New IPCC report warns of dire threat to oceans

‘Unprecedented’“Over the 21st century, the ocean is projected to transition to unprecedented conditions with increased temperatures, further ocean acidification, marine heatwaves and more frequent extreme El Niño and La Niña events,” according to a summary of the report made available to policymakers.

New Zealand among countries best placed to bounce back from coronavirus, report says

This characteristic resilience – along with the fact Finns tend to feel they live in a place where people trust and look out for each other – may go some way to explaining why Finland has emerged the happiest country in the world in the United Nations’ World Happiness Report for three years running, authors […]

Smartphone makers unfazed by rising international challenges

But with overseas confirmed cases of COVID-19 increasing, many countries have adopted steps to lock down some cities. India, for instance, has ordered a “complete” lockdown of its 1.3 billion people since late March for 21 days. The move has posed big challenges for Chinese smartphone makers, as they account for over 50 percent of […]

China’s Wuhan lockdown ends, but another begins as local coronavirus cases rise

The Chinese city where the coronavirus epidemic first broke out, Wuhan, ended a two-month lockdown on Wednesday, but a northern town started restricting the movement of its residents amid concerns of a second wave of infections in mainland China. China sealed off Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, in late January to stop the […]

Gold rate today eases on profit booking amid rise in equities

A day after a massive jump, bullion counters eased on Wednesday as demands for riskier assets grew ensuing profit booking in precious metal counters in the domestic market. With businesses shut in several cities in India amid rising threat of Covid-19, the economic situation, however, remains precarious. The number of reported Covid-19 cases were at […]

Trending stocks: Shares of DLF rise 3%

NEW DELHI: Shares of DLF traded 2.9 per cent up in Wednesday’s trade at 11:23 am. Around 39,64,993 shares changed hands on the counter. The stock opened at Rs 137.0 and touched an intraday high and low of Rs 146.8 and Rs 136.85, respectively, in the session so far. The realty major said it will […]

BT gives staff 1.5% pay rise and promises not to furlough workers or cut jobs for three months

BT says it is connecting the new Nightingale Hospitals, as well as continuing any ongoing or planned programmes unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic – something it says staff may be retrained and reassigned to help with.

Wuhan lifts 11-week lockdown as China records rise in imported Covid-19 cases

Suifenhe city in Heilongjiang restricted the movement of its citizens on Wednesday in a similar fashion to that of Wuhan; residents must stay in residential compounds and one person from a family can leave once every three days to buy necessities and must return on the same day, state-run CCTV reported.

The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump gets new press secretary in latest shake-up

Grisham’s role was a little unusual: “When [Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersGrisham leaves role as White House press secretary Fox News’s Hume rips Alexander over ‘gotcha’ question to Trump NBC’s Alexander: I gave Trump ‘a softball’ question as opportunity to ‘reassure’ Americans MORE Sanders] left the White House in June last year, Grisham kept the title […]

The Memo: Signs of optimism in coronavirus fight bring new dilemma

The kind of risk assessment common in the insurance industry represents “exactly the kind of principles that the president has to evaluate,” Blakeman insisted. “If the doctors have their way, they will always opt on the side of extreme caution, but you do have to weigh the balance as to whether the cure will be […]