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Institutional Investor (September 9)

2021/ 09/ 11 by jd in Global News

“The pandemic has made Europe’s top executives smarter… and humbler. From supply-chain issues to unforeseen social and cultural hurdles, business leaders in Europe and around the world have learned hard and valuable lessons over the last two years.”

 

Seattle Times (July 1)

2021/ 07/ 03 by jd in Global News

“And on the 476th day, Washington returned—sort of, mostly, cautiously, officially if not practically—to normal.” COVID-19 related restrictions began across the state on March 11, 2020. “One year, three months, two weeks and five days later, the last of those major restrictions melted away on Wednesday.” It’s not as easy as flipping a switch. COVID-19 and government-issued restrictions effectively “pulled the emergency brake on Washington’s economic and social life.” It is going to “take more than just releasing that lever to get the engine back to full throttle.”

 

US News & World Report (April 6)

2020/ 04/ 08 by jd in Global News

The Covid-19 pandemic has “exposed gaping cracks in our social, political and economic systems. The most pervasive of those cracks is discrimination against women, which persists in every country in the world.” But the pandemic might also “be the watershed we need to upend the systems that hold girls and women back. It brings a chance to make health care and education truly universal, to improve conditions and pay for millions, and to strengthen safety nets.”

 

The Economist (February 1)

2020/ 02/ 03 by jd in Global News

“Two things explain why a new infectious disease is so alarming. One is that, at first, it spreads exponentially…. conjuring speculation about a health-care collapse, social and economic upheaval and a deadly pandemic. The other is profound uncertainty. Sparse data and conflicting reports mean that scientists cannot rule out the worst case—and that lets bad information thrive.”

 

Time (July 9)

2012/ 07/ 11 by jd in Global News

For the first time in nearly a century, “densely packed urban areas grew faster than suburbs.” If the trend continues, Time suggests “it could be good news for the environment, reducing the time commuters spend in gas-guzzling cars going to and from their jobs in the city.” It might “also be good for America’s social ecology.” Suburbanization has largely isolated the rich from the poor. Urbanization could lead to more mixing, stronger relationships and greater empathy as social and ethnic classes converge more frequently.

For the first time in nearly a century, “densely packed urban areas grew faster than suburbs.” If the trend continues, Time suggests “it could be good news for the environment, reducing the time commuters spend in gas-guzzling cars going to and from their jobs in the city.” It might “also be good for America’s social ecology.” Suburbanization has largely isolated the rich from the poor. Urbanization could lead to more mixing, stronger relationships and greater empathy as social and ethnic classes converge more frequently.

 

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