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How Ryan O’Rourke Became a Must-Watch Force in the Sports Betting World

Sports betting has become increasingly popular, thanks to its popularity in the United States and Europe. On top of that, the digital space has contributed to the massive change in the industry’s landscape, enabling sports betting to be attainable to even the most uninterested and ordinary individuals. As a matter of fact, a whopping 25% of Americans have admitted their participation in sports betting in the past year. Without a doubt, times have changed, and sports betting is growing rapidly because of it. 

As one of those few talented individuals who have seen the potential impact of the sports betting industry, Ryan O’Rourke utilizes his technical know-how to help bettors have a winning chance at betting. With his brilliance, passion, statistical know-how, and competitive edge, this power player is bound to take the industry by storm.

Ryan O’Rourke is an increasingly notable personality in the sports betting industry. He is mostly known for his impactful betting choices during the 2018 NBA season, where he made $100,000 from February to April of that year. From then on, he knew that sports betting was the path he would take to succeed in the years to come. “That’s when I knew I had something,” shared Ryan.

However, before he delved into the sports betting world, Ryan O’Rourke was a Division 1 collegiate athlete at Arizona State University. He played sports at a high level, which allowed him to spot minute nuances that others would miss in every game. Although this might have potentially explained Ryan O’Rourke’s success in the sports betting arena, it was not until he watched a movie called Two for the Money that actors like Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, and Renne Russo graced the scenes. Ryan’s curiosity for the industry grew when Brandan Lang, who Matthew McConaughey played, had an eye for picking winners. From then on, he dedicated his career to fitting the molds of perfection. 

Today, Ryan O’Rourke has made significant strides in the industry, having developed a system that guarantees winning picks. He managed to create a system similar to how the line makers develop lines which allowed him to have a competitive advantage for his picks. “I developed a system with my statistics background, and after 2-3 months of hitting a high percentage of picks — I realized this is not luck,” explained Ryan.

When asked about his challenges in making it in the sports betting industry, Ryan O’Rourke recalled his realization, sharing that the industry is not a foolproof money-making venture, emphasizing the ups and downs of the trade. However, Ryan assures his picks have a 59% to 66% win rate. So long as one believes in his techniques, they have a fighting chance to defy the odds.

As Ryan O’Rourke continues to demonstrate his prowess in a highly perceptive industry, he wishes to help more people achieve their goals by assisting them in making more profit out of sports betting. In the years to come, he hopes more individuals will dive deep into the sports betting world with a calculated belief that they can win a bet.


Da Silva Triumphs Over Bolsonaro in Nail-Biting Polls

In the Sunday polls, Luiz Inacio da Silva, also known as Lula, won successfully. As a result, he will take office as Brazil’s new president.

Bolsonaro’s bid for a second term ended when da Silva overtook him after months of intense campaigning. As a result, the left-leaning challenger was imprisoned, causing him to leave the political arena years ago. Da Silva defeated his rivals in the first round of the elections a few months ago. However, when he fell short of the required 50% plus votes, it came down to a fight between him and Bolsonaro.

The presidential election in the nation came down to the wire, with Lula winning 50.9% of the vote to Bolsonaro’s 49.1%. Many polls predicted a large lead for Lula. But because he was ahead in every poll, he could gain support as the election came to a close. On January 1, the newly elected president will formally assume the position.

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A celebration for da Silva supporters

A 33-year-old supporter of the left-leaning challenger, Victor Costelo, expressed his joy at the election’s outcome. After declaring the victor in the official election results, Da Silva’s supporters flooded the streets. Supporters went out, dressed in red, to signify the color of his Workers’ Party. Costelo claimed it gave him hope because he believed in da Silva, and winning the election against an authoritarian presented a better option for the nation.

“I’m really happy. The next four years will be more hopeful for us,” he said.

Photo Credit: Diego Vara

Many of da Silva’s supporters lost hope after the preliminary results were announced, and the government decided to hold a second round. They anticipated better outcomes. Da Silva, however, only received less than 50%, which was insufficient if he wanted to win the presidency.

“We came here expecting to have a party, to get very happy, to have some beers. But now we are going home just to sleep and wait for the next four weeks to see how they go,” said a supporter.

Now that da Silva is finally taking the job, they rejoice. But unfortunately, despite a peaceful election, murders happened during the campaign. Bolsonaro supporters, in one incident, killed four da Silva supporters.

