Business

Striking Amazon, Instacart employees reveal how a basic economic principle could derail our ability to combat the coronavirus

A series of recent protests by the workers preparing and delivering our essential foods and other goods highlights a key risk to our ability to combat the coronavirus. Some employees at an Amazon warehouse and Instacart “shoppers” briefly walked off the job on March 30, citing inadequate health protections and compensation. And Whole Foods workers...

No, 5G radiation doesn’t cause or spread the coronavirus. Saying it does is destructive

A conspiracy theory claiming 5G can spread the coronavirus is making the rounds on social media. The myth supposedly gained traction when a Belgian doctor linked the “dangers” of 5G technology to the virus during an interview in January. Closer to home, Facebook group Stop5G Australia (with more than 31,700 members) has various posts linking...

Fuel demand crash shuts U.S. ethanol plants, meatpackers lack refrigerant By Reuters

3/3 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A sculpture adorns Smithfield Foods’ hog slaughterhouse in Smithfield 2/3 By Stephanie Kelly and Tom Polansek NEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) – A slew of U.S. ethanol plants have shut down as fuel demand has collapsed during the coronavirus outbreak, and meatpackers have been hit by a worrying side-effect: less carbon dioxide...

Opinion

Reinvent the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Now! Opinion

Reinvent the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Now!

Thiruthiraj A.Pather From a sugar economy in the early 1970s, Mauritius has gradually evolved to an upper middle-income economy. The country’s economic structure now rests on a relatively diversified base, comprising notably sugar production, seafood, textile, ICT-BPO, financial services, tourism and real estate. This economic miracle was made possible, despite the doomy prediction of the...

More educated, less paid: what’s behind the gender gap in Mauritius? Opinion

More educated, less paid: what’s behind the gender gap in Mauritius?

Today, the gender gap in education in middle and high-income countries has mostly disappeared. In some countries, girls outstrip boys in schooling outcomes, yet women earn about 16% less money per hour worked than men (ILO 2018). Mauritius is no exception. According to data from 2016, out of a student population of 33,269 in tertiary...

Techno

OPEC oil cuts deal in trouble as Russia still not on board By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) sits outside its headquarters in Vienna By Rania El Gamal, Alex Lawler and Olesya Astakhova VIENNA (Reuters) – Russia will not back an OPEC call for extra oil output cuts and will only agree to extending existing curbs, a Russian...

Kenyan fossil shows chameleons may have ‘rafted’ from mainland Africa to Madagascar

Chameleons (Chamaeleonidae) are a family of unique lizards with unusual characteristics: rapidly extendable tongues, feet with two toes pointing forward and two backward, a prehensile tail, and eyes that can move independently of each other. Many species also have the ability to change the colour of their skin. There are about 213 species of chameleons...

Little-known Mexican firm emerges as big help to Venezuela in oil-for-food swap By Reuters

© Reuters. Little-known Mexican firm emerges as big help to Venezuela in oil-for-food swap MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Venezuela has swapped millions of barrels of crude in return for supplies of corn and water trucks under an oil-for-food deal struck with little-known Mexican firm Libre Abordo, the company said on Thursday, in an effort to...

Iranian oil minister confirms OPEC agreed a 1.5 million bpd cut By Reuters

VIENNA (Reuters) – The Iranian oil minister confirmed on Thursday that OPEC ministers had agreed an extra 1.5 million barrel per day (bpd) cut in oil production and that Iran was still exempt from the reduction. Bijan Zanganeh, who was speaking after a meeting of ministers from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in...

Lifestyle

À l’occasion de la Journée mondiale du cœur, Nestlé lance des programmes de santé et de bien-être en Afrique du Centre et de l’Ouest

L’hypertension artérielle étant l’une des principales causes de décès dans le monde, et certains pays d’Afrique subsaharienne affichant des taux de prévalence de l’hypertension parmi les plus élevés au monde (bit.ly/2ovEFEF), savez-vous comment maintenir votre cœur en bonne santé ? Divers facteurs liés à la santé, notamment le mode de vie, l’âge et les antécédents familiaux,...

Darth Vader balloon takes to the skies above England

A balloon shaped as the head of fictional Star Wars film character Darth Vader is seen flying at the annual Bristol hot air balloon festival in Bristol, Britain, August 8, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville LONDON (Reuters) – A huge Darth Vader mask balloon took to the skies over the western English port of Bristol on Thursday...

New footbridge restores crossing at birthplace of UK’s legendary King Arthur

LONDON (Reuters) – A new narrow footbridge spanning a near 60-metre gorge will open this weekend, restoring a lost crossing to Tintagel castle, legendary birthplace of King Arthur, on the windswept coast of southwest England. Made of steel, local slate and oak, the 5 million pound ($6 million) bridge almost 60 meters above sea level...

World

l’attribution d’un marché informatique à In2IT Technologies objet d’une enquête pour corruption

16 Avril 2020 | 17 Avril 2020 Africa Digital Expo (Abidjan, CI) Sous l’égide du Ministère ivoirien de l’Economie Numérique. 20 Avril 2020 | 23 Avril 2020 Osiane 2020 (Brazzaville, Congo) Salon international des technologies de l’information et de l’innovation. 20 Avril 2020 Task Force Innov Covid 19 (Cotonou, Bénin) Sous le leadership de l’Agence...

All for one and one for all? Euro zone will for joint bonds tested By Reuters

© Reuters. European Union flags fly outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels By Dhara Ranasinghe and Sujata Rao LONDON (Reuters) – Step-by-step, the coronavirus crisis is forcing the euro zone into greater integration. But like the euro zone debt crisis before, it may not deliver what bond markets really crave. A long called for...