HHGRadio NEWS https://hhggames.com News & Points To Ponder Mon, 14 Dec 2020 15:32:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6 Potential COVID exposure on flights into Halifax – HalifaxToday.ca https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/potential-covid-exposure-on-flights-into-halifax-halifaxtoday-ca/ https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/potential-covid-exposure-on-flights-into-halifax-halifaxtoday-ca/#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2020 15:32:36 +0000 https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/potential-covid-exposure-on-flights-into-halifax-halifaxtoday-ca/ NEWS RELEASE
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Nova Scotia Health Public Health is advising of potential exposure to COVID-19 on two WestJet flights. In addition to media releases, all potential exposure notifications are now listed here.

Anyone who was on the following flights in the specified rows/seats is asked to continue to self-isolate for the 14-days required, and closely monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19:

  • WestJet flight #228 travelling on Dec. 3 from Calgary (11:14 p.m.) to Halifax (Dec 4. at 7:06 a.m.). Passengers in rows 6-12, seats D, E and F are asked to continue to self-isolate and monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on this flight on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, Dec 18.
  • WestJet flight #254 travelling on Dec. 8 from Toronto (9:45 p.m.) to Halifax (Dec. 9 at 12:48 a.m.) in rows 8-14, seats A, B and C are asked to continue to self-isolate and monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on this flight on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, Dec 23.

Please remember:

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en to do a self-assessment if you have had or you are currently experiencing:

  • fever or cough (new or worsening)

or

  • two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • headache
  • shortness of breath

Please do not go directly to a COVID-19 assessment centre without being directed to do so and do not go to a pop-up rapid testing location.

Currently, anyone travelling to Nova Scotia from outside of the Atlantic Provinces is expected to self-isolate alone for 14 days after arriving. If a person travelling for non-essential reasons enters Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada, then everyone in the home where they are self-isolating will have to self-isolate as well.

When Nova Scotia Health Public Health makes a public notification it is not in any way a reflection on the behaviour or activities of those named in the notification.

All Nova Scotians are advised to continue monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms and are urged to follow Public Health guidelines on how to access care. Up to date information about COVID-19 is available at novascotia.ca/coronavirus

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Prince William, Kate Middleton Sent Out Their Annual Christmas Card – HuffPost Canada https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/prince-william-kate-middleton-sent-out-their-annual-christmas-card-huffpost-canada/ https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/prince-william-kate-middleton-sent-out-their-annual-christmas-card-huffpost-canada/#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2020 15:32:26 +0000 https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/prince-william-kate-middleton-sent-out-their-annual-christmas-card-huffpost-canada/

In so many ways, this year’s Christmas is exceptionally different from other years. But some things are consistent. Take, for instance, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s annual Christmas card.

It hasn’t been released on their official channels yet, but the image has circulated on a variety of social media accounts over the weekend, including in royal correspondent Elizabeth Holmes’ Instagram stories.

In the photo, Prince William, Kate Middleton and their three kids pose on a hay bale in front of a very seasonal stack of firewood. Princess Charlotte, 5, is perched on her mom’s lap. Seven-year-old Prince George, seated by his dad, looks so grown-up, while little Prince Louis, 2, appears to be mid-cackle.

The couple didn’t officially release their Christmas card last year, either, but that one circulated on social media as well.

We got another peek at Kate, Wills and their fast-growing kiddos at a traditional pantomime performance in London on Friday. The show was put on to thank essential workers in the fight against COVID-19.

“You have given your absolute all this year, and made remarkable sacrifices,” Prince William told the audience before the show began.

Prince William and Kate Middleton with their children Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George at a pantomime performance at London's Palladium Theatre on Friday.

Prince William and Kate Middleton with their children Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George at a pantomime performance at London’s Palladium Theatre on Friday.

The royals usually celebrate Christmas at Sandringham Castle. But the Queen announced at the beginning of the month that due to the pandemic, she and her husband Prince Philip would stay in Windsor over the holidays.

During their train tour last week, William and Kate told students in Cardiff, Wales that they still weren’t sure how their family would spend the holidays.

“It is so difficult,” Prince William said, according to the Daily Express. “We are still trying to make plans. It’s difficult to know what to do for the best.”

