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Monday August 9th, 2021 day edition

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Aug 8 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has allowed Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH.N)todemand that passengers show written proof of coronavirus vaccination before they board a ship, dealing a major blow to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis's effort to ban "vaccine passports.".

The judge blocked DeSantis from enforcing the law against Norwegian, allowing the cruise ship operator to proceed with a plan to resume port activity in Miami on Aug. 15.

Violations of the law could have triggered a penalty of $5,000 per passenger, potentially adding up to millions of dollars per cruise.

Raymond Treadwill, a lawyer for DeSantis, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

He has argued that Florida law prevents discrimination and protects privacy by preventing businesses, schools or governments from demanding proof of immunity in return for service.

In order to sail, Norwegian has attested to the CDC it would confirm that at least 95% of passengers have been vaccinated.

Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware, additional reporting by Aakriti Bhalla; Editing by Noeleen Walder, Jonathan Oatis, Muralikumar Anantharaman and Diane Craft. »

Judge rules Norwegian Cruise Line can require proof of COVID-19 vaccine despite Florida law

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ORLANDO, Fla. — A federal judge ruled in favor of Norwegian Cruise Line on Sunday and will allow the cruise line to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination on cruises out of Florida.

The preliminary injunction was issued despite a Florida law banning any “vaccine passports.”.

Norwegian Cruise Line asked a federal judge to block a Florida law prohibiting cruise companies from demanding that passengers show written proof of coronavirus vaccination before they board a ship. »

Back 4 Blood beta beats Warframe and TF2’s player counts in its first few days

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In fact, Back 4 Blood has been so successful – despite still only being a closed beta – it nearly hit 100K concurrent players in its first couple of days.

As tracked by SteamDB, yesterday the Back 4 Blood beta hit a concurrent player count peak of over 98K players, just shy of the 100K player count that would’ve looked fantastic in a headline but oh well.

It’s still got a chance to get there too, since the Back 4 Blood closed beta transforms into the full open beta this Thursday, August 12. »

Julie Bowen of 'Modern Family' helped rescue a hiker who fainted in a Utah national park

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(CNN) Actor Julie Bowen of "Modern Family" and her sister helped rescue a hiker when she fainted last week at Arches National Park in Moab, Utah, the hiker told CNN.

She, her husband, Shaji, and their son, Brandon, had gone to Utah to see the Delicate Arch, she wrote.

The attraction, which is 46 feet high and 32 feet wide, is the largest free-standing arch in the national park and one of the most popular sights. »