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London: A large trial in the US and two South American countries of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has shown 79 per cent efficacy rate at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and 100 per cent effectiveness in stopping severe disease and hospitalisation, the biotech firm said on Monday. A Phase III study of the vaccine, developed by Oxford University and produced by AstraZeneca was conducted by AstraZeneca plc in the US, Chile and Peru and reaffirmed that the vaccine is safe and highly effective , adding to previous trial data from the UK, Brazil and South Africa. The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is also being produced as part of a tie-up by the Serum Institute of India. The vaccine's efficacy was consistent across ethnicity and age, and in participants aged 65 years and over, its effectiveness was 80 per cent. These results are great news as they show the remarkable efficacy of the .....
Adelaide: Forty South Australian government schools will have the chance to share in $200,000 in funding to reduce bullying in schools. The new funding initiative will provide grants to improve and promote protective physical environments in schools that reduce bullying. The grants are being announced to mark the 11th year of the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA), with a record 500 South Australian public, catholic and independent schools registered to take part this year. Schools will be provided with a range of ideas to help transform school grounds to protective physical environments including: Grouped seating to increase social interaction Signage with positive messaging Fluorescent vests for teachers on yard duty Mirrors and sensor lighting to improve visibility and reduce blind spots; and Landscaping to revamp the school yard and increase na.....
Canbarrra: The future of Victoria’s Portland aluminium smelter has been secured after an electricity deal was struck with the nation’s biggest energy retailers backed by support from the Morrison Government support announced in December. Today’s announcement that Alcoa will keep the smelter operating until 2026 will protect around 500 jobs and many others in the region that rely on the plant’s continued operation. The smelter accounts for 14 percent of jobs in the Portland area. The Morrison Government will provide up to $76.8 million over four years to secure Portland’s participation in the Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader (RERT) scheme and help Victoria keep the lights on at times of peak demand. Under the agreement with the Morrison Government, the Alcoa-operated facility will see Portland reduce its energy demand at peak times, making more electricity avail.....
Washington: The US House of Representatives has passed two key bills that would create a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, some migrant farmworkers and children whose parents immigrated legally to the country, like those under the H-1B visa programme. The passage of the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021, by the House on Thursday by 228-197 votes, was welcomed by the President Joe Biden, who described it as a critical first step in reforming the country's immigration system. It will provide much-needed relief to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders and Dreamers, young people who came here as children and know no other country, Biden said. "I support this bill, and commend the House of Representatives for passing this important legislation," Biden said in a statement. Dreamers are basically undocumented immigrants who enter the US as chil.....
South Australia’s strong economic rebound from COVID-19 continues to gather momentum, with latest ABS data showing the state has retained its nation-leading status for total jobs growth since the depths of the pandemic. And SA outperforms every other state and territory, except Western Australia, for the total value of employee wages paid since the COVID low point (April 18, 2020) – rising 9.8 per cent, compared to 7.8 per cent nationally. Total employee jobs in SA increased by a nation-leading 11.3 per cent in the ten months since April 18 - above the national average of 9 per cent, according to the ABS Labour Force: Single Touch Payroll data released this week. Treasurer Rob Lucas welcomed the figures as another positive sign of a rebounding local economy – with business conditions and confidence also high in recent independent surveys. “While monthly Labour Force .....
Brisbane: The Palaszczuk Government has extended financial support for Cairns tourism businesses. Reef fleet operators at the Cairns Marlin Marina have received fee relief since February 2020, with the latest extension pushing that support out to mid-2022. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said continuing rebates until mid-2022 would amount to more than $10 million in financial assistance provided to reef fleet operators and port tenants since the pandemic began. “Sectors of our economy are faring extremely well thanks to our strong health response but without international visitors, Queensland’s tourist industry will continue to need support,” the Premier said. “More than 800,000 overseas visitors contributed more than $1 billion to the Far North economy before international borders shut due to COVID-19. “With the Prime Minister set to cut off JobKeeper on March 28,.....
