Chicago teachers affirm COVID safety deal for school return

Chicago teachers voted in favour of approving a tentative COVID-19 safety plan to allow the third-largest US public school system to gradually resume in-person classes as soon as Thursday for students who have been out of school buildings for almost a year. Across the US, the debate over whether and how to get children back […]

India’s spending on women’s safety ‘grossly inadequate’: Oxfam

Fund named after 23-year-old woman raped and killed in 2012 low on resources and under-utilised, report finds. Nearly a decade since the gang rape and murder of a student on a bus shocked India, state spending to combat violence against women and girls is “grossly inadequate”, Oxfam India said on Tuesday. Funds earmarked for setting […]

Safety fears hamper India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive

NEW DELHI: The world’s biggest vaccination drive to inoculate 1.3 billion people against the coronavirus is slowing down in India as concerns over safety fuel vaccine hesitancy, especially among health workers. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the campaign on Jan. 16, with 30 million frontline health care workers the first to get the jab. […]

Sriwijaya crash puts Indonesian transport safety in the spotlight

Jakarta, Indonesia – Investigators are yet to determine the cause of this month’s Sriwijaya Air plane crash in Indonesia that killed all 63 people on board, but the disaster has once again put the spotlight on maintenance, training and safety across the country’s transport system. “There are correlations between the poor safety records of different […]