Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited (ECO.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2021 interim results for the second quarter.For more information about Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited (ECO.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited (ECO.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited (ECO.zw) 2021 interim results for the second quarter.Company ProfileEconet Wireless Zimbabwe is a diversified telecommunications group; it is the largest enterprise of its kind in Zimbabwe and the largest company on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange in terms of market capitalisation. Econet Wireless Zimbabwe provides products and solutions for mobile and fixed wireless telephony, public payphones, internet access and payment solutions. In 2009, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe became the first operator in Zimbabwe to launch data services with 3G capability. This was followed by an extensive project to expand its geographic coverage; building a fibre-optic network, providing financial transaction switching and point-of-sale and value-added retail support services. The company is a subsidiary of a privately-owned group controlled by its founder, Strive Masiyiwa. The group’s subsidiaries include Econet Global, Econet Wireless Africa, Econet Wireless International, Econet Enterprises, Liquid Telecom Group and Econet Media.
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Purvi PatelFor the first time in the United States, on March 30 a woman was convicted and ordered to spend 20 years of a 41-year sentence in prison for child neglect — and feticide! The charges against Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old woman of South Asian descent, were clearly contradictory, but that did not stop prosecutors from using “junk science” to win their case.This is the first time a feticide law — on the books in 35 states — was used to criminalize abortion. (For background, see “Indiana woman criminalized after miscarriage,” workers.org, Feb. 19)“Purvi Patel is an amazing example … [that] women’s pregnancies are now becoming the subject of policing, prosecution and severe sentences in an age of mass incarceration,” Lynn M. Paltrow, executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, told Democracy Now! on April 2. The organization supports Patel’s appeal.This is the second time Indiana has prosecuted a woman of color under its feticide law. Chinese migrant Bei-Bei Shuai was arrested in March 2011 after a failed suicide attempt led to ending her pregnancy. After spending 435 days in jail, she eventually accepted a plea deal for “criminal recklessness” and was released in 2013.South Asian-American physician and writer Sayantani Dasgupta observed, “The fact that Patel is of Indian origin, a brown woman in the heart of the American Midwest, a South Asian face in the era of post 9-11 racial profiling, is in fact critically important in this narrative of criminalized reproduction.” She cited the Patel and Shuai cases as being driven by the religious right’s critical views of India and China in their global evangelical crusades against abortion. (Salon, April 26)While calling this case “a clarion call” for women’s reproductive freedom, Dasgupta stated: “This case simultaneously reveals right-wing racist and xenophobic politics. There is an organized backlash to abortion rights happening in this country, married to an anti-immigrant, Islamophobic, apocalyptic fervor that holds fetal ‘citizens’ far more dear than female ones.”Laws curtail abortion rightsAttacks on women’s health clinics accelerated in the first three months of 2015. The only clinic in Mississippi was vandalized on March 22.The Guttmacher Institute reported April 2 that state legislators have proposed 332 laws to restrict access to abortion services in 43 states. Of 53 approved, only nine have been enacted. These laws curb access in both early and later months of pregnancy, “leaving women with fewer options and a greatly reduced time frame to get the care they need.”Arkansas and Idaho banned use of “telemedicine” for prescribing early medication abortions (such bans exist in 15 states), while West Virginia banned abortions 20 weeks after fertilization without exceptions for rape and incest. In mid-April, Kansas and Oklahoma took the 20-week ban even further by passing a law which prohibits use of the dilation and evacuation (D&E) procedure for abortions after 20 weeks postfertilization. Missouri and South Carolina are considering similar laws, as is Congress.A major problem, as noted by progressive critics, is that such laws are not based on medical or scientific terms and methods, and they interfere with the practice of medicine and the doctor-patient relationship. The D&E procedure is one of the safest methods for second trimester abortions, which only account for about 8 percent of all U.S. abortions. These bans discount that fetal testing results are often not known until late in the second trimester, when families are forced to make heartbreaking decisions about ending a wanted pregnancy. The struggle on this issue has just begun.A few pro-reproductive justice measuresAfter a huge social media campaign to stop the federal human trafficking bill from including an anti-abortion provision that would have expanded the role of the Hyde amendment (which blocks federal funding for abortions for poor women), the Senate passed the bill without such language on April 22. Now, the survivors’ compensation fund has two separate pools of money: funds from criminal fines will provide survivors with nonmedical services, while only federal funds appropriated originally for community health centers must adhere to the Hyde Amendment. Though this is not a victory, it is a setback for anti-abortion forces.A hearing was held April 15 on a California bill to regulate anti-choice “crisis pregnancy centers.” The Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act would require all licensed facilities in the state that “provide family planning and pregnancy-related services to inform patients about available assistance for affordable contraception, abortion and prenatal care, including how to obtain that assistance.”An amendment to Illinois’ Health Care Right of Conscience Act, which would have the same effect as the California bill, was introduced April 21. It mandates that all health care providers at 46 community health centers in Illinois must advise clients on the benefits of abortion and make referrals for abortion services.