Inside New Zealand’s Glowworm Caves | Waitomo Ruakuri Cave Tour | 2 of 2

Jan 10, 2021

Daneger and Stacey153K subscribersSUBSCRIBEWe might be from New Zealand, but as adults we’ve not seen the glowworms in Waitomo! So we’re taking a Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tour in Ruakuri Cave… The first 1000 people to use this link will get a free trial of Skillshare Premium Membership: Welcome back to Waitomo New Zealand, the home of the glowworm! Today we’re taking the Ruakuri cave tour. Waitomo is known as the go to place to travel in New Zealand to take a cave tour and see the glowworms. There’s a labyrinth of caves under the town (and beyond) that house these natural attractions along with some seriously wild looking black water rafting as well! If you like a bit of adventure, it looked pretty cool to raft through the rapids in the dark… we’re taking note for next time. Ruakuri was the glow worm tour we picked and we were stoked with it. Of course we can’t compare it to the more common and popular tour known simply as the Waitomo Glowworm Tour, but we highly recommend checking out Ruakuri. There is actually an option to do both from memory, you can book them at a reduced rate because you’re doing 2, so that could be a good solution to see everything in one day. Either way, while we plan Season 2 of our Reveal NZ Series we’re just happy to be out and exploring more of our own little paradise! Hope you enjoyed spending the past few days in Waitomo with us. Note — This wasn’t a collab or sponsored by the Waitomo glowworm tour (obviously it is sponsored/made possible by Skillshare as we mentioned though), we paid to see what it was all about ourselves. One of the shots I used was stock footage though to give you an idea of what we experienced, we didn’t shoot that one ourselves out of respect of the g-worms. We send out a monthly email with our travel updates and valuable recommendations for your travels — Chapters: 00:00 Intro 01:18 Duck Traffic Jam 02:25 Waitomo Caves 03:30 Video Sponsor 04:42 What’s In The Cave 06:10 Glowworms 06:50 Our Tour Review 07:52 Otorohanga Exploring 09:01 Float Tank Thoughts 10:38 Best Food In Waitomo? 12:03 S’mores On The Fire ▬▬▬ G E A R ↠ Vlog Camera — ↠ All Our Gear — ↠ How We Edit Photos — ▬▬▬ S U P P O R T ☺ For the cost of a coffee you can support us via Patreon — ☺ Buying anything off Amazon? Go via any of our links first — ☺ Like the lo

Novavex Delay

The vaccine cannot cause you to get COVID-19.

The Novavax vaccine uses a version of the spike protein made in the lab. The spike proteins are assembled into tiny particles called “nanoparticles” which aim to resemble the structure of the coronavirus, however they cannot replicate once injected and the vaccine cannot cause you to get COVID-19.

In order for these subunit vaccines to generate strong protective responses, they need to include molecules that boost your immune system, called “adjuvants”. The goal of these adjuvants is to mimic the way the real virus would activate the immune system, to generate maximum protective immunity.

COVID Vaccine Rollout: Anthony Albanese has slammed Prime Minister Scott Morrison for the delay in Australia’s Novavax vaccines. 51 million doses expected to arrive later this year will now only be available from 2022, which the Opposition Leader says is a “further setback” on Australia’s road to recovery from COVID-19.

“Scott Morrison had two big jobs this year – the rollout of the vaccine and effective national quarantine – and unfortunately, both of them have been botched.”
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How does the Novavax vaccine work?

The Novavax vaccine is given as two doses, similar to the Pfizer and AstraZeneca shots already being used in Australia.

It can be stored for up to three months at fridge temperature, which differs from the Pfizer mRNA vaccine which needs to be kept at ultra-low temperatures. In saying that, the TGA said last week the Pfizer vaccine can be stored at normal freezer temperatures for two weeks during transport, and at fridge temperatures for five days — though must still be kept ultra-cold after transport and in the long-term.

A graphic comparing Australia's three vaccine options
Comparing Australia’s three COVID-19 vaccine options. Jamie Triccas, made with BioRender, CC BY-ND

The vaccine also uses a different technology to the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines. It’s a “protein subunit” vaccine; these are vaccines that introduce a part of the virus to the immune system, but don’t contain any live components of the virus.

The protein part of the vaccine is the coronavirus’ “spike protein”. This is part of the other COVID-19 vaccines in use but in a different form.

Read more: New coronavirus variant: what is the spike protein and why are mutations on it important?

The Novavax vaccine uses a version of the spike protein made in the lab. The spike proteins are assembled into tiny particles called “nanoparticles” which aim to resemble the structure of the coronavirus, however they cannot replicate once injected and the vaccine cannot cause you to get COVID-19.

In order for these subunit vaccines to generate strong protective responses, they need to include molecules that boost your immune system, called “adjuvants”. The goal of these adjuvants is to mimic the way the real virus would activate the immune system, to generate maximum protective immunity.

Novavax includes an adjuvant based on a natural product known as saponin, an extract from the bark of the Chilean soapbark tree.

