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TODAY is December 1 and it is the 335th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 30 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday (58 in 400 years each) than on Sunday or Monday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Wednesday or Friday (56).
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CHRISTIAN feast days today include: Blessed Bruna Pellesi; Blessed Charles de Foucauld; Castritian; Saint Eligius; Edmund Campion; Nicholas Ferrar (Episcopal Church); and December 1 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
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TODAY is also World AIDS. Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations says today, we commemorate World AIDS Day – we stand in solidarity with the 78 million people who have become infected with HIV and remember the 35 million who have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the first cases of HIV were reported.
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THE world has committed to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. We are seeing that countries are getting on the Fast-Track – more than 18 million people are on life-saving HIV treatment and country after country is on track to virtually eliminate HIV transmission from mother to child.
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THEY say the number of new HIV infections is not declining among adults, with young women particularly at risk of becoming infected with HIV. Just wondering out loud what the official figure in PNG is for those infected with the HIV virus
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AMONG Google’s latest attempts at innovation is a spoon that allows people with essential tremors and Parkinson’s disease to eat without spilling. The project was begun by a small start-up that was acquired by Google earlier this year. Equipped with sensors that detect shaking, the spoon uses algorithms to keep it steady, reducing shaking by an average of 76 per cent, according to the results of clinical trials. Doctors say the device has allowed some patients to eat independently who otherwise would have to be fed.
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ST Andrew, the brother of St Peter, was the first apostle called by Jesus, but he is primarily known today as the patron saint of Scotland. St Andrew’s association with Scotland didn’t come about until four centuries after his death, when some of his relics were brought there. Scots continue the custom of wearing a “St Andrew’s cross” on Nov 30, which consists of blue and white ribbons shaped like the letter X. The tradition for this form of a cross began no earlier than the 13th century.
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QUOTE of the day: It is cruel to discover one’s mediocrity only when it is too late. – W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
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