Break vacation – Satgtu http://satgtu.org/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 18:17:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://satgtu.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-24T184312.205-150x150.png Break vacation – Satgtu http://satgtu.org/ 32 32 Spain and Turkey top travel wishlists as holiday bookings soar https://satgtu.org/spain-and-turkey-top-travel-wishlists-as-holiday-bookings-soar/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 17:58:00 +0000 https://satgtu.org/spain-and-turkey-top-travel-wishlists-as-holiday-bookings-soar/ Almost two years after the pandemic devastated the tourism industry, there seems to be cause for hope. As national and European restrictions ease, people have their eyes on the sky. Recent data has revealed that intra-European travel bookings over the Easter holidays have increased by more than 250% compared to last year. Summer bookings are […]]]>

Almost two years after the pandemic devastated the tourism industry, there seems to be cause for hope.

As national and European restrictions ease, people have their eyes on the sky. Recent data has revealed that intra-European travel bookings over the Easter holidays have increased by more than 250% compared to last year.

Summer bookings are currently 80% above 2021 levels, but as countries across the continent continue to ease travel restrictions, early indications show this will increase.

While travel to Europe over Easter and summer is expected to remain below pre-pandemic levels, ForwardKeys, the leading travel data and analytics company, said that as the recovery gathers pace, it would approach 2019 levels.

Despite initial concerns over the Omicron variant, bookings for the first three months of 2022 jumped 275% while arrivals to European destinations rose 280% compared to the same period in 2021. Sunny Spain is poised to be the most popular destination for European travellers, followed by Turkey.

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has called on governments to remove all travel restrictions for fully vaccinated people.

Europe’s high vaccination rate and the roll-out of the EU’s Covid-19 digital certificate have helped unleash pent-up demand in recent months, but industry groups believe the easing of restrictions will lead to a significant increase in intra-European travel. regional.

“Problems arise when governments react with travel restrictions. The World Health Organization says border closures are unnecessary when Omicron is already widespread in society. All it does is harm the economy and livelihoods,” said Julia Simpson, President and CEO of WTTC.

According to WTTC research, in 2020, when the pandemic brought international travel to a virtual halt, 62 million jobs were lost and the sector’s contribution to global GDP fell by $4.5 trillion (just under $4 Billions of Euro’s).

A survey by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) showed that the majority of travel experts do not expect international arrivals to return to 2019 levels until at least 2024.

The UNWTO Confidence Index indicated a slight decline in January-April 2022 due to the spike in Covid-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant.

He said that while scenarios indicate that international tourist arrivals could potentially increase by almost 80% in 2022 compared to last year, that would still be 50-60% below 2019 levels. together, tourism professionals see better times ahead as it slowly rebuilds after two years of lockdown and uncertainty.

Plans announced by Ryanair to launch their biggest summer schedule from Dublin Airport were another sign of hope for the hard-hit sector.

“Together we have a long way to go as we seek to reconnect Ireland to the rest of the world and fulfill our role as an economic catalyst for the Irish economy in terms of trade, tourism and social connectivity,” said said Dalton Philips, CEO of daa. as he welcomed the news.

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Day trips: how to get out of town https://satgtu.org/day-trips-how-to-get-out-of-town/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 16:33:46 +0000 https://satgtu.org/day-trips-how-to-get-out-of-town/ Are you looking forward to spending the weekend and want to break up with a monotonous routine in Auburn? There are plenty of places outside of Auburn to do this that are only a short drive away. Here are some recommendations for day trips Auburn students can take. Atlanta, Georgia Less than two hours away, […]]]>

Are you looking forward to spending the weekend and want to break up with a monotonous routine in Auburn? There are plenty of places outside of Auburn to do this that are only a short drive away.

Here are some recommendations for day trips Auburn students can take.

Atlanta, Georgia

Less than two hours away, Atlanta is an entertainment hotspot. From the Georgia Aquarium to indoor skydiving, Atlanta is full of endless options to explore for the day. Attractions such as Centennial Olympic Park, World of Coca-Cola, Skyview Atlanta Ferris Wheel, CNN Center, College Football Hall of Fame and more are all located in downtown Atlanta. You can also celebrate the 2021 World Series champions, the Atlanta Braves, at Battery Park.

With all of this and more, Atlanta is worth the trip.

Columbus, Georgia

The Chattahoochee River Walk is Columbus’ main attraction. However, if a river ride isn’t appealing, try rafting or kayaking on the Chattahoochee River.

To vary the pleasures, there is even a zip line above the river.