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World leaders congratulate the new president

The political career of Da Silva has been unpredictable. From 2003 to 2010, he was Brazil’s president, serving two terms. But after that, he spent 580 days in prison for graft. The courts’ cases against him were thrown out in 2019, giving him another chance to be the nation’s leader. He eventually won the support of a large number of people, particularly in the left wing. Leaders from around the world quickly congratulated Brazil’s new president.

“I send my congratulations to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on his election to be the next president of Brazil following free, fair, and credible elections. I look forward to working together to continue the cooperation between our two countries in the months and years ahead,” said United States President Joe Biden.

“The people of Brazil have spoken,” said Trudeau.


Airline Demand and Airfares Soar as the Holidays Draw Near

The holidays are just around the corner. Meanwhile, airlines said demand grows as simultaneously with airfares.

For instance, nonstop flights from Chicago to any trip to New York from November 22 to 27 start around $500 for round trips. In addition, airline rates from Los Angeles to Seattle begin at $500 for found trips.

While this presents bad news for travelers, the condition helps airline companies gain big during the last quarter of this year. The three largest airline corporations in the United States, American, Delta and United, forecasted record-breaking profits totaling more than $2 billion.

Airline management provides several pointers and essential information so you can smartly book your tickets this hectic Holiday season.

Demand for holiday travel is robust

Compared to last year, advance bookings for the season significantly soared. While companies did not provide any numbers, market experts predict that the volume of passengers booking flights is higher than the pre-pandemic levels. November and December show a tremendous increase.

Although tickets have become expensive, travelers quickly buy them, if only to get to where they want to be this holiday.

“It’s going to be a very strong holiday season – Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s,” said Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta.

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Two years of airline delays prompted people to purchase more

“I know there are some pretty significant macro shifts in spending – out of goods and into services, which we are a beneficiary of,” added Bastian.

“After two years of delaying travel, it is clear that consumers are getting out and seeing the world. So we’re glad to see people back on the road.”

Meanwhile, Andrew Nocella, the chief commercial officer of United Airlines, noted the overwhelming strength of the holiday demand of airlines.

“We are seeing a lot of strength for the holidays or approaching the Thanksgiving time period. And our bookings are incredibly strong. However, the bookings are a little bit different this year. And they’re more spread out across multiple days than they were on any single day,” he added.

You need to buy now because prices will soar during the holidays

Lead economist of Hopper, a booking and travel app, Hayley Berg, said airlines increased ticket rates as the months passed. Some routes are already up by 40%. Compared to 2019, airfares of several routes increased by 20-30%.

“We see airfare to those top destinations, the ones with the highest demand at the holidays, are much higher than they typically are at this time of year. And they’re only going to increase from here,” Berg explained.

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Fly on Monday before the holiday, and return days after the holidays

“We’re going to have fewer flights available and more travelers looking to go home or go on vacation for the holidays. That means that you might be paying a much higher price and unable to get a seat on the specific flight you want to take,” Berg said.

“Most travelers will want to fly a few days before the holiday and return a few days after. That means prices are those dates are going to be extremely high. And capacity is going to sell out, and airports are going to be chaotic,” she added.

However, Berg said prices seem to go down a Monday before the holiday and on the holiday itself.

Pelosi ‘Traumatized’ by Attack on her Husband

The police in San Francisco captured a man after violently attacking United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi.

The police discovered David DePape, 42, inside the Pelosi home around 2:30 AM. As the suspect confronted Mr. Pelosi, who was seen brandishing a hammer, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said they discovered the suspect carrying a hammer. DePape was planning to attack Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House, according to the police.

“Our officers observed Mr. Pelosi and the suspect both holding a hammer. The suspect pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it. So our officers immediately tackled the suspect, disarmed him, took him into custody, requested emergency backup and rendered medical aid,” said police Chief Officer Scott.

DePape went to the Pelosi home, according to the police, in search of Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House. But all he got was Paul. “Where is Nancy?” the assailant asked Paul. But Paul remained silent, and at that point, the quarrel got physical. Following a skull fracture and injuries to his hands and right arm, Paul underwent immediate close observation. The doctors in charge of Paul’s procedure gave the public the thumbs-up. Fortunately, they expect a full recovery.

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Identifying the motive

DePape’s accusations include burglary, attempted murder, elder abuse, assault with a deadly weapon, and others. The criminal suspect awaits trial in San Francisco County Jail. According to reports, they established no connections yet between DePape and Pelosi. The attacker seems oblivious about the house speaker’s whereabouts.

