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    What to know about omicron, the new COVID-19 variant in South Africa
    Posted on Monday, November 29 @ 00:00:07 PST (0 reads)
    College Guide South african scientists identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a recent spike in covid-19 infections in gauteng, the countrys most populous province. its unclear where the new variant actually arose, but it was first detected by scientists in south africa and has now been seen in travelers to belgium, botswana, hong kong and israel. health minister joe phaahla said the variant was linked to an exponential rise of cases in the last few days, although experts are still trying to determine if the new variant, named b.1.1.529, is actually responsible. from just over 200 new confirmed cases per day in recent weeks, south africa saw the number of new daily cases rocket to 2,465 on thursday. Struggling to explain the sudden rise in cases, scientists studied virus samples from the outbreak and discovered the new variant. another holiday season of covid: experts ‘really concerned’ about rise in case numbers in a statement on friday, the world health organization designated it as a variant of concern, naming it omicron after a letter in the greek alphabet. after convening a group of experts to assess the data, the u.N. Health agency said that preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other variants. the number of cases of this variant appears to be increasing in almost all provinces in south africa, the who said. how severe is the omicron variant? Dr. Angelique coetzee, a private practitioner and chair of south african medical association, was one of the first doctors in south africa to detect the new variant. she told reuters that the symptoms of the omicron variant were very mild and could be treated at home. initial reported infections were among university studies – younger individuals who tend to have more mild disease – but understanding the level of severity of the omicron variant will take days to several weeks, according to the who. story continues preliminary research showed people who have previously had covid-19 could become reinfected more easily with omicron, as compared to other variants of concern, the who said in a sunday press release. why are scientists worried about omicron? It appears to have a high number of mutations – about 30 – in the coronavirus spike protein, which could affect how easily it spreads to people. sharon peacock, who has led genetic sequencing of covid-19 in britain at the university of cambridge, said the data so far suggest the new variant has mutations consistent with enhanced transmissibility, but said that the significance of many of the mutations is still not known. travel: us to restrict travel from south africa, seven other countries due to new covid-19 variant omicron lawrence young, a virologist at the university of warwick, described the variant as the most heavily mutated version of the virus we have seen. He said it was concerning that although the variant was only being detected in low levels in parts of south africa, it looks like its spreading rapidly. dr. Anthony fauci, the top u.S. Infectious diseases doctor, said american officials had arranged a call with their south african counterparts later on friday to find out more details and said there was no indication the variant had yet arrived in the u.S. what is known and not known about omicron? Scientists know that the new variant is genetically distinct from previous variants including the beta and delta variants, but do not know whether these genetic changes make it any more transmissible or dangerous. So far, there is no indication the variant causes more severe disease. it will likely take weeks to sort out if the new variant is more infectious and if vaccines are still effective against it. even though some of the genetic changes in the new variant appear worrying, its still unclear whether they will pose a public health threat. Some previous variants, such as the beta variant, initially alarmed scientists but didnt end up spreading very far. we dont know if this new variant could get a toehold in regions where delta is, said peacock of the university of cambridge. The jury is out on how well this variant will do where there are other variants circulating. To date, delta is by far the most predominant form of the coronavirus, accounting for more than 99% of sequences submitted to the worlds biggest public database. the widely used pcr tests continue to detect infection, including infection with omicron, as we have seen with other variants as well, according to the who. Studies are ongoing to determine whether there is any impact on other types of tests, including rapid antigen detection tests. how did this new variant arise? The coronavirus mutates as it spreads, and many variants, including those with worrying genetic changes, often just die out. Scientists monitor covid-19 sequences for mutations that could make the disease more transmissible or deadly, but they cannot determine that simply by looking at the virus. peacock said the variant may have evolved in someone who was infected but could then not clear the virus, giving the virus the chance to genetically evolve, in a scenario similar to how experts think the alpha variant – which was first identified in england – also emerged, by mutating in an immune-compromised person. are the travel restrictions being imposed by some countries justified? Maybe. the united states on friday joined the european union and several other countries in instituting travel restrictions on visitors from southern africa . the white house said the u.S. Will restrict travel from south africa and seven other countries in the region beginning monday. It did not give details except to say the restrictions will not apply to returning u.S. Citizens or permanent residents, who will continue to be required to test negative before their travel. as of noon friday, travelers arriving in the u.K. From south africa, namibia, botswana, lesotho, eswatini and zimbabwe will have to self-isolate for 10 days. European union nations also moved quickly on friday to try to stop air travel from southern africa. given the recent rapid rise in covid-19 in south africa, restricting travel from the region is prudent and would buy authorities more time, said neil ferguson, an infectious diseases expert at imperial college london. jeffrey barrett, director of covid-19 genetics at the wellcome sanger institute, thought that the early detection of the new variant could mean restrictions taken now would have a bigger impact than when the delta variant first emerged. with delta, it took many, many weeks into indias terrible wave before it became clear what was going on and delta had already seeded itself in many places in the world and it was too late to do anything about it, he said. We may be at an earlier point with this new variant so there may still be time to do something about it. the netherlands confirmed 13 cases of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus on sunday and australia found two as the countries half a world apart became the latest to detect it in travelers arriving from southern africa. michelle shen reported for usa today; maria cheng, mike corder and geir moulson for the associated press this article originally appeared on usa today: new covid variant in south africa: what is omicron?
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    The one at Nicomedia understand English
    Posted on Monday, November 29 @ 00:00:07 PST (0 reads)
    College Guide Both the pastor at constantinople and the one at nicomedia understand english, and so also does the one about to be ordained at trebizond. The first pastor of the church at constantinople died last march, and was succeeded by his brother. At every communion, which is once in two months, there have been additions to this church. It now numbers ninety-three, of whom thirty-four are females. All the members of the church can read, and all except a few females can write. This new community is indeed by far the best educated of any native sect in the whole country. they are poor; but, if the richest man in the empire had joined them two years ago, he would have been as poor as any of them, for so violent was the persecution, that they were called to suffer the loss of all things. They are now acknowledged by the ottoman empire as a distinct and separate community, having a turkish officer of high rank for their civil head, and all their ecclesiastical and spiritual matters being managed by themselves without interference from any quarter. This was effected through the influence of the english ambassador. the female seminary now contains twenty-three pupils. During the year one left on account of ill-health, one died in the triumphs of faith, and one, a professor of religion, was married to a native brother, who has gone to be a helper in the work at broosa. The boys’ seminary at bebek contains forty. our eldest son, william, left us last spring, and is now a member of williams college. Airs. Goodell is as great a student as ever, and next to the bible prizes her turkish and armenian dictionaries. Every morning at the breakfast table she and miss lovell repeat their verse of scripture in armenian, the elder children in greek and french, the three younger children in english, and myself in turkish. four languages january 3. This is the great monthly concert, and a glorious day it has been in constantinople. Think of a great union prayer-meeting, consisting of english, scotch, americans, germans, greeks, armenians, jews, and catholics,— and all sitting down together at the table of the lord; episcopalians, presbyterians. Congregationalists, lutherans, baptists, methodists, baptized jews, and protestant armenians. Prayers were offered in three languages, turkish, english, and armenian. Addresses were made in four languages travelling bulgaria , german, english, armenian, and turkish, and hymns were sung to the same tune at the same moment in three different languges, armenian, german, and english. There was no confusion, no discord. No one was out of tune, or out of time. The harmony was perfect, while each with the spirit and with the greatest power and might was singing, in his own tongue wherein he was born, the high praises of our god. the effect was overpowering. It was the voice of a great multitude, and rose up like the sound of many waters. Our chapel was crowded with communicants, and our hearts with thoughts too big for utterance. Had fisk and parsons lived to see this day, they would have felt like the aged simeon, when his eyes had seen god s great salvation. it is now more than a quarter of a century since we have seen the good land of our fathers. Shall we ever see it again? It is not probable that both of us will ever set our eyes upon it, but i hope that both will at length see “ a better country, even an heavenly.” My own health has failed the last year, and i am forced to consider myself an invalid. I am thankful that i have been able to continue preaching, to superintend the female seminary, and perform the duties of chaplain, but 1 have done much less upon my commentary than i had hoped. i am, as ever, yours truly, tv. Goodell. personal interest to two of his former fellow-students he addressed a letter, which has in it much of personal interest, — personal alike to the writer and to those to whom it was written: — constantinople, april 7,1848. my dear brethren, spaulding and winslow, greatly beloved and longed for: i remember one of you at andover, the other at dartmouth and andover, and both of you at salem. I have a daughter at norwich, and brother spaulding has a daughter there, and i have just been reading for the fourth or fifth time (and this last time with more tenderness and tears than ever before) the memoirs of that blessed woman from norwich, who was brother winslow’s companion in the faith and patience of the saints. It is now nearly thirty years since we met. I am growing old, and so must you be. I said, i will take my pen and write my good brethren, i will say to them, be of good courage, the night is far spent, the day is at hand; let us be laying entirely aside what will answer in the dark, and be putting on the garments which the light and the day require.
