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College Made Them Feel Equal. The Virus Exposed How Unequal Their Lives Are.

Published 04/08/2020 02:44 PM

When they were all in the same dorms and eating the same dining hall food, the disparities in students’ backgrounds weren’t as clear as they are over video chat.

College Is Hard. Iggy, Pounce, Cowboy Joe and Sunny are Here to Help.

Published 04/08/2020 02:49 PM

Schools are elevating the use of chatbots and virtual assistants whose speed and tone can simulate text conversation.

Home Schooling, Simplified

Published 03/31/2020 10:00 AM

How to turn cramped quarters into a space conducive to learning.

Liberty University Brings Back Its Students, and Coronavirus Fears, Too

Published 04/08/2020 02:46 PM

The decision by the school’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr., to partly reopen his evangelical university enraged residents of Lynchburg, Va. Then students started getting sick.

The Lesson We Are Learning From Zoom

Published 04/08/2020 07:26 PM

The popular app offered the simplest path to videoconferencing in a pandemic. That doesn’t make it the right path to take.

How to Edit Your Own Writing

Published 04/07/2020 10:30 PM

Writing is hard, but don’t overlook the difficulty — and the importance — of editing your own work before letting others see it. Here’s how.

One Final Step for 52 Medical Students, Eager to Join the Fight

Published 04/07/2020 12:50 AM

In a stirring, ragged ritual, the students took their oaths as new doctors early, volunteering in the war against Covid-19.

Coronavirus Strands China’s Students, in a Dilemma for Beijing

Published 04/06/2020 02:25 PM

The government fears returnees who have been studying abroad could worsen the outbreak. But leaving them hanging risks making the authorities look like they can’t protect people.

DeVos Weighs Waivers for Special Education. Parents Are Worried.

Published 04/03/2020 03:59 PM

The $2 trillion coronavirus law could give the education secretary the power to waive special education rules as school districts struggle to teach all their students online.

The Rev. Joseph O’Hare, Resourceful President of Fordham, Dies at 89

Published 04/03/2020 11:05 PM

He transformed the university into a national institution and played a major civic role as the overseer of New York City’s public campaign finance law.

Early Graduation Could Send Medical Students to Virus Front Lines

Published 03/27/2020 05:51 PM

Hundreds of fourth-year students at universities in Boston and New York could start caring for patients months ahead of schedule.

Education Dept. Hits Penn State Again for Sexual Misconduct Procedures

Published 03/26/2020 09:14 PM

Eight years after the Jerry Sandusky abuse scandal, the Education Department said the university still needed to overhaul its procedures.

Colleges Get Billions in Coronavirus Relief, but Say Deal Falls Short of Needs

Published 03/26/2020 03:32 PM

Congress’s emergency coronavirus bill would provide colleges and universities with about $14 billion to weather shutdowns and move to distance learning. That is unlikely to be enough.

San Francisco’s Top Art School Plans Closing After Almost 150 Years

Published 03/24/2020 04:54 PM

Efforts to save the alma mater of Annie Leibovitz and Kehinde Wiley collapsed as the coronavirus sent the Bay Area on lockdown.

A Medical Class ‘Minted by the Pandemic’

Published 03/25/2020 03:32 PM

Across the nation, medical students are graduating directly into the path of an epic health crisis.

When Coronavirus Closes Your Lab, Can Science Go On?

Published 03/23/2020 05:35 PM

Plenty of work can be done from home, but the pandemic is forcing some parts of the scientific process to be put on the shelf.

Western Universities Rely on China. After the Virus, That May Not Last.

Published 03/21/2020 09:41 AM

In Britain, the United States and Australia, the coronavirus could blow huge holes in the budgets of universities that have “become addicted to one source of income.”

‘I Feel Like I Have Five Jobs’: Moms Navigate the Pandemic

Published 03/21/2020 02:12 PM

Families are scrambling to balance work and child care in a society where women still do most of the domestic tasks. Will a worldwide emergency change anything?

Bancroft Prize Goes to Books on Emancipation and Urban Renewal

Published 03/21/2020 02:03 AM

The scholars Joseph P. Reidy and Lizabeth Cohen have won the prize, one of the most prestigious honors in the field of American history.

Abel Prize in Mathematics Shared by 2 Trailblazers of Probability and Dynamics

Published 03/18/2020 03:37 PM

Hillel Furstenberg, 84, and Gregory Margulis, 74, both retired professors, share the mathematics equivalent of a Nobel Prize.

College Road Trip: Indiana

Published 08/13/2010 07:50 PM

College Road Trip: California

Published 08/13/2010 07:40 PM

College Road Trip: Georgia

Published 08/13/2010 07:11 PM

Improving Instruction on Instruction in Education Grad Schools

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

Few schools prepare teachers for life in the classroom, research shows.

The New Doctors in the House

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

How nurses are evolving into far bigger roles at hospitals.

Bringing Better Health to Rural America

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

The nation's small towns need more physicians, and med schools aim to fill the gap.

The Science Rankings Methodology

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

How we rank graduate programs in the sciences

Business School: Teaching More Than Work Ethic

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

Tomorrow's corporate leaders are learning business skills and social values at B-schools.

The Business School Rankings Methodology

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

How we rank graduate business schools

Bitten by the Green Design Bug

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

Engineering students flock to sustainable design, and schools aim for green waters.

Colleges Where Need for Aid Can Hurt Admission Odds

Published 03/23/2010 03:22 PM

See which schools are most likely to admit and you and give you financial aid.

Government Helps Low-Income Grad Students Pay for School

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Loans to be capped at 15 percent of income, and those entering public service may get loans forgiven.

Medical Schools Fight the War Against Disease

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Epidemiologists go straight to the source, then sift their data one clue at a time.

Business Schools Look for Different Kinds of Students

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Admissions offices are pursuing more women and minority candidates.

Aerospace Engineering Searches for New Talent

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

As more baby boomers reach retirement, demand for qualified graduates is on the rise.

How Technology Is Changing the Medical Profession

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Clinical practice guidelines, electronic medical records, and population science are revolutionary.

Picking the Right School for an Education Grad Degree

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Is it more important to go to a great school or a school near where you want to teach?

America's Best Colleges: Most International Students

Published 03/17/2009 04:06 PM

The percent of undergraduates who are international.

America's Best Colleges: Freshman Retention Rates

Published 03/17/2009 04:01 PM

The average proportion of freshmen who return the following fall.

America's Best Colleges: Economic Diversity Among Top Schools

Published 03/17/2009 03:52 PM

Percentage of undergraduates receiving federal Pell grants at the Top 25 schools.

America's Best Colleges: Economic Diversity

Published 03/17/2009 03:44 PM

Percentage of undergraduates receiving federal Pell grants.

America's Best Colleges: Best Values

Published 03/17/2009 03:39 PM

These colleges give the best bang for your buck.

Cheaper, Bigger, and Cooler Student Loans

Published 07/01/2008 05:58 PM

New federal standards ease some of the financial pressure for students and their parents.

Colleges Drop Their Loan Programs

Published 04/17/2008 06:10 PM

Administrators at more than 250 public colleges have opted out of the Stafford loan program.

The Impact of the Virginia Tech Attack

Published 04/17/2008 05:59 PM

One consequence of the attack is the increased speed with which colleges respond to threats.

