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Data fog: Why some countries’ coronavirus numbers do not add up

July 3rd, 2020 at 9:56 pm » Comments Off

Reported numbers of confirmed cases have become fodder for the political gristmill. Here is what non-politicians think.  Have you heard the axiom “In war, truth is the first casualty”? As healthcare providers around the world wage war against the COVID-19 pandemic, national governments have taken to brawling with researchers, the media and each other over […]

Which jobs are coming back first? Which may never return?

June 29th, 2020 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Job postings in the beauty and wellness category rebounded at the job-listing behemoth Indeed.  A snapshot of who’s hiring now, plus a warning about employment predictions in an unknown COVID-19 recovery. America’s job market added 2.5 million new jobs in May, as the economy began to wake up from what one economist called a “medically […]

As eviction bans across the country start to lift, the US could face an eviction ‘apocalypse’

June 27th, 2020 at 12:42 pm » Comments Off

Many Americans are now at risk of being evicted from their homes. At least 44 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the past three months as the coronavirus pandemic devastated industries such as retail and hospitality. Many who lost jobs were unable to pay their rent or utilities, prompting state and federal governments to […]

Neighborhoods where stores were destroyed become food deserts overnight

June 5th, 2020 at 11:48 am » Comments Off

A burned Walgreens in Minneapolis on May 30 In many neighborhoods that have seen looting and vandalism over the past week, residents are now left with few — if any — grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential businesses. Which is made even harder by the fact that lots of stores are also closed because of […]

Will the Coronavirus make us rethink mass incarceration?

June 4th, 2020 at 11:34 am » Comments Off

Arrested during the crisis, Roslyn Crouch feared she wouldn’t leave jail alive.   Community groups have pointed out the social costs of the prison system for decades. Now the pandemic has exposed its public-health risks. On March 14th, Roslyn Crouch, a mother of twelve, left her house in New Orleans to stock up on toilet […]

A billion people live in the slums of the world’s megacities—all overlooked in coronavirus planning

May 30th, 2020 at 3:13 pm » Comments Off

A market area in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital, crowded with people despite the coronavirus pandemic, May 12, 2020. Sprawling urban areas in Brazil, Nigeria and Bangladesh are all seeing COVID-19 infections rise rapidly. A billion people live in the slums of the world’s megacities—and they’re being missed by coronavirus plans Having ravaged some of the […]

3 ways COVID-19 could actually spark a better future for Africa

May 28th, 2020 at 11:11 am » Comments Off

Coronavirus is severely testing Africa’s social, economic and political resilience. COVID-19 is forcing African states to invest in their health systems. A lack of essential healthcare supplies has triggered a debate about the necessary industrialization of Africa. In 1990, when Cameroon’s football team did the unthinkable and beat Argentina in the World Cup, the proportion […]

Covid-19 could trigger ‘media extinction event’ in developing countries

May 20th, 2020 at 10:07 am » Comments Off

Critical reporting under threat as revenue losses leave independent news outlets hostage to government subsidies or whims of billionaires Press freedom groups warn that the integrity of independent journalism could be at risk. Fake news laws and political interference along with growing financial pressures has left many independent media groups in developing countries fighting to […]

These 4 industries are going to die

May 18th, 2020 at 1:03 pm » Comments Off

We are not going back to our old economy. It’s over. Right now, something incredibly positive is occurring in our society. It’s never happened before in world history (feel free to correct me if you can find an example). Every scientist, health leader, politician, teacher, business leader, family member — everyone — is converging to […]

Get me out of here! Americans flee crowded cities amid COVID-19, consider permanent moves

May 17th, 2020 at 12:01 pm » Comments Off

  Ben Greenzweig is itching to move his wife and three kids South, a plan that may get accelerated due to the coronavirus pandemic. The CEO and co-founder of conference company Momentum Event Group, says he’s looking to move to either North Carolina or South Carolina from the New York City suburbs in Westchester County, […]

Hong Kong airport brings in cleaning robots and disinfection booth

May 16th, 2020 at 1:00 pm » Comments Off

(CNN) — Cleaning robots, temperature checks and antimicrobial coatings could soon become synonymous with airport trips. Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has provided a glimpse into what international airport procedures might look like once we’re traveling again, and a lot of disinfection technologies are involved. The busy Asia airport claims it’s the first in the […]

These 3 charts reveal the state of the economy

May 13th, 2020 at 11:10 am » Comments Off

Australian think-tank the Grattan Institute has released three new trackers, or charts, that offer an up-to-date glance at what the economy looks like right now. The Morrison government has thrown the kitchen sink at the domestic economy, with $320 billion in stimulus measures designed to cushion the damage. The Grattan Institute’s charts are regularly updated […]

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