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With travel restrictions in place around the world, this isn’t really the best time for anyone to travel. But for businessmen and other people that need to travel because of urgency, it can be a hard time to adjust with all the additional requirements in place. The coronavirus is a global pandemic, and governments all over the world are urging its citizens to stay home to help contain the spread of the virus.
But fret not, you are in the right article as we’ve collated a comprehensive list of the smartest moves you can do in this time of a virus scare. Tread with caution, though, as most localities around the world have imposed their own travel bans, so read up on the specific laws on the place you’re going to visit first so that you have a proper idea of what to expect.
As much as possible, restrict your travels within your country. And always bring a watch with you.
If your business is country-wide, then the odds are in your favor. Most countries on lockdown don’t restrict travel inside their own country. But there are still localities that have erected their own travel bans, so be wary of that. Always bring a wristwatch with you in times like this so you don’t have to look at your phone all the time.
Bringing a wristwatch will keep you on-time and up to date with your departures and arrivals. Two timezone watches like the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Worldtimer are a great choice because when you are in a country with different time zones, the watch automatically adjusts when you land. This is very important in order for you to know what you have missed and the local restrictions which may be in place in a few hours or so.
Postpone travel to China, Italy, and Iran
China, Italy, and Iran are the three countries that have the most number of cases from the virus. South Korea is up there too, but the country has since developed a system that contained the virus and lowered the number of daily fatalities and confirmed cases. As much as possible, don’t travel to the three countries above yet.
While other parts of China are now open to international travel, and if you have an urgent business within the country, you should postpone it at a later date. Next month or the next two weeks, at the most. If you don’t have the authority to do it, then ask your superiors for a compromise. If you are traveling to Europe, make sure you know the travel restrictions on the specific country you’re going to.
Always carry alcohol with you
While washing with soap and water is still the best option to prevent and stop the spread of the virus, you can’t always have a ready sink for you to wash your hands on. So stock up on alcohol. Every now and then, spray your hands with it and make sure you sanitize everything you touch. In this day and age, it’s better safe than being exposed to the virus.
Get the ones with at least 70% alcohol. To be more secure, always have a spare with you at all times. Don’t forget to put them in 100ml bottles so you won’t have trouble in airports. If you’re traveling by land, better bring with you larger bottles. Since you can’t hoard on this item anymore, try to at least get one every other day in your nearest supermarket.
If you need to travel overseas, make sure to outfit yourself with the right information
Knowledge is power. This is more relevant now more than ever. If you can’t avoid traveling overseas, you’ll need all the right information on your flights, as well as the country you’re going to in order to prevent yourself from contracting the virus. Prevention is always better than cure, so if you have access to a 3-ply mask, buy some, and use it. Especially when you’re in the airport and inside the plane.
You’ll never know the history of the people you’ll be traveling with, and the virus is said to be airborne on cramped and regulated spaces. Sure, airlines will do their parts in making sure the air inside the cabins are sterilized, as well as the chairs and whatnot, but you can never be too confident.
If you a foreigner and wants to go home, you can do so
Most countries around the world allow foreigners to go home before locking down international flights in their area. If you are in Asia or Italy, the restrictions will be more severe. Check out the local government’s decisions before purchasing a ticket.
But if you’re in the middle of a locked-down country, it’s better to stay put. Wait until the travel bans are lifted. At most, it’s going to be a month-long wait. Some international flights are even allowed after the 14-day community quarantine periods. Most European nations are still accepting international flights with fewer restrictions, and the United States of America has also called on their citizens abroad that they’ll be accommodated once they decide to come home.
Since the world is still at the mercy of the coronavirus and scientists worldwide are still looking to develop a vaccine and a cure, the best course of action is still to stay at home whenever you can. But when it’s not a choice for you, then you’ll need to always be mindful of the places that you expose yourself to.
In South India, Deepavali marks the end of the monsoon and heralds the start of winter. The festival is usually observed in the weeks following heavy rain, and just before the first cold spell in the peninsula. The light and laughter that comes with the almost week-long celebration are certainly warm to the bones, but there is still a tradition that the South Indians follow to ease their transition from humidity to the cold.
Just before the main festival, the family bathes in sesame oil. This tradition is called 'yellu yennai snaana' in Kannada, or 'ennai kuliyal' in Tamil, which translates to 'sesame oil bath'. The eldest member of the family applies three drops of heated oil on each member's head. They must massage this oil into their hair and body. The oil is allowed to soak in for a while, anywhere between twenty minutes to an hour. After this, they must wash with warm water before sunrise.
Women applying oil to the heads of men Photo credit: Indians in Kuwait
In some parts of the peninsula, soap is not used to wash off the oil because it nullifies its effects. Some cultures who do not like the oil to remain in any way on their skin wash it off with shikakai and herbs, which is a paste that is traditionally used as a substitute for soap. Sometimes, the oil is heated with flowers and spices as well and is less sticky than in its pure form.
