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Etna spewing lava and ash – the airport is down

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For weeks, the Etna volcano has been shaking the windows and doors of Sicilian residents. Now the Catania city airport has been forced to close.

Another eruption of the Etna volcano on the Italian island Sicily Flight operations have stopped at Catania airport, south of the mountain. Catania Airport said Wednesday morning that the runway was contaminated with volcanic ash and therefore closed. Initially, no flights could leave or arrive at the airport until morning. Several connections were shown as late in the itinerary.

Etna has erupted repeatedly in the past few weeks. Reports of serious damage or injury are very rare. The population on the site is sometimes affected by rain ash. The rumbling and thundering of the outbreaks sometimes causes windows and doors to vibrate.

According to the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), Etna has released lava and ash from the crater on the southeast side in the past few days. Experts recorded occasional eruptions on the northeast side. Ash clouds of mountains more than 3,300 meters high, according to the report, rose at sea level with a height of five to ten kilometers in the sky.

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After the blockade of the Suez Canal: “Ever Geffen” is now in Rotterdam – Economy

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The trip is finally over!

More than four months after the blockade of the Suez Canal, the huge container ship “Ever Geffen” entered the port of Rotterdam on Thursday morning.

“A special moment,” said the head of the container port, Hans Nagtigal, of the AFP news agency. “We can finally start unpacking.”


The huge container ship docked at the so-called ECT Delta TerminalPhoto: Remco de Waal/D

Ever Geffen closed the Suez Canal for six days in March. After the ship was finally towed, the canal administration confiscated it to negotiate compensation.

At the beginning of July an agreement was reached with the Japanese shipowner Shu Kesen Kaisha, on July 7 the ship was able to lift anchor.

Nagtigal said Ever Geffen will remain in Rotterdam until Monday. Then I went to Felixstowe in Great Britain, and then to the Dry Dock in Dunkirk, France.

The huge cargo ship got stuck in a sandstorm on March 23 and ran aground. Then the 400-meter container ship was suspended across the narrow channel, with more than 400 ships in front and behind it. It was pulled for free on March 29th.


Cologne Cathedral opposite the freighter & quot;  Ever Given "  - Infographic

Details of the settlement agreement were not disclosed. Egypt had recently requested $550 million (about 464 million euros).

The ship loaded many different products – such as auto parts, bicycles, calendars, garden furniture, clothing and also food. It is unclear how many items can no longer be sold due to the month-long delay.

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Google: Compulsory vaccination for office work

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The US Internet company Google has imposed a mandatory vaccination for employees who do not want to work in the home office. “Everyone who comes to work on our campus should be vaccinated,” company president Sundar Pichai said in an email to his employees on Wednesday. Later Announced Content. The home office regulation will be extended until October 18 due to the renewed increase in Corona numbers.

“We will introduce this base in the United States in the coming weeks and expand it to other regions in the coming months,” Pichai wrote. The provisions must therefore be adapted to individual country Corona regulations and the availability of vaccines.

Google gave its employees the opportunity to work from home early last year. As the highly contagious delta type of coronavirus spreads, the number of cases is rising again in many places.

Apple also extends home office regulations

According to a report »The New York Times“The Apple group actually extended its home office regulations last week – also due to the prevalence of the delta variant.

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The World Health Organization monitors vaccine studies: Corona deaths are rising sharply globally

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The World Health Organization is monitoring vaccine studies
Corona deaths are increasing sharply around the world

The World Health Organization (WHO) is collecting numbers from individual governments related to the pandemic. Also the death toll. This has jumped 21 percent this week.

The number of deaths from Covid-19 worldwide rose sharply in a week: by 21 per cent to 69,000 deaths in seven days, the World Health Organization reported in Geneva. The World Health Organization refers to government data for the week of July 19-25. In total, more than four million people worldwide have died after infection so far. Experts point out that not all people who die of Covid-19 after contracting the coronavirus are reported. On the other hand, some of the dead had previously had serious illnesses.

The number of infections reported last week was 3.8 million, up eight percent from the previous week. On the American continent, the number of infections and deaths has increased significantly. Similarly, more people died in Southeast Asia. Nearly 194 million infections have been reported since the pandemic began in early 2020.

The WHO also looked at more than 90 studies on the effectiveness of WHO-approved vaccines in the real world. So far, funds from Astrazeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer/Biontech, Sinovac and Sinopharm have received emergency approval from the World Health Organization. The picture is not complete because more than 60 percent of the studies came from only three countries with early vaccination campaigns (Israel, USA and Great Britain) and only 71 percent looked at Astrazeneca and Pfizer/Biontech.

The effect of vaccination with a delta variable

In general, it can be said that vaccines provide good protection against dangerous pathological processes, according to the World Health Organization: the effectiveness of vaccines from Astrazeneca, Moderna, Pfizer / Biontech and Sinovac was more than 80 percent. In Astrazeneca and Pfizer/Biontech, the number of severe cycles was also significantly reduced in the case of a highly contagious delta type of virus. There are no or no adequate studies available for other factors.

The World Health Organization indicates that a certain percentage of those who have been vaccinated can contract coronavirus, which is also common with other diseases. Several studies have shown that infected people who were vaccinated at least once reduced their family members’ infection by 50 percent and even more than one to two weeks after the second vaccination.

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