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Major changes to U.S mask rules, set to benefit businesses

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New changes to mask rules are set to benefit many industries, as many in the United States will soon feel a sense of normality

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially advised that fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be required to wear masks outdoors and can avoid wearing them indoors in most places. The agency stating that this updated guidance will allow life to begin to return to normal.

The CDC also said fully vaccinated people will not need to physically distance in most places. The agency also hopes the guidance will encourage more Americans to get vaccinated, as many still feel hesitant

President Joe Biden emerged at the White House for remarks without a mask

“I think it’s a great milestone, a great day,”

– President Biden

Biden went on to state that “If you’re fully vaccinated and can take your mask off, you’ve earned the right to do something that Americans are known for all around the world: greeting others with a smile,” he said, flashing a brief smile himself.

Business to benefit

Many industries will benefit from changes made by the CDC’s regulation.

The travel sector is again expecting to feel an uptick in bookings, and multiple hospitality venues say the relaxed rules will enable people to feel more at ease to get back out and dine.

Support for new guidance rules

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease doctor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said he supports the new guidance that many had been calling for.

“People in state health departments and infectious disease doctors have been saying this for some time because they’re so impressed with the effectiveness of the vaccine”

Dr. Schaffner went onto say that American’s who have made the decision to get vaccinated should be rewarded for their efforts.

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China sends stern warning to NATO

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China has sent a stern warning to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

The communist nation has warned NATO it won’t “sit back” in the face of any challenges, illustrating the potential for tensions to escalate while the United States tries to convince its allies to take a tougher approach to the Asian nation.

In a statement, Beijing says it doesn’t pose a “systemic challenge” to any country.

According to a statement posted Tuesday on the website of its mission to the European Union, China added that NATO should not exaggerate Beijing’s military power.

The statement also urged NATO to push forward with dialogue and cooperation, and said the bloc should work to safeguard international and regional stability.

The comments from Beijing come after NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told members of the media that NATO is “concerned by China’s coercive policies, which stand in contrast to the fundamental values enshrined in the Washington Treaty”

Stoltenberg cited the country’s rapidly expanding nuclear arsenal, military cooperation with Russia, and its use of disinformation as the reason for concern.

The communique released after the NATO meeting mentioned China 10 times, compared to just once after the last summit in 2019.

Russia was named more than 60 times this year. The document also said that the bloc “maintains a constructive dialogue with China where possible.”

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G7 leaders back “safe and secure” Olympics

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The leaders of the world’s wealthiest nations say they support the Tokyo Games being held this year.

In a communique issued at the conclusion of the G7 Summit, the leaders stated [we] “reiterate our support for the holding of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 in a safe and secure manner as a symbol of global unity in overcoming COVID-19”.

This is exactly the sort of endorsement Japan had been seeking from fellow G7 nations, given the considerable opposition to the games taking place.

Host city Tokyo remains under a state of emergency, as the Asian country battles a fourth wave of infections.

Despite this, the IOC has been determined to proceed with the major sporting event.

“Great encouragement”

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has welcomed the G7 endorsement, telling reporters that he “won very strong support from all the leaders” and “as the Prime Minister of the host country, I was very heartened by such support”.

IOC President Thomas Bach has also welcomed the high level display of public support from G7 nations.

In a meeting with Yoshihide Suga on the sidelines of the G7 Summit, US President Joe Biden backed the Games going ahead.

“President Biden affirmed his support for the Tokyo Olympic Games moving forward with all public health measures necessary to protect athletes, staff and spectators,” a White House statement said.

“President Biden expressed pride in the US athletes who have trained for the Tokyo Games and will be competing in the best traditions of the Olympic spirit.”

The US State Department last week eased an advisory that had warned U.S. citizens not to travel to Japan, due to the COVID-19 surge in the Asian nation.

The latest advice is for US citizens to “reconsider travel”.




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Would you buy a robot dog butler?

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How about a robot butler? It may seem expensive… but this four-legged friend is significantly cheaper than other robotic competitors.

Chinese firm Unitree Robotics has revealed its latest creation…

This robust-looking four-legged bot can follow you on a run and even carry your bottle of water.

he Go1 comes in three versions: the $2,700 Go1 Air, $3,500 Go1, and $8,500 Go1 Edu. Each weighs about 12kg (26 pounds) and the more expensive models come with more processor power and sensors (the Go1 Edu is the only version with an unspecified programming API). 

It’s remarkably cheaper compared to rival company Boston Dynamics’, who is asking for over 74 thousand U.S dollars for its robot dog creation.

Unitree wants to make their robots as affordable and popular as smartphones.

Unitree Go1

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