White House tries and fails to overcome its credibility crisis

When a sitting American president is hospitalized with a potentially deadly virus, and much of his team also tests positive, it is unquestionably a national crisis. And in the midst of a genuine national crisis, citizens need to be able to turn to the authorities for accurate and reliable information that people can trust.

But in the case of Donald Trump’s coronavirus infection, that’s obviously not what’s happening.

What the nation instead confronts is a series of cascading failures: Trump’s failure to take the pandemic seriously led to a failure to prevent the president from being infected, which led to a White House operation that failed to tell the public the truth.

After Trump disclosed his positive test early Friday morning, it seemed inexplicable that there was no press briefing with physicians. A day later, there was a press briefing, which proved to be vastly worse than nothing: when Dr. Sean Conley, the White House physician since 2018, wasn’t being evasive, he was offering a series of assertions that he later retracted.

When the osteopathic doctor wrapped up his unfortunate and unhelpful presentation, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows offered a wildly different assessment on the president’s condition, only to see Meadows change direction once more soon after.

Offered a chance to put things right on Sunday, Team Trump made the mess messier. The Washington Post reported overnight that the White House “continued to provide limited and contradictory information” about the president’s health.

At a news conference earlier Sunday, Trump’s medical team tried to clear up the muddled picture it had created the previous day when White House doctor Sean Conley falsely suggested that Trump had not been given supplemental oxygen. But Conley continued to avoid directly answering specific questions about Trump’s health Sunday, even as he revealed that the president had been given dexamethasone, a steroid that is typically reserved for severely ill coronavirus patients needing oxygen. Conley openly admitted to withholding truthful information about Trump’s plummeting blood-oxygen levels Friday, indicating he did so to put a positive spin on the president’s improving condition.

The physician specifically told reporters, “I was trying to reflect the upbeat attitude that the team, the president, that his course of illness, has had. I didn’t want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction. And in doing so, you know, it came off that we were trying to hide something, which wasn’t necessarily true.”

First, the word “necessarily” seemed to be doing quite a bit of work in that sentence. And second, the idea that the truth might “steer the course of illness in another direction” is every bit as bizarre as it seemed.

In a separate report, senior White House officials — people one might expect to have accurate information about the president’s condition during a national crisis — conceded that they didn’t have confidence in what they were hearing from their own colleagues.

“I can tell you what I am hearing, but I honestly

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Tripura’s ‘pandemic kitchen’ provides food to needy amid Covid-19 crisis





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A social organisation has started a ‘langar’ or community kitchen in Tripura to provide free food to the needy, including orphans and old-age home veterans, amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ‘langar’ has been named ‘Mohamarir Heshel’ which means ‘pandemic kitchen’ or ‘kitchen during pandemic’.

Sourav Bhattacharjee, a theatre student of Rabindra Bharati University in West Bengal, got the idea to open a community kitchen from langars at Jadavpur in Bengal during the first lockdown in March. He came back to Khowai district of Tripura, his hometown, during Unlock 2.0 and started the pandemic kitchen along with nearly 30 people from different professions.

The organisation comprises graduate and postgraduate students, teachers, advocates, writers, media persons, movie directors, among others. It was started in October with an aim to provide cooked food, once a week, to children living in orphanages and veterans of old-age homes in and around the capital city.

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They provide rice, dal, vegetables, chicken and a citrus fruit in the meal to children who sit by maintaining social distance.

“Many people lost their source of livelihood during the Covid-19 lockdown. Food is most necessary in this period. So, we are trying to provide meals to the poor at least once a week now,” said Sourav.

The organisation is also looking to open its pandemic kitchen in slums, bordering villages and other areas.

The state has reported 26,552 Covid-19 patients so far, of whom 290 have died. Another two patients died by suicide. Total 21,387 patients have recovered from the disease.

The state has 5.79 lakh poor families including 4.70 lakh priority group and another 1.09 lakh Antodaya Annapurna Yojana (AAY) families, according to state government record. Nearly 1,969 migrant workers are living in the state and among them, many have returned during different Unlock phases.

