Stocks climb as markets find comfort in virus numbers
London (AFP) - Global stock markets rose Thursday as nervous investors welcomed data suggesting the coronavirus outbreak may be close to reaching its peak."Pretty much everywhere you look in financial markets there is renewed optimism," said Stephen Innes of AxiCorp. "Signs that the number of new daily coronavirus cases is plateauing is driving expectations that social distancing measures will be lifted soon in parts of the world," he said.Crude futures surged as traders expected top producers to agree later Thursday to cut oil output as COVID-19 slashes global demand."Despite some pretty awfu...
Airbnb launches digital tourist experiences for virtual travel
Airbnb is shifting its Experiences platform, which sells guided tours and tourist activities like cooking and pottery classes, to the virtual world with online experiences that will be hosted through Zoom.With half of the world sheltering in place, travel has been placed on indefinite hold. Airbnb is pitching its Online Experiences service as a new way to connect with people around the world and help hosts earn income throughout the COVID-19 disruptions.So far, the platform features activities from 30 countries and includes everything from learning about K-beauty from a TV host in Seoul to lea...
Staying clean in a post-virus travelling world
The Covid-19 pandemic has shocked the thriving aviation industry and forced it into hibernation. But Thailand’s aviation authority is using this rare hiatus to develop airport facilities in preparation for the post-Covid-19 world.Earlier this week, Don Mueang’s airport director revealed that the interior of the international hub will undergo a 126-million-baht revamp during this break. The work involves improvement to the air-conditioning system, re-carpeting and installation of an LED light system to save energy.On Tuesday, the Transport Ministry said it would ask the cabinet for a 250-millio...
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The universality of international cooperation after coronavirus
Since December 2019 until this day, the world has been witnessing historical milestones. More than 100 countries are busy treating thousands of patients infected with the coronavirus, undertaking whatever preventative measures possible and meanwhile seeking to stop the haemorrhaging caused by the economic decline as a result of the imposed quarantine. This is also due to the almost complete halt of air travel, tourism and internal work. Since we are living in a “small village world”, it has been easy to follow the events of the coronavirus pandemic in its various forms and with its escalating ...
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Xi: Prepare for effects of world's woes
By MO JINGXI | China Daily | Updated: 2020-04-09 07:19As nation advances, pressures expected from global economy, pandemic spreadChina should fully prepare to deal with changes from the external environment for quite a long time given the continued spread of COVID-19 globally and the downward pressure facing the world economy, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said on Wednesday.While China is making further progress in pandemic control with acceleration in economic and social recovery, the country is still faced with growing pressure from imported...
COVID-19: 100 days that changed world
On Tuesday it was 100 days since the World Health Organization (WHO) was informed of a cluster of cases of pneumonia, of unknown cause, in Wuhan city, China. As we raised Christmas toasts and counted down to the New Year fireworks, no one could have imagined that a tiny thing, invisible to the naked eye, would bring the world to a halt and turn our lives upside down.This “thing” did not even have a name until Feb. 12, when the WHO defined it as “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2,” or SARS-CoV-2.These first 100 days have felt like 100 months, but in fact we are still in the first ...
100 days of coronavirus that changed the world
Dubai: As the world on Thursday marks 100 days since the first officially reported case of coronavirus in China, the very thread of our existence has radically transformed in the past few months. With travel frozen, shops shuttered and economic activity at a virtual standstill, more than half of humanity is now confined to their homes. As thousands continue to be infected and killed every day at an alarming rate by a virus unheard even four months back, we take a look at how it all started:Day Zero: December 31, 2019Amid the dying embers of the second decade of 21st century, a tiny little news...
How our world has changed in 100 days
It is now 100 days since the world was first alerted to the existence of a strain of coronavirus that was bringing death and mayhem to the Chinese city of Wuhan. Public health authorities warned that this new strain was easily transmitted, brought on severe respiratory issues very quickly, overwhelmed victim’s own immune systems and had a high death rate. It showed all of the characteristics of being able to spread like wildfire unless its progress was immediately checked.Now, 100 days on, half of the world’s population is living under some form of lockdown or restrictions of movements, the gl...
US stocks rally on latest coronavirus updates as European bourses dip
New York (AFP) - Wall Street stocks rallied on data suggesting the coronavirus was cresting in New York and other hotspots, while European bourses mostly fell amid bickering over an EU support plan for the region's businesses.The Dow ended up 3.4 percent, picking up momentum after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state had suffered 779 fatalities over the last day, a new record, but that the hospitalization rate was continuing to decrease because of social confinement orders. "We are flattening the curve," Cuomo told reporters.The improved data from New York and some other hotspots ha...
Chag Pesach Sameach, Passover 2020, Begins at Sundown Today
Chag Pesach Sameach, Passover 2020, Begins at Sundown Today. Officially Marking The Start Of The Jewish HolidayTonight at sundown, Jewish communities across Canada and around the world will begin the eight-day celebration of Passover commemorating the Exodus, the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.“Usually, families and friends celebrate Passover by gathering around the Seder table to share a festive meal and reading from the Haggadah, as the youngest child asks the four questions. This year is different, as Canadians and people around the world deal with the impacts of...
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