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Image of article 'Mexican food in Singapore and a jazz fest in Copenhagen, Teabox founder’s wish list for life post-COVID'

Mexican food in Singapore and a jazz fest in Copenhagen, Teabox founder’s wish list for life post-COVID

(Dugarr studied at Singapore Management University, Lee Kong Chian School of Business.)

In this interaction, Dugarr speaks of what he would do if the air was free of the spectre of COVID.

Kausshal Dugarr, founder, Teabox, an online source for premium teas, is in the business of a brew which is often defined as the cup that cheers or soothes.

To that end, we are starting ‘If Covid Vanished ...’, a series of interviews with corporate heads and achievers, where we ask them where they’d like to travel or eat, who’d they like to meet, and so on, if the world became Corona-mukt.

If Covid vanished tomorrow or became easily manageable, which city would you like to travel to first and why?

Image of article 'We need to talk about Steam & China'

We need to talk about Steam & China

But poking around Steam games that I have easy access to, anywhere between 10% and 22% of the sales of games with Chinese translations are from China, averaging out at about 16%.

These totals are across all mobile, PC, and console games (though there’s not really much console in China!)

Both gamers and publishers in China have used Steam for games that fail to meet the country’s stringent regulations and are not available on other platforms such as WeGame, China’s biggest PC games distribution platform.”

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Image of article 'Southwest will resume filling middle seats on flights. Is this a good idea?    |    COMMENTARY'

Southwest will resume filling middle seats on flights. Is this a good idea? | COMMENTARY

On her Spirit flights, as you can imagine, she felt far more vulnerable to the disease.Maybe Beall should have known more about flight conditions before booking with Spirit; it is one of the airlines that have decided not to block the middle seats for social distancing.

Image of article 'This Mexican town has regained its 'magic' status'

This Mexican town has regained its 'magic' status

In Mexcaltitán, fresh-caught shrimp in season figure into many dishes including shrimp ceviche or tlaxtihuil -- a traditional corn-based shrimp chowder.

Now, thanks to nearly 35 million Mexican pesos of investment by federal and state authorities, Mexcaltitán has recently regained the coveted "magical" status.

"The small island that can be crossed by foot in one day is especially charming during the rainy season as its streets completely flood, making it possible to travel through them by boat, thus earning it the nickname 'The Mexican Venice,' " said Zarkin.

The Pueblos Mágicos program also promotes traditional crafts and festivals and aims to preserve local customs and unique cuisine.

Image of article 'Staycations and sustainability: How luxury travel is changing'

Staycations and sustainability: How luxury travel is changing

With much of the world under some sort of lockdown measures the future of the travel industry is hanging in the balance, says long-time luxury travel writer, Sabi Phagura.

With all these uncertainties, Phagura predicts some of the ways luxury travel will change for the foreseeable future: Travelling with a sense of purpose Taking a trip somewhere simply due to the lure of a beautiful hotel or destination will be a thing of the past.

In times like this, people do come together to help each out one another by contributing to sustainability projects and local initiatives.

Staycations as the new vacations Domestic travel will be a popular choice for many who want to get away and avoid the hassle of travel restrictions or any quarantine rules.

Meanwhile, many top-end luxury hotels are rolling out new initiatives such as installing a one-way system, contactless check-in, and in-room personal protection kits to reassure their clients.

Image of article 'How Sonder Is Riding the Short-Term Rental Wave to Success'

How Sonder Is Riding the Short-Term Rental Wave to Success

But while both fulfill similar needs for travelers—all the way down to the brand’s online aesthetic—Sonder negotiates leases with property owners, offering rooms in hotels and apartment buildings.

That’s meant a major change to how the brand operated before the pandemic, when the average length of stay was four days before the pandemic and extended stays only accounted for 10% to 15% of demand.

And while the travel industry continues to be pummeled by the pandemic—as reflected in bleak airline earnings and low U.S. hotel occupancy—short-term rental brands continue to outperform their competition, riding a wave that began in early summer and has continued into the fall.

Even before the pandemic, Sonder proudly emphasized its digital know-how, offering contactless check-in and arrival done in the brand’s mobile app for rooms in hotels and residences in apartment complexes across 39 cities worldwide.

The CEO and co-founder of the short-term rental company Sonder spends every night at a property available through his own brand, testing a room’s internet speed in Houston or the inefficiencies of 24-hour hotel service in Savannah, Ga.

