Booking specialist – Ostelli Della Gioventu Sun, 09 Jan 2022 19:25:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Booking specialist – Ostelli Della Gioventu 32 32 Morro Bay named one of the best winter fishing spots in the United States Sun, 09 Jan 2022 18:00:00 +0000

A website that offers a nationwide recreational fishing trip booking platform listed its top 10 US winter fishing destinations of 2022 – and Morro Bay came in second.

FishingBooker said that “the stars of the Morro Bay fishing scene are lingcod and a variety of rockfish, so right off the bat you know the bottom fishery is on fire.”

Other top destinations include Kenai, Alaska (# 1), South Padre Island, Texas (# 3), Lincoln City, Oregon (# 4), Orange Beach & Gulf Shores, Alabama (# 5) , Bristol, Tenn. (No. 6), Elephant Butte Lake, NM (No. 7); Miami, Florida (# 8); Presque Isle Bay, Pa. (No. 9); and Bozeman, Mont. (No. 10).

The site praised Morro Bay for its shore fishing, saying that “anglers can go to any of the local beaches or parks for surf fishing” as well as its private charters ready to go on a fishing adventure in. high sea.

“Thanks to the rocky shore and deep waters close to land, the bite is something that has to be experienced to be believed,” FishingBooker wrote. “When you get tired of fishing, you can spend your days surfing, kayaking and whale watching. After a busy day on the water, you can take a stroll through the old town and enjoy the nautical charm of the town. ”

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FishingBooker, which offers recreational fishing trip bookings, has listed its top 10 winter fishing destinations of 2022. Here, Giovanni’s fish market displays a catch. Here, a deep sea fishing boat comes out in 2016. Travis Gibson

The site chooses locations “based on the quality of the catch and popularity with the angling community,” a representative told The Tribune.

“We also include places with great fishing that are off the beaten track and often overlooked,” said Karin Mayer, outreach and public relations specialist. “Morro Bay is so well placed because of the variety of fishing opportunities that are offered.”

This story was originally published January 9, 2022 10:00 a.m.

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Nick Wilson covers the city of San Luis Obispo and has been a reporter for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo since 2004. He also writes regularly on K-12 education, Cal Poly, Morro Bay and Los Osos. He is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley and is originally from Ojai.

]]> COVID-19 vaccine recall: how long to wait? Mon, 03 Jan 2022 21:29:00 +0000

Amid the rapid increase in the Omicron variant in Canada, health officials are urging Canadians to receive their third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for better protection.

But provinces and territories have different eligibility timelines, so when exactly should Canadians be aiming for their third jab?

“After six months of your second dose, you should receive your booster, especially if you are … over 50 and considered to be at risk for serious illness,” Research Institute scientist Angela Crawley told CTVNews. from The Ottawa Hospital. .ca Tuesday during a phone interview.

Crawley is referring to the latest booster dose guidelines released by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) on December 3. The committee strongly recommends that several populations receive the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after receiving their second dose. Third doses “may be offered” to Canadians aged 18 to 49 as well, depending on where they live and individual risks, according to NACI.

At this time, only the mRNA vaccines – Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty and Moderna Spikevax – have been approved for third dose use. In both cases, Health Canada authorized the use of these vaccines at least six months after a person completed their primary course.

Despite recommendations to wait at least six months, several Canadian provinces have set third-dose eligibility requirements that do not force residents to wait that long. In Alberta, for example, people 18 years of age and older can reserve their booster dose only five months after receiving their second dose. In provinces like Saskatchewan and Ontario, the interval is even shorter, at just three months.

“I think it’s confusing for Canadians for sure,” University of Saskatchewan epidemiologist Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine told on Tuesday in a telephone interview. “It seems to be the fluke of the residency … determining if you can get a booster dose.” “

Muhajarine and Dr. Peter Juni, head of the Ontario Scientific Advisory Table on COVID-19, are asking provinces that currently require residents to wait at least six months to opt for shorter intervals, due to the emergence and high transmissibility of Omicron.

“Everything has changed with Omicron, there are new rules of the game,” Juni told Tuesday in a telephone interview. “What was still relevant six weeks ago is now obsolete.”