Cuts in European-Language Studies

Published 04/17/2008 05:43 PM

As more students study Arabic and Chinese, European-language departments are suffering cutbacks.

Hot Tips for Law School Students

Published 03/26/2008 04:01 PM

Specialization isn't the only way to gain practical know-how in law school.

Hot Tips for a Graduate Degree in Education

Published 03/26/2008 04:01 PM

Smart Choices Special Ed. The number of teachers in this specialty is forecast to rise almost 15% by 2016. At some schools (e.g., Vanderbilt...

New Ways to Get a Degree in Education

Published 03/26/2008 04:01 PM

Options include salaried training, condensed course, and flexible schedules.

Getting Business School Skills While in Law School

Published 03/26/2008 04:01 PM

Law school students can choose joint programs and special courses.

Changes for the GRE Exam This Fall

Published 09/12/2007 08:44 PM

The fill-in-the-blank questions get trickier, and some questions don't give any choices at all.

Playing Your Cards Right

Published 09/07/2007 05:44 PM

The stakes in the financial aid game are higher than ever.

Loans Are as Tricky as Ever

Published 09/07/2007 05:39 PM

Colleges break links with lenders but now give less guidance.

The New Rules of Finding Aid

Published 09/07/2007 05:28 PM

Codes of conduct and pending legislation are changing loan options for students and parents.

Nickel and Diming Your Kids to College

Published 09/07/2007 05:23 PM

Small rebates from retailers are just another way parents can fund ever expanding 529 plans.

Learning Economics 101

Published 09/07/2007 05:16 PM

Schools expect students to work part time. So do parents.

How to 'Leverage' Your Aid

Published 09/07/2007 05:03 PM

You can get more dough by pitting schools against one another.

SAT Scores Drop for the Second Year in a Row

Published 08/28/2007 04:41 PM

The College Board reports a gender gap in the writing section and a rise in students with disabilities.

Best Practices of State Bullying Policies

Published 12/16/2010 10:22 PM

Secretary Duncan issued a technical assistance memo highlighting key components of strong state bullying laws and policies.

New Board Members for Postsecondary Improvement Fund

Published 12/13/2010 03:27 PM

Secretary Duncan announced 13 new board members for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).

International Student Assessment

Published 12/07/2010 06:15 PM

"Being average in reading and science—and below average in math—is not nearly good enough," Secretary Duncan said in response to results from the Program for International Student Assessment.

Passage of the Child Nutrition Bill

Published 12/03/2010 11:52 AM

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act will "help schools fight our country's childhood obesity epidemic and give students access to the nutritional food they need to help them learn," Secretary Duncan said.

Grants to Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions

Published 11/23/2010 02:24 PM

ED announced grants to higher education institutions that serve Asian American and Pacific Islander students.

Assessment Board Members Named

Published 11/17/2010 04:09 PM

Secretary Duncan named six members of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the Nation's Report Card.

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Published 11/16/2010 10:25 PM

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4 In 10 U.S. Teens Say They Haven't Done Online Learning Since Schools Closed

Published 04/08/2020 02:30 PM

A new national survey also suggests most teens are following coronavirus news closely — and they're worried.

Not All College Students Have Been Able To Go Home After Classes Shifted Online

Published 04/07/2020 09:06 PM

Thousands of students remain on college campuses nationwide even after the colleges and universities shifted to online classes.

Schools Ditch Zoom Amid Concerns Over Online Learning Security

Published 04/06/2020 09:20 PM

School leaders in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas are abandoning the videoconferencing service after reports of meetings being disrupted by intruders.

Facing The Coronavirus Crisis, Musicians Take To Teaching Online

Published 04/06/2020 08:00 PM

They can't tour. Their regular income streams dried up instantly. So many performers — from newcomers to world-famous artists — are hoping that virtual students will help them bridge the gap.

The Beat Goes On: High School Choirs Improvise In The Age Of Coronavirus

Published 04/05/2020 11:17 AM

After cancelled musicals and spring concerts, choral directors across the country are going the extra mile to have their students' voices heard.

Children May Miss Meals As School Food Service Workers Fall Ill

Published 04/03/2020 10:16 PM

After schools shut their doors in response to the coronavirus, districts raced to continue getting meals to students. Now, those efforts may be faltering.

Jacqueline Woodson: What Is The Hidden Power Of Slow Reading?

Published 04/03/2020 02:18 PM

Novelist Jacqueline Woodson is a slow reader. Taking her time lets her savor each word brings her closer to each story, and it lets her pay respect to her ancestors who weren't allowed to read.

Thomas Curran: How Can We Teach Kids To Accept Imperfection?

Published 04/03/2020 02:17 PM

Many students feel unrelenting pressure to be... perfect. Social psychologist Thomas Curran warns that striving for perfectionism isn't just impossible—it's also dangerous to children's health.

Liz Kleinrock: How Can We Broach Hard Conversations With Kids, From Race To COVID-19?

Published 04/03/2020 02:17 PM

When one of Liz Kleinrock's fourth grade students made a cringeworthy comment about race, rather than change the subject, she chose to turn the moment into a teachable one—and start a conversation.

Richard Culatta: Can This Crisis Revolutionize The Way We Teach?

Published 04/03/2020 02:17 PM

What does a global pandemic mean for our education system? Educator Richard Culatta discusses the ways we can teach for better humans virtually... and the opportunity this moment presents.

K-12 Schools Try To Salvage The Term By Teaching Remotely

Published 04/03/2020 10:04 AM

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to NPR Education Correspondent Cory Turner and Sonja Santelises, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, about navigating from classrooms to computers.

Listener Questions About Adapting K-12 Education During The Epidemic

Published 04/03/2020 01:35 AM

NPR education correspondent Anya Kamenetz and Thurgood Marshall Academy Director of College and Alumni Programs Sanjay Mitchell answer questions about K-12 education during the COVID-19 epidemic.

College Labs Become Coronavirus Testing Facilities, Courtesy Of Student Volunteers

Published 04/02/2020 09:12 PM

With the present need for coronavirus tests, university research labs are rapidly switching to patient testing. Many are calling on graduate student volunteers to make it happen.

9 Out Of 10 Children Are Out Of School Worldwide. What Now?

Published 04/02/2020 02:12 PM

Recovery will take years, and other lessons from "education in emergencies" around the world.

Remembering Dez-Ann Romain, A High School Principal Who Died Of COVID-19 At 36

Published 04/01/2020 09:31 PM

Dez-Ann Romain was a beloved high school principal in Brooklyn, N.Y. She died at age 36 from complications of the coronavirus.

Kayleigh McEnany will replace Stephanie Grisham as White House press secretary

Published 04/07/2020 03:55 PM

Stephanie Grisham, President Trump’s third press secretary, has not held a briefing with the White House press corps since taking the job late last June.

As coronavirus spreads, mentally ill Americans are left scrambling for options

Published 04/07/2020 05:51 PM

The rapid spread of the coronavirus has dramatically affected the one in five Americans who deal with mental health in any given year, as well as those who work tirelessly to keep those individuals well.

