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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.

Business

Omicron spreads as South Africa’s daily cases almost double

Today at 07:28 AM, via BusinessTech

The Omicron variant of Covid-19, first identified in South Africa, has now been detected in countries from the US to South Korea, underscoring the difficulties of curtailing contagious new strains.

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...

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.

Science/Tech

iPhone demand slows down

Today at 07:25 AM, via MyBroadband

Apple Inc., suffering from a global supply crunch, is now confronting a different problem: slowing demand.

Science/Tech

Is TikTok giving people Tourette’s Syndrome?

Today at 07:00 AM, via The Guardian

Clinicians around the world have noticed an increase in young adults, often women, developing ‘tic-like behaviours’ – sudden movements or vocalisations similar to what’s seen in Tourette Syndrome. Except these tics come on much later in life, and escalate more rapidly. Some have blamed the recent rise on social media – but the reality is much more complicated.

Madeleine Finlay talks to...

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.