Corruption remains a huge challenge for African economies
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A new barrier arises for needy immigrants to the US. The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Trump administration can begin imposing limits on green card applicants who may depend on federal aid while a lawsuit challenging the restriction works its way through the courts.NBC News
Boeing nabs $12 billion to buoy its ongoing 737 Max crisis. More than a dozen banks have come to the aid of the cash-strapped airplane manufacturer despite a lack of clarity over when and if the 737 Max will return to the skies.CNBC
The sprawling impact of the coronavirus
The Wuhan coronavirus spreads to global markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Shanghai Stock Exchange are seeing significant selloffs after a weekend of dispiriting global health headlines. The price of oil has also dropped by 10% over the past 10 days in response to the coronavirus-caused slowdown in China.CNBC
China's film industry is hurting. With more than 70,000 theaters closed and movie premieres postponed—China’s box office only made $2 million during the first Lunar New Year holiday weekend, down from $360 million last year.Quartz
With nearly 5,000 students in Wuhan, African countries brace for coronavirus. Some Africans have traveled back to their country of origin during the holiday vacation. For those who opted to stay, the biggest worry right now seems to be a potential shortage of food.Quartz
Chinese people are using “Chernobyl” to channel their anger about the coronavirus outbreak. They are drawing parallels between how Soviet authorities managed the nuclear disaster to how the Chinese government is handling the outbreak.Quartz
As a victim of the Chornobyl fallout (@QZ notice the correct spelling) I must point out that now, more than 1986, the government has the means to communicate and educate effectively. And they chose not to. Further, the means for protecting the citizens exist and known. Which makes the current situation inexcusable.
Disasters, like both of these, demand answers, regardless of where they happened: have individuals in positions of power been empowered, and capable of making hard fast decisions? Have decisions been informed by experience & science? It seems to be an apt comparison.
A birthday present for impeachment managers?
Chief justice John Roberts turns 65 today. And he'll be spending his birthday presiding over president Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. To mark the occasion, Democrats are sending Roberts an unwelcome birthday message, calling on him to step up and subpoena witnesses.Quartz
For his birthday The SCOTUS chief is getting messages he doesn’t want at all - calls to subpoena witnesses for the impeachment trial. He surely hopes to avoid the political fray but he has options to some extent and can ensure the integrity of the trial to a limited degree.
The global economy in 2020
Will 2020 bring another year of slow but steady global growth? Of course, no one really knows; shocks are—almost by definition—unpredictable. This week's field guide will explore a handful of the biggest, most ominous of these vulnerabilities. ✦Quartz
Quartz Pro Reshma Saujani sounds off
Women need the space to chime in. Home improvement superstore Lowe's is in the midst of hiring thousands of technologists. These are some of the changes its executives needed to make to ensure a diverse workforce.CIO Dive
We need women in tech because diversity in tech is good for companies, products, and all of us. And many tech workers don't need degrees to be successful workers. Having said that, we need to be sure tech classes and majors are creating an environment inclusive of women so girls can feel comfortable
We need women in tech because diversity in tech is good for companies, products, and all of us. And many tech workers don't need degrees to be successful workers. Having said that, we need to be sure tech classes and majors are creating an environment inclusive of women so girls can feel comfortable and have just as much access to training as their male peers do.