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Alberta hospitals, already overwhelmed, brace for more COVID-19 patients even as new restrictions take effect – The Globe and Mail https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/alberta-hospitals-already-overwhelmed-brace-for-more-covid-19-patients-even-as-new-restrictions-take-effect-the-globe-and-mail/ https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/alberta-hospitals-already-overwhelmed-brace-for-more-covid-19-patients-even-as-new-restrictions-take-effect-the-globe-and-mail/#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2020 15:32:20 +0000 https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/alberta-hospitals-already-overwhelmed-brace-for-more-covid-19-patients-even-as-new-restrictions-take-effect-the-globe-and-mail/

A woman walks past the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary on Dec. 3, 2020.

Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press

The intensive care unit at Calgary’s Peter Lougheed Centre is the busiest Daniel Niven has seen in his 10 years as a critical care doctor.

The hospital has been routinely adding new beds and bringing in physicians to meet the steady stream of people coming into the emergency room with COVID-19 and then ending up in the ICU. Some patients are being double-bunked in intensive care rooms designed for one. And the care that those patients require is significant.

“Our volume of patients in the intensive care unit is at a level that I’ve never seen it before,” said Dr. Niven, who is also an assistant professor at the University of Calgary’s medical school.

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“The COVID volume itself is quite high and the patients are quite sick and do require a fairly high level of care, especially once they enter into the intensive unit and their lungs, and sometimes other organs, are failing them.”

Hospitals in Calgary and Edmonton have been routinely operating near or above capacity for weeks as COVID-19 infections in Alberta have surged at a rate higher than anywhere else in Canada. The increase in infections has, in turn, led to a dramatic spike in hospitalizations, leaving Alberta with the second-highest per capita rate of hospital and ICU admissions in the country, behind only Manitoba.

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The province has implemented a series of harsh restrictions, including banning all social gatherings of any kind, implementing a provincewide mask requirement and significantly restricting the capacity of retailers. It has also ordered restaurants, casinos, hair salons and other businesses to shut down. Some of those restrictions were in place immediately after they were announced last week and the rest went into effect over the weekend.

But even if those measures are effective in reversing the curve of COVID-19 infections, the province’s health care system is bracing for hospitalizations to continue their sharp increase for the next month, with the number of people admitted with severe cases of the disease expected to at least double – or potentially worse.

“It is scary in that the numbers are already running high,” Dr. Niven said.

“That said, I look around me and the team that I work with, the colleagues that I have and … I’m confident that our team will be able to handle it. But it’s going to require a fair bit more help.”

As of Saturday, there were 681 people in hospital, including 136 in the ICU. Those numbers have nearly doubled in a little more than two weeks and they have almost quadrupled in the past month.

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The provincial government and health experts have said they expect the new restrictions to take at least two weeks to have a noticeable effect on infections. And the worst cases of those new infections could take another week or two to end up in hospital, meaning the pressure on emergency rooms and intensive care units could continue to increase well into January.

Acute-care space at Calgary hospitals was at 107 per cent of capacity in the middle of last week before dipping to 99 per cent on Thursday, according to Alberta Health Services, the provincial health authority. Edmonton hospitals hit 102 per cent last week.

Intensive care units across the province’s busiest urban hospitals have been consistently between 90 and 100 per cent capacity over the past month, with some facilities, particularly in Edmonton, well above 100 per cent.

The province has been adding beds as part of a larger plan to boost the system’s capacity by 2,250 acute-care spaces and 425 ICU beds to prepare for a flood of COVID-19 patients. That plan involves repurposing hospital space, moving non-COVID patients into continuing care facilities and cancelling surgeries and other services to bring in doctors and nurses from other areas.

Calgary and Edmonton’s intensive care units have only been able to keep up because of those efforts. Without recently added beds, Calgary’s ICUs would be at 114 per cent capacity and Edmonton’s would be at 144 per cent, said AHS.

The province has also looked into the possibility of asking the Red Cross to help set up field hospitals, but the provincial government has said that is merely a contingency that is not part of its current plans.

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Rebeccah Rosenblum, an emergency department doctor at Edmonton’s Royal Alexandra Hospital, said it has felt like a war zone.

“We are hanging on by our fingernails,” Dr. Rosenblum said.

Dr. Rosenblum compared it to an experience she had training in Israel in 1997, after a suicide bombing in a market. She said the bombing sent more than 50 patients to her hospital in 20 minutes. She was dispatched to the labour and delivery ward so that obstetrician-gynecologists, who had training in general surgery, could work in the operating rooms. Dr. Rosenblum delivered 14 babies in 36 hours. While she was not taking care of bombing patients, her assignment freed up others who could.

