It said the forecasts were subject to an even greater than usual amount of uncertainty and were based on some key assumptions about the fallout from the pandemic: physical distancing persisting into the second half of 2020, long-term scarring from the larger than anticipated damage caused by the lockdown and a hit to productivity as surviving businesses ramped up workplace safety and hygiene practices. … [Read more...] about Global economy will take $12tn hit from coronavirus, says IMF
Evelyn Samba is the Kenya country director of the German Foundation for World Population (DSW). The NGO works in several African countries and in Europe on sustainable and rights-based population development issues. One of its main focuses is ensuring access to sexual and reproductive health and rights services for women and young people. … [Read more...] about Opinion: COVID-19 pandemic threatens Africa’s gains in reproductive healthcare
However, not all analogue or traditional forms of culture have been able or willing to migrate to digital platforms. New tech is allowing major cultural institutions to keep in contact with their audiences. Yet artists are chaffing at its constraints. The digital world is an amazing resource to sharpen our appetite for live events but it is not a substitute for them. Online may amplify live cultural experiences in all sorts of ways but it isn’t an alternative. … [Read more...] about Culture comforted us in lockdown, now we must join the fight for its survival
Shockwaves reverberated throughout the film world. Director Nick Rowland, whose debut film, Calm With Horses, was due to be released on 13 March, buoyed by warm reviews and word of mouth, looked on with mounting anxiety. “As I started to see news of the virus taking hold in Europe in January and February, it began to dawn on me that the timing of our film was going to hit just as the virus took hold in London. What do you do in that situation? I was so conflicted. It was too late to halt the release and we still had to go out there and promote it. But it felt weird having to advise family and friends to stay at home rather than go out and see it. It was heartbreaking to have the release cut to just a handful of days after a six-year journey making the film… I just try not to dwell on it.” … [Read more...] about The future of film: can cinema survive Covid-19?
These missions - which have included the US robot rovers Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity - have shown that Mars must once have been lush and warm but was doomed as a cradle for complex life because of its size. The planet’s diameter is half that of Earth’s, which means it has a much smaller core at its heart compared with the one at the centre of our own planet. The Martian core, once molten, cooled and solidified billions of years ago while our larger core has remained hot and molten allowing convection currents within it to generate a magnetic field around the Earth. … [Read more...] about ‘We are all Martians!’: space explorers seek to solve the riddle of life on Mars