Azerbaijan extends distance learning period over COVID-19
By Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan has extended distance learning period across the country until December 30 due to COVID-19, the Cabinet of Ministers reported on November 30.The Cabinet of Ministers made a relevant amendment to the decision “On additional measures to organize the activity of educational institutions operating in Azerbaijan during a special quarantine regime” adopted on October 29.All educational institutions operating in country were instructed to ensure the online learning process since November 2 in line with the decree, due to the special quarantine regime in the country.Taking i...
Where can optimism take you? 3 Filipinas share how it led them to action
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines as a country has been through so much: natural disasters, political unrest, poverty, and now a pandemic.Add to this, each Filipino is facing his or her own problem, which makes looking for the silver lining that much harder. However, Filipinos are also known for being resilient, managing to smile even after facing crippling challenges.And there are Filipinos who think that resilience is not enough, wishing that some form of effort can be done to help those who are in need. When looking at the bigger picture, optimism without action can only get you so far....
Caring for the aged in the countryside is a big challenge
By Kang Bing | China Daily | Updated: 2020-12-01 07:27Editor's Note: Thanks to China's rapid economic development, strengthened environmental protection and improved public healthcare, life expectancy has increased in the country, which incidentally has also created a new challenge for the country: the aging population. What should China do to meet the aging population challenge? In the fifth of a series of commentaries, a senior journalist with China Daily looks for the answer:The government has taken many measures to deal with the aging society challenge. But it should also expedite the proc...
Isko tells youth: Be more critical of government
Isko tells youth: Be more critical of governmentRey Galupo(The Philippine Star) – December 1, 2020 – 12:00amMANILA, Philippines — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday called on the youth to be more critical of the government and public issues, but cautioned them against resorting to violence to make their voices heard.Speaking at the 157th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio at the Katipunan Shrine near the city hall, Moreno underscored the importance of love for country and God.He urged the youth to take inspiration from the courage and ideals of Bonifacio, but “avoid violence against our fel...
The weekly geography quiz
GEOQUIZ: To which country would you travel to visit New South Wales?Answer: Australia. The state in the country’s southeast is between the states of Queensland and Victoria and borders the Pacific Ocean. It’s home to Sydney, Australia’s largest city.———©2020 Chicago Tribune
A new left wing party won't change the country's fortunes - analysis
With new elections apparently lurking just around the corner, calls are mounting for former chief-of-staff Gadi Eisenkot to enter the political ring. Not on one of the existing lists, however, but rather as head of a new center-Left party.One of the leading advocates of an Eisenkot run is influential Channel 13 journalist Raviv Drucker, who in a Haaretz piece on Monday urged Yesh Atid-Telem MK Ofer Shelah and Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, both with political ambitions of their own to lead a new center-Left formation, to move aside and let Eisenkot take the reins.Under an op-ed headlined “Shelah a...
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French health authority outlines country's Covid-19 vaccination plan
France's national health authority unveiled on Monday its five-step vaccination roll-out strategy, which aims to prioritise the elderly and those most at risk from Covid-19.France's roll-out for the Covid-19 vaccine is set to start at the end of December or early January. The French national health authority, the Haute Autorité de Santé, has outlined a five-step plan to prioritise the most vulnerable people.Phase I: The country's top priority is to vaccinate the estimated 650,000 elderly residents living in care homes.Phase II: Vaccine shots for people over 75, then people over 65 with comorbi...
Locked-down French bookshops reopen in time for Goncourt Prize boost
Bookshops in France were shuttered a month ago as the country withdrew into its second nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Deemed non-essential then – to the dismay of many – bookshops and other small stores have now reopened for business. Desperate for a boost after a trying month and a difficult year, French booksellers are raising their iron curtains at just the right time, with the Christmas shopping season afoot and the Prix Goncourt awarded on Monday. France's most prestigious literary prize is a surefire boon for sales.At La Belle Lurette bookshop in the Marais, in central Paris, bookworms...
GT investigates: Will cold-chain imports trigger new wave of COVID-19 in China?
Editor's Note: Almost a year ago, COVID-19 cases that were first reported from Central China's Wuhan brought the entire country together to beat the deadly virus, underscoring the country's unparalleled resilience as the world still continues to struggle to rein in the pandemic. However, even for a country that claimed a strategic victory in the battle, the risk of a virus resurgence remains real and in different forms. With new cases linked to imported cold-chain foods and cargoes reported in many major hubs across the country, the spotlight is focused on how to prevent the new risk from cold...
New stage, new goals
By CAI FANG | China Daily Global | Updated: 2020-11-30 08:04The Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China held in October approved the Central Committee's proposals for formulating the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) for National Economic and Social Development and the Long-Term Goals for 2035. Specifically, China will strive to basically achieve socialist modernization by 2035 and build a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful by 2050.Given that China's economic growth faces v...