Juni pointed to recent data from the UK suggesting that protection against COVID-19 infection wanes after about three months after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. According to Juni, this data is likely valid for those who also received a second dose of Moderna. In late November, the UK government announced that all adults would be eligible to receive their third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine after just three months after receiving their second dose.

Muhajarine pointed to another study in Israel, demonstrating the effectiveness of a third dose of Pfizer vaccine in reducing the risk of hospitalization and death from the disease. Study participants were vaccinated at least five months after receiving their second dose. Israel also recently announced that it would reduce the time lag between offering the second and third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to three months, from five months previously.

“The data we’re seeing really indicates a much shorter interval as the optimal interval to deliver a third dose,” he said. “I think six months might be the real outer limit of that.”

As residents across the country face recall eligibility requirements based on their province or territory of residence, Muhajarine said he always encouraged those who received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine ago. has at least three to five months to get the booster dose as quickly as possible.

“We are facing a variant that is really effective in evading vaccine-induced antibody immunity,” he said. “When the third dose … is in place, our immune response is restored and is able to continue to protect [against] serious illness.


With a second-dose rollout that took place across the country over the spring and summer months, Juni said most Canadians are now more than three months after completing their primary vaccine series.

Looking at preliminary data recently compiled by the province’s Science Table, it appears that two doses of current COVID-19 vaccines offer relatively good protection against hospitalization and ICU admission, Juni said. The province, however, has seen a rapid decline in protection against infection since the emergence of Omicron.

“People who have received two doses and are more than three months after their second dose really have to behave as if they are unvaccinated when it comes to their risk of infection,” he said. “Vaccine protection against infection is declining to almost zero now. “

While this data is based on what Ontario is experiencing, Juni said other provinces will likely see the same.

“To suggest that it won’t is like suggesting to the province that gravity doesn’t apply; it will be, ”he said.

In British Columbia, all adults in the province recently became eligible to receive their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after receiving their second dose. While the Omicron cases recorded in British Columbia so far are not as high as those recorded in Ontario or Quebec, the protection offered by the third doses is crucial to reducing the severity of the COVID infection. 19, said Muhajarine.

“Across the country, transmission is high … every province is experiencing outbreaks caused by Omicron,” he said. “The booster doses are what will protect those infected from severe COVID-19 which will require hospitalization and the use of an intensive care bed. “


This is why the third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are so important, explained Juni, especially for the most vulnerable, including those who are older or have underlying health conditions. Still, the epidemiologist said he recognized that it took more than vaccines to stop the fifth wave.

“Efficiency [of current vaccines] is not as perfect as for Delta, but it’s good, ”he said. “But at the moment, that’s far not enough. We need the combination of an aggressive recall deployment with public health measures. “

In addition to making an appointment for a third jab, Juni advises people to stay put and reduce contact with others as much as possible. This includes avoiding crowded indoor spaces such as bars and restaurants. He also recommends wearing a medical mask topped with a two-layer fabric mask for the perfect fit and extra protection.

Crawley is also strengthening general COVID-19 public health measures such as the practice of physical distancing and hand hygiene. It also indicates other ways to maintain general well-being, such as getting a good night’s sleep, staying hydrated throughout the day, and eating a balanced diet.

Apart from that, Muhajarine and Juni said they hoped to see provinces update their third-dose eligibility requirements to reflect a three-month gap between the second and third dose of vaccine to offer a additional protection to residents earlier.

“The challenge we have is that these infections are so pervasive, so prevalent in the population,” Juni said. “Policies have to change. “

Five Steps to Supporting High Demand at St Mary’s Hospital Sat, 01 Jan 2022 15:24:12 +0000 THE Isle of Wight NHS Trust is currently facing increased demand for its services, with additional pressure expected during the New Years Bank Holiday weekend.

The persistent threat posed by COVID-19 and the usual winter pressures, including staff illness, means it is important for the local population to use the appropriate service for healthcare support so that frontline staff can focus on those who need it most.

This includes appointments with the emergency treatment center, the after-hours service of the general practitioner or a phone call with a health specialist to enable people to receive care and advice at home. .

Here are five ways to help the NHS emergency service this weekend:

  1. Use of the pharmacy for minor ailments and advice.
  2. Visit NHS111 online or call NHS 111 for advice and help before coming to the emergency treatment center or A&E.
  3. Self-isolate and book a PCR if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  4. By following national advice on hands, face, space and fresh air whenever possible.
  5. Get your booster jab.

