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The pandemic is driving millions of America’s ‘working poor’ to the edge

Finance
Miami resident Willie Mae Daniels, with granddaughter, Karyah Davis, 6, was laid off from her job as a food service cashier at the University of Miami on March 17.Joe Raedle | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesIn just the past six months, more than 22 million American jobs have been lost, and fewer than half have so far returned. Even when they were working, many people weren't earning enough to get by.Trying to survive on low-paying jobs prompted journalist David Shipler in 2004 to write, The Working Poor: Invisible in America. Over five years, he interviewed families across the country who were in the job market but unable to lift themselves out of poverty.With so many people out of work during the pandemic, Shipler fears the problems he wrote more than a decade ago will only get muc...
Unemployment rate creeps up to 4.1% as pandemic takes toll

Unemployment rate creeps up to 4.1% as pandemic takes toll

Business
Britain's unemployment rate rose to 4.1% in the three months to July as the total number of jobless rose by 62,000, the Office for National Statistics said.The jobless rate was the highest in nearly two years and up from 3.9% a month earlier - but is still yet to be fully illustrative of the economic crisis with the Treasury's soon-to-end furlough scheme helping keep the numbers down. Live coronavirus updates from UK and around the world Image: Sandwich chain Pret is among employers cutting jobs during the crisis Meanwhile, payroll data showed that 695,000 fewer people were employed in August compared to March when the UK lockdown started - though after revisions to earlier data that was a smaller number than before.Darren Morgan, dir...
Pandemic has led to ‘infodemic’ of scientific literature, researchers warn

Pandemic has led to ‘infodemic’ of scientific literature, researchers warn

Science
Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The rush to conduct and publish research in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to what scientists are calling an "infodemic" -- an overwhelming flow of scientific literature, including flawed and contradictory findings. To make sense of all the new information, and to ensure the most accurate and useful information isn't drowned out by less discerning research, the authors of a new paper -- published Friday in the journal Patterns -- argue for both more stringent publishing standards and the use of artificial intelligence. Advertisement According to the paper's lead author, Ganesh Mani, an investor, technology entrepreneur and adjunct faculty member in Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Software Research, accuracy shouldn't be sacrificed for speed. "Scien...
Pandemic turns summer into European tourism’s leanest season

Pandemic turns summer into European tourism’s leanest season

Health
BRUGES, Belgium -- Bruges mayor Dirk De fauw first realized something was desperately wrong with European tourism when on a brisk March morning he crossed the Burg square in front of the Gothic city hall and there was nothing but silence.“There are always people. Always," De fauw said. That morning?“Nothing. Nobody is on that large square" at the heart of one of Europe's most picturesque cities, he said.Six months later, as Europe's meanest tourist summer season in history is starting to draw to a close, COVID-19 is yet to loosen its suffocating grip on the continent.If anything the pandemic might tighten it over the coming months, with losses piling up in the tens of billions of euros across the 27-nation European Union, and the continent's vaunted government support and social security s

E-shoppers double amid pandemic to 42% of urban active internet users: Study

Finance
(This story originally appeared in on Aug 29, 2020)Bengaluru: The consumer base of e-commerce shoppers has doubled to 42 per cent of urban active internet users in India over the last three months (amid the Covid-19 pandemic), according to a study by consulting firm Kantar. Nearly 50 per cent of these are new users of e-commerce coming from tier-1 and -2 cities. For new shoppers, Amazon and Google have emerged as the preferred discovery platforms before making purchases. In contrast, before the virus outbreak in India, just 22 per cent of the urban active internet users had shopped online. In 2019, India had 309 million urban active internet users, the report said. This would translate to about 130 million users having shopped online. While e-commerce sales have surpassed pre-Covid level...