Thursday, 17th June 2021
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Did you know that..?

Did you know that..?

A pick of useless but interesting newspapers extracts and topics, some even curious.

World population set to decline. The global population is set to shrink by the year 2100, and nations need to start preparing for the economic implications, according to researchers at the University of Washington. Fertility rates have fallen, thanks in part to women’s greater access to education and contraception, and the researchers’ projection suggests that by 2100 populations in some countries could shrink by more than half. Globally, there would be twice as many people over 80 as  nder five, posing questions about how countries pay for aging populations, with migration likely to become essential. The Guardian

WFH isn’t working for 100m people. Some 100 million workers in 35 countries are more vulnerable to job losses and pay cuts due to the pandemic as it is not  possible to remote work in their roles, a recent IMF study found. Women and lowincome employees disproportionately make up a big portion of hard-hit sectors like food service and hospitality, while young workers and those without degrees are also more likely to work in jobs requiring in-person work. This could widen existing  nequalities around the world, making more urgent the need to close the digital divide and retrain workers, the IMF warned. New York Times


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Personal standards slip during lockdown.  Suspicion that people are letting some standards slip in lockdown has been confirmed by Unilever: it says worldwide  ales of personal grooming products such as shampoo have fallen significantly in the past few weeks, and that it suspects sales of deodorant are going to be lower than normal too. On the other hand, its cleaning products are flying off the shelves. Financial Times

The link between COVID-19 and obesity.  Government scientists are investigating whether Britain’s high death toll is the result of the obesity crisis after it emerged  hat the proportion of severely obese patients in intensive care with CV-19 is twice the proportion of servery obese people in the general population. With that  in mind, here’s how to work out your BMI. Divide your weight in kilograms by your height (in metres) squared. So if you are 180cm tall and weigh 80kiliograms (like me), your body mass index (BMI) is 80/ (1.80²)=24.7. A healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9; between 25 and 29.9 means you are overweight; 30-39.9 is obese;  0+ is morbidly obese. Editor

The key to staying optimistic. Maintaining hope can serve as a powerful antidote to stress during hard times. In addition to showing compassion to ourselves and others and paying attention to everyday activities we enjoy, we must create space for our negative thoughts to fully embrace optimism. Optimism is not about putting our heads in the sand, but finding a way to sit with both the good and the bad. Editor



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