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News The latest victim was Mostafa Hamed, a reporter based in Fallujah, in the western province of Al Anbar, where he works for the local TV channel Sharqeya. He was arrested at his home at 2 a.m. on 9 June by policemen who did not tell him what he was charged with, and was finally released today without being charged. According to the information gathered by the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO), RSF’s partner NGO in Iraq, Hamed had been investigating the involvement of Fallujah city hall leaders in a real estate scandal. Sharqeya is owned by Saad al Bazzaz, a local businessman and political rival of Al Anbar’s governor, who tried to get the TV channel closed last December. The other recent victim is Hossam al Kaabi, a reporter based in Najaf, 180 km south of Baghdad, who has repeatedly been harassed in connection with his coverage of an alleged corruption case involving the Najaf provincial airport’s former governing board. What with money, women and threats, every kind of method has been used in an attempt to silence his reporting on the case, he said. The corruption case is however by no means a secret. He has also been the target of dozens of legal actions. The latest method was an arrest warrant, which resulted in his having to pay the large sum of 15 million dinars (10,745 euros) in bail to obtain his release on 6 June. The warrant was the result of a complaint filed by Najaf airport’s former administration four days after Kaabi’s main media outlet, the NRT network’s Arabic-language channel, was forced to close for financial reasons. Defended by a consortium of lawyers, Kaabi told RSF he is concerned about the outcome because of the lack of judicial independence in Iraq. “These two arrest warrants highlight the different kinds of difficulties for journalists in Iraq, which not only include being unjustly prosecuted but also the risk of seeing your work used for the purposes of the political rivalry,” said Sophie Anmuth, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “The absurd proceedings against Hossam al Kaabi must be dropped and the authorities must do their duty to protect journalists who are the target of threats.” As Kaabi points out on Facebook, in theory Iraqi law protects the right of journalists to seek information and sources. But in practice, as JFO has often reported, local officials act with impunity when they use judicial pressure and sometimes death threats to pressure journalists who investigate corruption. Iraq is ranked 160th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting sources Judicial harassment June 12, 2018 Covering corruption exposes journalists to arrest in Iraq News Follow the news on Iraq Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arrests to which two investigative reporters have been subjected in different parts of Iraq in the past few days in connection with their coverage of corruption, and calls for an end to the harassment of these journalists. to go further February 15, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Hossam al Kaabi IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting sources Judicial harassment Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan RSF_en News Organisation December 16, 2020 Find out more
Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSCommunityLimerick City and Countylocal newsNews Facebook Twitter Email Advertisement Limerick on Covid watch list Print Mary Cronin, from Croom, Chair of the Limerick and National Network of Older Peoples’ Councils, taking a selfie with Cllr James Collins, Mayor of Limerick City and County.Photo by Diarmuid GreeneWHEN Age Friendly Limerick says “we have a tablet for that” they don’t mean a little bottle of pills.More than 30 older people from across County Limerick have been presented with special electronic tablets as part of a programme to reduce incidents of social isolation and open up a new world of communication.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Age Friendly Limerick, which is co-ordinated by Limerick City and County Council, in partnership with Cliffrun Media are delivering the project aimed at reducing levels of social isolation among older people, through the use of the Acorn Tablet.The Acorn is a specialised tablet, tailored to address the needs of seniors in a closed secure network. It opens up a world of relevant online content for seniors, encouraging users to engage and interact at both social and commercial level. Its design is built around five content and application pillars: independence, health, finance, communications and security.Pictured during a workshop hosted by Limerick City and County Council are Claire O’Gorman, Carmel Wilmott and Joan Curtin, all from Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.Photo by Diarmuid GreeneAnd its ease of use will be welcomed by anyone who is not particularly familiar with on-line technology.The interface is simple to navigate, provides easy