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Delta variant forces Silicon Valley giants to rethink office-return plans

  A wave of the contagious Delta variant is causing companies to reconsider when they will require employees to return, and what health requirements should be in place when they do. Several hospital systems that previously held off making vaccines mandatory for health care workers are...

37.8% 10-year-olds have FB accounts, 24.3% Instagram accounts in contravention of rules: NCPCR study

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health       Jul 24, 2021

  New Delhi: About 37.8 per cent of children aged 10 years have Facebook accounts, while 24.3 per cent in the same age group are on Instagram, which is seemingly in contravention to the guidelines laid down by various social networking platforms, the apex child rights...

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 193.1 mn; vaccinations soar over 3.78 bn

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Non-Life, Pandemic       Jul 24, 2021

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 193.1 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.14 million and vaccinations soared to over 3.78 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Saturday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science...

Intel chief warns chip shortage could continue for up to two years

Eco/Invest/Demography, Pandemic, Technology       Jul 23, 2021

  DETROIT: The global semiconductor chip shortage that has hit automakers around the world and consrained vehicle production will easily drag into next year, the chief executive of the world's No. 4 automaker, Stellantis, said on Wednesday. The comments by Carlos Tavares at an Automotive Press...

EVs double market share in Europe

Paris: Electric vehicles more than doubled their share of new car sales in Europe in the second quarter, with hybrids also making gains, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) said Friday. All-electric vehicles accounted for 7.5 per cent of new car sales in Europe in...

Olympics linked Covid cases go past 100, organisers announce 19 new cases

Health, Non-Life, Pandemic, Reinsurance       Jul 23, 2021

  Tokyo: The COVID-19 cases associated with the Olympic Games breached the 100-mark on Friday with the announcement of 19 new infections and the Czech contingent seemed among the worst hit after a fourth athlete -- road cyclist Michal Schlegel -- tested positive for the virus....

FAO head urges G20 to invest in a healthy planet for healthy food

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health       Jul 23, 2021

UN: In his appeal to G20 environment ministers, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Qu Dongyu, highlighted the challenge of having to produce more food while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. "Today, humanity faces a triple planetary crisis of biodiversity loss, climate...

Websites of airlines, banks, tech companies down in widespread outage

Websites of several airlines, banks and technology companies including Delta Air Lines, Costco Wholesale Corp and American Express were facing outages on Thursday. This is the third such incident in a span of just two months, after multiple outages hit social media, government and news...

Climate action must happen 'for our people, not to them', cities say

  Efforts to push low-carbon lifestyles and green energy to curb climate change will fail unless many people see benefits - and the poorest and most vulnerable should get the biggest gains, leading mayors and other city officials urged Friday. "The journey to net-zero (emissions) has...