“I went to Columbus with some friends one weekend, we had lunch at one of the restaurants in Uptown and then walked around and looked at some of the stores,” said Raeha Berbert, senior speech pathologist. and auditory science. “I would definitely recommend it to Auburn students who have never been there. It’s a great way to explore the different cities around us.

Near River Walk is Uptown Columbus. This destination includes restaurants, shops, ice cream parlors and ax throwing. Uptown Columbus is alive with the many art centers located throughout the city. Discover what Columbus has to offer just 45 minutes from Auburn.

Montgomery, Alabama

Montgomery is the capital of Alabama and home to much of the state’s history. It is considered the place where the civil rights movement began, and because of this, Montgomery is full of museums.

This includes the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, the Alabama State History Museum and Archives, and the Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum. For an outdoor activity, visit the Civil Rights Memorial to honor those who lost their lives in the civil rights movement.

After touring the museums and soaking up all the history of Montgomery, take a trip to The Shoppes at EastChase to end the day.

“When I go to Montgomery, I like to go to the EastChase mall,” said public relations manager Katharine Green. “They have lots of outdoor areas to hang out in, but also plenty of shops that I could spend hours in.”

Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham is another historic and must-see destination. Known as the Magic City, Birmingham offers endless activities to fill the day. Birmingham has everything for everyone, including art exhibitions, museums, parks, historic sites, restaurants and shops.

“I really like doing the day trip to shop in Birmingham,” said senior nursing officer Jane Wickett. “They have the great Summit Mall which has some of my favorite stores that Auburn doesn’t have.”

According to the Birmingham Zoo website, the zoo is an ever-evolving adventure and a must-see attraction in Alabama. Spend the day roaming around the house with hundreds of animals or take a ride on the Red Diamond Express train.

Cheaha State Park

Take a break from your studies and hike at Cheaha State Park in Delta, Alabama. Cheaha State Park is located at the highest elevation in the state. According to the state park’s website, for a five-dollar entrance fee, the park offers beautiful scenic views, including waterfalls or trails that overlook Alabama.

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Concordia University students unhappy with elimination of semester break after strike https://satgtu.org/concordia-university-students-unhappy-with-elimination-of-semester-break-after-strike/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 22:59:00 +0000 https://satgtu.org/concordia-university-students-unhappy-with-elimination-of-semester-break-after-strike/ Students at Concordia University in Edmonton are upset that the school has eliminated the one-week semester break following a two-week faculty strike. An online petition with more than 1,800 signatures on Monday is asking the institution to reconsider reducing the half-yearly winter vacation from a full week to the long Family Day weekend. Christine Ryvers, […]]]>

Students at Concordia University in Edmonton are upset that the school has eliminated the one-week semester break following a two-week faculty strike.

An online petition with more than 1,800 signatures on Monday is asking the institution to reconsider reducing the half-yearly winter vacation from a full week to the long Family Day weekend.

Christine Ryvers, a final semester student in a post-graduation education program, started the petition.

She said plans with family or vacations would be dashed for many of her peers. For Ryvers, who lives in Fort McMurray but stays in Edmonton for the semester, that means less time with her fiancé.

Eliminating the break will affect student well-being, she said.

“It feels a lot like a mental break from class,” Ryvers said. “College is hard. We can choose it, but sometimes it’s hard to get through it.”

An extra week was also added at the end of the semester — time that could be spent applying for jobs or entering the workforce, Ryvers said.

Challenging course load

Sophomore science student Anika Downham signed the petition.

Downham says time off from classes is crucial for keeping up with a demanding course load — especially for those, like her, who work full-time.

She would like to see the university find another way to make up for lost time, “because it just punishes students for something that was beyond our control.”

Concordia vice-president Tim Loreman said Alberta universities must provide students with a minimum number of teaching hours and because of the strike delay, the school must make up two weeks of tuition. ‘education.

“I appreciate the challenges the strike has brought to our students and I sympathize with them,” Loreman said in an email. “It wasn’t easy to cancel Reading Week, but it was better than the alternative – extending the winter semester into the summer.”

Loreman said the university will give students an extra day off Feb. 22 and is asking faculty to reduce student workloads that week.

The schedule change was announced the same day a four-year collective agreement was reached between the university and the striking faculty.

The deal has been ratified by 89% of members, according to a statement from the Concordia University Faculty Association of Edmonton, the bargaining agent for 82 full-time professors, librarians, job placement coordinators and lab instructors.

The strike, which began Jan. 4, was a first for faculty associations in Alberta and interrupted the start of the winter term for more than 2,500 students.

