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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

Vaccinations see huge drop in cases, Israel study shows

It has carried out one of the biggest real-world tests so far of the effectiveness of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Also: suspects behind the production and distribution of fake vaccines are arrested in China, and Japan's economy shrinks 4.8% in 2…

New Zealand imposes a three-day stay-at-home order in Auckland.

A three-day lockdown to deal with a coronavirus outbreak in Auckland. Also, the US criticises China over its refusal to hand over some data from the earliest stages of the pandemic, and hope that the world's biggest competition on natural ice might j…

Scientists demand speedy global access to vaccines

Scientists writing in the medical journal the Lancet, say it could take years to control Covid unless all countries including the world's poorest, are vaccinated. Also: fears over a fake steam remedy promoted in South Asian communities, and, Peru's h…

Snap lockdown in Victoria with tennis fans barred from Open

The Australian state shuts down over a dozen Covid-19 cases. Also: the British economy suffers its biggest decline on record, and President Biden says he's ordered enough vaccine doses to inoculate every American.

Israel begins vaccinating Palestinian labourers

Believed to be first time Israel has offered jabs to non health workers from the West Bank. Also: new figures say people with disabilities accounted for more than half of all coronavirus deaths in England last year, and France decides not to extend i…

The Economist | Business

Why China’s Didi can succeed where Uber has struggled

To glimpse the future of the ride-hailing business, look east…

Can Pat Gelsinger turn Intel around?

The giant chipmaker’s new boss has his work cut out…

Diary of a plague year

A columnist confronts the pandemic…

For Deutschland AG, Brexit goes from bad to wurst

Companies in Germany lament the effect of Britain’s departure from the EU…

Narendra Modi promises to privatise Air India

The state promises to unload its dusty companies. For real this time…

The Economist | International

Censorious governments are abusing “fake news” laws

The pandemic is giving them an excuse to gag reporters…

Even before covid-19, nightclubs were struggling

The pandemic has left them fighting for their survival…

Repressive regimes are tightening their grip on their citizens abroad

A sorry tale of killings, kidnappings and technologically enhanced intimidation…

Surrogacy reform is spreading in the rich world

While many poor countries are putting up obstacles…

Why do some people risk their lives for fun?

The pandemic has shown how risk-averse humans usually are. But there are always outliers…

The Economist | U.S.

Donald Trump’s second impeachment ends in a second acquittal

Seven Republicans vote to convict, after a trial that has served several purposes…

Facebook tries to pre-empt regulation by squeezing anti-vaxxers

The social-media platform simultaneously does and does not want to be the arbiter of truth…

Civil rights v civil liberties at the ACLU

After decades of undue pessimism, civil libertarians should be moderately concerned…

Can America’s government deal with China’s after accusing it of genocide?

The Biden administration has declined to rescind Trump administration’s description of China’s Uyghur policy…

Oregon decriminalises drugs for personal use

Portugal, the first country to do this, contains valuable lessons for America…

The Guardian

Australia news live: Scott Morrison grilled over response to Brittany Higgins; Victoria reports two local Covid cases

PM addresses former Liberal staffer’s allegation of rape; AstraZeneca vaccine approved for Australia; hotel quarantine back in the spotlight. Follow liveVictoria Covid hotspotsVictoria stage 4 rules and restrictionsAustralia state by state rules ex…

Australian Open 2021 day nine: Grigor Dimitrov v Aslan Karatsev, Osaka breezes into semis – live!

Updates from the first day of quarter-finals at Melbourne ParkAsh Barty plays a team game in singular pursuit of home gloryAny thoughts? Email or tweet @mike_hytner 6.43am GMT Fourth set: Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 4-6, 1-6, 2-5 Aslan Karatsev* (denotes se…

Coronavirus live news: South Africa asks to return 1m vaccine doses; UK may offer excess shots elsewhere

UK to consider offering excess vaccine doses to other countries; AstraZeneca vaccine approved by Australia’s drug regulator; South Africa asks Serum Institute of India to take back 1m vaccine dosesIsrael battles Covid misinformation as vaccination…

Weatherwatch: Namibia is full of climate surprises

A cool ocean current and a high capital bring surprising variety to a country of vast desertsKnown in colonial times as German South West Africa, the name Namibia derives from a word meaning “vast place”. This aptly describes a country more than…

How to have better arguments online

The troubled times we live in, and the rise of social media, have created an age of endless conflict. Rather than fearing or avoiding disagreement, we need to learn to do it wellIn 2010, Time magazine made Mark Zuckerberg its person of the year. It d…

New York Times

Brittany Higgins Rape Claim Roils Australia Government

A former government staff member said she had been made to choose between going to the police and keeping her job. Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologized.

