Only bold action can curb the economic fallout from COVID-19 by UN DESA 4/1/20


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Empty streets, shuttered shops, overflowing hospitals. The entire world is at war with an invisible enemy – the novel coronavirus. With a vaccine to protect against the disease still a distant possibility, our best weapon remains staying away from each other. But while social distancing saves lives, it drags down the global economy and threatens jobs.

The World Economic Situation and Prospects Monthly Briefing issued today by UN DESA found that the COVID-19 pandemic could shrink world economic output by 0.9 per cent in 2020, instead of growing 2.5 per cent, as previously projected. By comparison, the world economy contracted by 1.7 per cent during the global financial crisis in 2009.

“Urgent and bold policy measures are needed, not only to contain the pandemic and save lives, but also to protect the most vulnerable in our societies from economic ruin and to sustain economic growth and financial stability,” said Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General and head of UN DESA.

UN chief urges unity in mobilizing ‘every ounce of energy’ to defeat COVID-19 pandemic 4/5/20

Peace, Corona Virus

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The UN chief observed that in many critical situations, there has been no let-up in fighting, and in some, conflicts have even intensified. “ We need robust diplomatic efforts to meet these challenges”, he asserted. “To silence the guns, we must raise the voices for peace”.

Mr. Guterres explained that he and his envoys are engaging with conflict actors to help push forward ceasefires. As the UN Special Envoy in Yemen works to convene the parties to discuss COVID–19 crisis management and nationwide ceasefire mechanisms, the conflict has spiked – despite expressed support for a truce by the Government and warring parties.

“I call on all governments and movements involved and their supporters to put an end to the catastrophic conflict and humanitarian nightmare – and come to the negotiating table”, implored the UN chief.

Netflix's 'Self-Made' miniseries about Madam C.J. Walker leaves out the mark she made through generosity by Tyrone McKinley Freeman for the Conversation, 03/28/20

Black Woman, Octavia

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The Netflix series “Self–Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” brings to life part of a fascinating rags-to-riches tale I’ve been researching for the past 10 years.

Walker, widely documented to have been America’s first self–made female millionaire, made her fortune building an Indianapolis–based beauty products company that served black women across the U.S. and overseas. Today it offers a product line through Sephora.

Oscar–winner Octavia Spencer stars in the miniseries about the African American entrepreneur originally named Sarah Breedlove. Born shortly after emancipation in 1867 on a cotton plantation in Louisiana to a formerly enslaved family, she later adapted the initials and last name of her third husband – played by Blair Underwood in the series. The show imagines Walker’s struggles and successes in a dramatic reinterpretation of the historical record.

NYC's Coronavirus Update, 4/5/20

Corona Virus

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Governor Cuomo announced an Executive Order to allow the State to take ventilators and PPE from facilities that are not using them. Items will be returned or reimbursed.

The Federal Government approved New York State's request to use the Javits Center for COVID-19 patients. The initial purpose of the center was to serve non-COVID-19 patients. "The center adds 2,500 beds to the city’s capacity."

Current non COVID-19 hospital patients will be transported to the USNS Comfort ship. This will help "alleviate the pressure for hospitals facing an influx of patients."

New York tallies as of 4/5/20:

 NYS Confirmed: 113,704.
 NYS deaths: 3,565.
 NYC confirmed: 63,306.
 Brooklyn confirmed: 16,488.


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Magnificent! I have seen the edited version. Looks great!
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