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A Virtual Tour of Malawi, the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a new series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Marcus Westberg shares a collection of images from Malawi.When I stepped off the plane in Lilongwe as a 23-year-old, I had no idea of what to expect, though I was excited about the prospect of my first solo trip to Africa. I spent the first few days wandering around the city — it felt more like a small town than the nation’s capital — before deciding that it was time to see more of the country.A landlocked country in southeastern Africa, Malawi is often overshadowed by its more better-known neighbors: Tanzania, with its ...

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Have a New Address? Don’t Lose Your Mail

With many employers allowing staffers to work remotely well into 2021, you may be considering a temporary move. Perhaps you have relatives who need help with child care, or elderly parents to look after. Or maybe, if you’re going to be all alone for the next few months anyway, you’ve decided having deer as neighbors in a tiny house in the woods sounds better than communing with the roaches in your apartment.Before you go, among the things you should think about is how to keep your mail and packages flowing. A temporary relocation is not the same as even a two-week vacation, when you can put a hold on your mail at the post office and blissfully ignore it until you get home. Sure, much of what arrives in your box these days — like bills — can and may already be delivered electronically.Ho...

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El Palace Barcelona unveils reopening activities | News

El Palace Barcelona has announced a series of culinary, wellness and leisure activities taking place on the panoramic Rooftop Garden as the hotel reopens next week. Inspired by the Barcelona of the twenties and its sumptuous gardens, the garden is a 1,500m2 oasis with more than fifty species of plants, fountains, pergolas and a swimming pool with panoramic views across Barcelona. The Rooftop Garden Experiences include an open-air garden cinema screening a selection of award-winning classics, Pilates and yoga classes and Vendimias, a gastronomic pop-up celebrating the annual wine grape harvest. Executive chef, Daniel Padró has created a new menu for the Rooftop Garden available throughout the day, including a selection of seasonal tapas such as Coca Bread with Jamón Iberico and fresh ...

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International SOS releases new Covid-19 risk map | News

As organisations strive to get back to business, International SOS has launched a new map representing the impact of Covid-19 on health, security and logistics for domestic operations. This first of its kind map brings together intelligence and analysis of business-critical indicators impacted by coronavirus. It is publicly accessible at International SOS Risk Map  . The Covid-19 Impact Map complements International SOS’ established suite of successful risk analysis maps, including security, medical and road safety. Providing multinational organisations with insight, at country level, the dynamic scales that inform the Covid-19 Impact Map are updated daily and consider analysis of the Covid-19 case activity 14-day moving average. Also included are examinations of the underlying hea...

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Heathrow launches Covid-19 quick testing trials | News

The workforce at London Heathrow has been taking part in three rapid point of care Covid-19 testing trials. The trials are part of a wider campaign from the airport to encourage the government to move from blanket quarantines to a more focused approach to managing the coronavirus. The findings from the trials are being evaluated and will be shared with government as ministers consider how testing could provide a safe alternative to quarantine in certain circumstances. The long-term aim of the trial is to understand whether these tests could be quickly and efficiently conducted on large numbers of people outside of a laboratory setting and to ensure they are accurate enough to be delivered in an airport environment. The trials evaluate three different testing methods for accuracy, u...

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What to Do Labor Day Weekend

1. Go to the drive-in.Movies have always been escapist: During the Great Depression, audiences flocked to cinemas in an attempt to forget their worries, at least for a while. Today, as the pandemic continues, drive-in theaters have been popping up all over. In Astoria, Queens, the Bel Aire Diner started one in its parking lot, while Walmart has turned parking lots at 160 of its Supercenter locations into outdoor movie theaters with free showings through Oct. 21.Many drive-ins have created new rules for this season. The Family Drive-In Theater in Stephens City, Va., caps its capacity at 50 percent, and spaces at Walmart’s shows have to be reserved in advance. You will likely have to socially distance at the concession stand.But even with new rules in place, an evening at the drive-in fee...

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A Visitor’s Guide to MoMA and the Met

Before you head back to the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, there are some things you need to know: capacity will be limited to 25 percent, temperature checks and face masks will be mandatory, and the advance purchase of tickets is required. Each museum has specific guidelines, so you’ll want to visit their websites: moma.org and metmuseum.org. Our critics have reviewed some of the new shows — “Félix Fénéon” at MoMA, and “Making the Met,” “Jacob Lawrence” and Héctor Zamora’s rooftop sculpture at the Met — but they also weighed in previously about several exhibitions that are still on view. Below, you’ll find an overview of those shows, as well as a partial listing of some of the museums opening in the coming days. NICOLE HERRINGTONMoMAThe museum is now open. MoM...

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How Summer Festivals Persevered in the Pandemic

When the coronavirus pandemic first exploded earlier this year, some hoped that it would end within weeks or months, with enough hand washing and other measures, perhaps with the sunlight of spring and summer.That didn’t happen. Just as doctors and other experts had warned, rising temperatures and longer days failed to stop the spread. After a spring of despair, a lost summer took shape. The outbreak moved across the United States, reaching toward 6 million cases and 180,000 confirmed deaths as August sputters to a close, according to a New York Times database. In the rest of the world, it wasn’t much better, with outbreaks returning in some places.Still, it is summer, in the Northern Hemisphere at least, and that means a season of fairs and festivals, and other traditional celebrations...

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Emirates to return to Bangkok from next week | News

Emirates has announced the resumption of passenger services to Bangkok with daily flights starting from September 1st. The resumption of flights to Bangkok will expand Emirates’ current network to 78 cities in September, offering travellers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific convenient connections via Dubai to the popular Thai destination. Flights between Dubai and Bangkok will be operated with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft offering seats in first, business and economy class. Starting from September, flight EK384 will depart Dubai daily at 01:50 and arrive in Bangkok at 11:30, while the return flight, EK385, will depart Bangkok at 03:25, and arrive in Dubai at 06:35. Travellers arriving in Bangkok are subject to requirements set by the Thai authorities and ce...

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Etihad Airways updates mobile app | News

Etihad Airways has extended its digital reach with an update to its mobile application for Android, Apple and Huawei smartphones, enabling guests to manage their journey with even greater ease. New key features allow guests to purchase upgrades or other extras, use Etihad Guest Miles as a form of payment or choose from ten other payment options, including Travel Bank, which have been added to the booking flow. Frank Meyer, chief digital officer, Etihad Airways said: “To increase flexibility during the coronavirus pandemic, we established Travel Bank, an account which guests can use for future redemption on flights. “With the new app, guests are now able to book their next flight with travel credits they have saved while being unable to fly due to travel restrictions. “As we strive to...

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