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Americans feel more optimistic about the economy. Lower gasoline prices have boosted morale, although food prices are expected to spike in the coming months.
Credit card companies will start tracking gun purchases. Gun retailers will receive a separate merchant code.
New York has declared a state of emergency following the polio epidemic. Governor Kathy Hochul’s decision help increase vaccination rates against the disease at 90%.
Antigua and Barbuda will vote on whether to depose King Charles III as head of state. The referendum could come in the next three years. Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin has arrived in Edinburgh, one of many stops before the funeral scheduled for September 19.
Colombia and Venezuela have agreed to reopen their borders. Commercial flights and cargo transport will resume September 26 as the two countries re-establish trade relations.
President Xi Jinping has not left China since the covid outbreak in 2020, prohibit a visit in semi-autonomous Hong Kong earlier this year. Foreign policy enthusiasts and journalists have made several guesses as to where he will head first, but none have hit the mark.
In August, it was reported that Xi was going visit saudi arabiabut the journey never materialized. The have also been reported that he would travel to Southeast Asia in November to meet US President Joe Biden. But now Xi is expected to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin this week in Uzbekistan. If the trip were to materialize, it would mark a relationship building between the two countries as their ties with the United States remain strained.
Xi is no doubt looking to be cautious about the timing and focus of this much-anticipated trip abroad, as he will air his diplomatic priorities.
It’s time for Europe to turn off the lights
In anticipation of a winter without Russian gas, European countries are looking to store as much fuel as possible. Some companies and governments are also mandating a step that should have been a no-brainer long ago: turning off lights when not in use.
This habit is entrenched in poorer countries, where individuals and businesses keep a close eye on their electricity bills. But that is long overdue for wealthy countries that are used to keeping offices and streetlights on all night, regardless of the financial or environmental costs.
In a typical European city, office and commercial buildings use about half of the lighting energy. A simple cost (and carbon) saving solution would be to switch to smart lighting systems that automatically turn on and off when needed. Until then, staying warm in the winter means letting the nights get darker.
Is “silent shutdown” really a problem?
“Quietly quitting,” or doing the bare minimum that is part of your job duties without going beyond that, causes a lot of hesitation and headaches among employers.
Companies and managers are rightly concerned about maintaining a high level of worker engagement, as it is linked to greater productivity. But for workers, quitting quietly doesn’t necessarily mean they spend eight hours a day feeling miserable or left out. On the contrary, they do not subscribe to the mentality that work must rule one’s life.
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