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    EXPLAINER: What we know and don’t know on the new COVID variant
    Posted on Monday, November 29 @ 00:00:07 PST (0 reads)
    College Guide London (ap) — south african scientists identified a new version of the coronavirus that they say is behind a recent spike in covid-19 infections in gauteng, the country’s most populous province. it’s unclear where the new variant first emerged, but scientists in south africa alerted the world health organization in recent days, and it has now been seen in travelers arriving in several countries, from australia to israel to the netherlands. on friday, the who designated it as a “variant of concern,” naming it “omicron” after a letter in the greek alphabet. what do we know about omicron? health minister joe phaahla said the variant was linked to an “exponential rise” of cases in the last few days. from just over 200 new confirmed cases per day in recent weeks, south africa saw the number of new daily cases rocket to more than 3,200 saturday, most in gauteng. struggling to explain the sudden rise in cases, scientists studied virus samples and discovered the new variant. Now, as many as 90% of the new cases in gauteng are caused by it, according to tulio de oliveira, director of the kwazulu-natal research innovation and sequencing platform. ___ why are scientists worried about this new variant? after convening a group of experts to assess the data, the who said that “preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant,” as compared to other variants. that means people who contracted covid-19 and recovered could be subject to catching it again. the variant appears to have a high number of mutations — about 30 — in the coronavirus’ spike protein, which could affect how easily it spreads to people. sharon peacock, who has led genetic sequencing of covid-19 in britain at the university of cambridge, said the data so far suggest the new variant has mutations “consistent with enhanced transmissibility,” but said that “the significance of many of the mutations is still not known.” lawrence young, a virologist at the university of warwick, described omicron as “the most heavily mutated version of the virus we have seen,” including potentially worrying changes never before seen all in the same virus. ___ what’s known and not known about the variant? scientists know that omicron is genetically distinct from previous variants including the beta and delta variants, but do not know if these genetic changes make it any more transmissible or dangerous. So far, there is no indication the variant causes more severe disease. it will likely take weeks to sort out if omicron is more infectious and if vaccines are still effective against it. peter openshaw, a professor of experimental medicine at imperial college london said it was “extremely unlikely” that current vaccines wouldn’t work, noting they are effective against numerous other variants. even though some of the genetic changes in omicron appear worrying, it’s still unclear if they will pose a public health threat. Some previous variants, like the beta variant, initially alarmed scientists but didn’t end up spreading very far. “we don’t know if this new variant could get a toehold in regions where delta is,” said peacock of the university of cambridge. “The jury is out on how well this variant will do where there are other variants circulating.” to date, delta is by far the most predominant form of covid-19, accounting for more than 99% of sequences submitted to the world’s biggest public database. ___ how did this new variant arise? the coronavirus mutates as it spreads and many new variants, including those with worrying genetic changes, often just die out. Scientists monitor covid-19 sequences for mutations that could make the disease more transmissible or deadly, but they cannot determine that simply by looking at the virus. peacock said the variant “may have evolved in someone who was infected but could then not clear the virus, giving the virus the chance to genetically evolve,” in a scenario similar to how experts think the alpha variant — which was first identified in england — also emerged, by mutating in an immune-compromised person. are the travel restrictions being imposed by some countries justified? maybe. israel is banning foreigners from entering the county and morocco has stopped all incoming international air travel. a number of other countries are restricting flights in from southern africa. given the recent rapid rise in covid-19 in south africa, restricting travel from the region is “prudent” and would buy authorities more time, said neil ferguson, an infectious diseases expert at imperial college london. but the who noted that such restrictions are often limited in their effect and urged countries to keep borders open. jeffrey barrett, director of covid-19 genetics at the wellcome sanger institute, thought that the early detection of the new variant could mean restrictions taken now would have a bigger impact than when the delta variant first emerged “with delta, it took many, many weeks into india’s terrible wave before it became clear what was going on and delta had already seeded itself in many places in the world and it was too late to do anything about it,” he said. “We may be at an earlier point with this new variant so there may still be time to do something about it.” south africa’s government said the country was being treated unfairly because it has advanced genomic sequencing and could detect the variant quicker and asked other countries to reconsider the travel bans. ___ the associated press health and science department receives support from the howard hughes medical institute’s department of science education. The ap is solely responsible for all content.
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    Appointment | Grand Hyatt Mumbai appoints chef Gianfranco Tuttolani for Celini
    Posted on Monday, November 29 @ 00:00:07 PST (0 reads)
    College Guide / ritika dsouza the grand hyatt mumbai hotel and residences has brought gianfranco tuttolani on board. Hailing from the provincial capital of chieti, the chef will take the helm at the italian dining restaurant, cellini.Tuttolani is a graduate of g marchitelli culinary college, villa santa maria, italy. The province was once also known for its rich heritage, famous cathedrals, and museums.With over two decades of experience, tuttolani aims to bring the flavors of the abruzzi province to the world through his masterful culinary expertise. Throughout his career, he has been awarded multiple accolades, also earning a merit diploma for a recipe released by f.I.C. (Italian chef federation) and a.C.V.S. (Villa santa maria chef association).He has also been an ambassador on various fronts, from being one in 2011 for traditional cuisine of abruzzi to the ambassador of pentole agnelli professional cookware in 2015. Not only has the chef excelled on a professional front, but has also represented italy, and italian cuisine at the 5th italian cuisine in the world forum in greece.In his last assignment, tuttolani was the italian chef at hyatt regency chandigarh, where he won the title of “chef of the year” (while) his restaurant was awarded with the “best italian fine dining restaurant in the city” accolade at the times food and nightlife awards 2019.As he took charge of celini in mumbai, he said, “it will be exciting to implement my skills and knowledge, and bring to the people of mumbai, authentic and traditional flavours from my home country-italy.”
