5 things to know for August 4: Coronavirus, census, election, economy, Spain

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The UN Secretary-General says the world is facing a “generational catastrophe” because of the devastation Covid-19 is wreaking on education systems. As it stands, over a billion students have been affected in one way or another by the pandemic, which could have long-term consequences for other critical issues like marriage children and gender equality. United Nations agencies are working with education partners on ways to prioritize school openings once local coronavirus outbreaks have subsided, including by targeting education in relief funding and exploring new teaching methods. In the United States, new studies suggest that frequent testing will be key to keeping classrooms and college campuses safe. In the UK, the UK government says it has obtained millions of rapid coronavirus tests capable of detecting the virus in around 90 minutes.

2. Census

The US Census Bureau is ending its tally early, although the Trump administration had previously said the agency needed more time due to coronavirus concerns. Now, the entire population of the United States should be counted by September 30 instead of October 31. This could pose a problem in reaching minority communities, the homeless and people on college campuses or in nursing homes for the aged. Remember that the census takes place only once every 10 years and that the results influence the funding and representation of places. Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham says there is still enough time to get a full and accurate count.

3. Election 2020

More and more states are making it easier for their citizens to participate in postal voting ahead of the November elections. Nevada has approved a plan to send out mail-in ballots to all active voters this fall, making it the eighth state, along with the District of Columbia, to pass universal mail-in voting for the presidential election. Minnesota has agreed to remove a provision from its postal voting process that requires voters to have a notary or witness sign their voting envelope. Meanwhile, the Postal Service says it is excited and ready to respond to demands for increased ballots after President Trump, who has repeatedly criticized postal voting, questioned his ability to do so.

4. Economy

Let’s see which companies are thriving in these strange economic times and which are slipping underwater. Gun purchases in the United States have skyrocketed this summer. In July, the FBI performed more than 3.6 million firearms background checks, making it the third highest monthly count since those records began in 1998. Home Security Service inventories ADT surged after the company announced a $ 450 million investment from Google. What the hell is wrong? The clothing industry. Clothing companies like The Gap, American Eagle, Urban Outfitters and Children’s Place are set to miss their all-important back-to-school boost as schools remain closed or falter. Tailored Brands, which owns Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank, has just filed for bankruptcy, making it the latest victim of the new era of home gym leggings and shorts.

5. Spain

Former Spanish King Juan Carlos I has left the country as long-term scrutiny heats up over his alleged financial transactions. Juan Carlos abdicated in 2014 amid a cloud of scandals and criticism caused by an elephant hunting trip to Botswana during the Spanish financial crisis in 2012. Now Swiss prosecutors are examining allegations that the former king has received $ 100 million from the King of Saudi Arabia in 2008 Juan Carlos’ son, King Felipe VI, recently ended the annual public allowance paid to his father and waived any personal inheritance from him. Lawyers for the former king say it was inevitable that he would leave the country, but they don’t know where he is headed next.

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TODAY NUMBER

$ 250 million

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You can have an opinion on how it should be handled, but the point is, it impacts everyone and it’s very real. “

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AND FINALLY

Here is a new (old) one

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