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City of Mobile selects design team for Africatown Welcome Center

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The City of Mobile has chosen a team to lead the design and engineering work for the Africatown Welcome Center. The group includes firms and non-profit organizations that have helped bring award-winning cultural and historical projects to life in other communities.

The primary recipient of the design and engineering contract is Alabama-based Studio 2H Design LLC, which oversaw the campus master planning and historical documentation of the Historic Bethel Baptist Church and the Carver Theater/Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in Birmingham.

“Studio 2H Design, LLC and I are honored to collaborate with the City of Mobile and the Africatown
Community on this very important project,” said Nolanda Hatcher, co-owner of Studio 2H Design.
The design team also includes MASS Design Group, which designed the Equal Justice Initiative’s
National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery. Others on the design team include StudioRotan, MBA Engineers Inc., SARCOR LLC and HM Yonge & Associates.

“Buildings are the stories of place — this story is long overdue,” Michael Murphy, Founding Principal at MASS said. “We are humbled to be part of the team working with this amazing community to help build their story.”

Once completed, the Africatown Welcome Center will serve as a central hub for the planned historical and cultural tourism sites that will help share the story of Africatown and its founders. It will likely be one of the earliest stops for visitors coming to experience this historical community firsthand.

“This facility will have an important role welcoming the visitors who come to learn about Africatown firsthand,” Mayor Sandy Stimpson said. “Given their collective experience, it’s difficult to imagine a design team better-suited to take on this important project to the City of Mobile and Africatown.”

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MAGA Congressman Falsely Claims Omicron Variant Is Part of Plot to Rig 2022 Election – Mother Jones

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The new coronavirus variant, Omicron—which was first detected by virologists in South Africa—has sparked concerns among public health experts. The United States quickly imposed travel restrictions on certain African countries. Scientists say that much about the new variant remains unknown. But it’s apparently not too soon for members of the US Congress to begin spouting ridiculous conspiracy theories about it.

In a tweet Saturday, Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), who served as White House physician for Barack Obama and Donald Trump before running for office on a hard-MAGA platform, dubbed the new strain “the Midterm Election Variant.”

According to this latest crackpot theory, Democrats are going to use Omicron to “push” mail-in ballots during the midterm elections, which will supposedly enable massive amounts to cheating. 

There’s a lot to unpack here. When does Jackson think the midterm elections are? How could the Democrats be using a new variant discovered in November 2021 to impact elections that are a full year away? Are the South African doctors who reported it to the World Health Organization also part of Democrats’ plan to steal the elections? What about the other countries Omicron has been detected in? What role do they play?

Jackson’s tweet manages to hit on two conspiracy theories popular among far right: that the pandemic is somehow being manipulated by Democrats for political gain, and that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. It should go without saying that both of these theories are false. But as we approach the two-year mark in the pandemic, much of the world remains unvaccinated and patience is wearing thin. Ignorant tweets like Jackson’s will only fuel more conspiracy theories about the virus and endanger more lives. 

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Widely Hyped RTS Title Finally Has a Release Date on the Nintendo Switch!

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On the occasion of its second, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is getting a much-needed Nintendo Switch port, and this has got the fans really excited. This was announced in a live stream earlier today, as seen in the video below.

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 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim announced for Nintendo Switch

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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is one of the best games to play on PlayStation 4, and now it is on its way to the Nintendo Switch. The port will be arriving on Switch in Japan on April 14, 2022, which means players have to wait a while.

The pre-orders for this game will be going live from tomorrow.

This game will be priced at 6.980 Yen for the physical copy, which will include a reversible jacket. Every character will also receive two weapons which might require players to shell out an extra 26 Yen. The Japanese release will also feature recorded English voices as well.

The western release of the game’s Switch version is scheduled in North America and Europe for April 12, 2022, which is two days ahead of the Japanese launch. Watch the announcement trailer below.