Call NHS 111 for advice and help and before going to the emergency treatment center or A&E.

Steve Parker, Isle of Wight NHS Trust Medical Director, said: ‘We thank our community for their continued support in following COVID-19 guidelines and getting vaccinated to help protect themselves, their families and the NHS, and I urges you to help we help you using emergency services appropriately.

“There are a multitude of other supports available for elective physical and mental health.

“By taking these steps in the first place, you will allow healthcare services to focus on the patients who need our services the most.

“We wish everyone a safe and healthy New Year. ”

Marina Rodriguez and Xiaonan Yan to face off at UFC 272 on March 5 Wed, 29 Dec 2021 21:18:51 +0000

A clash of strawweight contenders is scheduled for UFC 272, with Marina Rodriguez taking on Xiaonan Yan on March 5.

Yan’s management, Paradigm Sports, initially announced the reservation. UFC 272 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and is also expected to include a featherweight tilt between Edson Barboza and Bryce Mitchell. The event is not yet headlining.

Rodriguez is currently on a three-game winning streak in the Octagon, with wins over Amanda Ribas, Michelle Waterson and Mackenzie Dern to his name. The 34-year-old muay Thai specialist is 5-1-2 in the Octagon after competing in the Brazilian version of the Contender Series in August 2018.

Yan enjoyed a six-game winning streak in her last outing, when she suffered a second-round TKO loss to Carla Esparza at UFC Fight Night 188 on May 22. The representative of the China Top Team holds victories against Claudia Gadelha, Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Angela Hill during his promotional tenure.

Departments have spent more than £ 14million on hire cars for staff this year Tue, 28 Dec 2021 00:08:04 +0000

The Ministry of Defense has come under fire after it was revealed that it had spent nearly £ 13million on hire cars for staff this year.

An access to information (FoI) request from the PA news agency also showed the Department for Transport spent more than £ 1.1million in the year through October, while that other departments have spent tens of thousands of pounds.

The total number of responses to FoI’s request was over £ 14.2million.

But a union representing civilian workers at the Ministry of Defense and Labor criticized the amount of money spent.

Caren Evans, Unite’s acting national officer for the Defense Staff, told the PA: “This is a very excessive number, it shows how extremely inefficient the Department of Defense is. and presents exceptionally low value for money for taxpayers.

“This revelation of grandiose spending on vehicles leased by the Defense Ministry is a kick in the teeth for civilian staff in the Defense Ministry who suffered a salary freeze this year and now find it difficult to reach two ends because of the cost of living crisis in the UK.

“The money spent on car rentals could and should have been better spent on giving Defense Ministry workers a much needed pay raise. “

Shadow Secretary of Defense John Healey said: “The Department of Defense has spent millions of pounds on taxis at the same time as it downsized the military and froze the salaries of the forces.

“There is so much waste in the budgets of the Ministry of Defense and ministers have no control over the problems. This Conservative waste is failing frontline forces and taxpayers. “

The MoD responded to FoI’s request: “The car rental expense for MoD staff through the Phoenix II vehicle contract for the current calendar year through November 30, 2021 is £ 12,960,612. Please note that this figure includes VAT but excludes fuel and other costs.

A spokesperson for the Department of Defense said: ‘As a large organization with out of town sites across the UK and bases all over the world, our staff need to go to places that are not. not always accessible by public transport and often a rental or rental car. the taxi is the most efficient and economical means of transport.

“We are committed to providing good value for money. Our current contract for non-operational vehicles aims to deliver savings of around £ 152million over six years. “

In other guidelines, the Department of Defense has stated that all travel by Department of Defense officials and military personnel must be confirmed as essential and authorized by an official to ensure the request is valid and represents a good report. price quality.

The Phoenix II contract covers all so-called high-level budgetary areas of the Department of Defense, including land forces, air command, defense equipment and support, joint forces command, navy command , head offices and general services and the organization of defense infrastructure.

The MoD fleet covered by the Phoenix II contract offers a mix of rented and leased vehicles, including cars, minibuses, coaches, vans and freight transport, as well as specialized vehicles ranging from dog vans to horse-drawn ambulances in passing through mountain rescue vehicles.

