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In the months of the lockdown, house prices in Italy made a record leap. According to preliminary estimates by Istat, in the second quarter of 2020, the price index for homes purchased by families rose by 3,1% over the previous quarter and by 3,4% compared to the same period of 2019. largest trend increase since the time series is available. Istat specifies that the data "refer to contracts signed between April and June but whose conditions were mostly perfected before the lockdown". Simultaneously with the increase in prices, in fact, there was a drastic drop in the number of sales of residential properties (-27,2% in the second quarter, followed by -15,5% in the first quarter) [Cavestri, Sole].
Change to the presidency of the New York Times
Arthur Sulzberger Jr. will step down as president and board member of the New York Times at the end of the year. The place will be taken by his son AG Sulzberger, who has been the newspaper editor for three years. The New York Times has been in the Ochs-Sulzberger family for more than 120 years: since Adolph S. Ochs bought it in 1896 and saved it from bankruptcy [the Post].
Euthanasia for whales
At least four of the five hundred beached whales in Tasmania required euthanasia. A choice of local authorities to shorten the suffering of the now exhausted cetaceans, lying on the shore of Macquarie Harbor, on the Australian island. And another twenty or so whales are in danger of not making it. After three days of non-stop work, the rescuers continue to keep the cetaceans hydrated to be able to tow them offshore: according to the latest data, 90 have been saved, but the number of dead specimens in the bay has risen to 380. Another problem is that of the removal of carcasses.