After the “New York on Pause” order went into effect on March 22, almost 900,000 people in New York City alone were furloughed or laid off. As New Yorkers sheltered in place, ridership on the city’s subways and buses declined by 90%. The city also saw a surge in COVID-19 cases, with over 200,000 infected and more than 20,000 deaths. … [Read more...] about Transit plan to send New Yorkers back to work: ‘Improvise’
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Peloton’s chief content officer Jen Cotter says that this is the first time the brand has done a media collaboration like this. “A few months ago, ESPN approached Peloton,” says Cotter. “With sports cancelled, we were seeing pro athletes turn to Peloton, more than ever, and posting, tweeting, and challenging teammates and our community to join them in rides. We loved the idea of highlighting our pro-athlete fans and quickly developed the idea to create a friendly competition among some of them in the community, while continuing to support one of our partners, Food Bank for New York City. The entire concept and execution came together in about six weeks.” … [Read more...] about Peloton goes from marketing punchline to ESPN programming with new ‘All-Stars Ride’
Japan has since eased its rules to allow those who test positive but are asymptomatic to stay in hotels. It is preparing to begin limited testing for antibodies, hoping to get a better grasp of the number of people who have been infected. It also plans to introduce a smartphone app to help with contact tracing. … [Read more...] about Testing is key to beating coronavirus, right? Japan has other ideas
For India, experts have said, banking on Herd Immunity is a “terrible idea”. While speaking to former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Director of Harvard Global Health Institute Ashish Jha said, “We are finding that even healthy and young people are getting very ill. We can’t be cavalier about this. We have to protect these people. Herd Immunity in India is a terrible idea as millions will die, even young people.” … [Read more...] about In-Depth: Is Herd Immunity our best bet in the fight against coronavirus?
On the surface, Cosmopolis deals with a day in the life of Eric Packer, a filthy rich asset manager in his late twenties who, upon waking up in his palatial Manhattan high-rise, decides that he needs a haircut. (A cheeky and obvious link to one of the novel’s refrains of financial devaluation.) Packer is existentially connected to characters in films such as Wall Street, The Big Short and The Wolf of Wall Street, being monomaniacal about multiplying money. In his amorality, he can even be seen as allied to American Psycho’s Patrick Bateman. … [Read more...] about Reading Don Delillo’s ‘Cosmopolis’ during social and financial uncertainty