Tag: Shutdowns (Institutional)

As Virus Cases Rise in Europe, an Economic Toll Returns

“It was a shock” when the lockdown was announced, she said, adding that it was too early to predict the scale of the losses she could incur. “We just have to accept it.” For Daniel Zieman, who ran a gift stand across the square between Vienna’s Natural History and Art History Museums, the story was […]

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Target Makes Thanksgiving Closings Permanent

Target stores will close their doors for Thanksgiving Day, the retailer announced Monday, and will continue the policy every year moving forward. The retail giant shut its stores on Thanksgiving Day last year, citing safety considerations during the pandemic. It has also started offering discounts for the holiday shopping season earlier in October instead of […]

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A Cherished New Orleans Restaurant, Upperline, Closes

NEW ORLEANS — JoAnn Clevenger was certain she would reopen Upperline, her New Orleans Creole restaurant, for most of the 18 months since the Covid-19 pandemic forced its closing. That confidence began cracking this past summer, as she began, with the help of a therapist, to confront her fear of losing a business she regarded […]

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India’s Toxic Air Pollution Prompts Supreme Court to Act

NEW DELHI — A thick blanket of noxious haze has settled over the Indian capital of New Delhi, burning eyes and lungs, forcing schools to close and prompting ardent calls from residents for action. India’s leaders have responded with what has become an annual tradition: by pointing fingers at one another. The central government, run […]

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The School Board Wars, Part 2

Campbell Robertson contributed reporting. The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Larissa Anderson, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Austin Mitchell, Neena Pathak, Dan Powell, Dave Shaw, […]

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Jeanna de Waal Has Already Forgotten About That ‘Diana’ Film

The producers always promised that the show would make it to Broadway after the pandemic. But they had no idea what that would entail. “I remember the phrase ‘flattening the curve,’” Ashley said, referring to the city’s coronavirus lockdown. “We thought it would be for a few weeks. The possibility that it would be 600 […]

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‘Chicken & Biscuits’ Will Close Early Following Covid Pause

After having to cancel more than a week’s worth of shows after members of its company tested positive for the coronavirus, the producers of the new Broadway play “Chicken & Biscuits” announced Thursday that it would end its run on Nov. 28, citing “the significant financial impact of the show cancellations.” “We make this decision […]

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Powell’s Books Survived Amazon. Can It Reinvent Itself After the Pandemic?

PORTLAND, Ore. — Over its half-century in the heart of Portland, Powell’s Books has survived an unending array of foundational threats — the oft-anticipated death of reading, the rise of Amazon, the supposedly irretrievable abandonment of the American downtown. None of that provided preparation for the tumult of the past two years. The pandemic shut […]

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Near-Daily Covid Tests, Sleeping in Classrooms: Life in Covid-Zero China

The southwestern Chinese city of Ruili is small, remote and largely unknown internationally. It is also, when it comes to the coronavirus, perhaps the most tightly regulated place on earth. In the past year, it has been locked down four times, one lasting 26 days. Homes in an entire district have been evacuated indefinitely to […]

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Republicans Hit on Schools as a Wedge Issue to Unite the Party

Katie Paris, a party activist who runs Red, Wine and Blue, a group that works to mobilize suburban women, said that even as she warned that attacks over critical race theory had been “spreading like wildfire,” her pleas for resources had gone largely unanswered by party donors and officials. “These outside forces have come for […]

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Republicans Pounce on Schools as a Wedge Issue to Unite the Party

Katie Paris, a party activist who runs a group that works to mobilize suburban women, said that even as she warned that attacks over critical race theory had been “spreading like wildfire,” her pleas for resources had gone largely unanswered by party donors and officials. “These outside forces have come for our schools and our […]

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What if It Never Gets Easier to Be a Working Parent?

Above all, issues around managing child care and work that had long been considered private family matters were suddenly out in the open, turning the needs of working parents into a subject that resonated in conference rooms and state capitals across the country. The potential implications were profound: Not only could the pandemic help recalibrate […]

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As Hong Kong’s Civil Society Buckles, One Group Tries to Hold On

HONG KONG — Unions have folded. Political parties have shut down. Independent media outlets and civil rights groups have disappeared. The Hong Kong government, its authority backed fully by Beijing, is shutting down the city’s civil society, once the most vibrant in Asia, one organization at a time. But one group, the Hong Kong Journalists […]

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Supply Chain Shortages: Your Questions Answered

The dramatic surge in demand clogged the system for transporting goods to the factories that needed them. At the same time, finished products — many of them made in China — piled up in warehouses and at ports throughout Asia because of a profound shortage of shipping containers, the standard-size steel boxes that carry goods […]

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As Starbucks Workers Seek a Union, Company Officials Converge on Stores

