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Your COVID-19 Toolkit

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.



BBC News

Brazil: Indigenous communities under threat

Illegal mining operations in the Amazon are exposing Indigenous villages to COVID-19. Meanwhile, recordings obtained by the Associated Press suggest that, while the WHO publicly praised China’s efforts, officials were frustrated with Beijing’s la…

UN: higher ethnic minority death rates highlight existing inequalities

UN’s human rights chief says pandemic is exposing issues ignored for too long. Also: New research shows every centimetre counts in social distancing; and the return of Parisian pavement cafes.

Latin America: WHO says outbreak has not yet peaked

Brazil and Mexico are easing their COVID-19 restrictions, despite the continuing rise in infections. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin schedules a referendum on the Russian constitution, already delayed by coronavirus. And a chef re-opening his restaurant in…

Iran says dangerous new peak possible

Health Minister’s warning follows highest daily new infections for two months. Also: Restrictions eased in Moscow – despite Russia’s highest weekly deaths; more businesses reopen in Brazil and Mexico; and visitors return to some of Europe's top…

Brazil in political crisis as COVID outbreak spikes

President Jair Bolsonaro, who has consistently downplayed the pandemic, joins a rally of his supporters calling for military action against Brazil’s congress and the Supreme Court. Meanwhile South Africa scales back its ban on selling alcohol. And…

The Economist | Business

The e-commerce boom makes warehouses hot property

The warehouse king battles a master of the universe…

Working life has entered a new era

Farewell BC (before coronavirus). Welcome AD (after domestication)…

The global grooming industry gets cut down to size

Itinerant hair stylists and barbers are a rare bright spot in a clobbered business…

The Renault-Nissan alliance hunkers down

The fraying Franco-Japanese carmaking union wants to give it another go…

How big oil is trying to win back investors

Supermajors claim their prospects are not as bleak as they seem…

The Economist | International

Old religious quarrels return as covid-19 lockdowns ease

The pandemic has exacerbated tension between church and state, and between religious figures, in many places…

How lockdown converted the world to cycling, and the speedbumps that lie ahead

Cycling ticks lots of good policy boxes, but cars aren’t over yet…

What awaits tourists when they re-emerge from lockdown?

Covid-19 will change the way people travel…

How China emerges from lockdown will affect global tourism

Will footloose Chinese shoppers still feel welcome abroad?

Will wet markets be hung out to dry after the pandemic?

They can breed new diseases, but banning them entirely might not be the best response…

The Guardian

George Floyd protests: thousands march peacefully in New York, defying curfew – live

US troops from 82nd airborne division moved from Fort Bragg – reportsFloyd’s family: ‘I want justice for him because he was good’Biden says Trump ‘is part of the problem and accelerates it’Washington archdiocese: ‘Reprehensible’ to al…

Coronavirus live news: global deaths pass 380,000 as Australia sinks towards recession

Yemen aid funding falls short by US$1bn; Australian treasurer admits first slump in 30 years is inevitable; global cases pass 6.3m. Follow the latest updates India evacuates 100,000 from homes, virus hospital ahead of cycloneBrazil deaths pass 30,000…

Coronavirus live update: Josh Frydenberg says Australia's economy in recession as GDP falls 0.3% in March quarter – latest news

ABS reports growth slowed to 1.4% through the year as industrial relations roundtables prepare an agenda to regrow the jobs lost during Covid-19. Follow liveABS releases latest national accountsFollow the global coronavirus live blogDownload the free…

Jane Goodall: humanity is finished if it fails to adapt after Covid-19

Primatologist calls for overhaul of food habits to prevent a future pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHumanity will be “finished” if we fail to drastically change our food systems in response to the coronavirus…

Clashes at Paris protest against racism and police violence

Inspired by the US demonstrations, 20,000 people defied a ban to rally in the streets of the French capital Clashes broke out between police and protesters in Paris on Tuesday after around 20,000 people defied a ban to rally over the 2016 death of a…


LanzaJet launches to make renewable jet fuel a reality

Over a fifteen year stretch, LanzaTech has developed technologies that can turn carbon emissions into ethanol that can be used for chemicals and fuel. Today, the company announced the spinout of LanzaJet alongside its corporate partners Mitsui, Sunco…

Facebook strikes global licensing deal with Indian music label Saregama

Facebook said on Wednesday it has entered into a global deal with Saregama, one of India’s oldest music labels, to license its music for video and other social experiences across its eponymous service and Instagram. The partnership, which comes wee…

Workforce training app developer Poka adds strategic investor Schneider Electric

Poka, a workforce training app and software service for industrial companies, has added SE Ventures, the venture capital arm of the European energy and automation conglomerate Schneider Electric to its roster of backers. The company has raised over $…

Facebook and PayPal invest in Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant GoJek

Facebook and PayPal have made investments in GoJek, joining Google and Tencent among other high-profile technology firms that have backed the five-year-old Southeast Asian ride-hailing startup that also offers food delivery and mobile payments. Faceb…

Google pulls ‘Remove China Apps’ from Play Store

Remove China Apps, an app that gained popularity in India in recent weeks and did exactly what its name suggests, has been pulled from the Play Store. The top trending app in India, which was downloaded more than 5 million times since late May and en…

Wall Street Journal

George Floyd's Death in U.S. Sparks Outcry Abroad

U.S. allies expressed solidarity with Americans protesting the death of George Floyd in police custody, while rivals seized on violent clashes to criticize official U.S. responses to the unrest and question Washington’s global leadership.

