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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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US jobs rebound

Unemployment has fallen after a massive rise in April when lockdowns were introduced. Also: Mexico's virus-related deaths have risen to over 28,000, and the African Union warns of the pandemic's impact on tourism.

US to buy almost entire global supply of Covid drug

The US has struck a near-exclusive deal to buy Remdesivir for the next three months. Also: global lockdowns cause layoffs in the aviation sector, and the mayor in Colombia who reported his own son from breaching restrictions.

EU recommends partial re-opening of external borders

European Union diplomats suggest member states allow visitors from 15 non-EU countries. Also: South Korean officials conclude the idea of a community forming herd immunity is "wishful thinking", and doctors in Afghanistan say their healthcare system…

The WHO warns the pandemic is far from over

The World Health Organization says the virus has a "lot of room to move" after the number of people who died from COVID-19 passed the 500,000 mark. Also: mental health experts call for former patients to be tested for post traumatic stress disorder a…

Infections worldwide top 10 million

More than 10 million coronavirus cases have been declared worldwide. Also: The outbreak in the United States continues to grow, and Iran is to make face masks compulsory in some areas.

The Economist | Business

Keeping stakeholderism practical

The rights and wrongs of management books on social issues…

Food-delivery wars heat up

Will winning the battle for locked-down Western stomachs ever translate into profits?

How Chesapeake Energy changed the world

In times like these, business needs a bit of hubris…

The pandemic is giving unmanned deliveries a fillip

Demand is surging for contactless provision of meals, medical supplies and other products…

FedEx tries to think beyond the pandemic

Lockdowns have been less of a bonanza for parcel-handlers than you might expect…

The Economist | International

Covid-19 is here to stay. The world is working out how to live with it

People will have to change their behaviour to prevent second waves of the virus…

The pandemic has accelerated the growth of e-sports

Video-gamers can hold big tournaments without infecting anyone…

Covid-19 has led to a pandemic of plastic pollution

As the world produces more protective equipment—and gorges on takeaways—pity the oceans…

Covid-19 raises the risks of violent conflict

War and disease feed upon each other…

Covid-19 has stalled the wedding industry

But some couples are finding ways to say “I do”…

The Economist | U.S.

It’s messing with Texas

Greg Abbott is battling the coronavirus with one hand and his party’s lunatic fringe with the other…

The progressive left celebrates some notable Democratic primary victories

This will not change the make-up of Congress. But it could make Nancy Pelosi’s job a lot harder…

American conservatives are pushing for the repeal of the death penalty

The federal government’s enthusiasm for executions is at odds with many Republican-led states…

The Guardian

Trial collapses of three Britons accused of aiding man to go to fight in Syria

Judge directs court in terror trial to enter not guilty verdicts on all charges against menA controversial terror trial of three Britons accused of helping a fourth to travel to Syria to fight with the Kurdish YPG has collapsed at the Old Bailey afte…

Coronavirus live news: Brazil nears 1.5 million infections; Nigeria lifts lockdown in Kano

Philippines reports largest single-day increase in cases; Florida confirms 10,000 new cases in one day; cases worldwide close to 11mGlobal report: horror week for US as coronavirus records tumble4 July celebrations increase risk of ‘superspreader…

Heatwaves have become longer in most of the world since 1950s – study

Frequency of heatwaves and cumulative intensity has risen through the decades, research findsHeatwaves have increased in both length and frequency in nearly every part of the world since the 1950s, according to what is described as the first study to…

'Our pastures have been taken': Indians rue China's Himalayan land grab

Exclusive: image obtained by Guardian shows substantial Chinese military structures erected despite agreements to disengageNamgyal Durbuk knows the steep mountainous terrain of Ladakh like the back of his hand. But in the 45 years he has lived here,…

What we're learning about coronavirus as cases surge after US states reopen

Many states are pausing – or even reversing – plans to reopen as the US reports record-high numbers of coronavirus casesThe United States reported a record number of new coronavirus cases as it headed into a holiday weekend. Health officials and…

New York Times

Trial of 20 Saudis in Jamal Khashoggi Killing Opens in Turkey

Supporters of the slain journalist expressed hope that the proceedings would offer a chance for justice. The defendants are to be tried in absentia.

Live Coronavirus Updates: U.S. Leaders Change Course

Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas ordered most state residents to wear masks in public, after opposing local officials’ efforts to require them. Britain’s prime minister urged restraint when pubs reopen this weekend.

