European markets troubled as omicron Covid variant fears return

European markets troubled as omicron Covid variant fears return

LONDON — European stocks are expected to open lower on Thursday as concerns persist over the omicron Covid variant.The U.K.’s FTSE index is seen opening 80 points lower at 7,086, Germany’s DAX 176 points lower at 15,295, France’s CAC 40 down 91 points at 6,797 and Italy’s FTSE MIB 326 points lower at 26,026, according to … Read more

NSW Omicron COVID-19 case numbers grow to seven, health authorities ‘concerned’ about flight transmission

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NSW’s seventh confirmed case of the Omicron COVID-19 strain arrived on a flight from Doha last week but had not spent time in southern Africa.Key points:NSW Health are concerned the person contracted the Omicron strain on the flightMantra Services Apartments in Chatswood has been identified as a possible exposure siteAustralia now has eight confirmed Omicron casesThe … Read more

The Metaverse Is a Massive Opportunity for The Crypto Industry

The Metaverse Is a Massive Opportunity for The Crypto Industry

Haim Israel – a strategist at Bank of America – believes the metaverse will create huge opportunities for blockchain technology. It will also cause digital assets to start being employed widely for financial transactions. Nonetheless, private tokens are too volatile, and stablecoins like Tether (USDT) and USD Coin (USDC) are more likely to prevail, he … Read more

Song Remains the Same for Crypto Exchange Apps

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Within the cryptocurrency sphere, not much remains static. Certainly not the pricing of the digital issuances themselves, where the price of bitcoin and other holdings can gyrate wildly, several percentage points, in a matter of minutes. Up? Down? Depends on when you hit the “refresh” button. Ah, but there are at least some things that … Read more

Marcus Lamb, founder of Daystar Television Network, dies after getting COVID-19 : NPR

Marcus Lamb, founder of Daystar Television Network, dies after getting COVID-19 : NPR

Marcus Lamb, the CEO and founder of the conservative Christian Daystar Television Network who was outspoken against COVID-19 vaccines, has died at age 64 after contracting the virus. AP hide caption toggle caption AP Marcus Lamb, the CEO and founder of the conservative Christian Daystar Television Network who was outspoken against COVID-19 vaccines, has died … Read more

COVID Cases, Hospitalizations Resume Spikes in Illinois and Indiana After Holiday Lull – NBC Chicago

COVID Cases, Hospitalizations Resume Spikes in Illinois and Indiana After Holiday Lull – NBC Chicago

After a brief downturn in case numbers during the Thanksgiving holiday, the number of COVID cases in Illinois and Indiana are once again on an upward trend, continuing surges that began in late October. That surge in new COVID diagnoses came following a long downward trend in numbers following the worst of the delta variant-driven … Read more

Crypto Experts Congressional Close-Up Is Coming

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If you look at the six crypto luminaries scheduled to testify before the House Financial Services Committee next week, an agenda becomes clear. Clear regulation integrating cryptocurrencies, stablecoins and decentralized finance (DeFi) into the financial system is coming, and it could be a good thing. The “how” of getting it right will be on the … Read more

UK boosts vaccination drive with additional 114m Covid jabs

UK boosts vaccination drive with additional 114m Covid jabs

The UK has expanded its booster programme after the Omicron variant emerged. File photoLONDON: The UK government said late Wednesday it has ordered 114 million additional Covid-19 vaccine doses, from pharmaceutical giants Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, to bolster its jabs drive over the next two years.The orders — 60 million extra doses of the Moderna vaccine … Read more

Jack Dorsey-Led Square Changes Name To Block, Doubling Down On Crypto Focus

Jack Dorsey-Led Square Changes Name To Block, Doubling Down On Crypto Focus

Topline Square said Wednesday it will change its company name to Block, referencing the blockchain technology that powers cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and continuing an eventful week for Square founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, who resigned Monday as the CEO of Twitter, another company he founded. Block founder and CEO Jack Dorsey is an outspoken bitcoin … Read more