During the first lockdown in March, the urban development department started community kitchen and provided free meals to the homeless people.

The state government had also requested different non-government organisations and self-help groups to provide food to the homeless.

Earlier, the state government provided Rs. 1,000 to each 8,666 identified hawkers, vendors and others who are engaged in menial jobs. The state also provided free ration to AAY and Below Poverty Line (BPL) families and subsidised ration for Above Poverty Line (APL) families amid the pandemic.

The pandemic kitchen, three days back, provided food to an orphanage located at Aralia in the outskirts of the capital city.

“The Mohamarir Heshel came to our orphanage and provided food to the children. They are doing a very good job,” said Kalyan Dasgupta, one of the founders of the orphanage.

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Do-it-Yourself Home Improvement Retailing Market in Europe| Insights on the Crisis and the Roadmap to Recovery from COVID-19 Pandemic| Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep 15, 2020–

The do-it-yourself home improvement retailing market in Europe to register an incremental growth of USD 25.41 billion, witnessing a CAGR of almost 3% during 2020-2024, according to latest market research analysis by Technavio. The report offers a detailed analysis of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the do-it-yourself home improvement retailing market in Europe in optimistic, probable, and pessimistic forecast scenarios.

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The do-it-yourself home improvement retailing market in Europe will witness a Negative and Inferior impact during the forecast period owing to the extensive rise of COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, as per Technavio’s pandemic-focused research highlights, the market growth is likely to Increase compared to 2019.

Do-it-Yourself Home Improvement Retailing Market in Europe 2020-2024: Vendor Analysis

The market is fragmented. Key players in the market have been launching several initiatives and introducing innovative products and services to cater to a larger target audience during the pandemic. With a rapidly shifting focus toward creating a digital marketplace to provide a convenient platform for stakeholders in the supply chain, several companies in the market are resorting to move their businesses online along with existing brick-and-mortar channels.

Major do-it-yourself home improvement retailing market participants in Europe are

  • BAUHAUS AG
  • BAUVISTA GmbH & Co. KG
  • EUROBAUSTOFF Handelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
  • Groupe Adeo
  • HORNBACH Baumarkt AG Group
  • Intergamma BV
  • Kesko Corp.
  • Kingfisher Plc
  • OBI Group Holding SE & Co. KGaA
  • Travis Perkins Plc

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Do-it-Yourself Home Improvement Retailing Market in Europe 2020-2024: Segmentation

Do-it-Yourself Home Improvement Retailing Market in Europe is segmented as below:

  • Distribution Channel
  • Product
    • Lumber and landscape management
    • Decor and indoor garden
    • Kitchen
    • Painting and wallpaper
    • Others

Lumber and landscape management will account for the largest share due to the several varieties of products available in the market.

  • Geography
    • Germany
    • France
    • UK
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe

Germany region will account for the highest incremental growth during the forecast period due to the introduction of innovative DIY products.

The do-it-yourself home improvement retailing market in Europe is driven by rising interest in DIY home improvement projects and convenience offered by online stores, as per Technavio’s pandemic impact-focused research study. Furthermore, Technavio’s custom research reports offer detailed insights on the impact of COVID-19 at an industry level, a regional level, and subsequent supply chain operations. This customized report will also help clients keep up with new product launches in direct & indirect COVID-19 related markets, and significant developments in vendor operations and government regulations in Consumer Discretionary industry.

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Automotive Interior Materials Market | Insights on the Crisis and the Roadmap to Recovery from COVID-19 Pandemic | Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The global automotive interior materials market is expected to register an incremental growth of USD 15.13 billion, witnessing a CAGR of over 2% during 2020-2024, according to latest market research analysis by Technavio. The report offers a detailed analysis of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the automotive interior materials market in optimistic, probable, and pessimistic forecast scenarios.

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The automotive interior materials market will witness a negative and inferior impact during the forecast period owing to the extensive spread of COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, as per Technavio’s pandemic-focused research highlights, the market growth is likely to increase compared to 2019.