Rocket Attack in Iraq Kills a U.S. Military Contractor

Some saw the barrage of rockets aimed at an airport in the northern city of Erbil as a test of the new administration in Washington.

Your Tuesday Briefing

New hotel quarantines in Britain.

South China Morning Post

New Zealand, Australia in diplomatic row over Islamic State militant

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday accused Australia of shirking its responsibility for a dual national arrested in Turkey over reported links with Islamic State.In an unusually blunt message to her counterpart Scott Morrison, Arder…

Dr Anthony Fauci wins US$1 million prize for ‘defending science’ in coronavirus crisis

Dr Anthony Fauci has won the US$1 million Dan David Prize for “defending science” and advocating for vaccines now being administered worldwide to fight the coronavirus pandemic.The Israel-based Dan David Foundation on Monday named US President Jo…

Nasa set to land Perseverance rover and helicopter on Mars

After a seven-month journey, Nasa’s Perseverance rover prepares to touch down on Mars on Thursday after first negotiating a risky landing procedure that will mark the start of its multi-year search for signs of ancient microbial life.Transported ab…

Hong Kong records eight new coronavirus cases as officials expected to announce relaxation of social-distancing rules

Hong Kong recorded just eight coronavirus cases on Tuesday as city officials were expected to announce a long-awaited relaxation of tough social-distancing measures later in the afternoon, according to a source.The second straight day of single-digit…

China’s film fans spend on home-grown entertainment as Hollywood struggles amid pandemic and geopolitics

With China’s box office takings expected to return to near pre-pandemic highs in 2021, the world’s largest movie market is becoming more attractive – and more tricky – for Hollywood studios.Ticket sales from cinemas in China, which has largel…

The Straits Times

German businesses have had enough of Chancellor Merkel's go-slow Covid-19 opening

February 16, 2021 2:11 PMBERLIN (BLOOMBERG) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is under increasing pressure to ease Germany's coronavirus lockdown, with the ire coming from the heart of the country's economy.

Rocket attack in Iraq kills a US military contractor

February 16, 2021 12:40 PMIRBIL (NYTIMES) - A rocket attack on the airport in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil on Monday (Feb 15) killed a civilian contractor with the US-led military coalition and wounded six others, including a US service member, a…

Biden effect: Saudi hastens trials, placates rivals under new US glare

February 16, 2021 11:05 AMRIYADH (AFP) - Under a new US glare, Saudi Arabia is rushing to release some political prisoners and make up with regional rivals, attempting to clean up its act as it braces for a policy reset in Washington.

Canada-led declaration calls arbitrary detentions 'immoral'

February 16, 2021 10:39 AMForeign ministers from 58 countries signed the "declaration against arbitrary detention in state-to-state relations".

Norway moves mountains to bring skiing to the people

February 16, 2021 10:30 AMWith a lack of snow and the pandemic this year leaving many in despair, authorities are bringing snow and ski trails to downtown Oslo.

Sydney Morning Herald

Australian Open 2021 LIVE updates: Osaka surges into semi-finals with straight sets win over Hsieh as Djokovic prepares for blockbuster with Zverev

Australian Open 2021 Live: Hsieh v Osaka, Dimitrov v Karatsev, Williams v Halep, Djokovic v Zverev…

Coniglio concussion lightens GWS skipper’s load for 12 days

Giants’ skipper Stephen Coniglio has been forced onto the sidelines for 12 days after copping a heavy knock at training last Friday.

Cleary rules Naden out of Panthers’ first four NRL games for cocaine use

Penrith coach has received the support of his senior players in deciding to rule Brent Naden ineligible until at least round five for taking cocaine on the eve of last year’s grand final.

