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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

Moscow lockdown measures come into force

Non-essential shops in the Russian capital will be closed, and workers are being given nine days off. Also, Romania's vaccine drive is rebounding after a slow start. And Kenyan pub owners suggest turning their establishments into vaccination centres.

A Brazilian senate inquiry recommends criminal charges against the president

The report will be sent to Brazil's prosecutor-general. Also: England's test and trace system comes in for heavy criticism, and Hollywood actress Charlize Theron calls on nations to start sharing jabs…

US imposes new travel rules

Washington says foreign nationals must be vaccinated to enter the country. Also, the Chinese city of Lanzhou, home to four million people, goes into lockdown. And Russia reaches a new record for daily deaths.

China restricts entry to the capital, Beijing, as outbreaks are recorded in the north of the country

People arriving from districts with even one Covid case won't be able to access the city. Also: Germany's health minister wants state of emergency to end, and Pakistan records lowest number of Covid deaths in nearly a year.

Coronavirus cases in eastern Europe surpass 20 million

One of the worst affected countries is Romania. Doctors there say hospitals are at breaking point. Also: cheaper tests are introduced for travellers returning to England, and in China the Wuhan marathon is postponed.

The Economist | Business

The three unknowns of the modern ad age

For all its aura of precision, the digital-ad industry is as murky as ever…

The limits to the lessons of army leadership

Life in uniform is very different from life in suits…

How the pandemic has changed the weather in the technology industry

The cloud, hardware and competition are gaining in importance…

America Inc and the shortage economy

Three things to look for from the upcoming earnings season…

The Economist | International

Why vaccine passports are causing chaos

The problem is with humans, not technology…

Broken promises, energy shortages and covid-19 will hamper COP26

It is the most important climate conference in years…

A Russian editor says he won the Nobel because his slain colleagues could not

Six journalists for Novaya Gazeta have been murdered since 2000…

Governments are finding new ways to squash free expression online

Would-be autocrats are learning from China, and each other…

The IEA warns much more ambition is needed to curb global warming

Even though, if countries meet climate pledges, fossil-fuel consumption will peak by 2025…

The Economist | U.S.

The Democrats’ disadvantage

The party faces long-term hurdles that will be hard to overcome…

Reconstructing America

On the failed promises and quiet successes of America’s most propagandised decade…

Ethnic-studies lessons benefit low-achieving non-white pupils

That might not be enough to convince naysayers of the course’s value…

The Guardian

Rishi Sunak’s budget ‘hammers’ working people while giving banks a tax cut, says Labour – UK politics live

Latest updates: shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves says Resolution Foundation report shows this is an ‘out-of-touch, high-tax, low-growth budget’IFS predicts ‘real pain’ for low-income householdsRishi Sunak defends halving domestic flight duties…

Covid live: Vallance warns of ‘difficult UK winter’; Moscow in partial lockdown amid record Russian cases, deaths

Chief scientific adviser to UK government says high level of cases ‘remains a concern’; Russia records over 40,000 new cases and record 1,159 Covid deathsIndia: over 100 million people fail to turn up for second Covid vaccineEU gives go-ahead to…

Hungary: anti-Orbán alliance leads ruling party in 2022 election poll

Six-party grouping ahead by four points after choosing Péter Márki-Zay as prime ministerial candidateA six-party opposition alliance that aims to topple Hungary’s Viktor Orbán in elections next year has pulled four points clear of the authoritar…

The greatest songs about the climate crisis – ranked!

As Cop26 opens in Glasgow, we provide the soundtrack, ranging from Gojira’s metal fury to gorgeous environmental paeans by Childish Gambino, Neil Young and Joni MitchellFrom its cover shot of a submerged bedroom down, 2019’s Titanic Rising feels…

Man who organised Emiliano Sala flight convicted over safety

David Henderson found guilty at Cardiff crown court of endangering safety of an aircraftDavid Henderson, the businessman who organised the flight that crashed, killing the footballer Emiliano Sala, has been found guilty of endangering the safety of a…

New York Times

Beijing Olympics: China to Ease Rules for Athletes in Bubble

Vaccinated athletes will not have to quarantine, but competitors will still face strict rules and could be expelled for breaking them.

A Wealth Tax

What are the pluses and minuses?

Israel Advances Plan for New Settlement Homes, in First for Bennett Era

Approved despite the objections of the United States, critics say the new building will consolidate Israel’s presence in the West Bank and make it harder to create a Palestinian state.

Meeting Between Francis and Biden Will Highlight Their Rift With American Bishops

The pope and president, who meet at the Vatican on Friday, are the common targets of conservative American bishops seeking to undercut them.

Why China Is the World’s Last ‘Zero Covid’ Holdout

The government has staked its political legitimacy on controlling the virus better than other countries, especially its geopolitical rivals.