Responses from other departments were as follows:

– The Department of Education spent £ 22,840 between April and October.

– The Department for International Trade spent £ 36,339 from January to October, including UK and overseas hires.

– The Cabinet Office spent £ 48,645.80 (excluding VAT) between April and October.

– The Treasury spent £ 16,392.42 from January to October 2021, saying it included additional costs such as gasoline, parking, congestion charges, the low emission zone (LEZ) and the Dartford.

– The Attorney General’s office spent £ 65.50.

– The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) spent £ 76,262 from April to October. The department said Defra needed rental cars to access rural areas for field work.

– The Department of Transport and its executive agencies – Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) and Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) – spent £ 1,105,126 in UK and overseas between January and October.

He added that the vast majority of this expense has been incurred by DVSA, for driving examiners who may need to relocate to perform short-term testing.

The department said, “While DVSA is aware of reservation patterns and volumes and aims to provide an appropriate number of staff in each location to meet expected volumes, there will always be instances (on a daily basis) where DVSA needs to move staff from their “home” testing center to an alternative center to meet growing customer demand and cover short-term absences.

“Departmental travel policy states that rental cars can be used rather than personal cars if that is more cost effective. “

The Ministry of Grading, Housing and Communities said it had not spent any money on private rental cars for its staff this year.

Crystal Ski suspends trips to Austria, yet another blow to winter sports holidays Fri, 24 Dec 2021 10:55:50 +0000

A leading winter holiday specialist has been forced to cut travel to Austria during the holiday season due to restrictions on UK visitors.

Crystal Ski Holidays began contacting travelers on Thursday to notify them of the move with refunds offered to those leaving before January 1. Customers departing between January 1 and January 8 will be able to change vacations without paying a fee until December 29.

All UK holidaymakers aged 16 or over will need proof of a recall and negative PCR test, otherwise they will be forced to self-isolate for 10 days under the new travel rules between day of Christmas and January 31.

Families with children aged 16 or 17 who are due to travel in January will be contacted directly due to the challenge of the additional recall requirement, according to the TUI-owned company.

Those booked to fly to Italy via the Austrian destination of Innsbruck on December 27 will be offered alternative flight arrangements.

The Crystal Ski website said: “Unfortunately, due to short notice of the new Austrian entry requirement, we made the difficult decision to cancel our holiday in Austria on December 27th.

“We know last minute testing is extremely difficult, especially since testing should be done on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

“With limited availability and testing capacity nationwide, we recognize that the vast majority of our customers would not have been able to meet this new travel requirement. We are sorry for the disappointment this caused.

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“We know that customers have been eagerly awaiting their trip to the mountains with their friends and family, and we have emailed all affected customers with an incentive to rebook. Customers will receive a full refund to their original payment method within 14 days. For customers who have already purchased their test packages, please contact your vendor directly to make changes.

“We understand the challenge of this additional recall requirement for people aged 16 to 17 traveling in January, so we will be in direct contact with affected customers.”

Customers who need to travel from February 1 and want to change their vacation can do so up to 28 days before departure.

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]]> Austin COVID test: How to get tested before the holidays Tue, 21 Dec 2021 00:29:34 +0000 Austin Public Health offers two free testing centers that allow walk-in visits.

AUSTIN, Texas – As more people prepare for vacations or to reunite with their families, the need for COVID-19 testing increases.

Austin Public Health (APH) offers two free testing centers that allow walk-in tours: a drive-thru location at the Travis County Expo Center and an indoor location at the George Morales Dove Springs Recreation Center in Southeast Austin.

William Malm, public information specialist at the APH, recommends booking coronavirus testing for the holidays as soon as possible.

“I actually had to go to the Travis County Expo Center this morning and got there really fast. We have a great team there, ”said Malm.

Home test kits do sell, and if you catch one, know where you’re buying it.

“Be extra vigilant. I would really recommend going through verified merchants like CVS, Walgreens, or other verified pharmacies,” Malm said.

Home testing may also be an option for those who cannot physically travel to testing sites. For example, people with mobility issues are encouraged to call the APH nurse hotline to make an appointment.