access to a help button as well as providing remote technical assistance when required.A user can start with only one or two apps loaded and, over time, additional elements can be added according to the users individual preferences.The idea is that by becoming connected to what’s going on in their area, older people will be better able to attend local events or ask for a lift. It will also make it easier to do their online banking, or pay a bill.And they can connect with their children, friends or family members living abroad through SkypeA major element of this project will be engagement between the older people and Transition Year students from Desmond College in Newcastle West.Five intergenerational workshops will connect old and young and provide an opportunity for the younger people to support the older people in the use of technology.Deputy Mayor Michael Collins said: “In a world which is becoming more technology driven, it is important that we support and encourage our older citizens in embracing the digital world. It is fantastic that we are using technology to help make people fell less isolated.”Age-Friendly Limerick Programme Manager Anne Rizzo, said that the Acorn is a very user friendly tablet, designed to open up a world of digital services for older people and is aimed at encouraging social inclusion, putting people in contact with others in their community and helping them to avail of services and information not otherwise easily accessible to them.Funding has been provided by the Department of Community and Rural Affairs covering the cost of the tablets, including sim card and technical backup for the duration of the programme trial period. WhatsApp TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Previous articleLimerick v Tipperary to be televised as eirSport unveil Allianz League coverageNext articleColourful makeover for city rehab unit Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. NewsCommunityLocal NewsTablets all round from Age Friendly LimerickBy Bernie English – January 16, 2019 1515
Google+ Health Minister: Letterkenny Emergency Department is performing well with no crisis Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Pinterest Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn has expressed his shock at claims by the HSE that the current Emergency Department at Letterkenny General has been performing well in recent months.Following confirmation the news E.D will open in the summer, the Dail was told an assessment by the Special Delivery Unit of the HSE found the current Emergency Department has been performing very well.Despite clinics being cancelled do to over crowding and the I.N.M.O reporting an increase of people on trolleys, Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch denied there is a crisis:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/kath1pmED.mp3[/podcast]Deputy MacLochlainn welcomed confirmation the new ED would open in June or July but express shock at that claim, telling Minister Lynch if she comes to Donegal, she’ll hear a very different story:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/mclochED.mp3[/podcast] Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week WhatsApp Newsx Adverts LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebook Previous articleSenator O’Domnhaill calls for slurry season to be open immediately in DonegalNext articleBig Night Out 2012 News Highland By News Highland – January 18, 2012 Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsApp Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Pinterest Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey
Twitter Letterkenny man still critically ill after Derry attack Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Facebook News Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebook Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Previous articleBusiness evacuated following Bundoran gas explosionNext articleAthletics – English, Mc Loone & Pena Take Senior Indoor Titles News Highland WhatsApp A man is still being questioned about the murder of 49 year old Paddy Harkin in a Derry flat in the early hours of yesterday. A second man, 39 year old Paul Mythen with an address at Leck Cottages in Letterkenny, is critically at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.The incident happened in the Bayview Terrace area near Strand Road PSNI station at around 1.30 yesterday morning.The precise circumstances of what happened are the focus of an ongoing police investigation ; Sinn Fein MLA Martina Anderson is urguing anyone with information to contact the PSNI……….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/marta830.mp3[/podcast] Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – February 21, 2011 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Pinterest
News UpdatesSexual Assault Against Minor Boy; Bombay HC Quashes FIR On Compromise,Directs Registry To Give 50K Deposited By Parties For Advocates In Need [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap23 July 2020 5:34 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday quashed an FIR filed against a 25-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy after the father of the victim and the accused reached an amicable settlement. Division bench of Justice ZA Haq and Justice SM Modak of the Nagpur bench also directed the registry to deposit the amount of Rs.50,000 submitted partly on behalf of the accused and…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday quashed an FIR filed against a 25-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy after the father of the victim and the accused reached an amicable settlement. Division bench of Justice ZA Haq and Justice SM Modak of the Nagpur bench also directed the registry to deposit the amount