Roadbridge in north Italy collapses, two suffer minor injuries

Published 04/08/2020 11:31 AM

A bridge on a normally busy provincial road in northern Italy collapsed on Wednesday but with virtually no traffic during the coronavirus lockdown, only two truck drivers suffered minor injuries, the fire brigade said. A spokesman for the fire brigade said the 260 metre bridge on the SS330 road near the town of Aulla, roughly midway between Genoa and Florence, in the northern tip of Tuscany, collapsed at 10:25 a.m. (0825 GMT). Although casualties were limited in Wednesday's incident, the incident highlights the poor state of repair of Italy's road network, after the collapse of a motorway bridge in the port city of Genoa in 2018 that killed 43 people.

Azul Rojas Marín: Peru found responsible for torture of LGBT person

Published 04/08/2020 01:40 PM

Azul Rojas Marín was beaten and raped in custody in Peru, a top human rights court rules.

New York just recorded its biggest single-day jump in coronavirus deaths

Published 04/07/2020 08:56 PM

"Behind every one of those numbers is an individual, is a family, is a mother, is a father, is a brother, is a sister," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

27 dead on Solomon Islands ferry: Did it follow virus order?

Published 04/08/2020 08:08 AM

The leader of the remote Solomon Islands said Wednesday that 27 people had died after being washed overboard from a crowded ferry last week and the government is conducting a criminal investigation. The ship MV Taimareho left Honiara on the evening of April 2 as a tropical cyclone was approaching. In the Solomon Islands, crews recovered seven bodies of those washed overboard.

Iran supreme leader approves withdrawal of 1 billion euros from sovereign wealth fund to fight coronavirus

Published 04/07/2020 03:28 PM

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has approved the withdrawal of 1 billion euros from the country's sovereign wealth fund to help fight the coronavirus epidemic, President Hassan Rouhani's official website said on Monday.

U.S. reports 1,200 coronavirus deaths in one day as China lifts lockdown

Published 04/07/2020 11:48 AM

Nation's top infectious diseases expert said he is "cautiously optimistic" that worst projections may be avoided "if we keep our foot on the accelerator."

'Stunning lack of judgment': An Illinois mayor apologized after his wife was found partying at an illegally open bar and violating the state's stay-at-home order

Published 04/07/2020 04:47 PM

Mayor Brant Walker said his wife would be treated like any other citizen violating the stay-at-home order and faces a complaint of reckless conduct.

'I have a PhD': The spotlight is now on Peter Navarro's role in White House coronavirus response

Published 04/06/2020 08:15 PM

Peter Navarro has a Harvard degree, and he isn’t shy about letting it be known. "You can always tell a Harvard man, but you can't tell him much,” Navarro joked after President Trump introduced him last week as director of supply-chain issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bernie drops out, as Democrats pick pragmatism over consistency

Published 04/08/2020 06:09 PM

In many ways, Bernie Sanders is the anti-Trump. And, in important ways, he ran his campaign as the anti-Biden.Sanders bowed out of the Democratic nomination race on April 8, repeating his runner-up status from four years earlier. His two runs at the White House have cemented his legacy as a consistent standard-bearer for progressive policies. The veteran democratic socialist possessed a rare quality for a political candidate in this age of Trumpian fickleness. He is a politician whose actions and beliefs have remained steadfast over time and across campaigns. But in the current political moment, it appears the Democratic electorate longs less for a politician who is consistent from day to day than one who can provide pragmatic leadership to unseat the vacillating Trump. Same ol’ SandersSanders ran his campaign as the antithesis of a political showman, who says one thing today and another tomorrow with little regard for facts and consistency. He has exhibited throughout his career what anthropologist Alessandro Duranti calls “existential coherence” – he is a political figure “whose past, present, and future actions, beliefs, and evaluations follow some clear basic principles, none of which contradicts another.” As a linguistic anthropologist who studies language and politics, I know that traditionally, candidates have worried about how to project a consistent political persona, and they have often gone to great pains to do so. But Trump shattered that expectation, excelling in self-contradictions and inconsistencies – often within a single sitting.Sanders, instead, has put forth a consistent vision that has remained more or less the same since his early days in politics as mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Rather than moving toward the electorate and shifting positions based on perceptions of what the electorate desired, the electorate has moved toward Sanders to join his vision for universal health care and other progressive causes. A CNBC survey in 2019 found that a majority of Americans supported progressive policies, including a higher minimum wage and Medicare for All – key issues that Sanders has been advocating throughout his decades-long political career. In an episode of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” last year, host Trevor Noah unearthed footage from 1987 of Sanders discussing politics on a local public access channel in his hometown of Burlington. The Bernie Sanders of 1987 talked of the unfair tax system that placed a large burden on working people and the need for universal health care. “We are one of two nations in the industrialized world that does not have a national health care system,” declared Sanders in 1987. Three decades later, in both his 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns, Sanders continued with that theme. In 2016, he released his Medicare for All plan by declaring, “It is time for our country to join every other major industrialized nation on Earth and guarantee health care to all citizens as a right, not a privilege.” His 2020 campaign website further echoed this sentiment, stating that “the United States will join every other major country on Earth and guarantee health care to all people as a right.” A consistent candidate often comes across as a more authentic candidate – someone who is staying true to his core self rather than pandering to the latest polling data or saying whatever will attract the most dramatic news coverage. Sanders’ authenticity as a candidate who has fought for working people and progressive ideals his entire life made him appealing to many liberals. He attracted an unshakable following of core supporters because of it. ‘Results, not revolution’Biden’s pragmatic approach, however, trumped Sanders’ often dogmatic consistency. In their debates, Sanders hammered Biden over what he saw as shifting stances on Social Security, Medicare and veterans’ programs. And then there was Biden’s 2003 vote for the Iraq war before he turned against it.But this is not the 2004 presidential election, where accusations of flip-flopping can sink a candidate, like it did John Kerry in his race against George W. Bush. Perhaps Donald Trump’s fickleness has changed what voters look for in a candidate. Maybe it’s simply that nobody cares about Biden’s apparent lack of judgment in 2003, which occurred well before he spent eight years as vice president in arguably one of the most popular Democratic administrations in U.S. history.Biden easily parried Sanders’ accusations of inconsistency by pointing to an underlying consistency of principles that have guided his varying positions over time. Voters ultimately decided to support someone who exhibits a practical sense of how to govern in a way that gets things done. As Biden said in his last debate with Sanders, “People are looking for results, not revolution.”On health care, one might have expected Sanders to have an advantage with his Medicare for All proposal, a consistent theme across his time as mayor, congressman, senator and presidential candidate. Polling done by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that for the first time a majority of Americans began to support a single government plan for health care in 2016, corresponding to the Sanders campaign push for Medicare for All.But in the same Kaiser poll, more Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents said they would prefer a candidate who would build on the Affordable Care Act rather than replace it. Biden’s campaign argued precisely for this more pragmatic approach, and he positioned himself as the right person to get the job done in a contentious political environment. An overtureAfter sweeping the primaries in Florida, Illinois and Arizona in March – putting the wheels in motion for the eventual withdrawal of Sanders from the race – Biden then struck the right chord in his speech after the Florida primary by making an appeal to Sanders voters. “I hear you,” he said. “I know what’s at stake. I know what we have to do. Our goal as a campaign and my goal as a candidate for president is to unify this party and then to unify the nation.” Biden’s appeal to Sanders voters suggests he may be willing to absorb some of the best ideas from Sanders – and other candidates. It’s a pragmatic approach, rather than a dogmatic consistency, that may bring along their supporters, too. That may be exactly what he will need to do to beat Trump in November.[You’re smart and curious about the world. So are The Conversation’s authors and editors. You can read us daily by subscribing to The Conversation’s newsletter.]This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts.Read more: * Biden’s big night with moderates, African Americans and baby boomers * Biden’s resurrection was unprecedented – and well-timedAdam Hodges does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

Special Report: Johnson listened to his scientists about coronavirus - but they were slow to sound the alarm

Published 04/07/2020 02:04 PM

It was early spring when British scientists laid out the bald truth to their government. It was "highly likely," they said, that there was now "sustained transmission" of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom. If unconstrained and if the virus behaved as in China, up to four-fifths of Britons could be infected and one in a hundred might die, wrote the scientists, members of an official committee set up to model the spread of pandemic flu, on March 2.