South China Morning Post

Meituan makes strategic shift with Amazon-style special team to fit China’s new regulatory reality, report says

Meituan has decided to shift its strategic focus to “retailing plus technology” from “food plus platform” in a major change of business direction, as China’s largest on-demand delivery services provider adjusts to fit a changing business an…

China to build base for Tajikistan police near Afghan border, official says

China will build a base for police in Tajikistan near the Afghan border, a Tajik official said on Thursday, amid concerns from both countries about the Taliban’s ability to keep a lid on extremist groups.The base points to deepening security cooper…

Serbia praises ‘steel friendship’ with China amid growing economic, political ties

Serbian officials on Thursday praised their “steel friendship” with China during talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, amid fears in the West that by heavily investing in the Balkan state, Beijing is trying to exert its political influence…

China pledges Covid-19 support, puts focus on regional economy in Asean talks

China will provide 20 million yuan (US$3.1 million) for emergency medical supplies for the region and is developing a global Covid-19 data analysis platform to improve pandemic readiness in East and Southeast Asia, according to the premier.Li Keqiang…

China’s Wang Yi warns European nations not to develop ties with Taiwan

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has urged the European Union not to treat Beijing as a rival and accused countries seeking closer ties with Taiwan of sabotaging EU-China relations.He made the comments on Wednesday during a visit to Greece, the first…

The Straits Times

Moscow locks down as Russian Covid-19 deaths, cases surge to new highs

October 28, 2021 6:47 PMOfficials on Thursday reported an all-time high of 1,159 Covid-19 nationwide deaths in the past 24 hours.

G-20 public finance for fossil fuel projects dwarfs green energy support

October 28, 2021 5:08 PMThe G-20 is responsible for about 80 per cent of humanity's annual CO2 emissions that are heating up the planet.

Turkey deports Syrian refugees over banana-eating on social media

October 28, 2021 1:43 PMA Turkish citizen complains that he cannot afford bananas while the refugees can.

World faces growing threat of 'unbearable' heatwaves

October 28, 2021 1:03 PMExperts warn if nothing is done to slow climate change, the record temperatures and heatwaves will only get worse.

Five climate change myths busted

October 28, 2021 12:30 PMSome common claims that question global warming wilt under scientific scrutiny.  …

Sydney Morning Herald

Victorian greenhouse emissions drop 25 per cent below 2005 levels

The Andrews government is ahead of schedule on its pledge to cut emissions, according to a report tabled in Parliament…

How Elon Musk built Tesla into a $US1tr giant that doesn’t make much money - and how it could go wrong

Few companies have had the capacity to divide the market quite like Tesla.

Australia has more people in prison, while crime is falling

The Productivity Commission has taken aim at Australia’s bloated prison system, which costs $5.2 billion a year to house a record number of prisoners despite an historically low crime rate.

Pathetic stab at patriotism last straw for dud leader

If we’re serious about addressing climate change, we need to effect political change. We can no longer afford to have “leading” us a bunch of self-interested dropkicks.

Learners laud good things in small upskilling packages

Universities are providing more pathways to tertiary study.

TechCrunch

Watch Apple’s ‘Unleashed’ event live right here

Apple is set to announce new hardware today. The company is holding a (virtual) keynote at 10 AM PT (1 PM in New York, 6 PM in London, 7 PM in Paris). And you’ll be able to watch the event right here as the company is streaming it live.Rumor h…

China Could Be Exploiting Internet Security Process to Steal Data, Cyber Experts Warn

To access the data of unsuspecting users, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) could take advantage of a universal authentication process that is believed to be secure but may not actually be, cybersecurity experts warned, although encryption is still t…

Pokémon Unite: Best Pikachu Build (Tips, Items, & Moves)

Using a combination of moves and items, players can maximize Pikachu's build in Pokémon Unite. Players will need to fight both wild Pokémon and those on the opposing team to score points and win. As an Attacker Pokémon, a well-built…

A Sinister Six Movie Should Copy Spider-Man: No Way Home & Bring In Miles

Sony’s upcoming Sinister Six movie should take some inspiration from Spider-Man: No Way Home and introduce a new version of Miles Morales. Sony has had plans for a Sinister Six film since The Amazing Spider-Man film franchise was in progress.

How Supergirl Revamped Superman IV's Story And Made It Work

Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for Supergirl season 6, episode 15, "Hope For Tomorrow."The Supergirl season 6 episode "Hope For Tomorrow" enhanced the story of the Superman movie Superman 4: The Quest For Peace in every respect. The final m…

Wall Street Journal

ECB Keeps Stimulus Unchanged Despite High Inflation

The European Central Bank said it would keep its large monetary stimulus unchanged, delaying a decision on whether to phase out easy money in response to surging inflation.

Global Migration Plummeted During Pandemic, but Labor Shortages Drive Rebound

Industries that had come to rely heavily on migrant workers have been struggling as economies reopen and businesses scramble to satisfy a huge surge in demand.

Intelligence Agencies Failed to Predict Rapid Fall of Kabul

Agencies offered scattershot assessments of the staying power of the Afghan military and government, a review of wide-ranging summaries of classified material by The Wall Street Journal shows.

Iran to Return to Nuclear Deal Talks Next Month

Tehran will return to negotiations on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal by the end of November, its chief negotiator said Wednesday.

U.K., Canada Lead West in Weaning Economies Off Covid-19 Pandemic Support

London’s new tax and spending policies, along with faster growth, are forecast to shrink the U.K.’s budget deficit in coming years.

Wired

Which Google Pixel Phone (and Gear) Should You Buy?

Here's a guide to all the models—plus case recommendations and hidden software tricks to try.

The Genius Behind the Best Metaverse Twitter Thread

Kathryn Yu’s homework is the best thing you’ll read this week.

Yoko Taro Foresees the End of Video Games As We Know Them

The mind behind iconic titles like Nier: Automata and Drakengard tells WIRED about his inspirations—and how AI plays a role in the future of game design.

9 Free Streaming Services to Save You From Subscription Hell

You may not have heard of Tubi, Pluto TV, or Kanopy—but they’re the perfect cure for subscriber fatigue.

MacOS Monterey Is Here. These Are the Top New Features

We break down how to install the latest version of Apple’s desktop operating system, including some perks that will only work on M1-powered Macs.

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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