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De Kock protest after South Africa team ordered to take knee before game – The Maravi Post

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Quinton de Kock on Tuesday refused to play in a T20 World Cup game against the West Indies in protest after Cricket South Africa CSA ordered its players to take a knee before matches in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

An hour before kickoff, CSA issued a statement in Dubai saying it had ordered players to make the anti-racism gesture ahead of their remaining games at the tournament.

In a second statement responding to de Kock’s withdrawal from the game, CSA said it noted the wicketkeeper-batsman’s “personal decision” not to take a knee and would decide on its next course of action after a report from team management. There was speculation that de Kock, a former national team captain, would return home from the World Cup.

CSA said it decided to force players to take a knee after concerns about the “different postures” taken ahead of warm-up matches and the team’s first World Cup game against Australia on Saturday.

Some members of South Africa’s team take a knee with their fists raised. Others stand with fists raised. De Kock, fast bowler Anrich Nortje and batsman Heinrich Klaasen, who are all white, have stood with their hands by their side before recent matches.

Ahead of the West Indies game, Klaasen and Nortje took a knee, as did every other South African player, in response to the directive.

In defense of the new policy, which suggests that players must take a knee before they play, CSA chairman Lawson Naidoo said “Diversity can and should find expression in many facets of our daily lives, but not when it comes to taking a stand against racism”

The different stances from players had previously provoked criticism from some quarters in South Africa, where issues of racism are constantly in the headlines because of the country’s history of forced segregation under the former apartheid regime.

Back home, many of the players “created an unintended perception of disparity or lack of support” for the anti-racism movement, CSA said.

However, compelling players to kneel before games stirred fierce debate and split opinion back home and, as de Kock’s situation showed, has created friction within the team.

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Still ‘not clear’ whether Omicron COVID variant is more transmissible or more severe than Delta: WHO – The Maravi Post

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The experts of the UN health agency said researchers in South Africa and around the world are currently conducting studies to better understand the aspects of Omicron, but as of right now, it is not clear whether it is more transmissible compared to other variants, including Delta.

“The number of people testing positive has risen in areas of South Africa affected by this variant, but epidemiologic studies are underway to understand if it is because of Omicron or other factors”, WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) explained in a statement.

The Group also highlighted that it is not clear whether infection with Omicron causes more severe disease compared to infections with other variants.

“While preliminary data suggests that there are increasing rates of hospitalization in South Africa, this may be due to increasing overall numbers of people becoming infected, rather than a result of a specific infection with Omicron”, the experts said.

They added that currently there is no information to suggest that Omicron causes different COVID-19 symptoms.

Higher risk of reinfection

However, the TAG-VE reaffirmed that preliminary evidence indicates that people who have previously had COVID-19 could become reinfected more easily with Omicron when compared to other variants of concern.

So far, the initially reported infections were among younger individuals who tend to have more mild disease, “but understanding the level of severity of the Omicron variant will take days to several weeks”, the experts said.  

The group emphasised that is working with partners to understand the potential impact of this variant on vaccines, the effectiveness of current PCR tests, and existing treatments, but more information is still needed.

Keep the borders open and follow science

As a growing number of countries have imposed flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the Omicron variant, the UN health agency urged them to follow evidence and International Health Regulations calling for ‘borders to remain open’.

While travel restrictions may play a role in slightly reducing the spread of COVID-19, ‘they place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods’, the agency said in a statement published on Sunday.

“If restrictions are implemented, they should not be unnecessarily invasive or intrusive and should be scientifically based, according to the International Health Regulations which is a legally binding instrument of international law recognized by over 190 nations”, WHO highlighted.

While investigations continue into the Omicron variant, the UN agency recommends countries to take a risk-based and scientific approach and put in place measures that can limit its possible spread.

“With the Omicron variant now detected in several regions of the world, putting in place travel bans that target Africa attacks global solidarity. COVID-19 constantly exploits our divisions. We will only get the better of the virus if we work together for solutions,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

Flight bans have been imposed on southern African countries, but so far only two have detected the new variant. Meanwhile, countries in other regions have reported cases of Omicron.

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Star designer Virgil Abloh dies of cancer after private battle – LVMH – The Maravi Post

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Star Black designer Virgil Abloh, the men’s artistic director at Louis Vuitton since 2018 and founder of label Off-White, has died from cancer which he had been fighting privately for several years, French fashion conglomerate LVMH (LVMH.PA) said on Sunday.

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Louis Vuitton’s Founder Virgil Abloh Dies At 41 What Happened To Him? Wife Name & Images

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News is coming that the famous American designer and entrepreneur named Virgil Abloh have left the world and his death news is creating a buzz on social media as plenty of his followers are delivering tributes on his untimely death. Famous Indian Rapper and singer Badshah took his Instagram and posted a story. Many other big celebs who were in his touch are mourning his death. The death news has shocked many of his close ones and people are keen to know about his death cause.

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Very famous Designer from America Virgil Abloh has died today at the age of 41, he was the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection and the founder of the Off-White label. As per the reports the 41 years old designer lost his life after privately battling against a rare aggressive form of cancer called cardiac angiosarcoma which is the most aggressive malignant primary cardiac tumor. Undoubtedly he was one of the most influential designers of his generation, he had been privately battling the disease for many years.

Amidst many tributes, Bernard Arnault, chief executive and chairman of LVMH said “We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom”. However, in the post, you can see his love and respect towards Abloh. Many other big names took their social media and showed their pain of losing him so as per this you can take the idea about his fan base that he must get by the determination towards his work. In the year 2018 March Abloh joined Vuitton and just after his joining the first show in the same year June marked a new chapter in the world and the history of fashion and it was called the moment of streetwear crashing the hallowed halls of luxury brands.

Born on September 30, 1980, in Rockford, Illinois, U.S. the founder of and CEO of Off-White Artistic Director of menswear at Louis Vuitton closed his eyes forever on the 28th of November 2021 at the age of 41 after losing the battle against cardiac angiosarcoma. In the year 2009 Abloh married Shannon Sundberg and the couple has 2 children. No doubt his untimely demise has shaken so many people and everyone is mourning today of his death, may his soul rest in peace, our deepest condolences are with his family and kin.

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