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The Loop: A pill to treat COVID at home, first text message ever sent goes under the hammer (new phone, who’s this?), and that’s a nice bit of coin


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It's Wednesday, December 23 and you're reading The Loop, a quick wrap-up of the news you need to know about.

One thing you should know — the US has approved a pill to treat COVID-19

Americans will be able to take the drug at home to head off the worst effects of the virus.

  • The drug, Paxlovid, is a faster, cheaper way to treat early COVID-19 infections, though initial supplies will be extremely limited
  • All of the previously authorised drugs against the disease require an IV or an injection
  • An antiviral pill also is expected to soon win authorisation

The US government has agreed to purchase enough Paxlovid to treat 10 million people.

One thing you'll be hearing about today — NSW is bringing back QR code check-ins

The announcement comes after yesterday's national cabinet meeting and as COVID-19 infections continue to soar.

Coming up later today: Dominic Perrottet is scheduled to provide more information around the new rules.

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Do you know why pirates save on a lot of money at Christmas?

… Because they always go to second-hand shops.

Now that you've collectively lowered your standards, let's move on to our next story.

The discovery of remnants of two shipwrecks off the Mediterranean coast have revealed a sunken trove of hundreds of Roman and medieval silver coins.

According to archaeologists, the finds made near the ancient city of Caesarea were dated to the Roman and Mamluk periods, around 1,700 and 600 years ago.

They include hundreds of Roman silver and bronze coins dating to the mid-third century, as well as more than 500 silver coins from the Middle Ages found amid the sediment.

Not a bad bit of coin if you ask me.

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Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


The most serious outbreak of locusts in 25 years is swarming across East Africa


Central African Republic

The most serious outbreak of locusts in 25 years is spreading across East Africa and posing an unprecedented threat to food security in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries, authorities say.

Key points:

  • An increase in locust swarm activity has been reported in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Ejibouti, and Eritrea
  • The infestations are a major threat to food security across the entire Horn of Africa, which is already reeling from floods and droughts
  • Hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops are estimated to have been destroyed

The “extremely dangerous increase” in locust swarm activity has been reported in Kenya, with one swarm in the country’s northeast measuring 60 kilometres long by 40 kilometres wide.

In a statement, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said a typical desert locust swarm could contain up to 150 million locusts per square kilometre.

“Swarms migrate with the wind and can cover 100 to 150 kilometres in a day,” the IGAD said.



Photo:

These two Samburu men work for a county disaster team identifying the location of the locusts, pictured in Samburu county, Kenya. (AP: Patrick Ngugi)

“An average swarm can destroy as much food crops in a day as is sufficient to feed 2,500 people.”

Thousands of hectares of crops destroyed

The outbreak of desert locusts, considered the most dangerous locust species, has also affected parts of Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti and Eritrea, and IGAD warned that parts of South Sudan and Uganda could be next.

Breeding is continuing on both sides of the Red Sea, in Sudan and Eritrea and in Saudi Arabia and Yemen.



Photo:

A Samburu man holds a locust on his hand near the village of Sissia. (AP: Patrick Ngugi)

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) warned the outbreak could worsen the region’s poor food security situation, with hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops destroyed.

“These infestations represent a major threat to food security in Kenya and across the entire Horn of Africa, which is already reeling from floods and droughts,” said Bukar Tijani, UNFAO’s Assistant Director General, calling the swarms “vast and unprecedented”.

Already millions of people cope with the constant risk of drought or flooding, as well as deadly unrest in Ethiopia, extremist attacks in Somalia and lingering fighting in South Sudan as it emerges from civil war.

The further increase in locust swarms could last until June as favourable breeding conditions continue, IGAD said, helped along by unusually heavy flooding in parts of the region in recent weeks.



Photo:

Desert locusts cover the ground in Ceel-Gaal village, in the Salal region of Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Somaliland. (UNFAO via AP: Isak Amin)

Major locust outbreaks can be devastating: a major one between 2003 and 2005 cost more than $US500 million ($727 million) to control across 20 countries in northern Africa, the UNFAO has said, with more than $US2.5 billion ($3.6 billion) in harvest losses.

To help prevent and control outbreaks, authorities analyse satellite images, stockpile pesticides and conduct aerial spraying.

Police shoot bullets and teargas at bugs

In Ethiopia, officials said they had deployed four small planes to help fight the invasion.



Photo:

Mohamed Omar, left, from the Ministry of Agriculture, and farmer Abdilahi Bataax, right, in Somaliland. (UNFAO via AP: Isak Amin)

Kenyan media showed police shooting bullets and teargas at an oncoming swarm as residents banged on buckets and hooted car horns to try to frighten the insects.

A farmers’ association in Kenya’s northern Laikipia area said it was planning aerial spraying of pesticides.

“These things are in their millions and will eat all the vegetation here,” said Peter Learpanai, a herdsman in the northern Samburu region who was flapping his jacket at a cloud of the insects that had descended on his grazing land.

“Our animals will not have anything to feed on.

“The government needs to get serious about fighting them.”

