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Matt James posts first Rachael Kirkconnell photo since reunion

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Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell are bringing their love back to the ‘gram.

The former “Bachelor,” 29, posted his first photo with his on-again girlfriend, 24, since they rekindled their relationship last month.

“The gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others,” James captioned a picture on Instagram Thursday of him and Kirkconnell in a Lower East Side classroom as part of his ABC Food Tours program in New York. “Today we began a series focused on financial literacy (savings accounts, what is cryptocurrency, budgeting, etc.)”

The real estate broker, who founded the nonprofit with fellow Bachelor Nation alum and best friend Tyler Cameron, added that the organization’s goal “is (and always has been) to provide access to resources, individuals, & opportunities so that our students can make informed decisions for themselves and their families.”

As part of ABC Food Tours, James and Cameron, 28, expose students who may face food insecurity and adversity at home to enriching experiences.

Kirkconnell, who was seen hugging a student in James’ photo, also shared the post on her own Instagram Story.

“What @mattjames919 said today was a good one!” she exclaimed.

Rachael Kirkconnell and Matt James cuddle in a selfie.
A source confirmed to Page Six earlier this month that Kirkconnell and James are back together.
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Earlier this month, a source confirmed to Page Six that James and Kirkconnell are back together. The insider told us that the former football player had been “hesitant” to make their romance public as the couple still had “issues to work through.”

More recently, however, James and Kirkconnell, a graphic designer from Georgia, enjoyed a cozy day at the beach in Miami, finally confirming that they are back on.

The first Black “Bachelor” in franchise history, James gave Kirkconnell his final rose during the Season 25 finale, which aired in March.

Leading up to the season’s final episode, however, allegations regarding Kirkconnell’s racially insensitive behavior on social media were brought to light. Photographs also surfaced online of Kirkconnell attending an antebellum-themed party in college.

Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell
James gave Kirkconnell, a graphic designer from Georgia, his final rose on Season 25 of “The Bachelor.”
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Kirkconnell publicly apologized in February for her “offensive and racist” past behavior.

James and Kirkconnell ultimately called it quits amid the controversy. Upon giving their relationship another go, however, James revealed that Kirkconnell had given him an ultimatum.

“She was like, ‘If you’re going to make this work, let’s do it. But, if you’re not going to make it work, I’m going to let you do your own thing,’” James said this week on the “Pomp” podcast.

“That’s really all I needed. It was an ultimatum that I needed,” he continued. “It’s been great. It was honestly a commitment that we made to each other that we were going to work on the relationship.”

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Genshin Impact 2.4 release date – Lantern Rite and Enkanomiya details

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The Genshin Impact 2.4 update is due to arrive in early 2022 and will coincide with the anniversary of last February’s Lantern Rite festival, an extensive celebration with plenty of activities and rewards. Genshin Impact fans have uncovered information indicating that the Lantern Rite festival will return during 2.4, and may include a rerun of the immensely popular Windtrace event.

In addition to Lantern Rite, 2.4 may also introduce a new area called Enkanomiya. According to information from the 2.4 beta, this mysterious region is accessed from Inazuma, although it has its own separate map. Reportedly, Enkanomiya operates on a unique day/night cycle, and players can manually switch between Evernight and Whitenight in order to solve puzzles and modify the environment.

Genshin Impact 2.4 could also include two new characters – Yun Jin and Shenhe – and dataminers have uncovered new skins for Keqing and Ningguang, in addition to hangout events and new weapons, and new furnishings for the Genshin Impact Serenitea Pot. This information is based on beta gameplay and has not been officially confirmed by Mihoyo. With that in mind, here’s everything we know about the next Genshin Impact update ahead of the Genshin Impact 2.4 release date.

Genshin Impact 2.4 release date

The Genshin Impact 2.4 release date is January 5, 2022, based on Mihoyo’s typical six-week update schedule.

Genshin Impact 2.4 livestream date

The Genshin Impact 2.4 livestream date and time has yet to be announced. If Mihoyo follows previous timeframes, the livestream may air around December 24, however there may be disruption around the holiday period.

