Coronavirus Could Cause Shipping Costs To Rise By Up 15% In 20201
Managing Shipping Budgets in 2021: The Old Normal, the New Normal, or the Unknown?Q3 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreAs they plan their shipping budgets for the coming year, distributors and retailers are struggling to assess the pandemic-driven changes of 2020. SkyPostal’s A.J. Hernandez suggests a two-sided approach: be as careful as you can, while also being prepared for anything.Building A Shipping Budget(Miami, FL) November 23, 2020—While shipping managers would like to see some relief from the shocks and surprises of 2020, there are, says A.J. Hernandez, President and CEO of...
Pandemic respite for Thai 'sea gypsies' threatened by mass tourism
Coronavirus has wrought havoc across the world, but for Thailand's "sea gypsies" it has brought welcome respite from the threat of mass tourism.Since the pandemic began, life has been easier for Sanan Changnam and his people -- there's an abundance of fish to eat and real estate projects on their ancestral land in the tourist hotspot of Phuket have come to a standstill.In the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, connected to the surface by a slender pipe stuck in his mask -- a "thread of life" allowing him to breathe -- Sanan stalks fish and shellfish, spear in hand.A few kicks of his flippers...
Coronavirus in retirement homes: Balancing virus and isolation
The path leading to St Nikolaus retirement home comes to an abrupt stop at a pair of glass doors, firmly shut against the raging second wave of coronavirus infections outside.The first wave hit the home on the outskirts of the southern German city of Wuerzburg with full force. Back then, neither compulsory mask-wearing or social distancing were familiar concepts in Germany.Within 10 weeks, the facility was receiving regular visits from both ambulances and hearses. Twenty-five of the home's 165 residents died of Covid-19. One of them, an 83-year-old resident, was the pandemic's first victim in ...
Reading in the times of Coronavirus
It has been almost eight months since I let myself down the “rabbit hole” just like Alice in Wonderland, the world has turned topsy-turvy however, the books that filled this rabbit hole of mine saved the day for me. I thrived between pages of romances and thrillers, travelled with the characters to myriad places. Sometimes one became an Egyptologist, trying to understand the hieroglyphs found in a tomb of a pharaoh, trying to peel back the years to be a part of an ancient civilisation. There were times when I’d sit on an imaginary chair in a lecture hall where a scientist tried to explain the ...
‘No Thanks, No Giving’ in the Time of the Coronavirus
In November 2018 Nick Estes of The Red Nation—Albuquerque invited friends to a pot-luck and teach-in that was to be an alternative to the “genocidal” holiday of Thanksgiving. Modeled on the National Day of Mourning, it sought to replace the commemoration of what was, in reality, the slaughter of more than 700 Pequot women, children, and men by English settlers in Plymouth, Massachusetts.In order to sum up the spirit of the day, Estes quotes Moonanum James, a Wampanoag co-leader of the United American Indians of New England (UAINE), who spoke at the 2017 Day of Mourning:“The pilgrims did not fi...
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Coronavirus: WHO sends warning to Nigeria, other African countries
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday urged countries to be on high alert for a possible surge in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, especially in Africa, where many families are planning get-togethers as the year comes to a close.The WHO noted in a statement that “this comes as nearly 20 countries in the region have experienced an uptick in cases”.“After reporting a downward trend then a plateau, Africa has been experiencing a rise in cases since early October. Unlike the first wave of cases which was triggered by hotspots in Southern Africa, the latest increase is driven by the North Af...
CDC Says That Face Masks Protect Wearers From COVID-19 As Well As The Public
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new information regarding COVID-19. The new guidance states that face masks not only prevent the spread of COVID-19, but can actually protect the person wearing it, due to the filtration system of face masks lowering the chances that coronavirus droplets can travel through the mask.The face masks with the higher tried counts and multiple layers of fabric are the best ones to wear, according to the CDC. Essentially, the more fabric or thread the mask has, the lower the chance is a COVID-19 droplet can make it through to the indiv...
Khloé Kardashian, Looking Unrecognizable In New Photos, Defends Plans For Christmas Party Amid COVID
Khloé Kardashian said that her family still plans on throwing their annual Christmas Eve party this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Khloé was answering fan questions on Twitter last week when a fan asked if the famous party would still be on for this year. “OMG i just realized….. is the Kardash/Jenner Christmas party getting cancelled this year ????” the fan asked.“I pray not!” Khloé responded. “I think it will have to be way smaller obviously. And I’m totally fine with that! But we’re definitely celebrating Christmas! It will just have to be small and safe. Maybe do rapid testing before We ha...
Coronavirus: latest US restrictions as cases soar
New York (AFP) - US states and cities were imposing a raft of new restrictions to try to curb soaring Covid-19 infection rates. Here, AFP takes a look at some of the latest measures:ChicagoA new stay-at-home advisory came into effect in Chicago, America's third-biggest city, on Monday.Residents have been asked to remain confined to their homes for the next three weeks except for essential activities such as attending work, school or buying groceries.MichiganThe Midwestern state, whose largest city is Detroit, is halting all indoor dining and in-person learning for university and high-school st...
Moderna Announces Its COVID-19 Vaccine Is 94% Effective
On Monday, the drug company Moderna announced that its COVID-19 vaccine that it has been busy working on has an effective rate of 94.5% in their trials, allowing them to join Pfizer in the race for a coronavirus vaccine.Both companies are expected to apply to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to receive an “emergency use” authorization to vaccinate around 20 million first responders, as well as the elderly in nursing homes, considering these groups are some of the highest at risk for contracting the disease that has killed about 1.2 million internationally.With 11 million infected and 24...