hot temperatures, and a solar storm is expected to be more dangerous to high-flying latitude airplane travelers and crews. Researchers and Scientists all over the world predict this solar storm has a strong flare, and it is striking Earth. NASA stated that the solar flare might have a huge impact on Earth’s geomagnetic field on the evening of July 19.

This solar flare explosion is likely caused due to the Sun’s discharge of protons. The G1-class solar storm on March 22 brought landfall a few days later. Solar radiation storms occur when a large-scale magnetic field eruption when coronal mass ejection (CME) and solar flare are associated. According to NOAA, The most important particles are protons which can get accelerated to large fractions of the speed of light. At these velocities, the protons can traverse the 150 million km from the sun to Earth in just 10 minutes or less. When they reach Earth, the fast-moving protons penetrate the magnetosphere that shield Earth from lower energy charged particles. Once inside the magnetosphere, the particles are guided down the magnetic field lines and penetrate into the atmosphere near the north and south poles.

SWPC currently forecasts the probability of S1 (Minor Radiation Storm scale) occurrence as part of our 3-day forecast and forecast discussion products and issues a warning for an expected S1 or higher event; as well as a warning for when the 100 MeV proton level is expected to reach 1 pfu. Additionally, SWPC issues alert for when each NOAA Space Weather Scale Radiation Storm level is reached (S1-S5) and/or when the 100 MeV protons reach 1 pfu.

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22세기에 가장 먼저 사라질 나라는 대한민국? [허준혁한방]

7월 11일은 UN국제연합개발계획(UNDP)이 지정한 ‘세계인구의 날’… 세계 인구가 50억 명을 넘은 1987년 7월 11일을 기념하여 제정되었다

영국 옥스퍼드대 연구진에 의하면 서기가 시작됐을 때 세계 인구는 1억9천만 명쯤 됐을 것으로 추정된다. 이후 1803년 10억 명, 1928년 20억 명, 1960년 30억 명, 1975년 40억 명, 1987년 50억 명, 1999년 60억 명, 2011년 70억 명을 돌파했다.

이렇듯 20세기 초에 20억 명 남짓이던 세계 인구는 약 한 세기 동안 3배 이상 폭발적으로 증가했다. 2024년 80억 명, 2038년 90억 명, 2056년 100억 명을 돌파할 것으로 예상되고 있다.

반면, 한국은 저출산으로 인한 인구 불균형 문제에 관심을 기울이기 위해 2011년 7월 11일을 ‘인구의 날’로 정하고, 출산 장려 등을 위한 기념행사를 펼치고 있다.

2020년에는 출생자보다 사망자가 많은 ‘인구 데드크로스’ 현상으로 경종을 울렸다. 통계청은 2020년 우리나라 인구가 5183만 6천명으로 정점을 찍고 이후 줄곧 줄어들 것이며 50년 뒤인 2070년 인구는 3766만명이 될 것이라고 전망했다. 지난해 5천174만5천 명, 올해 5천162만8천 명으로 계속 감소하고 있는 통계로 뒷받침되고 있다.

2021년 유엔인구기금(UNFPA) 보고서에 따르면 우리나라의 합계출산율은 1.1명으로 198개국 중 최하위를 기록해 세계 평균(2.4명)의 절반에도 미치지 못했다. 부부가 평균적으로 아이 1명도 낳지 않을 정도로 낮은 출산율이 주된 원인이었다.

이런 현실을 풍자하듯 우스갯소리처럼 ‘한국인 멸종위기’라는 말이 유행하기도 했다. 이 우스갯소리가 단순한 우스갯소리가 아니라는데 심각성이 있다.

영국 옥스포드 대학교 인권문제연구소의 데이빗 콜먼은 22세기에 지구상에서 가장 먼저 사라질 국가로 한국을 꼽았다. 2305년 저출산과 고령화로 인해 지구상에서 사라지는 최초의 국가가 될 것이라는 전망이었다. 유엔미래포럼에서도 오는 2305년이면 한국은 남자 2만명, 여자 3만명 정도만 남게될 것이라고 예측한 바 있다.

