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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

EU warns of 'pandemic of the unvaccinated'

It pledges an additional 200 million vaccine doses to speed up global immunisation. Also: the governments of France and Zimbabwe introduce punitive measures against workers who aren't vaccinated; and the German company BioNTech sets its sights on Afr…

President Putin will go into self-isolation after cases of coronavirus were detected in his entourage

The president's spokesman said Mr Putin had tested negative for Covid-19 and was absolutely healthy. Also, the UK government gives more details about a vaccination programme in England for teenagers aged between 12 and 15 and Broadway theatres re-ope…

UK recommends vaccines for younger teenagers

Chief medical officers say 12-15 year olds should be given 1 dose of Pfizer vaccine, South Africa says it will introduce vaccines passports, and Sydney slightly relaxes lockdown rules.

Plans ditched for vaccine passports in England

The health minister, Sajid Javid, says passports are not needed. Also: 13 gorillas test positive at an American zoo, and the motorcycle Grand Prix in Argentina is cancelled.

Former French health minister under formal investigation

Agnès Buzyn faces a potential charge of 'endangering lives.' Also: An Australian official says some people are dying at home from Covid without seeking help, and why dogs are losing their pandemic appeal in the UK.

The Economist | Business

Is America Inc getting less dynamic, less global and more monopolistic?

We test three prevailing hypotheses about American business…

As Americans cut the cord, Europeans sign up for more pay-TV

Satellite and cable are now more popular in France and Germany than in America…

The Economist | International

Societies that treat women badly are poorer and less stable

Oppressing women not only hurts women; it also hurts men…

How the world changed

Twenty years after 9/11 in Economist covers…

As a rich-world covid-vaccine glut looms, poor countries miss out

Getting surplus vaccines urgently to poorer places could save more than 1m lives…

From Congo to the Capitol, conspiracy theories are surging

Covid and the internet are fuelling a global boom in bonkers beliefs…

Climate change will alter where many crops are grown

That means gains for some people, but losses for more…

The Guardian

Australia news live: government agrees to nuclear-powered submarine deal with US and UK – live updates

The Morrison government has entered into a security agreement that throws a previous $90bn contract with French group into doubt. Follow all today’s news and Covid updatesNSW and Vic restrictions; Vic hotspotsCovid vaccine rollout and rates tracker…

US forges security partnership with UK and Australia to counter China – live

Biden joins PMs of UK and Australia for rare joint virtual addressBiden has ‘complete confidence’ in top general after Woodward revelationsDemocrats celebrate Newsom’s California recall victorySign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefi…

Watch in full: Biden, Johnson and Morrison announce nuclear-powered submarine deal – video

The US, the UK and Australia have announced they are setting up a trilateral security partnership aimed at confronting China, which will include helping Australia to build nuclear-powered submarines. US President Joe Biden, UK prime minister Bor…

Nicki Minaj claim that Covid vaccine can cause impotence dismissed by Trinidad and Tobago

Minister says health officials found no evidence that any patient reported such side effects: ‘We wasted so much time running down this false claim’Trinidad and Tobago’s health minister has dismissed claims by the rapper Nicki Minaj that a cous…

Covid live: thousands of unvaccinated French health workers face suspension; Italy ‘green pass’ to be mandatory in private sector

French health workers face suspension without pay from Wednesday; Italy set to make a vaccination pass mandatory in public and private sectorFears London and Paris would die due to Covid unfounded – surveyCovid teams can jab pupils against parents…

TechCrunch

The responsibilities of AI-first investors

How do investors ensure that the startups in which they invest responsibly apply AI?

Inside Reach Capital’s edtech-powered returns

Reach Capital, a San Francisco-based venture firm co-founded by Jennifer Carolan and Shauntel Garvey, focused exclusively on edtech for years before the sector ballooned with unicorns. The rare, female-led partnership closed its third fund in Februar…

Tiger Global-led $100M investment makes Apna India’s fastest unicorn

A 22-month-old startup that is helping millions of blue- and gray-collar workers in India learn new skills and find jobs has become the youngest firm to join the coveted unicorn status in the world’s second-largest internet market. Apna announced o…

5 things you need to win your first customer

Ask any founder what really proves their startup has taken off, and they will almost instantly say it’s when they win their first customer. That’s easier said than done, though.