Image of article 'Inside the romantic retreat floating on Australia's longest river'

Inside the romantic retreat floating on Australia's longest river

Stayz has released the shortlist for the holiday home of the year in a bid to entice Australians who are yet to cement their summer holiday plans.

These unique fixtures have bagged the Cube a nomination for Stayz 2020 Australian Holiday Home of the Year Award - and it's not hard to see why.

The house is kitted out with everything you might need for a weekend break, including bath robes, hairdryers, music speakers and even a two-person kayak for those eager to explore the river, which stretches 2,508 kilometres from the Great Dividing Ranges in north-eastern Victoria to the outskirts of Adelaide in South Australia.

The 'Cube' houseboat on the Murray River, one hour's drive inland from Adelaide, has all the features of a five-star hotel at a fraction of the cost - a remarkably reasonable $257 per night.

A romantic retreat floating in the waters of Australia's longest river is the perfect getaway for couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

Image of article 'A majority of U.S. states are now on New York's Covid travel restriction list, Cuomo says'

A majority of U.S. states are now on New York's Covid travel restriction list, Cuomo says

Travelers from a majority of states and territories across the U.S. are now required to quarantine upon arriving in New York as coronavirus cases grow across the nation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

In a "bizarre outcome," people traveling to New York from 43 states and territories now meet the criteria to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival, Cuomo said on a call with reporters.

Cuomo initially adopted the coronavirus travel advisory alongside Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy in June to prevent travelers from states with growing outbreaks from spreading the virus in the tri-state area.

Although Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey meet the criteria to be added to the advisory, a quarantine requirement "is not practically viable" given that residents frequently travel between the states, Cuomo's office later said in a statement.

New York has been responding to its own increase in coronavirus cases in "red zones" that have reported higher positivity rates, or the total percent of tests returning positive, compared with other parts of the state.

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Image of article 'A new reboot of the iconic Eastern Air Lines is flying between New York and Cabo this winter for under $250 round-trip'

A new reboot of the iconic Eastern Air Lines is flying between New York and Cabo this winter for under $250 round-trip

Eastern Airlines will operate the twice-weekly flights to the Mexican vacation destination, departing from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and currently selling for unusually low introductory fares of under $250 round-trip.

January saw its first flight of the reincarnated airline between New York and Guayaquil, Ecuador, operating the first scheduled passenger flight under the Eastern name in nearly 30 years, but with a completely different look and feel.

Planes were painted in the iconic blue and white livery complete with Eastern's original logo but it was largely a novelty as the average flyer couldn't book a flight on the new airline.

The new route to Los Cabos will be the airline's fourth from New York and sixth overall as Eastern also operates two routes to South America from Miami.

The return flight departs the same days at 3:30 p.m., arriving back in New York at 11:40 p.m. Flights on most Eastern routes aren't daily and passengers expecting the Eastern Air Lines of yesteryear will be disappointed.

Image of article 'Why 2020 Could Be The Travel Industry's 'Phoenix Moment'

Why 2020 Could Be The Travel Industry's 'Phoenix Moment

With now (according to CNN) less than 12 reported Covid cases, Dubrovnik’s tourism is back to about 40% capacity, and is smoother for tourists.

RELATED: Iconic Photo ‘Reveals’ Why Sex Pilgrims Are Flocking To This Obscure Italian Island Jelka Tepšić – the deputy mayor of Dubrovnik – illustrated how this is already, on a small scale, happening, explaining to CNN how Dubrovnik – a city famous for having too many people – is now easy to walk around with no crowds.

As Senior lecturer Ya-Yen Sun from the University of Queensland told CNN in a recent video, during the pandemic, global emissions dropped by 4.6% – the largest reduction we’ve ever seen in human history.

Not only are there silver linings to this ceasefire in flinging tourists around the globe but – according to CNN – there could now be permanent improvements in how the tourism industry operates.

From Venice regaining its magic (as the travel ban kept cruise ship heathens and disrespectful visitors away) to Virgin Australia taking the chance to negotiate new contracts and make cruel (but potentially profitable) management decisions behind a ‘smokescreen’ that would have been deemed against the airline’s culture just eight months ago, 2020’s pandemic has had various silver linings.

Looking For Last Week's Momentum To Carry Through The Rest Of October

Those final three days accounted for pretty much all of my profits through last week, about $115,000 between my main trading account and my IRA account.

Finally, I was able to tag up on the big move in Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) in Friday’s premarket and then catch Kaixin Auto Holdings (NASDAQ: KXIN) after it came out of a halt.

