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The impacts of the pandemic caused by COVID-19 are being felt across industries globally. In times of uncertainty and fear of the unknown, it is now more important than ever for resources and help to be readily available. Whether it is implementing business continuity plans, adjusting value propositions to align with the evolving crisis, strengthening strategic muscles or preparing for post pandemic, we are here to help.

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BBC News

Australia restrictions to ease

New South Wales lockdown likely to end for fully vaccinated in two weeks. Also: the most deprived parts of the UK have to wait longest for health care, and EU officials may continue to limit vaccine exports.

France to double vaccine supplies to poorer countries

France says it will double the number of vaccine doses for poorer countries. A Chinese health official says Covid may have lain hidden for up to 50 years. And the Japanese Prime Minister says he hopes to lift a state of emergency.

India to restart vaccine exports

They had been suspended in April because of a Covid wave. Also: the Netherlands eases restrictions; and the son of the Brazilian President tests positive for the virus.

Portugal has world's highest vaccination rate

More than 87% of the country's 10.3 million population is fully jabbed. Also: Russia records its highest daily death toll; and Norway announces an end to all restrictions.

US pledges another 500 million vaccine doses to poorer countries

US will donate more than one billion vaccines, how the brain of a Covid survivor could help treatments. Australia tells British cricketers that they won't get special treatment.

The Economist | Business

Going public? Here is a how-to guide

As flotations boom, we look at what is changing at a key moment in capitalism…

Wave goodbye to the handshake?

The business world’s commonest greeting is going out of fashion…

Universal Music is a hit

Investors rush to sample the streaming boom…

Peter Thiel, scourge of Silicon Valley

A venture capitalist reinvents the military-industrial complex…

The revival of Berlin Inc

The German capital reasserts itself as a business hub…

The Economist | International

Measures to prevent the spread of covid-19 have also fended off flu

As the world begins to reopen, will it see a resurgence of influenza?

The Gates Foundation’s approach has both advantages and limits

Data isn’t everything, even for the world’s most powerful charity…

What does the Australian submarine deal mean for non-proliferation?

Nuclear subs are fuelled with the same stuff used in bombs…

Societies that treat women badly are poorer and less stable

Oppressing women not only hurts women; it also hurts men…

The Guardian

Australia Covid live news update: NSW records 863 cases, seven deaths; Victoria 867 cases, four deaths; Brisbane restrictions after four local cases

Qld premier says ‘no need to panic’ as indoor masks return in Brisbane; Victorian numbers trending upwards after ‘incorrectly recorded’ cases added; epidemiologist calls for NRL grand final to be delayed or cancelled; NSW train strike disrupt…

Power shortages in China hits homes and factories prompting global supply fears

Factories were closed to avoid exceeding limits on energy use imposed by Beijing to promote efficiencyWidening power shortages in China’s north-east have left homes without power and halted production at numerous factories, while some shops operate…

Biden’s agenda hangs in balance as Republicans block measure to fund government

Democrats seek common ground on landmark legislation amid threat of shutdownJoe Biden’s domestic agenda continued to hang in the balance on Monday, as the president and Democratic leaders sought to pull their party together and deliver the biggest…

North Korea fires unidentified projectile into sea, South Korean military says

Latest of several launches within a month signals further ramp-up of hostility towards neighbours North Korea has fired an unidentified projectile towards the sea off its east coast, according to South Korea’s military, amid Pyongyang’s calls for…

Attorney Gloria Allred says R Kelly is 'the worst' predator she has ever pursued – video

After R Kelly was convicted in his sex trafficking trial, attorney Gloria Allred, who represented several of Kelly's alleged victims, said the R&B singer is 'the worst' predator she has ever pursued in her 47 years of practicing law. Kelly w…

New York Times

North Korea Launches Short-Range Missile as Country’s Envoy Speaks at U.N.

The launch came just three days after the sister of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, said the country would consider holding a meeting with the South and declaring an official end to the Korean War.

Olaf Scholz is a Winner but Not Chancellor — Yet.

Olaf Scholz, the leader of the center-left Social Democrats, narrowly won the night. But now the hard part begins — building a durable governing coalition.

