Well, everybody. You are good luck with the virus spreading presently. But somewhere in the world, numerous
people died. In USA., Italy, Africa, and some countries faced the crisis. As the truth, the powerful country unable
to manage the situation to calm down.
Presently, Thailand is receiving the cheer up words as well as a model in this case.
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Could you give up booze for a month?
EPISODE 200116 / 10 JAN 2020
Do you enjoy having a glass of wine, gin or a beer with friends? Would you be able to give it up for a whole month? That's what Dry January is all about - a campaign to encourage people to resist the temptation of booze and enjoy some health benefits. Sam and Rob discuss the challenge of cutting down on alcohol and teach you related vocabulary.
This week's question
According to historians, which people were thought to be the first group to make New Year's resolutions? Was it the…
b) Native Americans
Listen to the programme to find out the answer.
Note: This is not a word-for-word transcript
Millie Gooch, founder of The Sober Girl Society
Millie Gooch, founder of The Sober Girl Society
We also mentioned a hangover – that's the sick, tired and sometimes anxious feeling you get after drinking too much alcohol. And permeating describes spreading through something and influencing every part of it. Like the vocabulary in this programme, Sam!
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Confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Thailand one of the lowest in weeks
Apr 09. 2020
By The Nation
Thailand’s total number of Covid-19 patients rose to 2,423, with 54 new cases confirmed over a 24-hour period -- one of the lowest in weeks -- and two more deaths, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Thursday (April 9)
The cases can be divided into four groups.
The first group of 22 had had close contacts with others previously confirmed as infected (mostly in Bangkok, 11)
The second group comprised 21 people of whom five had just returned from overseas (three Thais and two foreigners), eight were working in crowded areas or close to foreigners, four went to crowded areas, and four are medical staff.
The third group of six are being investigated on the source of the infection.
The last group of five had returned from Indonesia and are now under state quarantine in Pattani province.
Meanwhile, 52 people have fully recovered and returned home.
A 74-year-old French man died on April 7 in Chonburi province. He did not have any chronic disease but developed flu-like symptoms and diarrhoea. He was later found to be infected with Covid-19. He started to have difficulty breathing and needed a respirator on April 7. He died later that day.
An 82-year-old Thai man in Samut Prakan province who bad difficulty breathing died on Wednesday.
As of April 9, the total number of confirmed cases in the country stood at 2,423-- 1,451 are under treatment, 940 have recovered and been discharged, and there have been 32 deaths.
Globally, there are more than 1.48 million confirmed cases and around 88,000 deaths.
America is in a depression. The challenge now is to make it short-lived.
Apr 10. 2020
By The Washington Post · Heather Long, Andrew Van Dam · NATIONAL, BUSINESS, HEALTH, PERSONAL-FINANCE
More than 17 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the past four weeks, a rapid and unprecedented deterioration in the U.S. economy that the nation has decided is necessary to combat the deadly coronavirus by keeping as many people as possible at home.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said Thursday the U.S. economy is in an emergency and is deteriorating "with alarming speed." His remarks came shortly after the central bank unveiled over $2 trillion in new loans to keep the economy afloat, while much of the nation goes into a lockdown.
The nation has not experienced this magnitude of layoffs and economic contraction since the Great Depression, many experts say, and recovery is unlikely to be swift. President Donald Trump and Congress are racing to pass more relief money, but they failed to strike a deal Thursday on the details. Meanwhile, the $2 trillion package Congress enacted last month is barely starting to get out as states and federal agencies that have been gutted for years struggle to process millions of aid applications from small businesses and the newly jobless.
Last week, 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits, the Labor Department said Thursday, a staggering number that would have been unthinkable a few months ago. It's just shy of the record set the week of March 28, when 6.9 people filed for aid. The week of March 21 had 3.3 million claims.
"We have never seen anything like this," said Princeton University economy Alan Blinder. "This looks likely to be deep enough to qualify as a depression."
The economy is widely expected to shrink by roughly 30 percent in the second quarter, which runs from April through June. While such losses are deep and "astounding," they are unlikely to be long-lasting, Blinder said. There's hope that a vaccine or other preventive measure will be found relatively soon, which should prevent this downturn from turning into another Great Depression, which lasted over a decade.
"We are moving with alarming speed from 50-year lows in unemployment to what will likely be very high, although temporary, levels," Powell said in a speech Thursday at the Brookings Institution. "When the virus does run its course, and it's safe to go back to work and safe for businesses to open, then we would expect there to be a fairly quick rebound."
