April 2, 2021


Venezuela limits COVID-19 insurance payouts as cases rise


WHO Origin Hunters Push Back as Report Assailed On All Sides

(Bloomberg) — Nearly three dozen scientists vetted by the World Health Organization and the Chinese government gathered in Wuhan, China, early this winter to start the arduous task of finding the origins of Covid-19 and determining how it spread like wildfire around the world.Six weeks after that trip, the working group this week delivered an analysis that laid out four possible scenarios and recommended next steps for digging deeper to find the pandemic’s genesis. The 123-page report, and a nearly 200-page supplement, was immediately engulfed by criticism, with

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Lake County News,California – Women business ownership in America on the rise

Women-owned firms made up only 19.9% of all firms that employed people in the United States in 2018 but their numbers are growing.

There were 6,861 more women-owned firms in 2018 than in 2017, up 0.6% to 1.1 million, according to the Census Bureau’s Annual Business Survey, or ABS.

Women-owned employer firms reported nearly $1.8 trillion in sales, shipments, receipts or revenue and employed over 10.1 million workers with an annual payroll of $388.1 billion in 2018.

The ABS provides data on race, ethnicity, sex and veteran status of owners of businesses with one or more paid employees. This information

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COVID-19 cases expected to rise next winter with fewer deaths, UW doctor says

Leading researcher Dr. Ali Mokdad has been deeply affected by the coronavirus pandemic, on a personal and professional level.

SEATTLE — Throughout the pandemic, University of Washington scientists have predicted, with surprising accuracy, the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths in our state and across the nation.

Their models have gotten more accurate as they’ve collected more data from around the world. Click here to see the newest projections from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), an independent global health research center at the University of Washington. 

UW researcher Dr. Ali Mokdad told KING 5 News that COVID-19

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Weekly jobless claims rise to 861,000 vs. 773,000 expected

Last week’s initial jobless claims soared to 861,000, despite more states and cities lifting restrictive business measures amid a decline in the number of coronavirus cases. Economists had predicted around 773,000 first-time claims for the week ended Feb. 13. Data for the previous week was revised up to 848,000 from 793,000.

“Total initial claims broke their three-week streak of declining numbers,” said AnnElizabeth Konkel, economist at Indeed Hiring Lab. “The movement of this number is going in the wrong direction, and at 6.7 times higher than the pre-Covid era, magnitude also remains a problem.”

The surprise rise in claims comes

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