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Pet euthanasia service at home


AmericaClarence, the dog that came into Penny Wagner’s life nearly eight years ago, was at the most traumatic time for her family.

At the time, Penny had just lost her 21-year-old daughter to a car accident. The other child went to college and her husband went to work, leaving Penny alone with the pain. The appearance of the dog Clarence was a comfort to Penny.

Earlier this year, Clarence suffered from kidney disease. Due to safety regulations during Covid-19, the vet did not allow Penny to stay in the hospital with the dog. The couple decided to bring Clarence home to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in his favorite laundry room.

A veterinarian from a company called Pet Loss at Home came to see the Wagners. After Penny and Steve said their goodbyes, the doctor gave the dog two injections, one to relax and the other to let him go peacefully. Penny and Steve stroked Clarence while crying.

Penny Wagner poses with Clarence (left) and Cooper in their home in Albuquerque, New Mexico in April 2020. Photo: AP

Covid-19 has made home pet euthanasia services flourishing more than ever. However, this service is very expensive. According to some owners, this action negatively affects children and other pets in the house.

For Wagner, having a pet euthanized at home is a gift. So does 72-year-old Diane Brisson of Pinellas Park, Florida.

Last December, Diane asked Lap of Love to help her dog, named Champagne, pass away peacefully. 12-year-old Champagne suffered from pancreatitis and other internal organ failure.

Lap of Love staff agreed to let Diane call in a neighbor to help. This neighbor took a photo of Champagne lying in Diane’s lap on an old chair. When the 72-year-old was ready to let her pet go, the vet placed Champagne in a small basket with a white satin pillowcase and a lavender purple satin blanket. The dog was then cremated.

“I sat with Champagne for about 20-25 minutes and then said it was time for him to go back to his grandmother. He would watch over me from above and the two of them would take care of each other,” Diane shared.

Diane has now received Champagne’s ashes. She plans that when she dies, her ashes and Champagne will be scattered in the sea.

Veterinarian Dani McVety of Tampa, Florida founded Lap of Love in 2009. She said that in the past, veterinarians rarely noticed the pain of pet owners because “they weren’t trained to do the job. there”.

Currently, Lap of Love has branches in 35 states with more than 230 veterinarians. The company’s pet euthanasia price is about $300, more than three times the price at public hospitals. Each customer will receive a gift of the clay footprint of a recently deceased pet.

Most pet owners pay the vet extra to have their pet cremated. Others cremate themselves or bury their pets at home.

After Clarence’s death, the vet who assisted the Wagners sent the couple a condolence card with marigold seeds inside, suggesting they plant flowers as a tribute to the dog. Penny and Steve followed suit. When the plants bloomed, they took pictures and sent them back to the doctor.

Since 2003 until now, the company Pet Loss at Home that Penny and Steve came to has helped more than 35,000 families euthanize their pets. They have 75 doctors in 50 metropolitan areas, including Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, Houston, and Minneapolis.

Rob Twyning, founder of Pet Loss at Home, says the pandemic has caused the business to grow dramatically.

“We have so many calls that we can’t answer them all,” Rob revealed. Pet Loss at Home pet euthanasia prices range from $300-600, sometimes more, depending on the city and travel time.

According to Rob, home euthanasia helps pets feel comfortable because they are in a familiar environment, instead of a place full of strange smells and noises like a veterinary hospital. Homeowners are not in a hurry to say goodbye.

Pet Loss at Home mainly euthanizes dogs and cats, but sometimes also serves other animals, from snakes to parrots.

In Marietta, Georgia, 73-year-old Linda Sheffield also decided to euthanize her pet when her dog, Timmy, contracted laryngitis.

Timmy was passed away in his owner's car.  Photo: AP

Timmy was passed away in his owner’s car. Photo: AP

Linda wanted to give Timmy one last ride, so she took the dog to the vet’s house. “That vet is someone who has taken care of Timmy for a long time. Timmy also loves to hang out in the car with me,” Linda explains about her actions.

