International Middle East

Israeli nurses strike over violence against medical staff

Jerusalem [Israel]: The Israeli Nurses Association (INA) on Wednesday declared a 24-hour strike in all hospitals and clinics nationwide in protest of violence against nurses in the country’s health system.The nurses demand the immediate implementation of a government plan to eradicate violence against them in hospitals, said a statement issued by the INA. “This is a serious situation for years, in which the state abandons the nurses without any means of protection against the incessant violence in the health system,” said Ilana Cohen, chairperson of the INA.“It is very sad that those who are on the medical front for everyone day and night, including the fight against the coronavirus, do not get the basic right to return home safely,” she noted.“Every incident of violence is like a terrorist attack and must be addressed accordingly,” Cohen added.The nurses warned that if the violence continues, they…

South Asian Countries

UN again relocates staff from Afghanistan

United Nations, Aug 23: The United Nations on Sunday flew 120 persons from Kabul to Almaty, Kazakhstan, in addition to the relocation of 100 UN staff members on Wednesday. Passengers included UN personnel and members of several nongovernmental organizations that serve as implementing partners of the UN in Afghanistan, said Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Part of the UN personnel who left Kabul on Sunday will continue to work remotely in Almaty, he said. The UN in Afghanistan is currently focused on the safety of the thousands of its personnel and partners who remain on the ground, as well as the delivery of critical humanitarian and other assistance to millions of Afghans in need, Dujarric said.

Health & Lifestyle Travel

Restaurants And Hotels In Italy, Can’t Find Staff

Emerging recruitment difficulties, echoing reports of chronic labour shortages in the U.S., British and Australian hospitality industries, could hamper prospects for recovery in Italy and the wider euro zone. Italy has eased coronavirus curbs and tourists have started visiting the country but restaurants and hotels are facing an unexpected problem since they can’t find the staff. Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s unity government is counting on a robust rebound from last year’s recession, Italy’s deepest since World War Two, and is looking to tourism — aided by the EU’s new COVID-19 pass — to lead the way this summer. But emerging recruitment difficulties, echoing reports of chronic labour shortages in the U.S., British and Australian hospitality industries, could hamper prospects for recovery in Italy and the wider euro zone. “We are in trouble,” said Stefano Giuliodori, who is struggling to hire 12 waiters and chambermaids…