Cruise ship dismantling booms in Turkey after pandemic scuttles sector

ALIAGA, Turkey (Reuters) – Business is booming at a sea dock in western Turkey, where five hulking cruise ships are being dismantled for scrap metal sales after the COVID-19 pandemic all but destroyed the industry, the head of a ship recyclers’ group said on Friday.

Cruise ships were home to the some of the earliest clusters of COVID-19 as the pandemic spread globally early this year.

In March, U.S. authorities issued a no-sail order for all cruise ships that remains in place.

On Friday, dozens of workers stripped walls, windows, floors and railings from several vessels in the dock in Aliaga, a town 45 km north of Izmir on Turkey’s west coast. Three more ships are set to join those already being dismantled.

Before the pandemic, Turkey’s ship-breaking yards typically handled cargo and container ships, Kamil Onal, chairman of a ship recycling industrialists’ association, told Reuters.

“But after the pandemic,

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Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis could indirectly impact the cruise industry, an analyst says

Visibility of COVID-19 will be important for cruise lines as they seek to resume operations, since cruise ships saw severe outbreaks early on.
  • President Donald Trump announced Friday morning that he had contracted COVID-19.
  • The market tumbled early on Friday in response, and industry experts think the cruise industry could be negatively impacted.
  • Paul Golding, an analyst at Macquarie, told Business Insider that an event raising the visibility of the virus could “potentially alter the timeline for full resumption for the cruise lines.”
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As the news of President Trump’s positive COVID-19 test slumped the market early on Friday, industry analysts predict cruising could also be negatively impacted. 

Although experts don’t predict any major impact on travel, the possibility of a new presidential administration could affect the cruise industry. Plus, any event that spotlights COVID-19 risks could deal a blow to cruise

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S.C. restaurants allowed to operate at 100 percent capacity

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WBTV) – South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is lifting restrictions to allow restaurants to operate at 100 percent capacity statewide.

a man wearing a suit and tie: South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is lifting restrictions to allow restaurants to operate at 100 percent capacity statewide.

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South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is lifting restrictions to allow restaurants to operate at 100 percent capacity statewide.

Gov. McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-63, which lifts all occupancy limitations in restaurants throughout South Carolina, effective immediately.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, South Carolina’s restaurants were only allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity. Now, they will be able to operate at 100 percent capacity.

Other restaurant safety guidelines – including the required use of face coverings for patrons and staff – remain in place for the time being.

Additionally, the governor’s “last call order,” which doesn’t allow the sale or consumption of alcohol in restaurants after 11 p.m., will remain in place until further notice.

“South Carolina is open for business” Gov. Henry

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All you need to know about Modi’s high-tech plane

Custom-made B777 aircraft for VVIP travel arrives in India: All you need to know about Modi's high-tech plane

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Custom-made B777 aircraft for VVIP travel arrives in India: All you need to know about Modi’s high-tech plane

Air India One, one ofthe two highly customised wide-bodied Boeing 777-300 ERs, which will be used to fly President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, arrived in Delhi from the US on Thursday.


“Air India One is equipped with an advanced and secured communication system that allows availing audio and video communication functions mid-air without any worries of hacking or being taped,” sources familiar with the details told ANI.

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These 2 New England bike rides are great for fall foliage

If your fall biking goals include finding the perfect trail for viewing New England’s iconic fall foliage, Bicycling magazine just made it easier by naming two local trails as national standouts for fall rides.

The magazine asked cyclists for the best foliage routes nationwide, naming two New England trails on its list of 11 great rides to see the fall foliage across the U.S: Where’s Chester in northeastern Mass. and southern New Hampshire and Bethel to Evans Notch in western Maine and eastern New Hampshire.

