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World Bank: Significant Economic Pain Seems Unavoidable

The World Bank has released a statement on the state of East Asian and Pacific economies, concerning the supply shocks created by the COVID-19 outbreak, saying that countries in the region are facing the prospect of a global financial shock and recession.

The Millennial’s Guide To Coronavirus Economics

While the numbers behind the number of cases, deaths and recoveries is relatively easy to understand, the effects of this global pandemic on the global economy are less clear and we believe it is critical that our readers know what’s happening, so that governments are being held to account for their financial management of this crisis.

5 Lessons Learned & The Positive Side-Effects Of Covid-19

Right now the coronavirus is not something to feel positive about, but hopefully when the world recovers from this pandemic (we hope!), the human race will emerge from the abyss the better for it, after learning some very hard lessons. They say that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and, sadly, the coronavirus hasContinue reading “5 Lessons Learned & The Positive Side-Effects Of Covid-19”

US To Leave Italy Behind In The Dust

America is in trouble, with projections showing that there will be a massive surge in the number of coronavirus cases that will plague the third most populated country in the world.

BREAKING: President Ramaphosa Announces Nationwide Lockdown

It’s official, President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that South Africa will enter a complete lockdown. Read: “Very Hard Lockdown” Coming For SA The President addressed the nation on Monday evening at the Union buildings, after widespread reports that the country would be entering a nationwide shutdown for 21 days from Thursday at midnight. He confirmed thatContinue reading “BREAKING: President Ramaphosa Announces Nationwide Lockdown”

“Very Hard Lockdown” Coming For SA

South Africa is set to go into a full lockdown, as the country’s leaders become more and more panicked about the possibility of the coronavirus spreading through townships around the country.

Life After COVID-19: Wuhan Goes Back To Work

While many of us are living in places that are just starting to begin the process of self-isolation, the people of Wuhan, where the coronavirus originated, are starting to remove their masks and resume their normal lives.

Coronavirus Latest: A World On Lockdown

The United States, South Africa and countries around Europe have all announced the closing of schools, entertainment venues and services almost entirely across the board, while death tolls have risen dramatically, and the entire world has escalated into a state of panic.

COVID-19 & Plummeting Rand: What Does It Mean For SA’s Economy?

There have now been three cases of coronavirus confirmed in South Africa and the global economy is feeling the impact of the developing global pandemic. So what does this mean for South Africa’s economy, considering our existing frailties? On Sunday, Health Minister Zweli Mkize, confirmed that a third person had tested positive for COVID-19. “AContinue reading “COVID-19 & Plummeting Rand: What Does It Mean For SA’s Economy?”

California Declares Coronavirus Emergency After 1st Death

The state of California, the biggest in the United States, has now declared a state of emergency after a 71-year-old man became the first coronavirus fatality. There are now more than 150 patients infected with COVID-19 throughout the US. The patient in question died in a hospital near Sacramento, according to BBC, and had underlyingContinue reading “California Declares Coronavirus Emergency After 1st Death”

The Millennial’s Guide To Coronavirus

In order to understand the situation better (and not spend money on an underground apocalypse bunker prematurely) we decided to gather some facts and compile this guide. Here’s what we so know about Coronavirus so far.

US, Europe & North Africa Bracing For Coronavirus Impact

The deadly coronavirus that originated in China has now become a significant threat in the United States, while several European nations and Algeria have confirmed their first cases of infection, as the outbreak grows throughout Italy.

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Dem Primary Debate Hits South Carolina: Here’s What You Need To Know

The democratic presidential candidate will be hoping to gather momentum in tonight’s presidential debate co-hosted by CBS news and the Congressional Black Caucus and the front-runner, Bernie Sanders is undoubtedly going to come under fire after back-to-back wins in New Hampshire and Nevada.

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Coronavirus Hits The Middle-East

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is now threatening 7 Middle-Eastern countries, while China also reported another 150 fatalities. Any doubts over whether the officially named Sever Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 is a global health emergency have surely disappeared after Bahrain, Israel and Kuwait reported new cases of the virus, while Iran reported more infections and deathsContinue reading “Coronavirus Hits The Middle-East”

South Korea Locks Down Cities As Coronavirus Spreads

The Coronavirus is starting to take hold outside of China and, with a sharp increase in confirmed infections, South Korea is now stepping up measures to contain the virus, closing off two southern cities as well as suspending military operations. Following a rise of 53 cases of infection in the country on Thursday, a furtherContinue reading “South Korea Locks Down Cities As Coronavirus Spreads”

FW De Klerk and Nelsson Mandela sharing the 1993 Nobel Prize (Getty Images)

De Klerk Withdraws “Totally Unacceptable” Apartheid Denial

Former South African president, FW de Klerk, has withdrawn his comments that denied that the system of Apartheid was a crime against humanity. In an interview following de Klerk’s controversial statements denying that the system of Apartheid was a crime against humanity, he claimed it to be a “blatant lie” that he is an ApartheidContinue reading “De Klerk Withdraws “Totally Unacceptable” Apartheid Denial”

Op-ed: Why Trump Will Be Hard To Beat In 2020

There’s no denying that Donald Trump is a political juggernaut. Even though it seems ludicrous to some, he should be considered the favourite to win the general election in November, regardless of his opponent. And here’s why: Trump shocked the entire world when he beat Hillary Clinton in 2016 in a fairytale (or nightmare, dependingContinue reading “Op-ed: Why Trump Will Be Hard To Beat In 2020”