Bolsonaro's Wife Was Vaccinated During Their Visit to New York

The president of Brazil began his visit by defying a U.N. honor system requiring proof of vaccination, and four members of his entourage have tested positive.

Why Haitians in Chile Keep Heading North to the U.S.

Many of the Haitian migrants who recently entered Texas had taken refuge for years in Chile. Some said they faced increasing joblessness, poverty and hostility there.

N.Y.C.'s Vaccine Mandate for Teachers Is Delayed by a Court

The mandate, which affects well over 150,000 people working in the nation’s largest school system, was set to go into effect on Monday at midnight.

South China Morning Post

What has caused China’s electricity shortages, and is Beijing’s carbon-neutral goal solely to blame?

Non-negotiable carbon reduction targets have forced many local provincial governments in China to impose rushed measures such as widespread power cuts, although an urgent shortage of coal has also emerged as a likely reason for the power supply crunc…

US would be ‘crazy’ to go to war with China: former Chinese official

Differences over the Taiwan Strait will only worsen as long as Washington treats Beijing as its rival for global dominance, according to a former senior mainland Chinese official.At a seminar in Beijing on Monday, Sun Yafu, former deputy director of…

Coronavirus vaccines: why Hong Kong will find it tough to secure supplies for Covid-19 booster shots

Hong Kong could find it difficult to secure extra doses of Covid-19 vaccines for a booster shot for residents because of its existing surplus of jabs and slow procurement procedures, experts have warned.Medical advisers earlier this month recommended…

Majority in Philippines agree Rodrigo Duterte’s vice-president bid violates constitution: survey

More than half of citizens in the Philippines believe that President Rodrigo Duterte would be violating the constitution if he runs for vice-president in elections next year, according to a survey published on Monday.Only 39 per cent agree that Duter…

Republicans block bill to raise US debt limit as shutdown looms

A sharply divided US Senate failed on Monday to advance a measure to suspend the federal debt ceiling and avoid a partial government shutdown, as Republican lawmakers denied the bill the votes necessary to move forward.President Joe Biden’s Democra…

The Straits Times

Singapore-based US cryptocurrency promoter pleads guilty to advising North Korea

September 28, 2021 9:12 AMVirgil Griffith worked with others to provide cryptocurrency services and help North Korea evade sanctions, the court said.

California becomes 8th US state to make universal mail-in ballots permanent

September 28, 2021 9:07 AMLOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - California on Monday (Sept 27) became the eighth, and by far the largest, US state to make universal distribution of vote-by-mail ballots permanent, a practice that became more widespread during the C…

Two transgender women win seats in German Parliament

September 28, 2021 8:55 AMHomosexuality was decriminalised in Germany in 1969 and same-sex marriage legalised in 2017. …

Murders spiked in 2020 across the US despite overall decrease in major crimes

September 28, 2021 8:49 AMThe significant rise has roughly coincided with the 18 months of the Covid-19 pandemic.

US President Reagan's shooter John Hinckley wins unconditional release

September 28, 2021 8:37 AMWASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A US judge on Monday (Sept 27) said he would grant "unconditional release" to John Hinckley, who wounded former US president Ronald Reagan and three other people in a 1981 assassination attempt.

Sydney Morning Herald

Australia news LIVE: Victoria records 867 new local COVID-19 cases, four deaths; NSW records 863 new cases, seven deaths; Queensland records three new cases

NSW’s full lockdown road map has been revealed, Victoria is remaining tight-lipped about when restrictions will ease for the unvaccinated and Queensland’s COVID-free run has come to an end.

Fewer than one in three Indigenous Australians fully vaccinated

It comes after the federal government announced a nationwide blitz targeting 30 Indigenous communities earlier this month following concerns about low vaccination rates.

Who is ‘robotic’ Olaf Scholz, Merkel’s likely successor?

He has been called the “Scholzomat” for his dry, verging on boring, political style. But that may have served him well with voters still attached to German chancellor.

NSW records 863 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said 85.7 per cent of people aged 16 and over in the state had now received a first dose of a vaccine and 60.4 per cent were fully vaccinated.

Big Tech is monitoring our moods and employers are paying attention

Big Tech is increasingly keeping track of our emotions as part of a push for health tracking and employers are getting interested.