In El Salvador, gangs are enforcing the coronavirus lockdown with baseball bats

Published 04/07/2020 10:38 PM

Street gangs in El Salvador have turned from extortion and killing to enforcing social distancing restrictions, often with threats and baseball bats.

Coronavirus: Why China's claims of success raise eyebrows

Published 04/07/2020 12:05 PM

China has claimed its first day without a virus death, but faces lingering scepticism over its data.

Thousands of scientists in Sweden are criticizing the government for not implementing a lockdown to stop the coronavirus

Published 04/08/2020 05:37 PM

Sweden is resisting international trends by not implementing a lockdown or strict social distancing measures to fight the coronavirus.

New York hits new coronavirus peak but curve flattening

Published 04/08/2020 07:50 PM

New York recorded a new single-day high for coronavirus deaths on Wednesday but Governor Andrew Cuomo said the epidemic appeared to be stabilizing. Cuomo said 779 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the total death toll in New York state from COVID-19 to 6,268. New York is bearing the brunt of America's deadly coronavirus pandemic, accounting for around half the number of deaths across the country.

Don't want to fly this summer? United, American extend waivers for free changes, cancellations

Published 04/08/2020 01:42 AM

On Tuesday, United became the first major U.S. airline to extend its coronavirus travel waivers through the end of the year. Does your flight qualify?

Your Home (and Mind) Needs One of These High-Design Mobiles

Published 04/07/2020 08:28 PM

Trump berates reporters during coronavirus briefing: 'You will never make it'

Published 04/07/2020 02:20 AM

Trump used Monday’s briefing of the coronavirus task force to lash out at several members of the press, despite having recently praised media coverage of his response to the crisis as “very fair.” 

VP talk could intensify with Harris-DNC fundraising deal

Published 04/08/2020 05:28 PM

California Sen. Kamala Harris has made an unusual fundraising move that is sure to fuel speculation about her prospects to be Joe Biden's running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket. Harris, who dropped out of the White House race in December, has set up the kind of arrangement with the Democratic National Committee that is typically reserved for nominees trying to attract large donations from the party’s biggest boosters. Harris, 55, will host her first virtual fundraiser Thursday under the new agreement.

