WHO holds emergency meeting to discuss ‘highly mutated’ COVID-19 variant, UK takes action
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WHO meets to discuss new ‘highly mutated’ variant of COVID-19
The World Health Organization holds meeting Friday to discuss dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases in South Africa which has been blamed on a new variant of the virus.
Joe Phaahla, South Africa’s Minister of Health, identified the new variant as B.1.1.529 and said it appears to be highly contagious among young people.
BBC reported that the new variant appears to be the most heavily mutated so far in the outbreak. James Gallagher, the health correspondent, wrote that a scientist described the variant as “horrible.” He said the WHO meeting will likely result in the variant being given a Greek code name, like the Delta variant.
“This variant surprised us,” said Tulio de Oliveira, director of South Africa’s Center for Epidemic Response and Innovation. “He has a big leap on evolution [and] many more mutations than we expected. “
Nature Review reported that the variant was first reported in Botswana earlier this month. The report says scientists are trying to determine whether the variant can somehow evade the immune response. A Johannesburg researcher said: “We fly at high speed. “
The UK government has announced that it is banning flights from South Africa and five other southern African countries starting at noon (1200GMT) on Friday and that anyone who recently arrived from those countries would be invited to take a test. screening for coronavirus.
UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the new variant “may be more transmissible” than the dominant delta strain and that “the vaccines we currently have may be less effective” against it. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR TOP STORY.
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New York Times workers revolt, push for holiday weekend boycott of its Wirecutter department amid strike
The staff of the New York Times openly revolt against their employer in solidarity with colleagues who went on strike during Thanksgiving weekend.
Wirecutter, which The Times describes as its “product recommendation service” providing consumers with reliable advice on the latest merchandise sold, on Thursday published an article on the “75+ Best Black Friday Deals Anticipated for 2021” ahead of the biggest shopping day of the season. .
However, when The Times shared the story on Twitter, the newspaper faced significant backlash, especially from several employees.
“100% of @wirecutterunion are ON STRIKE as of today!” Times reporter Davey Alba exclaimed. These posts are brought to you by the NYT which assigns work to middle managers and freelancers instead of paying @wirecutterunion a TOTAL of $ 300,000 in increments spread over 66 PEOPLE! NYT has A BILLION DOLLARS in cash! “
Journalists from other news outlets as well as progressive activists like the New York branch of the Democratic Socialists of America have also expressed support for Wirecutter employees.
A Times spokesperson told Fox News: “The New York Times has a long history of productive relationships with unions to advance our common goals. We are actively working with the Wirecutter Union to achieve a collective agreement that continues to reward our employees. for their work and contribution to the success of The Times, and we look forward to continuing these negotiations at the bargaining table in early December. “
The strike, which is due to last until Monday, urges the public to “not cross the digital picket line” by not using Wirecutter during the busy shopping weekend. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE.
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Afghan translator expresses gratitude for raising daughters’ first Thanksgiving in America
Three months ago, Zabiullah R., who served as a combat translator for the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan, did not know what would happen to him and his family after the withdrawal of the US military.
Zabiullah, affectionately known to the troops as Johnny, was able to escape Kabul in August, with the help of a US senator, a private group of veterans and members of the 82nd Airborne. Johnny arrived with his family at his new North Carolina home in October.
Today, his young daughters are already receiving something they would never have had under the Taliban: an education. They were welcomed into their new school in Weddington, North Carolina, and adopted into the community, where many of the soldiers Johnny once served today live.
“They are happy and excited,” Johnny said. “Every morning … 6 am my two daughters, they wake up and get ready … come to my room and wake us up.”
Johnny served as translator for Sgt. Mike Verardo, who lost his leg in Afghanistan’s Arghandab Valley in 2010 and suffered a head injury. Mike underwent more than 100 surgeries at Walter Reed after serving in the 508th Infantry Regiment, an airborne infantry regiment of the United States Army, first formed in October 1942 during World War II. Mike and Johnny each have three daughters.
Now they are neighbors and their daughters are best friends. Their daughters went for a walk for the first time and now have after school play dates.
“Seeing our six daughters playing together, six little girls whose fathers served together, shoulder to shoulder in Afghanistan, healed our hearts a little more every day,” said Sarah Verardo, Mike’s wife and CEO of The Independence. Fund. and co-founder of Save our Allies. “These children are an example to everyone of what it means to love everyone.” CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE.
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A FEW WORDS OF END
A sailor veterinary who lost both legs to an improvised explosive device on Thanksgiving Day in 2010 devotes the end of year celebrations to thanking the American troops.
Naval Sergeant Gabriel Martinez, now medically retired, teamed up with Semper Fi & America’s Fund, a no–profit that provides assistance programs for injured veteranss, in order to give back to his fellow veterans this holiday season, he said “Fox News Live“on Thanksgiving Day.
“The Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund have been part of my family since the injury and I am just one of the millions of veterans they help in mind, body and spirit,” said said Martinez. “Since I was injured, they have provided help in just about every aspect they have. So many generous Americans are ready to provide monetary value and support, so this time of the year. year is specifically not only for me but for the fund. “
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