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How the COVID-19 pandemic will affect informal workers. Insights from Kenya

How the COVID-19 pandemic will affect informal workers. Insights from Kenya

COVID-19 is going to have a devastating impact on economies. Africa has a particular vulnerability because so many people work in the informal sector. In an interview with Moina Spooner from The Conversation Africa, Njeri…

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telcos are picking up where the NBN is failing. Here’s what it means for you

telcos are picking up where the NBN is failing. Here’s what it means for you

Telecommunication providers are taking positive steps to meet consumers’ demands in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the National Broadband Network (NBN Co) is being urged to reduce its wholesale broadband charges…

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We are entering a recession – but what did we learn from the last one?

We are entering a recession – but what did we learn from the last one?

As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, it is abundantly clear that the global economy is entering a recession – the first we’ve seen since 2008. Some officials have compared the last period…

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Lessons from Africa on how to build resilient bee colonies

Lessons from Africa on how to build resilient bee colonies

Honeybees are under threat globally. These important pollinators are affected by issues of nutrition, habitat loss, pesticides, a changing climate, pathogens and an economic system that lacks ecological accountability. Honeybee (Apis mellifera) populations are also…

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There’s plenty of toilet paper – so why are people hoarding it?

There’s plenty of toilet paper – so why are people hoarding it?

The other day I went into Costco to buy some toilet paper. It came as a small shock when I couldn’t find a single roll. The new coronavirus is inspiring panic buying of a variety…

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Telecommuting could curb the coronavirus epidemic

Telecommuting could curb the coronavirus epidemic

CC BY-ND Recent surveys from both the National Household Transportation Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that around 29% of the United States workforce has the option to work at home, and around…

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A tiny bone from Little Foot’s skeleton adds fresh insights into what our ancestors could do

A tiny bone from Little Foot’s skeleton adds fresh insights into what our ancestors could do

In his book Wonderful Life, Professor Stephen Jay Gould – an evolutionary biologist, palaeontologist and widely-read popular science author – described the evolution of life in the following way: Life is a copiously branching bush,…

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Nondisclosure and secrecy laws protect Bloomberg – not the women who sued him

Nondisclosure and secrecy laws protect Bloomberg – not the women who sued him

Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg received a lot of flak at the Feb. 19 Democratic debate for his refusal to release employees who sued his company from nondisclosure agreements. He admitted…

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what’s known and not known

what’s known and not known

Kenya will start levying new tax on digital markets under a new law signed by the president early in November. The Finance Act seeks to broaden the Income Tax Act net to include income accruing…

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The coronavirus will delay agricultural export surges promised in trade deal with China

The coronavirus will delay agricultural export surges promised in trade deal with China

The novel coronavirus has shocked the world’s economies. The virus has spread to more than 100 countries and many U.S. states. This has rattled global stock markets, plunging the Dow more than 2,000 points on…