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  1. The Only Person Not Killed Or Hospitalized In This COVID Outbreak Was Vaccinated

    A deadly outbreak in Manatee County, Florida, offers a cautionary tale.


    Two people are dead after a recent COVID-19 outbreak in the IT department of a county government building in Manatee County, Florida ― leaving only one person, who was vaccinated, unscathed.

    Of the six known exposures that occurred around the same time, at least four people have reportedly been hospitalized and two have died. One of those people died last week in the hospital, while the other one died at home,



  2. Was down at the club Sunday morning watching them getting ready and launching. Place was packed with young and old, kids, parents etc.

    Every one was mingling and chatting, helping each other and offering "advice"

    It will be long remembered by the up and coming sailors.

    Came home and sat on deck watching the racing on the bay in front of us.

  3. so.. sitting on our deck enjoying morning coffee overlooking Te Haumi, a shallow tidal beach, in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Close to Paihia and views over to Russell. Lots of on water action, sailing, ferries, charter boats etc.


    At 8.46am the tsumani siren starts wailing, mobile phones ring loudly with Civil Defence Alert. There had been a 8.1 earthquake near the Kermadc Islands early that morning with the possibility of a Tsumani. Now they are declaring an evacuation of all low lying areas.

    As we are about 80m/260` up we are OK, but our street is soon filled with cars from houses down by the beach.

    Coast Guard issue a Pan Pan advising all craft on the water to proceed to at least the 100m depth line. Soon we see the two car ferries from Opua ,and the R Tucker Thompson heading past us along with scores of craft of all sizes.





    By now it is about 10:30 with high tide due at 1:15 but already it looks like a full king tide. Coast Guard still advising boats to move out. Some of the smaller/slower craft have reported that they have anchored off the closest island and gone ashore to clamber to the highest point. There is still a lot of uncertainty about what too expect and so lots of chatter on air. Many report they are out of cell phone coverage, VHF a must have. Fortunately it was a warm sunny day with little wind and swell as it can get real nasty out in The Bay for sitting around for hours.

    The 1st wave was expected to hit the east cape about 10:15 and could be up too 1m/3'. Initial reports were that it was relatively small. About 10:35 Whangaeri reported the river was dropping and strong currents at the Town Basin. (B.J.'s old stomping ground.)

    About 11:00 we notice the water level dropping at the beach and what had been an incoming current in the river was now major outgoing. Water level dropped to about 1/3 out exposing sand bar and rocks. Visions of it going further as was the case in Thailand and Japan. Then thankfully it stopped and started to flow in. There were a few more smaller fluctuations but strong current patterns out in the channel.

    On shore they had evacuated the town of Paihia, school, shops etc. Good community spirit with local supermarket doing a BBQ up on the high ground. We opened the house up to people in their cars for bathroom, water etc. Lots of concern re kids and family members.

    On the water lots of fishing but as the hours pasted lack of concrete information was concerning too many. Had gone out in a hurry, not sure if enough fuel, water etc. How long would it be? If there was major damage ashore would they be able to return.

    Finally the siren stopped and all clear called.


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  4. Here in NZ we live north of Auckland and temp is similar to Florida. Lots of commercial citrus but also large numbers of homes have trees laden with fruit. You can call a group that sends volunteers to pick the fruit and then hand on to shipping companies will carry it free for distribution to folks in the South Island where its to cold for them to grow

    Just for size comparison as NZ should be reversed.

    Australia - Oceania :: New Zealand — The World Factbook - Central  Intelligence Agency

  5. Saw a large cat sailing by this morning so looked at Marine Traffic:
    The vessel is currently at port OPUA, NZ after a voyage of 24 days, 21 hours originating from port PAPEETE, PF.
    MOUSETRAP (IMO: 9674701) is a Yacht that was built in 2012 (8 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Cayman Is.
    It’s carrying capacity is 15 t DWT and her current draught is reported to be 3 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 33.52 meters and her width is 14.05 meters.
    Was down at Opua wharf later and word was they are returning Kiwi's

    Paddy's pregnant sister was in a terrible car accident and went into a deep coma.

    After being in a coma for nearly six months, she woke up and saw that she was no longer pregnant.

    Frantically she asked the doctor about her baby.

    The doctor replied, “You had twins, a boy and a girl. The babies are fine.

    However they were poorly at birth and had to be christened immediately, so your brother

    Paddy came in and named them.”

    The woman thought to herself, ‘Oh suffering Jesus no; not me brother. He's a clueless idiot! ‘

    Expecting the worst, she asked the doctor, “Well, what's my daughter's name?”

    “Denise.” said the doctor.

    The new mother was somewhat relieved and thought to herself,

    ‘Wow, that's a really beautiful name.

    I guess I was wrong about my brother. I really like Denise.'

    Then she asked, “What's the boy's name?”

    The doctor replied: “Denephew.”

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