Cruise ships worldwide with more than 250 people will test all passengers, crew for COVID-19 – News – The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA

Cruise lines around the world have committed to testing every passenger and crew member for COVID-19 before boarding, the industry’s leading trade group, Cruise Lines International Association, said Tuesday.

“CLIA ocean cruise line members worldwide have agreed to conduct 100% testing of passengers and crew on all ships with a capacity to carry 250 or more persons – with a negative test required for any embarkation,” Bari Golin-Blaugrund, vice president of strategic communications for Cruise Lines International Association, told USA TODAY in a statement.

“The global policy applies to ships capable of carrying 250 or more people, which is consistent with the policy in place as it relates to ships sailing from U.S. ports,” Golin-Blaugrund said.

The CDC’s “no-sail” order bars ships that can carry at least 250 passengers from cruising in U.S. waters until Nov. 1. The testing requirement is “effective immediately worldwide,” Golin-Blaugrund said.

CLIA’s member lines carry

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Thailand to ease travel restrictions for foreign business people; 10 Covid-19 cases reported

BANGKOK, Oct 6 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): The government is considering how to further ease travel restrictions for people who want to enter Thailand for business or investment purposes.

Easing entry for businesspersons would help lift the economy, which is sagging under the impact from Covid-19, government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said.

The Centre for Covid-19 Administration Situation has so far permitted about 11,000 foreign businesspeople and work-permit holders to enter Thailand. All went into alternative state quarantine for 14 days when they arrived in Thailand.

The centre has also given the green light for long-stay foreign visitors to enter Thailand from Oct 1 on Special Tourist Visas.

The tourists must undergo alternative state quarantine for 14 days.

Meanwhile, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported 10 new cases in state quarantine on Tuesday (Oct 6), bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 3,600.

Of the new cases, two had

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A robot suitcase could replace canes and guide dogs for blind people

Negotiating an airport with its labyrinthine corridors, endless escalators and myriad gates is never easy. Now imagine doing it if you were blind.



Asakawa designed a suitcase filled with technology which can 3-D map its surrounding and use vibrations in the handle to direct the user or signal nearby objects, stationary and mobile.


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Asakawa designed a suitcase filled with technology which can 3-D map its surrounding and use vibrations in the handle to direct the user or signal nearby objects, stationary and mobile.

That’s the challenge faced by Chieko Asakawa, a computer scientist and IBM researcher. Asakawa splits her time between the US and Japan, making the journey monthly. If traveling unaccompanied she has to be escorted by airport staff at both ends of the flight, which sometimes involves waiting and denies her autonomy.

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Searching for a better alternative led Asakawa to invent a high-tech suitcase that helps get her to her destination safely and efficiently.

Packed with cameras and sensors — many of the same technologies found in an autonomous car — the suitcase

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Bloomington faces challenges with hotels housing homeless people



a man wearing a uniform: Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts, shown in 2017.


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Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts, shown in 2017.

Bloomington officials have been struggling with how to handle several hotels housing homeless people that are racking up police calls and making neighbors feel unsafe, demonstrating that such challenges during the pandemic aren’t limited to central cities.

Three Bloomington hotels — a Holiday Inn, a Holiday Inn Express and a Comfort Inn — have contracts that began in March with either Hennepin County or St. Stephen’s Human Services, a Minneapolis nonprofit.

“These call numbers are taxing, and that’s why we’re elevating this [issue] and trying to make some progress,” said Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts.

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It’s an increasingly common scenario as agencies aim to keep COVID-19 from spreading at shelters while hotels look for creative ways to bring in income.

Problematic behavior, such as people using drugs or knocking on

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Why does American travel writing erase Black people? | Europe

As Black Lives Matter protests spread to Europe in early June, Rick Steves, the US’s most popular European guidebook author, shared a picture in solidarity on Instagram. It was Eugene Delacroix’s 1830 epic, Liberty Leading the People. The image linked to his blog, where he had penned one of his Daily Dose of Europe entries celebrating the Delacroix masterwork and explaining how it depicted the popular protests of the July 1830 revolution that dethroned France’s Charles X.

Beyond the questionable judgement of posting an image of white people by a white person, he left out two crucial pieces of context. First, just weeks before the revolution in question, France had invaded Algeria and begun a violent (and deeply racist) 132-year colonisation. And second, Delacroix was on his way to becoming one of the leading Orientalist painters. Two years after completing Liberty Leading the People, he joined a diplomatic mission to

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Are buying hotels in San Diego for homeless people a good use of funds?

The San Diego Housing Commission voted recently to buy two hotels to house homeless people now living in the temporary shelter in the Convention Center.

The plan to purchase Marriott Residence Inns in Mission Valley and Kearny Mesa for about $106.5 million comes from a variety of federal and state programs. Part will be from the state’s Project Homekey fund, money set aside for specifically housing homeless people at high risk of COVID-19.

The money is still taxpayer funds and being spent at a time when there is great economic need across the region.

Q: Is buying two hotels in San Diego County for homeless people a good use of funds?

Norm Miller, University of San Diego

NO: This works out to just under $360,000 per room, so it does not appear that these are distressed sale prices. If these were distressed sales, at lower prices, it would make

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The best camping gear for people who don’t mind angering forest spirits

Some people say the whole point of camping is to get away from it all, to “rough it,” to separate yourself from all modern comforts and technology. These people suck. Let’s have a glamorous party in the woods, having a great time while angering every forest spirit unfortunate enough to fall across our path.

Your stove

Coleman Gas Camping Stove

Coleman Gas Camping Stove | Classic Propane Stove, 2 Burner – amazon.com

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With an astounding 4.8 out of 5 at Amazon (with over 7,500 reviews) and the label of “Best overall camping stove” from Wired Magazine, this one is probably a sure bet for anyone who likes to eat food that doesn’t taste like campfire and blackened-toad.

Your water filter

Survivor Filter PRO

Survivor Filter PRO – Virus and Heavy Metal Tested 0.01 Micron Water Filter for Camping, Hiking, and Emergency. 3 Stages – 2 Cleanable 100,000L

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‘Live life now’: Travel blogger Jeff Jenkins’ Chubby Diaries encourages people to take the trip – Entertainment & Life – Austin 360

Jeff Jenkins dreamed of becoming a travel blogger.

But as he scanned social media, magazines and websites for inspiration, Jenkins noticed there were very few bloggers who looked like him.

So two years ago, he decided to pave his own road by building a brand that would give advice and a voice to other plus-size people who may be hesitant to travel because of their weight.

“My mission is to redefine what it looks like to travel, and what that means is marginalized groups being represented in the travel space. My field or my sector of that is plus-size travel. In America alone, there are 128 million people considered overweight and obese,” said Jenkins, now 34 years old. “I’m not here to promote obesity, but I want people to live life now. With there being that large of a market and brands still not making things accessible, I feel like

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‘Live life now’: Travel blogger Jeff Jenkins’ Chubby Diaries encourages people to take the trip – Entertainment & Life – Austin American-Statesman

Jeff Jenkins dreamed of becoming a travel blogger.

But as he scanned social media, magazines and websites for inspiration, Jenkins noticed there were very few bloggers who looked like him.

So two years ago, he decided to pave his own road by building a brand that would give advice and a voice to other plus-size people who may be hesitant to travel because of their weight.

“My mission is to redefine what it looks like to travel, and what that means is marginalized groups being represented in the travel space. My field or my sector of that is plus-size travel. In America alone, there are 128 million people considered overweight and obese,” said Jenkins, now 34 years old. “I’m not here to promote obesity, but I want people to live life now. With there being that large of a market and brands still not making things accessible, I feel like

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