July 31, 2021
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Asia

Baby orca, Toa, dies in New Zealand after failed search for mother

bbc– A baby orca found stranded in New Zealand has died, after a huge effort to reunite him with his mother failed. The killer whale – named Toa – washed ashore near the capital Wellington 10 days ago, prompting a desperate search to find his family in nearby waters. Believed
Business

The “pingdemic” may now be holding back Britain’s economic recovery, data suggest. Figures showed a sharp slowdown in private-sector growth in July. This part of the economy expanded at its slowest pace in four months, and business optimism, a key weather vane for future prospects, slipped to a nine-month low. Staff being forced to isolate after being exposed to a case of Covid-19 was one driver of this slowdown, according to businesses’ responses. It has worsened existing staff shortages in sectors such as hospitality, according to the survey, which is compiled by research company IHS Markit and industry body, the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Some 600,000 people were pinged by the Covid-19 NHS app this week, thanks to a sharp rise in infections and after the government pressed ahead with lifting restrictions. On an index where any score above 50 indicates growth, the UK’s private sector hit 57.7 in July, down from 62.2 in June.

independent– The “pingdemic” may now be holding back Britain’s economic recovery, data suggest. Figures showed a sharp slowdown in private-sector growth in July. This part of the economy expanded at its slowest pace in four months, and business optimism, a key weather vane for future prospects, slipped to a nine-month low. Staff being forced to isolate after being
Asia

Chinese engineers killed in Pakistan bus blast

bbc– At least 13 people, including nine Chinese nationals, have been killed in an explosion that sent a bus hurtling down a mountainside in Pakistan. China says it was a deliberate bombing, but Pakistani officials are blaming a mechanical failure. The bus was carrying more than 30 people to a hydropower plant site in the […]
Africa News

South Africa to increase troop deployment to 25,000 as unrest grows

africanews– Fear of running out of gasoline and food has gripped South Africans on the sixth day of violence that has already left 72 people dead, against a backdrop of endemic unemployment and new anti-Covid restrictions. At dawn, queues stretched out in front of petrol stations and food stores, particularly in Durban, in Kwazulu-Natal (east). […]
Fashion

Heading Back to the Office? This Sale Has Everything Your Work Wardrobe Needs

instyle– It was a strange year for M.M. LaFleur, the professionals helping women look professional. What is a brand with modern office attire in its DNA to do when the office becomes a liminal space? Adapt, of course. During the pandemic, M.M. LaFleur stood up to the challenge of offering women a wardrobe they could feel comfortable […]
Middle East

US to begin evacuation of Afghans who aided US military

independent– The Biden administration is set to begin evacuations of Afghans who aided the U.S. military effort in the nearly 20-year war during the last week of July, according to a senior administration official. The Operation Allies Refuge flights out of Afghanistan will be available first for special immigrant visa applicants already in the process […]
Business

Inflation’s rising, but is it here to stay?

independent– As economies reopen, there are concerns that price rises could spiral as supply struggles to meet a sudden uptick in demand. Fresh data has added fuel to these inflation worries. On Wednesday, the Office for National Statistics released figures that showed their measure of price rises, the Consumer Prices Index, rose to 2.5 per cent in […]