The APH recommends that those who wish to be tested to register quickly. The drive-thru and in-person test locations will only be available until the Wednesday before that weekend’s vacation.

To learn more about testing through APH, click here.


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Penalty shootout rally: Lumberton boys bounce back to take 3rd Sun, 19 Dec 2021 06:09:33 +0000

Marc Moïse | Special at The Robesonian

Lumberton’s JB Brockington (1) heads for the basket against Fairmont’s Elijah Washington (10) in the Robeson County Shootout third place game on Saturday at UNC Pembroke.

PEMBROKE – The Lumberton boys’ basketball team lost their first game of the season in the Robeson County shootout semi-final on Friday against St. Pauls.

On Saturday, the Pirates rebounded quickly.

Lumberton scored the game’s first 11 points and took a 20-point lead in just seven minutes in a 68-30 win over Fairmont in the tournament’s third-place game.

“We had to react that way,” said Lumberton coach Bryant Edwards. “We needed that kind of effort from the start. It was important for a few guys to hit, Cobe (Oxendine) and JB (Brockington). All around, I was happy with the effort.

Fairmont (2-6) was limited to a first quarter field goal, a Derrick Baker layup with 4:53 left in the period; Lumberton (7-1), meanwhile, came out shooting, scoring 24 points in each of the first two quarters to take a 24-2 lead after the first period and a 48-13 lead in intermission.

Junior guard JB Brockington led the charge, scoring the first two baskets of the game; he collected 10 points in each of the first two quarters and totaled 24 for the afternoon. Brockington was named to the tournament’s overall squad.

“He’s a special talent, and not just a special talent, he’s a special kid; 3.5 GPA, good head on the shoulders, great kid, yes sir, no sir, ”said Edwards. “He does what he’s supposed to do and I never have to worry about him so he’s very special.”

Lumberton were leading 64-27 at the end of the third quarter and the Pirates were leading to 40.

Cobe Oxendine scored 14 points and Kenston Skipper had eight for the Pirates. Tyrek Thompson scored eight points to lead Fairmont and Khalil Alford, who was named to the tournament’s all-star team, had five.

Lumberton hosts Whiteville on Wednesday; Fairmont resumes its season after a holiday break when it begins the conference game Jan. 4 at Clinton.

Wild Gators beat Lady Pirates for third place

With a smothering defense fueling their quick offense, the Lake View girls’ basketball team controlled from start to finish to defeat Lumberton in the third place game by a score of 59-31 in the shootout. Robeson County Saturday at UNCP.

Lumberton (3-6) took a 4-2 lead over a Sydney Jacobs basket with 6:45 left in the first period. The Pirates’ next placement only came halfway through the second quarter. Meanwhile, Lake View (5-1) took a 17-7 lead.

The dry spell was underway when Lumberton’s top scorer Carly Hammonds left the game with a head injury and did not return. She was selected to the tournament’s overall squad after scoring 34 points in the tournament’s opening win over Trask.

The Pirates scored 10 points in the first half, but got higher production thanks to their attack in the second half with nine points in the third quarter and 12 points in the fourth quarter. Jacobs scored 16 points to lead Lumberton on the evening and La’Kayia Hunt had eight points, all on the free throw line.

Lake View stepped up the defensive pressure to force turnovers and posted 23 points in the third quarter, led by 10 points behind Jaleya Ford, who had 15 points in the victory.

Tianna Hamilton had 18 points to lead all scorers, including nine points in the third quarter. Janiyah Waters had 11 points.

Gwendasia Page, who was named to the tournament’s overall squad after two good opening games, had 11 rebounds in the victory.

Lumberton will face Whiteville on Wednesday.

The second half brings together Whiteville against Red Springs

The Whiteville boys’ basketball team scored 12 of the game’s first 13 points at half-time to set the tone for the remainder of the second half and claim a 43-38 victory over Red Springs in the Robeson County Shootout fifth place game.

Whiteville eldest Zion Wilson scored the first four points of the race, and the Wolfpack took their first lead of the game with five minutes left in the period. Whiteville never dragged the rest of the contest.

Show Holland scored four points for the Wolfpack in the third and EJ McLeod added three points in the period where the Wolfpack took a seven point lead.

Red Springs (3-6) made a late comeback behind the scores of Mario Leonard and Jaaron Monroe to tie the score at 31 going into the fourth quarter.

