MELBOURNE, WHICH HAS spent more time under Covid19 lockdowns than any other city in the world, is set to lift its stay-at-home orders this week, officials said on Sunday.
By Friday, when some curbs will be lifted, the Australian city of five million people will have been under six lockdowns totalling 262 days, or nearly nine months, since March 2020.
Australian and other media say this is the longest in the world, exceeding a 234-day lockdown in Buenos Aires.
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WHO Deploys Team In South Africa To Tackle Omicron
THE WORLD HEALTH Organisation (WHO) has deployed a team of officials to South Africa's Gauteng province, the epicentre of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, forramping up surveillance measures and contact tracing efforts as the country grapples with rising infections, an official said on Thursday.
Variants, Boosters Turn Rich-Poor Vaccine Gap Into Chasm
THE GLOBAL INITIATIVE to share coronavirus vaccines fairly already scaled back its pledge to the world's poor once. Now, to meet even that limited promise, COVAX would have to deliver more than a million doses every hour until the end of the year in some of the world's most challenging places.
US largest trading partner of India during April-October
THE GOVERNMENT ON Friday said during the April-October period this fiscal, the US has once again emerged as the largest trading partner of India with bilateral merchandise trade of $67.41 billion.
Important to balance open internet, regulations: Google CEO
GOOGLE CEO SUNDAR Pichai on Friday said it is important to have a balance between open internet and regulations that can help support the open exchange of ideas and create opportunities.
Captains of sector demand for textile, garment in 5% slab under GST
AMID AGGRESSIVE MARKETING of 10th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit (VGGIS) to be held in January next year, captains of the textile industry in Gujarat have demanded to put textile and garment again in 5% tax slab under goods & services tax (GST) instead of 12%.
Sebi asks stock brokers to disclose investors' charter, complaints data on websites
MARKETS REGULATOR SEBI on Thursday asked stock brokers to disclose investors' charter as well as data pertaining to complaints they have received on their websites. The new guidelines will come into effect from January 1, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) said in a circular.
SC sets 24-hour deadline for govts to form 'serious plan'
NCR'S TOXIC AIR
Jet Airways in talks with Boeing, Airbus for $12-billion order
THE NEW OWNERS of once-bankrupt Jet Airways India are in talks with Boeing and Airbus to purchase at least 100 narrowbody jets for the carrier's fleet in a bid to revive what used to be the biggest private airline in the country before it collapsed under a pile of debt.
Oil falls as OPEC+ sticks to regular output increase
OIL PRICES FELL on Thursday as OPEC+ stuck to its policy of incrementally boosting output, even as the Omicron coronavirus variant unsettles markets and threatens to undercut fuel demand.
FM to start holding Budget meetings after winter session
WITH THE BUDGET for 2022-23 nearing, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman will meet stakeholders including representatives from industry, agriculture, health, education and economists after the conclusion of the Winter Session of Parliament on December 23 or even before if the session concludes ahead of schedule, sources told FE.
Italian Dressing, YOUNG AND RESTLESS
In an era of budget constraints and more recently, Covid safeguards, splashy weddings on daytime have been scarce. But for Victoria and Ashland’s big day, Y&R pulled out all the stops to create a grand affair that felt like a true event.
Y&R: NIKKI URGES VICTORIA NOT TO MARRY ASHLAND
At the Newman palazzo in Tuscany, Victoria and Ashland are at odds after his big confession about what he’s really been hiding all these decades. However, their conversation is interrupted when Victor and Nikki arrive after attending Kyle and Summer’s wedding in Milan.
WHAT THE METAVERSE IS AND HOW IT WILL WORK
The term “metaverse” seems to be everywhere. Facebook is hiring thousands of engineers in Europe to work on it, while video game companies are outlining their long-term visions for what some consider the next big thing online.
"Being an artist means for me bringing one's artistic vision into everyday life. It means harnessing the moments of inspiration and creativity but also trying to embrace all aspects of the process when it means adversity and hard work. With my art, I would like the viewer to be carried away into another world and encouraged to create and shape his or her individual story. I hope my art provides a moment of respite for the viewer and perhaps inspires the thought, "What if?".
Y&R: ASHLAND HAS DOUBTS ABOUT THE WEDDING
At the Newman palazzo, Victoria finalizes wedding details with Ashland, who is having trouble keeping his mind on the preparations. He finally asks his bride if she truly wants to go through with the wedding after learning the truth about his past.
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Y&R: NICK EXPOSES ASHLAND'S SECRET
A Furnished Bath
This elegant bathroom has fixture panels fabricated from parts of a Victorian armoire.
The Visible Man
Penn Badgley is famous for his roles as a gossip and a stalker—and he’s a little disturbed by what fans see in him.