Wild boars in Haifa, Israel

Wild boars in Haifa, Israel Living through this pandemic has been more difficult for some than others. For wildlife, it’s definitely been a holiday; from lions occupying golf courses in South Africa to goats taking over a town in Wales, animals are having a blast in the world’s currently empty streets, towns, and parks while we’re stuck at home.
In the Israeli city of Haifa, wild boars and their babies have made themselves very much at home, trotting the streets in large numbers and rummaging through garbage for snacks.

Wild boars, some as bulky as Rottweilers and traveling in family packs, have been trotting through the Israeli city of Haifa in increasing numbers
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 17, 2020

Although boars are common in this part of Israel, they usually wander the city at night when no one is around. Now that the streets are devoid of humans and cars 24/7, they roam wherever and whenever they please.
The heavy presence of the bo…

Possible megadrought in Western US

Possible megadrought in Western US As if the current global pandemic wasn’t already enough to deal with, a new contentious study published in the journal Science on April 17, 2020, suggests that the American West is undergoing a megadrought. A megadrought is a naturally occurring multi-decade event with periods of high severity.
The study says that this particular megadrought actually began in the year 2000 and is made worse by climate change. The effects of this drought are said to be extremely severe, leading to shrinking water reservoirs and recurrent wildfire events.
When researchers compared the worst 19-year drought events in the past to soil moisture records from 2000-2018, they discovered that the current period is worse than three of the four megadroughts on record. The fourth, which went from 1575 to 1603, was the worst in human history, but the present drought isn’t much better.
Dr. Park Williams, from Columbia University in New York, said, “The first two decades of this …

Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel Tests Positive for Coronavirus Glenn Fogel, who is the CEO and president of Booking Holdings, spoke at Skift Global Forum on September 18, 2019, with Executive Editor Dennis Schaal. Skift

Skift Take: Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel said he "feels fine" after testing positive for coronavirus. As a public company, Booking Holdings prudently disclosed the diagnosis in a financial filing. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete Story On Skift

What’s Next for Group as Coronavirus Crisis Subsides in China?

What’s Next for Group as Coronavirus Crisis Subsides in China? CEO Jane Sun is seeing signs of recovery in China's domestic travel market as the coronavirus crisis subsides in the country.

Skift Take: For Group’s top leader, the message is clear. Countries around the world should not squander any chances to control the virus, and neither should the travel industry let a serious crisis go to waste by not seeking out new opportunities. — Xinyi Liang-Pholsena Read the Complete Story On Skift

Real ID deadline extended by a year

Real ID deadline extended by a year President Trump announced that the deadline for obtaining a Real ID will be extended by one year from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021. “At a time when we’re asking Americans to maintain social distancing, we do [not] want to require people to go with their local DMV,” said Trump during a press briefing on March 23, 2020.
DMVs across the United States are closed or restricting access, making it nearly impossible for millions of people to apply for and obtain the document.
In addition to giving applicants another year, the extension will also give the Department of Homeland Security time to improve the application process, including allowing applicants to submit documents online.
The Real ID is a new form of license or certification card that meets new security standards established by the US government. Americans who do not possess a Real ID or a passport by October 1, 2021, will not be allowed to fly domestically. A traditional driver’s license…

What are the World Nomad Games

What are the World Nomad Games Wrestlers, archers, bone-tossers, and games of polo played with a headless goat instead of a ball: Welcome to the World Nomad Games, the largest international sports competition you’ve never heard of.
Celebrating nomadic traditions since 2014, the World Nomad Games has been held in Cholpon-Ata, a Kyrgyz town on the shores of the Issyk-Kul lake, every second year. Although the fourth iteration of the Games was supposed to take place in Turkey in 2020 (location undetermined), no announcement about the event has been made at the time of writing. Travelers interested in attending would be better off planning for the 2022 event.
While relatively recent, the competition pays tribute to ancient traditions rooted in nomadic culture, bringing together teams from 74 countries to compete in these alternative Olympics. All the Central Asian countries are represented, but athletes also come from as far as the Philippines and the United States.
How did the World Nom…

Cruises with guests with covid-19

Cruises with guests with covid-19 A cruise ship bound for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is carrying four passengers who have died from the coronavirus. According to a March 29, 2020, update from the Holland American Lines, currently 73 guests and 116 crew members out of the 1,048 passengers have reported flu-like symptoms aboard Zaandam. Two have tested positive for COVID-19.
After a screening, healthy guests were transferred on another Holland American Line ship, Rotterdam, on March 29. Currently, there are 797 guests and 645 crew on Rotterdam.
Both ships have transitioned through the Panama canal and on their way to Florida together. They are expected to dock in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday.
Zaandam had departed from Buenos Aires on March 7 and was supposed to end at San Antonio, Chile, on March 21.
Guests have not been on shore since March 14 in Punta Arenas, Chile. They have been self-isolating since March 22.
According to CNN, Zaandam was docked off the coast of Panama for days. Th…