The purpose of this ritual is to cleanse the body, detoxify it, and produce heat in it. Sesame is a very heaty substance and tends to heat up the body. This heat, or 'usshna' in Kannada, prepares the body to face the sudden cold that comes to the peninsula immediately after Diwali. South India has no smooth transition weather-wise from monsoon to winter. There are a few days of stable, rainless weather, and suddenly the cold winds descend.
In many ways, the celebration of Diwali is centered around preparing for winter, considering the amount of heat and light the rituals consist of – lighting lamps, bursting crackers, and consuming warm treats. Those who practice these rituals earnestly find the shift in seasons and weather quite pleasant.
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By Peeyoosh Rankhamb
Parents, do you have any doubts regarding what to feed your newborn during the first year? Are you becoming anxious because of this? What should be the eating schedule for your baby?
The right kind of nutrition during the early years of life can help in the growth and development of the little one. Thus, exclusive feeding for over a year as per the doctor's advice remains key for your baby to stay healthy and keep various allergies, infections, and diseases away. Breastfeeding is vital for the baby and fulfils the baby's requirement of nutrition. At six months you need to also introduce the baby to solid foods.
Here's a list of do's and don'ts that you need to follow
* Do not introduce your baby to solid foods immediately after the first few months. The little one may not be ready for it and you will have a tough time making the baby eat this food. You should give breast milk to your child and formula milk can be given after consulting the doctor. Just be patient and follow the suggestions given by the expert.
You should give breast milk to your child and formula milk can be given after consulting the doctor. | Photo by Lucy Wolski on Unsplash
* The mother must breastfeed the baby after every two hours, including at the night. You need to properly understand the hunger cues that the baby gives you. Do not force the baby to take feeds. He/she can get grumpy and annoyed. You need to note down how many times the baby is taking feeds in a day, and if he/she is feeding correctly.
The mother must breastfeed the baby after every two hours, including at the night. | Photo by Jordan Whitt on Unsplash
* Make sure that you inculcate healthy eating habits in your babies that can help him/her throughout life. Solid foods should be introduced after six months depending on the growth and development of the baby. Do not give nuts, raisins, peanuts, nuts, jelly cubes or big pieces of food that may get stuck in the mouth.
Solid foods should be introduced after six months depending on the growth and development of the baby. | Photo by hui sang on Unsplash
* Give properly cooked or mashed potatoes, veggies, cheese, bananas, and peas. Do not introduce babies to finger foods as they are unhealthy. Make him/her eat whole fruits instead of chips or oily snacks.
Do not introduce babies to finger foods as they are unhealthy. | Photo by Anna Stampfli on Unsplash
* Chocolate contains caffeine and sugar and should be avoided after all you don't want to give your baby caffeine, right? This is so because your baby's health matters to you the most. Hence, it will be essential for you to make sure your baby is eating healthy foods.
It will be essential for you to make sure your baby is eating healthy foods. | Photo by Derek Owens on Unsplash
* Before giving an egg, ask the expert as an egg can lead to allergies. Raw vegetables contain high levels of nitrate and should be avoided owing to the choking hazards.
Before giving an egg, ask the expert as an egg can lead to allergies. | Photo by Hannah Tasker on Unsplash
In case you want to understand the diet in a better way than just consult an expert who will help you regarding how to feed the baby in the correct way.
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
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Samsung Electronics will quickly decide on a foundry investment in the US, a senior executive said Tuesday, as the South Korean tech giant seeks to become the world's number one player in the logic chip and foundry sectors. Samsung Electronics, the world's number two foundry firm behind Taiwan's TSMC, announced in May that it will build a $17 billion fab in the US.
Samsung's de facto leader Lee Jae-yong is widely speculated to visit the US, possibly next month, to finalise the site, with the city of Taylor, Texas, emerging as the strongest candidate. Other candidates include Arizona, New York, and Austin, Texas. Kim Ki-nam, Vice Chairman and CEO of Samsung's device solutions division, said it takes time for the company to review all the factors such as "infrastructure, site, personnel and state incentives," and make a final decision.
"We are trying to make a decision as soon as possible," Kim told reporters on the sidelines of the Korea Electronics Show 2021, which is under way at an exhibition center in southern Seoul. He made the comments when asked whether Samsung will make an investment within this year. He did not elaborate, reports Yonhap news agency.
Separately, Kim said the company has been "calmly" preparing answers to a recent request by the US Department of Commerce about its semiconductor business. The US has asked global chipmakers, including Samsung, to share information on inventories and demanded other details by November 8 to "help improve trust and transparency within the supply chain." The request spawned concerns about the leak of chipmakers' major trade secrets. (IANS/ MBI)
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