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The impacts of the pandemic caused by COVID-19 are being felt across industries globally. In times of uncertainty and fear of the unknown, it is now more important than ever for resources and help to be readily available. Whether it is implementing business continuity plans, adjusting value propositions to align with the evolving crisis, strengthening strategic muscles or preparing for post pandemic, we are here to help.

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BBC News

British PM under attack in parliament for lockdown violations

Britain's Prime Minister has come under sustained attack in parliament today over allegations that parties at his residence broke Covid lockdown rules, France’s education minister is facing calls to resign after announcing Covid protocol for schoo…

Research in Israel shows fourth doses do not stop Omicron infections

The government says it will continue the programme for people over 60. Also: Quebec is banning alcohol sales to unvaccinated people to encourage them to get jabbed; and thousands of hamsters are being culled in Hong Kong over concerns of animal to hu…

China tells population to stop ordering from overseas

Beijing fears items delivered from overseas could spread the Omicron variant. Also: tsunami-hit Tonga fears foreign aid could bring coronavirus to the country; and Greece begins to fine people over 60 who haven’t been vaccinated.

Djokovic deported from Australia

Novak Djokovic is on a flight from Australia after a court ruled the tennis star should not be allowed stay in the country. Federal judges upheld the government's decision to cancel his visa on the basis that his presence risked encouraging anti-vacc…

The Chinese city of Tianjin begins its third round of mass testing

Authorities want to eradicate Covid in the city of 14 million residents ahead of the Lunar New Year and Beijing Winter Olympic Games after cases were found in previous testing rounds. Also: an update on why Novak Djokovic's visa was cancelled, and wh…

The Economist | Business

What is ExxonMobil’s new climate strategy worth?

Big oil’s most reluctant decarboniser lays out its green plan…

Drinking in the office

Don’t ban, don’t binge and don’t badger…

Why Microsoft is splashing $69bn on video games

The tech giant’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is its biggest-ever deal…

How health care is turning into a consumer product

A new tech boom is changing the business of medicine…

TikTok isn’t silly. It’s serious

It is disrupting America’s social-media landscape…

The Economist | International

Do tips make for better service?

The evidence is mixed—and the practice varies widely across the world…

The world’s religions face a post-pandemic reckoning

Many need to sell their property; some branches will have to merge…

Are video games really addictive?

A revolution in games-makers’ business models has bolstered the case…

The Omicron variant advances at an incredible rate

Even if infections prove mild, that speed will have grave consequences…

Politicians are sending mixed signals about private car ownership

National leaders are promoting it. Local ones want to curb driving…

The Guardian

Covid news live: WHO recommends lifting international travel bans, says proof of vaccination not necessarily needed

Blanket travel bans are ineffective in suppressing Omicron’s spread and proof of vaccination may be unnecessary for international travel, WHO says; Germany breaks pandemic record for second consecutive dayPM announces end to all Omicron Covid restr…

Australia news live update: no rapid test stockpiling, PM says; 60 Covid deaths nationally; TGA approves two oral treatments and Novavax vaccine

Scott Morrison says claims federal government requisitioning Covid rapid antigen tests ‘categorically untrue’; 60 coronavirus deaths recorded across four states; NSW hospitalisations have fallen; two oral treatments for Covid-19 given provisional…

‘What are the Republicans for?': Joe Biden says Trump 'intimidating' entire party – video

US president Joe Biden has accused the Republicans of blocking his legislative agenda for purely political purposes, saying the party is more interested in defeating his presidency than doing things for the American people. Without mentioning his nam…

New photos show Tonga tsunami devastation as first aid plane arrives from New Zealand

First aid supplies have arrived in Tonga amid fears over contaminated water sources after volcano eruptionFresh pictures of the devastation in Tonga have emerged five days after an enormous volcano eruption and subsequent tsunami cut off contact with…

‘Why? Is there a resemblance?’ Tarantula-killing worm named for actor Jeff Daniels

The Tarantobelus jeffdanielsi parasite kills tarantulas, just like Daniels did in the 1990 cult classic ArachnophobiaIt was a career honor Jeff Daniels probably didn’t think he was going to be bestowed with. The famed actor, musician, and producer…

New York Times

As U.S. and Russia Prepare to Talk, Blinken Presents Hard Line

The U.S. secretary of state met with Ukraine’s president and said he would not present a written diplomatic proposal to Russia when he meets with his Russian counterpart on Friday.

