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Blood donations: less than an hour to save someone’s life

in Help/Society
Blood donation
Image by rovin from Pixabay

In this article we break down all the essential factors that make blood donations such a vital contribution to our health care system. Find out how you can save lives every time you donate and what goes into your first donation.

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Plain language matters in a crisis, but also afterwards

in Glocal/Society
Photo by Alexas_Fotos on Pixabay

Simplicity or clarity can mean different things to people. But plain language is a general notion that can apply to most if not all languages and contexts. International Plain Language Federation explains it as: “A communication is in plain language if its wording, structure, and design are so clear that the intended readers can easily find what they need, understand what they find, and use that information.”

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Ghanaian student now 103 days on Wuhan lockdown

in Philosophies/Society
Ghanaian on Wuhan lockdown
Black people and other minorities are reportedly being singled out during Covid-19 crisis in China. Image from Pixabay, art by Ana Ribeiro

Before his forced, indefinite isolation during Covid-19 times in Wuhan, China, this young medicine student from Ghana felt he had his future figured out, and a bright one at that, planning to further his studies abroad and apply what he learned back home.

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How has social distancing affected you?

in Cityscapes/My Leipzig/Society
Image by Dierk Gut from Pixabay

Social distancing has become a major factor in our daily urban lives here in Leipzig. The Institute for Urban Development and Construction Science (ISB) has started a survey to get a deeper understanding of how Leipzigers are affected by the current situation. Find out here what the survey is trying to investigate and how you can participate yourselves.

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Paper checks & balances: life, paycheck to paycheck

in Philosophies/Society
People in bank
Photo by Museums Victoria on Unsplash.

“While the checks bring some urgent relief to the pandemic’s economic victims, it might be better not to calculate their costs in terms of ink and paper, logistics, and carbon emissions. Into the bargain, President Trump has been able to abuse the paper checks as vehicles for his reelection campaign, by printing his name on them.”

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Remembering slain journalist Lyra McKee one year on

in Politics/Society
Stormont in Belfast
Stormont in Belfast. Public domain photo

“A young, gay, female journalist… was killed in an act of terror, one year ago. Today the Covid-19 virus, a global pandemic which does not recognise borders or religion… is a powerful reminder of the suffering we all experience in this world.”

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