Author: Charlotte Pence Bond

China’s Birth Rate Declines To Historic Low In 2021

China’s birth rate for 2021 dropped to historic lows, declining for the fifth year in a row, creating the potential for an economic and cultural crisis in the country. Reuters reported that the “2021 rate of 7.52 births per 1,000 people was the lowest since 1949, when the National Statistics Bureau began collating the data, …

CVS, Walgreens Close Some Pharmacies On Weekends Due To Worker Shortages

Walgreens and CVS are reportedly closing down some of the companies’ pharmacies on Saturdays and/or Sundays to address the worker shortage issue that is affecting various industries across the country.  The Wall Street Journal reported, “CVS Health Corp. […] and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. […] said weekend shutdowns are unusual but become a reality when locations …

College Enrollment Continues To Decline

Colleges are experiencing an intense drop in the number of students enrolling in classes to receive undergraduate degrees, showing a trend that might not taper off with the end of the pandemic.  New data released Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse showed that U.S. colleges and universities experienced a decline of almost 500,000 undergraduate students …

Schools Experience Low Attendance Across The Country

Schools are experiencing an increase in students staying home from school, pointing to concerns over COVID-19 as the Biden administration attempts to keep kids in schools. Authorities have said that lots of K-12 students are either home sick with COVID-19 or being kept out of school by parents who are worried. Remote teaching is frequently …

Grocery Stores Continue To Experience Low Supply Of Goods

Grocery stores across the country are still experiencing shortages as customers notice empty shelves in their supermarkets. USA Today reported that the problems are being reported around the country, ranging from meat and produce to other items like cereal. Not only are essential goods more difficult to obtain, but they are also pricier.  “The consumer …

Newsom Pushes Healthcare For Illegal Immigrants As California Lawmakers Look At Single-Payer Healthcare System

In a budget proposal announced on Monday, Democratic Governor of California Gavin Newsom outlined some of his goals and strategies for the future. In a presentation on the new measures, Newsom called several issues “California’s existential threats.” These included “fighting COVID with science,” “Combating the climate crisis,” “confronting homelessness,” “tackling the cost of living,” and …

Man Receives Heart Transplant From Genetically Altered Pig: ‘This Has Never Been Done Before’

A 57-year-old man with serious heart disease was given a heart from a genetically modified pig in a new, unprecedented transplant operation.  The New York Times reported on the “first successful transplant of a pig’s heart into a human being,” a procedure that lasted eight hours and took place in Baltimore, Maryland, on Friday. The …

Chicago Public Schools And Teachers Union Reach Agreement

Students in Chicago public schools will be able to go back to classes on Wednesday after the school district and the teachers union reached an agreement following days of standoff between the two as teachers refused to work.  Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) announced the news late Monday night.  She posted on Twitter, saying, “After …

Hospitals Struggle With COVID-Related Worker Shortages – Many Fired Unvaccinated Workers

Hospitals across the country are being stretched as staff members call in sick over COVID-19 infections after health care systems fired employees over their vaccination status.  The Wall Street Journal reported that employee shortages led the Mass General Brigham hospital system to maintain 83 empty beds on Friday. “The University Hospitals system in Ohio has …