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How Does A Resort Reopen Itself To The World Via Social Media Post Covid-19?

Once forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, vacation destinations now face two distinct challenges as they reopen in stages. They must determine all the protocols designed to manage the virus that must be installed. Then, they must let the world know they’re back in business.

Social media plays a huge role in those reopening announcements. We take a look at one brief case study taken from Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa at the Islands of Loreto.

Like so many resorts on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula and around the world, the uncertainty and panic of the Covid-19 pandemic led to Villa Del Palmar’s closure. Once Mexico began its slow, staged reopening and the resort could begin the gradual process of welcoming travelers

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How To Travel The World During Covid-19

I built a hack to travel around the world during Covid-19. I wrote this to share it with my fellow explorers around the world currently confined to their homes.

Before Covid-19, we were the ones who loved packing light, jumping on a plane. Or out of one. Landing in a new city. Choosing the dish on the menu we’re least familiar with. Delighting in a deep conversation with a stranger at a bar we’ve never been to before. 

And there’s more than a billion of us. 1.4, to be exact: 1.4 billion people international travelers in 2018. To put that in perspective, in 1950, just 25 million people traveled internationally. Us explorers have exploded across the globe these last decades.

So what’s an explorer to do when the world’s in lockdown?

I built a hack to travel around the world during Covid-19.

A first-of-its-kind conversation platform, where we explorers can

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Saudi Arabia gears up for downsized hajj

Mecca (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) – Saudi Arabia on Wednesday begins hosting the annual hajj pilgrimage, dramatically downscaled due to the coronavirus pandemic that has barred millions of international pilgrims for the first time in modern history.

Up to 10,000 people residing in the kingdom will participate in the Muslim ritual, a tiny fraction of the 2.5 million that attended last year, after what many saw as an opaque selection process that left a wave of applicants rejected.

The foreign press are barred from this year’s hajj, usually a huge global media event, as the government tightens access to the holy city of Mecca and puts in place strict health restrictions to prevent a virus outbreak during the five-day pilgrimage — a key pillar of Islam.

Saudi Arabia has recorded more than 260,000 cases of the novel coronavirus, while the number of declared global infections exceeded 16 million on Sunday.

Mask-clad

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Why are Arizona casinos still open despite experts saying they’re high-risk during COVID-19 spike?

Plexiglas is placed around slot machines, gaming tables, and other areas at the Lone Butte Casino in Chandler on May 14, 2020. Casinos under the Gila River Indian Community were planning to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic with new safety measures on May 15, 2020.
Plexiglas is placed around slot machines, gaming tables, and other areas at the Lone Butte Casino in Chandler on May 14, 2020. Casinos under the Gila River Indian Community were planning to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic with new safety measures on May 15, 2020.

Movie theaters across Arizona are empty.

Gyms have locked their doors.

And restaurants are filled with taped-off tables, welcoming half of the customers they would usually see for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But casinos, which operate on tribal land in Arizona, are open for business, despite health experts warning that customers are engaging in a high-stakes gamble: risking their health along with their money.

Casinos are the only business designated as high-risk by Arizona’s health department that remain unrestricted amid the recent COVID-19 spike in the state.

But some public health experts say they shouldn’t be. Dr. Shad Marvasti, director of public health at the

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10 Best Pieces Of Advice For Online MBAs

For many, education is a solitary exercise. They read and research, scribble notes, and memorize facts. Over time, they learn to frame issues, identify patterns, and devise solutions. In recent decades, education has increasingly followed the model popularized by business. Here, practitioners work in teams that bind functions, levels, and locations. In the process, these teams tap into a variety of experiences that only make their work more relevant, complete, and lasting.

To put it another way…

If you want to go fast, go alone.

If you want to go far, go together.

A COMMUNITY LIKE NO OTHER

Indiana University’s Allie Pearson

Allie Pearson learned the value of this proverb as an online MBA student at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. An Assistant Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble, Pearson was accustomed to working in teams to market products like Luvs and Herbal Essences. At Kelley, Pearson found a

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COVID-19 closed summer’s ‘nerd kingdom.’ Here’s what Comic-Con fans miss most

PPE masks have replaced cosplay at the San Diego Convention Center this year. Normally, Comic-Con International would attract 135,000-plus attendees. <span class="copyright">(Jarrod Valliere / The San Diego Union-Tribune)</span>
PPE masks have replaced cosplay at the San Diego Convention Center this year. Normally, Comic-Con International would attract 135,000-plus attendees. (Jarrod Valliere / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Evangelina Sanchez has been attending Comic-Con International: San Diego since 2008, when she and her boyfriend received comp tickets from friends in the industry. Since then, the two have gone to nine cons — “and yes, we started buying our own tickets.”