Whiteville (5-2) limited Red Springs to three points in the final 4.5 minutes of the game after a bucket from Leonard allowed the Wolfpack to lead 36-35. The foul line also wasn’t kind to the Red Devils, who were 1 for 6 on the charity strip in the fourth.

Across the field, Amari Best had two buckets and three free throws in the final eight minutes of the game. Best led the Wolfpack with 12 points in the win, Wilson added 10 points, and Holland and McLeod each scored seven points.

Kaedon Porter scored 11 points to lead Red Springs and Leonard scored eight points.

Porter was named to the tournament’s overall squad and Kyan Ganus was named to the Whiteville squad.

In the first half, Red Springs led by seven points early in the second quarter before Whiteville recovered to tie the game at 13, 15 and 17.

Whiteville will play South Brunswick on Monday and Red Springs returns to Midway on January 4.

Fairmont girls jump on Devils for fifth place

The Fairmont women’s basketball team scored the first 10 points in the game against Red Springs on Saturday to clinch a 49-22 victory in the girls’ fifth game of Robeson County Shootout.

A balanced effort helped the Golden Tornadoes (6-3) end the shootout with a pair of wins. Haley George with eight points and Amyrikal Vaught, Lakayla Chavis and Myasia Simms with six points each were in the lead.

Fairmont took a 10-0 lead at the start and increased their lead to 14-2 after a quarter. George, Simms and Vaught each scored two points during the quarter.

Red Springs (1-8) got the ball rolling with an Anyla Hunt pull with 1:22 left in the first quarter, the Red Devils’ only placement of the period.

Six Fairmont players scored in the third quarter as the Golden Tornadoes as they extended a 24-13 halftime lead to 36-16.

In that third quarter, Fairmont’s Secret Davis scored three points. She led the team on the rebound to victory with eight boards.

Red Springs led the scorers with five points apiece from Hunt, Jacelyn Maynor and Elora Oxendine.

Oxendine scored all five points in a 5-0 personal run midway through the second quarter when the Red Devils reduced Fairmont’s lead to 23-10.

Chavis scored his six points in the fourth quarter after a quiet offensive start to the game.

Chavis and Red Springs rookie Monica Washington were the team winners of all tournaments. Washington took nine rebounds and scored four points on Saturday.

Red Springs will play South Brunswick on December 28, while Fairmont will play Clinton on January 4.

All I want for Christmas is supply chain resilience Wed, 15 Dec 2021 21:32:19 +0000

Authors: Christopher Findlay, ANU and Hein Roelfsema, University of Utrecht

Worried about disruptions to global supply chains, policymakers pledge to put gifts on the shelves for Christmas. But US retailers are taking their own measures. They brought the shopping season forward by launching their Christmas “sales”. This extended purchase period reduces the uncertainty of whether the gifts will be on time.

The higher costs and lower reliability of international freight transport have been a problem since the onset of COVID-19. For example, the price of shipping a container from Asia to the United States has increased from US $ 2,000 in early 2021 to US $ 20,000 in August. Ships are still queued outside US ports and arrivals outside of reserved hours have ripple effects through the use of trucks and warehouses. Delivery times have lengthened and reliability has declined.

At the height of the pandemic, there was a greater demand for goods, which had to be shipped – mainly from Asia-Pacific. Freight rates have increased because demand has increased.

Longer delivery times and unreliability led buyers to place larger orders than usual, compounding delays. Large retailers chartering small vessels have lengthened the lines. On the supply side, mobility in port areas and among crews has been restricted.

Air travel is an option, but it often occurs in combination with passenger flights, which are still far from their pre-pandemic levels. Air freight rates hit record highs in mid-September 2021.

There are signs the worst is over. Ocean freight rates have declined since early October on some routes, although this effect may be seasonal. In addition, the global picture shows rates rising and delays persist. In addition, air freight rates have increased again with the continued demand for “on-demand” delivery of certain goods. If the pandemic situation improves, the combination of consumer demand could return to services and some of the staffing constraints in ports will ease.

An immediate response was discussions on the geographic distribution of supply chains and the shift to nearshoring. There is evidence of the relocation of activities previously based in Asia to locations in or near European markets.

