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Government officials in Italy are finding reasons to be optimistic as the latest data coming out of the country is showing initial signs of a slowdown in infections.
The United States, Spain and the United Kingdom all recorded their worst coronavirus death tolls for a single day yesterday, while the world closes in on one million total confirmed cases.
In the latest figures released for coronavirus infections, the United States recorded over 25,000 new cases of COVID-19 in just one day, while experts are predicting that there could be as many as 240,000 deaths nationwide, and the worst case scenario models say that the death toll could even rise into the millions.
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.
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.
The latest data coming out of Johns Hopkins University shows that more than 521,000 people are now infected with the coronavirus and over 24,000 have died.
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”
Yesterday, the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States rose by 13,355, while the 247 new deaths took the death toll beyond the 1,000 mark.
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.
After much deliberation and numerous declarations by the Japanese government that they would go forth as planned, The International Olympic Committee has decided to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Games on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to reports by The Japan Times, the decision to postpone the games came after major participants Australia and CanadaContinue reading “2020 Olympics Games Postponed”
In a world immersed in digital technology, it is incredibly difficult to distinguish fact from fiction, and reading the news is no longer a case of finding a story, reading it and relying on journalists to keep you informed. So we want to help you cultivate some news-reading habits that will allow you to getContinue reading “The Millennial’s Guide To Reading The News”
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”
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.
With the Tokyo Olympic Games set to take place on 24 July this year, the International Olympic Committee has set a deadline of four weeks to decide whether or not to cancel this year’s event, with Canada refusing to send their athletes to Tokyo due to fears over the coronavirus outbreak. While facing massive pressureContinue reading “Pressure Mounts To Cancel 2020 Olympic Games”
Over the last 24 hours, the death toll from the coronavirus has risen from 427 to 3,405 and the worldwide death toll now stands at over 10,000. Here are the latest updates on COVID-19.
American stock markets are plummeting and Donald Trump’s economic gains as president have now been completely eradicated, while the other major stock markets around the world aren’t doing any better.
With almost all of Tuesday’s votes accounted for in both Florida and Illinois, Joe Biden will be the winner for both states’ Democratic primary elections and nothing short of a miracle will be needed to keep Bernie Sanders’ campaign alive.
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.
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.
After the number of patients infected by the coronavirus in Italy rose beyond 1,000 yesterday, global stock markets have been devastated by their worst losses in 30 years. However, there has also been some good news coming out of South Korea.
United States President Donald Trump has announced several travel restrictions that will be shutting down travel routes from 26 European countries.
With a majority of the primary races called after the March 10 Democratic primaries, it’s very likely that Joe Biden is going to be the man chosen to run against Donald Trump. Sadly, 2020 is probably going to be a nauseating deja vu for America and Trump will be in the White House for anotherContinue reading “Biden All-But Seals Dem Primary: Prepare For 4 More Years Of Trump”
United States President, Donald Trump has responded to the growing fears of a coronavirus outbreak in America by pitching a payroll tax cut to mitigate economic uncertainty.
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?”
The moment we have all been dreading ever since COVID-19 started to take hold around the world is here. The first case of the coronavirus has been detected in Kwa-Zulu Natal. A 38-year-old man, who had recently visited Italy with his wife, is the first South African inside the country to have tested positive forContinue reading “Coronavirus Hits South Africa – Can We Handle It?”
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”
Former Vice President, Joe Biden, walks away from Super Tuesday as the big winner, after ostensibly winning nine of the 15 primaries that were held on the day, with the important states of California and Texas still some way off of 100% reporting. So far, only five states have 100% reporting (as of the earlyContinue reading “Biden The Big Winner On Super Tuesday”
We take a look at all of the candidates and the latest developments ahead of Super Tuesday.
There are two certainties in life: death and taxes. Now, the first is unavoidable and the latter can be manipulated; but the sad reality is…
Scientists have detected a cosmic explosion in a far-off galaxy cluster that has left a hole the size of 15 Milky Ways in its wake.
Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has warned that the entire world will soon face the reality of a global pandemic of the nCoV-2019 coronavirus, as his country prepares to take emergency measures to curb the spread of the virus.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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”
In an attack that is being treated as an act of terrorism, nine people have died in a mass shooting at the hands of a far-right extremist in the German city of Hanau. A gunman opened fire on two shisha bars in the Western city killing nine at around 22:00 local time. The clientele ofContinue reading “Nine Dead After Terrorist Attack In Germany”
A surging candidate in the 2020 Democratic primaries is somebody that hasn’t even been on the ballot yet. His name is Michael Bloomberg and he’s just like Donald Trump. Michael Bloomberg is a 78-year-old businessman that is best known to Americans as a former Mayor of New York. He is also the CEO of financial,Continue reading “Trump 2.0: Meet Michael Bloomberg”
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”
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”
The Bitcoin price is above $10,000 again, after a strong 2019. It’s still a far cry from its December 2017 high of almost $20,000, but the real question is whether it can sustain its value this time around. Bitcoin investors, enthusiasts and evangelicals desperately want the answer to that question to be a resounding yes,Continue reading “Bitcoin Prices Soar Again… Here’s Why”
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”
Senator Bernie Sanders was declared the winner of the New Hampshire Democratic Primary on Tuesday, while Senator Amy Klobuchar shocked everyone with a third place finish and Andrew Yang dropped out of the race. Following the debacle of the Iowa caucus last week, Sanders has been declared the winner with 87% of the results reportedContinue reading “Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Primary”
The mystery of coronavirus in China continues to escalate, after over 100 people died from the virus on Monday, according to Chinese authorities. Less than a fortnight after the World Health Organisation declared a global health emergency and the first fatality outside of China occurred, the virus continues to escalate at an alarming rate. TheContinue reading “Coronavirus Death Toll Now Over 1000”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
Is it possible that Zinedine Zidane’s rejuvinated Real Madrid team could win the treble this season?
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”
The World Health Organisation has taken the drastic, yet expected, step to declare the Coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency. The WHO insist that it’s not the number of cases in China itself (almost 10,000 now) that has forced their hands, but rather the 98 cases of infection that have been confirmed in 18 otherContinue reading “Coronavirus Declared Global Health Emergency”
After three years of drama on the political stage, Britain will become the first country to leave the EU at 23:00 GMT, 31 January 2020.
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”
In another controversial foreign policy decision, Donald Trump has now added further fuel to the never-ending Israel-Palestine conflict and several world leaders are outraged by the peace settlement plan that he released yesterday.
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.
The world is in mourning after learning of the death of fomer LA Lakers star, Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter accident, along with his daughter and seven other people in Calabasas, California on Sunday.
South Africa’s democracy is under threat after new developments involving attacks on our judiciary and our constitution.
China’s deadly virus is spreading fast! We have all of the latest details and we ask if it’s possible that the spread of the coronavirus comes down to the effects of global warming.
The Jeff Bezos hacking should make WhatsApp users around the world concerned and inspire change in our online behaviour.
A Nigerian reverend has been executed by the terrorist group, Boko Haram, while 36 people in the central-Northern province of Sanmatenga on Monday evening.
United States President Donald Trump’s trial is set to get underway today, after he became only the third president in history to be impeached last year. But will he be removed from office?
The world’s biggest plastic user, China, will be carrying out a massive plan in 2020 to ban single-use plastics in all major cities by the end of the year.
Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is starting to rapidly unfold as Rudy Giuliani’s associate, Lev Parnas, revealed damning evidence about the President’s decision to withhold aid from Ukraine.
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.
In an effort to improve infrastructure and stability in underdeveloped region in Africa, singer-turned-businessman Akon is now officially the owner of his very own city in Senegal, which he’s dubbed Akon City.
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.
Media personality, Cenk Uygur, has called out his congressional opponent in the race for California’s 25th district for taking corporate PAC money, asking her to her face if she’ll stop doing so.
Nobody has figured out the rules of engagement for cyber warfare, but one potential consequence of President Trump’s decision to attack Iran may be the commencement of the world’s first major cyber war.
We sum up this weekend’s action in European football…
A new war powers resolution that will be used as a measure to get Donald Trump to end hostilities with Iran, was passed in The House on Thursday.
President Trump gave an address from The White House that appears to be a move to de-escalate any further military action.
Iran has responded to the United States’ attack that killed General Qasem Soleimani
[OPINION] The next part of the world that could be set alight is the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town…
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”
After announcing that he would be suspending his bid to become the Democratic nominee for President, Julian Castro has endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren.
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]”
Iranian Quds Force commander, Qasem Soleimani, was killed during an airstrike in Bagdad yesterday, in the latest development of the conflict between leaders in Washington and Tehran. This could serve as a dramatic development in the escalation of tensions between the US and Iran in another move that has prompted widespread criticism of President DonaldContinue reading “Iranian Revolutionary Killed In US Airstrike”