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    The Road Not Taken
    Posted on Monday, November 29 @ 00:00:07 PST (0 reads)
    College Guide The road not taken an older kind of humanistic education made for a common frame of reference, a sense of unity and respect for others. [the battle of the classics: how a nineteenth-century debate can save the humanities today] , by eric adler (oxford university press, 2021) 256pages. a notable weakness of american post-world war ii intellectual conservatism was its preoccupation with politics. For william f. Buckley jr., Who did more than anybody to create movement conservatism, the great prize was the presidency. Few movement conservatives understood that, in the long run, society is shaped not by politics but by culture—the moral-religious and intellectual life, literature, theatre, the arts, movies, television, and so forth. for those who are familiar with the evolution of america’s culture, the social and political developments in the last half-century should have come as no surprise. What explains the decline and fragmentation of america is obviously a long story, but it involves the gradual rejection of beliefs and character traits previously central to western and american civilization. Street violence and “cancel culture” are only the most recent manifestation of a revolutionary spirit that has long festered within the american mind and imagination. eric adler, a professor of classics at the university of maryland, has published a book that throws much light on what happened to america. Thebattle of the classics: how a nineteenth-century debate can save the humanities today deals with a controversy over the teaching of the classics and humanities that came to a head in america in the decades around the turn of the previous century. The consequences of how that controversy turned out are everywhere to be seen today. a few historical philosophical observations will set adler’s book in context and explain why it is directly relevant to understanding america’s current predicament. from the colonial period forward, the kind of college curriculum that gave america’s educated elite their outlook on life was heavily influenced by what was taught at oxford and cambridge, which put heavy emphasis on the ancient greek and roman classics. Those who wished to gain admission to harvard had to know greek. The teaching of classical languages was integral to imparting what were considered central insights into human nature in ancient works. American higher education also had a strong religious ingredient, partly to prepare students for the ministry. In the minds of the framers, the notion of republicanism was as tied up with greece and rome as it was with the bible. the humanities-oriented curriculum was to convey what civilized human beings must know about higher, non-utilitarian values. Members of professions, such as clergy and lawyers, had to learn first of all how to be human beings, how to contend with their lower natures. Humanistic discipline was seen as fostering moral character, which was indispensable to personal responsibility and political self-government. in the writings and correspondence of america’s founding generation—even those of thomas jefferson, with his strong enlightenment leanings—references to ancient rome and greece, including quotations in greek, were common. The education of americans at the time has been described as “classics, classics, and more classics.” adler’s book begins with a helpful historical and terminological survey of the emergence in the western world of the idea of classical studies and liberal arts as forming part of the core of education. Adler traces and explains different ideas of “the humanities.” Moving to american shores, he demonstrates the central role of classics and humanities in education from the colonial period onward. the heart of the book is the account of the profound disagreement between charles w. Eliot, who became president of harvard in 1869, and irving babbitt, who studied at harvard and became an instructor there in 1894. Eliot had been a chemistry professor, and he wanted a generally skills-based, utilitarian education. He ardently advocated abandoning the old humanistic liberal arts curriculum in favor of free election. By 1887, greek was no longer required for admission, and by the end of the nineteenth century harvard had gotten rid of not only a classics requirement for the a.B. Degree but all general subject requirements, except a course in english rhetoric. Eliot’s view of the curriculum had a prominent darwinian element. He viewed undergraduates as customers in an academic free market and the university curriculum as a marketplace where there should be a survival of the fittest. [want more conservative thought? Subscribe now for $29.99 >>>] a prominent contemporary critic of eliot was the president of the college of new jersey (later princeton), james mccosh, a presbyterian clergyman and philosopher. The free elective system encouraged not liberty but sheer laziness and licentiousness, argued mccosh. The historian samuel eliot morison noted that the system was popular among students because it made their lives much easier. the most profound critic of eliot and what he represented was babbitt. In his view, too many on the harvard faculty were draining central subjects of their larger humane significance. They engaged in mind-numbing explorations of highly specialized topics. A two-semester course by a famous shakespeare scholar dealt with everything about shakespeare except what his works had to say about the human condition. In literature and the american college (1908), babbitt exhaustively criticized both president eliot’s elective system and what he considered the intellectual poverty of much harvard scholarship. He scorned what he called the pedantry of the “philological syndicate” in greek and latin and other languages. He advanced a broad and penetrating defense of the humanities set within an entire philosophy of life. Babbitt found it absurd that in the selection of courses colleges would give greater weight to the inclinations of immature undergraduates than to a consensus regarding where to look for human wisdom that had evolved over millennia. at the same time, babbitt insisted that civilization had to be continually invigorated if it were to avoid rigid or routinized traditionalism. Ancient wisdom needed to be rediscovered by each generation for itself in its own time and place. Sound tradition would incorporate new discoveries and shed elements at the margins that were no longer essential to the higher life. a question that adler does not explore is whether babbitt would have placed quite the same emphasis on the ancient classics and languages had he faced something like the very different educational milieu of today. For students not aspiring to special expertise, might translations of central classical works now be sufficient and improve the chances of their being included in teaching? It is relevant that babbitt was fully aware of weaknesses in ancient thought, such as a propensity for over-intellectualization of moral questions and dry formalism. babbitt’s criticism of the elective system was but one aspect of his wide-ranging challenge to developments in the western world that he believed threatened the survival of civilized life. The danger came from two closely connected forms of what he called “humanitarianism,” one sentimental, one scientific. Both discounted or denied the need for moral character for a personally and socially unifying discipline. The moral-spiritual life of the west was being undermined by scientism and, at least as much, by a self-applauding, self-deluding sentimental quasi-spirituality. babbitt argued that human nature is divided between higher and lower potentialities and that the imagination plays a major central role in shaping human conduct, for good or ill. The central purpose of education is to anchor the imagination in the accumulated wisdom of the ages and to nurture the kind of character that is conducive to a life worth living. Borrowing a term from edmund burke, babbitt calls the highest guide to action “the moral imagination,” which he contrasts with the “sham vision” of rousseauistic dreamy imagination. Babbitt warned that this kind of flattering but morally corrosive pseudo-spirituality generated dangerous utopian expectations and was incompatible with civilization in general and american constitutionalism in particular. one of the many strengths of adler’s book is to demonstrate that babbitt was no reactionary, as his often careless critics alleged. Babbitt very consciously argued about central existential questions in a way he hoped might persuade honest modern skeptics who wanted proof and evidence rather than arguments from authority. He wanted key insights from the old western heritage to be restated in experiential terms. Babbitt was also far ahead of his time in recognizing the need in a globalizing world for approaching religious and moral questions in an ecumenical manner. He was, adler believes, a thinker for his time—and ours. adler attributes the sharp decline of the humanities in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries primarily to the spread of technocratic-utilitarian attitudes among educators but also to the intellectual narrowness of the humanities’ defenders. A telling example of intellectual feebleness has been the argument that studying latin is a good way of honing “critical thinking,” as if mastering latin were a kind of gymnastic exercise. Taking their cue from academic trend-setters, classicists have tended to pursue philology or other insular topics. The defense of the classics has thus been left to narrow specialists with little appreciation for the classics as an indispensable source of wisdom. classicists succumbed to the push for specialization that was imported from germany, together with a fondness for the doctoral degree, toward the end of the nineteenth century. Adler might have noted that this import was not really of german idealism. What american educators were in fact imitating was a blend of german scholarly rigor and positivism. It was a break with earlier german philosophy that was transforming humane subjects into specialized fact-gathering, dating, and classification. adler’s book is focused on describing and assessing developments in american education, not politics, but it is not difficult to see how the developments he discusses have contributed to social fragmentation and the disintegration of american constitutionalism. Whatever their flaws, the earlier humanistic curriculum and corresponding wider culture made for a common frame of reference, a sense of unity and respect for others. A different kind of education at all levels has progressively eroded the traditional american heritage that made constitutional self-government possible. Our present education and culture is on one side narrowly utilitarian and technocratic and on the other side trendy, ideological, idiosyncratic, dilettantish, presentist, and downright dissolute. One wonders how american society will be able to maintain itself once the remnants of its older culture have faded away. thebattle of the classics will be of special interest to students of education who care about the humanities and the classics, but it may also be an eye-opener for general readers who are wondering how it happened that america started abandoning the traditions that shaped its constitution and liberties. Based on meticulous research, the book may go further into the nooks and crannies of its subject than will appeal to some general readers, but it deals in a most enlightening manner with developments in american higher education of large and enduring importance, and it is lucidly and engagingly written. Adler evinces a breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding that is becoming rare in today’s academia. we are not likely to see a broad eleventh-hour return to ancient wisdom in american higher education. This cause, for the foreseeable future, will be confined to a very few institutions that consciously defy dominant trends. Whatever is in store for education, however, readers of adler’s thought-provoking study will learn much about america, and may understand better why her magnificent constitutional order is crumbling. claes g. Ryn is the founding director of the center for the study of statesmanship at the catholic university of america. His many books include a common human ground, now in paperback.