“That’s what it’s like in our hospital now for many redeployed staff,” she said. “They are being sent to the emergency department, ICUs, and the wards. Wherever they are, whatever they are doing, they are critical to patient care in the pandemic.”

Her colleagues are pulling together to make it work, she said.

“We are determined to get our patients through this,” Dr. Rosenblum said. “And, if Albertans help us by staying home and, when available, getting vaccinated in droves, we may just stand a chance.”

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Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Deena Hinshaw, said pushing hospitals past capacity means other parts of the health care system suffer.

“The more we see that rise [in COVID-19 admissions], the more it puts pressure on other parts of the system,” she said at a recent news conference. “In order to care for those [COVID-19] patients who are needing ICU care or hospital care, other patients waiting for services need to have those services delayed.”

The province has already cancelled some non-urgent surgeries and other services, particularly in Edmonton, and Dr. Hinshaw has warned this would get worse unless COVID-19 was brought under control.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro said the province is expecting hospitalizations to continue increasing for at least the next four weeks but he said the health care system is prepared for the surge.

He said the significant strain on the hospital system underscores the need for the public to follow public-health restrictions and heed advice to prevent infections.

Yael Moussadji, an emergency physician doctor in Calgary who is also working on Alberta Health Services’ work force plan for doctors, said the next two weeks in particular will test the health care system’s limits.

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“The emergency department is always the canary in the coal mine, because we can’t shut our doors,” she said.

Adding beds and equipment won’t be enough on its own to meet the province’s surge plans such as adding more than 2,000 acute-care beds. The real constraint will be ensuring there are enough doctors and nurses to care for those patients – which has already become a challenge with staff off sick themselves with COVID-19 or isolating because they or a family member have been exposed.

Because of that reality, Dr. Moussadji said meeting the province’s maximum surge capacity can’t happen without shutting down large parts of the health care system to bring other doctors into the COVID-19 response.

“If we have to meet those numbers, then that’s definitely a worst-case scenario and at that point I would assume we have to shut down most services in order to take care of 2,000 COVID patients,” she said.

“That is just an astronomical number, so I don’t really see it going in that direction.”

She said hospitals are managing the current workload, and the addition of physicians who don’t have expertise in emergency medicine or treating respiratory illnesses, by focusing on team-based care to allow doctors to treat larger numbers of patients. Calgary’s hospitals have already added hundreds of additional beds and she said it’s working well so far.

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Dr. Moussadji said she’s hopeful that the recently announced restrictions will finally make a dent in the province’s infection rates. The approval of the first vaccine for COVID-19, which will start being administered as early as this week, has only added to that optimism.

“The next few months are going to be tough just in terms of trying to ensure that we’re prepared,” she said. “But I think we can do it.”

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The Latest: COVID-19 vaccine begins arriving in Canada – KIRO Seattle https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/the-latest-covid-19-vaccine-begins-arriving-in-canada-kiro-seattle/ https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/the-latest-covid-19-vaccine-begins-arriving-in-canada-kiro-seattle/#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2020 15:32:15 +0000 https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/the-latest-covid-19-vaccine-begins-arriving-in-canada-kiro-seattle/

Low and middle income countries including Afghanistan, India, Kenya, Liberia and Nigeria pledged a total of $6.6 billion while $14 billion came from international aid and grants from Germany, Canada, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the partnership said. The pledges were announced Thursday and Friday.

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COVID-19 vaccine shipments begin in historic US effort – KitchenerToday.com https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/covid-19-vaccine-shipments-begin-in-historic-us-effort-kitchenertoday-com/ https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/covid-19-vaccine-shipments-begin-in-historic-us-effort-kitchenertoday-com/#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2020 15:32:12 +0000 https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/covid-19-vaccine-shipments-begin-in-historic-us-effort-kitchenertoday-com/ PORTAGE, Mich. — The first of many freezer-packed COVID-19 vaccine vials made their way to distribution sites across the United States on Sunday, as the nation’s pandemic deaths approached the horrifying new milestone of 300,000.

PORTAGE, Mich. — The first of many freezer-packed COVID-19 vaccine vials made their way to distribution sites across the United States on Sunday, as the nation’s pandemic deaths approached the horrifying new milestone of 300,000.