Covid vaccine boosters in England: what has changed? | Coronavirus

Q: Boris Johnson on Monday announced a major ramping up of the drive to administer booster Covid vaccines in England. What prompted that?A: The emergence last week of the new variant of coronavirus, named Omicron by the World Health Organization. Ministers, NHS leaders, scientists and doctors fear it could trigger a new wave of Covid-19 … Read more

Could This Chewing Gum Reduce the Spread of Covid-19? | Smart News

Could This Chewing Gum Reduce the Spread of Covid-19? | Smart News

The researchers note that the gum looks and feels like the type of gum found in convivence stores and can be stored at normal temperatures for years without damaging the ACE2 protein molecules that trap the SARS-coV-2 particles.  Malte Mueller/Getty Images Previous evidence has shown that people infected with Covid-19 have high levels of the … Read more

Meta Relaxes Crypto Ad Policies

Meta Relaxes Crypto Ad Policies

The tech giant splits crypto companies into two categories depending on whether prior written approval is needed to list ads. Tax services, news outlets and education sources related to crypto don’t need prior approval, nor do crypto wallets that only allow users to store assets without buying and selling. Crypto exchanges and trading platforms, full-service … Read more

‘Encouraging signs’ but Covid infection rate still high

'Encouraging signs' but Covid infection rate still high

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has said that while there are encouraging signs that infection rates of Covid-19 have stabilised, this is at a very high level with well over 1,300 cases per 100,000 population on a 14-day incidence rate. It comes as the Department of Health confirmed 3,793 new cases of Covid-19. There … Read more

Neurologist Details Long-Lasting Symptoms Post-COVID – NBC Chicago

Neurologist Details Long-Lasting Symptoms Post-COVID – NBC Chicago

From brain fog to migraines to even stroke-like symptoms, neurologists say they are seeing a number of longer-lasting neurological symptoms in patients diagnosed with COVID-19. Dr. Lakshmi Warrior, chair of neurology at Cook County Health, told NBC 5 “there’s a huge spectrum” of what doctors are seeing post-COVID infection. “Some patients might have some mild symptoms … Read more

Increase in primary school children contracting Covid

Increase in primary school children contracting Covid

The number of primary school age children contracting Covid rose again last week, as did the share that this age group represents in overall confirmed cases. Last week, 6,077 five to 12-year-olds tested positive. This is an increase of 13% on the previous week’s numbers for this age group, and an 80% increase over the … Read more

Three Crypto Themes and Stocks to Watch in 2022

Three Crypto Themes and Stocks to Watch in 2022

Text size Dreamstime A few major crypto themes are emerging for 2022, including blockchain-based metaverse gaming and “super apps” for trading and lending digital assets. More regulation is also likely as the government aims to raise tax revenue from crypto, treat “stablecoin” issuers like banks, and develop rules for the issuance of tokens. “While 2021 … Read more

Co-founder of Christian TV network that railed against vaccines dies of Covid-19 | Coronavirus

Marcus Lamb, the co-founder of the leading Christian TV network Daystar who railed against Covid-19 vaccines, has died of Covid-19. He was 64 years old.Lamb, who was the chief executive of the conservative network that reaches an estimated 2 billion viewers worldwide, died on Tuesday, weeks after contracting the coronavirus.“It’s with a heavy heart we … Read more

Can crypto be used for good?

Can crypto be used for good?

New Zealand cryptocurrency enthusiasts are raising money for charity. For IRL, Shanti Mathias explores whether the model will work. Ankita Dhakar wants to get 100,000 women into STEM by the end of 2022. A hundred thousand, I repeat, wanting to make sure I got that right, by the end of 2022? “That is the mission,” … Read more

Covid limits migration despite more people displaced by war and disasters | Global development

The coronavirus pandemic had a radical effect on migration, limiting movement despite increasing levels of internal displacement from conflict and climate disasters, the UN’s International Organization for Migration said in a report on Wednesday.Though the number of people who migrated internationally increased to 281 million in 2020 – 9 million more than before Covid-19 – … Read more