미국 브루킹스 연구소도 현재 출산율이 지속되면 오는 2750년에는 우리나라 인구가 영원히 멸종될 것이라고 추측했다. 국내 연구기관에서도 이러한 문제를 언급한 바 있다. 한국개발연구원과 보건사회연구원 등은 2413년에는 부산 소멸, 2505년에는 서울이 소멸될 것이라 예측했다.

가임인구는 줄고 비혼·비출산은 늘어나고 아이를 갖지 않는 ‘딩크족’도 지속적으로 증가하고 있는 것이 우리나라의 현실이다. 부존자원 없이 ‘사람의 힘’으로 세계강국에 오른 한국이지만 사람이 없어 국제사회에서 낙오할 수도 있다.

“둘만낳아 잘기르자”던 때가 엊그제 같은데 격세지감을 느끼는 요즘이다.

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Enjoy the Full “Buck Moon” Tonight or Salmon Moon… It Depends

The second supermoon in 2022 is lighting the world tonight, and it gives us the brightest moment at 2:38 Eastern Time. It will be below the horizon at the time so wait for 4 hours to see the moon in the sky.

July 13th’s Full Buck Moon orbit is the closest, biggest, and brightest due to its proximity to earth and lowest in the sky. The Buck Moon will be 222,089.3 miles (357,418 km) from Earth. According to Almanac.com, “the full moon in July is called the Buck Moon because the antlers of male deer (bucks) are in full growth mode at this time. Bucks shed and regrow their antlers each year, producing a larger and more impressive set as the years go by.”

There are many other alternative names for these supermoon reference animals, such as Feather Moulting Moon (Cree) and Salmon Moon, a Tlingit (a member or a language of a North American people of the coasts and islands of southeastern Alaska and adjacent British Columbia.) term indicating when fish returned to the area and were ready to be harvested.

Plants and other variants refer to this supermoon, Berry Moon (Anishinaabe), Moon When the Chokecherries are Ripe (Dakota), Month of the Ripe Corn Moon (Cherokee), and Raspberry Moon (Algonquin, Ojibwe). All these names refer to the riping season of sweet berries in the hot summer.

Western Abenaki, a Native American tribe speaking Algonquian call this moon Thunder Moon; they lived in parts of Canada and the Northeast United States until being pushed west during American expansion, and Halfway Summer Moon (Anishinaabe) are alternative variants that refer to the weather and season.

The name of the Super Moon refers to the life of the Native Americans and how they lived. Those Full moons on their calendar reminded them to remember to harvest and give ceremonies to their gods.

The location of where you are matters when it comes to seeing the different shapes of the Buck Moon. However, the 13th of July is the best night to experience the full moon. Tomorrow, you will see 98.7 of the waning gibbous moon instead.

The next Super Moon, Sturgeon Moon, will be in our sight on August 11 expected.

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Severe Thunderstorm hits DMV Region: Flood watch and More

5pm on Tuesday, a severe thunderstorm with wind gusts up to 60 to 70 mph arrived in Washington D.C. region, and it is heading to Maine. This storm poured 1-2 inches of rain in one hour, leading to Arlington and Alexandria being under flood watch again.  Washington had just received 4.05 inches of rain on Saturday.

The area had been highly humid, with hot air bringing the storm into the Greater Washington Area and most of the Northeastern region, including Philadelpha, Washington, and Baltimore, some of which are under Flood Watch tonight.

The main threat will be the wind gusts, and it is haunting the people under the storm. Commuters are at risk under heavy rainfall. About 21.5 million people are estimated to be affected, with possible power outage and flood damages. In some areas, residents will be experiencing downed trees, large hail, isolated flooding, and even possibly an isolated tornado.