Genshin Impact Shenhe, a woman with silvery hair tied back with a red ribbon, holding a polearm

Genshin Impact 2.4 new characters

Mihoyo has announced two new Genshin Impact characters that are anticipated to arrive in the 2.4 update – Shenhe and Yun Jin. Shenhe is a five-star Cryo Polearm user, and Yun Jin is a four-star Geo Polearm user.

Dataminers have also uncovered an avatar file referring to a potential new character called Heizou, although there is very little information about them. As far as we know, Yae Miko and Ayato will not appear in the 2.4 update.

Genshin Impact 2.4 banners

There are no characters confirmed to feature on rate-up event banners in 2.4. A tweet from UBatcha indicates the possibility of a Zhongli rerun in 2.4, however.

Genshin Impact 2.4 new outfits

According to information from the 2.4 beta, there will be evening gown skins released for Keqing and Ningugang. If these outfits follow the same pattern as the previous Genshin Impact skins released in 1.6, one of them will be available via in-game events, and the other will be released on the in-game store. The above tweet by Project Celestia indicates Ningguang’s outfit, called ‘Orchid’s Evening Gown’, can be obtained from the Lantern Rite II event, Fleeting Colors in Flight.

Genshin Impact 2.4 new area

Reportedly, the new Genshin Impact area is called Enkanomiya, and it is a secret region of Inazuma that is shown on a separate map, like the Golden Apple Archipelago in 1.6 – however, hopefully it will be permanent. Tweets from Project Celestia report that Enkanomiya can be switched between its two modes, Evernight and Whitenight, at will – transforming the environment.

Genshin Impact 2.4 events

The possible Genshin Impact 2.4 events are:

  • Lantern Rite II
    • A Wondrous Shadows challenge where you adjust a lantern, using its light and shadow to create a particular image
    • Fleeting Colors in Flight, from which you can obtain the Ningguang skin and a free 4* Liyue character
    • Windtrace
  • Over Mountains and Seas, the Enkanomiya quest
  • A Study in Potions

Genshin Impact 2.4 new content

Additional new Genshin Impact content reported from the 2.4 beta includes the following:

  • A Shenhe story quest, which could be an archon quest
  • Ningguang and Yun Jin hangout events
  • Custom Furnishing Sets in the Serenitea Pot
  • New furniture, food, and fish
  • New five-star polearm weapon, the Calamity Queller (via Honey Hunter World)
  • New Genshin Impact elemental reactions called Overgrow and Overdose (via Project Celestia)

That’s everything we know so far – we’ll update this page when we have more information. If you’re saving up for the next Genshin Impact banner, keep an eye on our Genshin Impact codes guide for the latest freebies.

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How to pronounce Omicron, the new COVID-19 variant

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How to pronounce Omicron


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Key Highlights

  • Omicron variant’s scientific name is B.1.1.529

  • Omicron is the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet

  • India has not reported any cases of Omicron variant so far

Omicron, the new variant of COVID-19 that has become a cause of concern around the world. Around 20 countries and territories now have suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases of the Omicron variant. While no cases of the Omicron variant have been reported from India so far, people are having a hard time pronouncing the name of the Omicron variant.

The scientific name of the Omicron variant is B.1.1.529. The COVID-19 variant of concern gets its name from the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet. However, unlike alpha or delta variants, many people are left rolling their eyes while pronouncing the word Omicron.

How to pronounce Omicron

The Cambridge Dictionary states two different English pronunciations of Omicron – 

“oh-MY-cron” for British English and “OH-mi-cron” for American English.

The Omicron variant was first reported in South Africa on November 24.

When the COVID-19 variants became a cause of concern for the general public, many people started referring to them by name of the country where they were first detected, leading to stigmatisation. To avoid this, the Greek alphabets were chosen to name the variants.

WHO skipped two letters of the Greek alphabet – Nu and Xi – while naming the new variant. “‘Nu’ is too easily confounded with ‘new,’ and ‘Xi’ was not used because it is a common last name,” WHO said in a statement. 

Meanwhile, India reported 8,954 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,45,96,776. The active COVID-19 cases were recorded at less than a lakh after 547 days. The active cases have declined to 99,023. The national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 98.36 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the Union Health Ministry said.

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