of Rs.50,000 submitted partly on behalf of the accused and on behalf of the victim for showing bona-fides, with the District Bar Association, Nagpur for disbursement to advocates in need. The bench was hearing an application for quashing of FIR under Section 482 of CrPC filed by the accused, who has been booked for offences punishable under Sections 364-A, 342, 347, 212, 201, 120-B, 34 of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 8,12 and 17 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and Section 66(k)(d) of the Information Technology Act, 2000. According to the applicant accused and the father of the victim, the matter is amicably worked out between them. However, in the previous hearing, the Additional Public Prosecutor SS Doifode had raised an objection to entertaining the plea for quashing and submitted that the Court should not show any indulgence at a belated stage, that is after the filing of the charge-sheet as the Investigating Agency has invested sufficient time in investigation. Following this, the Court passed an order on July 10, 2020 and recorded willingness of the applicant and victim’s father to deposit Rs.25,000 each with the Registry to show the bona fides. Accordingly, both parties deposited the amount by cheque which are said to be issued from the accounts of Advocates representing the applicant and the victim’s father. Advocate PW Mirza appeared on behalf of the applicant and Advocate RD Dharmadhikari for the victim’s father. Both the advocates assured the Court that the cheques will be encashed and in case any cheque is dishonoured the concerned Advocate would be responsible to make the payment. Finally, the bench noted- “Considering the nature of accusations made by the non-applicant No.2, the fact that the victim boy, though minor, was aged about 17 years at the time of the incident and as the parties have amicably worked out the matter and the trial has not yet commenced, we are of the view that no fruitful purpose would be achieved by keeping the trial pending and interests of justice would be sub-served by quashing the proceedings subject to utilising the amount deposited by the applicant and non-applicant No.2 for some appropriate purpose.” Therefore, the FIR was quashed and after deliberations, both Advocate Mirza and Advocate Dharmadhikari submitted before the bench that the amount of Rs.50,000 deposited with the Registry should be given to the District Bar Association, Nagpur for disbursement to Advocates in need. Thus, Court directed the Registry to give the amount of Rs.50,000 to the District Bar Association, Nagpur and said- “We leave it to the wisdom of the Executive Body of the District Bar Association, Nagpur to utilize the amount. We hope and trust that it would be disbursed to the needy Advocates. We make it clear that this amount will not be utilized by the Bar Association for any other purpose.” Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Story
iStock(CINCINNATI) — Cincinnati is slated to become the next city to ban discrimination against natural hair as it relates to employment and housing opportunities as well as public accommodations.On Wednesday, Cincinnati City Council member Chris Seelbach announced plans of the new law.“I’m introducing historic, first city in the country, legislation today to add ‘natural hair’ to our city’s non-discrimination policy,” Seelbach wrote on Twitter.“After hearing that California passed a similar law this summer, I reached out to friends and colleagues and quickly heard real stories of discrimination they’d experienced,” Seelbach told Good Morning America.“I don’t think my hair has ever once been considered in any job I ever applied for, and I think that should be the case for everyone,” he adds. “I felt inspired to pursue adding natural hair to our city’s non-discrimination policy and so we began the next steps; research, community outreach, and drafting a new law.”To kick off this initiative, Seelbach and his team worked with Cincinnati’s law department to review New York and California’s previously passed laws to figure out the best way to draft language that fits the needs of their community.With strong support from community and colleagues, an ordinance was introduced, and it will be considered in the Equity, Inclusion & the Arts committee next Tuesday.Next, a vote from the full council is expected on Wednesday, Oct. 9. At least five out of nine votes are required for passage.“The state of California and the state of New York have passed natural hair non-discrimination laws covering all of their residents, and this year the New York City Commission on Human Rights issued new guidelines protecting residents from this type of discrimination,” said Jon Harmon, legislative director for Seelbach. “Cincinnati is proud to be among the very first cities in America to codify a ban on this discrimination with a vote of council.”Kamara Douglas, Seelbach’s administrative and community affairs director, played a key role in spearheading the proposed legislation.“From my kinks to my coils, I have grown to love my natural hair,” said Douglas. “Unfortunately, we live in a world where some institutions don’t think natural hair is professional or becoming. Not only is this demeaning, but it can also affect an individual’s sense of identity. The natural hair ordinance is so important for people of color and passage of this law reflects Cincinnati’s embrace of all members of its community.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