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    Is The Omicron Variant A Direct Result Of Restrictive Patents?
    Posted on Monday, November 29 @ 00:00:07 PST (0 reads)
    College Guide The covid-19 pandemic exposed flaws in our system. It changed the way humans conduct their affairs. But now, as 2021 comes to a close, the pandemic seemed to recede. Maharashtra, the state in india with the highest number of covid cases, recently recorded 656 cases in a day, the lowest in the last 18 months. This looks like good news. And it was. Until a new variant was freshly detected in south africa. the south african variant, b.1.1.529 , has been called “omicron,” after the greek alphabet. This is not the first variant, nor the only one to be found. But it surely is the most dangerous. Up until b.1.1.529 was found, the delta variant of the virus was the most powerful. Delta mutated twice. But the omicron variant mutated 32 times, making it a ‘ variant of concern-sars-cov-2-variant-of-concern) .’ scientists are worried about the effects of the virus. As of now, it is too early to assume vaccine efficacy against the virus. The variant may be evading the immune response of the body, and thus could be highly transmissible. But some scientists believe that the mutations can make the virus unstable, preventing it from being highly transmissible. although that is plausible, current evidence proves otherwise. All the 77 samples analysed by researchers in the gauteng province of south africa had the omicron variant. Scientists are concerned that the variant has already travelled far and wide. the omicron does not demand the tedious process of breaking up genomes. It can easily be identified by looking at the genotype or the overall makeup of the cell. But this also means a spike mutation, which is proof that it is much more powerful. spike mutation refers to the spike protein that is present in the virus. To affect a human body, the virus has to enter the cells. Our cells, however, have a defence mechanism that doesn’t allow them to enter. Viruses like covid-19 carry a fatty membrane around them. Most of the time, a sugary substance called glycoprotein is used as a membrane. That is why it is called a protein . Covid-19 and similar viruses use their outer membrane to join themselves to the cell and then take over. spike protein is the type of glycoprotein that covid-19 has. When the virus mutates, it is this protein, specifically, that mutates. Sometimes it makes the virus ineffective. But at at times it strengthens the virus, making it more effective and transmissible. between december 2019 and december 2020, sars-cov2 or covid-19 mutated twice per month. The most powerful among them was the delta variant. Until, of course, the omicron variant came in. It will take another two weeks for the researchers to study the virus and present the first results. the omicron was first found in botswana , (the only other country where the mutated variant was detected is in hong kong), where a person who flew in from south africa was found with it. As of now, 22 persons have been detected with the virus in south africa, and at least 100 in botswana. part of the reason why the virus was able to mutate in botswana is the lack of sufficient vaccines in the entirety of africa. Major companies that produce the vaccine–including pfizer, moderna and bionttech–have no partnerships with companies in africa. They are instead asking governments to donate more vaccines as they ramp up production. This is what happens when corporations are reluctant to share patents. a covid-19 vaccine was proposed by south africa, and the biden administration announced a waiver for intellectual property (or ip) on it at the world trade organisation (wto) meeting last year. But that went nowhere. The wto has not put any pressure on the u.S. To get its pharma companies to partner with the ones in the global south. the world health organisation (who) has time and again criticised the ‘me-first’ approach of the global north. The un body also warned that not sharing will ip only cause more variants to crop up. In october 2020, india, along with south africa, had asked for an ip waiver for their vaccine. They never got it. By december, the delta variant appeared in india. in india, a high alert has been sounded against the virus. The union health secretary rajesh bhushan said that people arriving from botswana, south africa and hong kong will have to go through rigorous screening on arrival. The ministry of health and family welfare has directed state governments, union territories and other agencies to track and trace contacts of those who arrived from south africa. britain stopped flights from six african countries. These include namibia, lesotho, eswatini and zimbabwe, apart from south africa and botswana. The virus may cause south africa to experience its fourth wave. Interestingly, the country has another variant that developed earlier this year. It’s called c.1.2. The variant was not as powerful as the delta variant. South africa has the most number of cases in the african continent. On wednesday, 1,200 people were https://www.Ndtv.Com/world-news/covid-variant-in-south-africa-south-africa-coronavirus-variant-covid-variant-south-africa-detects-new-covid-19-variant-with-multiple-mutations-2624522 with covid – 19. according to francois balloux, director of university college london (ucl) genetics insitute, the virus might have mutated because of contact with an immunocompromised person, possibly someone who suffered from hiv/aids. theoretically, the omicron, a variant of concern, could possibly have been avoided if the pharmaceutical companies that profited from the pandemic shared their intellectual property with the poorer countries in the global south. That the distribution of vaccines, whose life saving technology could shield the world from ever-mutating viruses, are controlled by a few corporations is more a matter of concern than a new virus. It is unlikely that the world will ever get rid of the virus as long as the “me first” and “profit from the pandemic” approach is followed by the global north. -30- copyright ©madras courier, all rights reserved. You may share using our article tools. Please dont cut articles from madrascourier.Com and redistribute by email, post to the web, mobile phone or social media.Please send in your feed back and comments to editor@madrascourier.Com
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    EXPLAINER: What we know and dont know on new COVID variant Omicron
    Posted on Monday, November 29 @ 00:00:07 PST (0 reads)
    College Guide Even though some of the genetic changes in omicron appear worrying, its still unclear if they will pose a public health threat south african scientists identified a new version of the coronavirus that they say is behind a recent spike in covid-19 infections in gauteng, the country’s most populous province. its unclear where the new variant first emerged, but scientists in south africa alerted the world health organization in recent days, and it has now been seen in travelers arriving in several countries, from australia to israel to the netherlands. on friday, the who designated it as a “variant of concern,” naming it “omicron” after a letter in the greek alphabet. what do we know about omicron? Health minister joe phaahla said the variant was linked to an “exponential rise” of cases in the last few days. from just over 200 new confirmed cases per day in recent weeks, south africa saw the number of new daily cases rocket to more than 3,200 saturday, most in gauteng. struggling to explain the sudden rise in cases, scientists studied virus samples and discovered the new variant. Now, as many as 90 per cent of the new cases in gauteng are caused by it, according to tulio de oliveira, director of the kwazulu-natal research innovation and sequencing platform. why are scientists worried about this new variant? After convening a group of experts to assess the data, the who said that “preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant,” as compared to other variants. that means people who contracted covid-19 and recovered could be subject to catching it again. the variant appears to have a high number of mutations — about 30 — in the coronavirus spike protein, which could affect how easily it spreads to people. sharon peacock, who has led genetic sequencing of covid-19 in britain at the university of cambridge, said the data so far suggest the new variant has mutations “consistent with enhanced transmissibility,” but said that “the significance of many of the mutations is still not known.” Lawrence young, a virologist at the university of warwick, described omicron as “the most heavily mutated version of the virus we have seen,” including potentially worrying changes never before seen all in the same virus. whats known and not known about the variant? Scientists know that omicron is genetically distinct from previous variants including the beta and delta variants, but do not know if these genetic changes make it any more transmissible or dangerous. So far, there is no indication the variant causes more severe disease. it will likely take weeks to sort out if omicron is more infectious and if vaccines are still effective against it. peter openshaw, a professor of experimental medicine at imperial college london said it was “extremely unlikely” that current vaccines wouldnt work, noting they are effective against numerous other variants. even though some of the genetic changes in omicron appear worrying, its still unclear if they will pose a public health threat. Some previous variants, like the beta variant, initially alarmed scientists but didnt end up spreading very far. “we dont know if this new variant could get a toehold in regions where delta is,” said peacock of the university of cambridge. “The jury is out on how well this variant will do where there are other variants circulating.” To date, delta is by far the most predominant form of covid-19, accounting for more than 99 per cent of sequences submitted to the worlds biggest public database. how did this new variant arise? The coronavirus mutates as it spreads and many new variants, including those with worrying genetic changes, often just die out. Scientists monitor covid-19 sequences for mutations that could make the disease more transmissible or deadly, but they cannot determine that simply by looking at the virus. peacock said the variant “may have evolved in someone who was infected but could then not clear the virus, giving the virus the chance to genetically evolve,” in a scenario similar to how experts think the alpha variant — which was first identified in england — also emerged, by mutating in an immune-compromised person. are the travel restrictions being imposed by some countries justified? Maybe. Israel is banning foreigners from entering the country and morocco has stopped all incoming international air travel. dr matshidiso moeti, whos regional director for africa, commended south africa and botswana for quickly informing the world about the new variant. “with the omicron variant now detected in several regions of the world, putting in place travel bans that target africa attacks global solidarity,” moeti said. “Covid-19 constantly exploits our divisions. We will only get the better of the virus if we work together for solutions.”