Boris Johnson’s ‘Global Britain’: Inspired Vision or Wishful Thinking?

Post-Brexit Britain is going it alone at a time when globalization is in retreat. But a clash with China over Hong Kong has shown the limits of what it can do.

Daily Coronavirus Cases in the U.S. Soar Past 50,000 for the First Time

With more than 55,000 new cases, the country set a record for the sixth time in nine days. The Supreme Court granted Alabama’s request to restore voting restrictions during the pandemic. China is downplaying expectations ahead of a planned trip to…

French Prime Minister Resigns Before a Cabinet Reshuffle

President Emmanuel Macron is reshaping his cabinet, aiming to begin a new phase after a major coronavirus outbreak and to give his government a fresh mandate in the last stretch of his five-year term.

South China Morning Post

Hong Kong’s 3 million MPF pension fund members lose HK$7,752 each as coronavirus hits global markets

Hong Kong’s Mandatory Provident Fund lost a total of HK$23.26 billion (US$3 billion) during the first half of the year, according to calculations by the Post, as the outbreak of the coronavirus sparked a global market meltdown.That is HK$7,752 for…

China manufacturers struggling to keep up with surge in global bike demand amid coronavirus fears

Fears of taking public transport amid the coronavirus pandemic have led to increased demand for bicycles, and while other products are struggling due to a lack of consumption, the boom has outstripped production capacity in China.In May, China export…

Hong Kong court upholds decision to axe controversial university exam question on China-Japan relations

The High Court has upheld an unprecedented decision by Hong Kong’s examination authority to scrap a controversial history question that asked if “Japan did more good than harm to China” in the early 20th century.On Friday, Mr Justice Russell Co…

Hongkongers could get HK$10,000 handout earlier than expected as millions apply through online banking

Millions of Hongkongers could get their HK$10,000 (US$1,290) cash handout two days earlier than expected after more than 70 per cent of the city’s population registered for the sweetener.The government’s cash payout scheme, which opened for appli…

Hong Kong national security law: first person charged under new legislation is motorcyclist arrested during July 1 protest

A motorcyclist accused of riding into a group of policemen during a July protest, while carrying a flag calling for the liberation of Hong Kong, has become the first person charged under the new national security law.Tong Ying-kit, 23, was officially…

The Straits Times

Copenhagen's Little Mermaid labelled 'racist fish'

July 03, 2020 6:07 PMCOPENHAGEN (REUTERS) - Denmark woke up on Friday (July 3) to the words "racist fish" scrawled across the base of the Little Mermaid, the bronze statue honouring Hans Christian Andersen's famous fairy tale that perches on a rock i…

UK PM Johnson on being a dad to newborn son: 'I'm pretty hands on'

July 03, 2020 5:44 PMLONDON (REUTERS) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said being the father of a newborn baby while running the country was very busy but that he was a pretty hands-on father to his "wonderful kid".

UN 'alarmed' at arrests in Hong Kong, concerned about 'vague' law

July 03, 2020 5:37 PMGENEVA (REUTERS) - The UN human rights office voiced concern on Friday (July 3) that "vague and overly broad" provisions in the national security law for Hong Kong may lead to arbitrary interpretation and prosecution of activist…

Trump to host Mount Rushmore fireworks show with masks optional

July 03, 2020 5:32 PMWASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - Mr Donald Trump heads to Mount Rushmore on Friday (July 3) for an early Independence Day celebration with thousands of guests who won't be required to wear masks or socially distance, as the President con…

Dry lightning risk rises in US, thanks to tardy monsoon

July 03, 2020 4:49 PMWASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - The annual monsoon that drenches the US South-west is late this year, raising the risk of wildfires sparked by another of the region's meteorological quirks: dry lightning.

Sydney Morning Herald

Neil Perry's steamed silken tofu with black vinegar and chilli oil

The texture is sublime warm or cold, and this dish works well served either way. Add a steamed fish, some rice and greens and you’ve got a great shared meal.

AFL 2020 live updates: Collingwood and Essendon look to head into hubs with a win

Collingwood stumbled with inaccurate kicking for goal last week against GWS, while the Bombers were lucky to be in it until the end in defeat to Carlton. Both will be looking to head into their hubs next week and beyond with a final win in Victoria.

Karen Martini's garfish with herbed pistachio

This light and vibrant meal would be perfect paired with simply dressed salad leaves.

Italy has its trattoria, France its bistro; Australia has the pub

As restrictions lift, those still unsure about eating in restaurants are heading straight to the pub – the place where everyone feels safe and secure.

