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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.



BBC News

Talks fail on US coronavirus aid package

President Trump will sign executive orders on benefits, as politicians remain at odds. Also: NZ PM's re-election campaign stresses her success in tackling Covid-19, and keeping Antarctica virus-free.

UK scientists: Pandemic - 'an opportunity' to beat climate change

Despite falling greenhouse gases in lockdown, scientists say people's habits must change. Also: India records 2 million cases, and a creative way to avoid Covid-19 rules.

Surge in cases across Europe

France, Spain and Greece record their highest number of infections in weeks. Also: Facebook and Twitter penalise Donald Trump for posts showing "harmful Covid misinformation", and Thailand delays the launch of a travel bubble agreement with selected…

South Africa’s infection curve starts to dip

The government says it is successfully managing the biggest Covid-19 surge on the continent. Also: Afghanistan's health ministry estimates that a third of the population have been infected with the coronavirus, and how singing can help survivors of t…

Millions return to lockdown in Philippines

A strict curb on movements is re-imposed in Manila after a surge in new infections. Also: harsh new penalties for Australian residents who ignore orders to self-isolate, and the 28-year-old American woman who was dying of Covid-19 before receiving a…

The Economist | Business

Dealing with customer complaints

Companies called to account…

Swedish firms have outshone German ones in the pandemic

How two northern European corporate realms have weathered covid-19…

Microsoft wants a slice of TikTok

What does a middle-aged tech giant want with a teenage sensation?

Nvidia tries to get its hands on Arm

The deal would create a chipmaking potentate…

The trucking industry is in the midst of upheaval—and hype

E-commerce and self-driving cabs are among the potholes on the road ahead…

The Economist | International

How the internet is changing the experience of coming out

Around the world, gay people are quicker to open up than before…

For those affected by dementia, the pandemic has been especially grim

But new research offers some faint glimmers of hope…

The pandemic puts a strain on elite private schools

Some will probably be forced to close. Those that remain must adapt…

When covid-19 recedes, will global migration start again?

Many curbs on immigrants could outlast the pandemic…

Why governments are paying people to go on holiday

Is this the best way for taxpayers to prop up tourist hotspots?

The Guardian

Trump pledges to break stimulus gridlock as millions go without Covid-19 benefits – live

Trump to hold press conference this afternoon‘We’re making it up’: How Trump’s America failed the Covid testTrumpism has taken over, but what happens if Trump loses?US sees wave of progressive victories by people of colorSign up to our First…

Coronavirus live news: UK deaths rise by 55 to 46,566 as Indian health workers strike

Ten of thousands demand better pay and protection as cases rise in the Philippines, Greece and ItalyTrump poised to intervene in relief plans after talks break down‘We’re still so tired’: European doctors brace for second wave‘Very dead’: a…

BBC presenter quits in protest over N-word allegedly used in attack being said on TV

Radio 1Xtra presenter Sideman says he can no longer work for broadcaster after ‘slap in the face’A BBC radio presenter has quit his job after the corporation defended its decision to broadcast the N-word in a television news broadcast.Radio 1Xtra…

Thousands of bikers heading to South Dakota rally to be blocked at tribal land checkpoints

Clampdown comes as fears mount that mask-free bikers headed to large gathering could spread coronavirus to tribal groupsThousands of bikers heading to South Dakota’s 10-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will not be allowed through Cheyenne River Sioux c…

Author James Nash dies after Hampshire shooting

Suspect Alex Sartain, who died in motorbike crash as he fled, reportedly thought victim was spying on him A children’s author who was shot in the head at his home in Hampshire has died.James Nash was critically injured in the attack at his cottage…


How I accidentally gatecrashed a startup’s morning meeting

There’s a certain kind of panic that at some point gets us all. You just got to work but did you leave the oven on at home? The gut-punch “call me ASAP” message from your boss but now they’re not answering their phone. Or that…

Daily Crunch: Trump bans transactions with ByteDance and Tencent

Trump escalates his campaign against Chinese tech companies, Facebook extends work from home until the middle of 2021 and Netflix adds support for Hindi. Here’s your Daily Crunch for August 7, 2020. The big story: Trump signs orders banning US…

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ hands-on

During an Unpacked event that featured the announcement of five key new devices, the Galaxy Tab S7 didn’t get a ton of love. Understandable, perhaps. It doesn’t quite have the star power of the Note line, nor does it have the novelty of a new fol…

Human Capital: Uber and Lyft’s ongoing battle with the law and a brief history of diversity at Snap

Welcome back to Human Capital (formerly known as Tech at Work), which looks at all things labor in tech. This week presented Uber and Lyft with a fresh labor lawsuit as a judge heard arguments from Uber, Lyft and lawyers on behalf of the people of Ca…

R&D Roundup: Supercomputer COVID-19 insights, ionic spiderwebs, the whiteness of AI

I see far more research articles than I could possibly write up. This column collects the most interesting of those papers and advances, along with notes on why they may prove important in the world of tech and startups. This week: supercomputers tak…

Wall Street Journal

Mass Protests Erupt in Beirut Over Deadly Explosion

Lebanese security forces fired tear gas at protesters as thousands of people converged Saturday on central Beirut demanding revenge for a deadly explosion in the capital they blame on their own government.