Medical staff in protective clothing carry a patient suspected of having the virus from an apartment in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province. Some 242 people in Hubei died from the infection on Wednesday [Hector Retamal/AFP] - taken from Al Jazeera

Coronavirus Infections Near 60,000 – Chinese Party Official Fired

There has been a sharp increase in the number of confirmed cases of the nCoV-2019 coronavirus and a Communist Party of China official has been dismissed from his post. On Wednesday, China’s hardest-hit province of Hubei reported 242 new deaths in relation to the mystery virus – more than double the previous deadliest day. TheContinue reading “Coronavirus Infections Near 60,000 – Chinese Party Official Fired”

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Joaquin Phoenix, Renée Zellweger & Parasite The Big Winners At The 2020 Oscars

South Korean film, Parasite, made history at the 92nd Academy Awards last night, while Joaquin Phoenix was once again given recognition for his tremendous performance in Joker, and Renée Zellweger won the award for best actress for her role as Judy Garland in Judy. Winning an Oscar is one of the most prestigious, if notContinue reading “Joaquin Phoenix, Renée Zellweger & Parasite The Big Winners At The 2020 Oscars”

Op-ed: Takeaways From Iowa Debacle

Former Mayor of South Bend, Pete Buttigieg narrowly beat Bernie Sanders in terms of his share of State Delegates Equivalents, with 100% of districts’ numbers finally released. However, Sanders won over 2,500 more votes than Buttigieg and the “inconsistencies” with the reporting of results will have many Americans questioning the voting process and legitimacy thereof,Continue reading “Op-ed: Takeaways From Iowa Debacle”

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Trump Acquitted To Top Off Nightmare Week For Democrats

Unsurprisingly, President Trump was acquitted in his impeachment trial by the United States’ Senate on Wednesday. However, the big story may not be about Trump himself, but the political miscalculation that could destroy the Democratic Party’s reputation and aid Trump’s re-election efforts. Trump was acquitted by 52 votes to 48 on charges of abuse ofContinue reading “Trump Acquitted To Top Off Nightmare Week For Democrats”

Dear Boomers, Here’s What It’s Like To Be A Millennial

The Millennial generation (1982-1999) often has a bad reputation among the older generations. However, there are many reasons for who we are, how we behave and our opinions. It starts with you. We are a generation that’s considered entitled. We have stupid haircuts, love avocados, we skateboard to work and we basically come across asContinue reading “Dear Boomers, Here’s What It’s Like To Be A Millennial”

Pelosi Tears Up Trump’s State Of The Union Address

Donald Trump has praised his administration for it’s “great American comeback” in last night’s State of the Union address, but the major talking point was how House Majority Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, tore up Trump’s speech after it ended. Amidst all the drama of President Trump’s impeachment trial, he took to the House floor to deliverContinue reading “Pelosi Tears Up Trump’s State Of The Union Address”

Coronavirus Death Toll Rises – 1st Fatality Outside Of China

The list of fatalities and victims of the coronavirus is skyrocketing and the death toll is now 361, while the first victim succumbed to the disease outside of Chinese borders. Al Jazeera reported on Monday that the death toll for the Coronavirus outbreak which has spread throughout China and several other countries around the worldContinue reading “Coronavirus Death Toll Rises – 1st Fatality Outside Of China”

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Coronavirus Spreads Across All Of China As Death Toll Rises To 170

There are now over 7000 people confirmed to be infected with the deadly new virus that has spread across all of China’s 31 provinces. With the virus emerging from Wuhan, and 1,032 new cases confirmed in it’s surrounding province, Hubei, China’s state media has now confirmed that the outbreak has spread into Tibet, according toContinue reading “Coronavirus Spreads Across All Of China As Death Toll Rises To 170”

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Impeachment Latest: Bolton Drops A Bomb

Former national security adviser John Bolton has made allegations that are throwing fresh spanners into the works for Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the US Senate.

Op-ed: Should Progressives Be Blamed For Sanders’ Sexism Smear?

We now live in a world where you can make allegations without evidence and shamelessly smear someone. And now it’s come to hit Bernie. Can’t beat him fairly? It’s okay, because you don’t need to – you can just accuse him of sexism and we’ll leave the media to do the rest and the crowds will go wild.

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Sanders-Warren Standoff : Is Bernie A Sexist?

Shots were fired at the Democratic primaries’ front runner, Bernie Sanders by his fellow candidate, Elizabeth Warren, who’s camp has claimed that Sanders told her in a private conversation that a woman cannot be president.

Ricky Gervais’ Hilarious Roast Of Celebrities At Golden Globes

Image credit: Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal/Handout via Reuters Last night’s Golden Globe awards once again served as a platform for Hollywood celebrities to bring attention to their chosen causes, but the real headline grabbing event was when the awards’ host Ricky Gervais called his peers out for their hypocrisy. “If you win, come up, accept your littleContinue reading “Ricky Gervais’ Hilarious Roast Of Celebrities At Golden Globes”

The 20s: Will Millennial Politics Take Over? [Opinion]

For far too long, a conservative ideology has dominated politics all around the world, with corruption and the exploitation of our environment just considered part of the game. Donald Trump’s rise to power exemplifies this. I remember a conversation that I had with a friend about why older generations dislike millennials so much. His replyContinue reading “The 20s: Will Millennial Politics Take Over? [Opinion]”

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