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Cancelled flights put damper on US holiday travel

New York | Xinhua |  The holiday season travel stress has only escalated amid the surge of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, with several airlines reporting staff shortages from the spread of the coronavirus, leaving passengers with delayed or cancelled flights. According to FlightAware, a flight-tracking site, 880 flights within, …

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COVID-19: New protocol out to protect Uganda’s gorillas

Kabale, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Conservation organizations and the government of Uganda and Rwanda have adopted new guidelines to protect the mountain gorillas from catching the Covid-19 Virus. Under the guidance of the International Gorilla Conservation Program and Gorilla Friendly, updated gorilla trekking protocols have been issued to ensure …

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King Oyo rallies youth to embrace culture

Fort Portal, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The King of Tooro Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru IV has closed a three-day launch of a “Ekyooto ha Mpango”  with a call on his subjects especially the youth to embrace and value Tooro culture. The King disclosed that the Ekyooto (fireplace) concept for …

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Tanzania’s Serengeti wins Africa’s leading national park award

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | Xinhua | The World Travel Awards (WTA) has declared Tanzania’s Serengeti as the 2021 Africa’s leading national park, the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) said in a statement on Thursday. The statement signed by TANAPA’s senior assistant conservation commissioner for corporate communications, Pascal Shelutete, said Serengeti becomes …

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Kenya raises $149,000 for conservation of elephants

Nairobi, Kenya |  Xinhua |  Kenya on Saturday announced that it has raised 16.5 million shillings (149,000 U.S. dollars) toward the conservation of elephants against the target of 900,000 dollars within the current financial year that ends in June 2022. Najib Balala, cabinet secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and …

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