The rollout of the Pfizer vaccine, the first to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, ushers in the biggest vaccination effort in U.S. history — one that health officials hope the American public will embrace, even as some have voiced initial skepticism or worry. Shots are expected to be given to health care workers and nursing home residents beginning Monday.

Quick transport is key for the vaccine, especially since this one must be stored at extremely low temperatures — about 94 degrees below zero. Early Sunday, workers at Pfizer — dressed in fluorescent yellow clothing, hard hats and gloves — wasted no time as they packed vials into boxes. They scanned the packages and then placed them into freezer cases with dry ice. The vaccines were then taken from Pfizer’s Portage, Michigan, facility to Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, where the first cargo plane took off amid what airport officials called a “jubilant” mood.

“This is a historic day,” said Richard W. Smith, who oversees operations in the Americas for FedEx Express, which is delivering 630-some packages of vaccine to distribution sites across the country. United Parcel Service also is transporting a share of the vaccine.

Helping with the transport of the vaccine has special meaning to Bruce Smith, a FedEx package handler at the Grand Rapids airport, whose older sister, Queen, died after she contracted the coronavirus in May. She was hospitalized in Georgia one day after he saw her on a video chat, and they never spoke again.

“I think she would be ecstatic to know that something that has ravaged our family — that a family member is going to be part of such a big project,” said Smith, 58, whose nephew, Queen’s son, also got sick and is still undergoing therapy for stroke-like symptoms. “It is very, very important.”

Tracked with GPS-enabled sensors, the initial shipments were expected to contain about 3 million doses, with many more to come. Federal officials say the first shipments of Pfizer’s vaccine will be staggered, arriving in 145 distribution centres Monday, with another 425 sites getting shipments Tuesday, and the remaining 66 on Wednesday. Doses of the vaccine, co-developed by German partner BioNTech, are given out based on each state’s adult population. Then the states decide where they go first.

In California, where health care workers will be among the first to be vaccinated, state health officials are prioritizing hospitals that have adequate storage capacity, serve high-risk populations and have the ability to vaccinate people quickly.

Initial surveys have found that even some health care workers don’t want to be first in line. Dr. Graham Snyder, who’s led the vaccine task force at Pennsylvania health care giant UPMC, estimates that about half of its employees are willing to get the vaccine as soon as it’s offered.

But many health officials expect enthusiasm to grow.

“There’s that thought that maybe they don’t have to be so afraid to come to work if they can be vaccinated and be immune,” said Dr. Sandra Kemmerly, medical director of hospital quality at the 40-hospital Oschner Health System in Louisiana and Mississippi. Employees approved for the first round are getting texts and emails directing them to schedule their initial injection, she said. Enough vaccine is being saved so that each person who gets the first dose of vaccine can get a second required shot a few weeks later.

Senior U.S. government officials, including some White House officials who work in close proximity to President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence, are among those who will be offered coronavirus vaccines as soon as this week, two people familiar with the matter confirmed.

A survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that about half of Americans want to get the vaccine as soon as possible. Another quarter aren’t sure, while the remaining quarter say they aren’t interested. Some simply oppose vaccines in general. Others are concerned that the vaccines have been rushed and want to see how the rollout goes.

Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the FDA, which approved the Pfizer vaccine Friday, has repeatedly insisted that the agency’s decision was based on science, not politics, despite a White House threat to fire him if the vaccine wasn’t approved before Saturday.

Speaking to Fox News Sunday, Dr. Moncef Slaoui, chief science adviser to Operation Warp Speed, a U.S. effort to get vaccines developed quickly, also said he is “very concerned” about the skepticism about the vaccine in some circles.

“Unfortunately … there’s been a confusion between how thorough and scientific and factual the work that has been done is, and the perception that people are thinking that we cut corners …,” Slaoui said. “I can guarantee you that no such things have happened, that we follow the science.”

He called the development of vaccines from several pharmaceutical companies, including Moderna and AstraZeneca, “a remarkable achievement of science, academia, the industry ecosystem and the U.S. government, working together.”

While the vaccine was determined to be safe, regulators in the U.K. are investigating several severe allergic reactions. The FDA’s instructions tell providers not to give it to those with a known history of severe allergic reactions to any of its ingredients.

The Moderna vaccine will be reviewed by an expert panel Thursday and soon afterward could be allowed for public use.

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Irvine reported from Chicago. Associated Press writer Zeke Miller in Washington contributed to this report.

