Crisis & Natural Disasters

Crisis and natural disasters covers traumatic, dangerous or emergency events both caused by humans or nature; and the response and procedures taken in advance around the times of difficulty.

We work to update and inform about the recovery, the practices in preparing for arduous moments, what led up to events and providing regular updates on the emergency.

Italy rolls back restrictions in the wake of sharp uptick of Covid-19 cases

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An Italian couple strolling in Parma, Italy, wearing face masks during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo credit: Gabriella Clare Marino on Unsplash

Wear your masks, says Italian administration in latest efforts to curve Covid-19 infection rate.

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Hotspot ZIP codes force schools in New York City schools to temporarily close in-person learning

Rising Covid-19 infection numbers in several NYC boroughs force city to press the reset button for schools. Businesses and churches might follow.

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Safety of in-school classes: Back to school plans of in person lessons draw questions in the Covid-19 pandemic

What will happen when in-person classes resume in September?

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Sad day for Dejoy who must answer to Congress for USPS disruptions

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Another round of interrogations for Postmaster General Louis Dejoy in emergency hearings regarding a downgrade of USPS operations.

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Louisiana ‘unfavorable’ in back-to-back storms set to hit Gulf Coast this week

Unprecedented weather draws to storms hitting US coast simultaneously

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Surviving Covid-19 at 80 years old

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When doctors diagnosed John Durden with Covid-19, he didn’t know if he would make it. With the help of his children, the Newark resident followed protocols to survive the deadly novel coronavirus. Now he tells his story. 

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Devastating blast in Beirut likely to exacerbate existing crises in Lebanon

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While Lebanese officials dig through the rubble in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut, the country is currently fighting a pandemic, political unrest, and an unprecedented economic crisis. 

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Students test positive for Covid-19 in the first week of school

Schools in Mississippi and Georgia issue quarantines after students and faculty tested positive for Covid-19 less than two weeks into the school year.

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Massive explosion in Downtown Beirut shakes city, killing dozens and wounding thousands

Beirut, Lebanon. 4th Aug, 2020. People walk past damaged vehicles after the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. 4, 2020. The two huge explosions that rocked Lebanon's capital Beirut on Tuesday left dozens dead and injured, al-Jadeed TV channel reported. Credit: Bilal Jawich/Xinhua/Alamy Live News

According to the United States Geological Survey, the blast created seismic waves equivalent to that of a 3.3 earthquake. 

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Pelosi says talks on second stimulus package are ‘productive’

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With less than a week left before the US Senate’s August recess, Democrats say negotiations with Republicans on stimulus proposals are moving along, but still locking horns on key issues.

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Expecting a second wave of coronavirus, Italy extends its state of emergency to October 15

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Dealing with lingering cases of Covid-19, while anticipating a possible second wave in the fall months, Italy’s lawmakers voted to continue the country’s state of emergency.

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro is ‘the worst Covid president in the world’

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As Covid-19 rages through Brazil, its president falls under scrutiny.

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Civil war in Yemen leaves millions at risk of famine, coronavirus outbreak adds fuel to the flame

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Yemen faces a severe humanitarian crisis. Amid ongoing conflict and the coronavirus outbreak, 24 million of 30.5 million Yemenis suffer from starvation and malnutrition. 

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Illicit market boom in Covid-19 trade

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Faulty Covid-19 testing equipment and other merchandise flood global underground markets.

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Tri-state orders stricter travel measures for visitors from Covid-19 hotspots

States that were the hardest hit in the initial wave of coronavirus, are now hard press to remain healthy.

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Texas governor rounds up residents in halt to reopen state after spike in Covid-19 infections

Increase of Covid-19 cases in the Lone Star State causes a Texas hold’em.

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Cuomo says New York City needs to practice better social distancing, or else

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New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, issued a warning to New York City after video footage showing residents violating social distancing orders   circulated  around social media over the weekend.

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Blue Lives Maim: Police brutality at rallies protesting police brutality 

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Across the country, reports of law enforcement officers attacking peaceful demonstrators have become the norm in protests sparked by the recent police killing of George Floyd.

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Burn Motherfucker, Burn: Minneapolis protests escalate into the night

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A police station building goes up in flames in the third day of police protests in Minneapolis around slain African American, George Floyd.

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The coronavirus pandemic taught me it’s the little things that count | Think Piece

Quarantine life in New York illuminates our need to work towards a recovery in solidarity and selflessness.

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Italian nightlife turn up draws fears of second wave

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Record numbers of Italians return to popular nightlife culture after 55 days of a full nationwide lock down.

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Spain starts 10 days of mourning, works to open for tourism by early summer

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On Wednesday, flags across Spain were lowered to half mast to begin 10 days of grieving and remembering those who died when Covid-19 disrupted the country.

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At the end of the road: Escaping protests in Hong Kong and living in a Covid-19 New York | Think Piece

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Living through protests in Hong Kong then experiencing another hot spot, New York during the Covid-19 crisis, I discovered that escaping danger is not the answer. Rather, sitting still and figuring out how we can be better is what we need now.

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Thousands of cruise ship crews still stuck at sea, reports of suicides and hunger strike

Cruise ships once bragged about onboard experiences being paradise at sea. Now for thousands of crew members, they are floating hells.