Hold on

While tidying the dresser, an old photo of a cherubic Dev gave Meera pause.


Lime puts Jump bikes back on London streets

Jump bikes are returning to London — this time through its new owner Lime . London is the first city in Europe to see Jump bikes return since Uber offloaded the company to Lime in a complex deal that unfolded in May. Lime raised $170 million in a f…

Intel to invest $253.5 million in India’s Reliance Jio Platforms

Intel said on Friday it will invest $253.5 million in Jio Platforms, joining a roster of high-profile investors including Facebook, General Atlantic, and Silver Lake that have backed India’s top telecom operator in recent months. The American chipm…

Festo’s latest biomimetic robots are a flying feathered bird and ball-bottomed helper arm

You could be excused for thinking that German robotics company Festo does nothing but put together fabulous prototype robots built to resemble kangaroos, jellyfish, and other living things. They do in fact actually make real industrial robots, but it…

Sprint 5G is no more, as T-Mobile focuses on its own network

A day after formally completing the sale of Boost, Virgin and other Sprint prepaid networks to Dish, T-Mobile is pulling the plug on Sprint 5G. The move is one in a long list of issues that need sorting out in the wake of April’s $26.5 billion merg…

Uber adds another director to its board: Flex CEO Revathi Advaithi

Uber has a new, independent board member, shows a new SEC filing: CEO Revathi Advaithi of 51-year-old Flex, which is among the world’s largest electronic manufacturers and competes against Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology. Advaithi, a mechanical engin…

Wall Street Journal

French Prime Minister Resigns, Triggering Shuffle of Macron's Government

The government of President Emmanuel Macron was upended following the resignation of his prime minister, Édouard Philippe, who spearheaded the president’s pro-business agenda and garnered significant popularity for his handling of the coronavirus.

Iran Probes Explosion at Main Nuclear Site

Iranian authorities said they were investigating a blast Thursday at the country’s main nuclear facility that caused damage to a building identified by experts as an advanced centrifuge assembly plant.

Hong Kong Security Law Stuns International Business: 'It Turns Out It Is Really Bad'

Beijing is telling foreign companies not to worry, but its intercession in Hong Kong has executives fearing that the city’s unique role as a business hub is in jeopardy.

Hong Kong's Security Law Scares Citizens Into Scrubbing Social Media, Self-Censorship

China’s sweeping national-security law for Hong Kong is prompting some ordinary citizens to quickly change behavior and hide their support of the city’s antigovernment movement, for fear of becoming targets.

In Myanmar, Landslide at Jade Mine Kills More Than 160 People

Heavy rains trigger a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar, the deadliest accident that the largely unregulated industry has seen in years.


‘Covid Parties’ Are Not a Thing

No, Alabama frat boys aren’t doing snot shots and betting on who can get sick first. Why does the media keep suggesting otherwise?

How Masks Went From Don’t-Wear to Must-Have During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Public health messaging and science have to work hard to stay in sync during a crisis. During the Covid-19 pandemic, they haven’t always succeeded.

5G Was Going to Unite the World—Instead It’s Tearing Us Apart

Divisions over technical standards and the role of China’s Huawei are jeopardizing the rollout of superfast connections.

What Trump's Twitter and Clinton's Sax Have in Common

In some ways, Trump's use of social media follows a history of politicians sidestepping media gatekeepers that dates back to FDR. In others, he's a complete anomaly.

Women’s Roller Derby Has a Plan for Covid, and It Kicks Ass

While baseball, basketball, and other sports struggle to adapt, an international team of skater-experts has figured out a safer way to play.

World Health Organization

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

Between 1 April and 31 May 2020, the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported nine new cases of MERS-CoV infection, including five deaths. The cases were reported from Riyadh (seven cases), Assir (one case) and Northern (one case) Regions. M…

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

On 25 June 2020, the Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared the end of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu, Ituri and South Kivu Provinces . In accordance with WHO recommendations, the declaration was m…

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

No new confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu Provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 27 April 2020 (Figure 1). While this is a positive development, there remains a risk of…

Yellow fever – Gabon

On 15 April 2020, WHO received information regarding a confirmed case of yellow fever in Magandi village, Tchibanga city in Nyanga Province of southern Gabon, 590 km from the capital, Libreville. The case is an 83-year-old male with no known vaccina…

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

No new confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu Provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 27 April 2020 (Figure 1). The source of infection of the cluster reported in April 20…


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