Bye, bye Bill! Russia’s nuclear officials abandon America’s Microsoft Office software & switch to home-designed tech — reports

Moscow officials are set to pull the plug on a multimillion-dollar deal with US computing giant Microsoft, and instead buy the rights to a Russian-made suite of programs for employees of the country’s nuclear safety regulator. On Wednesday, the Vedomosti newspaper reported that a source from the state atomic energy corporation, Rosatom, confirmed it had […]

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It's not fair.' Mexico will file complaint at UN over unequal vaccine distribution

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told reporters Tuesday that the Mexican delegation to the United Nations will file a complaint at the UN Security Council tomorrow concerning the “inequality” and “inequity” that he says impede vaccine access. “The countries that produce [vaccines] have higher rates of vaccination and Latin America and the Caribbean have much less,” […]

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Peru orders lockdowns amid crippling second Covid-19 wave

The country is also racing to address a shortage of intensive care unit (ICU) beds for Covid-19 patients, Peru’s President Francisco Sagasti, said during a televised address on Tuesday evening. “We expect to add another 350 (beds) in the next two weeks,” he said. An aggressive second wave has seen Peru pass 40,000 Covid-19 deaths […]

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America’s 9/11 remembrance altered by staggering pandemic loss

From New York City to Washington, DC, to Pennsylvania — where nearly 3,000 people perished when hijackers took control of four commercial airplanes and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville — relatives of the dead and politicians wore masks and tried to stand six feet apart as […]

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Ontario schools will now teach first graders financial literacy and coding to better prepare students for jobs of the future

The new curriculum, announced by the Ontario government on Tuesday, was created with help from parents, math educators, academics and math education experts over the course of two years. It is “designed to reverse a decade of declining math scores,” according to a statement issued by the government. It will go into effect this September, […]

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Two village nurses are caring for hundreds of Covid-19 patients

In the remote Shipibo village of Caimito, 80 percent of the community has shown symptoms of coronavirus, according to local nurse Elias Magin. The nearest hospital is an eight-hour boat ride away. When we arrived in late May, a line of people snaked around a simple building with a makeshift sign declaring it the Puesto […]

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Why a Rotting Green Bay Boardwalk May Help Solve America’s Jobs Crisis

WASHINGTON — The governor of Pennsylvania wants to hire unemployed workers to help the state track the spread of the coronavirus in the fall. City Council members in Austin, Texas, voted to pay people to help with projects like preparing land for fire season. And Green Bay, Wis., hopes to pay the out-of-work to fix […]

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Why a Rotting Green Bay Boardwalk May Help Solve America’s Jobs Crisis

WASHINGTON — The governor of Pennsylvania wants to hire two million unemployed workers to help the state track the spread of the coronavirus in the fall. City Council members in Austin, Texas, voted to pay people to help with projects like preparing land for fire season. And Green Bay, Wis., hopes to pay the out-of-work […]

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Brazil may surpass the US to become the worst-hit country on the planet

The health ministry on Friday reported 54,771 new cases, a record daily spike that brought the nationwide total to 1,032,913. The Covid-19 pandemic is quickly spreading with no sign of slowing down, as major cities lift social distancing measures and begin reopening restaurants, shops and other nonessential businesses. Many experts believe the number of cases […]

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