Those initial days of last week were mostly flat for my trading account, though Monday started off rocky with sizable losses in Monday’s leading gap stocks, Medley Management Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLY) and Lizhi Inc. (NASDAQ: LIZI).

While the broad market seems to be in a holding position until the U.S. presidential election on November 3, the stocks I traded through last week saw a good amount of momentum after a brief period of choppiness on Monday and Tuesday.

I’m hopeful this week will see more of the follow-through that the back half of last week had, but I’m still going to keep my max share size reasonable in case the market starts to waver in its support.

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Image of article 'Gyeongbokgung’s main throne hall to open to public for 10 days'

Gyeongbokgung’s main throne hall to open to public for 10 days

There is a 3,000 won admission fee to enter the palace and all tour participants must wear masks, go through temperature checks and follow the government’s social distancing guideline.

Originally built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung’s main throne hall was destroyed by fire during the Japanese invasions of Korea in the late 16th century and was rebuilt in 1867 during the reign of King Gojong.

Geunjeongjeon, National Treasure No. 223, is the main throne hall of the Joseon era palace.

Gyeongbokgung’s main throne hall Geunjeongjeon will be open to the public from Oct. 26 to Nov. 7.

By Song Seung-hyun ( There is a 3,000 won admission fee to enter the palace and all tour participants must wear masks, go through temperature checks and follow the government’s social distancing guideline.More details about the tour can be found on the Gyeongbokgung website or by calling 02-3700-3900.

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Image of article 'What Victorians can expect when Daniel Andrews relaxes restrictions today'

What Victorians can expect when Daniel Andrews relaxes restrictions today

But hospitality industry leaders have been campaigning for cafes, restaurants and pubs to again be opened to indoor diners with COVID-safe plans, arguing many businesses can't provide outdoor options and won't survive longer restrictions.

(ABC News: John Graham)Indeed, NSW has consistently recorded higher daily case numbers than Victoria this week.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt yesterday used Twitter to pressure Mr Andrews to move to restrictions to align with NSW, where rules eased further this week.

This is also a departure from the original roadmaps, which only listed further restrictions easing in regional Victoria once the entire state recorded 14 days without any new cases.

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Image of article 'Disney and Universal urge Newsom to ‘stop delaying’ and let California theme parks ‘open now'

Disney and Universal urge Newsom to ‘stop delaying’ and let California theme parks ‘open now

A delegation of state officials visited Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood this week to review reopening plans after a team from Newsom’s administration traveled to Florida last week to inspect COVID-19 protocols at Disney World and Universal Orlando.

California theme parks closed in mid-March amid the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and remain shuttered while they await guidelines for safely reopening from the state.

California Attractions and Parks Association launched the new Reopen California Amusement Parks website aimed at encouraging state residents to demand Newsom reopen California theme parks.

A new petition from Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and other California theme parks urges Gov. Gavin Newsom to stop delaying COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and allow the major tourist destinations to open now after seven months of coronavirus closures.

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The best Airbnbs in Maine

For those worried about whether Airbnbs are safe, consider that experts say staying at an Airbnb as opposed to a hotel is actually one of the safest travel options right now.

Airbnb is a great option for travelers since it offers private vacation rentals that remove interactions with other guests, which promotes social distancing.

Airbnb As travel resumes following the novel coronavirus, many East Coasters may be looking for a seaside getaway, scenic fall leaf-peeping, or cozy winter escape.

If a trip to Maine is still on your radar, there are plenty of affordable and beautiful Airbnb options to consider.

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Apex Legends: A Wee Experiment quest guide

As a reward for all your hard work, Horizon will give you a nice space-y badge to use on any of your legends and a gravity lift weapon charm.

On the south side of these is another green panel that you can scan with your flashy new keycard, activating the second gravity lift for 5,000 more CP.

Each quest rewards 5,000CP and completing them all unlocks the next set of challenges – but not before going to visit Horizon’s electronic billboard for a second time.

We’ve got our full guide on Horizon, Apex Legends’ Scottish scientist, but if you specifically want to complete her quests, then this is the page for you.

As well as the Aftermarket Event which added a bunch of new skins and the Flashpoint limited-time mode, we’re getting our first taste of Dr. Mary Somers AKA Horizon.

Image of article 'It’s fall, so let’s fly over corn mazes in Microsoft Flight Simulator'

It’s fall, so let’s fly over corn mazes in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Uncle Shucks Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Georgia Image: Asobo Studio/Xbox Game Studios via Polygon Uncle Shucks Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch was the hardest to find by far, mainly because there aren’t any nearby airports.