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    Tour Lansings past at these iconic historic homes
    Posted on Monday, November 29 @ 00:00:07 PST (0 reads)
    College Guide Tour lansings past at these iconic historic homes [elena durnbaugh] as michigans state capital, lansing is full of history. but that history isnt limited to museums or government buildings. It can be seen on a drive down the street admiring the citys historic homes, which provide a glimpse of how lansing has changed during the past 160 years. it gives you a sense of what the world was like back then, and probably piqued your curiosity to find out who lived there, what they did, how they made their money, said bill castanier, president of the historical society of greater lansing. Its part of the arts and culture of a community, a sense of place. here are some historic homes to check out in lansing: turner-dodge house 100 e. North st., Lansing. when the sun hits the windows of the turner-dodge house at just the right angle, the light is caught by the french-leaded crystal glass and throws prisms of color across its rooms. It also draws attention to the gleaming woodwork. people are just overwhelmed with the beauty, said barbara loyer, docent and event manager at the turner-dodge house and heritage center. the building is more than just a beautiful abode. Its the story of the beginnings of lansing. the owner, james turner, was a notable merchant, financier, land agent and politician, and was instrumental in establishing lansing as the state capital. mr. Turner was very much at the root of all things lansing, loyer said. aware that the legislature wanted to relocate the capital from detroit to a central city, turner secured land and financing in the lansing area. He also worked to improve transportation into the city and was instrumental in building the lansing and howell plank road and bringing rail lines into the city. whenever there was a need, he just sort of stepped in and solved it, loyer said. although the house was not the first to be built in lansing, it is among the oldest. Completed in 1858, the original house was built in the greek-revival style, which is notable for its white columns and other details reminiscent of ancient greek architecture. the fashionable architecture pointed to the turner familys roots in cazenovia, new york, loyer said, and it would have stood out in the swampy wilderness that was lansing at the time. the two-story brick turner house had six bedrooms, a dining room and a parlor. The kitchen was in the basement, along with the rooms for the turners staff. following turners death, his daughter abigail and her husband, frank dodge, took over the house. the couple renovated it around the turn of the century, completing a neoclassical addition in 1903. The architect was darius moon, who worked on hundreds of other projects in lansing during the mid-19th and early-20th centuries. these days, the house is owned by the city, and people can schedule an appointment to visit. Tours are available tuesdays through thursdays between 1 and 7 p.M. Groups with more than 10 people can schedule a visit for different days. from dec. 18 through jan. 1, the turner-dodge house is hosting a holiday open house. Hours are tuesdays through thursdays from 1 p.M. To 7 pm. And saturdays and sundays from 12 p.M. To 5 p.M. The house will be open on christmas eve, christmas day, new year’s eve and new year’s day from noon to 5 p.M. Admission is $5, and children 12 and under are free. rogers-carrier house and herrmann house 528 and 520 n. Capitol ave., Lansing. located on the campus of lansing community college, the rogers-carrier house is one of lansings so-called moon houses, designed by the same darius moon who worked on the turner-dodge renovation. unlike the turner-dodge house, the rogers-carrier house is in moons signature architectural style, queen anne. the style, popular between 1880 and 1910, is known for decorative wood trim, asymmetrical front facades, steep roofs and round towers, all characteristics present on the rogers-carrier house. the house was built in 1891 for h. M. Rogers, a local real estate agent. Lansing community college bought the structure in 1967 and used it as a bookstore. Architectural studies students at the college undertook restoration work on the house in 1982. Currently, the house is used by the college for storage. next door to the rogers-carrier house is the herrmann house. originally built in 1893 for lansing tailor john t. Herrmann, this tudor-style house was purchased by lcc in 1967 for use as a faculty conference center. Although the house is still owned by lansing community college, it underwent renovation and preservation around 2010 and is now home to the college president. the brick facade, steep roof, triangular gables and narrow windows are all nods to the tudor style, making the house reminiscent of an english manor. both of those houses have a unique history to them, said david siwik, project manager and instructional design consultant at lansing community college. Theyre finely preserved examples of what that neighborhood on the north side of downtown looked like circa 100 years ago. the college offers tours of both buildings, which can be arranged by contacting lansing community college. theyre real architectural gems that we have in the community, and the fact that the college has made a commitment to keeping them preserved and in some capacity open to the public is a real benefit, siwik said. A lot of old houses like that are private residences, so its not very easy to come into them. newbrough house and 1025 n. Washington ave. 615 n. Capitol ave. And 1025 n. Washington ave., Lansing. lansing community college isnt the only place to find historic homes downtown. driving north along capitol avenue toward oakland and washington avenues, there are several well-preserved homes. at one time that would have been one of the premier streets in lansing, castanier said. There are some really dramatic houses. the newbrough house stands at 615 n. Capitol ave. The house was built by william newbrough around 1915 and is typical of the combination of architectural styles popular just before world war i. Newbrough was president of the new way motor company, a gasoline engine manufacturing company. From 1931 to 1951, the house served as the headquarters for the auto owners insurance company. along north washington avenue, there also are several impressive homes to view, castanier said, many dating to the 1850s and 1860s. Of note is 1025 n. Washington ave., The home of lansings first postmaster, george washington peck. moores river drive neighborhood historically significant and still an in-demand area, the moores river drive neighborhood is another place to view interesting homes, castanier said. This time of year, many of them are decorated for the holidays. the ray potter house, located at 1348 cambridge road, is well known as one of lansings more lavish houses. The english tudor-style home was built by ray potter, the president and treasurer of the michigan screw company during the 1920s. Inside, the house boasts marble staircases and ornamentation. also in the area is the rumsey m. Haynes house at 1704 jermone st. Completed in 1930, the large english tudor-style house was built by architect lee black for the prominent rumsey haynes family. a comparatively modern home, the talbert abrams house, known as wingspan, is also worth a look, castanier said. Built in the 1950s, the cut stone and glass house at 1310 cambridge road was owned by talbert abrams, a pioneer in aerial photography. when he came to build his house, his wife decided to make it look like an airplane shadow on the ground, castanier said. Its a very cool house and just unusual. preserving history unlike other cities, lansing doesnt have one set historic district with old homes, castanier said. Instead, history is tucked alongside modern office buildings, contemporary homes and the capitol complex. the historical society of greater lansing is working to preserve the historic structures in the city and help people learn about them. Next year, castanier said the organization hopes to put together a driving tour of 100 architecturally significant sites in lansing. castanier said its important for people to understand what makes something historic. everybody...Will have a different idea about what a truly historic site is, castanier said. Were not the only answer...There are a lot of homes that look pretty plain that very important people lived in or had some significance...We try to tell those stories, not only of important people, but just of people that made a difference and were important in their own way. contact reporter elena durnbaugh at (517) 231-9501 or edurnbaugh@lsj.Com. Follow her on twitter at @elenadurnbaugh.