The Guardian: Trump tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of 2020 debate with Biden

The Guardian: Trump tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of 2020 debate with Biden

The previously unknown positive test is disclosed in Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows’ memoir “The Chief’s Chief,” a copy of which was obtained by The Guardian ahead of the book’s publication next week.Trump said in a statement Wednesday, “the story of me having COVID prior to, or during, the first debate is Fake … Read more

Inside Coinbase’s Budding Plan To Become The AWS Of Crypto

Inside Coinbase’s Budding Plan To Become The AWS Of Crypto

Brian Armstrong, founder of Coinbase, photographed for Forbes by Jamel Toppin in January 2020. Jamel Toppin/The Forbes Collection There was a time when Amazon Web Services (AWS) was just an afterthought for the Seattle-based company, overshadowed by Amazon’s gargantuan e-commerce business.  Fast forward to today, and the Amazon subsidiary, which launched almost 20 years ago, … Read more

U.S. and other countries tighten travel rules over Omicron, EU urges vaccination

U.S. and other countries tighten travel rules over Omicron, EU urges vaccination

Air travellers to U.S. to face tougher COVID-19 testingEU says combating variant is a ‘race against time’Japan expands travel ban to some foreign residentsWHO warns against blanket travel bans over OmicronWASHINGTON/PARIS, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Air travellers to the United States will face tougher COVID-19 testing rules to try to slow the spread of the … Read more

How Crypto Exchanges are Morphing into NFT Marketplaces to Evade New Rules

How Crypto Exchanges are Morphing into NFT Marketplaces to Evade New Rules

For several months, my stand on cryptocurrencies, assets and exchanges has been that a comprehensive regulatory framework be built around the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). The government has been listening and accepting most of the suggestions. The challenge of framing regulations for an amorphous sector is that it will evolve and emerge in a … Read more

Omicron could threaten COVID-19 immunity — but we’re not going back to ‘square one’

Omicron could threaten COVID-19 immunity — but we're not going back to 'square one'

The omicron variant, now reported in multiple Canadian provinces and a growing number of countries worldwide, could threaten hard-won immunity to the virus behind COVID-19. But global scientists say the world has a crucial head start on the latest variant of concern, thanks to early detection. And there’s hope this highly mutated version of the coronavirus won’t bring … Read more

Ministers should face misconduct charges over Covid crisis, say UK campaigners | Coronavirus

UK ministers should face charges of “misconduct in public office” over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic, an unofficial inquiry has said.The People’s Covid inquiry, formed by the political campaign group Keep Our NHS Public, said there had been “serious governance failures” at Westminster that contributed to tens of thousands of avoidable deaths.The inquiry, which … Read more

Online electronics shop Newegg to accept Shiba Inu crypto during holidays

Online electronics shop Newegg to accept Shiba Inu crypto during holidays

Major American electronics retailer Newegg continues diving is enabling payments in major cryptocurrency and mem, Shiba Inu (SHIB).Newegg officially announced Nov. 29 that it will start accepting SHIB as part of its holiday promotional campaign, starting “by early December.”Hey #ShibArmy, how we looking on America’s largest digital out-of-home billboard? @ShytoshiKusama #ShibWe’ll be officially accepting @Shibtoken … Read more

Jennifer Coolidge says she gained excessive weight during COVID-19 battle

Jennifer Coolidge says she gained excessive weight during COVID-19 battle

The actress said she almost turned down her iconic role in ‘White Lotus’ because she thought she was too heavyJennifer Coolidge revealed she gained weight excesively ‘eating to death’ during her battle with COVID-19.The actress said she almost turned down her iconic role in White Lotus because she thought she was too heavy. “I just … Read more

South Australia records three new cases of COVID-19, including two cases of local transmission

A crowd of people line up for covid testing

South Australia has recorded three new COVID cases, including the first instances of local transmission since the state opened its borders to New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT last week.Key points:Two men aged in their 50s are believed to have caught the virus from an interstate traveller at an eventA child in quarantine has also … Read more

