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Why is Dr. Fauci stepping down?



Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official who has been the go-to expert during the pandemic under Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden says he’s leaving his government post after 54 years of public service

Fauci was praised by many for his efforts during the COVID 19 pandemic.

He is stepping down from his post as chief medical adviser to Biden and director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which he lead since 1984.

Fauci has advised seven U.S. Presidents, and has focused his work on the infectious diseases: HIV/Aids, Ebola, Zika, Monkeypox and COVID-19.

During the Covid-19 pandemic he was criticised by former President Donald Trump and others- who objected to precautions like obligatory vaccinations and masking.

He was even threatened.

Following the 2020 election, Biden made Fauci his chief medical adviser.

So why is he leaving?

Speaking to Reuters, the immunologist said “I definitely feel it was worth staying as long as I have. It is unfortunate, but it is a fact of life that we are living in a very, very divisive society right now”.

And that it’s not because of the threats.

Further adding to the Reuters interview, “I don’t like the idea that I have to have armed federal agents with me. That’s not a happy feeling. It’s reality. And you’ve got to deal with reality.”

In a statement, the U.S. President Joe Biden said “As he leaves his position in the U.S. Government, I know the American people and the entire world will continue to benefit from Dr. Fauci’s expertise in whatever he does next. The United States of America is stronger, more resilient and healthier because of him.”

He has become one of the most recognised and trusted figures in the world in regards to the pandemic.  

Fauci is leaving his post but he says he will continue his work to inspire a new generation of doctors. 

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Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?



Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.

Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.

While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.

Seth Schachner, the Managing Director at StratAmericas and a former Sony Music Executive joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #Spotify #music #Apple #AppleMusic #SpotifyWrapped #streaming #featured #IN AMERICA TODAY

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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry



Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.

The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.

The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.

New Zealand example

Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.

The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.

With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.

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Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’



Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.

The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.

In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.

We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.

Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.

This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.

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