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    Goldman Slams Omicron Panic: “This Mutation Is Unlikely To Be More Malicious; No
    Posted on Monday, November 29 @ 00:00:07 PST (2 reads)
    College Guide [goldman slams omicron panic: “this mutation is unlikely to be more malicious; no reason for portfolio changes”] this post was originally published on this site one look at the ridiculous plunge across asset markets on friday, which sent oil into one of its biggest tailspins in history (which as goldman calculated would only make sense if the omicron lockdowns are twice as bad as anything observed so far ), and one would think that the omicron variant – which as edward snowden so aptly put it “sounds like the name of an 80s movie’s evil robot king” (of course, the who had no choice but to skip the xi variant, located right before omicron in the greek alphabet for obvious propaganda reasons) – is several times more aggressive and far more deadly than the delta or any other covid variant to date. Neither is the case, and in fact, as even tom peacock, one of the original imperial college narrative-setters admitted , “it may turn out to be an odd cluster that is not very transmissable.” alas, that would not help politicians who kill a lot of birds with just one brand new and “ horrifying ” variant, including getting a carte blanche for trillions in new vote-buying stimmies, enforcing even more ruthless and authoritarian government restrictions a dream come true for all liberal fans of big government, and most importantly forcing another round of mail-in ballot elections one year from today. and yet, perhaps the pandemic apocalypse is not just around the corner. On one hand, angelique coetzee, the chairwoman of the south african medical association said today that “the new omicron variant of the coronavirus results in mild disease, without prominent symptoms.” On the other, none other than the most important bank on wall street – goldman “vampire squid” sachs – which sets the narrative that all other banks dutifully follow, has decided that it’s not worth starting a panic crash over this mutation and in a note published late on friday writes that “this mutation is unlikely to be more malicious and that the existing vaccines will most likely continue to be effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths” and as a result, while goldman “would monitor the situation in gauteng closely over the next month, we do not think that the new variant is sufficient reason to make major portfolio changes.“ translation: brace for a face-ripping rally come monday when carbon-based traders finally take over from the idiot algos. below are more details from goldman’s london trader borislav vladimirov who penned his “initial thoughts on risks from the b.1.1.529 variant and market implications.” main points - while we do not have sufficient information to forecast a global b.1.1.529 wave, a high rate of transmission almost inevitably leads to a variant’s dominance. - nevertheless, the south africa nicd ( [link to their q&a here] ) note that this mutation is unlikely to be more malicious and that the existing vaccines will most likely continue to be effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths. The current pcr and antigen tests are expected to continue to identify the mutation. - as such, while we would monitor the situation in gauteng closely over the next month, we do not think that the new variant is sufficient reason to make major portfolio changes. - having said that, given the time of the year and liquidity as well as policy risks in december, investors could consider short term hedges for growth sensitive risky assets. we would start from what we know: - the variant has a large number of mutations - it has the p681 h spike protein mutation associated with the higher transmissibility of delta - currently no unusual symptoms have been reported following infection with the b.1.1.529 variant and as with other variants some individuals are asymptomatic. - it is easy to identify and hence monitor – the b.1.1.529 lineage has a deletion (?69-70) within the s gene that allowed for rapid identification of this variant in south africa and will enable continued monitoring of this lineage irrespective of available sequence data. - most likely current pcr and antigen test will continue to identify it well. potentially high transmissibility has triggered market concern: - it is gaining pace rapidly sequencing 90% of new cases just 2 weeks since emergence. For comparison the delta needed 3 months to reach that intensity. This is the most concerning data point that has attracted market attention. - one caveat is that the fast acceleration data could be skewed by location. The virus is spreading in gauteng which is the largest and most densely populated province of sa. (15.2mio people with population density that is 17.3x higher than the country average) - the level of restrictions in sa at the moment (measured by the government stringency index) is low (relative to israel or austria for example, see chart below). This can be helping faster spread that isn’t necessarily driven exclusively by the virus characteristics - cases of b.1.1.529 have been identified in botswana, israel and hong kong. If the variant is highly transmissible, it is most likely that it will eventually spread despite travel restrictions. what we still do not know… - we have no information on the variant’s impact on hospitalizations and mortality. A careful monitoring of the gauteng data over the next two weeks is essential. - there are reports that two of the cases were fully vaccinated. This is a very small sample to make any conclusions and we do not know for how long the patients were vaccinated. What we know from delta is that antibody levels wear off between 6 and 9 months after the second vaccine and that while the vaccines are less effective in preventing infection, they are still highly effective in preventing hospitalization and death. For the time being there is no reason to believe that this variant will be different in that respect. - will the pfizer pill be effective against the new mutation? - is the european wave driven by the new variant? - while the new variant could be present in europe, the rapid rise in cases is driven by the delta variant (see information below) - the european data comes with about a month delay from sequencing time so we should know more by the third week of december (unless the process accelerates due to the attention on the new variant) - efforts to limit the current delta wave in a number of european countries could help preventing the spread of b.1.1.529, if already present. is the above a reason to be concerned? - a very broad press focus in the past 24h has received high market attention. - it will take weeks before we get additional official information and scientific evidence about the potential risks. - this comes at a time when investors have been surprised by some of the lockdown measures announced in europe - and also when real growth is likely to fall meaningfully on higher inflation (even though nominal growth is likely to stay well above average) - at this time of the year positions in risky assets, especially after strong ytd gains, could be vulnerable to short term corrections (ie 2018 template) - travel restrictions will delay the process of logistics network normalization which would imply that the supply capacity constraints easing anticipated for h2-2022 might take longer to materialize. - meanwhile, monetary policy has recently shifted gears to signal faster removal of accommodation which could add to a short-term risk aversion into the december fomc. conclusion: while we do not have sufficient information to forecast a global b.1.1.529 wave, a high rate of transmission almost inevitably leads to a variant dominance. Nevertheless, we can have reasonable degree of confidence that this mutation is unlikely to be more malicious and that the existing vaccines will most likely continue to be effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths. As such, while we would monitor the situation in gauteng closely over the next month, we do not think that the new variant is sufficient reason to make major portfolio changes. from https://www.Zerohedge.Com/markets/goldman-slams-omicron-panic-mutation-unlikely-be-more-malicious-no-reason-major-portfolio
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    WSL1 – (1) Message From The Muses
    Posted on Monday, November 29 @ 00:00:07 PST (0 reads)
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Humiliated ?Like a failure you’ll probably tell me “yesterday”. or even worse “today”… that’s the harsh reality you’re facing every single waking minute of your life. just because you’ve silenced your entire being, told your beautiful inner child to be quiet over and over again while: ….Waiting on next month’s paycheck… ….Running to pay overdue bills… ….Penny-pinching to save up and create the illusion of a perfect birthday or christmas… and this constant chase has left you drained, hopeless, and defeated while… feeling like you’re climbing an escalator that’s going down. you’re getting completely worn-out, drained, and exhausted beyond words… it doesn’t have to be this way anymore!!! what you are now getting access to… yes, you will have to be consistent about this. but we’re talking of only twelve minutes and twelve seconds each day! that’s probably less time than it takes to get your car started on freezing winter days, right? well…do this for just 12 minutes and 12 seconds a day, and you’ll soon upgrade to a new car that doesn’t give you headaches. this ancient secret is single-handedly responsible for the success of the one culture and society our modern world lives by, even today. including the concepts of: these concepts that guide our way of life are direct descendants of how this great ancient nation worked. and i’m not talking here just about their government or economy. I’m talking about the trickling effect it had on every single citizen that lived during that period. it was a period in which the first hard questions about how our universe works started to rise. that’s why we were able to evolve as a single consciousness and upgrade our lives all over the world! this one secret brought us some of the greatest: mathematicians, physicists ,astro-physicists, philosophers, poets, painters, sculptors & architects. we are charmed by these ancient wonders… whether they’re greek, egyptian, chinese, mayan, or mesopotamian… you know there is a reason behind it. there is a reason behind every single glimmer of inspiration we get from these cultures’ ancient breakthroughs some of which we have not been able to figure out how they were even made. and funny enough, as i’m sharing with you a secret from the ancients, i feel the need to share with you how i discovered it. because it relates to my personal path… and the childhood dreams i used to have… and in less than five minutes, i’m going to share with you one of the most powerful, forgotten secrets to achieve anything your heart desires. it doesn’t matter if it’s: the house your family deserves, where every child has their own bedroom and bath… a new family car and a separate one just for you… the one you’ve always dreamed of riding on that coastal highway watching a gorgeous, jaw-dropping purple and pink sunset. simply the peacefulness that comes from knowing there are no mortgage, credit card, or car payments due. that all your bills are on autopay. that you no longer have to figure out next month’s grocery budget. or add up items in the store so you aren’t embarrassed at the register… even the freedom that comes from prepping… having a full pantry ready to keep you and your loved ones safe in case anything happens… getting free of your heart pounding out of your chest every time anxiety kicks in… falling to sleep as soon as you lay your head on your pillow, instead of spending hours staring at the shadows cast by street lights on your ceiling because you’re worried about what tomorrow brings… forgetting the shivering sensation you have every time you feel things are slipping through your fingers and you’re losing control of your own life… and the best part is that this ancient secret i’m about to share with you is backed by more than 2,500 years of scientific studies, proof, evolution, and prosperity. however, it has been ignored by the modern mainstream media and is available to only a select few who have put in the time and effort to do their own research. yet… it is something so valuable, that if every single human on earth had access to it, we would all transcend to new, enlightened levels… as never seen before across our mother earth’s surface. i need to warn you though… commit to just twelve minutes and twelve seconds every single day. it doesn’t matter if you reserve this little time for yourself when your kids are taking a nap… before you get out of your car after work… as long as you promise to commit to honoring your future self with these few minutes each day. now, let me get back to how i made this discovery and its connection to my childhood… as children, we’re fascinated by stories… we listen to them, we read them, we watch them, we imagine them, we write them down, we escape into them and there are so many stories from my childhood that inspired me and carved my dreams, i can’t even remember them all… the reason behind me having access to them is not your “my parents bought them for me and supported my love for reading”. it’s actually somewhat the opposite of that. my dad died when i was about five-years-old. because i can still remember him. but luckily, my mom remarried. and i had such high hopes because dan seemed like an amazing guy. he used to bring me treats, and take me to the park, and help mom around the house. that is… until he “sealed the deal”. things started changing extremely fast. this man had my mom wrapped around his fingers. and day by day, she transformed… from the glowing being that loved everyone and everything to a woman who brought light, love, and hope to everyone around her to a woman who dedicated herself to making sure everyone felt welcome and appreciated in her home to the most amazing mom anyone could ask for… not even a shadow of herself and that no one would cross his path… just five months after they got married, my grandma came and took me to her house to “spend the weekend together”. but then, the next day… she left me at her neighbor ruth’s house and said she’d be back in a couple of hours, cause she had something really important to solve you know, she was an extremely grounded woman. So she broke the news to me, then and there, that i’d be living with her from that day on. i wanted to call my mom. I wanted my mom to tell me that herself. but grandma didn’t let me. “it’s for the best…” by now, you might think this could be one of the worst things that could happen to a kid… and you’re definitely wondering how does that connect with stories, inspiration, and most importantly, the secret i’m sharing with you… and i agree with you. Knowing your own mother willingly let you go because her new “man” didn’t want you around is one of the hardest things a kid can go through. and i’ll share about that as well in just a minute… my grandma somewhat understood what i was going through. and one of the things that helped her cope with that was diving into stories. so she took the same approach with me. she channeled my curious nature towards books. it’s an instinctive curiosity we all have, as human beings. it’s the one of the main reasons behind our evolution. our ability to look and see, to hear, to understand, and to ask ourselves: “why?” and it was her way of sheltering me from the reality i was faced with everytime i accidentally met my mother on the street. when she took me in, she also went back to work. She needed the extra income, even though she was pretty well set. i didn’t understand why and she always told me: “so you can have a head start in life” and one day, i understood! but not in the way she hoped i would. i was almost finished with my senior year in highschool and i had gotten accepted to a few colleges i hoped to get into. i was looking at scholarships (because i was afraid of student loans) when my grandma came into my room with a piece of paper. she sat down and had a proud, sneaky smile on her face. She asked what i was doing, i told her, and she asked how much i needed. she looked down at the paper. looked back up at me and handed it to me. from the moment my mom gave up on me ‘till the present day. all flushed and trembling, i asked: “what’s this?” “your headstart in life!” i knew, then and there, my life was going to turn out amazing! the day after my graduation, while i had a massive hangover (yeah, yeah, i wasn’t 21, i know)… our neighbor ruth started banging on our door. even now, it’s too painful for me to tell you what happened, but i’m sure you can figure it out. hours, days, weeks went by… and then another knock on the door. you see… my grandma had a will. an old one. In it, my mom was the beneficiary of all her assets and belongings. and not only did she act on it, she put everything in her husband’s name… the same dan that convinced my mom when i was a 5-year-old to give me away. at that point, i was already numb. It already felt like i lost everything when my grandma… so… nothing mattered anymore. i started packing what i could. I had nowhere to go. so when morning came, i took my bags and i was just sitting on the porch. our neighbor ruth saw me, came over, asked what i was doing, and i told her. she then got up and went inside it was really old and since the eviction notice said i was not allowed to take anything that had belonged to her, i didn’t even think of it. also… i was a 19-year old and that music box was old, ugly, and heavy. ruth gave it to me and took out her keys. she took one little weird-shaped key and gave that to me as well. “your grandma asked me to give you this, if anything were to happen to her…” if you’re hoping there was a new will in that box, unfortunately you couldn’t be further from the truth. it was just a plain music box. that helped tremendously. i got a job at a local bookstore and managed to save up enough to get a room in a shared apartment. but my life was not heading to where i had dreamed. Definitely not where my grandma worked so hard for me to go in life. sharing an apartment comes with roommates. That sometimes comes with partying. starting to use other substances you wouldn’t want your loved ones on. my life was not spiralling down. it was downright exploding like a rocket shot from the universe’s gun. took me a while to do that… about two years… but i finally got there… the pawnbroker looked at me, tested it, and then said he’d be right back. he returned from the back of the store with an elderly man – his father. he asked me where i got the box from. I told him it belonged to my grandma and told him her name. a single tear fell on the counter and he said: “well, if what you’re saying is true, then she must have really loved you.” he asked me to the back of his store, into an office packed with books. It reminded me of my old bedroom. he then told me the story of the music box: it was a custom piece he had made more than 50 years ago for my grandma. the song it played was an old lullaby she had learned at the orphanage from a greek immigrant nurse. so far… nothing special. until he took the box, turned it upside down and fiddled with a little wooden piece. The tiniest drawer i had ever seen opened up. inside there was a piece of paper, rolled up like a scroll. the old man gave it to me and i started reading. the top had the lyrics, in greek, of the song my grandma had learned at the orphanage. the music box’s melody went along with it. But after that, there were my grandma’s words…. the old man took me by the shoulders and lifted me up. it was the first hug i’d received from a man since my father had died. he then whispered in my ear: “i have something for you that’ll give you a head start.” the same words my grandma said to me over the years. He went to his desk, grabbed a pile of papers and put them in my arms: “when i built this music box for your grandma, i read the letter. I actually made a copy of it, because it was mysterious, intriguing, and… it wasn’t addressed to anyone. it took me decades to discover what she meant. And everything i found out… is in these files. take good care of them and maybe… try to actually listen to the song the music box plays from time to time. It might do you good.” i was speechless… i wasn’t even able to say “thank you…” i went back home and started reading