Pelosi was in Washington when the crime took place. However, it made her husband more open to attack without Pelosi and her security detail in her San Francisco home. Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s speaker, thanked the authorities for their urgent action and wished for privacy from the media. Meanwhile, the FBI, San Francisco Police, and the United States Capitol Police teamed up to investigate the incident.

The attacker’s ploy is only one of the tens of thousands of threats US lawmakers receive yearly. The US Capitol flags up over 4,000 threats every year. Due to more than 10,000 threats against government officials last year, the Capitol police established two brand-new offices, one in Florida and one in California.

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‘Brokenhearted’ says Pelosi

Using social media, the senior US official expressed her sorrow over the situation. Her complete quote is as follows:

“Sadly, a violent man broke into our family home yesterday morning, demanded to confront me and brutally attacked my husband, Paul. Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the life-threatening attack on our Pop. So we are grateful for the quick response of law enforcement and emergency services and for the life-saving medical care he is receiving.”

“Please know that your prayers and warm wishes are a comfort to our family and helping Paul make progress with his recovery. His condition continues to improve.”

“We are also comforted by these words from the Book of Isaiah: “Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

“We thank you for your prayers and warm wishes as well as the work you do to strengthen our Democracy.”


Elon Musk is the New Owner of Twitter

Now, Twitter is owned by Elon Musk. After several months of trepidation, the CEO of Tesla purchases the social media site for $44 billion.

Musk removed Parag Agrawal, the CEO of Twitter, and other company executives after the purchase. After declaring his intent to buy it last April, Musk tried to back out of the agreement. On Twitter, there are a colossal amount of bots, according to a whistleblower. So, Musk decided against buying it at first after learning this. As a result, he now controls one of the world’s most powerful social media platforms, despite his original plan being unsuccessful.

“This is not a way to make money. My strong intuitive sense is that having a public platform that is maximally trusted and broadly inclusive is extremely important to the future of civilization,” Musk said a few months ago.

A trial was nearly initiated had Musk not purchased the business. Thanks to the acquisition agreement, Musk and Twitter, fortunately, avoided going to court. However, experts are concerned about how the new CEO will approach the company’s operations in light of Musk’s firing of Twitter executives. However, Musk claims he already has plans for the business. Further discussion of free speech and fewer restrictions is also included.

Musk, for instance, wishes to get rid of Twitter’s rule and permanently ban accounts that repeatedly break it. Sadly, this results in previously banned accounts reappearing. Additionally, the Tesla CEO plans to crack down on bots by allowing a system of one account per person.

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Musk wants to make changes

Elon initially told the public he wanted to buy Twitter to stop bots. Customers loved the concept.

“Elon, the next step is the bots. Please. We are begging you,” a user said.

“All user accounts need a verified human behind it, can be anonymous to the public, but required and verified by twitter behind the curtain. Rid this world of Bots and trolls!” another user tweeted.

“I am looking forward to tweeting and not having 50 bot replies within the first 10 seconds,” added another.

Musk expresses additional worries about spam bots and fake accounts. He claims that the existence of these phony accounts prompted him to acquire Twitter.

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The primary reason

Musk sent out a tweet to sponsors that read:

“I wanted to reach out personally to share my motivation in acquiring Twitter. There has been much speculation about why I bought Twitter and what I think about advertising. Most of it has been wrong.”

“The reason I acquired Twitter is that it is important to the future of civilization to have a common digital town square where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner without resorting to violence. There is currently great danger that social media will splinter into far right wing and far left-wing echo chambers that generate more hat and divide our society.”

“In the relentless pursuit of clicks, much of traditional media has fueled and catered to those polarized extremes, as they believe that is what brings in the money, but, in doing so, the opportunity for dialogue is lost.”

“That is why I bought Twitter. I didn’t do it because it would be easy. And I didn’t do it to make more money. I did it to try to help humanity, whom I love. And I do so with humility, recognizing that failure in pursuing this goal, despite our best efforts, is a very real responsibility.”

Brazil’s Presidential Election Boils Down to a Polarizing Contest Between Bolsonaro and Lula

Before the presidential race commences this Sunday, polls show a very tight race between Jair Bolsonaro and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Polls still favored the leftist challenger da Silva, more popularly known as Lula. Bolsonaro trailed behind several percent. However, the close numbers suggest that the outcome of Brazil’s presidential election is very uncertain. According to surveys by Quaest and Datafolha, Lula maintains a hold of 52% votes, while Bosonaro got 48%. Three days before that, Lula overtook Bolsonaro with a 6% lead. As a result, experts surmise that a come-from-behind victory might happen for Bolsonaro.

