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Sunday January 9th, 2022 night edition

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The number of appointments for the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine has risen sharply this week in Quebec, according to Health Minister Christian Dubé.

In a brief message posted to social media Friday morning, Dubé notes that in the last few days, appointments for first doses have increased from 1,500 per day to more than 6,000.

The minister took a moment to thank those who finally decided to get vaccinated, reiterating that it is never too late to receive a first dose of vaccine.

Thursday, Dubé announced that vaccine passports would be required to enter Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) and Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) locations starting Jan. 18.

He explains the decision was made to curb an increase in cases of the highly contagious Omicron variant.

Dubé adds in the coming weeks, other non-essential services, including personal care, could be added to the list of places requiring a vaccine passport.

- This report by The Canadian Press was first published in French on Jan. 7, 2022. »

World's Most Powerful Space Telescope Fully Deployed In Space: NASA

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The James Webb Space Telescope completed its two-week-long deployment phase on Saturday, unfolding the final mirror panel as it readies to study every phase of cosmic history.

Because the telescope was too large to fit into a rocket's nose cone in its operational configuration, it was transported folded-up.

"When the final latch is secure, NASA Webb will be fully unfolded in space.". »

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope mission: Live updates

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James Webb Space Telescope to deploy port mirror wing This NASA animation shows the deployment of the port mirror wing on the James Webb Space Telescope.

Webb space telescope secondary mirror deployed NASA reports that the secondary mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope has successfully unfolded and is now in position.

James Webb Space Telescope launch a success NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is successfully in space and beginning its monthlong trek to its L2 home about 1 million miles from Earth. »

Calls for student loan forgiveness expected to intensify as Biden's legislative agenda stalls

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But there are few other policies that could motivate Biden’s base more than student loan forgiveness, given that voters with college degrees support Biden as president in much greater numbers than voters without degrees.

Legal experts say there is no clear answer as to whether the president has the authority to cancel student loan.

“The looming midterm elections will keep deferment and forgiveness on the agenda as the Democratic Party debates the political consequences of each outcome,” wrote Jenkins. »