Automotive Interior Materials Market 2020-2024: Vendor Analysis

The market is fragmented. Key players in the market have been launching several initiatives and introducing innovative products and services to cater to a larger target audience during the pandemic. With a rapidly shifting focus toward creating a digital marketplace to provide a convenient platform for stakeholders in the supply chain, several companies in the market are resorting to move their businesses online along with existing brick-and-mortar channels.

Major automotive interior materials market participants are

  • 3M Co.
  • Adient Plc
  • BASF SE
  • DuPont de Nemours Inc.
  • Faurecia SA
  • GRAMMER AG
  • Lear Corp.
  • Marelli Holdings Co. Ltd.
  • Dow Inc.
  • Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd.
  • Toyota Boshoku Corp.

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Automotive Interior Materials Market 2020-2024: Segmentation

Automotive Interior Materials Market is segmented as below:

  • Material
    • Plastic polymers
    • Leather
    • Textile fabric
    • Others

Plastic polymer will account for the largest share due to its advantages such as minimal corrosion, ease of manufacturing into any complex shape and in different colors, recycling possibility, and safety and comfort properties.

  • Geography
    • APAC
    • Europe
    • North America
    • South America
    • MEA

APAC region will account for the highest incremental growth during the forecast period due to the presence of global key players and many regional and local players.

The automotive interior materials market is driven by the use of composite materials for weight reduction and growing priority for comfort and safety in automobiles, as per Technavio’s pandemic impact-focused research study. Furthermore, Technavio’s custom research reports offer detailed insights on the impact of COVID-19 at an industry level, a regional level, and subsequent supply chain operations. This customized report will also help clients keep up with new product launches in direct & indirect COVID-19 related markets and significant developments in vendor operations and government regulations in the Consumer Discretionary industry.

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  • Impact of lockdowns, supply chain disruptions, demand destruction, and change in customer behavior
  • Optimistic, probable, and pessimistic scenarios for all markets as the impact of pandemic unfolds
  • Pre- as well as post-COVID-19 market estimates
  • Quarterly impact analysis and updates on market estimates

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Hans Op de Beeck’s ‘Garden of Whispers’ art installation sheds light on the refugee crisis





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A renowned Belgian artist by the name of Hans Op de Beeck created a ‘quintessentially site-specific’ work of art in the 13-century gothic church of the ‘Convent of the Jacobins’, in Toulouse, France. Created for the ‘Printemps de Septembre Festival’, this multi-sensory, immersive art installation is called ‘The Garden of Whispers’.

The 600 square metres of space has been re-imagined as a type of wasteland, where the terrain has been changed to sand dunes and lifeless trees. The sand used by Op de Beeck matches the same ochre colour of the building’s centuries-old brick walls. A wooden walkway winds through the sand dunes, lit only by a simple string of lights.

As you walk through the desolate landscape, whispers emerge from the sand all around you through 20 carefully concealed speakers, sharing secrets, confession of misdeeds and escapades. Women, men and children, all seem to be reaching out of the atmosphere to express themselves. The voices present in a mangled form, overlapping one another.

The area represents a kind of abandonment one feels while walking through an area which was previously occupied but has now been deserted, left to those who themselves are forgotten. While walking through the area, one can spot small makeshift campsites made, “cobbled together from scraps of canvas and wooden poles”, which serve as a visual reminder of the shelters built by nomads in the desert.

 

According to the artist, Hans Op de Beeck, this installation serves as an embodiment of “man as a being who stages the world around him in a tragi-comic way.” The Garden of Whispers employs a range of biblical and mystical references that touch on the issue of refugees. The visuals and the whispers of the installation create an atmosphere that is almost confessional in nature, but further than that, the artist leaves the installing to the interpretation of the viewers introspection.

 

More so, with the current world environment, the sense of desolation created by Hans Op de Beeck, is even more relevant as the conversation regarding this post-apocalyptic pandemic has become the new norm.

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