NEWS DIGEST 22.05.2020: Celebrating creativity and maintaining economies in the lockdown – bloggers’ viewpoints



Today’s News Digest comes courtesy of the HEMNA official Twitter list HEM Bloggers List. German language news and theological ethics blog @theolounge_de makes reference to US president Donald Trump’s reluctance for a second coronavirus lockdown as he expressed his keenness to get the country open again. On a visit to an automobile plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Trump told media that if a second surge of COVID-19 occurs, “we will put out the fires, we will not close the country,”, before adding “Whether it’s an ember or a flame, we’ll put it out”, according to Germany’s Spiegel Online. The president has said he fears for the impact a second wave of lockdowns will have for the national economy – Trump will keinen zweiten Lockdown (Theolounge)

Susanna Gebauer @dreckbaerfrau, also from Germany, is a social media and blogging expert. On her blog The Social Ms, she published a post on how use Twitter successfully to gain useful marketing leads, find customers and drive engagement with online businesses. The how-to guide explains why Twitter is so placed to help promote an online business, such as growing a firm’s activity on the platform and communicating with would-be customers – All You Need To Know About Twitter Marketing (In More Than Just One Post) (The Social Ms)

Anthony Tonwa @dcrazynigerian, a Nigerian blogger behind ‘The Crazy Nigerian’ has published the latest issue of his e-newsletter The Crazy Daily this morning. The newsletter leads with celebrations for the fifteenth anniversary of the release of the film Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith; twenty filmmakers responding to the Brexit situation in the UK; a review of the documentary The Dalai Lama: Scientist, and another review of the movie The Grateful Dead. Much of the source material/links were drawn from the British newspaper The GuardianThe Crazy Daily (Anthony Tonwa/

Irish Tech News covers a report written in conjunction with Dr. Pramod Pathak, dean of computing at the National College of Ireland in Dublin, who is examining the challenges posed to tertiary education in the country under a Level 3 lockdown and how his institute has adapted to the current situation – DEALING WITH COVID-19 IN IRISH UNIVERSITIES, PRAMOD PATHAK, NATIONAL COLLEGE OF IRELAND (Irish Tech News)

The same publication has also published a podcast featuring Alex Lee, a director at Fintech NI, who discusses how the Northern Irish fintech sector has coped with COVID-19 and whether remote working will become an entrenched means of employment in the future. He is joined by Irish Tech News reporter Ronan Leonard, and also talks about his company and how Northern Ireland is the next hub for fintech and its co-relations with fintech providers south of the border – ALEX LEE DIRECTOR AT FINTECH NI APPEARS ON THIS EPISODE OF THE IRISH TECH NEWS PODCAST (Irish Tech News)


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