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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

US announces tougher rules to combat a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases

The Centers for Disease Control advises even vaccinated people to wear masks in public indoor spaces. Also: the British government says fully vaccinated travellers from the US and EU will be allowed to enter England without the need for quarantine.

Tokyo registers highest daily figure of new infections

More than 2,800 cases were registered in the Olympic host city. Hospitals have asked to prepare more beds. Also: World Bank to finance extra Covid jabs for poor nations, and scientists in the UK try to understand why recorded number of cases are fall…

The South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa eases some Covid restrictions

In South Africa, overall infections are said to be down twenty per cent as a result of the country's vaccination programme. Also, Australian police have said anti-lockdown protests will no longer be tolerated after thousands of demonstrators in Sydne…

Australian PM calls anti-lockdown protests 'selfish'

The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, condemns recent anti-lockdown protests as dangerous and self-defeating. Also: Brazilian demonstrators call for President Bolsonaro to be impeached over his handling of the pandemic, and Olympic athletes…

Biden warns of a 'pandemic of the unvaccinated'

President Joe Biden says unvaccinated people account for nearly all Covid-related deaths and hospitalisations in the US. Also, thousands of Australians protest against lockdown restrictions. And spectators in Tokyo have attended an Olympic cycling ra…

The Economist | Business

China’s techlash gains steam. Again

Online-education firms will not be the last victims…

Facebook eyes a future beyond social media

Advertising has made the social network into a trillion-dollar company. Can new ventures take it further?

How to lead from afar

A new book on remote leadership…

The Economist | International

Attitudes towards experimenting on monkeys are diverging

Many countries are growing warier, even as China races ahead…

America, China and the race to the Moon

Half a century on, the race back to the Moon looks markedly different from the first…

As lockdowns lift, media firms brace for an “attention recession”

People have spent a year glued to screens, but now the attention boom is turning to bust…

The Economist | U.S.

Republican delusion about the Capitol riot hits a dangerous new low

The party’s January 6th revisionism is a big step down a dark road…

America’s vaccination woes cannot be blamed only on politics

Surging covid infections and slow vaccinations in some states are caused by health illiteracy, not just partisanship…

Why Joe Biden is ending America’s combat mission in Iraq

Though largely symbolic, the move is part of a transformation of America’s posture in the wider Middle East…

Why America’s debt ceiling matters

The wrangling over it reflects how self-destructive American politics has become…

The rise of Ron DeSantis

Florida’s governor offers a more efficient style of Trumpism. That does not seem reassuring…

The Guardian

Australia Covid live news update: record 239 NSW cases as coronavirus death toll rises to 13; six cases reported in Victoria

New exposure sites from Victoria mystery case; lockdown rules change as NSW’s Delta outbreak death toll rises to 13, with a record 239 local cases reported; SA records two local cases overnight, both in quarantine. Follow all the day’s news liveW…

Tokyo 2020 Olympics day six: swimming, men’s golf and women’s rugby sevens begin and more – live!

Games schedule | Results | Medal table | Full coverageGallery: Tokyo 2020 Day Five in picturesSign up for the Guardian’s daily Olympic briefingEmail Emma with your thoughts, tweet or comment below 5.41am BST Some more Covid-related breaking news in…

Will Sydney’s Covid lockdown work and how different are restrictions to Melbourne’s ‘ring of steel’?

State premiers including Victoria’s Daniel Andrews have criticised the lockdown settings in NSW as too laxFollow today’s live coronavirus newsNSW restrictions; NSW hotspots; border restrictionsVic hotspots; Vic restrictionsVaccine rollout tracker…

Arthur, children’s animated TV series, to end after 25 years

The final season of the longest running animated series in the US will air in 2022Arthur, the longest running children’s animated series in the US, will soon come to an end.PBS Kids plans to end the beloved television show after 25 seasons, said an…

‘Extraordinary profits’: New Zealand considers breaking up supermarket duopoly

Report finds the country’s main grocers, Woolworths and Foodstuffs, make huge profits compared with their international counterpartsNew Zealand’s government will consider breaking up its supermarket duopoly to secure more affordable food prices f…

New York Times

Your Thursday Briefing

England and Scotland will ease border controls.