Timmy, lying on his owner’s lap in the car, was given an injection. After that, Linda put the dog in its familiar bed and continued to drive, taking Timmy to the crematorium.

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The 90-year-old actor flew into space


AmericaWilliam Shatner, actor in the Star Trek series, became the oldest person to fly into space, while making a journey on Jeff Bezos’ ship.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Shatner, a 90-year-old Canadian actor, in tears after finishing an 11-minute flight to the edge of space and back to the Texas desert, USA on October 13.

The New Shepard rocket, owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company Blue Origin, took off at 9:49 a.m. (Hanoi time), after two delays. Blue Origin director Audrey Powers, Planet Labs co-director Chris Boshuizen and Medidata Solutions background researcher Glen de Vries were also aboard the New Shepard passenger cabin.

Jeff Bezos was on hand to greet the crew members upon their return, with applause and celebratory champagne.

William Shatner (left) burst into tears next to billionaire Jeff Bezos after landing in the desert in Texas, USA on October 13. Photo: Blue Origin.

The crew spent several minutes in zero gravity while ascending to an altitude of 106 km, 6 km above the internationally recognized Karman space boundary line.

Like about 600 astronauts before him, Shatner was amazed at the experience of zero gravity and the beautiful Earth as seen from space.

“What you gave me was the most impressive experience I could imagine. I was really moved by what happened,” Shatner told Bezos.

In July, Blue Origin had its first passenger flight into space with the participation of billionaire Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, pilot Wally Funk and Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old passenger from the Netherlands. youngest space tourism.

William Shatner is best known for his role as Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the sci-fi series Star Trek. The intergalactic voyages of the USS Enterprise drew Americans’ attention to space, as the United States launched its space program.

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China is angry because the US expelled students


The Chinese Embassy in Washington protested the “indiscriminate” US interrogation and expulsion of a Chinese student.

The Chinese Embassy in Washington said on September 29 that a Chinese student had been questioned for more than two days and deported by US authorities at Houston airport, Texas.

“After being confined in a small room for less than 50 hours without proper food and rest, he was deported to a third country by the US side without a valid reason. seriously infringed upon this student’s legitimate rights and interests, and caused great material and spiritual damage to him and his family,” the Chinese embassy said.

China said it “resolutely opposes” the move and expressed its displeasure with the US side.

“For some time, the US has hindered cultural exchanges, education and people-to-people exchanges with China. We have documented a number of cases where Chinese students were arbitrarily questioned and even expelled. similar,” added the embassy.

Chinese Ambassador to the US Qin Gang at an online meeting in Washington on September 13. Photo: Xinhua.

Last September, the US Department of Homeland Security revoked the visas of more than 1,000 Chinese students and researchers, alleging they had ties to the Chinese military. This action is explained to prevent the risk of espionage.

At a press conference on September 29, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying called on the US to immediately stop “using national security pretexts to infringe upon the rights and interests of Chinese citizens”.

“As far as we know, during interrogation, the US side repeatedly questioned whether the Chinese student was a member of the Communist Party of China or serving the Chinese government, deliberately attaching the exchange academic and humanities with political issues,” she said.

The incident occurred after Chinese Ambassador to the US Qin Gang called for joint efforts to push US-China bilateral relations back on track as soon as possible. Earlier this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized to US President Biden that the two countries need to improve relations.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed concern on September 29 about the new US security partnership with Australia and Britain, or the AUKUS treaty, an alliance many see as aimed at confronting China. Mr. Wang said this would exacerbate geopolitical tensions in the region and could lead to a ‘Cold War’.

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Sand dunes as white as snow


AmericaVisitors photographing gypsum sandboarding at White Sands may be mistaken for skiing.

White Sands National Park in the state of New Mexico (USA) surprises all visitors due to its snow-white color. Although it translates into Vietnamese as “white sand”, this park is covered not by sand, but by pure plaster.