Biden Predicts Russia Will Invade Ukraine

President Biden’s comments went well beyond the formal intelligence assessments described by White House officials, which conclude that Russia’s president has not yet decided whether to invade.

Theaters Open as Hairdressers for a Day to Protest a Dutch Lockdown

The country’s Covid measures were eased last week, but many arts venues had to remain closed and many in the sector are unhappy about it.

A Trove of Old Photos Could Reveal the Future of These Arctic Glaciers

The Svalbard Islands, part of Norway, are warming seven times faster than the global average. Aerial pictures from the 1930s are helping researchers understand what that means for the region’s ice.

Drone Strike Video Shows Killing of Civilians in Afghanistan

The New York Times obtained footage of the botched strike in Kabul, whose victims included seven children, through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

South China Morning Post

Public trust surges in China, falls dramatically in world’s democracies

A global survey has found that while public trust in the world’s democracies has fallen to new lows, scores are rising in several autocratic states – notably China.The Edelman Trust Barometer – which for 20 years has polled thousands of people…

Joe Biden says ‘we got a lot done’, vows to reconnect with Americans as he enters second year of his presidency

Joe Biden sought to reset his presidency in a marathon press conference on Wednesday, vowing to reconnect with American voters in his second year and touting what he said were his unprecedented successes, but stumbling during an answer on the Ukraine…

North Korea threatens to resume nuclear weapons tests, citing US ‘military threats’

North Korea on Thursday threatened to scrap its self-imposed moratorium on testing nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, lashing out at American “military threats” that it said had reached a “danger line”.Leader Kim Jong-un convened a meet…

Coronavirus Hong Kong: education authorities weigh suspending classes in secondary schools from Monday after students swept up in current outbreak

Hong Kong’s education authorities are likely to suspend most in-person classes in secondary schools starting Monday amid growing local outbreaks involving the Delta and Omicron variants, with health experts and principals backing the idea and an an…

Coronavirus: New Zealand rules out lockdown when Omicron arrives

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday that restrictions will be tightened across the country if there is a community transmission of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus but she ruled out lockdowns.New Zealand’s tight control…

The Straits Times

Psychiatrist says Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 in 2011 attacks, still a danger

January 20, 2022 12:34 PMBreivik was sentenced in 2012 to 21 years in jail, which can be extended if he's considered a threat.

US Senate Democrats' bid to pass voting rights Bill collapses

January 20, 2022 12:23 PMRepublicans use 'filibuster' rule to sink the legislation.

Cracks appear in Western unanimity on Russia amid Ukraine crisis

January 20, 2022 12:19 PMLONDON - United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken is meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday (Jan 21) in the latest effort to defuse the acute crisis over Ukraine.

Pristine coral reef unblemished by warming oceans found off Tahiti

January 20, 2022 12:09 PMSome of the rose-shaped corals measure more than 2m in diameter.

US firms grapple with vaccine mandates amid widespread misinformation

January 20, 2022 11:17 AMPolls show that significant portions of the American public continue to believe conspiracy theories about the pandemic.

Sydney Morning Herald

Australia news LIVE: Booster shot wait times accelerated in NSW, Victoria as COVID-19 cases grow across the nation; 2022 Australian Open continues in Melbourne

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged states to ease testing rules, surfing legend Kelly Slater has “no chance” of getting into the country if he’s not vaccinated and in the UK Boris Johnson is resisting calls to step down.

Google doing ‘everything in its power’ to stop United Australia Party spreading misinformation

Clive Palmer’s party has spent almost $5 million on political advertising on YouTube, which has subsequently removed four ads for breaching its policies.

ATAR, HSC 2021 results LIVE updates: NSW Year 12 students receive ATARs after disrupted school year

Students have begun receiving their HSC results and band six results will be released here at noon. Follow the news as we celebrate the Class of 2021.

2000 backpackers have arrived in Australia since borders opened

The number of working holidaymakers has plummeted and is slow to rebound, as the federal government waives visa fees to encourage more arrivals.

