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New Zealand PM cancels her wedding amid Omicron Wave

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Following the announcement of additional Covid restrictions, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called off her wedding. Since the entire country would get subjected to the most stringent Covid restrictions, the PM herself took the first step to motivate the citizens. 

A limit of 100 vaccinated persons is allowed at events, and masks must get worn in stores and public transportation. In New Zealand, there have been 15,104 cases of Covid, with 52 fatalities. On Sunday, Ms. Ardern told reporters that her wedding to television presenter Clarke Gayford gets postponed.

“I am no different from, dare I say, hundreds of other New Zealanders who have experienced far more catastrophic pandemic effects. The most heartbreaking of which being the inability to be with a loved one when they are dangerously sick,” she added.

“That will far, much outweigh any grief I feel,” she continued. New Zealand will reopen to travelers who are vaccinated. The new limits are at midnight on Sunday (11:00 GMT). It comes following the confirmation of a cluster of nine Omicron instances.

After returning home to the South Island, a family who attended a wedding in Auckland tested positive. The virus also infected a flight attendant. The amount of community transmission from the organization is likely to be high, according to officials.

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Indoor hospitality venues and events will be limited to 100 persons who have to get vaccinated, or 25 if vaccination passes get not utilized. According to the New Zealand Herald, this includes gyms and weddings. Masks will be required to be worn in school by students in grades four and up.

Since the beginning of the epidemic, New Zealand has followed stringent Covid guidelines, which has allowed them to minimize deaths to a bare minimum. It was one of the first countries to restrict its borders and implement lockdowns to combat previous epidemics. Chris Hipkins, the nation’s minister for Covid-19 response said, “Waiting till the end of February will increase New Zealand’s overall protection to slow down Omicron surge.”

With the Delta form, Ms. Ardern has shifted her focus from comprehensive Covid eradication to increasing vaccination rates and treating the virus as endemic.
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Winter Olympics 2022 Opening Ceremony Celebrated by Google

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“Winter Games 2022 Begin!” declares the Google Doodle.

The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics 2022 gets commemorated by Google with an animated Doodle on its search homepage. The Google Doodle features animals on the ice playing various games. The 17-day multi-sport event will be held in Beijing, China, and will end on February 20. There will be 109 events spread over seven sports and 15 disciplines.

Over 2,800 athletes from 91 countries will compete in the Winter Olympics 2022. With a blend of animation effects and graphics, the new Google Doodle seeks to depict that convergence.

The Google Doodle portrays competitive critters competing in events like bobsleigh, ice hockey, and snowboarding to give a peek at the games getting performed at the Winter Olympics 2022. When you move your cursor over the animated Doodle, you’ll see the message “Winter Games 2022 Begin!”

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When you click the Google Doodle, you’ll be taken to a search page with the keyword “winter Olympics” to get the most recent results from the games. The top of the search page also displays notable events to assist you in navigating the game schedule and deciding what you can watch.

According to the Doodles page, the new Google Doodle is visible in many parts of the world, including India, Australia, Canada, Russia, and the United States, among others.

The Winter Olympics 2022, often known as Beijing 2022, gets held in the Beijing National Stadium.

Due to the Galway Valley skirmishes in June 2020, India has chosen not to participate in the event’s opening and closing ceremonies at the diplomatic level. Doordarshan will not broadcast the opening and closing ceremonies of the games as the decision taken by the External Affairs Ministry.

Dates and Schedule of Beijing 2022 Sports

Here’s the given the complete information for the dates and schedules of Beijing 2022 sports. Mark the events and enjoy the winter Olympics to the fullest.