Meanwhile, pollster MDA reported only a 2% lead for Lula. However, all of the polls in the country suggest a win for the challenger. Despite Lula’s record of being jailed on the grounds of graft, he still holds the lead against the incumbent Bolsonaro. Moreover, the charges against Lula were since dropped by the Court, allowing him to gain political traction. Ultimately, it led to him getting another shot at the presidency.

Other pollsters, IPEC and AtlasIntel, say Lula leads by a wide margin. According to IPEC, the leftist challenger leads with 54% vote, while Bolsonaro only got 46%. However, the figures do not include undecided voters. AtlasIntel, the most accurate pollster, showed a 7% lead for Lula.

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Polarization of the country

On Friday night, both the contenders ended their campaign strong. Both attacked each other and bolstered their good intentions for the country. Bolsonaro’s last stop was in Minas Gerais. At the same time, Lula wrapped up his campaign in a region in Sao Paulo.

Bolsonaro centered his arguments on the graft cases that involved Lula. Meanwhile, Lula highlighted Bolsonaro’s administration’s incapacity to stave off the pandemic, which caused the deaths of 700,000 Brazilians. Lula served as the country’s president in two terms, from 2003 to 2010. Lula said he helped bolster the economy and the local market during his tenure. In the debate, he said he intends to return to the ‘booming’ times for the country. However, Bolsonaro answered that his current financial and economic programs prove better alternatives than Lula’s.

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Lula vs. Bolsonaro

After the first round of voting, parties and supporters grew wary. Lula led the race but failed to secure the needed 50% plus votes. Hence, the second round included him and Bolsonaro.

“It will be important (to have a second round) because we will have the chance to do a face-to-face debate with the current president to know if he will keep on telling lies,” Lula said.

“We have a second round ahead where everything becomes the same; the (television advertising) time for each side becomes the same. And now we are going to show it better for the Brazilian population, especially the most affected class, the consequence of the ‘stay at home; we’ll see the economy later’ policy,” Bolsonar said at a press conference after the first round ended.

“We don’t want more discord; we want a country that lives in peace. This is the most important election. I am really happy,” Lula added.

“Four years ago, I couldn’t vote because I had been the victim of a lie in this country. And four years later, I’m here, voting with the recognition of my total freedom and with the possibility of being president of the republic of this country again, to try to make this country return to normality.”

Miss Universe Organization Investigates Miss USA After Reports From Candidates

Following claims of a rigged October competition, the Miss Universe Organization decided to probe into Miss USA President Crystle Stewart.

Stewart serves as Miss Brand Corporation’s CEO. In addition, she leads the organization of the yearly Miss Universe USA pageant with the organization’s help. Since the country’s admission, the United States has already won eight Miss Universe crowns. Along with Shawn Weatherly (1980), Chelsi Smith (1995), Brook Lee (1997), and Olivia Culpo, this group also includes Miriam Stevenson (1954), Carol Morris (1956), Linda Bement (1960), Sylvia Louise Hitchcock (1967), and Olivia Culpo (1980). (2012).

“After thorough deliberation, Miss Universe Organization has decided to suspend Miss Brand immediately. Miss Universe Organization will be taking over the Miss USA program while a comprehensive,” said the Miss Universe Organization.

Stewart informed the public that she would assist with the probe in the meantime. She stated that she wished for a proper inquiry. Further, she contradicted several pageant competitors’ claims.

“The current allegations that the 2022 Miss USA pageant favored one contestant over another are misleading and not factual. The last thing I would ever want to do is discredit or deny the contestants an equal opportunity to a fair competition. Furthermore, I would never jeopardize my dream of running an organization that empowers these young women,” she stated.

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Favoring a Miss Universe candidate

On October 3, Miss USA concluded, and R’Bonney Gabriel won. Thanks to her victory, she qualified to compete in this year’s Miss Universe pageant as the country’s representative. Nevertheless, several Miss USA contestants perforated their displeasure on social media over the results. They claim that the group staged the pageant, clearly indicating bias and resulting in Gabriel being crowned.

A Montana-based Miss USA candidate, Laa O’Keefe, shared a TikTok video in which she described how Gabriel attended a sponsor’s spa. In her response, Gabriel mentioned that the spa was one of the sponsors when she won Miss USA Texas, adding she paid for the services and just so happened to film a video when she was a guest at the spa.