Here’s what the magazine wrote about the 54-mile Where’s Chester trail, which it says is best tackled in mid to late October:

This colorful ride is popular with members of the North Shore Cyclists club north of Boston. Along the way, you’ll pass through farmland and historic country towns while gaining 2,500 feet in elevation. There are some challenging hills to climb, but you’ll hardly

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How A Time Travel Romance Starring Superman Found Its Fans: LAist

Screenshot from Somewhere In Time, with Christopher Reeve obsessing over Jane Seymour’s photo. (Courtesy Universal Pictures)

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Saturday, Oct. 3 marks the 40th anniversary of Somewhere in Time, a film that took one of the longest, weirdest journeys to popularity. It was savaged at the box office for being stodgy, overly romantic, and out of touch. But today, it’s a cult favorite, beloved for the very qualities it was panned for. Its fan base includes retired 4-star General Colin Powell, a couple of FilmWeek critics, and me.

Here’s the thumbnail: An elderly actress shows up at the premiere of a young playwright’s new production. The playwright becomes obsessed with her and wills himself back in time 67 years to meet

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The Weekend’s Best Deals: Bluetooth Speakers, Telescopes And More

While we’re all excited about the two days of deals that come with this year’s Prime Day (which falls on Oct. 13 and Oct. 14. this year), there’s still plenty of money to be saved on some of your favorite products before then.

That’s why we put together this list of the weekend’s best deals, from camping lanterns to stationary workout bikes. But you’ll want to act quickly — these deals won’t last forever.

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JBL Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, $59.95
Now is a great time to score some serious savings on this pair of noise canceling headphones by industry leader JLB. The lightweight, foldable headphones feature JBL’s Pure Bass sound, wireless Bluetooth connectivity and a whopping 12-hour battery life.

Discount: 35 percent off

Gskyer Telescope For Kids And Beginners,

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Airline payroll aid blocked in U.S. House as job losses stack up

“Madam Speaker in plain English, what you just said is that the Republican majority killed this legislation, plain and simple,” DeFazio said on the House floor.

DeFazio, chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, appeared frustrated, at one point slamming his hand against the lectern when the chair told him he couldn’t continue talking.

The back and forth whipsawed airline stocks, which fell early in the session and then jumped on Pelosi’s announcement that she would push for a stand-alone measure to help carriers. A Standard & Poor’s index of U.S. airlines pared gains after the aid was blocked, climbing 1.7% at 3:01 p.m. in New York.

Payroll support of $25 billion for passenger carriers expired Sept. 30, prompting American Airlines Group Inc. and United Airlines Holdings Inc. to start laying off tens of thousands of employees.

“As relief for airline workers is being advanced, the airline industry must delay

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JPMorgan: 2 Cruise Line Stocks to Buy, and 1 to Watch From the Sidelines

Few industries have been hit by COVID-19 as hard as the cruise industry, but the situation may be turning around. The industry is starting to reopen, partly on customer perceptions that corona is beginning to recede, and partly on business recognition that companies cannot live on credit forever.

The cruise line companies are taking precautions, and measures to improve health and prevent the spread of disease in the close quarters of a cruise ship include better ventilation systems with upgraded air filtration, simplified itineraries, and – where possible – a move toward smaller vessels. For passengers, this will likely mean forgoing buffet lines and finding smaller crowds aboard ship. For the cruise lines, it means the restart is moving slowly.

For investors, of course, there is a different set of questions. Some of these were addressed by JPMorgan analyst Brandt Montour.

“We continue to see value in shares for longer

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Trump’s Covid Case Throws More Hardship on Cruise Stocks

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While airline operators see pandemic relief coming their way from Congress, the news keeps getting worse for cruise lines.

President Donald Trump’s positive Covid-19 test Friday is just the latest development that may add pressure on the industry, especially if rising cases overall mean a return to lockdowns and travel restrictions. A meeting scheduled for Friday at the White House between cruise executives and Vice President Mike Pence was canceled, CNBC reported.

Earlier in the week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended a “no sail” order to Oct. 31 and issued a strong warning that “cruise ship travel continues to transmit and amplify the spread of [Covid-19” even when safety precautions are taken. And cruise lines like


(ticker: CCL) canceled excursions planned for November and December from U.S. ports outside Florida.

“The president getting Covid is a reality check for regular people,”

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