COVID-19 pandemic is not halting everyone's Thanksgiving travel plans
PHILADELPHIA — Before noon on Monday, Jared Gorin was sitting by himself on a wooden bench at William H. Gray III 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, masked and waiting for the 12:05 back home to Connecticut, where his parents and sister are to gather for Thanksgiving.He’d done everything he could think of to minimize the odds of bringing the coronavirus home to family.The strategic consultant with Jefferson Health had been diligent about staying home days before the holiday. He got tested for COVID-19. He’s participating in a vaccine trial. And he deliberately booked a less-crowded train.“It...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
‘What do you have…’
‘What do you have…’CTALK–Cito Beltran(The Philippine Star) – November 25, 2020 – 12:00amWhile listening to one of half a dozen podcasts daily, one of the speakers asked a question that many people never seemed to have thought about but clearly got me thinking about it. After seven months under a global pandemic where many of us had to work from home or stay home, what do you “seriously” have to show for it? Did you manage to learn a new skill? Did you finally get into shape or start living a healthy lifestyle? Did you learn a new language or how to play a musical instrument or perhaps learned ...
How will you spend your Christmas in the time of pandemic?
How will you spend your Christmas in the time of pandemic?And just like that it’s Christmas season already! The year 2020 could be the most extraordinary and challenging year for most of us.Jobs were lost, businesses closed shop. Some dear family and friends were also lost in this COVID-19 pandemic. And we don’t know when this will really end.We have been in this unusual lifestyle for almost a year now. Work, studies, and leisure are all done from home. No parties, no big gatherings, no Christmas shopping at crowded malls and tiangges.For the Christmas-loving Filipinos, this is a sacrifice. Bu...
You should probably replace some of your fabric face masks
If your masks are beginning to feel as old as this pandemic, it’s probably time to get yourself some new ones.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises using masks that have at least two layers of tightly woven, washable, breathable fabric, such as cotton. When you wash your masks regularly, which you’re supposed to do, the fabric, as well as the fit, can begin to deteriorate. As this happens, your masks become less effective.“A newer, fresher mask is likely to have tighter fibers, and so it’s likely better at keeping out other particles and keeping your particles in,” says Krys J...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Commentary: Finding the sweet spot in the pandemic
I’ve been learning to row during our society’s wrangling with COVID-19.Usually twice a week since August, I ease myself into a one-person scull, push away from the dock, do “eggbeater” drills to remind myself of the boat’s feel. And then I row. As a novice, it’s none too pretty, but I am utterly transported, plying the waters of Washington’s Lake Stevens with as many as a dozen other club members and watchful coaches on yellow launches, ready with advice or rescue.With my phone quarantined in the boathouse for a couple of hours, I can shake off the stresses that dog all of us. The latest presi...
The Seattle Times
USD/ZAR: Bearish Pressures Suggest Breakdown Extension - 24 November 2020
[CAD:EN - 2 - South Africa ZAR - Trade Now CTA]Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that forced the global economy into a recession, depressed the labor market and spiked total debt levels past sustainability, rating agencies slowly react. Fitch Ratings downgraded the Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of South Africa from BB to BB- with a negative outlook. One of the reasons was the likelihood that the GDP in 2022 will remain below pre-pandemic levels in 2019. The USD/ZAR is stable inside its support zone from where bearish pressures suggest a breakdown extension.The Force I...
MLS staff numbers take hit from Covid pandemic
Major League Soccer (MLS) has laid off 20 per cent of full-time staff at its New York headquarters in a bid to mitigate the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to reports in the US, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The purported jobs cuts, first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, amount to roughly 70 employees and comes after MLS enacted a 25 per cent pay cut for senior staff, including commissioner Don Garber, back in April.The league eventually returned to play in July with a behind-closed-doors tournament in Orlando before eventually resuming its regular season in Augus...
Rent in Dubai: What’s driving demand for Dh1 million rented homes even in a pandemic?
Dubai: Any mention about a residential property rented out for Dh1 million or more in Dubai takes the mind immediately to the Palm. Having a private beach justifies all the additional zeros in the rental, you think.But even outside of the Palm, Dubai’s super-luxury residential rental market seems to be doing quite OK, with a Polo Home at Arabian Ranches recently signing off on a lease for a flat Dh1 million.The property had been on the market for some time and had an original rental demand for Dh1.2 million. But given how the market has been all through this year, settling for Dh1 million does...
Budget 2021 in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic | Daily FT
The Budget speech 2021 was presented at a time when the country is being severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. GDP growth is projected to be down to negative 2% this year. Despite this economic setback, the Government envisages to maintain an inclusive GDP growth rate of 6% per annum over the medium-term while containing inflation to around 5%, according to its macroeconomic program, ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’.Less emphasis on COVID-19Given such optimistic targets, it is somewhat puzzling that the Budget speech does not pay much attention to the COVID-19 pandemic which has paralysed...
Daily Financial Times
Public transit, battered by pandemic, triumphs at ballot box
Far fewer people are riding buses and trains during the COVID-19 pandemic, but in this month’s election voters still approved more than a dozen proposals to increase spending on public transit.From California to Virginia, voters supported sales or property tax hikes and bond issues to pay for maintenance, improvements or expansion of mass transit systems that have been hit hard in the last nine months.“Transit ridership is down in most cities. At the same time, it’s still moving millions of people a day, and a lot of those people are essential workforce — nurses, grocery store workers, people ...