However, Virginia will mostly be done with the severity of the storm within 4 hours.

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Save the”Grizzly Giant”

As fires grow near Yosemite National Park, firefighters are working for protecting the 2.340 acres where the ancient sequoias trees reside at least for 3,000 years. The wildfire engulfed and doubled in size over the weekend in the park’s Mariposa Grove where more than 500 mature sequoias trees including the Grizzly Giant, a 209-foot long with about 3,000 years old reside.

Firefighters are setting up the springcular system to water and save this gigantic tree. According to the Los Angeles Times, “We really don’t want to leave this one to chance because this really is such an iconic tree,” forest ecologist Garrett Dickman said in a recent video showing sprinklers spraying water around the base of the Grizzly Giant.

About 550 firefighters have been assigned to this wildfire. According to the National Weather Service says “Drought conditions had improved significantly at the end of 2021 as California received record snowfall in the Sierra.

After a dry start to the year and now the dry season in place, drought conditions have worsened yet again. The dry conditions also are increasing forest fire concerns as we head into late summer. However, the wildfire was so intense and leaves the area vulnerable, due to hot and dry air in the California state. 2022 is the driest year on record, NOAA says.

A heat advisory was issued for the Central Valley sprawling below the Sierra, while up in the fire area, a high temperature of 88 degrees was forecast for the village of Wawona, where hundreds of tourists and residents were forced to evacuate Friday. According to NBC.

More than 35,000 wildfires have burned nearly 4.7 million acres in the U.S., according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

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Murder Suspect Kaitlin Armstrong Captured in Costa Rica

Images of Kaitlin Armstrong, 34, provided by U.S. Marshals, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Austin Police Department

A murder suspect, Kaitlin Armstrong(34) was captured at a hotel in Costa Rica on June 29 after she fled to the country from Austin, TX through NJ airport on May 18.  Armstrong used fake IDs and cosmetic surgery on her face to change her appearance and avoid detection, according to the U.S. Marshals, on Thursday.

When she was arrested, U.S. Marshals said her appearance had changed, with her hair being chopped to shoulder-length and dyed brown. Her nose was different — there was bruising under her eyes. She told authorities the change was from a “surfing accident.”

Armstrong is accused of the deadly shooting and killing of Moriah Wilson (25) on May 11 in East Austin. Moriah was the brightest cyclist in the U.S., and she had plans to achieve her dream from gravel to mountain on cycle worldwide. She came to Texas from Colorado for the race,” Gravel Locos race in Hico” and died 3 days before the race. She was expected to win the race before her death.

Armstrong used the names Beth and Liz Martin to conceal her identity, Marshals said. She wanted to be a yoga teacher in Costa Rica, but she is now in Travis County Jail and is being held on a $3.5 million bond.

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Boko Haram attacks Kuje Maximum Security Prison in Nigeria; 300 Inmates At Large

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Boko Haram attacked the Kuje maximum security prison in Nigeria and freed nearly 1,000 inmates including 64 Boko Haram extremist group inmates on Wednesday. Explosions and gunfires were exchanged. The attackers went through the hole from the blasts and freed the inmates.

Some recaptured inmates lay on the ground by the prison entrance near the bodies of those who died in the attack. Although many have been recaptured and turned into the police, at least 300 inmates are still missing.

The Abuja jailbreak occurred around the same time when the gunmen launched a daring attack on an advancing security convoy preparing for the visit of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in the northwest Katsina state. Those attackers “opened fire on the convoy from ambush positions but were repelled by the military,” a presidential spokesman said.

Boko Haram, the extremist insurgency in Nigeria is accountable for much of the violence including kidnapping high schoolers along with more than 35,000 death and displacing more than 2 million people.

