Pope, using Shakespeare, makes climate change appeal

Pope Francis adapted Shakespeare’s famous Hamlet quote in an appeal to people not to remain blind to the destruction of climate change and the mass migration it may cause, writing: “To see or not to see, that is the question.” Francis went on to urge people to work together to protect “creation, our common home” and not “hunker down” in …

Amnesty condemns rich world’s ‘near-monopoly’ on COVID-19 vaccine

Richer countries are failing a “rudimentary” test of global solidarity by hoarding Covid vaccines, Amnesty International said. In its annual report, the campaigning rights organisation said the health crisis had exposed “broken” policies and that cooperation was the only way forward. Amnesty’s secretary general Agnes Callamard said, “The richest countries have effected a near-monopoly of the world’s supply of vaccines, …

Scientists warn of more contagious coronavirus variants in U.S.

While COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have fallen from their peaks in the U.S., scientists have warned the next few months could be painful as several more contagious variants are spreading in the country. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are currently five virus variants of concern in the country. There is the UK variant …

Joggers and cyclists should wear masks – here’s why

Masks work mainly by protecting other people. Pedestrians passed by a relatively young and fit jogger or cyclist include the elderly or more vulnerable to COVID and its complications. If there is a risk of transmission, there is surely an ethical argument to mask up. The exhaled breath of someone who is exercising vigorously has a different composition and different …

Get over phone call anxiety by avoiding phone calls

A 2019 survey of UK office workers found 76% of millennials and 40% of baby boomers have anxious thoughts when their phone rings. Because of this, 61% of millennials completely avoid calls, compared with 42% of baby boomers. If you suffer from these symptoms, make it easier by avoiding phone calls. Talking on the phone can be daunting as we’re …

Biden announces all adults in US eligible for COVID-19 vaccine by April 19

All adults across America will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines within two weeks, President Joe Biden announced, as California set a June 15 target to fully reopen businesses with mask-wearing requirements. The positive news from the US — which has the most coronavirus deaths of any country but is now a leader in vaccine distribution — contrasted with a record …

NCOV UPDATE 4/14

As of 5 p.m. on April 14, there were over 138 million coronavirus cases globally, with the death toll reaching 2.9 million, according to John Hopkins University. The good news is that there are over 111 million recoveries. The United States is leading the world in both COVID-19 infections and fatalities, with over 32 million confirmed cases and over 577,000 …

70% of Japanese want Tokyo Games cancelled or delayed: poll

Over 70 percent of Japanese want the Tokyo Olympics to be cancelled or delayed as the pandemic rolls on, a poll showed, just over 100 days ahead of the start of the Games. The survey showed 39 percent want the Games scrapped, while 33 percent favor another delay. Only 24 percent of respondents want the world’s largest sporting event to …

How China’s poverty eradication work contributes to the world (Part Three)

China has taken on a major role in global poverty management. First, China has supported other developing countries in poverty alleviation since the founding of the country. It launched the Belt and Road Initiative to expand regional cooperation on economic and social development and to help eligible countries better achieve poverty alleviation. According to a World Bank study, the initiative …