Disney World Will Require Masks Indoors Again

All guests older than 2 will be required to wear masks in indoor spaces, regardless of their vaccination status.

Bangladesh Floods Leave Thousands of Rohingya Refugees Homeless Again

Heavy rains and landslides in Bangladesh have killed at least 11 Rohingya refugees and destroyed entire hillsides of shelters.

‘Terror’: Crackdown After Protests in Cuba Sends a Chilling Message

In a remarkable act of defiance, thousands of Cubans took to the streets two weeks ago and chanted “We’re not afraid!” Many are now terrified.

J&J Vaccine Shelf-Life Extended by F.D.A. to Six Months

The decision comes after state health officials were worried about whether doses of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine would expire and go to waste.

South China Morning Post

Tokyo Olympics: top Japanese doctor urges clear risk message as Games report 24 new Covid-19 cases

Japan faces its most serious situation since the Covid-19 pandemic began, the country’s top medical adviser warned on Thursday, urging the government to send a “clearer, stronger message” about growing risks, including to the medical system.Oly…

Coronavirus: walk-in vaccinations for Hong Kong’s over 70s launch to queues, as elderly brave hot weather warning in morning rush for appointment-free jabs

Hong Kong’s launch of walk-in coronavirus vaccinations for residents aged 70 or above attracted queues early on Thursday despite a hot weather warning.Many of the dozens seen waiting in line at two vaccination centres said they were taking advantag…

Indonesia’s indigenous shamans confront Covid-19 with rituals, traditional medicines

As the Delta variant sweeps through Indonesia, causing a record 2,069 deaths on Tuesday, regions outside the worst-hit areas of Jakarta, surrounding Java island and tourist hotspot Bali are now reporting worrying coronavirus spikes.The province of Ea…

For the first time, light has been spotted from behind a black hole

Astronomers recently saw something they’d never seen before while peering at a black hole some 800 million light-years away: X-ray light emissions coming from directly behind the black hole at the centre of a distant galaxy.The findings were report…

Geologist may have discovered oldest animal fossils ever: 890 million years old

A geologist in Canada may have discovered fossils of ancient sponges dating back 890 million years, making the potential discovery between 330 and 350 million years older than the oldest undisputed sponge fossils.The fossilised structures found in ro…

The Straits Times

UAE to burn mountains of trash as China stops importing waste

July 29, 2021 12:42 PMThe country may incinerate up to almost two-thirds of the household waste it currently produces.

From grey to green: World cities uprooting the urban jungle

July 29, 2021 12:12 PMReplanting initiatives have sprouted up since the start of the 21st century as urban development goals have shifted.

US senators eye cryptocurrency taxes to fund infrastructure plan

July 29, 2021 9:03 AMThe provisions would raise an additional US$28 billion from cryptocurrency transactions.

China's new ambassador Qin Gang arrives in US with words of optimism

July 29, 2021 8:28 AM"The door of China-US relations, which is already open, cannot and should not be closed," said Mr Qin.

How the Covid-19 pandemic changed the way people spent time

July 29, 2021 8:02 AMPeople last year spent far less waking time - 1 ½ hours less, on average - with people outside their own household. …

Sydney Morning Herald

Entire Australian athletics team in lockdown over COVID-19 scare

All 63 track and field athletes are in lockdown in their rooms, with Australian pole vaulter Kurtis Marschall confirmed as a close contact of the US athlete who tested positive.

China sends sharp-tongued ‘wolf warrior’ to US as ambassador

The first-time ambassador and frequent critic of the West will instantly become Beijing’s most important overseas envoy.

WA man refused entry to state just days before testing positive to COVID-19

The returned overseas traveller had just completed 14 days quarantine in Brisbane when he landed in Perth and was ordered to spend two days in isolation before being put on a return flight.

