Germany Is Betting Everything On Electric Cars


Image: Volkswagen   BY: Bradley Brownell/Jalopnik   Earlier in June the German government announced a huge economic stimulus package with sweeping incentives pushing the country toward an electric transit future. In all, the country will be spending some 130 billion euros on an economic recovery plan that involves cash for Germans buying electric cars, aContinue reading “Germany Is Betting Everything On Electric Cars”

Table for one: the Swedish restaurant with an extreme approach to social distancing


The restaurant is located in the forest of Värmland. Photo: Jacque de illiers/imagebank.sweden.se Worried about the risk of infection while eating out? One restaurant in rural Sweden has taken the guidelines on social distancing to the extreme, serving individual diners in an empty field with the meal arriving by zipline. Aptly named “Bord for en”,Continue reading “Table for one: the Swedish restaurant with an extreme approach to social distancing”

Masks, fines and no kissing – no, France is not ‘back to normal’


Entering most public spaces in France requires a mask and a squirt of hand gel. Photo: AFP By; Emma Pearson/the Local France While France has in recent weeks been able to lift many of its coronavirus restrictions – following better-than-expected health data – many others remain and it would be a mistake to think lifeContinue reading “Masks, fines and no kissing – no, France is not ‘back to normal’”

Lebanon: Ethiopian maids dumped outside embassy


  Lebanon’s economy is collapsing with the country’s currency losing 70% of its value in the past six months heightened by the coronavirus pandemic. Many of the country’s middle class claim they can no longer afford to pay their domestic maids.  Maids have been dumped outside a Beirut embassy, amid an ongoing economic crisis inContinue reading “Lebanon: Ethiopian maids dumped outside embassy”

Japan: Majority of firms cutting jobs and pay to survive pandemic


A woman crosses a street in Tokyo’s glitzy Ginza area on Tuesday. | AFP-JIJI By: Tetsushi Kajimoto/Reuters A majority of firms said they have taken steps — from layoffs to pay cuts — to cope with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic on the world’s third-largest economy, according to a monthly poll.   The governmentContinue reading “Japan: Majority of firms cutting jobs and pay to survive pandemic”

Canada: One woman shares her experience of retail racism


By: Leanne Delap/For the Toronto Star Liza Egbogah, or Dr. Liza, as she is widely known, is an osteopath, chiropractor and myofascial release expert, credentials she earned following a degree in pharmacology. She’s also a favourite healer for the fashion set, Bay Street honchos, Hollywood stars and major-league sports heroes. Born and raised in Calgary, withContinue reading “Canada: One woman shares her experience of retail racism”

Germany: Advice for sex and dating during the coronavirus crisis?


How do you get close to a potential romantic partner during the pandemic? Photo: DPA By Rachal Loxton/The Local Some countries have issued frank sex advice for single people, while others have kept it vague. What’s the official advice in Germany when it comes to dating in the time of corona? Since the height ofContinue reading “Germany: Advice for sex and dating during the coronavirus crisis?”

As Europe comes out of lockdown, what lessons can be learned from Sweden?


Life is still not normal in Sweden and there are big drawbacks to the looser strategy, but we can learn from what has and hasn’t worked here. Photo: Jessica Gow / TT By: Catherine Edwards/The Local As countries across Europe ease their coronavirus lockdowns, many may look to Sweden to see how the Scandinavian countryContinue reading “As Europe comes out of lockdown, what lessons can be learned from Sweden?”

Why are some people better at working from home than others?


By Meredith Turits/BBC.COM In a world of telework, some people just take better to working from home. Does this productivity come naturally, or can you learn it? For some, working from home is a gift – a remarkable opportunity to focus and be hyper-productive, all the while finding time to walk the dog and evenContinue reading “Why are some people better at working from home than others?”

India: Why does Bollywood use the offensive practice of brownface in movies?


Monica Sarkar/CNN Bollywood may be best known for its glamorous casts, glitzy costumes and energetic dance routines. But it also has a far less flattering reputation — for promoting the offensive practice of brownface.  “It’s actually racism,” said award-winning film director Neeraj Ghaywan. “Let’s not mince our words.” In the United States, the concepts of blackfaceContinue reading “India: Why does Bollywood use the offensive practice of brownface in movies?”