But this experience draws attention to the provision of more and better services (or “servicification”) in supply chain operations. These relate to better use of data, new business models and more efficient management of infrastructure.

Before COVID-19, some major players in global value chains were starting digitization processes, as we now illustrate. The lack of formal organization and contracting in freight markets is surprising, with hundreds of emails being exchanged to transport a single container. Digitization creates greater possibilities for the application of new technologies. The application of blockchain technology can reduce the process of exchanging documents in the port of Shanghai from days to hours, while the digitalization of air cargo reservation systems is reducing reservation times.

Data analysis can also help save freight costs through better fleet management. Integrated operators have an advantage. For example, Amazon manages its fleet by applying its large data pool. Other specialist operators like DHL and FedEx are very concerned about the battle of digitalization and e-commerce. Simulations, involving the construction of a “digital twin”, are used to anticipate and deal with blockages.

A parallel development is the relocation of companies in the value chain. Extending the value chain and internalising production and distribution aspects is a strategy to respond to greater risk. Although there are fixed costs associated with this change, these are currently being offset by the reduction in supply uncertainty.

Another example of a business model change is the demise of the combined model of passenger flights and freight transport. If the pandemic continues to disrupt overseas travel, there will be a large victory for parties fully dedicated to freight transport.

Reforms are needed to make better use of existing capacities, especially in ports. This kind of reform is now debated in the United States, for example. Port reform is back on the political agenda in Australia, following a report from the competition agency. These are key elements of structural reform programs.

These changes aim to make better use of the existing capacity of ports, airports and transport providers. But improving signals and processes will not induce a response if there are capacity constraints. Investment is the other item on the agenda.

The problem will not be access to ships or airplanes. There was a global rush in 2021 to build new ships, more than double the level of the previous two years. Aircraft manufacturers are planning new models of freighters or repurposing older aircraft. Some substitution between modes also makes sense, and China’s ambition to build land rail links between Asia and Europe under the Belt and Road Initiative is significant.

The constraint will be infrastructure – such as ports and airports – and connections to road and rail systems. These assets are usually in the hands of the state, where there are often impediments to progress. The way forward is for each economy to identify its main structural reforms in this area and commit to tackling them. Regional cooperation in this process would be useful.

With these developments in place, Christmas in 2022 will hopefully be an improvement over 2021.

Christopher Findlay is Honorary Professor at Crawford School, ANU.

Hein Roelfsema is Associate Professor of International Entrepreneurship at the University of Utrecht.

Denmark pushes third vaccine dose to fight Omicron, Health News, ET HealthWorld Tue, 14 Dec 2021 05:55:00 +0000 COPENHAGEN: Danish health authorities said on Monday that a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine would be offered earlier to all people over 40 to curb the spread of the Omicron variant.

“Due to the new, more contagious Omicron variant, the Danish health authority has decided to postpone the third vaccine for all people aged 40 and over, so that they receive the vaccine four and a half months after the second vaccine.” , the health authority said in a statement. .

By reducing the dose interval, “we will be able to go into winter with better protection for those at increased risk of serious disease and increased immunity in the population,” said Director Soren Brostrom.

A third dose is “safe and effective” as early as three months after the first round of vaccination, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said last week.

Denmark also recorded a record number of new Covid-19 cases on Monday, with 7,799 confirmed infections in the past 24 hours.

Over one week, the number of cases is also the highest since the start of the pandemic at 46,189 cases, a jump of more than 50% from the previous week, according to data from Danish health authorities compiled by AFP .

The UK said on Sunday evening it would speed up the rollout of booster doses, opening them to all over 18s before next year.

Denmark is second in the world behind Britain for confirmed cases of Omicron, with both countries having full sample sequencing to quickly detect variants.

As of Sunday, 2,471 cases of Omicron had been identified in the Nordic country of 5.8 million people, where 80.6% of the population over the age of five has already received two doses of the vaccine.

The Omicron variant appears to spread faster than the Delta variant, making vaccines less effective but causing less severe symptoms, the World Health Organization said on Sunday, while stressing that the data remains patchy.

In response to the increase in the number of cases, Denmark reintroduced new restrictions last week, closing schools and colleges, reducing nightlife and promoting remote working. ]]>