EU must go 'back to the future' of open borders after COVID-19, commissioner says
Thursday, 7 May 2020 The European Union must go "back to the future" of open borders once the coronavirus pandemic is brought under control, a senior EU official said on Thursday, after a spate of frontier closures by member states fraying the bloc's cohesion.
As many as 20 major EU banks are set to announce details for a new payments initiative in the very near future. This announcement came from Electronic Payments International. Business Insider reports the system is referred to as the Pan European Payment System Initiative (PEPSI). It will process card payments in addition to making fund transfers and mobile payments without using Mastercard's or Visa's network.
The UK left the European Union on January 31. Here we look at the latest figures and key dates in the ongoing Brexit process. Quote from Sarah Hewin, Chief economist at Standard Chartered, speaking to the Financial Times.
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The novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has forced many universities to shift to online-only courses. CNN reports the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has responded swiftly. ICE announced Monday that international students will have to leave the country or risk deportation if their universities only deliver education online. Thousands of foreign students come to the US to attend universities and training programs, as well as non-academic or vocational studies.
As if a global pandemic of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 weren't enough, Gizmodo reports the bubonic plague has reared its nasty head once again. Sunday, officials from Inner Mongolia revealed a shepherd has been diagnosed with bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death. At the same time, a second case has been identified in neighboring Mongolia. Both patients had had contact with a wild marmot, and both are recovering. In the region, subsistence hunting is common.
Hundreds of scientists across the world have a burning question for the World Health Organization. According to Gizmodo, they just petitioned the WHO via an open letter with one demand. The demand is that the WHO acknowledge publicly that the novel coronavirus behind COVID-19 can be airborne. That means it can spread through the air (and linger there) via tiny aerosols emitted by the breath of infected people, not just large droplets. The letter puts the WHO in a tight spot.
Tibetans-in-exile in north Indian celebrated the 85th birthday of their spiritual leader Dalai Lama on July 06. Local Tibetan NGOs, monks and others from Tibetan community gathered on the main mall road of Shimla city to distribute masks and sanitizers among the locals in streets. One of the Buddhist monks said, "Due to COVID-19, we could not have a huge celebration on Dalai Lama's 85th birthday. Tibetans feel proud to celebrate his birthday by distributing sanitizers and masks among the people here." The Dalai Lama assumed full political powers in 1950 after the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1949. In March 1959 after the suppression of Tibetan National Uprising Dalai Lama was forced to escape into exile in India with over eighty thousand refugees. For the last over six decades Dalai Lama has been working for the promotion of peace, love and compassion.