Warning of severe storms issued for KwaZulu-Natal

KwaZulu-Natal residents are urged to remain on high alert amid another warning of severe storms that might be accompanied by heavy rainfall on Thursday across parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

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Merck wins European approval for first-ever Ebola vaccine

US drug maker Merck & Co Inc  has received approval from the European Commission to market its Ebola vaccine, less than a month after a European medicines panel backed the first-ever vaccine against the deadly virus.

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Ndabeni-Abrahams calls on private sector to help citizens prepare for 4IR

Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has called on the private sector and institutions of higher learning to work with government to help citizens prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution  (4IR).

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UCT professor calls for greater awareness around cervical cancer

University of Cape Town  Professor Lynette Denny has used her award of the prestigious Medical Research Council Gold Medal to again make a plea for greater awareness of cervical cancer and the fact that it is preventable through mass screening.

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Michigan boy, 17, gets double lung transplant after damage from vaping

A 17-year-old Michigan boy facing”imminent death” from vaping injuries has undergone a double lung transplant, the first in a patient suffering from the effects of e-cigarettes, a Detroit hospital said on Tuesday.

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Cogta in KZN urges people to be cautious amid heavy rains

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal has urged people to remain cautious this week – as wet weather conditions continue across the province.

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Regulators begin probe into Google-Ascension cloud computing deal: WSJ

A US federal regulator has initiated an investigation into a cloud computing deal between Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google and Ascension Health [ASCNH.UL] which would give Google access to detailed health information of millions of patients, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

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Disaster relief teams working round the clock following tornado in KZN Midlands

Roofs of houses have been blown off and trees uprooted after a tornado hit the Mpolweni area near New Hanover in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

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Severe storms headed to Durban: Weather Services

Rain

The South African Weather Service has issued a second alert for Durban and surrounding areas. The weather services say people should brace themselves for more severe thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday.

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Pneumonia kills a child every 39 seconds, health agencies say

Doctors visit

Pneumonia killed more than 800,000 babies and young children last year – or one child every 39 seconds – despite being curable and mostly preventable, global health agencies said on Tuesday.

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Planet Mercury makes rare transit between the Earth and the Sun

Mercury

The planet Mercury has made a rare transit, passing directly between Earth and the Sun – an event that won’t happen again for 13 years.

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Severe storms, drought take their toll in parts of the country

Floods

Severe storms and heavy rains in KwaZulu-Natal, and worsening drought in the Eastern Cape are taking their toll on people and livestock.

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KwaZulu-Natal residents urged to brace for heavy rainfall

The South African Weather Service says residents should brace themselves as more, heavy rainfall is expected in some parts of Ethekwini Municipality including Durban and the Ugu district in southern KwaZulu-Natal for the rest of the day.

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Alibaba Singles’ Day sales hit $23 billion in first nine hours

A screen shows the value of goods being transacted during Alibaba Group’s 11.11 Single’s Day global shopping festival at the company’s headquarters.

Alibaba netted sales worth $30 billion on its platforms on Singles’ Day last year, dwarfing the $7.9 billion US online sales for Cyber Monday.

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