The sand dunes are as white as snow. Photo: @arcticexplorer007/Instagram

The type of “sand” that occurs here is what is left after a lake with a high mineral content has completely evaporated, leaving behind the mineral deposits of pure gypsum. With no water left to hold the gypsum in place, the sand is likely to move more than 9,000 meters per year in the northeast direction.

One of the most attractive things when visiting the sand dunes is the experience of playing skateboards and sleds. Although sandboarding is a popular game in many sand dunes around the world, at White Sands, the smooth plaster has a large smoothness that helps visitors slide down faster and easier. The white color makes the photos look like you’re skiing in a cold country. Visitors call this a “2 in 1” experience.

This place is suitable for families with children.  Photo: Dotting the map

This place is suitable for families with children. Photo: Dotting the map

Visitors here are advised to wear barefoot or hiking boots, to make it easier to move on the sand. Many ankle-high sand sections, wearing boots also make it difficult for sand to get into your shoes.

In addition to sandboarding, hiking to see the landscape of the national park is also a memorable experience as visitors have the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife. You can see unique species like cat foxes, East African straight-horned antelopes or sand-white earless lizards here.

The boy is creating a snow angel version of plaster sand.  Photo: New Mexico True

The boy is creating a “snow angel” version of plaster sand. Photo: New Mexico True

In Vietnam, the sand dunes at Bau Trang (Binh Thuan) also have white sand at some times of the day, attracting many visitors.

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Why prolong the trial of Covid-19 vaccine for children?


AmericaThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires drug companies to monitor young volunteers for 6 months, instead of the two months as adults.

To date, hundreds of millions of adults have been vaccinated, proving that the Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective. But these results cannot replace studies in children. For the childhood version of the vaccine, the scientists used data on both adults and separate trials in children.

Research in adults helps speed this process up. For people under the age of 12, the company doesn’t need to recruit up to 30,000 volunteers like previous large-scale trials. This is based on a mechanism called “immunomodulation”, whereby data show that for this age group, the immune response is comparable to that of adults.

This is how vaccine companies reach children. But in early August, the FDA required drug companies to monitor young volunteers for six months, instead of two months as adults. The agency also recommended that Pfizer and Moderna double the number of children ages 5 to 11 in the clinical trial.

In June, the CDC’s vaccine adviser reported a rare risk of heart inflammation following mRNA vaccination in adolescents. Symptoms are relatively mild, resolve quickly, and do not require too much treatment.

At Texas Children’s Hospital, pediatrician James Versalovic had no problem recruiting more volunteers for the Pfizer and Moderna study. The registration list on the website is very long. However, the extension of the test made the whole process take another month.

“We all agree that this is necessary, making the data stronger and building the confidence of parents across the country. It makes the test time longer, but only a little,” he said.

Tacori Taylor, 12 years old, vaccinated against Covid-19 in the city of Albuquerque, USA. Photo: NY Times

The trials of vaccines for children actually start with older volunteers. Dr Kari Simonsen, Pfizer’s head of research at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, explains: “Typically, every vaccine candidate for a child, even with another disease, is injected in humans. But we cannot conclude about safety or tolerability in children based on results from adults.”

This is a biological mechanism. According to Dr. Versalovic, “children are not miniature versions of adults”, they are completely separate individuals.

“Their bodies are developing, they will react differently (when vaccinated). We need to handle it in our own way,” added Versalovic.

By the time of testing in children, scientists will predict a dose that is safe enough to induce an immune response. Time and extent depend on each stage of development.

“In general, children have sensitive immune systems, so we think smaller doses will trigger the appropriate response,” Ms Chapman said.

As with any study, the pediatric dose of the Covid-19 vaccine goes through three phases of clinical trials before it is submitted to the FDA for approval.

The first phase, to check if the vaccine is safe, takes place in about 20 to 100 people.