  • Alpine skiing (Feb 6-11; Feb 13; Feb 15-17; Feb 19)
  • Bobsleigh (Feb 13-15; Feb 18-20)
  • Biathlon (Feb 5; Feb 7-8; Feb 11-13; Feb 15-16; Feb 18-19)
  • Cross-country skiing (Feb 5-6; Feb 8; Feb 10-13; Feb 16; Feb 19-20)
  • Curling (Feb 2-20)
  • Freestyle skiing (Feb 3; Feb 5-10; Feb 13-19)
  • Figure skating (Feb 4; Feb 6-8; Feb 10; Feb 12; Feb 14-15; Feb 17-20)
  • Ice hockey (Feb 3-20)
  • Luge (Feb 5-9)
  • Nordic combined (Feb 9; Feb 15; Feb 17)
  • Snowboard (Feb 5-12; Feb 14-15)
  • Ski jumping (Feb 5-7; Feb 11-12; Feb 14)
  • Skeleton (Feb 10-12)
  • Speed skating (Feb 5-8; Feb 10-13; Feb 15; Feb 17-19)
  • Short track speed skating (Feb 5; Feb 7; Feb 9; Feb 11; Feb 13; Feb 16)

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Tesla Recalls Over 800,000 Vehicles in the US for Seat Belt

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Tesla recalls over 817,000 vehicles in the United States because the seat belt reminder chimes may not sound when the car gets started, and the driver not buckled up. The recall affects the Model S sedan and Model X SUV from 2021 to 2022, as well as the Model 3 sedan from 2017 to 2022 and the Model Y SUV from 2020 to 2022, according to documents filed by safety authorities on Thursday. When the automobile gets started, the chimes must sound, and when the front seatbelts get buckled, they must cease.

The problem occurs only if the driver leaves the car in the previous driving cycle while the chime is ringing, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recall documentation.

Early this month, Tesla will send out an over-the-air software update to solve the problem. Without the chime, a driver may not realize their seat belt is unbuckled, increasing the risk of harm during a crash, according to the safety agency.

According to the documents, the corporation does not aware of any crashes or injuries problem. There is still a visible seat belt reminder.

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The issue was detected on January 6 by the Automobile Testing and Research Institute of South Korea. According to the documents, Tesla conducted an investigation and found that a recall got required on January 25. If the vehicle travels faster than 22 km/h and the driver’s seatbelt is not secured, the chime will continue to sound.

The recall is the largest in the company’s US history. It comes as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, is increasing its scrutiny of the Austin, Texas-based firm.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Tesla will recall over 54,000 cars and SUVs because its “Full Self-Driving” software allows them to go through stop signs without coming to a complete stop.

Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” software gets tested on public roads by a select group of owners. It can’t drive itself. Therefore drivers must be ready to intervene at any time, according to the business.

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Ford Motor is investing up to $20 billion in electric vehicles

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Ford, GM, Volvo, and others are making rapid modifications to gain a piece of the EV pie in a crowded market. Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday that Ford Motor is proposing an extra investment of up to $20 billion (approximately Rs. 1,49,935 crore) in its electric vehicles.

The investment of $10 billion (approximately Rs. 74,940 crores) to $20 billion (about Rs. 1,49,935 crore) will be spaced out over the next five to ten years, according to the latest report. And it will include transitioning its present factories throughout the world to electric-vehicle manufacture.

The No. 2 US manufacturer has already vowed to spend over $30 billion (approximately Rs. 224860 crores) on EVs, including battery development, by 2030 under a plan dubbed “Ford+” aimed at making it more valuable to investors as a technology firm.

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According to the story, the latest campaign gets led by a former Apple and Tesla executive. Doug Field, a former Apple employee who previously worked at Tesla, joined Ford last year as the company’s advanced technology and embedded systems director.

Major manufacturers such as General Motors, Ford, and Volvo Cars are undertaking rapid modifications to compete with rival Tesla in a competitive EV market.

Ford has considered spinning off a tiny section of its electric vehicle business as part of the reorganization, according to the report, to capture value in an electric startup environment encouraged by investor sentiment.

According to the source, the new strategy includes recruiting undefined engineers to work on ideas like battery chemistry, artificial intelligence, and electric vehicle software, highlighting the increasing importance of software and digital connectivity in the sector.

“We’re implementing our ambitious Ford+ strategy to change the firm and prosper in the future era of connected, electrified vehicles,” a spokeswoman for the company said, adding that the company does not comment on rumors or speculations. On Tuesday, Ford’s stock surged as much as 2.7 percent.

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