Commentary: Want to travel again? It’s not sitting in a plane you should worry about

SINGAPORE: To soak in the sights, sounds and scents of distant lands. To close business deals. To be with family and loved ones during special moments. Or to be at the bedside as a last breath is taken.

These are but some of the many reasons why we have taken a flight at some point in our lives. But it has not been possible to do so in the last six months ever since governments closed their borders to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We don’t know when COVID-19 will be eradicated. The development of an effective and globally recognised vaccine is an important step. But it will take time for it to be produced and distributed around the globe.

Until that happens, we need to live with COVID-19 while taking precautions. This applies to re-opening borders and restoring aviation connectivity around the world. 

Doing so will help

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The First American Woman to Captain a Cruise Ship Hilariously Shuts Down a Troll in Viral Video

Celebrity Cruises

Kate McCue has no patience for grammatically incorrect internet trolls.

Earlier this week, the social-media-famous cruise captain went viral when she addressed a sexist comment made on one of her TikTok videos about her status as a female captain.

The unnamed troll wrote, “How can you be a captain? Your [sic] only a woman.”

“Normally, when I’m scrolling through comments and I see something like this, I totally ignore it and move on with my life,” said McCue, speaking from her ship, Celebrity Edge. “But I think it’s about high time that I address this, because it’s 2020, and in this day and age, I’m shocked …”

After a dramatic pause, she continued, “…that someone still doesn’t know the difference between you’re and your.”

“So just a quick reference: You’re — as in ‘you are’ — like, ‘you are sexist.’ Your is something possessive, it belongs to you,

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No. 4 Florida looks to improve to 3-0 in visit to No. 21 A&M


Florida tight end Kyle Pitts (84) celebrates his touchdown catch from quarterback Kyle Trask (11) with offensive lineman Brett Heggie (61) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Carolina, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla.


No. 4 Florida (2-0, 2-0 SEC) at No. 21 Texas A&M (1-1, 1-1), Saturday at noon ET (ESPN).

Line: Florida by 6 1/2.

Series record: Tied 2-2.


The Gators have played well in decisive wins over Mississippi and South Carolina but will face bigger tests in upcoming weeks with A&M starting a streak of three of four games against ranked opponents. After a lopsided loss at No. 2 Alabama last week, the Aggies could use a win against a top-10 opponent to quiet critics who have started to question if coach Jimbo Fisher has done much to improve the program.



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Group Travel Market in Asia-Pacific to Garner $689.5 Billion by 2030: AMR

Portland,OR, Oct. 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — According to the report published by Allied Market Research, the Asia-Pacific group travel market generated $363.11 billion in 2019, and is estimated to garner $689.5 billion by 2030, witnessing a CAGR of 6.0% from 2019 to 2030.The report provides a detailed analysis of changing market trends, market size &estimations, key winning segments, top segments, value chain, and competitive scenario.

Pursuit of unique experiences and innovative marketing &promotionalstrategies on social media drive the growth of the Asia-Pacific group travel market. However, terrorism activities, political unrest, and climate changes present restraints in the market growth. On the other hand, a new trend of eco-mmodationand implementation of mobile applications, big data analytics, and artificial intelligence in the travel industry present new opportunities in the coming years.

 In-depth analysis of the COVID-19 impact on the Asia-Pacific group travel [email protected]

Covid-19 Scenario:

  • There has been a lockdown
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Michael J. Driscoll, executive who led family construction firm, dies at 87

Michael J. Driscoll, 87, of Lafayette Hill, a contractor who led the family-owned Driscoll Construction Co., died Thursday, Oct. 1, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at his home.

The firm’s numerous projects, carried out under Mr. Driscoll’s tenure, included the $67.5 million rebuilding of the South Street Bridge, which stretched from 2008 to 2010.

“Anybody who drives around this area has seen some of his work,” said his daughter Anita Driscoll Duquette.

Born to James Norbert and Virginia Kerns Driscoll in White Plains, N.Y., Mr. Driscoll moved with his family to Mount Airy’s Durham Street neighborhood in 1944.

