President Joe Biden’s winter plan to combat Omicron:

The US president Joe Biden will reveal his administration strategy on Thursday to combat the new Omicron variant this winter as scientists continue to study the emerging new strain.

Earlier during a briefing, the President assured that the country will not see strict lockdowns as it saw during the previous delta variant. However, the public may expect to face strict travel bans.

As per the health experts’ expectations, Joe Biden’s Covid-19 combat strategy will include, improve genomic sequencing and testing, placing vaccine mandates, broadening eligibility criteria for booster shots, and encouraging mask mandates regardless of vaccination proof.

Alec Baldwin claims “he didn’t pull the trigger” that killed Hutchins:

After the tragic shooting incident that happened during the “Rust” shooting that killed Halyna Hutchins and wounded Joel Souza, Alec Baldwin spoke out for the first time in an interview with George Stephanopoulos in ABC News’ special episode that will be going to go on-air on Thursday at 8:00 pm. As per the actor’s statement, he was unaware that it had live ammunition. In a small clip of the interview released on Thursday, Alec Baldwin was seen being all emotional while talking about Halyna Hutchins and saying he “didn’t pull the trigger” when Stephanopoulos said, “the gun was in your hand”.   

ITF to suspend China tournaments amidst the ongoing sexual assault accusation by a player:

The International Tennis Federation Board gathers Thursday to consider suspension of all the Women’s Tennis Association’s tournaments that are scheduled to happen in China. The meeting comes after the Olympian Peng Shuai indicted a high-ranking Chinese official of sexual assault.  Since then, her whereabouts knowledge has been sporadic. Moreover, her last week’s meeting with the International Olympic Committee did little to guarantee her security. “The WTA has remained steadfast and true to its values since the outset and we understand their decision,” said ITF’s representative Heather Bowler. “We will continue to monitor the situation closely.”

Jussie Smollett’s attorney set to question star witness:

On Thursday, Jussie Smollett’s team will seek to question the credibility of a witness who alleges that the American singer and star paid him and his brother to carry out a fake homophobic, racist attack on the singer in 2019. However, questioning Abimbola Osundairo ‘s testimony will be challenging. On Wednesday during a court trial, Osundairo witnessed that the singer asked him and his brother “to fake beat him up”. He also claimed, that, Smollett paid $100 to get supplies for the fake attack. “He wanted a camera to catch it,” said Osundairo.

Abimbola Osundairo
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MLB owners lockout contestants in baseball’s first work-stoppage since 1995-1995:

Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining contract which was formed among the 30 Major League Clubs and permits the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) and MLB to conduct business will be outdated on Wednesday at 11:59 pm. As per Jon Heyman from  MLB Network, the owners have voted to lock out the contestants. The lockout decision came soon after the expiration of the agreement. It is the first-ever work-stoppage in League’s history since 1994 – 1995.