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Santa Clara County Residents 65 and Older Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine – NBC Bay Area

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Santa Clara County Residents 65 and Older Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine - NBC Bay Area

Santa Clara County residents 65 years and older are now eligible to get vaccinated, county officials announced Tuesday.

Residents in that age range can now schedule appointments through the county website for openings starting on Wednesday and thereafter.

The expanded eligibility follows the state’s current guidance for vaccine allocation.

“Older residents and those living in skilled nursing facilities continue to be the population at greatest risk for serious illness and death from COVID-19,” said Dr. Monika Roy, county assistant public health officer.

As of Monday, more than 160,300 individuals have been vaccinated in Santa Clara County by the county, private health care providers and other vaccine distributers.

The county’s health system is the largest provider of the COVID-19 vaccine, county officials said. So far, it has administered nearly 60,000 first doses and has a weekly capacity to provide 30,000 vaccine appointments per week.

Residents can make appointments at mass vaccination sites located at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Berger Drive in San Jose and the Mountain View Community Center.

The county is also vaccinating eligible individuals at several Valley Health Center locations, including up to 600 people per day in Gilroy, according to the county’s Public Health Department.

“As the vaccine becomes available to more of our residents, the County continues its deep commitment to equity and ensuring access for our communities most at risk of contracting COVID-19,” said Dr. Jennifer Tong, associate chief medical officer for the County of Santa Clara Health System.

The county is also partnering with community clinics and launched a pilot mobile vaccination clinic to ensure vaccine access to residents and staff of long-term care facilities.

“We are coordinating efforts with local fire departments and emergency medical services providers and sending vaccinators into the field to ensure those at greatest risk can be vaccinated as quickly as possible,” Roy said.

County officials say the ability to expand vaccine eligibility is dependent on vaccine supply.

This week, the county received 20,125 additional first doses of vaccine, which is “far fewer doses than health systems in the county have capacity to provide,” according to the county public health department.

Residents can get more information about vaccine allocation and administration by health care providers on the county’s COVID-19 vaccine dashboard.

To view the latest updates on vaccine eligibility or schedule a vaccination appointment, people can visit sccfreevax.org.

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UFC 259: Blachowicz vs Adesanya – Weigh-in – UFC – Ultimate Fighting Championship

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Royals accused of double standard for probing Meghan Markle and not Prince Andrew – Page Six

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Royals accused of double standard for probing Meghan Markle and not Prince Andrew - Page Six

Buckingham Palace is being accused of having “double standards” for probing bullying allegations leveled against Meghan Markle — but not the sexual-abuse claims involving Prince Andrew.

Palace-watchers called out “The Firm” on Friday after Queen Elizabeth ordered an investigation into claims that Markle mistreated staff during her stint as a senior royal.

“Why is there an investigation into this bullying but there’s not been an investigation into Prince Andrew and the allegations surrounding Jeffrey Epstein?” Carolyn Durand, co-author of a biography of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, asked on Sky News.

“Why hasn’t he been urged to cooperate with US authorities?” she added of Andrew, a onetime close pal of wealthy late convicted pedophile Epstein.

Believed to be the Queen’s favorite son, Andrew, 61, became wrapped up in the Epstein scandal after one of the financier’s victims claimed she was forced to sleep with the royal when she was 17.

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Andrew became wrapped up in the Epstein scandal after one of the financier’s victims claimed she was forced to sleep with the royal when she was 17.
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The scandal over Andrew’s friendship with Epstein led the Duke of York to step back from his royal duties in November 2019, after a disastrous BBC interview in which he offered a slew of bizarre claims to defend himself against Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s allegations.

While Andrew was sidelined, Buckingham Palace never ordered an investigation into the allegations against him.

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Durand, the co-author of “Finding Freedom,” also noted that Prince Harry was stripped of his three honorary military titles when he and his wife stepped down as senior royals last year to pursue a new life in California.

“Why were Prince Harry’s military honors stripped but Prince Andrew’s haven’t been?” Durand asked.

She added that “the double standards” were something Markle had “really struggled with” during her time as a working royal.