In growth marketing, signal determines success

So what exactly is “signal” in growth marketing? It can carry many different meanings, but holistically speaking, it’s the event data in our arsenal to help guide decisions.

Wall Street Journal

Boris Johnson Shifts Top Diplomat Aside in Cabinet Reorganization

The move of Dominic Raab out of the role of Foreign Secretary was one of several changes announced Wednesday. He will be replaced by Liz Truss.

China's Biggest Movie Star Was Erased From the Internet, and the Mystery Is Why

Zhao Wei was the Reese Witherspoon of China, then she was censored by the Communist Party amid a clampdown of the country’s entertainment industry.

Prince Andrew's Effort to Block Sex-Abuse Suit Hits Setback

A U.K. court  agreed to formally notify the British royal of a lawsuit by a woman who alleges he sexually abused her, potentially paving the way for Queen Elizabeth’s son to provide a formal response to the accusations.

China Stymies Once-United U.N. Panel on North Korea Sanctions

The panel of experts, tasked with monitoring international sanctions on North Korea, has fallen into dysfunction, as China seeks to help its ally and feuds with the U.S.

China's Property Curbs Send Economic Tremors

Beijing’s pressure on the real-estate sector is being widely felt, raising questions about how much economic pain China’s leaders are willing to stomach as they rein in yet another industry.

Wired

How to Watch the SpaceX Inspiration4 Launch

The first all-civilian, all-private mission to orbit prepares to blast off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

The Civilized Model 1 Bridges the Gap Between Bike and Moped

This sophisticated beauty of a bike is a beast at hauling cargo—if you're tall enough and don't need to go too far.

You Can Now Ditch the Password on Your Microsoft Account

You no longer need a long string of characters to access Windows and Office 365.

The Best Noise-Canceling Headphones to Escape Reality

Whether they're over-ears or earbuds, our favorite picks will help add some serenity to your day.

Take a Closer Look at Deathloop’s Trippy, ’60s-Infused Island

Arkane’s art director talks about the inspiration behind the game's unique psychedelic look.

New York Times

In Bid to End Secession Dispute, Spain Tries Talking with Catalonia

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez of Spain met with the leader of Catalonia in an attempt to resolve the fate of the region.

Pope Francis Weighs In on Calls to Deny Communion to Biden Over Abortion

“What must the pastor do?” Francis said when a reporter asked him about the subject. “Be a pastor, don’t go condemning.”…

Cho Yong-gi, South Korean Megachurch Leader, Dies at 85

His mammoth Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul symbolized the explosive growth of the religion in the once war-torn country.

Biden to Announce National Security Initiative

President Biden said the United States and Britain will help Australia to deploy nuclear-powered submarines, adding to the Western presence in the region.

A Covid Referendum

California voters rejected the attempt to remove Gov. Gavin Newsom from office.

South China Morning Post

Chinese mining firms told to stop work and leave Democratic Republic of Congo

China has ordered its companies that broke laws and environmental standards in the Democratic Republic of Congo to cease operating and leave the country – at a time when the African nation’s government is aiming to renegotiate “infrastructure f…

Alibaba consolidates community group buying operations under new Taocaicai brand

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding is doubling down and escalating its community group buying operations through a new brand called Taocaicai, as competition in this growing retail market segment intensifies amid Beijing’s tightened reg…

US, UK, Australia announce ‘historic’ military partnership in move likely to anger China

The US, Britain and Australia announced on Wednesday a “historic” security alliance to strengthen military capabilities in the Pacific, which will share advanced defence technologies and give Australian forces nuclear submarine technology, furthe…

With few options to rein in North Korea, missile launches won’t stop: analysts

North Korea’s second round of missile launches in several days has brought into sharp relief the limited policy options for reining in weapons programmes that are considered among the region’s most pressing security concerns.Pyongyang on Wednesda…

Claims that top US general Mark Milley made ‘secret’ calls to Chinese leaders exaggerated, insiders say

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Lara Seligman and Daniel Lippman on politico.com on September 15, 2021.Claims in an upcoming book that a frantic Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley m…

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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