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The Irish Times (September 7)

2020/ 09/ 07 by jd in Global News

With nearly 50,000 new cases last week, “Spain passed a grim milestone of recording more than half a million coronavirus cases on Monday, becoming the first western European country to do so amid a steep upward trend that is mirrored in neighbouring France.” Moreover, there is “significant concern” that the UK is moving down the same path to resurgence. All this comes as wet pubs look poised to reopen in Ireland on September 21.


San Francisco Chronicle (July 27)

2020/ 07/ 29 by jd in Global News

Half a year into the pandemic, a “role reversal of sorts” took places for the giants of the east and west coasts. “California passed New York with the most coronavirus cases in the United States. That grim convergence occurred as the nation reached its own dark milestone: 4 million reported cases. California, as of Sunday, has about 452,000 cases, to New York’s 412,000.” With about 425,000 cases, Florida has also passed the Big Apple.


USA Today (July 9)

2020/ 07/ 11 by jd in Global News

The U.S. passed another “grim milestone” on Wednesday, racking up 3 million COVID-19 cases, which “represents roughly a quarter of the world’s cases and the same percentage of its deaths.” The U.S. now strongly “leads an unenviable group. Its 3 million cases for a nation of 330 million beats out Brazil’s 1.7 million cases (210 million population), India’s 742,000 cases (1.4 billion) and Russia’s 699,000 cases (145 million).”


New York Times (June 25)

2020/ 06/ 26 by jd in Global News

“On Wednesday it was as if the country had found itself back in March — at the start of the pandemic, in the early days of the lockdown, when masks were in short supply and when the death toll was skyrocketing.” The U.S. “reached another grim milestone on Wednesday as it reported 36,880 new cases,” breaking the previous high set on April 24. Instead of containment, new cases “have roared back in recent weeks.”


Jerusalem Post (February 9)

2017/ 02/ 11 by jd in Global News

A newly signed bilateral investment treaty marks “another milestone in Israel’s newly blossoming relationship with” Japan.  “While celebrations are indeed in order, it is apparent that Israel is only scratching the surface of the potential relationship with Japan, and unless it negotiates the obstacles along the way, will never realize the full potential of trade with the world’s third-largest economy.”



New York Times (January 15, 2014)

2014/ 01/ 16 by jd in Global News

After three years without a case, India “can now be declared polio-free.” This “victory is an important milestone in the global effort to eliminate polio,” but much remains to be done to achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goal of eradicating the disease by 2015, which would mean the world could be declared polio–free in 2018. Unfortunately, 2012 brought backtracking. There were 350 new cases of polio, up from 213 in 2012, and these occurred in 8 countries, up from 4.


Financial Times (October 10)

2013/ 10/ 11 by jd in Global News

“The world has just passed a historic milestone: China has overtaken the U.S. as the world’s largest oil importer…. The implications for international relations and global security are profound.” Cinching the global “gas guzzler” title has as much to do with the dramatic increase in domestic U.S. production through fracking as rising living standards in China. While China is now the biggest oil importer, the U.S. remains the biggest consumer. Per capita, the U.S. consumes over seven times more oil than China or 21.5 barrels annually per person.