Fauci Sees Possible Turnaround; N.Y. Deaths Jump: Virus Update

Published 04/08/2020 07:14 PM

(Bloomberg) -- Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the start of a turnaround in the fight against the virus could come after this week, as President Donald Trump’s top health advisers develop medical criteria for reopening the U.S. economy.The U.K. and Belgium had their deadliest day of the outbreak so far, and Spain reported fatalities and new cases rising to the highest in four days. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is stable and responding to treatment at a London hospital.U.S. Democrats are seeking at least $500 billion in the next stimulus bill, and Hong Kong announced a fresh package valued at about $18 billion. European Union finance ministers failed to agree on a $543 billion recovery plan for the bloc.The World Health Organization cautioned countries against lowering their guards.Key Developments:Global cases top 1.5 million; deaths pass 83,500: Johns HopkinsTrump team prepares plans to reopen economy that depend on testingWuhan sees mass exodus after China eases lockdownTesla will reduce employees’ salaries as much as 30% starting MondayU.S. recession model at 100% confirms downturn is already hereN.J. Has Record New Deaths (1:36 p.m. NY)New Jersey reported a second day of record new deaths from Covid-19 and a tapering of infections.Cases rose by 7% to 47,437, the fourth straight day of increases of 10% or less. In the last two weeks of March, New Jersey saw daily increases from 20% to 82%.Governor Phil Murphy reported 275 new fatalities since yesterday, the biggest one-day increase since the crisis began.N.Y. Reports Record 779 Daily Deaths (1:36 p.m. NY)New York suffered another day of record fatalities from the coronavirus outbreak, reporting 779 additional deaths even as hospitalizations declined.“The number of deaths will continue to rise as those hospitalized for a period of time pass away,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday at his daily virus briefing.The state has lost more than 1,500 people to the virus in the last two days, for a total of almost 6,300.Despite the rising death toll, Cuomo said the state’s social-distancing rules and other measures were working.WHO Says World Must Pull Together (1 p.m. NY)The coronavirus crisis will escalate if countries don’t start showing more solidarity, the head of the World Health Organization said, urging the U.S. and China to show “honest leadership” and stop bickering.“If you don’t want many more body bags, then you refrain from politicizing it,” Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a briefing in Geneva Wednesday. “No using Covid-19 to score political points.”When asked about President Donald Trump’s threat to cut funding and claim that the WHO favors China, Tedros said the WHO tries to treat everyone equally, and the WHO will do an assessment of its successes and failures.He urged the U.S., China, Group of 20 countries and the rest of the world to come together and fight.“For God’s sake, we have lost more than 60,000 citizens of the world,” he said. “Even one person is precious.”Tedros revealed he has been receiving racist insults and death threats.‘Too Early’ for Europe to Start Easing Restrictions, Agency Says (12:47 p.m. NY)The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control warned Europe not to rush into lifting restrictions that are helping slow the spread of the pandemic.“Based on the available evidence, it is currently too early to start lifting all community and physical distancing measures” in Europe, the agency said in its latest risk assessment. “Sustained transmission of the virus is to be expected if current interventions are lifted too quickly.”The ECDC noted the reported new infections today reflect the measures that were in place a week earlier.U.K. Announces New High for Fatalities (12:02 p.m. NY)The U.K. reported a further 938 deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday, up from yesterday’s record daily total of 786.In total 60,733 people have tested positive for the illness, up from 55,242 reported on Tuesday, according to the latest figures from the Department of Heath and Social Care. The day’s figures indicate a slight increase in the rate of growth.Some 14,682 tests were conducted in the country on April 7, more than the 14,006 conducted the day before. The U.K. aims to conduct 100,000 tests a day by the end of April, seeking to replicate the mass screening seen in countries such as South Korea and Germany.EU Plans to Prolong External-Border Closure Until May 15 (11:45 a.m. NY)The European Commission proposed prolonging until May 15 a ban on most travel into the European Union. Maintaining the restriction on non-essential travel into the bloc for another 30 days is necessary to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the commission said in a recommendation that needs the approval of member-country governments.Trump’s Plans to Reopen Economy Depend on Testing (11:30 a.m. NY)The White House is developing plans to get the U.S. economy back in action that depend on testing far more Americans for the coronavirus than has been possible to date, according to people familiar with the matter.The effort would likely begin in smaller cities and towns in states that haven’t yet been heavily hit by the virus. Cities such as New York, Detroit, New Orleans and other places the president has described as “hot spots” would remain shuttered. The planning is in its early stages.Read more hereEU Braces for Arrival of 8,000 Cruise-Ship Passengers (11:00 a.m. NY)Eleven cruise ships carrying around 8,000 passengers in total will arrive at European Unions ports between April 8 and 11, the European Commission said.The EU laid out guidelines for member nations on handling the travelers, saying ships with passengers known to be infected with the coronavirus should be directed to ports close to hospitals with adequate capacity.The commission also urged a coordinated EU effort to designate several ports for “fast-track” crew changes, citing the “essential role” of maritime transport in the bloc’s international goods trade.De Blasio Says Distancing Eases Ventilator Demand (10:55 a.m. NY)New York City’s social-distancing strategy appears to be working, and one result is less demand for ventilators than had been projected, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.The city had estimated that it would need as many as 300 more of the life-saving machines this week to treat coronavirus patients but has needed to add only 100, de Blasio said Wednesday at his daily virus briefing. It has 5,500 in all.Statewide, the infection rate has begun flattening, even as the death count rises.EU Working for Coordinated Ends to Members’ Lockdowns (10:40 a.m. NY)The European Commission is trying to coordinate how member states end lockdowns following criticism that the bloc’s initial response to the pandemic was chaotic. An internal draft of a memo seen by Bloomberg sets out conditions for easing to begin as well as other steps that be needed, such as expanding testing capacities and using apps to gather data.“Any level of (gradual) relaxation of the confinement will unavoidably lead to a corresponding increase in new cases,” according to the memo. Gradual exits and a phased-in restart to economic activity may be best, according to the memo. “Not all population should go back to the workplace at the same time.”The adoption of the plan has been pushed back, according to commission spokesman Eric Mamer, who told journalists in Brussels that timing is a “tricky issue” since countries are at different stages of the outbreak.McDonald’s Reports Sales Decline, Withdraws Forecast (9:06 a.m. NY)The company said comparable sales fell 3.4% in the first quarter, and it expects to cut capital expenditures by about $1 billion for 2020.Oktoberfest in Doubt as Germany Sees Lasting Impact (8:59 a.m. NY)Bavaria’s state premier cast doubt over the annual Oktoberfest, offering an idea of how long German authorities expect the pandemic to upend social life. Markus Soeder, a political ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, told the Bild newspaper that a decision will be taken in June, but that widespread travel and border openings by then are “very unlikely.” The traditional beer festival, which draws millions to the Bavarian capital of Munich, is scheduled to start Sept. 19 and last two weeks. If it takes place at all, “it will be under completely different conditions,” Soeder told Bild.Local French Curfew Blocked in Legal Rebuke of Lockdowns (8:51 a.m. NY)A French court blocked a curfew in a municipality north of Paris, in what is probably the first legal rebuke in the country of measures designed to halt the spread of the coronavirus.The court said the mayor of Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine had failed to justify the curfew, which went from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The judge said that the regional government had already taken steps to prevent gatherings, including shutting liquor stores after 9 p.m.Dutch Cases Top 20,000 (8:31 a.m. NY)Confirmed cases in the Netherlands rose 5% to 20,549, below the average daily increase in the past week. Reported deaths rose 7% to 2,248. New hospital intakes climbed 4% to a total of 7,735, according to the RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.India’s Most Populous State Seals 15 Districts (8:23 a.m. NY)India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, has sealed off 15 of its districts worst affected by infections.“Since the numbers have risen sharply, this move is essential to stop community spread,” R. K. Tiwari, chief secretary of the state, said in a television interview on Wednesday. The state has so far recorded 326 infections and three deaths.India has had total infections of 5,360 and 164 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. A 21-day national lockdown ends April 14.Boris Johnson is Stable, Responding to Treatment (7:54 a.m. NY)U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in a stable condition in intensive care and is “responding to treatment” for a severe coronavirus infection, his spokesman said. Johnson was taken into St Thomas’ hospital in London on Sunday and moved to the critical care unit on Monday after struggling to shake off the symptoms, including a cough and a fever.Vaccine Hopes, Tests Boost Oxford Biomedica, Novacyt (7:50 a.m. NY)Oxford Biomedica shares rose as much as 24%, the most since Sept. 2013, after the firm joined a consortium working on a Covid-19 vaccine. The consortium, led by the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute, has fast-tracked clinical trials of a vaccine candidate to start this month. Oxford Biomedica will be the manufacturing partner for the drug should the trials prove successful.Earlier, Novacyt SA shares extended their year-to-date surge to more than 1,600% after the company’s Covid-19 test was listed as eligible for procurement by the World Health Organization. The stock jumped as much as 22% in Paris as Novacyt said its diagnostics kit would be available for a year following an emergency process by WHO.U.K. Employers Cheating Furlough Plan Face Prosecution (7:37 a.m. NY)“Some employees have already been reporting that some employers have asked them to work during the furlough period,” Jim Harra, chief executive officer of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, told a panel of lawmakers by video conference on Wednesday. “If it amounted to trying to defraud us, we could take criminal action.”Under the job-retention program announced last month, the government will pay 80% of employee wages so long as they remain tied to their jobs during the economic lockdown designed to slow the spread of the disease. A condition of the payments is that no work is done for employers, although training is permitted.Democrats Seek At Least $500 Billion in Next Stimulus Bill (7:36 a.m. NY)Democrats want $250 billion in small business aid, with $125 billion channeled through community-based financial institutions that serve farmers, family, women, minority and veteran-owned cos, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement.French Scientific Committee Sees Confinement Until ICUs Relieved (7:18 a.m. UK)France will be able to look into ending its confinement only when intensive-care units won’t be saturated and other control measures are operational, the scientific committee that advises the government said in a note, cited by Agence France-Presse. Experts say the population’s immunity is probably under 15%.Hong Kong Unveils Virus Relief Package (6:33 a.m. NY)Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced a fresh government stimulus package worth about HK$137.5 billion ($17.7 billion) to support the city’s deteriorating economy. The spending package will include an HK$80 billion job security program to subsidize 50% of wages for affected workers for six months.VW Reviewing Dividend (6:13 a.m. NY)Volkswagen AG is considering whether to pay out a record 3.3 billion-euro ($3.6 billion) dividend as planned, or use at least part of it to shore up its finances for what is shaping up to be the biggest economic crisis since World War II.WHO Says Lifting Lockdowns May Be Premature (6 a.m. NY)“To think we’re close to an endpoint would be dangerous,” Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization’s regional director for Europe, said at a briefing. Sweden is showing a fresh surge in cases, while the WHO is concerned about a dramatic increase in Turkey, he said. Countries should not lower their guard, he said.“We have got to ensure that the public understands we’re moving to a new phase,” said Bruce Aylward, one of the WHO’s top officials who recently led a mission to Spain. Countries need to make sure they’re hunting the disease down, because the key to eradication is testing patients, isolating them and tracing their close contacts. Some restrictions may need to continue for some time while others are gradually loosened, he said. “It’s not lifting lockdowns and going back to normal. It’s a new normal.”Spain’s success in slowing the spread proves that lockdowns and measures such as testing and contact tracing can work, Aylward said. While the country had a 20-fold increase in cases in the week through March 14, the rate later slowed to doubling every eight days.Iran New Cases, Fatalities Decline (5:41 p.m. HK)Iran reported 1,997 new cases on Wednesday, down from 2,089, taking the total number of cases to 64,586. Total fatalities rose to 3,993 after the country reported 121 more deaths.Spain Deaths, Cases Rise (5:30 p.m. HK)Spain’s daily coronavirus death toll and the number of confirmed cases increased by the most in four days on Wednesday in Europe’s most-extensive outbreak of the disease. There were 6,180 new infections in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 146,690, according to Health Ministry data. The death toll rose by 757 to 14,555, the biggest gain since April 4.Deadliest Day in Belgium (5:25 p.m. HK)Belgium experienced its deadliest day of the virus outbreak so far, with the fatalities rising by 205 to 2,240. Government health officials however said the epidemic is approaching its peak in the country of 11.4 million. The number of patients currently being treated in hospitals fell for the first time to 5,688, a decline of 324 from the prior day. That includes 1,276 people in ICU, a figure that has been stable in recent days.Irish Police Freed to Arrest Easter Travelers (5:20 p.m. HK)Ireland handed its police sweeping powers to limit travel as part of its efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus as the nation heads into the Easter holiday. The government gave the police powers to arrest people traveling more than 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from their home or on non-essential business. If convicted, they could face as long as six months in prison or a 2,500 euro ($2,700) fine.Scholz Says EU Agreement ‘Hopefully’ Before Easter (5:15 p.m. HK)German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz told reporters that an agreement was close and hoped one would be reached before April 12. That came after European Union finance ministers failed to agree on a$543 billion package to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic, prolonging a paralysis that casts doubt over the bloc’s ability to weather the crisis.China March Retail Passenger Car Sales Slump (5:15 p.m. HK)Daily average sales of retail passenger vehicles dropped to 30,683 units in March, the China Passenger Car Association said. Separately, Daimler AG’s global deliveries fell about 15% in the first quarter and the number of vehicles sold in China, the world’s largest auto market, fell around 20% from a year earlier. However, a recovery in China’s car market is slowly gathering pace, with dealerships even in the initial virus epicenter of Wuhan seeing customers return.SoftBank-Backed Oyo Is Furloughing Thousands of Employees (5:10 p.m. HK)Oyo Hotels & Homes, the Indian budget lodgings service backed by SoftBank Group Corp., is placing thousands of its employees globally on indefinite furlough. The company said it is furloughing employees in countries excluding India without specifying numbers, adding that it’s not considering job cuts at this time. The startup, one of the largest in SoftBank’s portfolio, has more than $1 billion of cash in the bank and is exploring options to remain viable over at least the next 36 months.Germany Approves Tighter Rules on Foreign Takeovers (5:10 p.m. HK)Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved the measures -- which apply to takeover bids from outside the European Union -- on Wednesday, the Chancellery said. They will enable the government to block acquisitions that present “potential interference,” a lower threshold than existing rules that envisage a security threat.Record Contraction Seen in France, Germany (5 p.m. HK)The French economy shrank the most since World War II in the first quarter, and the outlook for the rest of the year is souring significantly. The central bank’s estimate of a 6% slump is the latest indicator of the severity of the shock to European economies from a simultaneous collapse in demand and supply.Germany’s economy is likely to shrink by 4.2% this year, before government measures to counter the coronavirus impact fuel expansion of 5.8% in 2021, according to five of the nation’s leading research institutes. In the second quarter, they expect gross domestic product to decline by 9.8%, the most since records for quarterly data began in 1970.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

Turkey plans prisoner release, excluding those jailed on post-coup terrorism charges

Published 04/07/2020 02:13 PM

Turkey's parliament discussed a prisoner release law on Tuesday which aims to ease overcrowding in jails and protect detainees from the coronavirus, but which critics slam for excluding people jailed on terrorism charges in a post-coup crackdown. The bill, proposed by President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party, would temporarily free around 45,000 prisoners to address the immediate threat of coronavirus spreading in jails. A similar number would be released permanently under plans prepared last year to reduce chronic prison overcrowding.

Coronavirus wreaks havoc in African American neighbourhoods

Published 04/07/2020 10:32 PM

Black Chicagoans account for 70% of coronavirus deaths, despite making up 30% of the population.

Coronavirus: 16-year-old pilot selflessly flies medical supplies to hospitals in need

Published 04/07/2020 11:59 PM

A 16-year-old is using his skills as a budding pilot to bring desperately needed medical equipment to rural hospitals.TJ Kim carries a variety of supplies including gloves, masks and gowns to small hospitals during his flying lessons, The Associated Press reported.

Joy, relief as exodus from Wuhan begins

Published 04/08/2020 11:31 AM

Voicing joy and excitement from behind face masks, tens of thousands of people fled Wuhan on Wednesday after a 76-day travel ban was lifted on the Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged. Hao Mei, a single parent from the nearby city of Enshi, said her two children had been home alone since she got stuck in Wuhan, where she works in a school kitchen. Up to 55,000 people are expected to leave Wuhan on Wednesday just by train, according to government estimates.

86-year-old and three sons die after contracting COVID-19

Published 04/08/2020 12:19 AM

The mother and three sons all died within days of each other, the New Orleans Coroner's Office confirmed.

New York reports 779 more deaths, governor says social distancing working

Published 04/08/2020 06:23 PM

Cuomo, who has emerged as a leading national voice on the outbreak, said he never thought he would ever again experience a disaster on the scale of the September 11, 2001 ,attacks and called the mounting death toll "almost unimaginable to me." The governor acknowledged that it was a "very real possibility" that deaths in New York were being undercounted as people died in their homes, and called for continued adherence to business closures and other social distancing steps. Cuomo ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff across New York, where 6,268 people have now died from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, accounting for nearly half the deaths in the United States.

Sailors reportedly 'livid' with acting Navy secretary after he blasts captain who expressed coronavirus concerns

Published 04/06/2020 11:11 PM

A speech by acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly to the aircraft carrier crew whose captain he relieved April 2 has exposed him to accusations of hypocrisy and led to calls for him to be fired.

Coronavirus claims an unexpected victim: Florida vegetables

Published 04/08/2020 03:31 PM

Mounds of harvested zucchini and yellow squash ripened and then rotted in the hot Florida sun. Juicy tomatoes were left to wither — unpicked — in farmers' fields. Thousands of acres of fruits and vegetables grown in Florida are being plowed over or left to rot because farmers can’t sell to restaurants, theme parks or schools nationwide that have closed because of the coronavirus.

Congo mine gun attack kills three Chinese nationals: Xinhua

Published 04/07/2020 03:24 PM

A gun attack in a mining area in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed three Chinese nationals, China's official Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Chinese embassy in the mineral-rich central African country.

Researchers found the coronavirus lasted on a surgical mask for 7 days, showing how crucial it is to properly remove face coverings after wearing them

Published 04/07/2020 06:16 PM

Given their findings, researchers urged people to avoid touching the outside of the masks, where the coronavirus particles could last up to a week.

Column: 'Pharma bro' Martin Shkreli wants out of prison to find a cure for coronavirus

Published 04/07/2020 09:06 PM

In act of chutzpah, 'Pharma bro' Shkreli seeks prison release to find a coronavirus cure.

EU Nations Upgrade Trade Arsenal to Offset U.S. Attack on WTO

Published 04/08/2020 09:20 AM

Korean Air puts 70 percent of staff on leave

Published 04/08/2020 03:17 AM

Korean Air is the flagship of the Hanjin group, one of the multifaceted, family-controlled conglomerates known as chaebols that dominate business in South Korea and played a key part in its rise to become the world's 12th-largest economy. Most of its staff will go on leave from April 16 for six months in response to "deteriorating business circumstances", Korean Air said in a statement. Korean Air's labour union agreed to participate as part of a "burden-sharing" initiative, the company said -- executives have also agreed to take pay cuts.

Illinois mayor's wife found at bar violating stay-at-home order

Published 04/08/2020 01:50 AM

"My wife is an adult capable of making her own decisions, and in this instance she exhibited a stunning lack of judgement," Mayor Brant Walker of Alton, Illinois, wrote on Facebook.

Saudi Arabia says it could reach 200,000 coronavirus infections

Published 04/07/2020 04:07 PM

The new coronavirus could eventually infect between 10,000 and 200,000 people in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom's health minister said on Tuesday, urging the public to adhere more closely to state directives against mixing and movement. The country of some 30 million has so far reported 2,795 cases and 41 deaths, the highest in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), despite halting all passenger flights, suspending most commercial activities and imposing a 24-hour curfew in major cities including the capital Riyadh. "We stand today at a decisive moment as a society in raising our sense of responsibility and contributing together with determination to stop the spread of this pandemic," Health Minister Tawfiq al-Rabiah said in a rare televised address.

President Trump Says He Might Intervene in Fired Navy Captain's Case

Published 04/07/2020 01:41 AM

Trump said Crozier "did a bad thing" by sending the letter, but added that "people have bad days."

Israeli security agency says it arrested alleged Iran spy

Published 04/07/2020 04:49 PM

Democrat Amy McGrath raises more money than Mitch McConnell in 1st quarter

Published 04/08/2020 07:11 AM

Democrat Amy McGrath is hoping she'll be the one to take on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in November, and when it comes to campaign cash, she's already ahead.McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot who narrowly lost a 2018 congressional race, is the favorite to win the Democratic primary, which was moved to June because of the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, McGrath's campaign reported bringing in $12.8 million over the first three months of 2020, while McConnell's campaign reported raising close to $7.5 million over the same time period.This was McConnell's most successful fundraising haul since becoming a senator in the mid-1980s, his campaign said. "Kentuckians know that at a time of great consequence, there is no substitute for the proven leadership of Mitch McConnell," campaign manager Kevin Golden told The Associated Press. McGrath entered the Democratic primary race last summer, and has so far received $29.8 million in contributions for the 2020 election cycle, with McConnell raising $25.6 million; she has $14.7 million on hand, while McConnell has almost $14.9 million. McGrath campaign spokesman Terry Sebastian told AP her numbers show "voters are fed up with Mitch McConnell continually putting corporate handouts ahead of working people" and "working Americans don't trust his leadership and are demanding new leaders like Amy McGrath who they know will have their back."More stories from theweek.com Dr. Anthony Fauci cautiously predicts kids will return to school next fall, 'but it's going to be different' What America needs to do before lockdown can end The coming backlash against the public health experts

'This is ridiculous': Wisconsin voters had some strong words for their leaders while waiting to vote

Published 04/07/2020 11:05 PM

Many voters called out state leaders over the decision to go forward with in-person voting. Wisconsin has more than 2,500 cases of coronavirus.

'Between 25% and 50%' of people who get the coronavirus may show no symptoms but still be contagious, Anthony Fauci said. Here's the latest research on asymptomatic carriers.

Published 04/06/2020 10:05 PM

Experts think that at least one in four people who get the coronavirus are asymptomatic or transmit it before symptoms show up.

China investigates party member critical of government's handling of coronavirus outbreak

Published 04/08/2020 12:09 PM

China is investigating a prominent Communist Party member who criticized leader Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

Japan to Fund Firms to Shift Production Out of China

Published 04/08/2020 10:01 AM

(Bloomberg) -- Japan has earmarked $2.2 billion of its record economic stimulus package to help its manufacturers shift production out of China as the coronavirus disrupts supply chains between the major trading partners.The extra budget, compiled to try to offset the devastating effects of the pandemic, includes 220 billion yen ($2 billion) for companies shifting production back to Japan and 23.5 billion yen for those seeking to move production to other countries, according to details of the plan posted online.The move coincides with what should have been a celebration of friendlier ties between the two countries. Chinese President Xi Jinping was supposed to be on a state visit to Japan early this month. But what would have been the first visit of its sort in a decade was postponed a month ago amid the spread of the virus and no new date has been set.China is Japan’s biggest trading partner under normal circumstances, but imports from China slumped by almost half in February as the disease shuttered factories, in turn starving Japanese manufacturers of necessary components.That has renewed talk of Japanese firms reducing their reliance on China as a manufacturing base. The government’s panel on future investment last month discussed the need for manufacturing of high-added value products to be shifted back to Japan, and for production of other goods to be diversified across Southeast Asia.Japan exports a far larger share of parts and partially finished goods to China than other major industrial nations, according to data compiled for the panel. A February survey by Tokyo Shoko Research Ltd. found 37% of the more than 2,600 companies that responded were diversifying procurement to places other than China amid the coronavirus crisis.It remains to be seen how the policy will affect Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s years-long effort to restore relations with China.“We are doing our best to resume economic development,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a briefing Wednesday in Beijing, when asked about the move. “In this process, we hope other countries will act like China and take proper measures to ensure the world economy will be impacted as little as possible and to ensure that supply chains are impacted as little as possible.”The initial stages of the Covid-19 outbreak in China appeared to warm the often chilly ties between the two countries. Japan provided aid in the form of masks and protective gear -- and in one case a shipment was accompanied by a fragment of ancient Chinese poetry. In return, it received praise from Beijing.In another step welcomed in Japan, China declared Avigan, an anti-viral produced by Japan’s Fujifilm Holdings Corp. to be an effective treatment for the coronavirus, even though it has yet to be approved for that use by the Japanese.Yet many in Japan are inclined to blame China for mishandling the early stages of the outbreak and Abe for not blocking visitors from China sooner.Meanwhile, other issues that have deeply divided the neighbors -- including a territorial dispute over East China Sea islands that brought them close to a military clash in 2012-13 -- are no nearer resolution.Chinese government ships have continued their patrols around the Japanese-administered islands throughout the crisis, with Japan saying four Chinese ships on Wednesday entered what it sees as its territorial waters.(Updates with Chinese government comment in eighth paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

Canada says medical donations won't sway policies

Published 04/08/2020 12:15 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Tuesday that donations of medical equipment by foreign companies like Huawei in the fight against the coronavirus will have no influence on future government policy. The prime minister was asked if donations to Canada by Huawei could influence his government's policies toward the Chinese telecoms giant, which is at the center of a protracted diplomatic crisis between Ottawa and Beijing. At a time when the world faces a shortage of masks, Huawei gave Canada more than a million masks, 30,000 face shields and 50,000 pairs of gloves, according to the Globe and Mail daily.