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Fake Covid-19 Vaccines, Remedies Flooding Dark Web: Report – CanIndia News https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/fake-covid-19-vaccines-remedies-flooding-dark-web-report-canindia-news/ https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/fake-covid-19-vaccines-remedies-flooding-dark-web-report-canindia-news/#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2020 15:32:10 +0000 https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/fake-covid-19-vaccines-remedies-flooding-dark-web-report-canindia-news/

With several countries including the US and the UK now approving the use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine, cybercriminals have sensed an opportunity to lure people into buying fake remedies on the dark web, said a report from cybersecurity firm Check Point.

Researchers at Check Point said they have found a stream of posts on the darknet from sources claiming to have a range of “coronavirus vaccines” or “coronavirus remedies” for sale.

The range of medicines advertised by these vendors is extensive, with one vendor even showing vaccine availability for $250, said the report.

However, the researchers warned that the remedies advertised on the dark net are likely to be fake.

“All of the vendors we found insist on payment in bitcoin, as it minimises the chance of them being traced, casting further doubt on the authenticity of the medicines they are selling,” Check Point said in a blog post.

In communications with one vendor, they offered to sell an unspecified Covid-19 vaccine for 0.01 BTC (around $300), and claimed that 14 doses were required.

This advice contradicts official announcements which state that some Covid vaccines require two shots, given 3 weeks apart, per person.

In this example, the seller claimed to have stocks of a leading vaccine producers newly-approved vaccine available for sale and delivery from the UK, US and Spain.

Another vendor on the dark web was found offering chloroquine as a regular coronavirus “treatment”, for only $10 with the claim that “Hydroxychloroquine, a medicine for malaria that has been touted as a treatment for coronavirus.”

This follows statements from US President Donald Trump who touted the use of hydroxychloroquine to ward off coronavirus, in contradiction to the advice from his own public health officials.

Check Point researchers also warned that positive news about vaccine trials in November and imminent availability also led to a surge in new web domains that relate to Covid-19 or vaccines being registered.

“Our data shows that since the beginning of November there were 1,062 new domains which contain the word ‘vaccine’ that were registered, out of which 400 also contain ‘covid’ or ‘corona’. Six of these sites were found to be ‘suspicious’,” Check Point said.

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Oil prices rise on vaccine hopes and oil tanker explosion – The Globe and Mail https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/oil-prices-rise-on-vaccine-hopes-and-oil-tanker-explosion-the-globe-and-mail/ https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/oil-prices-rise-on-vaccine-hopes-and-oil-tanker-explosion-the-globe-and-mail/#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2020 15:32:01 +0000 https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/oil-prices-rise-on-vaccine-hopes-and-oil-tanker-explosion-the-globe-and-mail/

Oil prices rose on Monday, pushing Brent back above $50 a barrel, buoyed by hopes that a rollout of coronavirus vaccines will lift global fuel demand while a tanker explosion in Saudi Arabia jangled nerves in the market.

Brent crude futures for February rose 60 cents, or 1.2 per cent, to $50.57 a barrel by 1200 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures for January were up 54 cents, or 1.2 per cent, at $47.11 a barrel.

Prices also extended gains amid supply jitters after a shipping firm said an oil tanker was hit by an external source while discharging at Jeddah port in Saudi Arabia.

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“Brent crude is supported by both financial and physical flows. The dollar is declining, the Brent crude curve is in backwardation and vaccines are being rolled out,” said SEB chief commodity analyst Bjarne Schieldrop.

“We think that this rally has further to go.”

Brent and WTI have rallied for six consecutive weeks, their longest stretch of gains since June.

The United States kicked off its vaccination campaign against COVID-19, lifting hopes that pandemic restrictions could end soon and lift demand in the world’s largest oil consumer.

An extension of Brexit talks among European powers also buoyed financial markets on Monday.

Major European countries continued in lockdown mode to curb the spread of COVID-19 which has reduced fuel demand. For example, Germany, the fourth largest economy in the world, plans to impose a stricter lockdown from Wednesday to battle the virus.

In the United States, energy firms last week added the most oil and natural gas rigs in a week since January as producers continued to return to the wellpad.

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Two separate fires occurred at Nigeria’s Qua Iboe crude oil export terminal and at an oil pipeline in Iran on Sunday but the incidents have mostly been contained.

