‘My apartment vibrates’: New Yorkers fight noisy helicopter rides

  by Ana FERNÁNDEZ After a period of blissful silence overhead due to the Covid-19 pandemic, New Yorkers are dealing again with a familiar problem: noisy helicopters. “With the bigger helicopters, my apartment vibrates,” said Melissa Elstein, who campaigns to ban non-essential chopper flights. “They pollute our air, creating noise pollution which has negative health […]

US launches plan to bring back foreign tourists

In an effort to win back billions of dollars in tourism revenue lost during the Covid-19 pandemic, the US government on Monday launched a plan to attract 90 million international travelers a year. The five-year plan aims to add jobs and bring in an estimated $279 billion a year in spending by visiting tourists, the […]

Managing inventories a pandemic headache for US businesses

More than two years into the Covid-19 pandemic, American businesses are still struggling to manage their inventories in a feast-or-famine cycle caused by fickle consumer demand. “We have way too much inventory right now,” said Ginny Pasqualone, chief executive of Sparkledots, a children’s clothing manufacturer. “It’s important that we have a large selection of merchandise […]

Covid pandemic killed 13 to 17 million in 2020-21: WHO

by Robin MILLARD The Covid-19 pandemic killed 13.3 to 16.6 million people in 2020 and 2021, the WHO estimated Thursday — up to triple the number of deaths attributed directly to the disease. The World Health Organization’s long-awaited estimate of the total number of deaths caused by the pandemic — including lives lost to its […]

Vienna show spotlights Rothschild dynasty conspiracy theories

From 19th-century anti-Semitic caricatures to disinformation linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Rothschild international banking dynasty has been a favourite target of conspiracy theorists blaming it for the world’s ills. Now an exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Vienna seeks to debunk some of the wild rumours and explore why the Rothschild name continues to […]

Indian sari weavers toil to keep tradition alive

In a dim room near the banks of India’s Ganges river, arms glide over a creaking loom as another silken fibre is guided into place with the rhythmic clack of a wooden beam. Mohammad Sirajuddin’s cramped studio is typical of Varanasi’s dwindling community of artisans painstakingly working by hand to produce silk saris, uniquely cherished […]

Indonesian thrill-seekers dine in the sky

Indonesians are heading out to eat again as the Covid-19 pandemic’s grip on the country loosens, and some thrill-seekers in Jakarta are celebrating by having dinner while dangling 50 meters in the air. The Lounge in the Sky opened to the public this week in the capital of Muslim-majority Indonesia. Spots were snapped up months […]

Exodus of the golden goose: BIR’s tax collection from POGOs halved to P3.9B

The Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) tax collection from Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) has been halved to P3.9 billion in 2021 as more firms exited the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. BIR’s data showed that in 2020, POGOs accounted for P7.2 billion of the government’s tax collection. The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation […]