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Victoria Waldersee

COVID toll turns spotlight on Europe's taboo of data by race

19 Nov 2020

LISBON Many European countries avoid breaking down data along racial or ethnic lines out of concern over privacy or discrimination, but COVID-19's outsized impact on Black and Asian people has exposed flaws in the approach, some scientists and activists said.

Lockdown 2.0: Food companies overhauled production to put more toilet paper, pasta sauce in stores

13 Nov 2020

CHICAGO/LISBON When rumors first began to circulate that the UK would go back into lockdown, Leanne Barnes despaired as bread and toilet roll flew off the shelves again at her local supermarket. But to her surprise, shelves were back to being fully stocked within a few days.

Homebound workers inject life into suburban malls after downtowns empty out

08 Nov 2020

TORONTO/LISBON As the coronavirus pandemic rages and most downtown office employees in many cities work from home at least through year-end, urban retailers' loss is turning out to be suburban shopping centres' gain.

Mounting pressure on Portugal's health system could prompt further restrictions, minister says

26 Oct 2020

LISBON Portugal's national health minister warned on Monday that the country's national health service was under grave pressure and that further restrictive measures could be coming as the number of patients in intensive care approached record levels.

Portugal imposes tougher COVID-19 measures as virus spreads

14 Oct 2020

LISBON Tougher measures will be imposed in Portugal from Thursday onwards to contain record levels of coronavirus cases, including stricter limits on gatherings and heavier penalties for rule-breaking establishments.

Fear and frustration: Europe's wealthy keep wallets closed

11 Sep 2020

LISBON By this time of year, Ilene Steele, 63, would usually have several trips behind her: one to visit family in the United States, a holiday in Italy, and a few day excursions in London, where she lives with her retired therapist husband Mike.

Yelp joins 15 Percent Pledge to increase representation of Black-owned businesses

31 Aug 2020

Crowdsourced business review website Yelp said on Monday it has committed to the Fifteen Percent Pledge, a U.S. campaign for retailers and companies to increase representation of Black-owned businesses to 15.

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