The university is expected to start classes on Wednesday. Classes will be online until at least January 31.

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African countries are stuck on the free movement of people. How to break the deadlock https://satgtu.org/african-countries-are-stuck-on-the-free-movement-of-people-how-to-break-the-deadlock/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 07:20:23 +0000 https://satgtu.org/african-countries-are-stuck-on-the-free-movement-of-people-how-to-break-the-deadlock/ Most African countries have joined the Free Movement of Persons Protocol in Addis Ababa in January 2018. His reasoning was clearly stated: the free movement of people – as well as capital goods and services – would promote integration and bring a host of other benefits. These included the improvement of science, technology, education, research […]]]>

Most African countries have joined the Free Movement of Persons Protocol in Addis Ababa in January 2018. His reasoning was clearly stated: the free movement of people – as well as capital goods and services – would promote integration and bring a host of other benefits. These included the improvement of science, technology, education, research and the promotion of tourism.

Furthermore, it would facilitate inter-African trade and investment, increase remittances to the continent, promote labor mobility, create jobs and improve living standards.

Research aids the premises for the development of the protocol.

The protocol was the codification of the free movement commitment made by African countries by declaring the creation of the African Economic Community in Abuja in 1991. Freedom of movement is also one of the main objectives Africa Agenda 2063.

And yet, four years after its ratification, only a handful of relatively small African states have fully ratified the Free Persons Protocol. More than 30 countries signed the protocol in January 2018. But only Rwanda, Niger, São Tomé and Principe and Mali have fully ratified it.

In 2018, I noted that moving the protocol forward would not be straightforward. Unfortunately, progress has been slower than most observers expected at the time. It has become a real concern for African decision-makers.

After recent search, including fieldwork in Africa and Europe on the protocol’s slow progress, I identified telling trends in policy development and implementation. After reflection, it is possible to make some suggestions on how to move the process forward.

Slow progress

It is striking that many African countries have made significant progress towards free movement on a unilateral basis. This has been the result of adopting a range of innovative visa and travel document opening solutions. But most of the countries at the forefront of this movement are relatively poor states or small island states.

For example, Benin and the Seychelles offer visa-free access to all African visitors with the appropriate travel documents. Both are listed as the most liberal African countries according to the Visa Openness Index 2019 of the African Development Bank.

Senegal and Rwanda have a combination of visa-free and visa-on-arrival policies for all Africans. Comoros, Madagascar and Somalia offer visa on arrival policies for all Africans.

The richer and bigger African countries are the laggards in opening their borders.

Some regional economic communities, such as the East African Community and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), have strong multilateral open-border agreements. But these are unevenly implemented.

In other regions, notably the Southern African Development Community (SADC), more reliance has been placed on bilateral agreements within multilateral frameworks.

The reluctance of many African countries, especially the larger and wealthier ones, stems from several concerns.

The first is that they are sensitive to citizens who fear outsiders taking advantage of their economic opportunities. This issue is particularly present in highly unequal countries where populist politicians can stir up emotions.

What needs to be done

In my view, the threat of xenophobic mobilization can be reduced if legitimate concerns are addressed.

For Example, many countries in Africa have inadequate civil registration systems. Many also have inadequate identity documentation systems. It is therefore difficult for the countries of origin of migrants to vouch for their citizens to the satisfaction of the host countries.

With regard to data on criminal and security issues, it is important that the information is well managed and shared with partner countries where necessary. There should also be agreement on repatriation processes.

All of these concerns are opportunities for cooperation. Systems can be developed in collaboration between countries and officials trained in poorer countries. This should ideally be part of regional or continental processes.

At present, it seems easier to move forward on a regional basis than on a continental level. Small groups seem to be able to advance more easily. When there is regional leadership and consistent internal or external support, progress can be made even in fragile states.

The slow progress in adopting the continental free movement protocol may be due to misunderstandings or concerns about the implementation process. Some key stakeholders believe that the protocol is not sufficiently understood and that raising awareness and advocacy for it will lead to more ratifications.

My opinion, however, is that the implementation process set out in the implementation roadmap that accompanied the protocol is unclear. Clarification and practical engagement to address some of the underlying concerns is more likely to move the process forward.

Moreover, free movement across the continent could be promoted by encouraging regional groupings – and even ad hoc groupings – to move forward, even if they outpace other countries.

When groups of countries agree to move forward together under the protocol, it is to be expected that they will open their borders to each other when the preconditions are met. Reasonable prerequisites could be specified in a revised roadmap or implementation guide.

