New CDC Study: COVID-19 Booster Protects Against Hospitalization, Severe Illness

A study released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows an extra shot of a COVID-19 vaccine provides solid protection against severe disease, hospitalization and death.The federal health agency followed more than 400,000 adults in Los Angeles who were infected with either the delta or omicron variants of the coronavirus between November and this past January. Researchers found that unvaccinated residents who were infected with the…

UNESCO: World Failing to Provide Quality Education for Children

A United Nations report released Monday said the world is failing to insure that by 2030 all children are receiving an “inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities.” The indicators used to determine a participating country’s success included: early childhood education attendance; drop-out rates; completion rates; gender gaps in completion rates; minimum proficiency rates in reading and mathematics; trained teachers; and public education expenditure. The United Nations Educational…

IAE: Russia Undermining European Gas Supply Amid Ukraine Standoff

LONDON — Russia is contributing to an undersupply of natural gas to Europe, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Fatih Birol said on Wednesday, noting it comes amid a standoff between Moscow and the West over Ukraine.The Paris-based IEA, energy watchdog for developed countries, warned that the high energy prices and consumer pain wrought by the gas crunch makes the case for future mandatory storage quotas for European…

C. Equatoria teachers threaten strike over pay

Teachers employed by Central Equatoria State are threatening to go on strike if their salaries and allowances are not paid in line with increments directed by President Salva Kiir, the chairman of the steering committee of the teachers’ union in the state, George Sebit Beninsio revealed on Thursday.Sebit told Radio Tamazuj that the new structure being imposed on the teachers lacks the nature of work allowances.“We went to the ministry…

Uber, Electric Vehicle Group Partner to Deploy Electric Motorcycles Across Africa in 2022

NAIROBI — Just as in most cities across Africa, motorcycle taxi drivers are in almost every corner of Nairobi. Josephat Mutiso is among the first drivers here to make the switch from fossil fuel to electric motorcycles, thanks to a partnership between Uber and Opibus.“This is way efficient,” he said. “It is even way easier to ride than the other one. You see, this one you don’t have so ma"ny…

Lakes State: 316 graduate in vocational training skills

The Vocational Skills and Development Organizations (VOSDO) with support from UNDP and funding from the kingdom of Netherlands on Tuesday graduated a total of 316 trainees, including 227 female graduates, at the Rumbek Vocational Training Center.VOSDO executive director Daniel Ruben said the graduating trainees came from both the institution and the community and learned different life skills.“We have skills training in automotive, carpentry and joinery, computer applications, solar installation, plumbing,…

Rockettes End Season as New York Tallies Record COVID-19 Cases

NEW YORK — New York state reported Friday that just over 21,000 people had tested positive for COVID-19 the previous day, the highest single-day total for new cases since testing became widely available.Just under half of the positive results were in the city, where lines were growing at testing stations, the Rockettes Christmas show was canceled for the season and some Broadway shows nixed performances because of outbreaks among cast…

Schools closed in El Gedaref as COVID-19 cases and deaths rise

The El Gedaref state government announced the closure of schools for a period of two weeks starting yesterday, Thursday, due to an increase in COVID-19 infections and deaths.The decision was issued by a joint meeting between the state government, the Security Committee, and the Technical Committee for Health Emergencies. It excluded the third grade, the eighth grade, and the first grade intermediate.The meeting decided to organise markets in localities, prevent…