COVID-19: World’s leading economies pushed into record slumps

EurozoneThe eurozone’s overall GDP plunged 12.1% in the three months to June, after a 3.6% drop in the first quarter, making the second quarter downturn “by far” the worst since statistics agency Eurostat began compiling growth data for the area in 1995.

World must be better prepared for next pandemic, says WHO chief

“This will not be the last pandemic,” Tedros told a news briefing in Geneva. “History teaches us that outbreaks and pandemics are a fact of life. But when the next pandemic comes, the world must be ready – more ready than it was this time.”

Book World: Sweet spot between gritty thriller, social novel

History, betrayal and heartbreak are out front in this novel, but it’s also an action-packed tale bursting with criminals, pursuits, fights and standoffs. It’s sure to please the most seasoned thriller fans. Weiden applies all the standard crime novel tropes, but compelling characters and the reservation setting make everything fresh. There’s a fight-to-the-death scene involving […]

Echelon Graphic Novels Inks Development Deal With Platinum Studios To Amplify Diverse Stories

“Echelon is proud to be part of a new generation of storytellers, particularly as comics and graphic novels have become a bigger part of popular culture,” added Murphy. “That means not just creating our own stories but supporting our peers and the creators coming up. Of course, our ultimate goal is to deliver a story […]

The 1998 Dystopian Novel That Eerily Foresaw 2013 Detroit

Sound familiar? Indeed, the city that inspired this story was Detroit–but Hopkinson’s novel was written in 1998. And 15 years later, with recent news that a political candidate in a wealthy Detroit suburb is actually proposing that a wall be built along the border of the now-bankrupt city, Hopkinson’s dystopic vision has become a disturbing reality–and is […]

This Is Us star Justin Hartley will star in and produce Netflix movie of bestselling Christmas novel The Noel Diary… after Chrishell Stause split

Shortly thereafter Chrishell appeared to take a subtle dig at Lindsay on her own social media writing: ‘Women who build each other up are my tribe.’

Best books on school: Author Patricia Nicol recommends novels featuring the highs and lows of education

Back in our contemporary world, Emma Straub’s recent novel, All Adults Here, sees Cecelia coming to live with her grandmother Astrid in small-town America after being bullied in New York. Before her start, her aunt subtly makes an introduction to the misfit August. In a lovely moment, it is him Cecelia seeks out on her […]

Brazil tourist spot Fernando de Noronha bets on COVID-19 immunity in novel strategy

“There hasn’t been community transmission on the island for a long time. We have to keep it that way,” André Longo, the health secretary of the state of Pernambuco, said in a statement. “Obviously, this step is going to be done with an eye on safety and reactivating economic activity on the archipelago.”

Novel vaccine candidate shows promise against Covid-19: Study

“For our application we tried to optimise the UTRs to improve the protein production process. We wanted as much protein produced as possible — so we can give a small dose of messenger RNA that produces enough antigen to induce antibodies against the virus,” Dong said.

Chinese universities enjoy world ranking success

“We have observed the rise of Asian universities in the world rankings for several years now, but this year marks a major milestone, as Chinese mainland disrupts the traditional domination of Western universities at the top of the table, breaking into the top 20 for the first time, and doubling its representation in the top […]