South Africa’s economy is set to grow at its slowest pace this year since the 2009 recession and faces a possible credit rating downgrade. The rand has fallen in value amid a sharp decline in foreign investor confidence. Unemployment is at 34%, according to the World Bank. The Communist party, a long-time ANC ally, revealed the nervousness at the heart of South Africa’s ruling apparatus. It congratulated Zuma on his apology but wondered why the corrosive effect of the Nkandla scandal had not been neutralised earlier. … [Read more...] about Public discontent rises as Jacob Zuma’s ship sinks in South Africa
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A spokesman for the Generalitat, Catalonia’s regional government, said any change in the rules on face masks would be the result of the “relaxation” some people appeared to have adopted following the end of Spain’s state of emergency last month. … [Read more...] about Brits in Barcelona will now have to wear a mask in public at ALL times
DENPASAR: Indonesia's resort island of Bali reopened after a three-month virus lockdown Thursday, allowing local people and stranded foreign tourists to resume public activities before foreign arrivals resume in September. Normally bustling beaches and streets on the idyllic Southeast Asian island emptied in early April except for special patrols to ensure health protocols to contain the coronavirus were observed. Authorities restricted public activities, closed the airport and shuttered all shops, bars, sit-down restaurants, public swimming pools and many other places on the island that's home to more than 4 million people. The local government began lifting the limits Thursday, but tourists will face stringent rules in hotels, restaurants and on beaches, Bali Gov. I Wayan Koster said. Koster told a news conference ahead of the reopening the island will gradually reopen shuttered places to locals and the foreigners stranded there during the outbreak. The island will open to … [Read more...] about Bali resort island reopens after 3-month lockdown, foreign tourist arrivals to resume in September
What do the latest lockdown rules mean? All pupils back in school full-time in September Figuring out the stats on coronavirus in Wales "We'll use the next three weeks to talk to indoor gym operators about how they could safely reopen," he told LBC radio. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Campsites, beauty salons and cinemas get reopening dates
John Lewis is starting by opening 13 branches in stages Next is reopening just 25 of its 500 stores at first Debenhams is reopening 50 stores in England and three in Northern Ireland Marks and Spencer is reopening all its shops in England and Northern Ireland JD Sports is reopening all 309 of its stores in England Primark is reopening all 153 of its stores in England Argos, which has kept outlets in Sainsbury's stores open, is reopening 145 standalone stores for click and collect TopShop is reopening all its stores in England and selected ones in Northern Ireland Music retailer HMV is reopening 93 of its 113 stores Currys PC World is reopening 131 of its outlets Mobile phone operators are reopening too. Three UK is starting with 250 stores, Vodafone is opening 65 and EE is opening all its shops in England, while O2 has opened "some" shops River Island is opening 150 stores, with more to follow on Thursday Gap is reopening all its 81 shops in England H&M is opening "the majority" … [Read more...] about What shops are open?
“Black people are being slaughtered in the streets, killed in their own homes,” the celebrities said in the video. “These are our brothers and sisters, our friends, our family. We are done watching them die. We are no longer bystanders. We will not be idle. Enough is enough.” … [Read more...] about Ricky Gervais Hits Celebrities With Joke About Diversity Following ‘I Take Responsibility’ Anti-Racism Video