Beijing: China's exports surged 60.6 per cent over a year earlier in the first two months of 2021, after factories reopened and global demand started to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Exports rose to USD 468.9 billion, customs data showed Sunday, accelerating from December's 18.1 per cent gain and nearly double the growth expected by forecasters. Imports jumped 22.2 per cent to USD 365.6 billion, up from December's 6.5 per cent increase. Chinese authorities combine trade data for the first two months to compensate for fluctuations due to the Lunar New Year holiday, which falls at different times each year in January or February. Factories shut down for up to two weeks, then restock after they reopen. Exporters benefited from the relatively early reopening of China's economy after the ruling Communist Party declared victory over the disease last March while foreign compet.....
Washington: No news conference. No Oval Office address. No prime time speech to a joint session of Congress. President Joe Biden is the first executive in four decades to reach this point in his term without holding a formal question and answer session. It reflects a White House media strategy meant both to reserve major media set-pieces for the celebration of a legislative victory and to limit unforced errors from a historically gaffe-prone politician. Biden has opted to take questions about as often as most of his recent predecessors, but he tends to field just one or two informal inquiries at a time, usually in a hurried setting at the end of an event. In a sharp contrast with the previous administration, the White House is exerting extreme message discipline, empowering staff to speak but doing so with caution. Recalling both Biden's largely leak-free campaign and the.....
New Delhi: India's services activity expanded at the fastest rate in a year during February, while employment fell further and companies noted the sharpest rise in overall expenses, a monthly survey said on Wednesday. The seasonally adjusted India Services Business Activity Index rose from 52.8 in January to 55.3 in February, pointing to the sharpest rate of expansion in output in a year amid improved demand and more favourable market conditions. The index was above the critical 50 mark that separates growth from contraction for the fifth month in a row during February as the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines led to an improvement in business confidence towards growth prospects. While, new work intakes expanded for the fifth straight month, panellists continued to indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions curbed international demand for their services. "New expo.....
Canberra: The Australian Government welcomes the Final Report from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, which has today been tabled in Parliament, noting its significant and sweeping proposals for reform of the aged care sector. As a country it is important that we all acknowledge that we need to do more to ensure senior Australians are treated with respect, care and dignity and have access to quality care as they age. The Royal Commission’s Final Report recognises the immense effort of our nurses and carers but also brings the challenges of aged care services into clear focus. The Government is committed to transforming aged care and the Royal Commission’s monumental report, with 148 recommendations, delivers a challenging, but achievable road to reform. Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, said it was clear from the Royal Commission’s work that while signif.....
Canberra: The Morrison Government is enhancing our social security safety net by increasing support for unemployed Australians while strengthening their obligations to search for work. From March the Coalition Government will progressively introduce a series of permanent measures to ensure that job seekers have the best opportunity to secure employment as our nation continues to recover from the economic challenges of COVID-19. These include: permanently increasing the rate of working-age payments by $50 a fortnight from 1 April 2021, benefiting 1.95 million Australians; permanently increasing the income-free earnings to $150 per fortnight for JobSeeker Payment and Youth Allowance (other) from 1 April 2021; temporarily extending the waiver of the Ordinary Waiting Period for certain payments for a further three months to 30 June 2021; temporarily extending the expanded.....
ప్రాథమిక స్థాయిలో బోధనా మాధ్యమంగా మాతృభాషకు ప్రాధాన్యత పెంచాలని ఉపరాష్ట్రపతి శ్రీ ముప్పవరపు వెంకయ్య నాయుడు పిలుపునిచ్చారు. ఇంట్లో పెద్దలు మాట్లాడుకోని భాషలో ప్రాథమిక దశలో విద్యను నేర్చుకోవడం పిల్లల ఉన్నతికి అవరోధంగా మారుతుందని తెలిపారు. ఈ సందర్భంగా వివిధ అధ్యయనాలను ప్రస్తావించిన ఉపరాష్ట్రపతి, ప్రాథమిక దశలో మాతృభాషలో సాగే విద.....