TechCrunch

HP ZBook Studio G8 Review: Rock Solid Performance, Painful Price Tag

HP’s ZBook lineup — which encompasses the lightweight ZBook Firefly, the affordable ZBook Power, the powerful ZBook Fury, and the best-of-all-worlds ZBook Studio brands — doesn’t attract a lot of attention. As a mobile workstation-class devic…

Bermuda Triangle mystery resolved?

A Science channel has reported that the mystery surrounding the Bermuda Triangle may have been solved.The region is located near North America and has seen the disappearance of countless aeroplanes and ships.According to a report, a group of scientis…

Instagram hits pause on kids version of app

Instagram is pausing work on a version for children younger than 13, called “Instagram Kids”, the Facebook-owned photo sharing app said on Monday.Instagram Kids was touted to require parental permission to join, and provide ad-free, age-appropria…

Here’s how you can upgrade to Windows 11 early

Microsoft will begin rolling out Windows 11 on October 5.  However, the company has finalised the new version and released it to its Release Preview channel.You can switch to the Release Preview in Windows 10 and get the free Windows 11 upgrade…

Study shows antibody growth from AstraZeneca, Sputnik Light COVID-19 vaccine mix

A small-scale clinical study of the combined use of the AstraZeneca and Sputnik Light vaccines against COVID-19 has shown strong antibody growth in a majority of the study’s participants, the Russian Direct Investment Fund said on Monday.The data w…

Wall Street Journal

North Korea Fires Unidentified Projectile Off Its East Coast

The recent launch, reported by South Korea’s military, is the third weapons test in recent weeks by the Kim Jong Un regime.

China Releases Two U.S. Citizens Blocked From Leaving Since 2018

The exit from China of Victor Liu and Cynthia Liu over the weekend coincides with a deal last week with U.S. authorities that freed a top Huawei executive.

U.S. Asked Russia About Offer of Bases to Monitor Afghan Threats

Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Mark Milley last week asked his Russian counterpart about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s earlier comments regarding Moscow’s bases in Central Asia.

Meet Olaf Scholz, the German Best Placed to Succeed Angela Merkel

The politician built his popularity on his response to Covid-19 and styled himself as the German chancellor’s heir.

Panic Buying in U.K. Creates Shortages at Gas Stations

The Covid-19 pandemic and the U.K.’s departure from the European Union have resulted in a shortage of tanker drivers to ferry fuel to gas stations.

Wired

Our Favorite Headphones and Earbuds for $100 or Less

You can probably fill Foxconn City with all the cheap headphones out there. We're here to help you pick the right pair.

Cloudflare Is Taking a Shot at Email Security

The internet infrastructure company wants to protect your inbox from targeted threats, starting with the launch of two new tools.

Oregon Is Burning Trees in Order to Save Them

Sudden oak death, rampant in California, is spreading to the north, leaving the Forest Service with a tough option: Send them up in smoke.

Climate Change Is the New Dot-Com Bubble

The free market has plenty of grandiose ideas about how to fix our broken planet. There's just one problem: We can't afford another bust.

Why Robots Can’t Sew Your T-Shirt

Machines can print textiles, cut fabric, and fold clothes. But it’s hard to train them to sew as fast and precisely as humans.

World Health Organization

Human infection with avian influenza A (H5N8) – the Russian Federation

On 18 February 2021, the National IHR Focal Point for the Russian Federation notified WHO of detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) in seven human clinical specimens. These are the first reported detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) in humans. Positive…

Ebola virus disease – Guinea

On 14 February 2021, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea informed WHO of a cluster of Ebola Virus…

Rift Valley fever – Kenya

Rift Valley fever (RVF) has been reported in Kenya in humans in Isiolo and Mandera counties and in…

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

On 7 February 2021, the Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) after the laboratory confirmation of one case in North Kivu Province. The case was an adult female living in Biena He…

Influenza A (H3N2) variant virus – United States of America

On 13 January, 2021, a child under 18 years of age in Wisconsin developed respiratory disease. A respiratory specimen was collected on 14 January. Real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing conducted at the Wisconsin S…

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