Schools across Germany reopen after months of closure due to COVID-19

Majority of German states have reopened their schools after two months of closures to stop the spread of COVID-19. Daycare centers, kindergartens, primary schools to grade 4 and graduating classes are back, albeit on alternating days to limit the number of people together at one time. Since January, students across Germany have been attending classes digitally from home, making it …

Vitamin C, zinc don’t lessen Covid-19 symptoms, study finds

Can vitamin C and zinc help you fight off Covid-19? No, not even at high doses, according to a randomized clinical trial to test the two supplements under medical supervision. Despite the popular use of vitamin C and zinc to fight off or lessen the severity of colds and flu, the new study, published in JAMA Network Open, found the …

Students in France wait for food handouts as COVID-19 ruins their jobs

Every Tuesday, Moroccan student Chaimae Irfaq hands out food parcels to dozens of hard-up students in the foyer of her Paris university residence, and takes one home for herself. Irfaq arrived in France in October to complete her business degree and expected to take part-time jobs to supplement the 700 euros a month her father gives her. But she said …

Peace court: Colombia army ‘behind 6,400 extrajudicial killings’

An inquiry in Colombia has found that 6,402 civilians were killed by the military between 2002 and 2008 and falsely passed off as enemy combatants. The number of killings, known as “false positives,” is almost three times higher than previous estimates. The inquiry is by a special court looking into crimes committed during a half century of conflict between troops …

COVID and suicide: Japan’s rise a warning to the world?

Japan reports suicides faster and more accurately than anywhere else in the world. Unlike most countries, here they are compiled at the end of every month. During the COVID pandemic the numbers have told a disturbing story. In 2020, for the first time in 11 years, suicide rates in Japan went up. Most surprising, while male suicides fell slightly, rates …

Sugarbook dating app maker arrested over ‘promoting prostitution’

The founder of a controversial “sugar daddy” dating app in Malaysia was arrested under anti-prostitution laws. Police did not name the suspect but media and the Sugarbook website say the founder is 34-year-old Darren Chan. Sugarbook promises to link younger women with older men who are expected to provide financial support. Last week the app boasted that thousands of students, …

Tokyo 2020: Japan Olympics minister Seiko Hashimoto appointed head of Games

Japan’s Seiko Hashimoto was appointed the next Tokyo 2020 president, after her predecessor quit over sexist comments he made. The former Olympics Minister is a seven-time Olympian herself, having competed as a cyclist and a speed skater. Former chief Yoshiro Mori resigned following a backlash, after he said women talk too much. Another octogenarian male leader was initially billed to …

What is COVAX, who is it aimed at and how will it be distributed?

With vaccination seen as the fastest way out of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increasing drive from developed countries to fund the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access or COVAX, which distributes vaccine doses to countries that apply. It isn’t simply about benevolence and goodwill to those in poorer countries that have so far been unable to inoculate their populace. Equally …

Tsina, naging pinakamalaking trade partner ng EU

Ayon sa pinakahuling dato mula sa Eurostat na may punong himpilan sa Luxembourg, umabot sa 586 bilyong Euro ang halaga ng kalakalan ng Tsina at Unyong Europeo sa 2020; samantala, 555 bilyong Euro ang halaga ng kalakalan ng Amerika at EU. Sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon, ang Tsina ay naging pinakamalaking trade partner ng EU sa halip ng Amerika. Ipinalalagay ng mga …