Month: June 2020

Australia Likely To Keep Borders Closed Until 2021 Due to COVID-19

The country is unlikely to open its borders to international travelers until at least 2021

Don’t expect to fly into Australia anytime soon. According to Trade Minister Simon Birmingham, the country is unlikely to open its borders to international travelers until at least 2021 due to the pandemic. Birmingham also told the National Press Club it is “more likely” Australians will be banned from overseas travel until 2021 as well — unless under special exemptions for limited business travel, the New Zealand Herald reports.

“I hope that we can look eventually at some of those countries who have similar successes in suppressing the spread of COVID to Australia and New Zealand, and in working … with those countries to find safe pathways to deal with essential business travel that helps to contribute to jobs across our economies,” Birmingham said, adding that “in terms of open tourist-related travel in or

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The most dramatic solar eclipse in a decade will be visible this weekend

On June 21, a rare “ring of fire” will be visible in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. It will be the shortest and deepest solar eclipse in 2020, reports Travel + Leisure.

The “ring of fire” is a partial solar eclipse that occurs when a new moon is furthest away from Earth in its orbit, so it doesn’t cover the sun completely. Essentially, it’s the opposite of a “supermoon.” The sun will be 99 percent obscured (hence the name), almost like a total solar eclipse.

Unlike other solar eclipses, however, it’s expected to go dark before the “ring of fire” is visible. Experts also anticipate bizarre animal behavior leading up to that moment and some points of light around the moon called Bailey’s beads. This is also a special event because it’s possible people will be able to witness the sun’s outermost atmosphere: the corona, which

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Greggs, Cineworld Reopening Plans Give Some Relief to Shares

(Bloomberg) — Britons will soon be able to purchase hot Greggs Plc sausage rolls and go to movie theaters again, boosting shares of the bakery chain and cinema operator Cineworld Group Plc.

Greggs will reopen around 800 shops to takeaway customers on Thursday, while Cineworld plans to lift the shutters on cinemas across some territories during the last week of June, with all theaters set to be open over the course of July. Both companies are implementing social distancing and other measures to counter the spread of coronavirus as part of their plans.

Greggs shares rose as much as 5.5% on Tuesday, the biggest advancer in the FTSE 350 Food & Drug Retailers Index, while Cineworld climbed as much as 11%, outpacing Europe’s Stoxx 600 Travel & Leisure Index. Even after Tuesday’s gains, the stocks are still down 25% and 62%, respectively, in the year to date.

The bakery chain

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With no positive COVID-19 tests, PGA Tour to share strategy with other leagues

FORT WORTH, Texas – As baseball and basketball eye a return to competition, the leaders of each league likely spent some time the last four days watching how golf’s return fared at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

There were no positive tests for COVID-19 at the PGA Tour event and even without fans the TV-only product drew record ratings. These were all good signs for other sports looking to resume play, and Tour commissioner Jay Monahan plans to share what the circuit has learned with the other leagues.

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“I’ve heard from some of my peers, and I think as I mentioned as we go forward, we will share everything that we’ve learned and how we’re applying our protocols, and I would imagine some of those calls will happen over the next several days,” Monahan said.

Before play began on Thursday, the Tour administered

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