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TREATMENT

DC files antitrust case vs Amazon over treatment of vendors | National News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia has sued Amazon, accusing the online retail giant of anticompetitive practices in its treatment of sellers on its platform. The practices have raised prices for consumers and stifled innovation and choice in the online retail market, the DC attorney general alleges in an antitrust suit.

The suit filed Tuesday in the District of Columbia court maintains that Amazon has fixed online retail prices through contract provisions and policies it applies to third-party sellers. It alleges these provisions and policies prevent sellers that offer products on Amazon.com from offering their products at lower prices or on better terms on any other online platform, including their own websites.

“We filed this antitrust lawsuit to put an end to Amazon’s illegal control of prices across the online retail market,” DC Attorney General Karl Racine said in a conference call with reporters. “We need a fair online

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HEALTH

Sindiswa Gomba fired as Eastern Cape health MEC amid Nelson Mandela funeral fraud case


Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba

Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba has been fired from her position to allow her time to focus on her Nelson Mandela funeral fraud case.

The announcement was made by Premier Oscar Mabuyane during a media briefing on Thursday.

Mabuyane added that Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Xolile Nqatha would serve as acting health MEC until a permanent appointment was made.

Gomba will, however, remain as a member of the Eastern cape legislature.

Mabuyane also revealed that Gomba was implicated in a Special Investigating Unit report on wrongdoing, alongside former health head Dr Thobile Mbengashe.

This is in relation to the procurement of the infamous scooter ambulances at a cost of R10 million by the provincial health department.

At the same time, Gomba, several other ANC heavyweights in the Buffalo City Metro region and municipal officials are facing a string of serious

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DENTAL

4 Types, Benefits, Use Case and Costs

What is a dental bridge?

If you have missing teeth, your dentist can close — or bridge — the gaps in your smile with dental bridges. A dental bridge is a false tooth (called a pontic) that is held in place by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. Although pontics can be made from a variety of materials such as gold, typically they’re made from porcelain to aesthetically blend in with your natural teeth.

There are four main types of dental bridges:

  • traditional
  • cantilever
  • Maryland
  • implant-supported

Traditional dental bridge

A traditional dental bridge consists of a false tooth or teeth being held in place by dental crowns that have been cemented onto each of the abutment teeth. A traditional bridge is the most popular type of dental bridge and can be used when you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap created by your missing

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HEALTH

First case of highly contagious coronavirus mutation detected in Oregon, worrying health officials

A contagious strain of the coronavirus that rapidly swept through the United Kingdom is officially in Oregon, worrying public health officials.

The Oregon Health Authority on Friday announced a Multnomah County resident with no known travel history tested positive for the variant, known as B.1.1.7. Before Oregon’s case, there were only 88 known infections across 15 states.

Federal officials say the strain is far more transmissible and will likely make up a bulk of U.S. infections by March. Although there’s no evidence the strain is more severe or deadly, its ability to pass more easily means more people could be infected and ultimately die during the pandemic.

“The detection of the first case of this variant strain is a concern, and we have been monitoring movement of this strain,” Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the state health officer and state epidemiologist, said in a statement.

The Oregon Health Authority said public health

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