the papers the old man gave me. I also turned the key and grandma’s lullaby started to play. that night i fell asleep surrounded by papers and notebooks. when i woke up the next day, it was 7:15 am. It was the first time in at least one year i was waking up before noon. and oooh… they did change: i got my job at the bookstore back. The owner allowed me to get as many books as i wanted related to ancient greece and their music and i took my music box with me to work and played it for every customer at check out soon enough, the bookstore’s sales started skyrocketing. I got a raise and moved into a studio, alone it almost seemed like a story… it was supposed to be like that… because stories come from a special place. stories come from our most hidden desires and dreams. stories are the foundation of our upbringing. whether they’re being read to us by someone who loves us more than they love themselves… or they’re the stories we tell ourselves when we fall asleep crying because our lives seem so bad we can barely make it through each day. and all of these stories have one thing in common: remember this word, i say, because it might just…”give you a head start”. with every page i read from the old man’s research i came closer to what my grandma was trying to tell me… but i also needed to go back to my childhood and the stories she read to me… the ones that inspired me most… were the ones that will give you access to the ancient greek secret that unlocks your true potential by channeling the universe’s energy into materializing your deepest hopes and dreams. you might already know who these muses are, even though you might not know their names… now they will do the same for you… by giving you access to… the first questions that pop in your head might be: why are muses so special? what makes you so confident it will work for me? why are these vibration tracks better than any others i’ve encountered? while i’ve spent more than five years developing this and giving it away for free to test out its results, i won’t share my thoughts on it. healing with sound “music” dates back as far as ancient greece… the ancient greeks used music as therapy. and the actual word ‘therapy’ comes from the greek therapia, meaning “to serve or help medically.” i don’t know if you can… but try for a second to visualize the recovery rooms in ancient greece for hospitalized patients: most of these hospitals were built on the coast, or on a southern-facing hillside, with amazing green views. and in the courtyard, music always played… patients were even encouraged to leave their rooms to attend musical performances to assist in their healing and quick recovery. now, you might say… “well, they weren’t as advanced as we are now, so they had to use something that increased quality of life to mimic an actual recovery”… that’s the first thing i usually hear from anyone. if that were true, how come the healing power of sound was never abandoned? to circle back a bit… the word ‘music’ comes from the muses, the daughters of zeus who were the patron goddesses of creative and intellectual endeavors. and in the greek culture, the inspiration they brought made important healers listen to their call. aesculapius cured mental disorders with songs. the philosophers plato and aristotle claimed that music affected the soul and the emotions. hippocrates – the father of medicine and the creator of the hippocratic oath every single medical professional takes to this day… played music for his patients, too. music played a critical part in my personal healing journey. pythagoras is also credited with being the first person to use music as medicine. pythagoras and his followers also utilized music, singing, playing musical instruments, and dancing to clear any blockages in the chakras i.E. Any trapped mental or emotional stress or fears. and their research was later utilized in other civilizations… whenever the spirit from god came on saul, david would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.” i’ll share something else with you. …something that touches, even more, the realms of our reality and how the world around us works. music is a part of the cycle of natural life… music is based on rhythm and harmony. Human life is based on rhythm… …and all functions of life are rhythmic… manfred clynes (born 1925), a neurophysiologist whose family fled from austria to australia, published extensive data documenting the relationship between music, brain, and mind. his classical textbook “music, mind, and brain”, published in 1982, is the benchmark of excellence in the field. according to him, music brings about the excitation of the limbic system with corresponding changes in neurotransmitters, such as catecholamine, indolamine, dopamine, endorphin, and the latest, neuron growth hormone. you may have heard of it… called the genome project, it is the work of venter et al – published in 2001 in the journal science. a japanese geneticist and musician, susumu ohno (1929–2000), author of the seminal work evolution by gene duplication (1970), was the first to propose the hypotheses of the barr body and human paleopolyploidy. and he also contributed articles to the journal immunogenetics. for example, each organism’s genes are composed of strands of dna, which are made up of four nucleotides containing the four amino acids – adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine. the order of these bases of repeated four is far from random… ohno stated that this is hardly surprising because recurrence is rampant in nature. according to ohno in his classical paper “genomes and music: when ohno assigned notes to each of the four bases—cystine for do, adenine for re and mi, guanine for fa and sol, thymine for la and ti, and cytosine again for do, the genes made music. and that music wasn’t just melodies repeating endlessly… when all is said and done, it is socratic elenchus of self-examination, self-acceptance, and external love like the one you receive from: support of the universal family, that brings us security and fulfillment of our maximum potential. and now, in my gratitude, i am offering it to you… because what it has done for me is probably the best reward i could ever receive… i could tell you it brought me: – the ability to fly in business class or with private jets – stability to not worry about any future bill – peace of mind to take time off work without worrying where my next paycheck will come from – more connected to my family – a friend and confident to my children – my parents and my in-laws’ financial and moral support and all of it would be true. these tracks did something far more powerful… they helped me reconnect with my true self. they gave me the ability to say yes to my inner voice. they opened me up so that i can listen to myself, to my instincts and intuition, and tune in to the ancient knowledge already within me, carried in my very dna… and all of this is what helps me create the health, wealth, and abundance i listed above! the universe is now giving me prosperity. sometimes it feels like it’s serving up everything i ever wanted on a silver platter… but it wouldn’t do that if i were blocking its energy! with the help of my grandmother’s lullaby, i was able to find the exact frequency at which our minds become in sync with the universe… every single melody comes from ancient sources passed through generations. you will now receive unique melodies… some of which have belonged to just one family… these have heritages dating back two thousand years… and don’t think i’ve just patched them together… the final result was analyzed by a team of physicists, genome specialists, oncologists, and psychiatrists… and now you can have access to it too… make sure you are ready and open to becoming the being you’ve always known you were meant to be. prepare to fill your life with peace, mindfulness, acceptance, and abundance… and promise that you’re willing to remain a giver. because you will have enough of everything you’ve dreamed of to sustain and support yourself and everyone you hold dear. and it won’t even make a dent in your finances… the primal muses were the inspiration for these three guided meditation tracks. only twelve minutes and twelve seconds long, these three tracks are the foundation to grounding your inner spirit and connecting your frequency to that of the universe, so that you can start manifesting the beautiful life you want. if you allow yourself to open up… they will empower you to have the ability to tap into your own memory and the ancestral memory held within each of us. you will be able to find your voice and the courage to channel your emotions and bring to life your soul’s purpose. you will gain the ability to stay consistent in your actions and never experience self-sabotage ever again. the muses will give you guidance on your day to day life, giving you the care and support you have always deserved. following pythagoras’ research, if you start and end your days with one of these three 100-minute tracks specifically created to enhance the attributes given to you by each of the five muses, you will be able to regain and maintain control of your life. it will completely reset your mind and soul, giving you the perfect opportunity to take the restorative break you deserve away from the stressful world. perfectly created as background enhancers, they can help you: -truly pay attention to detail -gain clarity in your thoughts and actions you can listen to any of them before you sleep, helping you recharge your energy cells to 200% the next day. daily struggles are normal. divine inspiration and guidance is the only thing we need sometimes. and time is not always our best friend. that’s why i created these five 15-minute tracks. just like your body needs replenishment throughout the day, your mind and spirit need it also. the “olympus blessings” audios are designed to give you the mental and spiritual boost you need throughout the day. they will enable you to tap into the ancestral knowledge within you and receive the solution you’re looking for, whether it’s: put your faith in the muses and let them inspire you. all you need to do is tap the button below to get immediate access to mythology bliss so you can begin living the life you truly want with just 12 minutes and 12 seconds per day! 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