Another strategy to move the process along, as suggested recently , is that the process of free movement could be more explicitly and organizationally linked to the process of free trade.

Furthermore, the initiative needs a proactive process to enable the continent’s poorest countries to progressively meet the preconditions for higher levels of integration to appropriate standards. This would involve the establishment of technical committees of senior officials from Member States and experts from the region at regional and continental levels to address issues that are holding back the free movement project.

It would also require putting in place a process to help the poorest countries achieve the agreed preconditions for integration.

There are already several initiatives around basic prerequisites – such as civil status and identity documents – that could be leveraged. An example is the World Bank “Identification for Development”‘.

Another is the EU’s work on migration management in Africa. This could be extended beyond his preoccupation with emigration to Europe.

But to be part of a credible continental strategy, initiatives must be led and owned by African countries and regional organizations.

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Oregon State looks to do something with its women’s basketball season as the 25-day hiatus ends Thursday https://satgtu.org/oregon-state-looks-to-do-something-with-its-womens-basketball-season-as-the-25-day-hiatus-ends-thursday/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 19:34:00 +0000 https://satgtu.org/oregon-state-looks-to-do-something-with-its-womens-basketball-season-as-the-25-day-hiatus-ends-thursday/ As tradition dictates, this is not an Oregon State women’s basketball sport. For a second consecutive year, the Beavers are on vacation forced by the COVID. When OSU hosts No. 7 Arizona at 7 p.m. Thursday at Gill Coliseum, it will be the Beavers’ first game in 25 days. It’s the time of year when […]]]>

As tradition dictates, this is not an Oregon State women’s basketball sport.

For a second consecutive year, the Beavers are on vacation forced by the COVID. When OSU hosts No. 7 Arizona at 7 p.m. Thursday at Gill Coliseum, it will be the Beavers’ first game in 25 days.

It’s the time of year when college basketball teams try to find rhythm and build momentum. In a sense, the Beavers are starting over after having to postpone their last five games due to COVID-19 concerns.

At least OSU (7-3) has a playbook. A year ago, the Beavers had a similar COVID-fueled January break, when they went 29 days between games. Oregon State got off to a slow start, losing its first two games, but eventually regrouped and made a great late-season run to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

The lesson of last year?

“Being patient through this. Don’t be too upset, too frustrated. Find the good in it,” OSU coach Scott Rueck said. “Last year we survived it. … last year’s team did such a good job of handling it all. We had a lot of good times. “

For most of October, November and December, business was business as usual for the Beavers. Then came the omicron variant, and college basketball saw its world turned upside down. Last week was especially tough, as COVID was a hornet’s nest that stung several OSU players. The practice became individual skill sessions.

The recovery was quick, so much so that Rueck thinks most of the roster should be available for Thursday’s game. The Beavers were able to hold a full-scale practice on Tuesday.

“I’m hopeful to be close to a full team on Thursday night,” Rueck said.

Another postponement came on Wednesday with news that the Beavers’ Saturday game against Arizona State had been pushed back indefinitely. The Sun Devils have COVID running through their schedule and previously canceled Thursday’s game at Oregon.

The remaining schedule also has challenges. The Beavers have five Pac-12 games to make up. With only six weeks remaining after this weekend’s games, the conference will struggle to catch up with every game. OSU is one of four Pac-12 teams that has yet to play a conference game. All teams have at least two postponements to make up.

Rueck said the conference plans to reschedule some games, but admits playing every game will be a challenge.

“We all want to play,” Rueck said. “I mean, I love teaching and coaching, but the games are the highlight.”

Once games resume, which for OSU is likely Thursday, the Beavers will be under fire. Again, this is not an unfamiliar role, as a year ago Oregon State passed out of the NCAA Tournament midway through the season, to gain a foothold and earn a berth. According to ESPN’s Bracketology, the Beavers are on the tournament bubble, as the second-to-last team in the 68-team field. OSU’s NCAA NET rating is a bubble-shaped 61.

The good news is that there are opportunities for Oregon State to improve its stock. The Pac-12 is arguably the best women’s basketball conference in the nation, giving the Beavers chances to prove they belong. It starts Thursday against 11-1 Arizona, national runner-up last year.

Rueck felt like Oregon State was coming together when the Beavers last played, a two-game Dec. 17-19 series against Idaho and Northern Iowa in Maui.

Rueck felt the Beavers were showing signs of improvement when it came to moving the ball and getting better shots. OSU is still figuring out its identity, but Rueck thinks it’s on the defensive. He admits there were games early in the season where the Beavers were soft and forgiving on the defensive end. But that changed on Maui, and he’s seen progress over the past four weeks of training.

