what stops people voting around the world and how to fix it

As the US election campaign nears its end point, one thing about the result is certain: a lot of people won’t vote. Turnout at the 2016 US presidential election was only 60.1% – even without a pandemic. In 2020 there is a risk that COVID-19 will further undermine turnout.

The US is not alone and not the worst. Turnout at the 2016 Haiti presidential election, held only weeks after Hurricane

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City Council committee advances proposal to buy hotels for homeless people

A city proposal to buy two hotels to house up to 400 homeless people cleared a hurdle Wednesday with unanimous approval from the San Diego Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee.

Not everybody is on board with the idea, however. Public comments during the meeting, held remotely with people calling in, found a few Mission Valley residents had concerns about the city’s plan to convert a Marriot Residence Inn near

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Young People Around the World Are in a Mental Health Crisis

This research is powered by the VICE Media Group audience. We surveyed the VICE, Refinery29, and i-D audiences in March, June and September to track the evolution of young people’s attitudes and behaviors to help us understand the pandemic’s lasting impact on the world. Over the three waves of research we spoke to nearly 15,000 people in more than 30 countries. The majority of respondents were between the ages of

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Coronavirus & China: More People around the World Don’t Trust Xi Jinping

China’s President Xi Jinping (right) and Kiribati’s President Taneti Maamau walk at a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, January 6, 2020. (Jason Lee/Reuters)

Here in the United States, the discussion of coronavirus no longer focuses much on the origin of the virus, focusing instead on the outbreak in the White House, the president’s infection and ongoing recovery, the rate of cases, and the approval

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All the People in Trump’s Orbit Who Have Tested Positive or Negative for COVID-19

Though Dr. Michael Ryan of the World Health Organization (WHO) declined during a recent special session to directly agree with the assessment that Donald J. Trump’s reported COVID-19 diagnosis was “inevitable” given his general disregard for pandemic-appropriate behavior, one would be hard-pressed to approach anything nearing shock regarding the failed steak salesman’s current situation.

Instead, Ryan made a point to remind those listening that the oft-repeated health precautions—i.e. wearing a

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Travel way down, but there are still some people going abroad, says Saskatoon travel agent



a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: If you are flying these days there are far fewer flights to choose from, says Saskatoon Uniglobe travel agent Jamie Milton.


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If you are flying these days there are far fewer flights to choose from, says Saskatoon Uniglobe travel agent Jamie Milton.

While the federal government is advising Canadian citizens to avoid all non-essential travel, there are still a few people flying across Canada and abroad, says one Saskatoon travel agent.

“Over the last six months, demand has been down 80 to 90 per cent,” says Jamie Milton,

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Suburban Cities Are Working To Shut Down Hotels Keeping The Most Vulnerable People Housed

Across the country, local governments are fighting to regulate or close down extended-stay hotels, particularly the low-cost accommodations they view as hubs of crime and illicit activities.

But their battles against these hotels — where guests can pay by the week and stay for as long as desired — often have collateral damage. They are often the last housing resort for many low-income, transient workers.

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Norcross resident Donald

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UK considered telling people to self-isolate in Covid-19 hotels



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The Government’s scientists considered using Covid-19 quarantine hotels for vulnerable people who live in the most deprived areas of Britain, it emerged today.

Overcrowded households with poor ventilation, such as high-rise flats, make it difficult to adhere to social distancing if someone with the virus is asked to self-isolate.

The Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) said this was risky in multi-generation

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Why these L.A. hotels wouldn’t house homeless people

When Los Angeles city and county officials reached out to local hotels, hoping to lease rooms through a new program meant to help homeless people survive the COVID-19 pandemic, they ran into a host of concerns.

One downtown hotel was worried about how participating in the program, Project Roomkey, would affect its brand, according to a report issued this week by a city analyst.

Several hotels said they were already

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Coronavirus has now killed 1 million people around the world

More than 1 million people have died from Covid-19 since the coronavirus was first identified late last year in China, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

With more than 200,000 deaths, U.S. continues to lead the global death toll, followed by Brazil at 142,000 and India at 95,500, the tally on Monday showed.

“Our world has reached an agonizing milestone,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a

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Why didn’t these L.A. hotels house homeless people? A new report offers some answers

Two hotels at L.A. Live, the downtown entertainment complex, did not take part in Project Roomkey. A report looked at why some hotels did not participate. <span class="copyright">(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Two hotels at L.A. Live, the downtown entertainment complex, did not take part in Project Roomkey. A report looked at why some hotels did not participate. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

When Los Angeles city and county officials reached out to local hotels, hoping to lease rooms through a new program meant to help homeless people survive the COVID-19 pandemic, they ran into a host of concerns.

One downtown

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Empty North Bay lodgings fill up as people flee Glass Fire in Wine Country

Knowing that Northern California hotels could soon be inundated by evacuees fleeing the fast-moving Glass Fire, Steve Page is doing his best to increase amenities at the 50 Acres Campground by the Sonoma Raceway, near San Pablo Bay in southern Sonoma County.

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Are buying hotels in San Diego for homeless people a good use of funds?

The San Diego Housing Commission voted recently to buy two hotels to house homeless people now living in the temporary shelter in the Convention Center.

The plan to purchase Marriott Residence Inns in Mission Valley and Kearny Mesa for about $106.5 million comes from a variety of federal and state programs. Part will be from the state’s Project Homekey fund, money set aside for specifically housing homeless people at high

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Vhista App Helps Blind People Move Around the World

Helping those with visual disabilities is the mission of Juan David Cruz, a Colombian engineer who, at the age of 26, has positively impacted the lives of 40,000 people through his free application called Vhista.

The tool allows its users to explore their environment. “Use the iPhone’s camera, pointing anywhere, and the app will tell you, with about 80 percent certainty, what objects are in front of you. It also

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Nearly 30 Million People Have Contracted Covid-19 Around The World

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A little over six months since the spread of Covid-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, nearly 30 million people globally have now contracted the virus, marking another milestone as many brace for a possible resurgence during the fall and winter seasons.

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