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BBC (September 12)

2022/ 09/ 14 by jd in Global News

China “is the world’s last major economy attempting to entirely stamp out Covid outbreaks, claiming this is necessary to prevent wider surges of the virus which could overwhelm hospitals.” At present, “tens of millions of people in at least 30 regions have been ordered to stay at home under partial or full lockdowns,” with some of the impacted residents “complaining of shortages of food and essential items.”


The Guardian (May 10)

2022/ 05/ 12 by jd in Global News

“Tensions between Shanghai residents and China’s Covid enforcers are on the rise again, amid a new push to end infections outside quarantine zones to meet President Xi Jinping’s demand for achieving “dynamic zero-Covid.” To express their displeasure with what are increasingly being viewed as violations of human rights and the rule of law, residents are sharing incriminating videos on social media. “Censors have been taking down many of these videos, but determined residents have continued to post them.”


South China Morning Post (March 1)

2022/ 03/ 02 by jd in Global News

“Hong Kong residents are waiting up to 39 hours for an ambulance as the health care system struggles to keep up with an escalating wave of Covid-19 cases, with the delay up by as much as 50 per cent in just two days.”


Star-Ledger (September 23)

2021/ 09/ 24 by jd in Global News

“Facing a lack of bus drivers at the start of the academic year, school districts around the state are dangling incentives that include higher pay for commercial drivers and ‘parent contracts’ worth $1,000 for residents to transport their kids to school in their own cars. The issue extends beyond the state’s borders. In Massachusetts, the governor activated 250 members of the National Guard to get behind the wheel of school transport vans.”


The Mercury News (September 29)

2020/ 10/ 01 by jd in Global News

“It’s becoming something of a tragic annual tradition for California’s wine country: Fast-moving flames terrorizing the regions, turning the sky into a smoky orange haze, destroying dozens of homes and wineries in its wrath and forcing tens of thousands of residents to frantically flee from their homes.”


Chicago Tribune (June 2)

2020/ 06/ 04 by jd in Global News

“What do you say to a city whose residents, livelihoods and sense of security have been pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic and then civil unrest and mass looting? You say that Chicago is up to the challenge and must move forward. You say: Reopen and rebuild…. This resilient city will recover again.”


Bloomberg (March 11)

2016/ 03/ 12 by jd in Global News

“It’s been five years since the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl shook Fukushima. Roads have been rebuilt and electricity has been restored. But life has still not returned to normal for many of the prefecture’s residents.”


New York Times (July 10)

2014/ 07/ 11 by jd in Global News

“California is in the third year of its worst drought in decades. But you wouldn’t know it by looking at how much water the state’s residents and businesses are using.” Nearly half a year ago, the State called for a 20% reduction in water use, but so far actual savings have been closer to 5% and, “in some parts of the state, like the San Diego area, water use has actually increased from 2013.” California needs to urgently take “much stronger conservation measures.”


Wall Street Journal (June 24)

2014/ 06/ 25 by jd in Global News

In Hong Kong nearly a 750,000 residents have voted in an unofficial referendum calling on China to grant Hong Kong greater democracy. “Hong Kong people are serious about self-government and stand bravely against official intimidation. Beijing has to pay attention—and maybe even strike a deal before occupiers hit the streets of China’s most international city.”