“We’re not lacking in capacity,” Rueck said. “I feel like we have a lot of good basketball ahead of us.”

Last year, Oregon State received a boost in late January when guard Talia von Oelhoffen graduated from high school and joined the Beavers. This was beneficial for two reasons: von Oelhoffen immediately slotted into the rotation and provided perimeter assist, and she filled a gaping hole, backup playmaker.

Oregon State is unlikely to receive an outside gift this season, but Rueck sees the team’s youth and potential growth as a potential wild card to drive success in the second half of the season.

Two of the five starters are OSU freshmen in freshman guard Greta Kampschroeder and senior transfer Te’a Adams. Expanding to the nine-person rotation, freshmen Jelena Mitrovic and AJ Marotte are finding their way. Then there’s sophomore forward Kennedy Brown, a former starter who missed the entire 2020-21 season.

“We have so many people that their ceilings are high here, and they realize that on the way there,” Rueck said. “I have the impression that we will continue to evolve. We are not close to the team that we are capable of being.

–Nick Daschel | ndaschel@oregonian.com | @nickdaschel

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Omicron devastates services, schools and travel as workers sick or in quarantine | Nation and world https://satgtu.org/omicron-devastates-services-schools-and-travel-as-workers-sick-or-in-quarantine-nation-and-world/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 01:20:58 +0000 https://satgtu.org/omicron-devastates-services-schools-and-travel-as-workers-sick-or-in-quarantine-nation-and-world/ As the Omicron variant is sweeping the nation, disrupting everything from garbage collection and emergency services, to schools and travel because employees are sick or in quarantine. In New York, garbage is not collected and three subway lines are closed because many workers are sick. Schools and hospitals are also reporting staff shortages, and airlines […]]]>

As the Omicron variant is sweeping the nation, disrupting everything from garbage collection and emergency services, to schools and travel because employees are sick or in quarantine.

In New York, garbage is not collected and three subway lines are closed because many workers are sick.

Schools and hospitals are also reporting staff shortages, and airlines continue to cancel flights.

More than 700,000 new cases of Covid-19 per day are reported on average across the country as the Omicron variant spreads like wildfire, and that is not going to improve anytime soon, health experts have said and economists.

“More than 5 million Americans will be stuck at home over the next few days,” said Andrew Hunter, an economist at Capital Economics.

City departments report shortages

New York City departments are reporting worker shortages, with about 20% of firefighter emergency workers sick on Monday and about 22% of sanitation workers in the past week.

And it’s not just New York.

“A substantial number of communities have experienced delays in collecting their waste and recyclables due to the increase in Covid cases in recent weeks,” David Biderman, executive director and CEO of Solid, told CNN. Waste Association of North America. Monday.

In some cities, nearly a quarter of the waste collection workforce has become ill in recent weeks, according to the association.

“Critical staff shortage” in many hospitals

The health sector is particularly affected. Nearly a quarter of US hospitals report a “critical understaffing,” according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Of the roughly 5,000 hospitals that reported the data to HHS on Saturday, nearly 1,200 said they are currently experiencing a serious staff shortage. More than 100 hospitals have said they anticipate a shortage over the next week.

“Much of our hospital staff are knocked out, at home with symptomatic Covid,” said Dr Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

In Colorado, so many emergency medical technicians are absent, they are now turning down some non-emergency callers under emergency protocols put in place for the first time since April 2020.

“With many sick EMS staff and high patient transport demands, advice to EMS providers on how best to use their services is needed at this time,” the Department of Public Health said Friday evening. and Colorado Environment in a statement. “Crisis Care Standards” for its EMS staff.

Dr Jonathan Reiner, professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University, told CNN on Saturday that the next few weeks “will look bad in many American cities.”

“The DC Hospital Association, where I work, has applied to the DC government for permission for hospitals to adopt crisis care standards,” he said. “And it happens in every city in the United States.”

Schools are also experiencing staff shortages

Thousands of schools did not reopen last week after winter break due to Covid-19. In Boston last week, 1,000 Boston public school staff, including 650 teachers, were absent.

In Los Angeles, more than 60,000 school staff and students tested positive for the virus as schools approach reopening on Tuesday.

A school district in Greensboro, North Carolina, suspended school bus transportation for eight of its high schools starting Monday due to “severe shortage of bus drivers made worse by increasing cases of Covid-19” , a statement from Guilford County schools said. The neighborhood instead offered free city bus rides.

