From Zero Hunger to severe food shortages, Brazil braces for hard times

From Zero Hunger to severe food shortages, Brazil braces for hard times

Brazil is grappling with severe food insecurity, which is characterised by the inability to eat for a whole day; while moderate food insecurity means that a person is concerned or uncertain about future access to food, or the quality of food they can access is compromised. “For the past few...

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After spells of food security, Brazil’s growing numbers of hungry people worries WFP

After spells of food security, Brazil’s growing numbers of hungry people worries WFP

Not long ago hailed for its exemplary efforts to reduce hunger, Brazil is seeing a marked deterioration in its food security indicators as the economic fallout of Covid-19 deepens and a growing number of people struggle to afford a nutritional diet amid government aid cuts. Considered an upper middle-income country,...

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Tensions soar in Tigray as Ethiopia alleges aid agencies are arming rebels, ‘fabricating facts and figures’ against state

Tensions soar in Tigray as Ethiopia alleges aid agencies are arming rebels, ‘fabricating facts and figures’ against state

Ethiopian government accusations that aid agencies are supporting rebel forces in Tigray have left international relief organisations concerned for the security of frontline staff, even as conflict escalates and hundreds of thousands of people face famine. In a statement last week, Ethiopian foreign affairs official Redwan Hussein accused aid organisations...

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How publishers are coping with push to expedite name changes for ‘transwriters’

How publishers are coping with push to expedite name changes for ‘transwriters’

In an effort to expand inclusivity for transgender researchers, some scientific publishers and societies worldwide have adopted policies that allow rapid and discreet author name changes to be made on digital editions of published works. These include research articles, conference papers, books and book chapters. Some publishers are also extending...

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‘I’m sorry, but it’s too late’: Doctor tells of how emotionally it’s taxing to care for someone who’d have prevented Covid

‘I’m sorry, but it’s too late’: Doctor tells of how emotionally it’s taxing to care for someone who’d have prevented Covid

Dr Brytney Cobia said early this week that all but one of her Covid patients in Alabama did not receive the vaccine. The vaccinated patient, she said, just needed a little oxygen and is expected to fully recover. Some of the others are dying. “I’m admitting young healthy people to...

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Graduate student mental health: Boundaries between work and life are blurred, self-care’s key

Graduate student mental health: Boundaries between work and life are blurred, self-care’s key

A graduate student mental health and well-being (CGS-JED) report says many PhD students say they have problems accessing care. This is because counselling centres are often closed after 5pm and at weekends, limiting access for those busy with classes, teaching and research. Some students were also apprehensive about going to...

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Researchers and PhD holders want reforms in their fields addressed to rein in wastage

Researchers and PhD holders want reforms in their fields addressed to rein in wastage

Nations, universities and research institutions around the world must redouble efforts to expand training for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to prepare them for jobs outside academia. So urges a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental coalition of 38 nations. The report, the result...

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Gun violence: Pregnancy or recently having given birth doubles a woman’s risk of being shot dead in US

Gun violence: Pregnancy or recently having given birth doubles a woman’s risk of being shot dead in US

Maeve Wallace has studied maternal health in the United States for more than a decade, and a grim statistic haunts her. Five years ago, she published a study showing that being pregnant or recently having had a baby nearly doubles a woman’s risk of being killed. More than half of...

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Biden vs Facebook: Conservative media sigh with relief as Big Tech accused of ‘killing people’

Biden vs Facebook: Conservative media sigh with relief as Big Tech accused of ‘killing people’

US resident Biden’s criticism of Facebook is a double win for Fox News. Not only does it draw attention away from the network’s own culpability for the vaccination gap, but it feeds a potent right-wing narrative about government and Big Tech colluding to silence conservatives. ‘ Biden and Facebook have...

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South Africa’s unrest hits neighbours as Namibia tells of coffin shortage for burial of Covid victims

South Africa’s unrest hits neighbours as Namibia tells of coffin shortage for burial of Covid victims

South Africa’s neighbours felt the shockwaves of days of unrest and looting, prompting some to rethink their economic reliance on the regional power. In Namibia, the effect was immediate. In commenting on the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Health Minister Kalumbi Shangula said the unrest in South Africa threatened...

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