Pakistan adopts ‘zero tolerance’ policy to counter new COVID-19 variant

Pakistan adopts 'zero tolerance’ policy to counter new COVID-19 variant

A healthcare worker inoculates a citizen at a COVID-19 vaccination centre in Larkana’s Jinnah Bagh. Photo: APPISLAMABAD: Pakistan has adopted a “zero tolerance” policy and announced a new vaccination plan to counter the Omicron threat under which booster shots will be given to immunocompromised people, healthcare workers and those aged over 50 years.A meeting of … Read more

BitMEX Introduces Most Rewarding Crypto ‘Earn’ Product Yet

BitMEX Introduces Most Rewarding Crypto ‘Earn’ Product Yet

MAHE, Seychelles–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Global cryptocurrency trading platform BitMEX announced the launch of BitMEX EARN. This interest-bearing product offers the highest annual percentage rate (APR) of all public Earn products. The product rewards users who subscribe their funds for a set period with an interest payout, ranging from 14 – 100% APR. Furthermore, BitMEX EARN is the … Read more

new Omicron Covid strain may weigh on growth outlook

new Omicron Covid strain may weigh on growth outlook

Workers unload sacks of rice at a grocery store, known as a kirana, in Bengaluru, India, on Monday, Jun. 21, 2021. DDhiraj Singh | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesIndia’s economy expanded in line with market expectations for the quarter ending in September, but economists say risks like the new Covid variant omicron could weigh on future … Read more

Indian Crypto Investor Paid $69.3 Million For An NFT. Then He Did This

Indian Crypto Investor Paid $69.3 Million For An NFT. Then He Did This

Vignesh Sundaresan, also known as MetaKovan, spent $69.3 million on a Beeple non-fungible token earlier this year, but he’s not very possessive about it.The beauty of an NFT is that everyone gets to enjoy it, the Indian cryptocurrency entrepreneur and investor said in an interview with Bloomberg News. In fact, he’d be happy if everyone … Read more

Trump tested positive for Covid few days before Biden debate, chief of staff says in new book | Donald Trump

Donald Trump tested positive for Covid-19 three days before his first debate against Joe Biden, the former president’s fourth and last chief of staff has revealed in a new book.Mark Meadows also writes that though he knew each candidate was required “to test negative for the virus within seventy two hours of the start time … Read more

Severe Covid infection doubles chances of dying in following year – study | Coronavirus

Patients who survive severe Covid are more than twice as likely to die over the following year than those who remain uninfected or experience milder virus symptoms, a study says.The research, published in Frontiers in Medicine, suggests that serious coronavirus infections may significantly damage long-term health, showing the importance of vaccination.The increased risk of dying … Read more

91% of surveys about Bitcoin and crypto are totally wrong

91% of surveys about Bitcoin and crypto are totally wrong

When Tony Richards, the Head of Payments Policy at the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), read the recent survey results from Finder’s Crypto Report saying that almost one in five Australians owned crypto, he didn’t believe it for a second.However, the results had already been widely published around the country, gracing headlines for weeks. They … Read more

The Wolf of Wall Street says the dogs of crypto coins are a scam and their creators should be jailed

The Wolf of Wall Street says the dogs of crypto coins are a scam and their creators should be jailed

Cryptocurrency meme coins are wolves in dogs’ clothing and their creators should be thrown in jail, according to a Wall Street expert.The real-life Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort, says “s***coins” like Shiba Inu and Dogecoin are outright scams with no value and no use.Both coins, which share the name and mascot of a breed … Read more

Four die in Peshawar as govt expedites Covid vaccination – Newspaper

Four die in Peshawar as govt expedites Covid vaccination - Newspaper

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa recorded four more mortalities, all from Peshawar, due to coronavirus and 80 new cases on Tuesday as health department ordered acceleration of vaccination efforts to inoculate the target population. Health Secretary Mohammad Tahir Orakzai issued a notification regarding launching a special three-day drive from December 1 to December 3. It said that … Read more