“What stands out most to me about the first time was how accessible everything was,” the 36-year-old Maywood native said on the eve of this year’s virtual edition, which concludes Sunday. “We were able to stand in line for panels and did not have to sleep on the pavement overnight like some people do now. My favorite part is and always has been the exhibition floor: I love spending hours walking down the aisles, running into people you may know, discovering

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Grant Shapps intervenes after his green traffic policy creates ‘ghost town’ in his own constituency

Grant Shapps contacted the council to complain that the one-way system and barriers were 'not suited to the old layout of Welwyn' - Eddie Mulholland
Grant Shapps contacted the council to complain that the one-way system and barriers were ‘not suited to the old layout of Welwyn’ – Eddie Mulholland

Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, has been forced to lobby against his anti-car policy in his own constituency after barriers meant to aid social distancing turned a village high street into a “ghost town”.

Shopkeepers in Welwyn say businesses already struggling after the lockdown could be forced to close because visitor numbers plummeted when roads were transformed and a one-way system was introduced.

More than 1,300 people have signed a petition calling on Hertfordshire County Council to use “common sense” after the measures deterred shoppers and created “another dead high street in the country”.

The restrictions were introduced in May as part of the Transport Secretary’s “new era for cycling and walking”, announced at a Downing Street coronavirus briefing at height of the lockdown (see

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What Harvard MBA Virtual Admissions Events Are Like

It was the first virtual graduation in the history of Harvard Business School

The COVID-19 pandemic forced b-schools across the nation to shift their courses online back in March. And following suit, many in-person events and functions had to be canceled only to be brought back in a virtual state.

At Harvard Business School, two primary admissions programs – the Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP) and Peek Weekend—went virtual this summer due to the pandemic. Despite the fact that attendees didn’t meet in-person, the virtual gatherings still saw great success, according to an article by the HBS Newsroom.

“One silver lining of the coronavirus pandemic is that it provided an opportunity to expand virtual admissions events beyond what we thought was possible,” Kate Bennett, director of marketing for MBA Admissions at HBS, tells Newsroom. “We were able to reach a far higher number of prospective students—an unprecedented number of

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Beijing partially reopens movie theaters as coronavirus declines

Beijing partially reopened movie theaters Friday as the threat from the coronavirus continues to recede in China’s capital.

Cinemas in parts of the city deemed at low risk of cross-infection began admitting moviegoers under social distancing rules. Tickets must be booked in advance, attendance is capped at 30% of capacity and no eating or drinking is allowed during the show.

As with most venues in China, a temperature check and online travel record were required for entry. Cinemas have been closed for around six months but began reopening this week in major cities throughout the country.

China reported just 21 new virus cases on Friday, six of them imported, with the rest in the Xinjiang region and Jilin province. Beijing has gone more than two weeks without any cases of local transmission, spurring authorities to lift many restrictions on activities.

Tickets at Poly International Cinema’s branch near Tiananmen Square were

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Comic-Con 2020 schedule and everything that’s happened at SDCC @ Home so far

Comic-Con 2020 is in full swing – and there’s a lot to talk about! Thursday saw things kick off with CBS bringing their Star Trek Universe to the virtual showroom floor. Later that day at SDCC, we had The Boys season 3 announcement and a first look at the opening scene of The New Mutants. Then, on Friday, we had a barrage of Walking Dead announcements, including release dates and trailers for the season 10 finale, Fear the Walking Dead season 6, and World Beyond. Plus, there was a trailer for Marvel’s first foray into horror, Helstrom. 

Of course, there’s even more exciting stuff on the way. Below, we go into everything that you should look out for at Comic-Con 2020, including a run-down of Saturday’s major panels, and a closer look at everything you’ve missed so far. And remember, you don’t need a badge, ticket, or an impressive cosplay

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