140 Nigerian Students Kidnapped by Gunmen
When a Nigerian boarding school was stormed by gunmen, 140 schoolchildren were abducted. Established by Bethel Baptist Church in Kaduna, a member church of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC), the school was attacked after kidnappers overcame security personnel, sources said. An epidemic of kidnappings for ransom has increasingly ensnared students in Africa’s most populous nation. The alleged kidnappings were the fourth armed attack on an educational institute in Kaduna state in the past five months. Read more about the attack here.
Israel Data Shows Drop In Pfizer Vaccine Protection Against Delta Variant
Just as Israel began to relax corona virus mandates, the Health Ministry released data showing the Pfizer vaccine effectiveness in preventing both infection and symptomatic disease fell to 64% since June 6. Yet at the same time, the vaccine was 93% effective in preventing hospitalizations and serious illness from the coronavirus. Data scientist Eran Segal of Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science said it was fine to “continue with life back to normal and without restrictions” while stepping up measures like vaccination outreach and ensuring testing for Israelis returning home from abroad. Read more about the latest data here.
75% Of Christians Plan to Return To In Person Church Services
Research shows Christians are eager to return to their places of worship. About three-quarters of Americans who attended religious services in person at least monthly before the pandemic say they are likely to do so again in the next few weeks, according to a recent AP-NORC poll. Those findings are in line with a Pew Research Center survey of U.S. residents last summer. It found that 92% of people who regularly attend religious services expected to continue at the same or higher rate, while 7% say they will attend in-person services less often. Read more about the poll here.
Conservative talk Show host Meghan McCain Leaving The View
Meghan McCain is departing ABC’s “The View” after four tumultuous years of doing what could arguably be the toughest tv job around. Being the only conservative on the show couldn’t have been an easy task. “This was not an easy decision, it took a lot of thought and council and prayer and talking to my family and friends,” said McCain, who explained that her choice to leave was influenced by the coronavirus and becoming a mother and how those things have effected her priorities. Here’s to wishing Meghan success on her next venture in life. read more about her departure here.