“We can’t blame this girl, and it’s really sad because her performance was amazing, and she probably could have won fair and square. But, the issue is not with Miss Texas or R’Bonney winning. The issue is with the alleged corruption of the Miss USA organization,” said O’Keefe.

“I want to start by saying it was not rigged because I would never enter any pageant or any competition that I know I would win. I have a lot of integrity,” Gabriel answered.

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Clearing her name

During a previous interview, Gabriel stated that she was ready to respond to queries. She is also adamant that the company will resolve the problem. Gabriel added she will speak with all individuals concerned to clear her name and maintain her status.

“I think I’m open to talking to her about it. And I would love to communicate with her because I think there’s a lot of allegations coming up that aren’t true,” she said.

“I will talk to anybody because I want to be transparent, and I want everybody to know that there was no unfair advantage and nothing was rigged, and as a titleholder and as Miss USA, I don’t want girls to think that this is how pageantry works. This is to celebrate women. We work very hard, and I have respect for all the women that showed up on that stage.”


Energy Crisis Prompts Countries to Invest in Clean Energy, not Climate Change

IEA Director Faith Birol said that nations invest in clean energy resources, not due to climate change but because of energy security.

Birol added that there was a 50% increase in clean energy investments, most notably in the United States, Europe, Japan, and China.

“Today, it’s about 1.3 trillion U.S. dollars, and it will go up to about 2 trillion U.S. dollars. And as a result, we are going to see clean energy, electric cars, solar, hydrogen, and nuclear power slowly but surely, replacing fossil fuels. And why do governments do that? Because of climate change, because of the greenness of the issues? Not at all. The main reason here is energy security,” he said in an interview.

“Energy security concerns, climate commitments … industrial policies — the three of them coming together is a very powerful combination,” he added.

According to Birol, the prospect of the crisis primarily drives nations to push for investments. However, climate commitments also force many countries to invest in clean energy. The director further explained that the recent report of the International Agency prompted him to inspect the energy investments of countries and the reasons behind the investment. As a result, the IEA revealed that countries’ investment in clean energy could exceed $2 trillion yearly.

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More energy investments, says Birol

However, the IEA said more is needed even with the report. According to the organization, the international community should hit the $4 trillion per year mark. With this, they could stave off the effects of climate change and achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2050 Scenario. In addition, the IEA highlighted the importance of attracting investors to bolster clean energy investments in many countries.

Apart from the investors, the IEA said regulatory agencies should strictly enforce the climate commitments of each country. The Paris Agreement intends to “limit global warming to below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.”

Therefore, if countries stay committed to the accord, nations should reduce global temperatures. Meanwhile, the World Energy Outlook kicks off during market uncertainty and volatility. Countries like the United States and the United Kingdom are bracing for a global recession, and the recent cutbacks on oil production harm the distribution of oil and energy.

“Energy markets and policies have changed due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, not just for the time being, but for decades to come. Even with today’s policy settings, the energy world is shifting dramatically before our eyes. Government responses around the world promise to make this a historic and definitive turning point towards a cleaner, more affordable and more secure energy system,” Birol added.

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Greater demand for coal

The IEA worries about the increased demand for oil, pushing others to produce coal. According to them, the massive cuts in oil production drive many governments to explore fast-extracted sources like coal. This pushes the demand for coal to go high.

“Coal use falls back within the next few years; natural gas demand reaches a plateau by the end of the decade, and rising sales of electric vehicles. It means that oil demand levels off in the mid-2030s before ebbing slightly to mid-century,” said the organization.


Mobile Homes have Increased in Value, but Homeowners Hesitate to Sell

Online platform LendingTree revealed that the value of mobile homes had increased, so much that the rate parries that of single-family homes.

LendingTree gathered data from 2021 and 2016. The company discovered the average value of mobile homes rose by 34.6% yearly. It almost parries with that of single-family homes, which grew 35.4% during the same period. However, experts end their comparisons in the markets’ growth rates.

According to mobile home residents, buying a mobile property gets troubling over time. As soon as mobile homes sustain damage, they could become unattractive and lessens its marketability. This proves especially burdensome for those who purchase mobile homes as an investment. Moreover, entering the current market means facing a more competitive rental and housing market.