How effective is the vaccine compared to those already in use in Australia?

The interim data from phase 3 testing, released in March, was very encouraging. When tested in the UK in a clinical trial including more that 15,000 people, the vaccine was 96% effective at preventing COVID-19 disease for those infected with the original strain of the coronavirus.

This compares well to the Pfizer vaccine, with an efficacy of 95%, and recent data from AstraZeneca demonstrating 76% efficacy against COVID-19.

The Novavax vaccine is also safe. In early clinical testing the vaccine caused mainly mild adverse events such as pain and tenderness at the injection site, and no serious adverse reactions were recorded. In the larger trials, adverse events occurred at low levels and were similar between the vaccine and placebo groups.

Novavax plans to trial combined flu and COVID super jab in Australia

Emma Koehn
By Emma Koehn

August 6, 2021

In a statement on Friday morning, the company said it expects “to initiate [a] Phase 1 clinical trial in Australia later this year”.

Australia has already been key to Novavax’s development of its standalone COVID-19 vaccine, with an ongoing US-Australian study applying the initial two doses to local volunteers and then giving certain participants boosters

One Million without Power!

Right now, one Million without Power in America! One Million. Is this fake news? I don’t think so:

Shepard Smith joins the Halftime Report with information about the search and rescue efforts in Mississippi and Louisiana following Hurricane Ida. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO:

Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday as a Category 4 storm with winds of 150 miles per hour, one of the strongest storms to hit the region since Hurricane Katrina, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. Ida has since been downgraded to a tropical storm and is expected to move farther inland over southeastern Louisiana and into southwestern Mississippi later this morning, the National Hurricane Center said. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Late Sunday, President Joe Biden approved a major disaster declaration for Louisiana, unlocking federal funding for recovery efforts. The storm is expected to weaken rapidly over the next day or so, and the NHC said Ida is expected to become a tropical depression by this evening. The NHC warned that a life-threatening storm surge is expected for Grand Isle, Louisiana, to the Alabama/Florida border, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans.

The NHC said winds will likely damage trees and trigger power outages as Ida continues to move inland over southeastern Louisiana. Heavy rainfall is expected through Monday across southeast Louisiana, coastal Mississippi as well as southwestern Alabama, and could trigger “considerable to life-threatening flash and urban flooding.” As of early Monday, more than 1 million Louisiana utility customers are without power, according to On Sunday evening, New Orleans said the entire city lost power after “catastrophic transmission damage.” Ida made landfall on the anniversary of Katrina, the dangerous Category 3 storm that devastated Louisiana and Mississippi 16 years ago, killing more than 1,800 people and causing $125 billion in damage. The strength and path of Ida will be a significant test of New Orleans’ post-Katrina flood defenses, including levees, flood walls and gates that were built to provide storm protection. Katrina had caused levee breaches and catastrophic flooding in New Orleans.

Ida has also triggered concerns about the city’s hospitals, which are already overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients and have little room for evacuated patients. In Galliano, Louisiana, the struggle to care for patients as the storm roared ashore was exacerbated after a part of the roof of Lady of the Sea General Hospital blew off. President Joe Biden has declared a state of emergency for Louisiana and Mississippi, a move that authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster relief efforts. “The storm is a life-threatening storm,” the president said during a briefing at the FEMA headquarters on Sunday. “Its devastation is likely to be immense. Everyone should listen to the instructions from local and state officials.” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Sunday afternoon requested a presidential major disaster declaration from Biden after the storm slammed into the state’s coast. “Hurricane Ida is one of the strongest storms to ever hit Louisiana,” Edwards said in a statement. “It is our goal to assist our local agencies and the citizens of the state as quickly as possible, and we have pre-positioned search and rescue teams, boats and other assets to begin helping people as soon as it is safe.” Damaging winds will spread into southwestern Mississippi on Sunday night and early Monday, likely causing widespread tree damage and power outages, and heavy rainfall and is expected across the central Gulf Coast, the Hurricane Center said. » Subscribe to CNBC TV: »

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Sunday with Macca

Das schöne Land Tirol

Towards the end of January 1945, when we were about to leave the Ausbau, Mum, Tante Ilse, Frau Todtenhausen, as well as Katja and Maria were busy all night killing all our rabbits and chooks and preserving the whole lot in glasses. We ended up taking quite a few of those glasses to Leipzig, where miraculously they survived the total distruction of our house during a bomb raid in the pantry next to a very strong wall. Not one glass was shattered! I myself though was not able to eat any of the rabbit- or chicken-meat, since from early childhood on I’ve never been able to eat this kind of meat. …

Before we left the Ausbau, all the furniture in the house was pushed together as much as possible. Some beds had been dismantled already. But we children were meant to get some sleep in spite of all the commotion. I was put with Eva in one room. The two of us were much too excited to sleep. We kept ourselves awake for hours singing all the songs we knew. Eva taught me a few new songs which I had not known until then. Yet I still know them now. One song was a song from Tirol about some young men who go looking over the fence to see a girl, the one who looks after the cows.