Coronavirus updates LIVE: AstraZeneca vaccine granted provisional approval by TGA as Victoria records two local COVID-19 cases; Melbourne quarantine hotel evacuated

Victoria has entered its fourth day of a five-day ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown. The number of confirmed cases worldwide has passed 109 million, and there have been more than 2.4 million deaths from the virus, Johns Hopkins University data shows. …

Media editors used Pell reports to pressure judge, court told

A ‘calculated risk’ in early reports about George Pell’s sex assault conviction was, prosecutors argue, an attempt by media companies to put pressure on a judge.


With Ironspring Ventures, Texas gets a $61 million new fund focused on ‘industrial’ technologies

From the chemical refineries that line the Gulf Coast to oilfields of West Texas, heavy industry has always been a big part of the economy in the Lone Star State. Now, as venture capital moves in to the state as part of an exodus from California, a n…

Daily Crunch: Parler is back online

Parler returns from limbo, Uber lobbies Europe and we have more details about Notion’s outage. This is your Daily Crunch for February 15, 2021. The big story: Parler is back online The social network known for its far-right user base was droppe…

4 strategies for deep tech startups recruiting top growth marketers

Growth talent wants to know that they have room to experiment, fail and iterate with the support and trust of their company.

01 Advisors, the venture firm of Dick Costolo and Adam Bain, has closed fund two with $325 million

Dick Costolo and Adam Bain, renowned early Twitter execs who served as the company’s CEO and its chief operating officer, respectively, have quietly closed a second venture fund just one-and-a-half years after disclosing they’d secured $1…

After raising $150 million in equity and debt, Nature’s Fynd opens its fungus food for pre-orders

Nature’s Fynd, the food technology company with a new food offering cultivated from fungus found in the wilds of Yellowstone National Park, is releasing its first products for pre-order.  Pitching both a non-dairy cream cheese and meatless breakfa…

Wall Street Journal

West Unites Against Detention of Foreign Nationals in Signal to China

A group of mostly Western countries led by Canada have formed a coalition against the detention of foreign nationals for diplomatic leverage, taking aim at a practice that diplomats say has been used by Beijing and Tehran.

WTO Appoints Nigerian as First Female Leader

The World Trade Organization will for the first time be headed by a woman, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, offering a fresh start to an organization seeking to revive its influence over global economic rules.

Azeris Wrestle Over Return to Abandoned Towns, Decades After First Conflict

Some 30 years on from the war that saw Armenian forces drive hundreds of thousands of Azeris from their homes in and around the conflict-torn enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, many now hope they can soon return after Azerbaijan regained much of the surrou…

Biden to Join G-7 Leaders in Virtual Meeting to Discuss Pandemic Response

Friday’s meeting, hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, will be the first G-7 gathering since April 2020.

Protests Go Beyond Navalny as Putin's Reserve of Good Will Wanes

The treatment of the opposition leader may have lit the fuse for protests, but the rallies quickly became an outlet for Russians’ widespread grievances about falling living standards, collapsing infrastructure and chronic corruption, and mark a tec…


France Ties Russia's Sandworm to a Multiyear Hacking Spree

A French security agency warns that the destructively minded group has exploited an IT monitoring tool from Centreon.

How to Calculate the String Angle of a Kite vs. a Balloon

It's a beautiful day to go outside with a kite or a balloon, and compute how wind speed alters their flight.

How to Use Your PS5 or Xbox Controller Everywhere Else

Want to play games on your phone, desktop, laptop, or tablet? If you own a console, you probably don't need a separate controller.

The Best Presidents' Day Deals for the Home, Phones, and More

Take advantage of the many sales going on this weekend and save on gear you might need.

Underwater Meditation and the Therapeutic Benefits of VR

Virtual reality can be a supportive tool for people with disabilities or anxiety, or who just need help getting up and moving.

World Health Organization

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…

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Between 1 June through 31 December 2020, the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported four additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV) with one associated death. The cases were reported from Riyadh (two cases), Taif (one…

Influenza A(H1N2) variant virus – Brazil

On 15 December 2020, the Brazil Ministry of Health reported the second confirmed human infection with influenza A(H1N2) variant virus [A(H1N2)v] in Brazil in 2020.


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