The critical labor shortage has been one of the reasons the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed their guidelines and shortened the isolation period for people with Covid-19 who are not symptomatic, Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. , recently told CNN.

“If you are asymptomatic and infected, we want to get people back to work, especially those in essential jobs, to keep our society running smoothly,” Fauci told CNN’s Jim Acosta.

Airlines cancel flights

Air transport has been affected since at least December, and not just because of the harsh winter. More than 25,000 flights have been canceled since Christmas. Southwest Airlines canceled 6% of its total schedule for Sunday and delayed 833 more flights.

“Unfortunately, a series of winter weather systems across the United States, coupled with the rapidly spreading omicron variant, have put extraordinary pressure on our operations, our employees and our customers like you,” said Allison Ausband, vice -executive president of Delta Air Lines. written to clients Last week.

“It has been one of the most difficult operating environments we have ever faced, and it has forced us to cancel hundreds of flights as a result,” said Ausband.

The new CDC guidelines “should help ease pressure on staff in the coming weeks and smooth out operational challenges,” she wrote.

Meanwhile, Alaska Airlines has cut 10% of its flights until the end of January.

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10 Travel Habits You Should Resolve To Break This Year https://satgtu.org/10-travel-habits-you-should-resolve-to-break-this-year/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://satgtu.org/10-travel-habits-you-should-resolve-to-break-this-year/ The joy of a new year is all there in this crucial three letter first word. New. A new calendar page always looks like a signal to start over. Do things differently. To spread wings and look towards intriguing horizons. This is certainly the case in terms of travel – at the end of a […]]]>

The joy of a new year is all there in this crucial three letter first word. New.

A new calendar page always looks like a signal to start over. Do things differently. To spread wings and look towards intriguing horizons. This is certainly the case in terms of travel – at the end of a week which saw the removal of pre-departure testing for vaccinated passengers coming or returning to England.

After a few difficult weeks, the planet seems to be reopening, offering a world of possibilities. It might only be a week or two, but 2022 already looks like a better year for vacation than 2021. But the question is, what kind of vacation? Luxury escapes? Distant explorations? Multigenerational family vacations? Beach hotel indolence? All the foregoing?

Whatever your travel tastes, now is the time to start thinking ahead and planning a getaway, whether it’s for the months to come or later in the year. Of course, “new” can mean a lot of things. Last week, we ran a reader survey that found that 66% of you said visiting a country for the first time is your top New Year’s travel resolution.

While that sounds like a great plan, this feature has a few suggestions, as well as ideas on how to get away from some of the vacation habits we all rely on too much.

No more old and new, as the saying goes – whether it’s a grand odyssey of personal discovery, the easy fun of the winter sun in Spain, or an ultra-extravagant, cashless vacation. that blow up the lingering shadows of the past two years.

The usual: you always travel from Saturday to Saturday

This is a completely natural travel habit – neat, tidy, guaranteed to eat only a specific week of precious annual vacation. But if you have the option to fly outside of the weekend, you might find that reduced demand has a happy effect on the cost of your stay.

The change: choose a midweek getaway

How about a getaway to the Algarve in August? Portugal’s sunniest region has long been a favorite with British holidaymakers, but think carefully about your dates. A seven night stay at the five star Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites in Albufeira costs from £ 1,456 per person when traveling from Gatwick (to Faro) on Saturday August 6th via British Airways Holidays (0344 493 0787; ba.com/vacances). But push back an otherwise identical package to Wednesday August 10 and that price drops to £ 1,354 per head – a saving of £ 204 per couple.


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Social media is an incredibly powerful mental health tool, when used correctly https://satgtu.org/social-media-is-an-incredibly-powerful-mental-health-tool-when-used-correctly/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 08:05:02 +0000 https://satgtu.org/social-media-is-an-incredibly-powerful-mental-health-tool-when-used-correctly/ Social media has earned its bad reputation, and for good reason. Its synonymous with inducing envy, greed and indolence. He is responsible for the social phenomena of FOMO (fear of missing out), the real cost of which comes at the expense of the financial stability of users and even of business failure. The social has […]]]>

Social media has earned its bad reputation, and for good reason. Its synonymous with inducing envy, greed and indolence. He is responsible for the social phenomena of FOMO (fear of missing out), the real cost of which comes at the expense of the financial stability of users and even of business failure. The social has been found to be erosive to mental health, damaging trust and inducing depression-without regard to generation or culture.