Covid-19: Everyone at Bay of Plenty school a close contact, must self-isolate

Covid-19: Everyone at Bay of Plenty school a close contact, must self-isolate

SunLiveTe Ākau Ki Pāpāmoa School in Papamoa, Bay of Plenty, is closed after more students tested positive for Covid-19.All the people who work or learn at Te Ākau ki Pāpāmoa School are considered close contacts of Covid cases, after more students tested positive. All students and staff, including teachers and support staff, at the Pāpāmoa … Read more

Crypto Payments Firm TripleA Granted MAS License

Crypto Payments, TripleA, Monetary Authority Singapore License

Asian cryptocurrency payments company TripleA is the first standard payment institution to secure a digital payment token license from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the country’s central bank, according to a company announcement Tuesday (Nov. 30). TripleA’s cryptocurrency license allows the firm to offer end-to-end cryptocurrency payment services for businesses, including crypto payments, crypto … Read more

Courts block two Biden administration COVID vaccine mandates

Courts block two Biden administration COVID vaccine mandates

Nov 30 (Reuters) – The Biden administration was blocked on Tuesday from enforcing two mandates requiring millions of American workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a key part of its strategy for controlling the spread of the coronavirus.U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty in Monroe, Louisiana, temporarily blocked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) … Read more

Crypto: 7 On Your Side Investigates currency and confusion

Crypto: 7 On Your Side Investigates currency and confusion

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — It’s called cryptocurrency: Mayor-elect Eric Adams wants to get paid in it, and he wants it taught in schools.But what is it? And what should you watch out for?Some stores in New York City are accepting cryptocurrency as payment, and there are Bitcoin ATMs throughout the area that turns cash … Read more

‘Midwest Is the Current COVID Hot Spot,’ According to Dr. Allison Arwady – NBC Chicago

‘Midwest Is the Current COVID Hot Spot,’ According to Dr. Allison Arwady – NBC Chicago

Cases are rising in several Midwest states as temperatures cool and people head inside this winter, making the area the “current COVID hot spot,” according to Chicago’s top doctor. Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady noted Tuesday that Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin “currently have the highest rates of COVID-19 in the country … Read more

Victoria records 1,179 COVID-19 cases and six deaths

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Victoria has recorded 1,179 new COVID-19 infections and six deaths, taking the death toll in the current Delta outbreak to 518.The new cases were detected from 74,252 test results processed on Tuesday, and take the state’s number of active infections to 11,959.There are 299 COVID-19 patients in Victorian hospitals, with 43 active cases in intensive care and 18 patients on ventilators.The state’s … Read more

Jack Dorsey chases crypto, fintech dream post Twitter

Jack Dorsey chases crypto, fintech dream post Twitter

Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and fintech firm Square, sits for a portrait during an interview with Reuters in London, Britain, June 11, 2019. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterNov 30 (Reuters) – At a packed Miami conference in June, Jack Dorsey, mused in front of thousands of attendees about where his … Read more

South African Company Nears License to Sell J. & J. Covid Shot Across Africa

South African Company Nears License to Sell J. & J. Covid Shot Across Africa

The South African drug maker Aspen Pharmacare announced on Tuesday that it was finalizing the first agreement to control production of a Covid-19 vaccine in Africa.The deal, with Johnson & Johnson, would allow Aspen to bottle and market the Johnson & Johnson vaccine across Africa under the brand name Aspenovax. Aspen would then have the … Read more

Facebook’s top crypto executive David Marcus is leaving the company – TechCrunch

Facebook’s top crypto executive David Marcus is leaving the company – TechCrunch

Facebook parent company Meta is losing its top crypto executive later this year. David Marcus who leads crypto unit Novi and previously helmed the company’s Messenger unit, announced Tuesday that he will be leaving the company later this year. Marcus joined Facebook in 2014. His departure marks another major exit from a long-time Facebook executive … Read more