mixetto/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — As two school districts that have been largely closed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic plot a return to in-person learning, city and school officials are battling over what that should look like in drawn-out union deals and lawsuits.Over 70,000 elementary and middle school students in Chicago were expected to return to schools this past Monday for a hybrid model — but they have been fully remote all week as Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) have yet to reach a deal.Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot expressed frustration Thursday with the ongoing negotiations, which have spanned over 80 meetings, saying during a press briefing that the union has “created chaos that we are now enduring.”Chicago’s public schools have been largely remote since March 2020. Pre-K and special education students returned for in-person learning last month. The school system has invested $100 million in health mitigations for reopening, Lightfoot said, including ventilation, health screenings, testing, face coverings and enhanced cleaning.“These schools are open and safe, and we are ready to welcome our students back,” Lightfoot said, noting that the citywide COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5%. “And frankly, they’ve been ready for some time. All we need now is for the CTU leadership to get serious and meet us at the finish line.”“The ball is in the CTU’s court,” Lightfoot said.In a press release Thursday, the union charged that the school district was holding up an agreement.“CPS continues to reject using CDC health metrics, refuses to allow educators with medically vulnerable household members to continue to teach remotely — even though most of the district’s Black and Latinx students will remain remote — and refuses to make improvements in remote learning, despite months of pleas from parents, students and educators,” said the union, which represents more than 25,000 teachers and educational support personnel.The city is working on a vaccination plan for school staff, the mayor said. According to a document obtained by ABC Chicago station WLS-TV from sources close to the bargaining table, the district agreed to vaccinate 1,500 CTU members a week, though the CTU is asking that that number increase as more doses become available.Friday is a non-attendance day for public school students, giving the sides more time to negotiate. Both CPS and the CTU are hoping to avert a strike, according to WLS.In San Francisco, where schools have remained remote since March, the city has resorted to a lawsuit against its own school district in an attempt to reopen classrooms.City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced he had sued the San Francisco Board of Education and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) on Wednesday, charging that they have failed to come up with a reopening plan that meets state requirements.“The Board of Education and the school district have had more than 10 months to roll out a concrete plan to get these kids back in school. So far, they have earned an F,” Herrera said in a statement.School board members approved a resolution in November that would have started bringing students back on Jan. 25, but the target date was delayed by bargaining with district employee labor organizations.The lawsuit alleges that the plan doesn’t meet state requirements to “offer classroom-based instruction whenever possible,” particularly for students suffering serious learning loss.“The data is clear. Black, Latino, and Asian students, especially low-income students, have lost ground academically compared to white and wealthier students,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed said in a statement. “This is hurting the mental health of our kids and our families. Our teachers have done an incredible job of trying to support our kids through distance learning, but this isn’t working for anyone. And we know we can do this safely.”The city allowed San Francisco schools to reopen for in-person learning in September. Since then, over 100 private, independent and parochial schools serving nearly 16,000 students have returned to in-person learning.Herrera said he plans to file a motion on Feb. 11 asking the court to issue an emergency court order to direct the school district, which is governed by the Board of Education, to prepare to offer in-person learning.San Francisco United School District Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews called the lawsuit “frivolous.”“It appears that the city attorney has not read through our plans or joined the hours of open meetings we have had on the topic of safely returning to in-person learning,” Matthews said in a statement. “It is simply untrue that the board and district have no plan to reopen schools. SFUSD has a very comprehensive plan with specific steps around health and safety and what in-person learning will look like for our focal student populations to return as soon as we can complete all the clearly laid out steps.”Board of Education President Gabriela Lopez charged that the city has not heeded calls to provide schools support for surveillance testing for staff and students — a claim that was echoed by the unions of San Francisco United School District.“Instead of wasting our time on a lawsuit, the city and mayor could have done what we have been calling for all along, which is to bring all of us together to finalize and implement safety standards and protocols,” the unions said in a statement.The battles play out as President Joe Biden looks to reopen a majority of K-8 schools in his first 100 days of office.The administration said it plans to work with states and localities on ensuring schools can open safely by prioritizing teachers’ vaccinations, enabling widespread testing and providing additional guidance for school administrators on things like how to improve ventilation and PPE.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. 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