Some states have already taken drastic measures to offset revenue shortfalls. At least four states – Idaho, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas – have announced across-the-board cuts to all state agencies by at least 5%. Florida, which is still dealing with thousands of new Covid-19 each day, announced budget cuts that the governor likened to Game of Thrones’ infamous Red Wedding scene, slashing $1bn in funding from education and social services, including the state’s affordable housing program. … [Read more...] about ‘Economic tsunami’: US cities and states hit by Covid-19 face dire budget cuts
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'It appears that people are wearing masks and socially distancing more frequently as infections increase, then after a while as infections drop, people let their guard down and stop taking these measures to protect themselves and others – which, of course, leads to more infections. And the potentially deadly cycle starts over again.' … [Read more...] about New US COVID-19 cases drop to the lowest in a month after infections surpass 5 million after spread slows rapidly in previously out-of-control Sunbelt states
From the petrol and particulates that spew from jetskis to pesticides drenching the putting green, the holidaymaker’s every innocent pleasure seems like another blow to the poor old planet. Then there is the food left in the fridge and the chemicals used to launder the sheets after each single-night occupancy in one of Airbnb’s 7 million rental properties, and the carcinogenic fuel that is burned by cruise ships. And then there are the carbon emissions. “Tourism is significantly more carbon-intensive than other potential areas of economic development,” reported a recent study in the journal Nature Climate Change. Between 2009 and 2013, the industry’s global carbon footprint grew to about 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the majority generated by air travel. “The rapid increase in tourism demand,” the study went on, “is effectively outstripping the decarbonisation of tourism-related technology”. … [Read more...] about The end of tourism?
Depp replied: 'I'm well aware that there's been a lot of pain the way I was raised. When you are trying to figure out what it's all about, when success and notoriety and all these things come to you and you don't quite understand why you have them and you don't feel very worthy, it's very confusing.' … [Read more...] about High Court is shown video of Johnny Depp ‘smashing up kitchen and throwing wine bottle in drunken rage at Amber Heard’ while he tells her ‘You wanna see crazy? I’ll give you f***ing crazy’ as he denies ever hitting her at blockbuster libel trial
‘That summer the couple welcomed a new addition to the family, a black Labrador rescue they named after Botswana’s currency: Pula. The word means “rain” in the Bantu language of Setswana – and for very good reason. With its semi-arid terrains, the country considers rain valuable and a blessing, Just like the high-energy pooch. … [Read more...] about The 26 most toe-curling quotes from Finding Freedom: Friends who are amazed by Meghan’s packing skills and call her ‘Grace under fire, classmates who taunt her for being ‘perfect’ and how Harry is ‘tough to impress’ (so does it sound like anyone you know?)