Category: News

Oil rig closures rising as prices hit 18-year lows

Global oil producers have begun shutting down their oil rigs on the largest scale in 35 years as the coronavirus continues to drive market prices to their lowest level since 2002. More than 4,000 North Sea oil rig jobs cut amid Covid-19 crisis The shutdown of oil wells has already wiped out almost 1m barrels […]

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Coronavirus Sweeps Through Detroit, a City That Has Seen Crisis Before

DETROIT — It has seen its population plummet, houses fall to ruin, and the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation. Now another crisis has descended on Detroit: the coronavirus. In less than two weeks, 35 people with the coronavirus have died in Detroit. The police chief has tested positive for the virus, and more than […]

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Coronavirus ‘miracle water’ said to have spared Italian village

The inhabitants of Montaldo Torinese, a village in Italy’s northern Piedmont region, have so far been spared coronavirus, leading some to believe they are being protected by the “miracle water” that, according to legend, cured Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops of pneumonia. Montaldo Torinese lies about 11 miles (19km) from Turin, the regional capital where as of […]

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5G iPhone 12 Could Still Launch in September, but Other Upcoming Apple Products Delayed

Another day, another contradictory report about the iPhone 12 launch. So far, we have seen rumors pointing to the 5G iPhone 12 launch being delayed by as much as couple of months. Other rumors have claimed that the device is still on track for a September launch. A new Bloomberg report citing “people familiar with […]

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Inside G.M.’s Race to Build Ventilators, Before Trump’s Attack

While much of the U.S. economy has ground to a halt because of the coronavirus outbreak, several dozen workers in orange vests and hard hats were hauling heavy equipment on Sunday at a General Motors plant in Kokomo, Ind. The crew was part of a crash effort to make tens of thousands of ventilators, the […]

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Curtis Mayfield: where to start in his back catalogue

The album to start with Superfly (1972) Curtis Mayfield was an odd choice to write a blaxploitation soundtrack. His reputation was built on the protest songs with which he documented the 60s civil rights movement – Keep on Pushing, People Get Ready, Choice of Colours, We’re a Winner. His writing was characterised by open-heartedness, empathy […]

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The Caged Ballot

A week before last Thanksgiving, a group of Republican attorneys gathered at the tony Madison Club a few blocks from the Wisconsin State Capitol to learn what they could do to help reelect President Trump. Established in 1909, the club has hosted Presidents Teddy Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama, as well as the Dalai […]

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Rent Strike Nation

Last week, the head of the St. Louis Federal Reserve, James Bullard, predicted that in the second quarter of 2020, the U.S. economy could see a 30 percent unemployment rate and a 50 percent drop in gross domestic product. Both of these numbers far surpass their respective equivalencies during the Great Depression, with the slash in GDP dwarfing the […]

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Laughing in the face of lockdown: comedy videos to raise your spirits

Stevenage builder buddies Lee and Dean are back, though Dean is self-isolating on the other side of the double glazing. Luckily, Lee is on hand to provide the essentials. Mark O’Sullivan (@immarkosullivan) We made a @leeanddean video about self-isolation whilst genuinely self-isolating. https://t.co/vVUkSFhGnC March 19, 2020 Britain’s Biggest Bridezilla Georgina Francis, created by Anna Morris, […]

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