Since this is an accelerated test, the scientists combined stages two and three so that multiple steps can be performed in parallel, Versalovic explained. At this time, experts monitor the safety and check whether the child’s immune system responds to the vaccine. They need hundreds or even thousands of young volunteers. Some injected the vaccine, others used a placebo as a control.

This stage is complete, the new pharmaceutical company can request FDA review and approval. After regulatory approval, the vaccine continues to be overseen by the CDC’s Advisory Council on Immunization Practices. The committee also makes recommendations on distribution, storage, shelf life and directions for use.

According to experts, during this time, adults need to protect children against Covid-19 by proactively immunizing themselves and wearing masks.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former FDA commissioner and now a member of Pfizer’s board of directors, said the company will release the results of the trial in September, and is expected to submit an application to the regulator in October.

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Transparent house in the middle of the forest


AmericaFrom the idea of ​​​​an observatory, the house offers unlimited views of the green landscape, helping homeowners forget stress and fatigue.

The owner, who is also an architect, wants a place to get away from the busy, noisy life every weekend, so he builds a vacation home on a 200 m2 plot of land in the middle of a forest in upstate New York.

The building is fully glazed to reflect the image of trees.

The house is designed to look like a plus sign. It consists of four floors, of which the lower three floors are private rooms with beds and bathrooms.

The fourth floor is the largest, suspended like a canopy more than 9 meters above the ground, is the common space. This area is supported by bedrooms and a V-pillar, with 12-meter-long windows allowing residents to freely look out over the forest and lake.

The above structure helps the house not take up much land but still exploit the expensive “view”. The area of ​​the house “base” is only 40 m2.

The common living space is located on the top floor and fully exploits the view of nature.

The common living space is located on the top floor and fully exploits the view of nature.

Another highlight in the house is the yellow staircase. It both links the space and makes it easy for residents to interact with each other. For example, at mealtime, parents can stand on the fourth floor and call their children below without going down.

The yellow color of the stairs increases the vitality of the house.

The yellow color of the stairs increases the vitality of the house.

The whole house is clad in glass, reflecting the surrounding trees and creating a feeling of being invisible in the middle of the forest. This option also allows the interior of the house to be full of light, thereby saving energy.

Click to see more pictures of the project.

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China criticizes US Covid-19 origin report


The Chinese Embassy in Washington criticized US intelligence’s report on the origin of Covid-19, saying that this is a matter of science.

“A false report issued by the US intelligence community is scientifically unreliable. Tracing the origin of Covid-19 is a matter of science and should only be left to scientists, not experts. intelligence,” the Chinese Embassy in the United States issued a statement on August 27.

The Chinese embassy accused the report from US intelligence of “degrading” Beijing and “disturbing and sabotaging” international efforts to find the source of the virus.

“Reports from the US intelligence community have not given them the answers they want. Continuing such efforts will only add to the futile because what they want does not exist and is unscientific,” the agency stressed, adding. that the US still ignored the results of the World Health Organization (WHO) investigation in March.

Security guards stand outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology in February. Photo: AFP.

President Joe Biden in May ordered US intelligence to conduct the investigation within 90 days. However, after three months of “double efforts”, the intelligence community is still uncertain about the origin of Covid-19.

Four agencies in the US intelligence community support the theory that nCoV is transmitted to humans through contact with animals, while one agency believes that the virus escaped from the laboratory and three agencies have not reached a conclusion.

The WHO has proposed a second phase of an international investigation into the origins of Covid-19, which will include testing of Chinese laboratories. China criticized the proposal, saying that Beijing had fulfilled its obligation to understand the origin of the pandemic and that the second phase of the investigation should be conducted elsewhere.

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Family separation on the way to evacuate from Afghanistan


Although she is safe at Ramstein base, Dunya Walizada’s heart is still restless because she has lost her parents and does not know what her future holds.

