In the absence of tourists, locals reclaim their cities
In Barcelona, Laia and her daughter stroll peacefully in Park Guell.At the same time, Mladen savours the silence of the marble alleys of Dubrovnik while Fabiana soaks up the calm of old Lisbon.These three corners of three cities, known for the hustle and clamour of tourists, are unusually tranquil.The lockdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic may not have been universally popular but they have had the effect of alleviating, at least temporarily, some of the ills associated with tourism, notably the overcrowding of city centres and a rapid rise in prices and rents.Park Guell, a UNESCO World ...
Danny Westneat: No, we're not all in this together — look at what's happening in two Washington cities
Quarantine fatigue is bringing an end to our lockdown, whether we’re ready or not.All 50 states now are reopening, no matter what’s going on with the virus. This anxiousness to get back to regular life and work, which you can feel bursting on the suddenly crowded streets of Seattle, may have been baked into the timeline centuries ago, when the word “quarantine” was coined by the Italians.It’s a mashup of “quaranta giorni,” or “forty days.” Thursday marks Day 59 we’ve been cooped up since Washington’s March 23 shutdown order. No wonder we got restless.The good news is that, in King County, whic...
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GT photographer Li Hao: Beijing and Wuhan, my tale of two cities
Editor's Note:Wuhan has been revived from the deadly COVID-19 epidemic, but normalcy will never fully erase the memory of experiencing the catastrophe.From the very beginning of the outbreak, Global Times (GT) reporters have stationed on the frontline in Wuhan.GT photographer Cui Mengarrived in the city on January 30 and stayed more than 80 days to record the medical staff and patients in this special battle. Reporter Zhao Yushaand photographer Li Hao reached Wuhan in early April, right before the city's reopening.They helped record and share the struggle and hope of the people as the city cam...
COVID-19 cases rise in India as migrant workers return home from cities
NEW DELHI: Almost two months after imposing a nationwide lockdown, India is witnessing a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases, which experts attribute to more than 3 million migrant workers returning from major cities to their home states.In the eastern state of Bihar, for example, at least 2 million migrant laborers are expected to return from across the country over the next few months.According to data released by the Bihar government on Monday, out of 835 migrant workers who were tested on their return from Delhi, one in every four tested positive for COVID-19. The total number of COVID- 19...
Oprah Winfrey to provide $12 million in coronavirus grants to favourite cities
The media mogul's charitable foundation will donate money to organisations working to aid those in underserved communities in Chicago, Baltimore, Nashville, Milwaukee, and her birthplace in Mississippi, Kosciusko."The reason I'm talking about it is because there is going to be a need for people of means to step up," Winfrey told The Associated Press. "I mean, this thing is not going away."Even when the virus is gone, the devastation left by people not being able to work for months who were holding on paycheque to paycheque, who have used up their savings... People are going to be in need. So m...
Etihad Airways ramps up flights, adds new ones to half dozen cities
Supplied picsAbu Dhabi: Etihad Airways is in May and June increasing frequencies on previously announced special flights and will add new services to Belgrade, Dublin, Geneva, Milan, Paris Charles de Gaulle, and Toronto.The announcement comes as the airline is continuing to increase the number of special flights it is operating worldwide to and from Abu Dhabi.In addition to the recently launched link between Melbourne and London, Etihad will also add services to Sydney, allowing a direct transit connection to and from the UK capital via Abu Dhabi.Those wishing to book can visit www.etihad.com ...
Health secretary Azar says no 'spike' in COVID cases in states, cities that have reopened
Credit: National Institutes of HealthBy Duncan SmithAs much as the Left-wing mainstream media and its Democrat allies want to continue utilizing the coronavirus pandemic to scare Americans into accepting authoritarian lockdowns and economic deprivation, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar had some bad news for the tyrannical Sunday, but good news for citizens.In an interview with CNN's "State of the Union" program, Azar said federal health agencies and the Trump administration are not seeking major spikes in COVID-19 cases in places around the country that are reopening as the doomsa...
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ECZA seeks to create value in Saudi economic cities
As part of its efforts to attract added-value investments and introduce the investment opportunities available in the Kingdom’s economic cities and special economic zones, the Economic Cities and Special Zones Authority (ECZA) has participated in the sixth edition of the World Free Zones Organization (WFZO) AICE 2020. ECZA was represented by Secretary-General Mohanud A. Helal at the event, which was held virtually for the first time in its history due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.Held with the slogan “Value Creation in Free Zones — Building Stakeholders’ Resilience,” the online event sought...
Coronavirus recovery would be quickest or slowest in these cities
Most U.S. states are starting to ease coronavirusrestrictionsin order to get the economy back up and running financially. If you are concerned (or just curious) of how quickly the recovery might be in your city from the coronavirus pandemic and the recession caused by the shutdowns, then a new report may give you some idea.Q1 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreCoronavirus recovery depends on 2 factorsThis latest report comes from Moody’s Analytics, which studied the top 100 U.S. metro areas to determine the capability of coronavirus recovery in these cities, according to Yahoo News. ...
Reviving abandoned hamlets in post-virus Italy
Rome (AFP) - Italian architects are urging policymakers to reduce the risk of future pandemics by encouraging people to leave cities and repopulate abandoned villages in the mountains and countryside.Simply returning to life as it was before the new coronavirus ravaged northern Italy and forced a nationwide lockdown would be foolish, said architect Stefano Boeri, who is known for his ecologically friendly skyscrapers in Milan."Normality is one of the causes of this disaster," said Boeri, whose tree-covered, high-rise apartment blocks dominate the skyline in the capital of the Lombardy region, ...