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 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is a massive hit for PS4

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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is one of the most massive hits for PlayStation 4 and has sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide. The game has obtained widespread reach in both Japan and the West ever since its launch in 2019.

13 Sentinels portrays the narrative of 13 youngsters who are forced to protect mankind against an all-powerful army of enormous monsters. Each high schooler, of course, flies their own Sentinel — enormous robots capable of battling toe-to-toe with mankind’s enigmatic foe.

The game will feature an insane amount of twists and turns but will definitely keep its players engaged to the core in its 30 hours of runtime. The characters are quite endearing and fit really well to support the narrative.

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China faces ‘colossal’ Covid outbreak if it opens up like US: Study | World News

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China could see more than 600,000 Covid cases daily if it mimics anti-pandemic strategies implemented in the US, lifts travel bans, or drops its “zero-tolerance” approach against the virus, new research by Peking University experts said.

In the study, published last week by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control’s (CDC) weekly, four researchers have warned of a “colossal outbreak”, which would put an “unaffordable burden” on the country’s health system if Beijing moved away from its current anti-Covid strategies.

“More efficient vaccinations or more specific treatment, preferably the combination of both, are needed before entry-exit quarantine measures and other Covid response strategies in China can be safely lifted,” the study said.

“The estimates revealed the real possibility of a colossal outbreak which would almost certainly put an unbearable burden on the medical system,” the study added.

The research paper, titled On Coexistence with Covid-19: Estimations and Perspectives, compared China’s anti-epidemic measures with that of five other countries: the US, UK, Israel, Spain and France.

Despite local and even inter-provincial outbreaks in recent months, China has been able to control the spread of the coronavirus within the country since it first emerged from the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019.

There were 98,631 total confirmed Covid cases on mainland China as of Saturday, while the death toll stood at 4,636.

Brushing aside criticism against the policy being “unsustainable”, China has continued to implement the “zero-Covid” policy through strict lockdowns for even a handful of cases, efficient contact tracing, hard quarantine measures, and controlled or closed international borders.

It also involves large-scale nucleic acid testing, and strict travel and health code management.

The new study concluded that the current policies would have to continue in China to prevent any new explosive outbreak of the disease. The study used data for August from the five countries with the researchers looking at the potential results if China adopted similar pandemic response strategies.

The study estimated that China would have 637,155 if it implements the same strategies as the US; 454,198 in the case of France; and 275,793 in the case of UK.

The research said four tenets for the safe transition from elimination strategies to open-up strategies were needed: Retain flexible non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), maximise vaccination coverage, shield industries and vulnerable groups from the unintended consequences resulting from NPIs, and detect and isolate Covid promptly using extensive surveillance and stronger community social responsibility.

“However, due to the large population and relatively scarce health resources per capita in China, it is difficult to fully achieve tenets 1, 3, and 4, especially during a large-scale outbreak; therefore, China needs to be cautious about the decision on the open-up.”

The study raised a “clear warning that, for the time being, we are not ready to embrace ‘open-up’ strategies resting solely on the hypothesis of herd immunity induced by vaccination advocated by certain western countries”.

Separately, Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese CDC said on Sunday that without the zero-tolerance policy and prevention of overseas importation, there would have been “47.84 million infections and 950,000 deaths based on global pathogenicity and mortality rates”.

Wu added that China’s Covid prevention policies were similar to the other BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries, the country could have logged 54.97 million infections and over 1.14 million deaths.

Wu was speaking at Caijing magazine’s annual forecasts and strategies conference in Beijing on Sunday.

Wu said that “mathematical models show that Omicron is more contagious than Delta…but it’s clear that whatever the mutation, our public health measures are effective. Public health measures like wearing masks and social distancing are effective against all mutated strains”.

“The prevailing strains this winter and next spring are mainly the Delta strain. Whether the South African variant strain Omicron can develop into the dominant strain needs further observation,” Wu was quoted as saying by Chinese state media.

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