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Benjamin Moscovici March 24, 2020
Families from Africa’s poorest nations send children and spouses to Europe with the hope of earning wages. An article from Spiegel reports on a family who received a phone call about a son's death a year after he had left home. “Lansana, like so many migrants who have embarked on similar journeys, carried the hopes of his entire family with him when he left,” reports Benjamin Moscovici for...
Mara Leighton March 23, 2020
More than 1.5 billion around the world are in lockdown conditions to contain the spread of COVID-19, reports the Associated Press. Education is not put on hold, and would-be students can kill multiple birds with one stone with a free Yale University class that analyzes the source of happiness. The Science of Well-Being, taught by Laurie Santos, is based on her class The Psychology and the Good...
Gideon Lichfield March 19, 2020
COVID-19 moves around the globe, disrupting economies. Outbreaks could continue through August. To battle the disease, communities practice self-isolation. The goal: Prevent a rush on hospitals. Imperial College London researchers urge monitoring intensive-care unit admissions like the weather, relying on extreme social distancing measures when admissions are high and pulling back when those are...
Matthew McQueen March 12, 2020
More than half the global population could eventually be infected with COVID-19, and the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable. Sudden outbreaks can overwhelm health systems with limited staff, hospital beds and equipment. Already US testing capacity is stressed. To avoid disaster, public health experts advise avoiding large gatherings and maintaining social...
Kif Leswing March 7, 2020
Major platforms like Apple and Google are restricting apps on the COVID-19 to those produced or approved by recognized governments and hospitals. “Four independent developers told CNBC that Apple rejected their apps, which would allow people to see stats about which countries have confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus,” reports Kif Leswing for CNBC. “Some of these apps used public data from...
Juan Forero March 6, 2020
After a lawyer filed suit to legalize abortion, the Constitutional Court of Colombia accepted the case to examine the issue – a breakthrough for Latin America where abortion is tightly restricted. While a few small countries including Uruguay, Cuba, and Guyana allow elective abortions, Colombia is the first regional power to consider legalizing abortion. Currently, the procedure is legal for...
Era Dabla-Norris , Carlo Pizzinelli and Jay Rappaport March 3, 2020
A key indicator of economic success for families is that children do as well as their parents. Such assumptions are less sure. “Despite being more educated than their parents, millennials – those born between 1980 and 2000 – may have less job stability during their working life,” explains a team for the IMFBlog. Entering and remaining in the middle class, fast-changing job requirements, intense...