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Leah Barrett Werner

Leah Barrett Werner

Research Assistant, Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University
Leah Barrett Werner is a research assistant in the department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She holds an MA in social and cultural anthropology from Concordia University.

Consulting firms are the 'shadow public service' managing the response to COVID-19

Nov 13, 2021 07:48 am UTC| Business

In March 2020, as governments were implementing lockdown mandates at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the consulting firm McKinsey made a call to someone in the Ontario premiers office. Soon after, the firm was put in...

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Economy

Nestlé launches plant-based toddler drink Little Steps

Nestlé has launched a plant-based drink for toddlers named Little Steps Plantygrow, which can be added to smoothies and shakes. The company emphasized that the plant-based Growing Up Drink, marketed under its SMA...

Heineken to take control of Taiwanese brewery Long Chuan Zuan

Heineken will take over the majority ownership of the Long Chuan Zuan Co brewery in Taiwan from the Sanyo Whisbih Groupo. The agreements financial details have not been disclosed. The Investment Commission of Taiwans...

Scotch Whisky finally gets official trademark in US

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has officially received a trademark for Scotch Whisky in the United States, which has committed to protecting Scotch as a whiskey produced in Scotland. Although the US Federal Code...

Wimbledon looks to engage younger fans with WimbleWorld on Roblox

The All England Club (AELTC) has built a digital recreation of Wimbledons Centre Court dubbed WimbleWorld on the Roblox video game platform to reach a younger demographic. The project is part of its 100-year celebration...

AC Milan secures $31.5 million a year in Puma kit deal extension

Serie A champions AC Milan have signed an extension of their kit supply deal with Puma for US$31.5 million per year, which is double the previous amount. Due to the deal, the German sportswear brand remains as Milans...

Politics

Russia-Ukraine conflict: Russian space agency releases coordinates of US Pentagon, NATO summit venue

The Russian space agency ROCOSMOS released the coordinates of several prominent government establishments in the West. The release of coordinates comes as the agency said the satellites in the West are all aligned with...

NATO chief says alliance will increase troops on high-alert to over 300,000

With the ongoing war in Ukraine already in its fourth month, the NATO alliance appears to look towards another strategy to be ready in case of a potential escalation. NATOs Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the...

Iran says Saudi Arabia is ready for direct bilateral discussions

Tensions between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia may be easing as of late, with Tehran claiming that Saudi Arabia may be ready to engage in direct bilateral discussions. This follows the visit of the Iraqi Prime...

US Supreme Court: Legal expert says far-right justices are bypassing SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts' control

The US Supreme Courts ruling last week, effectively overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision of 1973, led to public outrage. With the high court under scrutiny for its reasonings behind the recent decisions, a legal...

Science

Sea lettuce used as cow feed may lower marine ecosystem threat

A joint study conducted by a local feed manufacturer and Konkuk University showed that cows fed with a newly developed feed containing sea lettuce emitted 28 percent less methane gas than those who werent. Cows fed sea...

S. Korean scientists develop robot skin that senses tactile stimuli, self heals

A research team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a robot skin that can sense external tactile stimuli and recover from injury when damaged. The newly developed robot skin...

Absolut enlists startup's help in developing fiber-based bottle cap

The Absolut Company is enlisting the help of Swedish start-up Blue Ocean Closures in developing a fiber-based closure cap for its Absolut Vodka bottle. The caps design uses a combination of sustainably sourced FSC fiber...

S. Korea to produce biodegradable plastic with seaweed

South Koreas Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and a research team at Pohang University of Science and Technology will begin developing technology that uses marine plants to produce biodegradable plastic material. Among...

How nanotechnology can revive Nigeria's textile industry

Nigerias cotton production has fallen steeply in recent years. It once supported the largest textile industry in Africa. The fall is due to weak demand for cotton and to poor yields resulting from planting low-quality...

Technology

Capcom confirms free Title Updates for ‘Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’

Even though Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is already launching later this year, the much-awaited expansion was still one of the highlights during Nintendo Direct on Tuesday. But aside from releasing a new trailer, Capcom...

Meta announces voice and audio channels in Facebook Groups

Meta announced a slate of new features for Facebook Groups where users can have more focused conversations. The company also confirmed it is testing a new sidebar that will be available to all users, where they can better...

‘Persona 5’ launches on Nintendo Switch in October

The popular RPG titles from Atlus are officially confirmed to launch on Nintendo Switch, starting with Persona 5: The Royal later this year. Two more Persona games were also announced during the Nintendo Direct Mini...

Jaguar, Volvo -backed blockchain sustainability firm Circulor raises $25 million

UK-based blockchain startup Circulor, whose existing investors include Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover, announced a $25 million funding round led by Silicon Valley venture firm Westly Group. The round also adds HG Ventures...
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