The last time Walizada, 16, saw her parents at the gate of Kabul airport, Afghanistan. They got lost in the middle of the crowd.

“My family has separated,” Walizada said on August 24, sitting outside the hangar at Ramstein base in the Ramstein-Miesenbach region, Germany. It is the largest US airbase in Europe and is currently an evacuation center for thousands of Afghans fleeing the Taliban.

An Afghan woman waits to receive diapers in a hangar converted into accommodation at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, August 24. Photo: Washington Post.

“I don’t know if my parents are still alive or where they are. I don’t have any information,” Walizada said.

Walizada’s plight is not uncommon at the Ramstein base, and it illustrates the complexity of the effort to get Afghans and Americans stranded in Kabul to safety. Some Afghans are worried they don’t have enough documents to come to the US.

According to officials, what is happening at the Ramstein base is unprecedented. In just a few days, this place has completely changed. 323 tents sprang up, using mobile beds as sleeping quarters for men. About 1,000 women and children remain in three large hangars. The Ramstein base suddenly became a place to stay for 6,500 people.

Flights for those who have had their background checked to be able to go on started departing on August 23. Many others still do not know if their asylum applications will be approved.

“What should I do? Where should I go?”, Walizada asked. She escaped from Afghanistan with her 28-year-old sister and 4-year-old nephew, Avina. Walizada’s family separated after her parents were stopped by Afghan security forces amid chaos at the gates of Kabul airport. The wife of another sister of Walizada is also unknown.

Father Walizada used to work at Kabul University. Walizada said she presented her English diploma and proof that she had translated for an NGO to board an evacuation plane. My family’s plan is to go to America by all means.

“But now it’s just me and my sister,” Walizada said. “Can we go to another country, like Canada?”

According to Lieutenant Colonel William Powell, chief of public affairs at the Ramstein base, reuniting families “is a complex challenge”. He did not know the exact number of children who were not traveling with their parents at the base but “knew it was happening”.

An official from the US State Department, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the government will “do everything it can” to reunite families, but what is happening in practice is frustrating.

In a corner of the makeshift shelter set up for evacuees, Wahedullah Popalai said he and his wife had lost their two-year-old son at the entrance to Kabul airport. “One is still here, the other doesn’t know where,” he said chokingly.

Wahedullah said he worked as a welder at the Baghram base in Afghanistan for two years but did not have any documents to prove this. Cases like Wahedullah’s will be a problem for US officials when handling evacuees’ records.

“The situation in Kabul is extremely chaotic. Our primary mission is to get people we consider to be vulnerable to safety,” the State Department official said.

The Departments of Homeland Security, the Departments of State, and the Department of Defense are working together to gather information about the circumstances of each evacuee to help determine what immigration status they are in: Citizens, green card holders, who are eligible for a Special Immigrant Visa because of their past service with the U.S. military or other agencies or who were in particularly dangerous circumstances. The future of those who do not qualify is currently unknown, as is the number of people evacuating with limited documentation.

Dunya Walizada (centre) with other Afghan women evacuated to Ramstein Air Base.  Photo: Washington Post.

Dunya Walizada (centre) with other Afghan women evacuated to Ramstein Air Base. Photo: Washington Post.

The Ramstein base has a capacity of 12,000 people. News that Ramstein would be turned into an evacuation center came just two days before the first flight took off from Kabul, according to Lieutenant Colonel Powell. By August 22, this place had welcomed about 7,000 people. Resources are quickly depleted, especially food and food.

A local company is providing the Ramstein base with 30,000 meals a day. While men and women have separate sleeping areas, families are still allowed to meet and eat together in certain areas.

“Most of the people who come here are tired and scared,” said Jami Malcolm, a volunteer from the American Red Cross who is providing food and toiletries to the evacuees. “I think they’re a bit bewildered.”

