The Daily Populous

Sunday July 17th, 2022 evening edition

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We will use data from Our World in Data, a respected and transparent scientific online publication based at the University of Oxford that focuses on quantifying and analysing data about global problems.

Across many of the most important indicators that define our wellbeing, humanity is faring much better than ever before.

“This is a huge accomplishment that should not be overlooked,” say the authors of the Child and Infant Mortality report at Our World in Data.

Our World in Data researchers say looking at data from 30 or even 50 years ago is not really enough to grasp the evolution of poverty around the world.

World population living in extreme poverty, World, 1820 to 2015 Our World in Data.

Our World in Data defines disasters as “all geophysical, meteorological and climate events including earthquakes, volcanic activity, landslides, drought, wildfires, storms, and flooding”.

With almost instant updates on what’s happening in the world, we are constantly reminded of what the last catastrophe was. »

Bank of America is fined $225 million for botching pandemic benefits

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Regulators are fining Bank of America $225 million for bungling the distribution of unemployment benefits amid the pandemic, and are ordering the bank to compensate more than 100,000 people in a dozen states as a result.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau also fined Bank of America an additional $100 million, accusing it of "botching the disbursement of state unemployment benefits at the height of the pandemic.".

The bank helped "issue more than $250 billion in pandemic unemployment benefits to more than 14 million people and overall distributed more pandemic relief to Americans than any other bank," the spokesperson said. »

CD Projekt stock is worth a quarter of what it was before Cyberpunk 2077 released

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A new report from Business Insider Poland paints a grim picture for CD Projekt: the company's value has cratered by over 75% since just before the launch of Cyberpunk 2077.

A business that once boasted a market capitalisation of over 40 billion Polish złoty—briefly becoming the most valuable games company in Europe —is now worth less than zł10 billion.

This is despite Cyberpunk 2077 selling almost 14 million copies in 2020 alone. »

First I2U2 Summit: India, Israel, UAE, and US Cooperate

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The grouping, officially called I2U2, first convened last October with a virtual meeting of foreign ministers.

In October, I wrote in South Asia Brief that I2U2 will face three tests: strategy, sustainability, and substance.

This is a long-shot objective for I2U2, given China’s strengthening commercial cooperation with both Israel and the UAE. »

Prosecutors seek 15-year sentence for armed Capitol rioter

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Federal prosecutors are seeking a 15-year prison sentence for the Texas man who was convicted of storming the U.S. Capitol with a holstered handgun.

The longest sentence so far is five years and three months for Robert Palmer, a Florida man who pleaded guilty to attacking police officers at the Capitol. U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich is scheduled to sentence Reffitt on Aug. 1. »