AP/Reuters

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


Wu-Tang Clan Feat. R-Mean & Mzee Jones “G’d Up” Lyrics



(Intro: Method Man)
Allah Math, dig it

(Verse 1: Method Man)
My block is G’d up, the cops is racist
Staircases is peed up, haters get beat up
Woman are getting eat up
Look at this paper don’t need much
But still need a calculator to keep up
Je-sus; I’m doing me, B.I.G
Hit Little Caesar after I hit this tree up
Me, I get my cheese up
Puff the buddha, I get my G up
My team in the building until the lease up
Look, you think this method ain’t pro-lific then pro-hibit
See I’m (?) but like my daddy no different
A go-getter, I go get it, now go figure
Without no figures, no gold cards, no gold diggers
To quote Jigga I goes hard, I blow Swishers
I blow that trigger, your whole squad could go with you
Ay, Dio mío, I’m a hell of a flow spitter
You ain’t my people, I don’t care if you know RZA
‘Cause at the end of the day
I’m a problem boy, stay out of my way
Now if you see me in the streets, you better give me my space
And if I beat you to the punch I punch you dead in your face

(Pre-Hook Sample)
Murder ni**as, luxurious, banks I was draped
Caked out
The Corleone connection in all selection
Murder ni**as, luxurious, banks I was draped
Caked out
The Corleone connection in all selection
Murder ni**as, luxurious, banks I was draped
Caked out
The Corleone connection in all selection
Take over, quick fast, violate, slap sh*t
And every borough, state, town, prison, map sh*t

(Hook: Mzee Jones)
Drink sippin’, no slippin’, weed, women
No kidding, big business, tops missing
Ice glisten, clear vision, keep wishin’
Welcome to the big boy life
Bottle popping, no stopping, haters watching
Speaker knocking, shorty hoppin’, rollie copy
Wig rockin’, big talking, cash dropping
Welcome to the big boy life – yeah

(Verse 2: R-Mean)
Yeah, yeah, yo, yeah
We known to do this
The flow is losing, it’s so abusive
Was born a Christian but Joe the truth is that dough is Jewish
I over do this, fuck a moderation
Homie we focused, my camp Auschwitz with the concentration
Meth-Tical, (All Dash?), Allah Math
Step in my shoes and leave footprints in God’s path
These surfaces try to divert us away from a higher purpose
I look emcees in their eyes, you looking kind of nervous
But we knowing the mean, the leader’s showing ya
King of kings, Haile Selassie, Ethiopia
Blunt condition chronic and I don’t mean that pneumonia
So shorty you and your friend
I’m bout to leave with the both of ya
She tell me that she need me
They always come right back
B**ches get repo’d quicker than Tyga’s Lamborghini
We eating lobster and shrimp
Rappers is Ramadan
Too raw, I shouldn’t spit without a condom on
The type of rookie that’s respected by the veterans
‘Cause dog I ain’t a rookie, I’m a motherfucking veteran
Light up the medicine, just know you’ve been warned
‘Cause when the killer bees starting to swarm, you know it’s on

(Pre-Hook Sample)
Murder ni**as, luxurious, banks I was draped
Caked out
The Corleone connection in all selection
Murder ni**as, luxurious, banks I was draped
Caked out
The Corleone connection in all selection
Murder ni**as, luxurious, banks I was draped
Caked out
The Corleone connection in all selection
Take over, quick fast, violate, slap sh*t
And every borough, state, town, prison, map sh*t

(Hook: Mzee Jones)
Drink sippin’, no slippin’, weed, women
No kidding, big business, tops missing
Ice glisten, clear vision, keep wishin’
Welcome to the big boy life
Bottle popping, no stopping, haters watching
Speaker knocking, shorty hoppin’, rollie copy
Wig rockin’, big talking, cash dropping
Welcome to the big boy life – yeah


Damian Marley Talks JAY-Z Singing Jacob Miller On “BAM” Demo


Damian Marley got a chance to be a part of history when JAY-Z contacted him to be a part of his landmark “4:44” album.

The dancehall legend appeared on the single “BAM” which sampled Sister Nancy classic dancehall banger “Bam Bam” and Jacob Miller’s classic “Tenement Yard.” Speaking with VLAD, Junior Gong said when JAY-Z played him the hook he didn’t even know it was him. “Jay has the hook already he knew what he wanted for it, his voice was the demo,” Marley said. “I didn’t even realize it was him because I was like who is that and he said it’s me and I was like really.”

He did admit that JAY-Z is definitely not a singer but he was impressed. Damian Marley also said that Hov played the entire “4:44” album for him in the studio and he was very impressed just like the rest of the hip hop community was when the project finally dropped. The two music legends then went to Jamaica to shoot the visuals for the single and Damian Marley detailed how JAY-Z sent a private jet to him in Africa to fly him back to Kingston for the video.

“We did the song out in Los Angeles and then, of course, he wanted visuals to support it,” Gong added. “I was actually in Africa on tour, I was in Ethiopia and he actually sent a plane to come get and fly me straight from Ethiopia to Jamaica, so that was kind of cook. It was a great experience I had fun showing him around we were in Jamaica for two days really showing him around Trench Town, took him to Hellshire Beach and we spent an evening at Tuff Gong Studio in Jamaica so it was cool.”

Damian Marley said the people in Trench Town where his father Bob Marley grew up loved JAY-Z. Junior Gong new album Stony Hill is currently available.




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