NMC HEALTH’S NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DEFENCE. The Abu Dhabi hospital operator – which last month said its debt was $6.6 billion, much of it previously undisclosed – hopes to make the best of a bad situation. Executive Chairman Faisal Belhoul is trying to avoid going into administration, arguing over the weekend that it could cause disruption to the company’s 200 hospitals and clinics at a time when it was playing an “important role” in the United Arab Emirate’s Covid-19 response. NMC is already failing to pay staff on time, raising fears that it can’t hobble on. … [Read more...] about Breakingviews – Corona Capital: Luckin Coffee, NMC Health
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Another argument used against anti-gentrification campaigns is that they are fighting a force of nature. Gentrification is a process as old as time itself, and you may as well just protest against the changing of the seasons. There is a tendency, as with anything, for older, more experienced commentators to take a puff on their pipe and remark, “Oh you hot-heads, do you think any of this is new?” This kind of response, while containing some truth, is often used to stifle action. “This has all happened before” carries with it an unstated corollary, “ ... and is thus an organic, inevitable and inexorable process – and, presumably, since we are both standing here today having this discussion, with all of our limbs intact, and roofs over our head, not an especially harmful one.” … [Read more...] about Gentrification X: how an academic argument became the people’s protest
We can continue to hang clothes to air dry on a sunny day. Though sunlight can be used to kill off pathogens, according to the WHO, it hasn't been proven effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. But the virus will find it harder to survive on dry surfaces. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Can we still live sustainably?
Known as “shirtlessrunner” on social media, Hill has run nearly 50 marathons with his top off. His race companion Zachary Thomas, 25, dressed to parody Hill for the occasion, in a curly orange wig and a T-shirt decorated with abdominal muscles — a shirt that made Thomas look shirtless. … [Read more...] about Bay to Breakers footrace gets wet and wild on San Francisco streets
None of which helps with our dilemma. If fluffy doughs and crisp pastry are both excellent vehicles for baked plums, how are we supposed to choose between the two? The dough has the advantage of being a better vehicle for plum juice (I’d recommend eating Henry’s and Bullock-Prado’s tarts as soon as they’re cool enough to cram into your mouth, before sog sets in), and also for being slightly more unusual, though the pastry does double up as a streusel-type topping if required (of which more later). In the end, I decide to take an executive decision, mostly to stop people helping themselves to yet another slice, “just to remind myself what we’re talking about”, and go with the dough, simply because it’s so definitively German. A plum tart could come from any number of places, but a plum bread feels special. … [Read more...] about How to make the perfect German plum cake