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Fourth of July shooter in Chicago Bobby Crimo III charged with 7 counts of Murder

Robert E Crimo III (21) is the person of interest in the shooting of the Fourth of July parade at Highland Park in Chicago. He was charged with 7 counts of murder on Tuesday. The entire country was shocked by this mass shooting on one of the most important holidays of the nation. Most of the victims were residents of Highland Park. Crimo was arrested later in the day without any incident.

Crimo killed 7 people and injured dozens on Monday as people gathered to watch the Fourth of July parade. According to NBC, Crimo went up to a building next to the parade route and fired at the crowd more than 70 rounds below. Authorities stated on Tuesday that they believe Crimo planned ahead of weeks and work women’s clothing during the shooting to avoid detection.

He had created two different Youtube video accounts to post his planned shooting a few months earlier according to the authorities. Crimo, a Highland Park native, used a legally purchased high-powered rifle that is similar to an AR-15, authorities said.

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NATO Summit Invites Sweden & Finland to be members; Will Aid Ukraine

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NATO summit was held in Madrid, Spain on Wednesday. NATO invited Sweden and Finland members to join but Turkey opposed the two countries’ membership. Since Russia has attacked Ukraine, NATO declared Russia the “most significant and direct threat”  to its members.

According to NPR, The U.S. said it would boost its military presence in Europe, including a permanent army headquarters in Poland for the U.S. 5th Army Corps. President Biden supports another $450 million in aid to Ukraine including more naval destroyers stationed in Spain, and two F-35 fighter jet squadrons positioned in the United Kingdom. At the G-7 summit, President Biden emphasized how important the defense of Ukraine for NATO against Russia is.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine, U.S. troops in Europe increased from 80,000 servicemembers to more than 100,000. Ukraine President, Zelensky addressed NATO leaders that he needs more weapons and aid to defeat Russia.

The members will elevate their military powers and build them up whenever needed to be. The members announced their military measures are:

  • Poland: permanent station for the 5th Army Corps Headquarters Forward Command Post, an Army garrison headquarters, and a field support battalion, to allow the U.S. to more easily deploy combat troops along NATO’s eastern flank
  • Romania: position a rotational brigade combat team
  • The Baltic region: increase rotational deployments of armored, aviation, air defense, and special operations forces
  • Spain: increase the number of destroyers stationed at Rota from four to six
  • United Kingdom: station two squadrons of F-35 fighter jets.
  • Germany: forward-station an air defense artillery brigade headquarters, a short-range air defense battalion, a combat sustainment support battalion headquarters, and an engineer brigade headquarters
  • Italy: forward-station a short-range air defense battery

Turkey seems not to take the two countries (Sweden and Finland) joining NATO seriously.

From 4 a.m. on 24 February 2022, when the Russian Federation’s armed attack against Ukraine started, to 24:00 midnight on 26 June 2022 (local time), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recorded 10,631 civilian casualties in the country: 4,731 killed and 5,900 injured. This included:

  • a total of 4,731 killed (1,812 men, 1,225 women, 134 girls, and 155 boys, as well as 41 children and 1,364 adults whose sex is yet unknown)
  • a total of 5,900 injured (1,196 men, 829 women, 131 girls, and 174 boys, as well as 184 children and 3,386 adults whose sex is yet unknown)
    • In Donetsk and Luhansk regions: 6,029 casualties (2,773 killed and 3,256 injured)
      • On Government-controlled territory: 5,061 casualties (2,582 killed and 2,479 injured)
      • On territory controlled by Russian-affiliated armed groups: 968 casualties (191 killed and 777 injured)
    • In other regions of Ukraine (the city of Kyiv, Cherkasy, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Kherson, Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava, Rivne, Vinnytsia, Ternopil and Zhytomyr regions), which were under Government control when casualties occurred: 4,602 casualties (1,958 killed and 2,644 injured)

Most of the civilian casualties recorded were caused by the use of explosive weapons within a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, and missile and air strikes. More than 500 Ukraine civilian abductions by Russian troops are not included in the official number count.

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