Kids clothing brands buck gender stereotypes with science. Piccolina, Princess Awesome, and Annie the Brave are a few of the clothing shops that are introducing STEM-themed girl's clothing as a form of young and empowering political dress.Fast Company
Girls who like pink and purple deserve to celebrate women in STEM as well! We need more of this, more representation of women in tech, so that every kid will know they can build a spaceship or code a website - and they can do it in sparkles too if they want
Your green transit briefing
GM plans a $2.2 billion plant revamp for electric and self-driving cars. The automaker will retool a Detroit-area facility to produce the Big Three automaker's first all-electric vehicle plant, slated to manufacture the newly unveiled self-driving gas-free Cruise Origin shuttle.Detroit Free Press
Flight shame has revived the overnight train. Rail operators have expanded their offerings as politicians discuss rolling back subsidies on aviation fuel and banning short-haul flights outright. But some budget air routes still beat trains on price.Quartz
Take this job and love it
Extra-small businesses are an appealing escape. As we transition to a more digital, distributed, and data-driven world, the future of work will be built not by the largest companies in the world, but by the smallest.Quartz
The idea of thinking like an owner, not an employee really resonates. While a bit of an overplayed stereotype, our generations do look for purpose in our work and want to work for companies that share our values. Therefore, it makes complete sense to invest your time and effort, and feel as if you're
The idea of thinking like an owner, not an employee really resonates. While a bit of an overplayed stereotype, our generations do look for purpose in our work and want to work for companies that share our values. Therefore, it makes complete sense to invest your time and effort, and feel as if you're playing a significant role in shaping the business at large.
Small businesses (even if you don't own it), allows for more opportunities to do this. Hence, the appeal of younger people wanting to join startups, or starting their own.
Big test for larger companies on how they'd continue to attract people moving forward.
6. The blockchain revolution brings trust without centralized command and control structures provided by large companies. This will enable hundreds of thousands of small businesses and individuals to compose complex transactions and interactions. This composability is the key success factor of the Ethereum
6. The blockchain revolution brings trust without centralized command and control structures provided by large companies. This will enable hundreds of thousands of small businesses and individuals to compose complex transactions and interactions. This composability is the key success factor of the Ethereum blockchain. Participants are guaranteed to get paid and the work is guaranteed to get done per the programmed contracts that are mutually agreed by the participants and yet not controlled by a single entity. With states giving blockchain contracts the same legal power as paper contracts the tools for the materialization of the vision in this article are getting in place. Execution is a matter of time.
As a former owner of XSB, I can say that two infrastructure changes have to happen to make this a reality at least in the US: better access to affordable capital and health care. It's really hard to grow a business financing it on credit cards while begging banks for small business loans. And the structural
As a former owner of XSB, I can say that two infrastructure changes have to happen to make this a reality at least in the US: better access to affordable capital and health care. It's really hard to grow a business financing it on credit cards while begging banks for small business loans. And the structural problems of racism and sexism still exist, if not even more so, when you're bidding for jobs, looking for financing, and making deals with vendors.
Reflecting on Kobe Bryant’s legacy
NBA player tributes pile up for the 5-time champion. Kobe Bryant's untimely death left his sport with a huge, and at times complicated, legacy, but yesterday witnessed an unmitigated outpouring of support from all corners of the league.Quartz
Helicopter crashes like Kobe Bryant’s are becoming more common. They’re still rare, to be sure, but the number of fatal chopper incidents increased over the last several years with private helicopter services and “non-essential low-altitude operations” accounting for the rise.Quartz
Love the craft, but leave the author
New adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft’s work find ways to subvert his racism. Were it not for Lovecraft’s enduring appeal, filmmakers would likely be hesitant to confront his odious views. But films like “Color Out of Space” elevate the writer’s unique brand of horror while promoting characters of color.Quartz
The peacocks must be protected
Go ahead and strut your stuff
Three suspected cases of coronavirus reported in DelhiQuartz India
Looks like Walmart’s investment in Flipkart is beginning to pay offQuartz India
The coronavirus outbreak is crippling China’s film industryQuartz
Fatal helicopter crashes at low altitude have become more commonQuartz
Africa’s largest economies are still struggling to kick out corruptionQuartz Africa
How NBA players paid tribute to Kobe BryantQuartz
John Roberts will celebrate his 65th birthday presiding over Trump’s impeachment trialQuartz
Extra-small businesses are an appealing escape from the corporate jobs we hateQuartz at Work
Why filmmakers are still drawn to H.P. Lovecraft, racism and allQuartz
With nearly 5,000 students in Wuhan, African governments are bracing for China’s coronavirusQuartz Africa