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said it's possible businesses might be able to reopen in May. Powell was more cautious, noting that most experts think the second half of the year is more likely.
The Fed chief called for a national discussion about what it will take to reopen the economy. Some have suggested masks and six-feet social distancing remain in place until widespread testing or a vaccine is available. Powell urged caution about moving too quickly to reopen and triggering another spike in coronavirus cases and deaths.
"We all want to avoid a false start where we partially reopen and that results in a spike in coronavirus cases," Powell said.
Stocks continued to rally Thursday with the Dow Jones industrial average gaining 286 points despite the dire jobs situation. Investors applauded the Fed's latest aid. Research notes from many Wall Street banks said that parts of the economy, while frightening, appear to be bottoming out. J.P. Morgan noted that hotel reservations, flights, and subway ridership, are down substantially, but they aren't falling further.
"In just-released data through April 4, U.S. hotel revenue per available room tracked by Smith Travel were down about 80 percent over a year ago, with occupancy down 70 percent and average rates down 40 percent. All of these readings were similar to last week's, suggesting a bottom has been reached," J.P. Morgan wrote to clients.
The Fed's sweeping new loan programs unveiled Thursday will provide $2 trillion in additional loans to small, medium and large companies as well as cash-strapped states and cities. These latest Fed actions are in addition to slashing interest rates to zero in March and buying numerous government bonds in an effort to keep borrowing as cheap as possible for American families and businesses.
Still, the gravity of one in 10 Americans suddenly being out of work is hitting families and communities across the country. Several cities have experienced modern-day bread lines with lines of cars stretching over a mile long, as people wait to visit food banks and restaurants handing out free meals.
Government relief has been slow to reach people losing their jobs as states have been overwhelmed with claims. The Washington Post spoke with more than a dozen workers across the country who lost their jobs and filed a claim in March. The majority have not received money yet. To get by, they have dipped into savings, begged online for aid, and waited in line for hours at food banks.
"How are people supposed to live a whole month without income?" said Tammy Devitoe, a single mom living paycheck to paycheck as a waitress in New York. "I've had to resort to begging online to complete strangers just so I can have enough money to eat and pay my bills."
Devitoe lost her job March 11 , when the diner she worked at closed, because of coronavirus fears. She applied the next day for unemployment help, but New York's online form said she needed to call to complete the process. "That's when the horror began," she said.
Despite calling hundreds of times a day, she was unable to get through to anyone at New York's unemployment office until March 31. She expects her first payment on Monday - a month after she started the application process.
Out of desperation, she started a GoFundMe page to ask strangers for aid. She was heartened that over a hundred people donated, but others berated her for not saving or seeking a job at a grocery store during the pandemic.
Consumer spending is the backbone of the economy, and all indications are that it has plunged sharply as so many Americans lose their jobs or take pay cuts. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index showed the largest drop ever on Thursday, driven largely by people citing their fears about losing their jobs.
"Consumers need to be prepared for a longer and deeper recession, rather than the now-discredited message that pent-up demand will spark a quick, robust, and sustained economic recovery," said Richard Curtin, the survey director.
Economists say the millions of workers likely to file for unemployment in April will strain America's safety net programs that help the poor. They are urging companies to furlough workers instead of doing a full layoff. A furlough usually allows workers to keep their health insurance and return quickly when business resumes. A study by Health Management Associations warned that more than 12 million Americans could lose employer-based health insurance for themselves and family members as layoffs mount.
Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri proposed Thursday that the U.S. government should follow Denmark's lead and pay people's salaries during the national emergency, a move that has kept layoffs low for the Danes.
"Beginning immediately, the federal government should cover 80 percent of wages for workers at any U.S. business, up to the national median wage, until this emergency is over," Hawley said. "The goal must be to get unemployment down - now."
The idea has been popular with progressive Democrats and shows how the economic calamity is causing lawmakers to cross party lines in ways that have not been seen in years in Washington
Congress tried to encourage businesses to keep workers on, by saying small business loans will be forgiven if companies rehire workers and the bulk of the loan goes toward workers' paychecks. But as problems have mounted with accessing the loans, many businesses have forged ahead with layoffs.
Ben Bernanke, the former Fed chair during the Great Recession and one of the leading scholars of the 1930s depression era, said what is happening now is like a hurricane slamming the whole planet at once. It's deeply painful, but the United States - and the world - can avoid years of pain if governments take swift action.
"Unemployment is going to be high," Bernanke said, but "the duration of this downturn is likely to be shorter than the 12 years of the Great Depression."
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