But while it can be the cause of the degradation of the well-being and happiness of millions of people, it is also capable of improving the lives of millions of people. Because if you know how to leverage it, social doesn’t have to be a platform that tears you down, but rather builds you. it can help users build and maintain relationships, increase energy, fuel productivity, enhance expertise, broaden a skill set, and foster clear critical thinking.

And the secret to using it to improve mental health and overall happiness comes down to three simple keys: connection, inspiration, and education.

Key n ° 1. Maintain connections

It’s no secret that the heart of any social network is human connection. Social media not only allows us to expand our networks, but more importantly, stay connected effortlessly. For example, this makes it easy to contact a former colleague from ten years ago. We don’t need to hope that they still have the same phone number, and we don’t have to worry about catching them at the right time.

Digital communication on social media ensures connectivity, while reducing, if not eliminating, the pressures that can surround reconnecting with someone. You don’t have to worry about interrupting someone’s work day or calling over dinner. You don’t have to embarrass someone and under pressure. They are free to take the time to respond to you and get back to you at their convenience. And by making it easier and more nonchalant, it makes it more common.

Key # 2. Find inspiration

Certainly, some platforms like Pinterest are synonymous with inspiration. Meanwhile, others, like Instagram, leave many feeling that their lives are dull and depressing (i.e. normal). But it also inspired us to put Netflix on hold for 30 minutes and follow this workout video on YouTube. It gave us ideas for remodeling this bathroom to make it look like a million bucks, and it motivated us to book that trip we’ve always wanted to take.

Comparison can be a dream killer, but it can also induce inspiration-which helps us to pursue our dreams. Because it’s not just influencers who take vacations, it’s also the family of four. It’s not just the young professional training for the marathon, but the person working full time struggling with chronic illness. It’s not just people with perfect lives who paint a picture of perfection. They are real people, going through real things. And with the social, we all go through it together.

Key # 3. Develop education

Social media isn’t just for mindless scrolling and killing time on a commuter train or in the washroom. Of course, there’s a parade of photos highlighting the random dinner someone’s had or the sights of an exotic vacation (or not). But social media is a platform for sharing information. This is where we learn how to recreate that Michelin-starred meal – with a microwave, the trick to surprisingly easy sprouting of notoriously difficult plants, or how to trade cryptocurrency.

Just about anything and everything exists on social media. So whatever interests you, there is something for you – and more importantly, there is something to learn – an essential part of Elon Musk’s secret to high performance. So whether you are looking to deepen your knowledge of the prehistoric era, to learn auto body techniques or astronomy, social media is a gateway to expansion, if we use it that way.

Maybe you need to take a break from social media and enjoy the silence of life without it, which is why Jack Dorsey quit Twitter. But maybe what you really need to do is breaking away from social media accounts that do not serve you, your growth and your well-being. Social media shouldn’t cost you your sanity. It should bring you happiness through meaningful connections, endless inspiration, a library of endless educational opportunities.

Stop following the accounts that make you feel worse than the better, and discover and follow the account that can teach you something new, inspire you, and make you feel better. They exist and there are millions of them. Social networks are close at hand and are part of our daily life. It’s not going anywhere, but if we use it the right way, it can take us somewhere else.

The opinions expressed here by the columnists of Inc.com are theirs and not those of Inc.com.


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Predators defeat Vegas 3-2, move up to 1st in Central Division https://satgtu.org/predators-defeat-vegas-3-2-move-up-to-1st-in-central-division/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 06:51:32 +0000 https://satgtu.org/predators-defeat-vegas-3-2-move-up-to-1st-in-central-division/ Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros makes a save against the Vegas Golden Knights in the second period of an NHL game on Tuesday, Jan.4, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo / Sam Morris) Sam morris PA LAS VEGAS Filip Forsberg scored two goals, Juuse Saros made 41 saves and the Nashville Predators beat the Vegas […]]]>

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Filip Forsberg scored two goals, Juuse Saros made 41 saves and the Nashville Predators beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Yakov Trenin also scored for Nashville, who extended their current run to 9-1-1. The victory propelled the Predators past St. Louis to first place in the Central Division with 44 points.

The Predators’ 11-game streak spans a long vacation break that saw the team miss four postponed games due to COVID concerns. Since returning, Nashville is 2-1-1, having won back-to-back wins.

“I thought when we came out of the break we tried to accelerate as quickly as possible,” said Nashville coach John Hynes. “We discussed even though we lost the first two games on the way out, it was really, we have to build our game and get back to where we were before the break.”

Hynes attributed the players’ work ethic in training and in the movie theater to getting back on track, a diligence that paid off as he opened a three-game road trip with a win in the one of the toughest arenas in the NHL.

