Police in Wisconsin say they’ve arrested fired hospital employee suspected of intentionally spoiling COVID-19 vaccine

(UPDATE 12/31/20 2:55 P.M.): Police in Wisconsin say they’ve arrested fired hospital employee suspected of intentionally spoiling COVID-19 vaccine. MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police and federal authorities are investigating after a Wisconsin health system said an employee admitted to deliberately spoiling 500 doses of coronavirus vaccine. Officials with Aurora Medical Center in Grafton say a pharmacist intentionally removed the vaccine…

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DENR fines Rapid City for surface water violations

PIERRE, S.D. —  The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has fined the City of Rapid City $8,045 for Surface Water Discharge Permit violations at its regional recycling and municipal landfill facility (RALF) located south of Rapid City. The RALF discharges effluent, which is liquid waste or waste water, into an unnamed tributary of Rapid Creek using…

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2 North Dakotans have suspected allergic reaction to vaccine

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Health has reported two suspected severe allergic reactions to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The two people had no history of anaphylactic reactions and the incidents were unrelated. Neither person was hospitalized, and they have both since recovered. The allergic reactions occurred during a 15-minute post-vaccine observation period recommended by the Centers…

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S&P 500, Dow reach for records as a tumultuous 2020 ends

Stocks are reaching for more record highs on Wall Street Thursday as one of the most tumultuous years in recent memory draws to a close. The S&P 500 was up 0.3% in afternoon trading, on track for a gain of 15.9% for the year, or nearly 18% including dividends. 2020 saw a breathtaking nosedive in markets in the spring as…

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KISS’s NYE Pay-Per-View Breaks Guinness Records For Highest Flame Projection + Most Flame Projections In Music Concert

KISS‘s New Year’s Eve performance in Dubai, United Arab Emirates broke Guinness world records for highest flame projection in a music concert and for most flame projections launched simultaneously in a music concert.

“I can reveal that you achieved a grand total of 73,” a Guinness representative told the band about the number of projections launched. “You are officially amazing.” As for the height of the flame projections, the new benchmark is now “35 meters.”

Landmarks Live Presents produced the $10 million spectacular, which was filmed with more than 50 4K cameras and 360-degree views and was held on a massive 250-foot stage at The Royal Beach at Atlantis. The show included “a million dollars’ worth of pyro,” according to frontman Paul Stanley.

KISS partnered with event company Tixr to beam the “Kiss 2020 Goodbye” show around the world.

Tickets to view the stream are currently on sale on the event’s official web site.

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons told The Oakland Press about the band’s decision to play the Dubai concert: “We get offers all the time, thank goodness, and we’ve been saying no to everybody because it’s just not safe — for us, for the fans. With this, we happened to be in the right place at the right time, and it all make sense. The folks in Dubai, which is a fascinating place, suggested something crazy and said, ‘You can do anything you want here, no restrictions.’ And we said, ‘Wait a minute. You mean we can put on the biggest pyro show of all time, since Krakatoa and the Big Bang? You mean we’re gonna be safe going over there?’ They said ‘yeah,’ so there you are.”

Landmarks Live creator, director and executive producer Daniel E. Catullo told KhaleejTimes.com that this wasn’t his first time collaborating with the rock legends.

“I worked with KISS back in 2005 and I wanted to have a crack at doing a bigger show with them,” he said. “Somehow, I developed a reputation of producing challenging shows, whether doing one with Andrea Bocelli at Palazzo Vecchio, the FOO FIGHTERS at the Acropolis or pulling off the biggest show of the year in the middle of a pandemic. Hosting the KISS show in Dubai was a logical step. The United Arab Emirates is among the world leaders in mitigating the spread of COVID and continues to effectively manage the pandemic given the government’s extraordinary response measures. It [made] sense for us to bring Landmarks Live to the UAE.”

Catullo went on to say that working with KISS has been “a dream come true” for him. “To be able to capture them in such an explosive and record-breaking way will certainly be a highlight of my career,” he said. “Logistically, this was the largest undertaking I’ve ever done, and during a pandemic made it all the more challenging. Our crew is comprised of over 400 people, most of whom are based in Dubai. It has been a very complex show to put together: almost five months of planning, hundreds of working crew, coordination with the Dubai government, major coordination with the band; this show will go down in the record books. We’re also filming a documentary on how we are pulling this show off. We’re doing the biggest production in KISS‘s history.

“The most arduous task has been developing a safe COVID compliance protocol amid the pandemic to ensure no virus transmission among the crew. The crew will essentially create a bubble for the show setup, particularly the few staffers who will be in direct contact with KISS. American Hospital is conducting daily testing. We have to take beyond-extraordinary measures to keep people safe.”

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