Wednesday, February 21
Oral cavity tests could be more effective in detecting omicron
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Oral cavity tests could be more effective in detecting omicron

The omicron variant is changing at a dizzying rate the pandemic. So much so that the uncomfortable universal gesture of sticking a stick (called a swab) through the nose to find out if a person is infected could be modified in the near future, if confirmed by two studies, carried out in South Africa and the United States, which indicate that samples taken from the oral cavity could be more reliable and detect the virus before those coming from the nasal or nasopharyngeal mucosa (when the swab is inserted more deeply, as in PCR or antigen tests in health centers). The South African study has been carried out by precisely the same group of researchers who discovered the omicron, who have decided to publish it qu...
The indiscreet ‘attic Zaplana’ in Altea
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The indiscreet ‘attic Zaplana’ in Altea

Security in communications and that his name is not compromised has been an obsession of the former Minister of Labor and former President of the Generalitat, Eduardo Zaplana, as revealed by the summary of the Erial case. In the absence of his name in the 'papers' the former head of the Consell bases his defense. "There is no direct evidence that Mr. Zaplana participated in the transactions under investigation or was the owner of the assets located abroad (...) neither has, nor has had, assets or funds outside of Spain", reacted sources around the former minister last week after the latest report from the agents of the Central Operational Unit (UCO) of the Civil Guard was known. In fact, it is formally his fr...
Keys to the controversy of macro-farms in Spain: what are its negative effects?  What exactly did Garzón say?  |  Climate and Environment
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Keys to the controversy of macro-farms in Spain: what are its negative effects? What exactly did Garzón say? | Climate and Environment

The macro farms have become the subject of public debate in the last week due to the interview that the Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, granted to the newspaper The Guardian by the end of 2021. The minister's criticism of these facilities has unleashed a political storm that raises many questions. These are some keys to better understand this controversy.What are macro farms?Macrofarms are intensive livestock facilities that house thousands of head of cattle in a single facility. “They are cattle farms with a large number of animals whose food comes from afar —mainly from South America, where the production of feed is very cheap—. The animals from the macro-farms do not go out into the field at any time ”, explains Pablo Manzano, researcher at the Basque Center for Climate C...
Five flying (and green) cars that already work
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Five flying (and green) cars that already work

Flying cars are here. They have come from the drawing board to reality and there are already numerous prototypes flying in various countries. At the moment, they are not commercialized prototypes, since the technology is limited by the lack of legal regulation of this new field of mobility. There are no laws that say how you can use the flying cars that already exist. But despite this, the industry continues to advance firmly on its way. The five models that we show below have already been successfully tested and all are characterized by being a 100% electric means of transport, without polluting emissions of any kind. It is the mobility of the immediate future. According to experts, fifteen years from no...
Family doctors retire early due to pressure: “We can’t do it anymore”
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Family doctors retire early due to pressure: “We can’t do it anymore”

LThe overload in health centers is a problem that comes from afar, since long before the pandemic. But the collapse in Primary Care has been accentuated in this sixth wave of the covid, with professionals completely overwhelmed by the lack of staff and the barrage of daily work: monitoring of patients with the virus, telephone and face-to-face care, and the flood of people with suspicious symptoms of covid, which has led many family doctors to have a agenda of more than sixty patients daily, since we must also add the emergencies that arrive. If professionals were on edge before the pandemic, they are now undergoing a huge pressure. That is why a phenomenon that had already begun to occur in the years prior t...
The UK is heading towards authoritarianism: just look at this attack on a minority |  Jorge Monbiot
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The UK is heading towards authoritarianism: just look at this attack on a minority | Jorge Monbiot

TOFinally, we are becoming aware of the astonishingly oppressive measures of the bill on police, crime, sentencing and the courts, designed to criminalize effective protest. At last, there has been some coverage in the media, although still very little. The Labor Party is finally feeling some pressure and may be forced to stop appeasing the Daily Mail and vote against brutal government amendments in the House of Lords next week.But as we focus on this threat, we are in danger of forgetting something else buried in this monstrous bill. It is the provision that turns the intrusion of a civil offense into a criminal offense, allowing the police to arrest people who are Roma, Roma and Nomads (GRT) and confiscate their homes, if they stop in places that have not been designated for them. ...
Scream Review: The irony-laden horror ‘recuela’ is starting to creak with age |  Films
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Scream Review: The irony-laden horror ‘recuela’ is starting to creak with age | Films

Sor here is Scream; it should actually be called Scream 5, and you must have thought of 5CREAM. But this one has opted for the solemn franchise tick of scrapping the title number as if longevity entitles the latest iteration to automatic classic status. And indeed, Scream preemptively lampoons precisely this affectation, with fans poking fun at the creators of the "Backstab" movie-within-a-movie franchise that they pompously call their latest episode "Backstab" instead of Backstab 8. I have to admit that there is some gonzo humor to be seen in this fifth part (although I did hide under my seat to see the violent parts).The Scream movies were born in the heyday of '90s irony, about a serial killer named Ghostface who slaughtered his victims according to scary movie rules tabulated by ...
From racist tweets to defending the Ruiz-Mateos: this is García-Gallardo, the Vox candidate in Castilla y León
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From racist tweets to defending the Ruiz-Mateos: this is García-Gallardo, the Vox candidate in Castilla y León

The new Vox candidate for the elections to the Junta de Castilla y León wrote it on Twitter, in January 2011. Is named Juan Manuel García-Gallardo Frings and he is a lawyer from Burgos, the son and grandson of prestigious lawyers. He has a collection of offensive messages uploaded from his account, although many have been duly deleted. Also the one that says the following: “I think it is a great idea to get Raúl back for the European Championship. You have to heterosexualize this sport full of fags ”. ...
Driving Change: Changing Attitude in the All-Female Garage in Northern Nigeria |  Women’s rights and gender equality
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Driving Change: Changing Attitude in the All-Female Garage in Northern Nigeria | Women’s rights and gender equality

TThe green and red Nana Female Mechanic Garage sign is visible from the main road into the town of Sokoto. Behind her sliding iron door, Zainab Dayyabu stomps around in heavy work boots and blue overalls, her hands callused and oily.“I love the work I do,” says the 23-year-old, as she opens the hood of a Peugeot pickup to test the battery.Zainab is one of 25 young apprentices at the first women's garage to be opened in Sokoto state, northern Nigeria.The workshop aims to provide jobs for women in a male-dominated industry and challenge traditional gender roles in this conservative and highly insecure region of the country."I love the work I'm doing," says Zainab Dayyabu, a mechanic apprentice. 'My gender shouldn't be a barrier to what I want to be in life.' Photography: Abiodun Jamiu /...
United We can prepare for the tax war against the PSOE
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United We can prepare for the tax war against the PSOE

Taxes are always a source of political controversy, and in electoral times - such as those that begin now, with the elections in Castilla y León as the first milestone - much more. And the tributary melon is going to open shortly within the coalition government, because the intermittent tensionss that have occurred in this matter throughout the legislature between PSOE and United We Can (UP) will become non-extendable. The key date, they point out from within the Executive, will be the presentation of the White Book on the Tax Reform, which has to be done throughout February; But first, this Friday, it will be possible to start contrasting positions, because the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, plans to talk about taxation in the debate that she will hold with t...