TechCrunch

Tesla investors urge judge to order Musk repay $13 bln for SolarCity deal

 REUTERS/Mike Blake/File PhotoTesla Inc (TSLA.O) shareholders on Tuesday asked a judge  to find that Elon Musk forced the company's board of directors into a  deal for SolarCity in 2016 and wanted the CEO convicted, the electric vehicl…

WHO says no evidence healthy children, adolescents need COVID-19 boosters

Photo Credit: Fabrice Coffrini | ReutersAt present, there is no evidence  that healthy children and adolescents need booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine,  World Health Organization chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Tuesday. …

WHATSAPP FOR ANDROID, DESKTOP TO GET NEW FEATURES

The Android app will get new pencil and drawing  tools in a future update, while WhatsApp Desktop will get new chat bubble colors. The desktop app  also gets a new dark blue color that is only visible in dark theme mode.The instant messagin…

Microsoft to gobble up Activision in $69 billion metaverse bet

 (Mike Blake, Reuters)Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is buying "Call of Duty" maker Activision Blizzard (ATVI.O) for $68.7 billion in the biggest gaming industry deal in history as global technology giants stake their claims to a virtual future.The dea…

Apple confirms that the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro do not support noise cancellation during phone calls

Photo credit: Gadgets Now Apple has confirmed that  iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro do not cancel noise  during phone calls, including  iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Apple included the feature in the iPhone 12 series and earli…

Wall Street Journal

India's Biggest Cities See Covid-19 Cases Fall Sharply, Raising Hopes for Omicron Peak

The decline in New Delhi and Mumbai suggests prior infections might be helping to prevent a repeat of last year’s devastating wave.

Biden Says Russia Likely to Move Against Ukraine, as Blinken Visits the Region

The U.S. president said Russia would face consequences calibrated to the degree of aggression, while the Biden administration’s top diplomat sought to reassure Ukraine’s president of unified support from the West.

North Korea Considers Restarting Long-Range and Nuclear-Weapons Tests

At a Politburo meeting, the Kim Jong Un regime blasted the U.S. for maintaining hostilities and said it needs to prepare for a long-term confrontation with the U.S.

Russian Military Buildup Triggers European Defense Anxieties

French President Emmanuel Macron marked his turn at the helm of the EU’s rotating presidency with a call for Europe to chart its own defense course aside from the trans-Atlantic alliance with the U.S.

Boris Johnson Faces Rising Pressure Over Lockdown Party

The British prime minister faced rising political pressure over allegations that he broke lockdown rules by attending a drinks party in Downing Street, as some of his Conservative lawmakers strategized how to oust the British leader and one defected…

Wired

Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard Deal and the Post-Console World

Microsoft is betting on a future more focused on games than hardware.

Why Airlines Are Fighting the 5G Rollout

Airline companies want more time to prepare for the potential impact of 5G frequencies on crucial safety equipment. Here's what that means for you.

A Bug in iOS 15 Is Leaking User Browsing Activity in Real Time

Apple has known about the vulnerability, which also affects iPadOS 15 and Safari 15, since late November.

How to Get Work Done—From Anywhere

These tips and gear will help you maximize productivity from a backpack, airplane, or hotel.

Europe’s Move Against Google Analytics Is Just the Beginning

Austria’s data regulator has found that the use of Google Analytics is a breach of GDPR. In the absence of a new EU-US data deal, other countries may follow.

World Health Organization

Human infection with avian influenza A (H5N8) – the Russian Federation

On 18 February 2021, the National IHR Focal Point for the Russian Federation notified WHO of detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) in seven human clinical specimens. These are the first reported detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) in humans. Positive…

Ebola virus disease – Guinea

On 14 February 2021, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea informed WHO of a cluster of Ebola Virus…

Rift Valley fever – Kenya

Rift Valley fever (RVF) has been reported in Kenya in humans in Isiolo and Mandera counties and in…

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

On 7 February 2021, the Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) after the laboratory confirmation of one case in North Kivu Province. The case was an adult female living in Biena He…

Influenza A (H3N2) variant virus – United States of America

On 13 January, 2021, a child under 18 years of age in Wisconsin developed respiratory disease. A respiratory specimen was collected on 14 January. Real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing conducted at the Wisconsin S…

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