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Omicron brings COVID-19 vaccine inequity 'home to roost'
30 November 2021 - The emergence of the new omicron variant and the world's desperate and likely futile attempts to keep it at bay are reminders of what scientists have warned for months: The coronavirus will thrive as long as vast parts of the world lack vaccines. (more)

COVID: Dozens test positive on SA-Netherlands flights
27 November 2021 - Sixty-one people who arrived in Amsterdam [Friday 26 November] on two flights from South Africa have tested positive for COVID-19, Dutch officials say. They were among some 600 passengers held for several hours after arrival while they were tested for the virus. The Dutch authorities are carrying out further testing to see if there are any cases of Omicron, named on Friday [26 November] as a variant of concern by the WHO. (more)

High alert: World scurries to contain new COVID variant
27 November 2021 - With each passing hour, new restrictions were being slapped on travel from countries in southern Africa as the world scurried Saturday [27 Nov] to contain the new omicron variant of the coronavirus that has the potential to be more resistant to the protection offered by vaccines. ...Despite the banning of flights, there are mounting concerns that the variant has already been widely seeded around the world. ... Cases have been reported in travelers in Belgium, Israel, and Hong Kong. Kai Klose, the health minister for Hesse state, which includes Frankfurt, said in a tweet that 'several mutations typical of omicron' were found Friday night in a traveler returning from South Africa, who was isolated at home. Sequencing of the test had yet to be completed. (more)

US: Parents are scrambling after schools suddenly cancel class over staffing and burnout
27 November 2021 - Schools and districts around the country [US] have been canceling classes on short notice. The cancellations aren't directly for COVID-19 quarantines; instead schools are citing staff shortages, staff fatigue, mental health, and sometimes even student fights. Burbio, an organization that tracks school district websites, says these closures are an accelerating trend in the month of November, affecting 858 districts and 8,692 individual schools so far. (more)

A new COVID-19 variant could show immune evasion and enhanced transmissibility, South African scientists warn
26 November 2021 - South Africa's health minister announced Thursday the discovery of a new coronavirus variant that appears to be spreading rapidly in parts of the country. It has so far been detected in South Africa, Botswana and in a traveler to Hong Kong from South Africa, Minister of Health Joe Phaahla said. During a news briefing, genomic scientists said the variant has an unusually high number of mutations, with more than 30 in the key spike protein -- the structure the virus uses to get into the cells they attack. (more)

Airline stocks tumble as new Covid variant spurs travel curbs
26 November 2021 - Boeing and other travel stocks tumbled in premarket trading Friday [26 November] after several European and Asian countries announced new travel restrictions from southern Africa because of a new Covid variant. The U.K. on Thursday said it would temporarily suspend flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. France and Italy announced entry restrictions from the region. The European Commission recommended a pause on travel between the EU and southern Africa. (more)

Russian coal mine: Dozens killed in Siberia accident
26 November 2021 - Fifty-one people have been killed in Russia's worst mining disaster in a decade, prompting three days of mourning in Siberia's Kemerovo region. ... The blast happened at the Listvyazhnaya mine when coal dust caught fire in a ventilation shaft on Thursday [25 November]. ... Relatives said warnings about growing levels of methane gas in the mine had gone unheeded. They said there had been a fire at the mine only 10 days earlier and miners had been frustrated that more was not done to improve safety. (more)

US: Stocks sink on new COVID variant; Dow loses 905 points
26 November 2021 - Stocks sank Friday [26 November], with the Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly falling more than 1,000 points, as a new coronavirus variant first detected in South Africa appeared to be spreading across the globe. Investors were uncertain whether the variant could potentially reverse months of progress at getting the COVID-19 pandemic under control. (more)

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When one per cent of the population of a city or town practices Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation Programme, the crime rate significantly decreases over the long term. This is known as the Maharishi Effect, which is the phenomenon of the rise of coherence in the collective consciousness of any community.

   
   
   

The collective practice of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme creates harmony and coherence throughout the environment, leading to reduced hostility and increased cooperation between nations.

   
   
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Large groups of individuals practising Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme create an environment of harmony and coherence for themselves and for the whole world.

   
   
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When the number of individuals practising Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme in a group excedes the square root of one per cent of a nation’s population,there is a significant reduction in conflict both at home and throughout the world.

 
   
   
   
   
   
   

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