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THURSDAY, 02 DECEMBER 2021, 08:20

South Africa

Omicron COVID variant likely present in all provinces, MPs told

Today at 05:29 AM, via Eyewitness News

Deputy Health Minister Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo and infectious diseases specialists briefed Parliament’s Health Committee on Wednesday night about the new variant and the country’s preparations to deal with the fourth wave of infections.

South Africa

KZN top cop accuses Mapisa-Nqakula of lying under oath at SAHRC hearing

Today at 04:55 AM, via Eyewitness News

KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi has disputed the testimony by former Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in which she said that 800 soldiers were on the ground to support law enforcement during the July civil unrest.

World

Omicron rapidly dominating in South Africa; US reports first case

Today at 07:55 AM, via News24

Omicron is rapidly becoming the dominant variant of the coronavirus in South Africa less than four weeks after it was first detected there, and the United States on Wednesday became the latest country to identify an Omicron case within its borders.

Sport

Djokovic says ‘fully’ supports WTA’s China decision over Peng

Today at 03:36 AM, via Eyewitness News

World number one Novak Djokovic said he supports ‘fully’ the Women’s Tennis Association’s decision to suspend its tournaments in China over concerns about the safety of female player Peng Shuai, who accused a top Communist Party official of sexual assault.

Sport

Liverpool thrash Everton as Chelsea, Man City grind out wins

Today at 03:31 AM, via Eyewitness News

Liverpool had won only once in their last nine visits to Goodison Park, but the gulf in class between the sides currently was obvious as Mohamed Salah produced two more stunning finishes to take his tally for the season to 19 goals in 19 games.

Education

Uganda: Education Is Key in HIV/Aids Fight

Yesterday at 19:19 PM, via AllAfrica

[Monitor] In the fight against HIV/Aids , Uganda is at a crucial stage. With the massive scale-up of anti-retroviral treatment, we are saving millions of lives, but the total number of new HIV infections is still unacceptably high.

Education

On the picket line at Leeds University: ‘I will strike for as long as it takes’

Yesterday at 19:01 PM, via The Guardian

Academics share stories of job insecurity and poor working conditions on first day of industrial action

“I do not feel secure at all,” said Mattia Dossi, a third-year PhD student, on the picket line outside the University of Leeds on the first of three days of a strike by staff over pensions changes, low pay and precarious working conditions.

“The only thing I can do is to hope that I will...

Lifestyle

Baldwin denies pulling trigger in ‘Rust’ shooting

Today at 05:43 AM, via Eyewitness News

In his first major interview since the tragedy in October, the US actor also said he has ‘no idea’ how a live round had gotten onto the set of the low-budget Western in New Mexico.

Science/Tech

The pandemic body: how the Covid era changed us – from hair loss to weight gain

Today at 08:00 AM, via The Guardian

Sore, blurry eyes, decaying teeth, spreading feet – the strange, difficult years of coronavirus have changed us physically. Will we ever get back to our former selves?

This year, out of nowhere, my left heel has started hurting. Is it the onset of some degenerative condition, a normal byproduct of ageing, or simply pandemic life, I wonder. After all, living through this period has had...

Science/Tech

Square is now Block

Today at 07:43 AM, via MyBroadband

Jack Dorsey’s digital-payments company, Square, is being renamed to Block.

Science/Tech

Uber starts taking bookings on WhatsApp

Today at 07:30 AM, via MyBroadband

Uber Technologies Inc. and Meta Platforms Inc.’s WhatsApp have rolled out ride booking via the messenger service in India, a first for the U.S. ride-hailing giant and an expansion of WhatsApp’s capabilities in the country.

Health

The first Omicron case has been detected in the U.S.

Yesterday at 20:58 PM, via New York Times

Much remains unknown about the new variant of the coronavirus. But with cases being detected in more countries, experts had said it was only a matter of time before the variant showed up in the United States.