News headlines in April 2020

  1. Across the World, Construction Workers are Caught Between Coronavirus Risk and Joblessness

    ISTANBUL, Apr 30 (IPS) - A daily commute of two-and-a-half hours each way would take a toll on anyone, but for Özkan, a construction worker in Istanbul, the hardest part of his long journey is coping with his fears about what might happen after he gets home.

  2. Africa's Youth Scholars Harvest Ideas on the Business of Agriculture

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Apr 30 (IPS) - In Rwanda, Benimana Uwera Gilberthe, a scholar and pepper producer, experienced first-hand the challenges of breaking into agribusiness.

    While in Nigeria, Ayoola Adewale is trying to understand if poultry egg farming will prove a profitable and viable business opportunity to the youth of the continent's most populous nation. Also in Nigeria, Esther Alleluyanatha is understanding the link between young people leaving their villages for larger cities, the remittances they send home, and the implications on rural livelihoods and agriculture productivity.

  3. The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Reinvention of the Spirit of Solidarity and Cooperation

    GENEVA, Apr 30 (IPS) - An invisible adversary has thrown the world – Global South and Global North alike – into disarray. The psychosocial and economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis will remain with us long after it has been overcome.

    There will be no anti-viral return to the pre-coronavirus status quo, nor can we afford to idly wait for a viral transformation of our world. The future is not inevitable, abstract promise – it will depend on our collective readiness to forge it, or to be forged by it.

  4. Public Health and Epidemics

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Apr 30 (IPS) - For some time Wuhan in China and Lombardy in Italy were epicentres of the COVID-19 virus, something that has changed when the contagion is spreading fast in the US.

    A Lombardy in the grip of a deadly epidemic might among several Italians give rise to memories of their school days. For almost a century, Alessando Manzoni's massive novel The Betrothed (I promessi sposi) from 1842 has been obligatory reading for all Italians during their last primary school year. A quite impressive endeavour considering that the novel is more than 700 pages long.

  5. Only Sustainable Investment & Global Cooperation Can Counter COVID’s Blow to SDGs

    NEW YORK, Apr 30 (IPS) - We are today in a time of crisis—a time when our shared choices will shape the way history tells our story and the paradigm shift it has so forcefully provoked.

  6. How South Africa can Address Digital Inequalities in E-learning

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Apr 30 (IPS) - South Africa's education system is complex, with historical inequalities dating back to apartheid. Most of the country's pupils come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Language is an issue; most pupils do not speak English as a mother tongue, yet English dominates in many classrooms. And, as the COVID-19 crisis has showed, there's a huge digital divide at play.

  7. Press Freedom Needs Protection from Pandemic too

    ROME, Apr 30 (IPS) - Wearing an orange jacket and face mask, Li Zehua, a Chinese freelance journalist, can be seen filming himself in a car. He is sure that state security agents have been pursuing him since he began documenting events in Hubei's capital Wuhan, the first epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic. A second YouTube video, circulating widely since he launched his appeal, ends abruptly when two men knock at his apartment. He has just reappeared online after two months, saying police interrogated him and put him in quarantine and that he was well looked after during this period.

  8. Amid Covid-19 Hunger Fear Mounts in Bangladesh

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Apr 29 (IPS) - The world is at risk of widespread famines caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The devastating economic impact of Covid-19 is seeing a huge rise globally in the number of hungry people.

  9. Argentina’s Debt Restructuring “Groundhog Day”… or Maybe Not? Three Key Points

    BUENOS AIRES, Apr 29 (IPS) - On April 17, the Alberto Ángel Fernández administration in Argentina officially unveiled its offer for debt restructuring on USD 66 billion foreign currency-denominated bonds.

    Starting on that date, the offer is valid for 20 days, a period during which difficult negotiations with bondholders are expected to take place.

    Based on the first reactions from some of creditor groups, one could well get the sense that the offer is "dead on arrival."

  10. Remembering Beethoven – a Genius with a Disability

    BONN, Apr 29 (IPS) - Do you recognize this man? You do, of course. It is the silhouette of Beethoven, the famous composer and pianist‎, well known all over the world. The year 2020 marks his 250th anniversary and the UN city of Bonn, Germany is very proud of its famous son, born here, next to the river Rhine.