Families have prevented children from playing outside as Tonga struggles to deal with the ash and psychological effects of last week’s volcanic eruption and tsunami, aid workers and local residents said. Telephone service interrupted.
The Red Cross said it was providing 173 households on the main island of Tonga not only with tents, food, water and toilets but also comforts. “Right now everyone is still having issues,” said Drew Havea, vice president of the Tonga Red Cross.
Because of the ashes, “families make sure their kids aren’t playing outside, that everyone is inside,” he said.
Although some residents of the hardest-hit Ha’apai outlying islands had been evacuated to the main island of Tongatapu, others refused to go, Havea said. The psychological effects of waves breaking through and destroying villages will affect their lives for some time, he said. “All the kids grew up, they were taught in their geography class that this is the ring of fire we all live in.
Bitcoin, the largest digital asset, extended its decline Saturday, and has now shed more than 50% from its record high in November.
Bitcoin’s decline since hitting the record has wiped out more than $600 billion in market value, and over $1 trillion has been lost from the aggregate crypto market. While there have been much larger percentage drawdowns for both Bitcoin and the aggregate market, this marks the second-largest ever decline in dollar terms for both, according to Bespoke Investment Group.
With the Fed’s intentions rocking both cryptocurrencies and stocks, a dominant theme has emerged in the digital-asset space: cryptos have twisted and turned in nearly exactly the same way as equities have.
Bitcoin fell as low as $34,042 Saturday, a drop of 7.2%.
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Russia’s central bank on Thursday proposed banning the use and mining of cryptocurrencies on Russian territory, citing threats to financial stability, citizens’ wellbeing and its monetary policy sovereignty.
The move is the latest in a global cryptocurrency crackdown as governments from Asia to the United States worry that privately operated highly volatile digital currencies could undermine their control of financial and monetary systems.
Russia has argued for years against cryptocurrencies, saying they could be used in money laundering or to finance terrorism. It eventually gave them legal status in 2020 but banned their use as a means of payment.
In December, the price of bitcoin fell after Reuters reported, citing sources, that Russia’s regulator was in favour of a complete ban on cryptocurrencies.
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Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) shareholders on Tuesday asked a judge to find that Elon Musk forced the company’s board of directors into a deal for SolarCity in 2016 and wanted the CEO convicted, the electric vehicle maker one of the largest judgments in history paid $13 billion.
“This case was always about whether the acquisition of SolarCity was a bailout from financial troubles, a bailout orchestrated by Elon Musk,” said Randy Baron, a shareholders’ attorney, at the Zoom hearing.
The closing arguments listed the key findings of a 10-day trial in July when Musk spent two days at the stand defending the deal.Lawsuit from union pension funds and wealth managers alleges Musk forced Tesla’s board of directors to cut the deal to approve for cash -strapped SolarCity, in which Musk was the largest shareholder.
Musk has countered that the deal was part of a decade-old master plan to create a vertically integrated company that would transform energy generation and consumption with SolarCity’s roof panels and Tesla’s cars and batteries. Source: Tech Crunch
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Apple confirms that the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro do not support noise cancellation during phone calls
Apple has confirmed that iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro do not cancel noise during phone calls, including iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Apple included the feature in the iPhone 12 series and earlier models to improve call quality in noise environment.
No reason was given to remove this feature from the iPhone 13 series noise cancellation during phone calls. By reference, by iPhone 13 series, we mean iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. On previous iPhones, the feature was available in Settings under Audio/Visual, which is found in Accessibility.
According to Apple, the setting reduces ambient noise when making calls, but only when you hold the iPhone to your ear. By default, Apple has the feature enabled, although it’s hidden in Accessibility.Theoretically, the feature made it easier for people to be heard when making calls from busy areas, such as in the near heavy traffic.
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said on Monday that while the “most likely scenario” is that the coronavirus will circulate for many years, he believes the current wave of infections will be the last to require restrictions.
Bourla gave an interview to the French medium BFM. TV to commemorate the announcement of an investment package by the pharmaceutical company in France. Bourla also touted the vaccines’ effectiveness and safety, saying he believed people would still need booster shots. “It’s important that people get Pfizer’s three-dose regimen. coronavirus vaccine and will likely require yearly booster shots, although the immunocompromised may need them every four months,” Bourla said.
“Children need to be vaccinated to protect them. Its effectiveness in children is very, very, very good. Bourla also said the company’s anti-COVID pill, Paxlovid, is “changing everything” as a new way to fight serious illnesses. Pfizer said in December that its Paxlovid pill had reduced hospitalizations and deaths by nearly 90 percent in vulnerable people.
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Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro ready to fire on all cylinders as January OTA update brings dozens of vital fixes
The January OTA pack for Google Pixel 6 (“oropiole”) and Google Pixel 6 Pro (“raven”) has started rolling out. The software update brings fixes from December and January that should help Pixel 6 series smartphones run at full speed after numerous bugs and problems seemed to affect the functionality.
Google has revealed that the January software update for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro is now available as factory images and full OTA images via the Google Play services website (12.0.0 (SQ1D.220105.007), Jan 2022 – specific device/images links can be found in “sources” below). Those who prefer to wait for the OTA package to arrive with a “check for update” notification may start receiving the update from Monday January 17 onwards according to a report from 9to5Google. The list of fixes for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in the December and January patches is extensive and an installation should help relieve some of the serious teething issues users have experienced.
WhatsApp, owned by Meta, is actively developing its app and working on new features. The app’s latest beta on iOS reveals that a new feature may be coming soon worked on reactions to iMessage-like messages.
In their latest findings, they discovered that a relevant setting has appeared in the new beta on iOS. WABetaInfo shared that WhatsApp version 22.72 on iOS adds a new Reactions Notifications toggle to app settings.
With this toggle visible to beta users, the feature may come to the platform fairly quickly. Alternatively, the company may have accidentally revealed this setting and may remove it in future betas if the Reactions feature is not yet ready.
In 2020, Mark Zuckerberg shared that Meta (Facebook at the time) planned to merge the messaging systems of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. He said plans won’t materialize until 2022. With WhatsApp likely to add reactions to messages soon, the gap between it and Facebook/Instagram direct messages (DMs) is narrowing even further.
Windows 11 Build 22526 has currently been made available to members of the Insider early access programme with multiple enhancements and fixes, Techradar reported. It is yet not clear when the update will be rolled out to the public.
Though most of the new features are minor, the software giant is using this update to try out a new file location indexing system, hoping that the build will enable users to find out important files even faster using File Explorer.
The File Explorer of the recently released Windows 11 works very slow and is still prone to frequent crashes. Users often have to suffer due to the slowness of the Search functionality.
It takes a long time to return relevant searches if users have stored a huge number of files in the built-in hard drive.
The new update could help you cruise through large number of files more quickly.
More importantly, it will be very helpful for users who are running Windows 11 on cheap and dated devices that suffer lengthy load times affecting performance.
The fast-spreading variant represents a “west-to-east tsunami sweeping the region,” Hans Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe, said in a briefing Tuesday.
He cited the Institute for Metrics and Health Assessment forecast that most Europeans could take it within the next six to eight weeks.
The latest Covid surge has resulted in fewer symptomatic cases and lower death rates than in previous waves, fueling optimism that the pandemic may subside.
However, the WHO has repeatedly warned against underestimating the Omicron strain as mild. Kluge said hospital admission rates are increasing. In Europe, it puts pressure on health systems.
On the flip side, another WHO official said it was too early to consider COVID-19 is entering an endemic phase, an issue the Spanish government has proposed to discuss. An endemic phase would see “stable spread of the virus at a predictable level”, but what we are currently seeing for …read more
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