Syrian economy reaches crisis point
Syria has been in crisis for nearly a decade in the ongoing civil war. This month, the Syrian pound Reached an all-time low against the dollar On the black market, by reducing the value of salaries and raising the cost of imports.
Food prices have more than doubled in the past year, and 60 percent of Syrians are at risk of starving. The power shortage is continuous, with some areas receiving only a few hours a day. Most Syrians now devote their days to cooking and finding fuel to heat their homes, and some women are selling their hair to feed their families.
cold comfort: In a private meeting, President Bashar al-Assad was asked about the country’s economic crisis, which now poses a significant threat to his regime. He had no concrete measures, but he fanned the idea that television channels should cancel their cooking program, so as not to taunt the Syrian with images of obsolete food.
About a new coronovirus variant
A variant was first discovered in California in December. Is more infectious than earlier forms of coronovirus, two new studies have revealed.
Conclusion Fuel concerns that emerging mutants Can blunt sharp drop in new cases In the state and perhaps elsewhere.
Some experts said that the new version was mentioned, but was unlikely to cause as much burden as the version that originated in the UK, where it quickly became a staple of hospitals with viruses and surcharges.
Researchers are looking more closely at the new version, known as B.1.427 / B.1.429, to indicate its origin and track its spread. It has so far appeared in 45 states as well as several other countries including Australia, Denmark, Mexico and Taiwan, but has only flown to California.
In other events:
Due to Coronavirus restrictions, Champions League matches and World Cup qualifiers are being played at neutral venues away from each team’s home soil. It’s summer european championship Might be next to move.
The epidemic has been accompanied by a psychological toll Alarming increase in suicides Among women in Japan. Last year, 6,976 women died by suicide in the country in 2019, which is about 15 percent more than the 2019 rate.
Scotland will emerge from its lockdown in three-week stages over the next few months, Beginning with the reopening of schools. Most businesses and activities will be allowed to resume after 26 April.
Pharmaceutical companies need monkeys to develop Kovid-19 vaccines. But a global shortage, which has been caused by unexpected demand due to the epidemic Recent ban on sale of wildlife from ChinaMajor suppliers of laboratory animals.
Old trick in Russia’s ‘new people’ party
a The new opposition party is flourishing in RussiaDespite this, President Vladimir Putin made it clear that he does not tolerate dissent.
Called the newcomers, the party is designed to appeal to followers of anti-leader Alexei Navalny, who are awaiting transport to a penal colony. But the reason behind the party’s success, Russian analysts say, is to underestimate Mr Navalny, whose own party has been banned, for diverting attention from his movement and dividing the liberal opposition – all in one country. There is little meaningful electoral alternative, providing a veneer of multilateral politics.
Official Line: “For two decades we lived in a false choice situation: either freedom or order,” its platform proclaimed. The government says, “Enemies and traitors should stop looking at people who have other perspectives.”
Feedback: “They are trying to feed us the line of these new people,” Naville’s aide, Habov Sobol, said on YouTube in an analysis of the pro-Putin party governing after the new party’s appearance last year. .
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Hostility towards women economists
A new working paper found that women presenting their research at economics seminars receive 12 percent more questions than their male colleagues, who are often aggressive. The paper, to be published next week by the National Bureau of Economic Research, is the latest addition to the growing body of evidence for gender discrimination in economics. Above, a conference in San Diego last year.
Our reporter saw How gender and racial gaps in economics are widespread, and have diminished over time, Compared to many other regions. “One economist said,” Half the women are saying they do not want to present in a seminar. “We’re losing a lot of ideas that way.”
What else is going on here
Tiger Woods: Star golfer Was injured in a serious car accident Authorities said he had to be ejected from his vehicle. Mr Woods’ agent said he was experiencing “multiple leg injuries” and was undergoing surgery.
Beijing: China plans to ban Hong Kong’s electoral system Uprooting candidates whom the Communist Party dislikes, A move that could prevent democracy advocates from running for any elected office.
Oil spill: A large oil spill has occurred from an unknown source Destructive sea life in the Mediterranean Sea And towed over 100 miles of coastal area from Israel to southern Lebanon.
US Capital Riot: During a Senate hearing, top security officials living in the Capitol during an attack by a Trump supporter crowd pointed to intelligence failures that led to the devastation in January. 6. Police officers are also testifying. Here is the latest.
Snapshot: Above, National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Our travel desk How the epidemic has given rise to landmarks All types: monuments, places of worship, hospitals, forts, cemeteries and civil engineering feats. How will the memorial of Kovid-19?
Lived: Lawrence Ferlingetti, poet and publisher who has nurtured the beat movement with his famous San Francisco bookstore, City Lights, Died on 101.
What we are reading: this New Yorker article Discovering one of the great mysteries of the epidemic: why some countries are worse off than others.
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the Cook: this Easy Chicken Curry There is a gingri, garlic-stained tomato sauce. Serve with curd and basmati rice or naan.
Read: “Clara and the Sun”, Kazuo Ishiguro’s eighth novel, is one of the most anticipated titles of the year. Read our review.
nap: Many people have struggled to sleep during the epidemic. Know here what About improving your shut-eye.
We have too much In the collection of ideas home What to read, cook, watch and do while remaining safe at home.
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Revolutionary nature of VHS tapes
Do not disregard VHS tapes as obsolete: today, A strong market existsVirtually and in real life, for this almanac, despite the advancement of technology since 2006.
On Instagram, users sell videos such as the 2003 Jerry Brookheimer film “Kangaroo Jack”, a comedy played by the owner of a beauty salon – Jerry O’Connell – and a kangaroo. Ask price $ 190. (However, it is a far cry from $ 1,400 Price tag of the first VCR, the JVC HR-3300, since the late 1970s.)
Running a passionate collection of this form of media leads one to believe that VHS offers something that other types of media cannot.
Streaming may be near-instantaneous, but it has limitations, including Matthew Booth, the 47-year-old owner of the videodrome in Atlanta, which sells VHS tapes in addition to its Blu-ray and DVD rental business.
The new release is prohibitively expensive, a “fracture” between subscription services and movies that often operate in bicycles, often disappearing before people get a chance to see them, he said. In this sense, VHS tapes are not something the current market can offer: a vast library of moving images that is not available elsewhere.
Technology often works like this, with Tech reporter Nick Bilton writing: “While the new thing gets people excited, the old thing often doesn’t go away. And if that happens, his demise takes too long to complete. “Vinyl records and film cameras are two other examples – though a futuristic car phone is yet to experience any kind of renaissance.
But even VHS, with its comfortable physicality, will not be around forever. “Medium quickly deteriorates, and many tapes may not remain to watch the 2040s,” Wet Moser writes in Quartz. “This means a lot of material was lost, especially homemade and local goods.” Organization like XFR Group Trying to digitize before they can – too late.
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