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A problem for mobile homeowners

Big corporations have recently started to purchase mobile home parks. As a consequence, rental for the land where mobile homes sit is on the increase. The condition leaves elderly and low-income residents scrambling to meet monthly bill requirements. Yvonne Maldonado, a community organizer, talks about how the non-improvement of the warranty of habitability affects their living as mobile homeowners.

The warranty of habitability refers to the responsibility of landlords to keep all of their housing and rental space livable. However, Maldonado argues that services offered by private companies, like trash and snow removal, do so little to keep home spaces’ livable’ for most.

Holly Hook from Swartz Creek Estates in Michigan tried to sell her home after a company bought the mobile park she’s residing in. However, the home’s selling value fell versus the acquisition value. According to Hook, she acquired the property for $28,000. But the selling price started at $10,000, not even half of the amount she paid when she purchased the home.

“It gets harder and harder to sell, and you actually lose value in a lot of cases. The community used to be really laid back, and people didn’t worry about paying the rent because it was quite steady for years and years. All that relaxation and that feeling of security is just gone,” she said.

Homeowners have legitimate concerns. However, they fear that speaking up would lead to retaliation from the companies that own the property they reside on.

“A lot of people feel powerless,” added Hook.

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A powerless situation

According to the US Census, the average selling price of a brand-new mobile home starts at $124,900. Alyson Snow, a lawyer from the University of San Diego’s School of Law, explained that the hike in mobile home prices is caused by scarcity.

She said that the pandemic presented problems for manufacturers in rolling out the parts needed to create homes. Moreover, the lockdowns led to fewer builders available to assemble and furnish homes.

“Those shortages created fewer mobile homes in the market. You are at the mercy of who’s going to rent you the land,” she added.


The World Sees the Tunnel After Covid-19 Affected Lives, But Omicron is Still Mutating

The Covid-19 epidemic is coming to an end, as per reports of the international community. The omicron variety, however, never stops evolving.

The World Health Organization named new Covid-19 variations based on the degree of harm an infection may bring to a person. However, until it significantly affects humans, the WHO has yet to give the newest omicron form of Covid-19 a name.

Many in the scientific community now dispute if the development of the Covid-19 variety begun to slow down. Others might respond in the affirmative. Biologists, virologists, and immunologists disagree, nevertheless.

“SARS-CoV-2 is continuing to evolve extremely rapidly. There’s no evidence that the evolution is slowing down,” said a biologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Trevor Bedford.

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The omicron form of the virus

Since the virus first infected the world three years ago, scientists designated several varieties. This comprises, among others, alpha, beta, and gamma versions. The omicron variant, however, dwarfs the potential of the aforementioned Covid-19 forms to evolve. Therefore, scientists examined the virus’s more virulent variant and found that it doesn’t appear to be waning. In reality, the omicron split into several subvariants, albeit the effects for this are yet unknown.

“The children of omicron — so the many direct children and cousins within the diverse omicron family. Those that displaced each other. But that same family (dominates other variants),” explained Emma Hodcroft, an epidemiologist from the University of Bern.

“We seem to be seeing evidence of widescale convergent evolution for the first time. We have what people are calling a swarm of omicron viruses, which have different ancestries within omicron, but which have the same set of mutations,” added Manon Ragonnet-Cronin of the University of Chicago.

The ability of the variation to surpass the protection that people acquired from their vaccinations provides a worse situation for global communities.

“When you see convergence in evolution, that’s evolution’s way of saying, ‘this mutation is repeatedly getting selected over and over again because it’s really helpful,'” said Jesse Bloom, a biologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.

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A good outlook

Experts anticipate the omicron variant’s continuous evolution to have a better outcome. They hypothesize that omicron may develop into the typical flu over time. And its effects not making it any more deadly than it is now.

“The fact that we’ve perhaps stepped out of a phase [in the pandemic] where we’re getting completely new viruses from different parts of the tree sweeping in and dominating might be a sign that we’re moving towards a more kind of stable future for the virus,” Hodcroft added.

However, scientists keep a close eye on everything because viruses are unpredictable. For instance, specialists are still trying to predict if a brand-new, deadlier version would develop from the ones we now have.

“We are dealing with a completely novel virus here. And we don’t know how many other paths this particular virus might have. We don’t know at this stage,” said Kristian Andersen from Scripps Research.

“I guarantee you that there are people who have been persistently infected with delta and alpha who have some weird combinations of mutations. And I’m fully prepared for a delta-based or alpha-based omicron-like event where one of those zombie viruses that’s been cooking away within someone emerges,” concluded Michael Worobey of the University of Arizona.