India targets 300 million virus vaccine volunteers
UAE culture and youth minister receives vaccine dose; country reports 1,538 new cases and 4 deaths; Sharjah Police record over 21,000 violations; RTA resumes Global Village bus, Abra services; Europe crosses 150,000 daily cases mark.
India’s coronavirus infections rose by another 62,212 cases over the previous day and a local media report said on Saturday that the government had begun identifying about 300 million people who would be given the vaccine first when it is ready.
The Times of India said that frontline health and sanitation workers, police officials and elderly people with co-morbidities will get the vaccine on priority.
The plan, which is still in the drat stage, aims to cover 23% of the population in the first phase. The final plan is likely to be ready by end October-november, the report said.
The selected individuals will be given an estimated 600 million doses.
The UAE Minister of Culture and Youth, Noura Bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, has become the latest minister to receive COVID-19 vaccine.
She shared a photo on her Instagram where she can be seen receiving COVID-19 vaccine.
In her Instagram post she also praises the nurse who administered the vaccine.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), announced that it has conducted 130,567 additional COVID-19 tests which detected 1,538 new coronavirus cases. MOHAP also announced 4 deaths due to COVID-19 complications.
MOHAP also noted an additional 1,411 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19.
The Labour Accommodation Inspection Commitee of the Sharjah Police, SP, recorded more than 21,000 violations against COVID-19 precautionary measures during its inspection campaigns at labour accommodations in various areas of the emirate of Sharjah.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has decided to resume operations of the four bus routes that serve the Global Village from the start of its new season 2020-2021.
The RTA will also resume the electric Abra tourist services inside the village as of Oct.25, 2020, the date coincides with the silver jubilee of this premier tourist and family destination.
“We will ensure the implementation of preventive health measures aboard the public buses and at stations to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19 amongst passengers, drivers and staff at stations,” said Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Transport Agency, RTA.
Europe surpassed 150,000 daily coronavirus cases on Friday just a week ater reporting 100,000 cases for the first time, according to Reuters tally, with countries such as France, Germany reporting record daily numbers of infections this week.
Much of Europe has tightened curbs including measures such as shuting or ordering early closing of bars, but now the surging infection rates are also testing governments’ resolve to keep schools and NON-COVID medical care going.
Globally, cases rose by more than 400,000 for the first time late on Friday, a record oneday increase. As a region, Europe is reporting more daily cases than India, Brazil and the United States combined. The increase is partly explained by far more testing than was done in the first wave of the pandemic.
Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to come together like they did in the spring to slow the spread of the coronavirus as the country posted another daily record of new cases Saturday.
“Difficult months are ahead of us,” she said in her weekly video podcast. “How winter will be, how our Christmas will be, that will all be decided in these coming days and weeks, and it will be decided by our behaviour.”
In Paris and eight other French cities, restaurants, bars, movie theaters and other establishments were being forced to close no later than 9:00pm to try to reduce contact among people. The country was deploying 12,000 extra police officers to enforce the new rules.
In Britain, a three-tier regional approach to batle the pandemic introduced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson went into effect, with each level bringing progressively tighter restrictions.
On Saturday, tier-2 cities like London and York were subject to a ban on socializing with people from other households indoors, while the county of Lancashire joined Liverpool in tier 3 with the tightest restrictions.
Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg joined the list of top politicians who have tested positive for the virus, and was quarantined though he showed no symptoms, his office told Austria’s APA news agency.
UAE media professionals have highlighted the need for improvement in reporting on children’s issues, and strengthening media’s contribution to positively influence public opinion and nurture child-friendly social norms. They also stressed on the need to develop effective media policies to safeguard children’s rights.
These opinions were shared during a workshop organised by the Child Safety Department (CSD), an affiliate of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA) in Sharjah, in collaboration with the University of Sharjah’s Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development.
The virtual workshop saw the participation of more than 50 media professionals across the UAE, as well as students of media studies and mass communication.
Prof. Radhi Muhsin Al Zubaidi, Director of the Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development, welcomed the participants, emphasising the center’s keenness to support such awareness initiatives because of their positive impact in building an inclusive society.
Workshop presenters Dr. Ahmed Farouk, Dr. Engy Khalil and Dr. Shareefa Al Marzooqi from the University of Sharjah’s faculty of the College of Communications, discussed the principles of reporting on children’s issues in media, how to ensure the adoption of a responsible media policy towards them, and highlighted the need for analysing case studies of media content which violated rights of children.
The interactive discussion saw participants sharing their experiences and challenges while covering child-related cases and identified the issues that arose when reporting on child abuse and domestic violence cases. They also pointed out violations in advertising material directed at children and evaluated the adherence to professional principles of reporting on child-related cases in several published news stories. Participants presented positive and negative instances of the media dealing with cases related to children with disability and special needs.
Dr. Engy Khalil elaborated on professional principles of reporting on children’s issues in media, showcasing a number of articles published in the Arab and international media. They included the principles and rights defined by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations General Assembly, in addition to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Professional Principles of Arab Media in Handling Child Right Issues.
She remarked that the examples showcased the ethics and principles that should be implemented in media reporting when addressing issues related to children. They include equity, non-discrimination, freedom of thought and expression, protection of child privacy, transparency, accuracy, respecting family’s role, media support, integration and assistance.
For her part, Dr. Shareefa Al Marzooqi, Assistant Professor at the University of Sharjah’s Faculty of Communications, showcased positive and negative examples of media reporting in local and regional media, explaining the violations as well as adherence to the professional and ethical guidelines on reporting on children’s issues.
Al Marzooqi stressed the importance of including every aspect of reporting, from writing, to photography, video, and distribution on social media, in ensuring children’s rights. She also emphasised the important role of the family in raising awareness in children, who follow the news and are more engaged with their surroundings due to their access to a digital environment.
Speaking about the ways of building a responsible media policy towards children, Dr. Ahmed Farouk, Assistant Professor at the University of Sharjah’s Faculty of Communications, defined media policy as a set of developed principles and guidelines to help journalists report on children’s issues in a way that enables them to serve public interest without compromising rights of children.
Dr. Ahmed Farouk discussed the factors that influence the formation of media policy, and the mission, vision, ethics, and the general goals of policies involving children’s issues. He noted that journalists have the responsibility to not only respect children’s rights but also actively promote them in media. They also had the responsibility to contribute to nurturing the social and psychological growth of children, he further added.
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↑ UAE media professionals have stressed on the need to develop effective media policies to safeguard children’s rights.