Funds planned for rural electricity in Africa should be better spent on water delivery
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GM said it will leave three markets by the end of the year. The US carmaker is closing Holden, an iconic brand in Australia and New Zealand, and leaving Thailand, as it continues to focus on the US, Latin America, and China, and in electric and self-driving cars.Reuters
New York said it will not challenge the T-Mobile and Sprint merger. A judge approved the deal last week, despite complaints from states across the US, which said it would increase prices. California and other states could still challenge the decision.Reuters
Social media fraud is on the rise
The purpose of B-Corps
B Corps are meant to exemplify one idea: That we need to transform the way capitalism works in order to save the world. A growing number of corporations are signing on, from Patagonia to Danone. Quartz’s Cassie Werber reports on why B Corps are gaining momentum—and on the limitations that make them imperfect vehicles for social change. ✦Quartz
The number of cases passed 70,000. China’s health ministry reported 2,048 additional cases on Monday. It also reported 105 new deaths, bringing the total in the country to 1,770. Separately, 99 more people have been infected on the quarantined Diamond Princess ship.the Guardian
The outbreak leaves China’s biggest political gathering hanging. The country is set to cancel all or part of its Two Sessions, which each year sees lawmakers gather in Beijing and outline economic goals, a road map, and a screened Q&A with local and international media.Quartz
Uber's fare game
Climate change's global consequences...
Britain remains on alert over Storm Dennis. More than 300 flood warnings are still in effect, following a weekend that saw parts of the south of Wales and England get inundated in water. The severe flood warnings in England indicate a danger to life.BBC News
Global heating is causing significant and diverse disruptions of the climate system. This results in massive displacement of water, through glacial melt, modification of ocean currents and weather patterns, as well as flooding, drought, and other disruptions of the water cycle. Not only will we experience
Global heating is causing significant and diverse disruptions of the climate system. This results in massive displacement of water, through glacial melt, modification of ocean currents and weather patterns, as well as flooding, drought, and other disruptions of the water cycle. Not only will we experience more and more costly shock events; our ability to reliably produce food for the whole population (which also means to price it affordably) is already being put at risk.
...as people show their love of wildlife...
One of India’s realtors is betting on shoppers. DLF’s shopping mall division is spending $14 million on just one facility in New Delhi, as it begins to revamp malls around the country. Quartz spoke with its top executive about consumer trends in India, including the rise of e-commerce.Quartz
It is interesting to see how food and beverage (F&B) has grown to contribute 50:50 share in DLF Avenue's (earlier DLF Place) revenue along with retail sales. In retail and entertainment space (cinema chains), F&B is increasingly turning out to be the biggest brand differentiator. The rise of F&B says
It is interesting to see how food and beverage (F&B) has grown to contribute 50:50 share in DLF Avenue's (earlier DLF Place) revenue along with retail sales. In retail and entertainment space (cinema chains), F&B is increasingly turning out to be the biggest brand differentiator. The rise of F&B says a lot about changing habits of Indian consumers. It is clear that more Indians are stepping out to eat seeking new flavours and dining experience. The growth in F&B revenues show how consumers' disposable income is increasing and they are choosing to spend it on food among other things.
Brexit reshapes Europe
The EU has to plug a UK-sized hole in its budget. EU nations will gather this week to decide how to cover an €80 billion ($86.6 billion) budget shortfall now that Britain is no longer a dues-paying member. At stake are major initiatives like the European Green Deal.Quartz
Undermining multilateral institutions doesn’t make anyone stronger; it undercuts our ability to cooperate in the building of a better future. Prosperity is a shared reality, or it is a dangerous illusion. Whatever comes of Brexit, what we know for sure is that the UK will need to maintain the very alliances
Undermining multilateral institutions doesn’t make anyone stronger; it undercuts our ability to cooperate in the building of a better future. Prosperity is a shared reality, or it is a dangerous illusion. Whatever comes of Brexit, what we know for sure is that the UK will need to maintain the very alliances Brexiteers are trying to disrupt.
Brexit might actually make the UK more racially diverse. Boris Johnson's government has proposed switching to a points-based immigration system blind to country of origin. Meanwhile, the number of European migrants arriving has fallen sharply, while immigrants from the rest of the world are on the rise.Quartz
William Barr had a bad weekend
The US has its first undergraduate marijuana degree
Students at Colorado State University-Pueblo can major in weed. Administrators stress that it isn't a "party degree," but a rigorous STEM field focused on getting students lab jobs in Colorado's growing legal pot industry.Quartz
Despite the obvious jokes about “majoring in weed” this is actually a pretty big deal. As a result of the excessive federal prohibition, the biology and chemistry of marijuana and its effects on the body are egregiously under-researched. There’s a ton of potential in studying the plant, in a wide variety of fields.
Crunchy foods could help fight obesity
Our food's texture can affect how full we feel. A recent study finds that crunchier chips are more satiating. You should take the results with a grain of salt, but they suggest that food makers can help—or harm—the fight against obesity by altering the chemistry of processed snacks.Quartz
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Kenya has world-class runners but investors have been hesitant to back locally-made running shoesQuartz Africa
The number of Indians left waiting for an American green card skyrocketed in 2019Quartz India
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An Indian couple has been buying land near a tiger reserve and letting the forest grow backQuartz India
DLF Shopping Malls deploys eateries and analytics to woo millennialsQuartz India