He graduated from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia, where he was All-Catholic in basketball, football, and golf and was voted the Best All-Around Athlete in the Class of 1951.

He had earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Georgetown University and was enrolled in Jefferson Medical College when his father,

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North Cyprus reopens part of resort abandoned in 1974 conflict

By Michele Kambas

NICOSIA (Reuters) – Northern Cyprus on Thursday reopened part of the beachfront of a resort abandoned since Turkey invaded the island in 1974, taking a step supported by Ankara but condemned by Greek Cypriots and causing concern internationally.

People wearing face masks streamed in after being allowed through a checkpoint by police near the beachfront of Varosha, a deserted suburb of Famagusta city in breakaway Northern Cyprus, in the east of the divided Mediterranean island.

The move could hurt efforts to revive settlement talks on the island and stoke Turkey’s row with EU members Cyprus and Greece over east Mediterranean maritime rights, which cooled after Ankara and Athens agreed to resume talks..

Ersin Tatar, premier of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) which is only recognised by Turkey, unveiled the move in Ankara on Tuesday alongside President Tayyip Erdogan, who said he hoped the whole of the district would be

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Live under a rock on Election Day with’s new rental

Not looking forward to a chaotic Election Day (or week) news cycle? understands. The company is giving one traveler and a guest the opportunity to stay in a bunker 50 feet below the ground this November.

One five-night stay in a Farmington, N.M., vacation listing called “Under a Rock” will be available to book on starting at 9 a.m. on Oct. 9. The listing will go to the fastest booker. The isolated cave apartment located in the remote desert is hosting the booking from Nov. 2 through Nov. 7 for $25 plus tax — or around $5 per night. encourages the person who wins the booking to unplug and unwind. (

“After you’ve cast your ballot (by mail, absentee, early voting, etc.!), you can check out of the news feed negativity and check in to a man-made cave

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Global cruise industry still largely stuck in port, but several regions have restarted cruises cautiously, Singapore News & Top Stories

The cruise industry across the world remains largely at a standstill due to the high coronavirus infection rates in North America, a major market, and the closure of many ports.

Major cruise operators such as Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC Cruises have suspended operations globally till next month while waiting for the United States market to reopen, USA Today reported on Wednesday.

A panel assembled by Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Group has put up a list of 70 health and safety recommendations for the industry. These included pre-boarding screening, plans to address cases of infection on board and strictly controlled shore excursions.

The recommendations were submitted to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention a few weeks ago.

In Europe, some of the world’s biggest cruise liners set sail in August with large-scale testing efforts being undertaken. Keen to resume operating its Mediterranean route, MSC

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Speaking in Boulder City, Pence declares debate victory


Steve Marcus

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a rally during a campaign stop at the Boulder City Municipal Airport Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020.

Campaigning in Boulder City today, Vice President Mike Pence declared victory in Wednesday’s debate with Democrat Kamala Harris and said the upcoming election will decide “whether America remains America.”

Pence held a rally at the Boulder City Municipal Airport the morning after his debate with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate.

“I think when you compare the Biden-Harris agenda with what President Donald Trump has done and will continue to do for America, there’s no question who won the debate,” Pence said.

Surrounded by supporters who often broke into chants of “four more years,” Pence sought to highlight the differences between the campaigns, saying “the stakes have never been higher” than the Nov.

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Hockey India ensuring Covid-19 is not a setback for India’s Tokyo Olympic dream – other sports

After a brief break due to a series of nation-wide lockdowns, the Indian National Teams (both Men and Women) are back on their feet. It’s been over six weeks since they returned to normalcy with regular, uninterrupted daily schedules in their preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games. They live in a safe bio-secure environment in Sports Authority of India’s Bengaluru campus and will continue to remain in the National Coaching Camp until travel restrictions are lifted to tour and compete abroad.

I think this swift resumption of activities for the teams was largely possible due to the working relationship Hockey India shares with Sports Authority of India (SAI). When India went into a lockdown, Hockey India did not stop working. They used the virtual medium to engage with their state member units, continued with their ambitious Coaches Education Pathway courses through the virtual medium and also conducted online courses for

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