Ja wenn wir schaun, schaun, schaun

übern Zaun, Zaun, Zaun,

in das schöne Land Tirol –

Ja dann freuet sich die Sennerin,

ja wenn wir schaun, schaun, schaun übern Zaun.

Ja wenn wir gucken, gucken, gucken

durch die Lucken, Lucken, Lucken,

in das schöne Land Tirol –

Ja dann freuet sich die Sennerin,

ja wenn wir gucken, gucken, durch die Lucken, Lucken, Lucken …

The above is taken from these Childhood Memories:

US epidemiologist explains why vaccines alone won’t stop Delta | Coronavirus | A Current Affair

Aug 13, 2021

Subscribe here: | Harvard trained epidemiologist Dr Eric Feigl-Ding predicted in January last year that COVID-19 would be a “thermonuclear pandemic” and he has explained why he believes vaccines alone aren’t the solution. The epidemiologist told A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw, “even for highly vaccinated countries relying on vaccines alone is not a panacea to stop Delta”. (Broadcast August 11, 2021)

Early Mornings

This German saying did just come to my mind:

“Morgenstunde hat Gold im Munde!”

The Early Bird catches the Worm

There is a saying that the morning hour has gold in its mouth . It says that getting up early is worthwhile because it is easy to work in the morning and early risers can achieve more. It is the verbatim translation of the Latin textbook sentence aurora habet aurum in ore . This refers to the personified dawn (Latin: aurora ) that wears gold in the mouth and in the hair.

In earlier times, the Latin proverb aurora musis amica (the morning hour is the friend of the muses), which means as much as study in the morning, was first documented in a letter from Erasmus of Rotterdam to his student Christian Northoff one best

COVID Delta Variant: Our Biggest Challenge Yet with Eric Topol, MD

One of the world’s top scientists shares info on lack of testing in the US, vaccine booster shots, how contagious and dangerous is the Delta variant, and what we can do to protect ourselves from coronavirus infection and hospitalization. (Recorded Aug 11, 2021) Eric Topol, MD is the Founder and Director, Scripps Research Translational Institute; and the Executive Vice President and Professor of Molecular Medicine, Scripps Research. Dr. Topol has published over 1,200 peer-reviewed articles and is one of the top 10 most cited researchers in medicine. He was the first physician researcher to raise questions about the safety of Vioxx and testified against the medication’s manufacturer: Merck. Interviewer: Kyle Allred, Physician Assistant, Producer, and Co-Founder of

Four Corners: Aug 2

On Monday ABC examines how Australia was left dangerously exposed.

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Monday’s Four Corners is “Lockdown: How Australia became trapped by COVID-19”, reported by Adam Harvey.

“It’s been disappointing. We’ve been let down. There’s no point in sugar coating it. It’s just been a massive disappointment.” Resident

For weeks, millions of Australians have been trapped by outbreaks of COVID-19 around the country with five states and the Northern Territory plunging into lockdown.

“The risk is real and we need to act quickly. We need to go hard, we need to go fast… I don’t want to see people end up in our hospitals on ventilators.” Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

At a grim press conference in Sydney, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian bluntly told the nation that with case numbers on the rise, the threat of COVID-19 had reached an unprecedented level.

“The situation that exists now…is regarded as a national emergency.” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian

Now, despite millions of people being told to stay at home, the number of infections is climbing with the virulent Delta strain.

“We should be very worried about Delta. Delta is many times more infectious than the original wild type of virus. It is really easy to transmit, and it is slightly more problematic when it comes to people who’ve only had one dose of vaccine.” Former Health Dept Secretary

This type of outbreak is exactly what the nation’s leading experts warned of when Four Corners reported on the failings in Australia’s vaccine rollout in May.

“It’s clear the virus hasn’t gone away. It will come back in this country and if we have really low levels of vaccination at that point in time, then the impact of that will be far greater than it would have been otherwise.” Dr Paul Griffin, May 2021

Their warnings have become a grim reality. On Monday Four Corners examines how Australia was left dangerously exposed.

“A leak from quarantine was probably inevitable. But the problems we’re having now all go back to the decisions that were made last year.” Former Health Dept Secretary

As the program shows, the slow and sometimes faltering vaccine rollout has made the task of beating COVID-19 that much harder.

“We’re going to have to increase our supply and increase our injecting rate by a third, every day, seven days a week, until December 31.” Epidemiologist

For those struggling to get back on their feet after a horror 2020, there is frustration that they are facing even more pain.

“There is a high level of anxiety bordering on depression for many people, but the real frustration from the business community is around the lack of vaccination rollout right now. And we know that vaccinations are our only way of getting out of these lockdowns.” Retail spokesperson

Experts warn that there will be more to come if the issues of supply and hesitancy aren’t overcome.

“The longer a variant spreads, the greater the risk of it learning mutations and changing, and becoming a super variant.” Epidemiologist

Monday 2nd August at 8.30pm on ABC.