The best career advice for teens takes the unknowable into account. “As you focus on identifying where you’re going to head, I want you to remember that life is going to happen parallel to that,” a JetBlue executive told students during New York City’s first-ever Career Discovery Week.
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The US hopes to create hundreds of temporary hospitals. The US Army Corps of Engineers could build up to 341 facilities in hotels, convention centers, and open spaces like parking lots, as the country’s existing infrastructure struggles to keep up with demand.Reuters
New York will investigate Amazon’s firing of a walkout leader. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city’s human rights commissioner will look into allegations the firing was a retaliation for organizing a strike. Amazon has said the worker violated its social distancing policies.CNBC
Tracking the pandemic
Coronavirus has given the WHO a chance to make a case for itself. The organization is underfunded and relies on contributions from member states to keep the lights on. But a strong showing during this pandemic could convince the world to better support it.Quartz
Expect coronavirus testing guidelines to change. Right now, public health officials in places like New York are rationing tests to those who are sick in hospitals. But as more tests become available, and lockdown measures lift, authorities will want to test a wider group of people.Quartz
This pandemic will force Nigerian officials to seek care at Nigerian hospitals. After years of underfunding public health systems and using taxpayer funds to travel abroad for their care, locked down government officials must go to the same hospitals as average citizens.Quartz
27,000 American healthcare workers are on the verge of deportation. The US Supreme Court is expected to rule in June whether to allow the Trump administration to rescind an immigration program that allows 700,000 workers to stay in the country.Quartz
A pending US Supreme Court case that seemed supremely important last year is much more so in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. American healthcare educators predicted that it would be critical to public health to keep all healthcare workers in the US due to shortages. especially in the case
A pending US Supreme Court case that seemed supremely important last year is much more so in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. American healthcare educators predicted that it would be critical to public health to keep all healthcare workers in the US due to shortages. especially in the case of a national emergency like this. They specifically discussed the likelihood of a pandemic.
The Trump administration wants to rescind their work authorizations and send these workers "home" to countries they don't know. The justices seemed skeptical of the government's position last year, asking whether the administration really considered all the reliance interests, the many industries and businesses that would be affected by the expulsion of 700,000 US-educated employees. Now, that question is undeniably extremely relevant, as more than 27,000 of them work in health and medicine and many more qualify as essential workers in this time of crisis.
It seems ironic that in a time of crisis ,legal arguments and political posturing are allowed to interfere with public health and safety.
For politicians and appointees who are concerned with American prestige,influence and credibility they seem to be working against the rest of the world
World vs. coronavirus
The tech sector will recover faster than we do. China’s industrial engine is shifting back into gear, something that’ll help keep supply chains running. The bigger issue is slowing demand, but the sector will probably fare better than most others either way. ✦Quartz
Globalization brought us Covid-19—and the tools to fight it. The world faces daunting choices, but solutions are unlikely to come if every country stands on its own. This week’s field guide examines the long-term consequences of the pandemic on work, education, diplomacy, globalization, climate change, and more. ✦Quartz
The world’s financial health
Cash App scammers are using a pandemic to exploit people. A few generous souls are legitimately giving away money on Twitter to help people in dire straits. Fraudsters DM those who didn’t win claiming they’re also giving out free money—but only if you send them cash first.Quartz
Foot traffic in US stores has virtually vanished. By one estimate, retailers saw a 97.6% drop in traffic last week compared to the year before. For clothing stores, the figure was 99.3%. Online sales haven’t made up the difference, as anxious shoppers stick to essentials.Quartz
SNAP will be a crucial piece of the US coronavirus response. Applications for the program, which helps low-income households buy groceries, are soaring—offering a quick way for the federal government to pump cash into the economy and help families hit hardest by the crisis.Quartz
Grocery sales in the UK are at an all-time high. Millions of Brits are stockpiling because of the coronavirus pandemic, and in the four weeks ending March 22, they spent nearly £11 billion ($13.6 billion) at supermarkets around the country, 20% more than in the previous period.Quartz
Brits spent £10.8 billion at grocery stores in the four weeks ending March 22, a record sum.
Compared to the same time last year, Brits spent £9 billion. Back then there was no coronavirus pandemic.
Certainly additional “stockpiling“ might be one factor.
However annual consumer spending on restaurants, cafes and similar food outlets in the UK was 90bn£ (data from 2018, per Statista). So the increase in parts should reflect a simple shift from eating out to cooking at home.
Our new reality
Wide Open School is a who’s who of trusted media sites for kids. US nonprofit Common Sense Media built the platform to help parents and teachers find resources for students stuck at home. It’s organized by topic and grade level and takes pains not to track children’s data.Quartz
This is the best time to take charge of your career. Before the pandemic forced many businesses to go distributed, the greatest concern was the future of work amid globalization. The current situation is allowing for many to build the hard and soft skills they’ll need to adapt.Quartz
In other news
The US told Venezuela what it needs to do to lift sanctions. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the US would be willing to provide relief if president Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó agreed to hand off power to a transitional government.Washington Post
Apple bought Dark Sky and killed its Android app. The popular weather app will go dark on all Android devices starting July 1. Apple is expected to use the purchase to upgrade its native weather app, which hasn’t gotten a major overhaul since the release of iOS 7 in 20139to5Mac
Consumers were making green choices before the pandemic. India’s market share of efficient LED lightbulbs leaped from 0.3% to 46% in five years, while Europeans bought 60,000 electric cars in February. But the US and Brazil are using the outbreak as an excuse to stop enforcing environmental laws.Quartz
Something on the lighter side
We’re obsessed with bidets
Bidet owners are sitting pretty. While many cultures have embraced the nozzle, it’s faced some serious resistance in the United States. But with new, cheaper devices, a growing concern about the environmental disaster that is conventional TP, and, perhaps, a pandemic, this may be the bidet’s breakthrough moment.Quartz
“The School Office” by Archie, age 8, remote co-worker of Quartz news editor Susan Howson
Where Coronavirus has changed US driving habits the mostQuartz
Hong Kong police are using coronavirus restrictions to clamp down on protestersQuartz
Coronavirus is accelerating the demise of coal power in the USQuartz
How Covid-19 could disrupt pharmaceutical supply chainsQuartz
The exodus of the wealthy from cities reveals the problems with individualismQuartz
The Nizamuddin meet wasn’t the only instance of callousness in India amid the Covid-19 scareQuartz India
China is using digital coupons to entice people to get shopping againQuartz
Land rights are at the heart of India’s new push to make businesses socially responsibleQuartz India
How Taiwan is tracking 55,000 people under home quarantine in real timeQuartz
Urban Indians are confident about the coronavirus lockdown but anxious about jobsQuartz India