All evacuees undergo medical checks, including taking their temperatures and testing for Covid-19 with anyone showing signs of the virus. They are then recorded, biometrically scanned and directed to a place of residence.

Even when separated from their families and uncertain about the future, many people feel a sense of relief.

Walizada said not being able to be with her family was really hard for her “but it will be even harder if I continue to live in Kabul”.

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Round of ‘one green one putt’ of Australian golfers


AmericaCameron Smith on August 6 used just 18 strokes for the whole second round at WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational on the PGA Tour at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.

Smith is famous in top golf with his mullet hairstyle. Photo: USA Today

With a stellar hole-closing performance, Smith hit the record for “least putt” in PGA Tour history from 1929, including his time under the Professional Golf Association of America (PGAA). The Australian golfer is the 12th person named in the list of record holders in this statistic.

On leg two FedEx St. Yesterday’s Jude Invitational, Smith closed four holes without a putt – holes 3, 4, 8 and 16 with eagle-par-par-birdie results respectively, in which the first phase came from the bunker, the remaining three times were chips from green edge. This number of no-putts made up for two putts holding par on holes 2, 11, 13 and 18. He reached 33.5 meters in total put distance, throughout the no-bogey lap, and also topped the tournament in closing performance. .

“I couldn’t believe it when I counted the putts. Even on the 17th hole, I thought to myself ‘there must be something wrong,'” Smith said. Golfweek.

Yesterday, Smith scored round -8 – one eagle, six birdies on par70. Finishing the match “like a field”, he jumped 11 places to T2 with a score of -11 after 36 numbers, next to Abraham Ancer from Mexico. Both ways Harris English is at the top of the table by two strokes. The top 20 after two rounds recorded three American players in the top 7 in the world (OWGR table) – Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau, of which Thomas was the defending champion. They are standing at T13 (point -6), one stick above compatriot Phil Mickelson.

Smith has won three PGA Tour championships over eight professional years. Last week, he attended Tokyo 2020 with a “modified mullet” hairstyle, finishing T10 at -14 through 72 holes on par71.

FedEx St Jude Invitational 2021 brings together 66 competitors, including the top 50 in the world. The bonus fund reached 10.5 million USD, of which 18% went to the champion. From next season, the tournament leaves the World Golf Championship, but will open a series of three playoff events that determine the final outcome of the FedEx Cup.

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Unvaccinated people are twice as likely to be reinfected


Research by the US health agency shows that people who have not received the Covid-19 vaccine are twice as likely to be reinfected with nCoV than those who have completed the course.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the study on August 6, confirming the results support their recommendation that “all eligible people need a Covid-19 vaccine, regardless of have they been infected with nCoV or not?

The US CDC study was based on 246 adults in Kentucky who were reinfected with nCoV in May and June, despite having been infected with the virus in 2020. They were compared with a control group of 492 sex-matched people, age and time of initial positive test for nCoV.

The analysis showed that those who did not receive the Covid-19 vaccine were 2.34 times more likely to be reinfected with nCoV than those who completed a course of injections of products from Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.

A US health worker injects a person with the Covid19 vaccine in the city of St. Petersburg, Florida on July 30. Photo: Reuters.

The duration of acquired immunity to nCoV is not well understood and may be affected by new strains, the US CDC study said.

The results of laboratory analysis show that blood samples of people who were infected with the nCoV strain first detected in Wuhan, China, have a poor antibody response to the Beta strain, first detected in South Africa.

However, the limitation of the study is that it was conducted by the US CDC before Delta became the dominant strain here, so the risk of reinfection of the unvaccinated with the strain was first detected in India. .

The US is the largest epidemic area in the world, recording more than 36 million infections and nearly 623,000 deaths. About 193.2 million Americans have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and 165.64 million have completed the full course, equivalent to 57.77% and 49.53% of the population.

Some US politicians, including Senator Rand Paul, have said that they do not plan to get a Covid-19 vaccine because of their natural immunity after being infected with nCoV.

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