News

My partner and I are full-time house sitters in New Zealand. Here’s how the pandemic has affected our unusual living arrangement.

Jessica Wynne Lockhart and her partner first moved to New Zealand in 2018, eager to explore life in the southern hemisphere. After struggling to find an affordable apartment, the couple signed up to be house sitters, and ended up booking back-to-back sitting gigs for an entire year. But when COVID-19 began, a 7-month sit was […]

News

Franchisees of iconic American chains are ‘hemorrhaging’ sales, as operators of IHOP, Pizza Hut, and more file for bankruptcy

The franchisees that run locations of some of America’s most iconic chains are facing the same financial struggles as the rest of the industry. Franchisees for Pizza Hut, IHOP, and Subway have already filed for bankruptcy. McDonald’s internally warned franchisees that they may have to downsize or sell locations. “Every franchisee is a small business, […]

News

SpaceX’s new ‘Endeavour’ spaceship just made history by docking to the International Space Station with 2 NASA astronauts inside

SpaceX on Saturday launched its first humans into space: veteran NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. On Sunday morning, the astronauts caught up to the International Space Station inside their Endeavour spaceship — their new name for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft — and docked it there. The docking marks a big milestone in the […]

News

Trucking has been in a recession since late 2018 — and the coronavirus is just the latest slam on some of America’s most vulnerable workers

Aaron Terrazas is the director of economic research at Convoy, a digital freight network. He says that, for the millions of truckers around the United States, the current recession is old news — there’s been a freight recession since 2018. It’s important to remember the real impact of a recession: the disruptive effect it has […]