Brazil Faces Somber Covid-19 Milestone at 100,000 Deaths

The new coronavirus has spread beyond Brazil’s megacities, tearing through smaller towns and rural areas as the country’s president says stricter public-health rules would do too much economic harm.

Air India Express Jet Overshoots Runway, Killing 18

An Air India Express flight carrying 190 people overshot the runway amid heavy rain in southern India, according to the country’s civil-aviation agency.

New Chapter in U.S.-China Ties Marked by Confrontation

The Trump administration’s cascade of actions taken against Beijing represent a new chapter in U.S.-China relations, one marked by increasing confrontation and few efforts to de-escalate the tensions.

Canada Ramps Up Retaliation Against U.S. Over Aluminum Tariff

Canada plans to slap its own tariffs on a range of U.S. products that contain aluminum in retaliation to President Trump’s latest move to aggravate one of the world’s largest trading relationships.


Trump's WeChat Ban May Alienate His Chinese Supporters

Not only is the app many Americans' primary means of communicating with China, it's also been the mobilizing arm of Chinese Trumpism.

The NSA's Tips to Keep Your Phone From Tracking You

Plus: A Canon ransomware hack, a nasty Twitter bug, and more of the week's top security news.

Cheap Gear Under $20: Phone Lenses, Pocketknives, and More

Do you need a small, cheap way to improve your life? These are the affordable pick-me-ups that we can't live without.

Intel Is Investigating How Confidential Data Ended Up Online

The leak contains information that the company makes available to partners and customers under NDA. A researcher says it came from a breach.

A Satellite Spots 11 New Emperor Penguin Colonies

Good news! An orbiter saw signs of almost a dozen previously uncounted colonies in Antarctica, boosting known numbers for a threatened species.

New York Times

After Beirut Explosion, Protests Erupt as Lebanon's Anger Boils Over

The demonstration was fueled by fury over the corruption and negligence of the country’s ruling elite. Security forces fired tear gas to push back the protesters.

Coronavirus Live Updates: Latest News and Analysis

Talks on a new U.S. pandemic relief package are stalled and its crucial benefits are expiring. President Trump said he would use executive orders to provide aid, but it is unclear whether he has the power to do so.

As Lebanon Reels, Long-Awaited Hariri Assassination Verdicts Loom

A U.N.-backed court will soon pronounce verdicts in a 15-year-old bombing in Beirut that roiled the Middle East. But critics say the court’s protracted deliberations and huge expense have undermined its original purpose.

2 Ex-Green Berets Sentenced to 20 Years for Venezuela Attack

Venezuelan prosecutors said the former Green Berets admitted to taking part in a failed attack aimed at overthrowing the country’s president.

Ship Blamed in Beirut Explosion Hasn’t Sailed in 7 Years. We Found It.

The explosive material responsible for the Aug. 4 blast in Beirut was carried there by the ailing cargo ship Rhosus in 2013. Here’s what happened next.

South China Morning Post

Rich, loud, not wearing masks: Trump golf club members turn news briefing into ‘protest’

They hustled down the stairs, the rain dabbing their polo shirts and golf attire, as they dashed inside the clubhouse, drinks in their hands and masks missing from their faces.It was an unexpected perk of their country club membership: being the audi…

Hong Kong customs arrests two over smuggling of HK$14 million worth of hard drugs into the city by air

Hong Kong customs has made arrests after intercepting two hauls of cocaine and heroin worth a total of HK$14 million that were smuggled into the city in air parcels carrying pastry and protein supplements.The arrest of two men on Friday came after it…

South Korea’s soaring property prices dash home ownership dreams for ‘dirt spoons’

When John Chung bought his first flat in the Seoul subdistrict of Banpodong in 1987, he never could have imagined what a stellar investment it would turn out to be.The 53 square-metre space in an old, low-lying flat block south of the Han River cost…

China urged to avoid retaliation over US sanctions on officials behind Hong Kong security law

Beijing should avoid a tit-for-tat response to US sanctions on Hong Kong and mainland Chinese officials over the city’s national security law, government advisers warned on Saturday.They said China expected tough action in the run-up to the US pres…

Protests, tear gas in Beirut as thousands vent anger over Lebanon’s handling of blast

Riot police fired tear gas at demonstrators trying to break through a barrier to get to the parliament building in Beirut on Saturday during a protest over the government’s handling of this week’s devastating explosion in the city.About 5,000 peo…

World Health Organization

Yellow fever – French Guiana, France

On 23 July 2020, the France IHR National Focal Point reported a confirmed autochthonous (locally acquired) case of yellow fever in a 14-year-old male in French Guiana. On 17 July 2020, the case was laboratory confirmed at the French National Referenc…

Plague – Democratic Republic of the Congo

The health zone of Rethy in Ituri province, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has seen an upsurge of plague cases since June 2020. The first case, a 12-year-old girl, reported to a local health centre on 12 June experiencing a headache, fever, co…

Influenza A(H1N2) variant virus – Brazil

On 22 June 2020, the International Health Regualtions (IHR) Focal Point (FP) of Brazil shared a preliminary report with the Panamerican Health Organization, the WHO Regional Office for the Americas of a human infection with Influenza A(H1N2) variant…

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…


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