Scott’s Maze Adventures, Florida Image: Asobo Studio/Xbox Game Studios via Polygon To find Scott’s Maze Adventures, you’ll first need to wrestle with a bit of ambiguity with how the nearby airports are named.

Devine’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Kentucky Another farm that’s easier to locate than the nearest airport is Devine’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch.

Tools None of the top corn mazes from 2019 are listed as points of interest on the map in Flight Simulator, so you’ll need to use VFR to find them.

The corn maze that the Richardson farm cut this year won’t be included in the game until next year at the earliest.

Air Force Receives Next-Generation Ballistic Helmets Amid Monderization Overhaul

Along with next-generation helmets, the AFSFC initiative to modernize forces includes high-tech body armor and protective gear, new weapons, and upgraded communication systems.

Exercises get you prepared for the fight and having next-generation gear like this helmet improves Vance (AFB's) security readiness."

Airmen of the 71st Security Forces Squadron (SFS) at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, were recently the first in the service to strap on the new helmets.

Master Sgt. Markus Nelson, an Air Force Security Forces Center (AFSFC) equipment manager, said the new helmet is "lighter, cooler, has better padding and comes with a built-in railing to fit accessories, such as night-vision goggles and tactical communication equipment."

The Air Force on Thursday received the first order of next-generation ballistic helmets for security forces as part of a modernization effort, the service said in a press release.

Image of article 'CGS-CIMB Research stays Neutral on REITs due to CMCO'

CGS-CIMB Research stays Neutral on REITs due to CMCO

General observations by retail mall REITs indicate that the tenant sales recovery rate peaked around end-August but was still roughly below the levels seen pre-MCO in 1Q20.

Based on our checks, retail mall footfall, on average, staged a 60-80% recovery rate vs. the pre-Movement Control Order (MCO) period in 1Q20.

“Downside risks: 1) extension of CMCO beyond the two-week period; 2) severe negative rental reversion for retail malls; 3) more subdued occupancy rates for hotels.

KUALA LUMPUR: CGS-CIMB Equities Research is keeping it Neutral stance on the real estate investment trust (REIT) sector given the cautious recovery outlook in 2H20F for the retail malls and hotel players, brought about by the conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).

“We believe CMMT would be most affected by the CMCO as retail malls make up 96% of its net property income (NPI) – downside risks to the NPI of its underperforming Klang Valley malls in 2H20F, ” it said.

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Image of article 'Germany agrees to tighten virus rules as infections rise'

Germany agrees to tighten virus rules as infections rise

If those measures don't halt the rise in infections within 10 days of being imposed, "further targeted restrictions are unavoidable," with only five people allowed to gather in public, federal and state governments said.

In areas where infections top 50 infections per 100,000 people, gatherings in public and private parties should be limited to 10 people, and bars and restaurants closed at 11 p.m.

Wednesday's agreement—reached in eight hours of wrangling with state governors, who are responsible for imposing and lifting restrictions—called for action once infections hit 35 per 100,000 people.

by Geir Moulson German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, Bavaria's Governor Markus Soeder, right, and Berlin's mayor Michael Mueller arrive for a press conference after a meeting of the governors of the German states and Chancellor Merkel in Berlin Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020.

Image of article 'Right now the Fire Tablet 7 is down to just $40 at Amazon'

Right now the Fire Tablet 7 is down to just $40 at Amazon

And Prime Day is a great day for buying an Amazon device.

Well, now the regular Amazon Fire 7 tablet has decided to join in on the fun with a Prime Day discount down to $39.99.

Has a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, front and rear 720p webcams, and a battery life that gives you up to 7 hours.

Whether you choose to go with the 16GB onboard storage or upgrade to 32GB, the tablet also has a microSD card reader so you can expand your storage that way.

Other specifications include a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, and 2MP cameras on the front and back.

Virgin Australia business class passenger slams 2-minute noodle lunch

“As travel demand begins to increase we are exploring the possibilities for our onboard Business Class offering, whilst continuing to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of our guests and crew.

“This service includes a snack and drink for all guests across both cabins, and is designed to minimise contact between guests and crew.

But Virgin Australia claims the meal was a way of minimising interactions between flight crew and passengers.

The memo said business class passengers would be provided a single snack on board, while economy passengers were allowed a snack if they asked for one.

The passenger claims they took the photo of the meal they were served, which would cost less than $5 per serve.Taking to social media, the passenger detailed the offering on board the flight: “Two course-offering on VA today: Course 1 – Red Wine, Coke no sugar Snack Bar.