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CDPR Apologizes For Hiding Cyberpunk 2077’s Horrible Last-Gen Performance – Forbes https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/cdpr-apologizes-for-hiding-cyberpunk-2077s-horrible-last-gen-performance-forbes/ https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/cdpr-apologizes-for-hiding-cyberpunk-2077s-horrible-last-gen-performance-forbes/#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2020 15:31:56 +0000 https://hhggames.com/index.php/2020/12/14/cdpr-apologizes-for-hiding-cyberpunk-2077s-horrible-last-gen-performance-forbes/

CD Projekt Red has come under intense fire for the state of release of Cyberpunk 2077 across all platforms. While the game performs better on PC and higher end consoles like PS5 and Xbox Series X, it’s still riddled with bugs, and as you move down the food chain into last generation, PS4 and Xbox One variants, the game can be close to borderline unplayable.

Now they’re apologizing, and what they’re apologizing for is kind of wild.

CDPR has said they’re sorry for effectively hiding the state of Cyberpunk 2077 on last-gen consoles in a tweet this morning:

The apology is not just for the game being in that state, but for not ever showing the game on base consoles ahead of launch. Here’s the relevant passage:

“First of all, we would like to start by apologizing to you for not showing the game on base last-gen consoles before it premiered and, in consequence, not allowing you to make a more informed decision about your purchase. We should have paid more attention to making it play better on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.”

It goes deeper than this, however. CDPR purposefully hid the state Cyberpunk was in on all consoles by not giving reviewers anything but PC review codes, and making them sign ironclad NDAs where they couldn’t talk about any bugs they were experiencing at all until the embargo was up, and even then, they were not allowed to show footage of their own gameplay until after those reviews went up.

And that’s not the end of it, as CDPR apparently just…flat out lied about the game’s performance on last gen consoles.

Here’s this from GamesRadar just over two weeks ago:

“Speaking earlier this week on Wednesday (and transcribed by Seeking Alpha), Kaciński said that Cyberpunk 2077’s performance on the base PS4 and Xbox One consoles is “surprisingly good, I would say, for such a huge world.” The CEO went on to say that although the performance on these base consoles is lower than their “pro” counterparts (the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X), it’s still surprisingly good.”

I don’t think anyone would call performance on any of those consoles, PS4, Pro, Xbox One or One X “surprisingly good,” and yet this was the only impression the 160 million people who own last gen consoles had of the game running on those consoles before launch. That’s just plain deceptive, and especially so when combined with the PC-only review copy situation.

The rest of the message goes on to detail both that fixes are coming with patches in January and December which should focus on console performance specifically, and that CDPR will help you get refunds if you want them now. But only for a week, as apparently their help ends on December 21. And they say they “would appreciate it if you gave us a chance.” I mean, wow.

What consequences this truly has for CDPR in the long run is unclear. The game’s 8 million pre-orders, based on incomplete information, were already enough to make up the entire development cost of the game. And while the game and studio are a meme right now in some circles because of the lies told and goofy bugs infecting the game, CDPR still has a long list of staunch defenders, many of which can be found in the comment section of that tweet reassuring them that everything is okay.

This is the conflict I face internally. I fundamentally am very much enjoying Cyberpunk 2077 despite its issues, and yet CDPR’s behavior here is absolutely indefensible and inexcusable. And the wording of this apology is just…irritating, and “transparency” here amounts to admitting to a cover-up after the fact and hundreds of millions in sales were already made. Not acceptable.

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The most expensive housing market in Canada is ready to surge after three years of stagnation.

In Greater Vancouver, where the average home costs just over $1 million, prices will rise nine per cent in 2021, according to a forecast from brokerage Royal LePage.

That’s a sharp rebound after three years when benchmark Vancouver home prices gained just 0.5 per cent as local government efforts to rein in housing costs took hold, data from the Canadian Real Estate Association show.

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Prices in Vancouver will be driven up in 2021 as first-time buyers try to get into the market and demand for housing outstrips supply, according to Phil Soper, president of Royal LePage.

“We’re dealing with not just a few weeks of pent-up demand in Vancouver, we’re dealing with three years of pent-up demand,” he said.

The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled a rally in Canadian home prices, as low interest rates and demand for more space drive a buying frenzy. A tight supply of available properties has helped drive up prices. That trend is expected to continue next year.

Nationally, homes prices will jump 5.5 per cent next year, with most of Canada’s largest cities out pacing that rate of growth, according to Royal LePage.

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