Entries by Andrew Rhoades

Hawaii Set To Welcome Back Travelers On Nov. 1

Hawaii governer David Ige has announced on Twitter that starting on Nov. 1, Hawaii will welcome back both essential and non-essential tourists. Due to the state’s uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in late August, Ige made the request for non-essential travelers to stay away. That severely hurt Hawaii’s tourism industry, as it saw millions lost in revenue. Meanwhile, Hawaii’s “Safe Travel” plans will continue to remain in place.

Study Finds Sleeping “Sweet Spot” Helps Older Adults Maintain Cognitive Performance

According to a new study published, there is a “sweet spot” during sleep that can help maintain cognitive performance. Among the 100 participants who were tested for cognitive decline and early Alzheimer’s disease, those who slept between five and a half to seven and a half hours retain cognitive behavior. Those who slept over or under that time frame experienced a cognitive decline. The findings could go a long way towards improving both the brain functionality and sleep habits of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Meet The ‘Psychic’ Tik Tok Pug Who’s Captured The Attention Of Millions

Move over, horoscopes. Tik Tokers have become obsessed with Noodle the pug, a dog that apparently has psychic abilities. Every morning, Noodle’s owner, Jonathon Graziano, picks him up out of his dog bed. If Noodle falls back down, it’s a “no bones day.” If he keeps standing, it’s a “bones day.” What was a silly ritual for Graziano and Noodle has since become a worldwide phenomena, accumulating in millions of views and TV appearances.

Zillow Pauses Buying U.S. Homes As It Works Through Backlog

Zillow, the popular online real estate listing company, as announced it will stop purchasing homes until the end of 2021. Zillow, which got into the house-flipping business in 2018, purchased 3,805 homes in the second quarter. However, only 2,086 of the houses were sold. The company cites labor shortages as one of the biggest reasons for it falling behind, and stated that a stoppage will allow them to focus on their current contracts and inventory.

Scientists Discover Western False Asphodel Wildflower To Be A Carnivore

According to a new study published, it was found that the western false asphodel wildflower (Triantha occidentalis) has found to be carnivorous. Using its sticky stems and glandular hairs, the false asphodel is able to absorb nutrients from their prey. Very few carnivorous plant lineages have been found in recent memory, so a discovery of what is referred to as a “cryptic carnivore” is notable.

Rights Activists Urge Boycotting of Beijing Winter Olympic Games As Protests Continue

Protests occurred at the 2022 Beijing Olympic lighting ceremony on Monday, as activists waving a Tibet flag and a banner stating “No Genocide Games” were arrested. Numerous groups and campaigns are urging countries, sponsors, and athletes to boycott the games due to China’s treatment – which includes mass detainment – towards Uyghur, Uzbek, and Kazakh Muslims

Apple Reveals New 14″ and 16″ MacBooks, AirPods, And Music Streaming Plan

Apple held their “Unleashed” virtual event on Monday, and unveiled a number of new products. The eye-catchers were the 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros that use M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, which provide more cores, memory, and faster graphic processing. Also showcased were the third-generation AirPods, which are sweat and water-resistant; and a cheaper Apple Music streaming plan, which goes for $4.99 a month, $5 less than Apple’s regular subscription plan

Kyrie Irving Continues His Stance Against The COVID-19 Vaccine As Nets Forbid Him From Playing

While almost 95% of the NBA is vaccinated, there are some holdouts – mainly superstar guard Kyrie Irving, who stated that he is unvaccinated and doesn’t seem inclined to receive a dose. In response to Irving’s refusal, the Brooklyn Nets have announced that Irving will not play in any of the Nets’ upcoming games, either home or away, nor will he be able to practice with the team until he is a “full-time” player. Irving is owed around $34 million this year, and could risk losing money if he does not return to the team.

Former Secretary Of State Colin Powell Dies From COVID-19 Complications

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell passed away Monday morning due to COVID-19 complications, his family announced. Serving in the military and government under numerous Presidents, Powell was a trailblazer. In addition to serving as brigadier and major general, Powell would also serve in the positions of National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staffs, and Secretary of State — becoming the first African-American to hold that role. However, Powell’s career was also heavily tainted during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, when he testified to the U.N. Security Council that Iraq was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction. Powell admitted his intelligence was wrong and Iraq’s stockpiling was unlikely to the U.S. Congress a year later, and resigned as a result.

U.S. Plans To Reinstate “Remain In Mexico” Policy Next Month

The Biden administration has announced its plans to reinstate a Trump administration immigration policy – the Migrant Protection Protocols, or “Remain in Mexico.” The MPP forces migrants to remain in Mexico while they await a hearing. The MPP had previously been terminated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security back in June. However, a Texas U.S. District Court Judge ruled the the Biden administration was required to reinstall the policy after two Attorney Generals sued the cancellation.