pandemic

US Navy sails to nimbler, unmanned future after pandemic

TOKYO — The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the need for change in the operation of the world’s navies, as infections in the crowded, small quarters of ships surge.

Not only are crew members expected to work in small, unventilated spaces, they are also kept together over months, exposing them to each other’s germs. The U.S. Navy reported more than 2,000 active infections in its ranks as of the end of May, accounting for roughly 40% of cases in the military.

Of the U.S. Navy’s 11 aircraft carriers, the USS Theodore Roosevelt and three others were forced to suspend operations

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59% of ad agency employees working longer during pandemic, study says

Dive Brief:

  • More than half (59%) of employees at advertising and marketing agencies said they were working longer hours as the coronavirus pandemic led many cities and states to issue stay-at-home orders, per a study that professional social network Fishbowl shared with Marketing Dive. The percentage was slightly higher than the average 55% of professionals among all industries who said they were working longer.
  • Advertising and marketing professionals were among the knowledge workers who said they’re putting in longer hours during the pandemic, compared with consultants (61%) and teachers (60%). People who work in advertising and marketing were more likely
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Thai shoppers awaken to new retail landscape as pandemic ebbs

BANGKOK — Retail in Thailand is coming back to life as businesses are allowed to reopen after daily tallies of coronavirus cases have not exceeded single digits for weeks.

But consumers are awakening to a new service industry, one transformed by the strict preventive measures that were put in place to halt the contagion.

The government eased the national lockdown on May 17, allowing department stores, restaurants, supermarkets, beauty salons and other establishments to reopen. But store operators are putting safety first.

Central Retail, a unit of conglomerate Central Group and operator of 23 Central Department Stores nationwide, imposed a

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Pandemic forces 1.5 million people to delay retirement

Millions of workers approaching retirement could be forced to delay their plans as a result of the financial troubles caused by coronavirus. 

Pension savers have been urged not to withdraw large amounts of cash from their investment pots as they risk locking in the steep losses made by markets over recent months. This means more than 1.5 million workers aged over 50 are expected to defer their retirement and spend an average of three extra years working.

That is according to research from investment house Legal & General, which found that workers who have been furloughed or taken a pay

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