Tokyo Olympics LIVE updates: Australian Athletics team in isolation after COVID scare; Stubblety-Cook claims gold, Chalmers silver, women’s relay team stunned

There are five finals in the pool today and Australia has medal hopes in every one of them. And Jessica Fox has a shot at another medal in the canoe slalom.

Australia news LIVE: NSW records 239 new local COVID-19 cases as harsher restrictions implemented for eight Sydney LGAs

Sydneysiders are facing another month in lockdown, Victorian authorities are concerned about a new mystery case of COVID-19 and Commonwealth emergency payments are back to original JobKeeper levels.

TechCrunch

Japanese sneaker platform SODA raises $56.4M, accquires rival Monokabu

Just half a year after leading SODA’s Series B, SoftBank Ventures Asia is raising its bet on the Tokyo-based sneaker resell platform. The early-stage venture capital arm of SoftBank Group announced today it has returned to lead SODA’s Series C, w…

Twitter shuttering NY, SF offices in response to new CDC guidelines

Just two weeks after reopening its New York and San Francisco offices, social media giant Twitter said Wednesday that it will be closing those offices “immediately.” The decision came “after careful consideration of the CDC’s…

Zuckerberg is turning trillion-dollar Facebook into a ‘metaverse’ company, he tells investors

Following the quarterly release of Facebook’s earnings numbers where the company’s CFO takes time to walk analysts through the nitty gritty of the company’s financials, CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a moment to zoom out and wax on the co…

INKR draws in $3.1M to make more comics accessible to worldwide audiences

INKR is a digital comics platform that crosses cultural and language divides, enabling creators to reach global audiences with its proprietary localization technology. Previously bootstrapped, the company announced today that it has raised $3.1 milli…

Personalized menopause platform Vira Health raises £1.5M from LocalGlobe, MMC Ventures

A new trend is emerging in the world of startups and, to many, it couldn’t have come too soon. Why are there so few women in senior roles? Women going through menopause are commonly known to drop out of leadership roles, for instance. In the UK, me…

Wall Street Journal

China's New Ambassador to the U.S. Adopts Placating Tone

Qin Gang, a trusted aide to Chinese President Xi Jinping, pledged to repair the increasingly testy relationship between Beijing and Washington.

Restrictions for Migrant Families at U.S.-Mexico Border Won't Be Lifted as Covid Cases Surge

The Biden administration had been expected to spare families from a pandemic policy known as Title 42 that blocks many migrants from entering the U.S. for public health reasons.

Indigenous Police to Investigate Ontario Boarding-School Deaths

The Six Nations of the Grand River community says survivors asked for the probe after unmarked graves were found near former schools in Western Canada.

U.K. to Open Up to Vaccinated American Travelers

The U.K. government will allow fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and those from most of the European Union to enter England and Scotland without quarantine, hoping for an influx of late-summer tourists.

China Meets With Taliban, Stepping Up as U.S. Exits Afghanistan

China’s foreign minister, meeting with the Taliban on Chinese soil, urged the group to distance itself from terrorist groups and take steps to establish peace in Afghanistan.

Wired

Activision Blizzard Employees Walk Out Over Sexism Complaints

“We love our jobs, but our jobs don’t love us back,” one worker told WIRED. "So we’re trying to change that.”…

Toyota Whiffed on EVs. Now It’s Trying to Slow Their Rise

In a bid to protect its investments in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cells, the carmaker is lobbying against the transition to electric vehicles.

How Nothing Designed 'Ear 1s' to Beat Apple AirPods

The head of design at Nothing explains how their product could take on Apple's all-conquering wireless earbuds, at a fraction of the cost.

The Best Cheap Phones for (Almost) Every Budget

There’s little reason to pay top dollar for a phone these days. These are our favorite Android devices and iPhones for $200 to $500.

Extreme Heat Could Also Mean Power and Water Shortages

An extraordinary drought in the West, plus dry lakes and reservoirs, mean there will be less water for farms, hydroelectric energy, and home users.

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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