Jakarta coffin maker faces gruelling days as coronavirus death toll climbs

Published 04/08/2020 10:25 AM

As debate rages about the true death toll caused by the coronavirus outbreak in Indonesia, Jakarta coffin maker Sahroni has been too busy to pay the issue much attention. "Usually we sell between five to seven coffins a day, but now it is up to 20 to 30 coffins a day," said Sahroni, 38, as he applied base coat onto a wooden coffin. The warehouse where Sahroni works normally specialises in coffins for Indonesia's Christian minority, but now they are providing coffins for all denominations, including Muslims who would usually be buried in a shroud.

WHO rejects 'China-centric' charge after Trump criticism

Published 04/08/2020 11:10 AM

World Health Organization officials on Wednesday denied that the body was "China-centric" and said that the acute phase of a pandemic was not the time to cut funding, after U.S. President Donald Trump said he may put contributions on hold. The United States is the top donor to the Geneva-based body which Trump said had issued bad advice during the new coronavirus outbreak. U.S. contributions to WHO in 2019 exceeded $400 million, almost double the 2nd largest country donor, according to figures from the U.S. State Department.

Georgia governor weighs `new options' amid virus backlash

Published 04/07/2020 08:41 PM

Georgia's governor is “considering new options” after being criticized by local officials for his order that reversed beach closures and other restrictions imposed by cities and counties to battle the coronavirus, the governor's spokeswoman said Tuesday. Gov. Brian Kemp's executive order last week requiring Georgia residents to shelter at home, except under prescribed exceptions, drew an outcry. Tybee Island Mayor Shirley Sessions over the weekend blasted Kemp's action as a “reckless mandate” that encouraged tourism as infections and deaths keep rising in Georgia.

Obama suggests lawmakers follow Elizabeth Warren's coronavirus recovery plans

Published 04/06/2020 10:26 PM

Former President Barack Obama is handing out an endorsement of sorts.Even though she ended her presidential campaign a month ago, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has continued to crank out plans for how she'd like the government to be run. They've continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and, on Monday, got a stamp of approval from Obama.Linking to Warren's appearance on the Vox podcast The Ezra Klein Show, Obama described Warren as providing a "cogent summary of how federal policymakers should be thinking about the pandemic in the coming months." In the discussion, Warren outlined plans for protecting health care workers and stemming disease spread, federal deficit spending to save the economy, and collecting data to improve future response measures.> As she often does, @SenWarren provides a cogent summary of how federal policymakers should be thinking about the pandemic in the coming months. https://t.co/zkX0E7ncK5> > -- Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 6, 2020To some observers, it looked like an endorsement of Warren's policy agenda. And to NBC News' Mike Memoli, it looked like a wholesale endorsement for former Vice President Joe Biden's potential 2020 vice presidential pick. > TO: J.Robinette.Biden@JoeBiden.com > FROM: 44@barackobama.com > SUBJECT: Your VP Search https://t.co/pnjjZhvGsP> > -- Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) April 6, 2020More stories from theweek.com What America needs to do before lockdown can end YouTube bans coronavirus conspiracy videos after livestreamer falsely links virus to 5G networks Trump just ousted the inspector general overseeing coronavirus relief spending

Coronavirus checks: White House halts Democrats' call for more cash payments

Published 04/06/2020 09:35 PM

The Trump administration is pumping the brakes — for now — on calls for the Treasury Department to issue a second round of checks of up to $1,200 to American taxpayers to mitigate economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.The administration's position puts it at odds with Democrats in Congress, who have been eager to begin negotiating a fourth bill aimed at economic "recovery," but is in lockstep with the argument from House and Senate Republicans that the government should first see how effective the $2.2trn "phase three" coronavirus stimulus package passed in late March is before authorising more direct cash payments.

Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean's body recovered

Published 04/07/2020 01:33 PM

A dive and rescue team found McKean's body in 25 feet of water, approximately 2.5 miles south of her mother's house in Shady Side, Maryland.

Coronavirus: The impossibility of home-schooling a nation

Published 04/08/2020 12:37 AM

Two weeks after the school shutdown, are parents and teachers lowering expectations?

Coronavirus: Scientists question school closures impact

Published 04/07/2020 12:41 AM

Countries should now question whether keeping schools shut is justified, says one team of scientists.

Coronavirus: 'I was asked for £430 a month for my shut nursery'

Published 04/07/2020 08:26 PM

Many nurseries are closed, but some are still asking parents to continue to pay a monthly fee

Free school meal vouchers to continue over Easter holidays

Published 04/06/2020 05:35 PM

Teacher unions say the move will help alleviate the risk of children going hungry in the holidays.

Families in lockdown feeling the strain

Published 04/06/2020 09:57 AM

When families are locked down together what are the pressures on relationships?

Coronavirus: Domestic abuse calls up 25% since lockdown, charity says

Published 04/06/2020 01:35 AM

The figures follow warnings victims could find it harder to escape their abusers during lockdown.

Teachers to grade students for cancelled exams

Published 04/03/2020 05:31 PM

Teachers' predictions will be used for grades in exams stopped by the coronavirus outbreak.

BBC offers biggest online education push 'in its history'

Published 04/03/2020 10:08 AM

Schoolchildren will be offered online videos, quizzes, podcasts and articles on core subjects.

Coronavirus: Worst-hit communities to receive charity boost

Published 04/03/2020 11:34 AM

A trust set up after the Grenfell fire aims to raise millions for the communities worst-hit by the virus.

Coronavirus: Big Issue sellers struggle for cash in lockdown

Published 04/02/2020 12:55 AM

With street sales banned, the homeless magazine's sellers have lost their income.

Coronavirus: Special needs parents in 'survival mode'

Published 04/01/2020 06:53 AM

Tim Clarke, whose daughter Molly has complex needs, describes the impact of lockdown on his family.

Coronavirus: Free school meals children to get food vouchers

Published 03/31/2020 12:45 AM

Ministers say the vouchers could be available to families in England as early as Tuesday afternoon.

Coronavirus: 'I know my life will not be saved in this pandemic'

Published 04/06/2020 01:49 AM

Lucy Watts has a life-limiting condition and fears her life will not be saved if there is a shortage of ventilators.

Coronavirus: So how did day one of homeschooling go?

Published 03/23/2020 06:02 PM

As schools closed, millions of parents became instant homeschoolers. What happened on day one?

Which children are still going to school?

Published 03/23/2020 05:48 PM

As schools close their doors across the UK, we look at what will happen next.

Coronavirus: The school of Mum and Dad

Published 03/21/2020 01:10 AM

There are plenty of online resources to help children keep learning while schools are closed.

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Linda Christas Students Report Their College Successes Post Date 09/25/2015

Socially Proactive Teen Will Attend Coe College Post Date 04/11/2015

Amelia (Xintong Hou) Shows Us How to Deliver an Outstanding College Interview Post Date 02/12/2015

NEW COURSES ANNOUNCED TO HELP TOEFL AND SAT TAKERS Post Date 12/14/2014

Burma Star Recipient Accepts Linda Christas Award - Dame Vera Lynn Post Date 09/12/2014

Earlham College Provides John Zhang a Star to Steer By Post Date 07/30/2014

Two Stars Trust Their Future to Linda Christas Post Date 07/17/2014