Both Markle, 39, and her husband, Prince Harry, 34, have denied the bullying allegations against the duchess, though they are reportedly expected to be involved in the investigation.

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Both Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, 34, have denied the bullying allegations against the duchess.
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The couple claims they are victims of a calculated “smear campaign” from the royal family ahead of their hotly anticipated Oprah Winfrey interview.

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Lo-fi remixes of video game music is my new favorite genre – The Verge

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Lo-fi remixes of video game music is my new favorite genre - The Verge

I don’t usually work with any music — it often distracts me — but recently, when I’ve needed a little music on in the background, I’ve become obsessed with lo-fi remixes of video game music on YouTube.

I’ve already gone on record that I sometimes listen to video game music while working because a) I’m a huge nerd, and b) a lot of video game music is already designed to be pleasant background noise that can loop endlessly without becoming annoying. It wouldn’t be all that much fun spending hours upon hours in the worlds of Pokémon if the music was always in-your-face and distracting, after all. (I will give Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire’s hilariously prominent horns a pass here.)

It makes sense, then, that the infinitely listenable quality of video game music, much of which has become seared to my brain after days spent in virtual worlds, combines really well with the soft electronic sounds of lo-fi chillhop beats, which I can also listen to for hours on end. Now, I’m hooked.

Here are a few remixes I recommend.

If you’re a fan of Final Fantasy VII’s amazing soundtrack, I think you’ll dig this set of remixes from Rifti Beats. I think I go back to this video more than any other. (And there’s a part two!)

Zelda & Chill 2” from GameChops puts a fantastic spin on some classic Zelda tunes. (The “Midna’s Lament” remix is so, so good.) If you like what you hear, you might want to listen to the original “Zelda & Chill.”

I recently beat Nier: Automata, and I couldn’t get the game’s incredible music out of my head. I’ve recently turned to this remix of two of the game’s best songs — the city ruins theme and the amusement park theme — from Alex Moukala (a name you might recognize as the originator of the funky remixes of the Wii’s Mii Channel).

If you’re familiar with the Persona series’s very good music, you might want to give this set of remixes from Courtar a listen.

And if you don’t want to sort through the many mixes available on YouTube, just turn on GameChops’ Video Game Study Lounge live stream. (In a spooky coincidence, I opened it to grab the link, and it was playing that “Midna’s Lament” remix I mentioned earlier. The song is just that good!)

Happy listening. And tweet at me with any recommendations you have!

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South Carolina Gov. McMcaster takes victory lap after Texas lifts mask mandate: We never had one – Fox News

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South Carolina Gov. McMcaster takes victory lap after Texas lifts mask mandate: We never had one - Fox News

The governor of South Carolina took a victory lap after his gubernatorial colleagues in Texas and Mississippi lifted their mask mandates, touting the fact that his state never had such a mandate. 

“Unlike Texas and Mississippi, we cannot lift a mask mandate because we never had one in the first place,” Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted. 

“South Carolina took a measured approach and never closed. We gave South Carolinians the freedom to choose for themselves what’s best for their health and family,” McMaster, a Republican, added. 

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The governor included a video in his tweet, depicting several news reports covering his decision not to issue a mask mandate similar to other states.

“We never closed,” said McMaster in the video. “Our reasonable steps of limited, measured and temporary actions allowed us to combat the virus without crippling our economy.”

McMaster’s victory lap post comes days after Texas and Mississippi announced they would be rolling back mask mandates and reopening their economies.

President Biden attacked the two governors after the announcement, saying the governors’ decisions to lift mask mandates was “Neanderthal thinking.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended the president’s comment, saying the quip was a “reflection” of Biden’s “frustration and exasperation.”

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The comments drew ire from Republicans, however, with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., firing back on Twitter that the president should “seek training for his unconscious bias” toward Neanderthals.

He also called on Biden to “apologize for his insensitive comments.”

“President Biden’s use of an old stereotype is hurtful to modern Europeans, Asians & Americans who inherit about 2% of their genes from Neanderthal ancestors,” wrote Rubio, who linked out to an article in the tweet.

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Dow Jones Surges 500 Points, Nasdaq Up As Stock Market Rallies After Early Sell-Off – Investors Business Daily

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