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In a race for a coronavirus vaccine, Trump’s medical team considers over 100 candidates

The Trump Administration projects a coronavirus vaccine to be available by early 2021 through efforts that hasten vaccine trials.

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Grocery store essential workers are not second class citizens | Think Piece

Even though essential workers have been critical during the Covid-19 quarantine, some essential workers are treated as second-class citizens.

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Pregnancy and giving birth during the Covid-19 Crisis

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Monique ‘The Doula’ Cowan talks about what expecting moms and partners need to know about having the best experience in their pregnancy, labor and delivery.

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Emptied universities tighten budgets after losing millions of dollars

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While most universities and colleges await the country’s progress to determine whether they’ll hold in-person or online courses in summer and fall, they already started making major cutbacks. 

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Devil in a blue uniform: Police terror during a global pandemic | Think Piece

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While reporting in Italy, I look at the US with great sorrow. There will be no return to normal because normal was a grotesque lie. 

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US college and university professors brace for furloughs and layoffs

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Ohio University in Athens is the latest educational institute to discharge faculty after major revenue losses stemming from the Covid-19 crisis.

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Italy moves to phase two of Covid-19 quarantine, eases some restrictions

On Monday, Italy moved into phase two of its nationwide quarantine by loosening a broad range of restrictions in the Covid-19 crisis.

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Black Farmer’s Index offers a guide to Americans for growing food security issues in the US

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As food security slips in the US due to the Covid-19 crisis, Ark Republic directs Americans to Black farmers.

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NYU agrees to house healthcare workers in residence halls as Covid-19 rages through New York

Now the global epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic, New York reaches out to more universities to house medical staff.

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Call center workers organize to join union, demand federal contractor, Maximus, take better safety precautions in coronavirus pandemic

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Portrait of supervisor with business team working at desk in call center

10,000 employees at Maximus’ eleven call centers say their working conditions are dangerous in the Covid-19 crisis. 

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Italy prepares for ‘a very long battle’ with coronavirus pandemic

Numbers are still high in Italy, indicating a slow recovery period from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Regular people doing superhero feats during the Covid-19 crisis

Our superheroes during the coronavirus epidemic don’t wear capes, but they are performing superhuman acts of compassion and courage.

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US fast tracks to become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic

New York City, New Orleans and Los Angeles on edge as cases grow

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China still battles to alleviate coronavirus cases

China’s state media reports the country has their covid-19 crisis under control. It does not.

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Soulful yoginis say it’s time to reflect, stay grounded and keep good energy flowing

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Master yoga practitioners encourage us to go within to remain strong and fortified as the universe shifts.

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Last night a deejay saved my life: D-Nice reinvigorates millions with legendary #ClubQuarantine live stream

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Nine hours, eight hat changes and hundreds of records later, hip hop spin master, D-Nice lifted the spirits of millions quarantined or sheltered-in with an epic live streaming session.

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Newark orders martial law as coronavirus cases increase

National Guards called into Newark, New Jersey to contain high-infectious areas.

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Doctors told to purchase protective equipment at Home Depot, offered limited information by feds as covid-19 infection cases increase

Black woman wearing protective gear

At hospitals, some healthcare workers wrap plastic shopping bags around their heads or use shower caps in lieu of the country’s shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). Added to the dearth of medical supplies, many lack covid-19 testing kits. 

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Washington, New York declared major disasters in coronavirus pandemic, military moves into cities

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, takes questions from reporters during a coronavirus (COVID-19) press briefing Friday, March 20, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Military converts convention centers, university dorms and sports stadiums into emergency hubs for expected spike in coronavirus cases.

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Special online community conversation asks how can small businesses survive Covid-19 pandemic

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If you’re worried about where you’ll be financially on the other side of the Covid-19 health crisis, you probably need to join in on this discussion with our partners, The Black Coffee Company.

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Italy halts all outdoor activity, save for pharmacies and grocery stores

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced tighter restrictions to stop the spike in coronavirus infections, deaths

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La Zona Rossa Diaries: Black, American and quarantined in Italy

I am writing from La Zona Rossa, “the red zone,” in Florence, Italy. 

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More American universities in Italy close campuses as coronavirus cases increase

Better safe than sorry, other US schools in Florence, Italy shut down campuses and encourage students to return home. Most stay open.

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NYU closes Italy campus amid concerns of coronavirus crisis

Italy’s aggressive campaign to stop the spread of the coronavirus has American universities caught in a logistics crosshairs.

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Is China fudging coronavirus numbers?

London, January 26, 2020. People wearing a face masks to protecting themself because of epidemic in China. Selective Focus. Concept of coronavirus quarantine. MERS-Cov, middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, Novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV.

Tencent leak of coronavirus deaths, infections may show much higher count than official reports

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Hurricane Dorian evacuees forced to get off ferry shows deeper immigration issues in the US, Bahamas

WP0RRH Marsh Harbor, ABACO ISLAND, BAHAMAS. 6th Sep, 2019. Hurricane Dorian survivors line up for evacuation by boat Marsh Harbor on Abaco Island in the Bahamas. Hundreds of people were waiting to be taken to safety after their town was flattened by hurricane Dorian. Credit: Robin Loznak/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News

Immigration issues emerge in Bahamas during post-Hurricane Dorian clean up and recovery.

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