BUFFALO — During her decade-plus at Starbucks, Michelle Eisen says she has endured her share of workplace stress. She points to the company’s increased use of productivity goals, inadequate attention to training and periods of understaffing or high turnover. But she had never encountered a change that the company made after workers at her store […]

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Border With Canada to Open, Businesses ‘Could Not Be Happier’

Nick Pitillo, a local restaurateur and lifelong resident, said that business was better during Columbus Day weekend, particularly compared with the dark days of 2020, but was still off about 15 percent. “We had a great week, but you could definitely feel their absence,” he said, adding that Ellicottville had also seen many Canadians sell […]

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House Approves Bill to Avert U.S. Default, Sending It to Biden

WASHINGTON — The House gave final approval on Tuesday to legislation that would raise the debt ceiling into early December, postponing the threat of a first-ever federal default even as Republicans vow to reimpose their blockade on a longer-term solution. The vote was 219 to 206 to pass the bill, clearing it for President Biden, […]

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World’s Growth Cools and the Rich-Poor Divide Widens

As the world economy struggles to find its footing, the resurgence of the coronavirus and supply chain chokeholds threaten to hold back the global recovery’s momentum, a closely watched report warned on Tuesday. The overall growth rate will remain near 6 percent this year, a historically high level after a recession, but the expansion reflects […]

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In China’s Super League, Everyone Seems to Be Losing

At least Miranda, 37, has been able to continue his career: He quickly landed a spot — and a rich new contract — at São Paulo, a team that plays in Brazil’s top division. Such an outcome is unlikely for the dozens of Chinese nationals who have gone unpaid or been cast off by their […]

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Afghanistan Is in Economic Freefall. It Needs Aid.

Traveling around Kabul a few weeks ago, the city felt worlds apart from my last visit in 2019 — and not just because a 20-year war had finally ended. The economy is spiraling out of control. And unless money starts flowing soon, a total economic collapse will plunge Afghans into a humanitarian catastrophe. The desperation […]

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Lurching From Crisis to Crisis, Congress Is Addicted to Cliffs

Take Representative Kevin Cramer, Republican of North Dakota. Approached by reporters, Mr. Cramer launched into extended praise of the short-term debt limit increase proffered by Mr. McConnell. He called it elegant, lauding the Senate leader’s craftiness in preserving the filibuster and depriving Democrats of a potent political argument against his party. It also averted a […]

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SoHo Catered to Free-Spending Tourists. What Happens Without Them?

“Without tourists, it’s dead down here,” said Carlos Garcia, the manager of Mystique Boutique, a locally owned clothing store on Broadway that now closes at 7 p.m., two hours earlier than it used to. Starting in November, travel restrictions will be eased for international visitors who are vaccinated, but city officials say it could take […]

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What Investors Saw in Ozy Media

A recent analysis by the social media measurement company Tubular Labs suggests that Ozy spent heavily to boost the number of views for the videos it posted on YouTube by paying to have its videos pop up automatically onscreen. And even when Ozy offered articles its readers loved and shared in large numbers, it didn’t […]

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Ozy Media Will Shut Down

Ozy Media, the digital media company that came under scrutiny for its business practices in recent days, announced on Friday that it was shutting down. “At Ozy, we have been blessed with a remarkable team of dedicated staff,” the company’s board of directors said in a statement. “Many of them are world-class journalists and experienced […]

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Senate Passes Short-Term Spending Bill to Avert Government Shutdown

Racing to avoid a government shutdown at midnight, Congress on Thursday gave final approval to a spending bill that would extend federal funding through early December and provide emergency aid to support the resettlement of Afghan refugees and disaster recovery efforts across the country. The legislation passed 254 to 175, clearing it for President Biden’s […]

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China Power Outages Close Factories and Threaten Growth

DONGGUAN, China — Power cuts and even blackouts have slowed or closed factories across China in recent days, adding a new threat to the country’s slowing economy and potentially further snarling global supply chains ahead of the busy Christmas shopping season in the West. The outages have rippled across most of eastern China, where the […]

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Democrats Face a Reckoning With Themselves

To please everyone in their party, Democratic leaders piled Mr. Biden’s agenda into two conjoined proposals: a bill focusing on traditional infrastructure and an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink package tackling issues ranging from climate change to health care and universal pre-K. The resulting package is breathtaking in its ambition. As one of my colleagues observed, it’s as if […]

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The Economy Looks Solid. But These Are the Big Risks Ahead.

The low-hanging fruit of the pandemic economic recovery has been eaten. As a result, the expansion is entering a new phase — with new risks. For months, the world economy has expanded at a torrid pace, as industries that were shut down in the pandemic reopened. While that process is hardly complete — numerous industries […]

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