“The quality of the opponent tonight I think the players are generally ready to play,” added Hynes. “It’s a great building to play and it’s a very good team, they are well trained. So I think everyone – coaches and players – knew we had to be at our best. “

Meanwhile, the Vegas offense, which scored 13 goals in the previous three games, only scored two goals in the bottom of the third, which made the game interesting, but it wasn’t enough.

The Golden Knights, 10-3-1, lost their second in a row at home after losing to Winnipeg on Sunday. Despite the two losses, Vegas still leads the Pacific Division – and the Western Conference – with 45 points.

William Karlsson and Shea Theodore scored for the Golden Knights. Logan Thompson made his career debut and stopped 23 shots for Vegas.

After a scoreless first period in which Thompson was put to the test, with the Predators overtaking Vegas 10-8, Nashville opened up a 2-0 lead in the second.

Forsberg, who was in tears, received the pass from Mikael Granlund as he skated the zone and beat Thompson under his arm on the other side early in the second.

Trenin, playing his 100th career NHL game, made it 2-0 later in the period, redirecting Philippe Myers’ shot from the point.

Forsberg scored his second goal of the game and sixth in six games when he blocked a shot, skated in the zone and used a skillful movement, stopping quickly in front of Thompson and putting the puck back into the net to carry the score at 3-0.

Vegas attempted to capitalize on a 4-on-3 power play by shooting Thompson in the middle of the third for a 5-to-3 advantage, but couldn’t capitalize as Saros continued his magnificent play.

“To win in this league at a high level you have to have a great goalie, and we have that with Juuse,” Hynes said. “Juuse is a top keeper in the league, he’s very consistent, he’s important to us when we’re under duress, when we make mistakes. “

The Golden Knights finally reached Saros in the third, reducing Nashville’s lead to two when defenseman Brayden McNabb’s cross was knocked off by Karlsson with eight minutes left.

Theodore took advantage of a screen in front of Saros and unleashed a shot that made it a one-goal game with 1:46 to go.

Despite the loss, Thompson was excited after making a valiant effort in front of an announced rally of 17,804, while starter Robin Lehner and regular replacement Laurent Brossoit were both grazed with injuries.

“Four years ago I was in college,” said Thompson, whose father was in the stands to watch his son make his first NHL debut. “I think that’s why I was just trying to soak up everything. It was really exciting. It’s a dream come true for me “

It was Thompson’s second appearance in the NHL, having played 8:15 in relief for Marc-André Fleury on March 10.

NOTES: The Predators, whose 25 power play goals were tied for fifth in the NHL, had seven power play goals in their last five games before going 0-1 on Tuesday. … Karlsson’s goal was his 100th as a member of the Golden Knights. “It means a lot, I’ve wanted it for a while now, this 100th,” Karlsson said. “It feels good to have a fat to end it.” My stay here as a Golden Knight has been fantastic. It has become a house.

FOLLOWING

Nashville: Visit Los Angeles Thursday.

Vegas: hosts New York Rangers on Thursday

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Lee County School District releases COVID plans as students return from vacation https://satgtu.org/lee-county-school-district-releases-covid-plans-as-students-return-from-vacation/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 16:47:53 +0000 https://satgtu.org/lee-county-school-district-releases-covid-plans-as-students-return-from-vacation/ After facing many questions about its COVID 2022 plans, the Lee County School District (SDLC) has an answer. Due to the severity of the Omicron variant, the district has announced that it will be in the “high community transmission” phase. Measures will enforce rules such as a ban on the use of lockers in the […]]]>

After facing many questions about its COVID 2022 plans, the Lee County School District (SDLC) has an answer.

Due to the severity of the Omicron variant, the district has announced that it will be in the “high community transmission” phase. Measures will enforce rules such as a ban on the use of lockers in the hallways, cancellations of school trips in January and the absence of visitors to campuses during school hours.

High Transmission strategies will begin on January 3 and take full effect on Wednesday January 5. The district provided a comprehensive mitigation matrix on its website.

“As we return to some of our previously implemented protocols, we would like to thank you for your resilience and persistence,” said SDLC Deputy Director Rob Spicker. “Consistent implementation of our mitigation strategies will help reduce the spread of COVID-19, help our healthcare partners with hospital bed capacities, and keep our students and employees safe. “

SDLC is awaiting advice from the State Surgeon General on whether to adopt the CDC’s recommendation for shorter positive COVID test isolation periods. Until there, Emergency rule There is a need to track what determines when COVID-positive students can return to school.


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