China Trumpets Trump's Attacks on American Protests to Counter Criticism on Hong Kong

Beijing is calling attention to unrest in the U.S., the police response and President Trump’s call for a tougher crackdown on protesters to highlight what it regards as American hypocrisy.

As Iran Lifts Its Lockdown, Virus Cases Return to Peak Level

Iran is rolling back coronavirus restrictions as it attempts to revive its battered economy, despite a surge in new infections that has driven daily cases back toward the country’s peak in late March.

U.S. Tightens Squeeze on Venezuela Oil Trade, Blacklisting Four Tanker Owners

The Trump administration Tuesday tightened its web of sanctions around the Maduro regime in Venezuela, blacklisting four companies allegedly involved in the country’s oil sector.

Outlook for Poor Nations Is Grim

The world’s low-income and emerging market economies will likely remain deeply damaged even five years after the coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdowns began, according to a new study from the World Bank.


On Instagram, Black Squares Overtook Activist Hashtags

Early on Tuesday, social media users began posting black boxes with hashtags meant to support Black Lives Matter—they ended up drowning out years of resources.

The Pentagon’s Hand-Me-Downs Helped Militarize Police. Here’s How

Over several decades, the 1033 program has shipped over $7.4 billion of Defense Department property to more than 8,000 law enforcement agencies.

Protesting Tips: What to Bring, How to Act, How to Stay Safe

If you're planning on hitting the streets, this guide may be of some assistance.

Protests Renew Scrutiny of Tech's Ties to Law Enforcement

Amazon executives tweeted support for protesters. But the company sells a surveillance tool to police that studies say misidentifies darker-skinned people.

‘Nonlethal’ Anti-Protest Weapons Can Cause Serious Harm

Rubber bullets and tear gas are billed as relatively safe. They're anything but.

New York Times

Coronavirus World News: Live Updates

At least 15 of the graduating cadets who returned to West Point ahead of President Trump’s commencement speech in June tested positive for the coronavirus. Researchers question whether the government’s response to help companies will prove suffic…

The Best Movies and TV Shows New to Netflix, Amazon and Stan in Australia in June

Our picks for June, including ‘Queer Eye,’ ‘Da 5 Bloods,’ ‘Scarface’ and ‘LOL: Last One Laughing Australia’…

U.S. Returns Iran Scientist in Possible Precursor to Prisoner Exchange

There are expectations that the return of the scientist, Sirous Asgari, could lead to the release of an American in Iran. Speculation has focused on Michael R. White, 48, a Navy veteran held for nearly two years.

Yemen Aid Falls Short, Threatening Food and Health Programs

The country has been hammered by years of war, hunger and disease. Is the world prepared to watch it “fall off the cliff?” a United Nations official asks.

South China Morning Post

Amid US protests, Pentagon officials on edge over military leaders’ dealings with Trump

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Lara Seligman and Bryan Bender on on June 2, 2020The optics this week are putting people inside the halls of the Pentagon on edge as images of…

Tiananmen exile Han Dongfang says commemoration is a ‘matter for the heart’

For Han Dongfang, a labour rights activist who was on Beijing’s most wanted list after the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, this year’s June 4 commemoration will be very different from the ones he has attended since making Hong Kong his home 27 years ag…

Indian students rethink study abroad plans in post-pandemic world

After spending three years learning German and receiving acceptance letters from a number of the country’s universities, Tasin Siddiqi was almost ready to move to Europe. But the 23-year-old Indian’s plans have been plunged into uncertainty amid…

Trump supporters on Twitter spread coronavirus rumours about China

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Mark Scott on on June 2, 2020Nearly 30 groups of Twitter users who identified themselves as supporters of President Donald Trump, the Republica…

George Floyd protests: Australia must look in the mirror to see its own deaths in custody

“I can’t breathe, please! Let me up, please! I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” These words are not the words of George Floyd or Eric Garner. They weren’t uttered on the streets of Minneapolis or New York. These are the final words of a…

World Health Organization

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

From 20 to 26 May 2020, no new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Figure 1).

Dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease) – Ethiopia

Between 2 and 8 April 2020, six suspected human cases of dracunculiasis in Duli village, Gog district, Gambella region, Ethiopia, were reported to WHO.

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

From 13 to 19 May 2020, no new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported from North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

From 6 to 12 May 2020, no new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported from North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Figure 1). Since the resurgence of the outbreak on 10 April 2020, seven confirmed cases have been reported…

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

From 29 April to 5 May 2020, no new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported from North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo.


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