Thursday, 17th June 2021

This Month's Magazine

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

World bank warns of lost decade. The World Bank has warned of a “lost decade” economically because of the impact of the pandemic on global trade and investment as well as on education and its contribution to productivity. The international bank lowered its estimate for potential worldwide growth between 2020 and 2029 to 1.9%, compared to a 2.5% expansion last decade. While the bank projects growth this year of 4% following last year’s 4.3% contraction, it has lowered the 2021 outlook by  0.2 percentage point from June. A World Bank spokesman said policymakers could not afford to wait for everyone to be vaccinated before acting to restore growth. Forbes

Elon Musk has overtaken Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to become the world’s richest person. Shares in Tesla, the electric car company he o-founded, have surged upwards on  hopes that a Democrat-controlled US Senate would support a more-green agenda. Writing on Twitter, Musk responded to the news of his status as the world’s richest  person saying, “How strange” and “well, back to work …” The Guardian

Dream team conquers K2 in winter. Here’s a story to lift the spirits. Ten Nepali climbers have claimed the greatest prize left in mountaineering: the first winter ascent of  2. Their conquest of one of the world’s highest peaks, known as the savage mountain, comes after six winter failures since the 1980s and is a remarkable  chievement. BBC


Year 2020 was better than you think. For many, 2020 was a disastrous year, but it wasn’t all bad. Here are several achievements to celebrate. [1] The ozone hole over  antarctica closed; [2] Germany is changing 62 military bases into nature reserves; [3] Whales came back to the Atlantic Ocean after more than 100 years; [4] Britain  reported the smallest number of people that became infected with HIV in history; and [5] the vaccine against Covid-19 became the fastest developed vaccine in history. Sir David Attenborough

Firms bend lockdown rules. Companies  have been accused of putting workers’ lives at risk by bending lockdown rules. The Observer says the “irresponsible firms”  exploit looser regulations to bring thousands of nonessential workers into busy workplaces. No enforcement notices have been served on companies by Health and  safety Executive inspectors for Covid safety breaches since the country went into the latest lockdown despite  them being contacted 2,945 times. Metro

Most Britons would blame Boris Johnson if Brexit talks fail to reach a deal, a new YouGov poll has found. Some 65% of  the public believe the government has “generally failed” in negotiations and 57% say  the UK side would be to blame for a no-deal. The survey “piles pressure on the government to negotiate an agreement” as talks move to Brussels. The Independent


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