California’s Disneyland plans to reopen in phases in July

California’s Disneyland plans to reopen in phases in July
Disneyland in the U.S. state of California on Wednesday announced plans for a phased reopening in July.Under the plans, which are still pending approval by state authorities, the Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will be reopened on July 17.Upon reopening, certain Disneyland Resort theme parks, hotels, restaurants and other locations may be limited in capacity and subject to restricted availability or even closure, Disney said in a statement.The theme parks in Anaheim, California have been shut since mid-March due to the COVID-19.

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Dhaka flight suspension follows cases of contagion
China’s aviation regulator ordered on Sunday a four-week suspension of a China Southern Airlines flight from Dhaka to Guangzhou in an effort to prevent imported COVID-19 cases.Seventeen passengers on the June 11 flight from the Bangladeshi capital to the provincial capital of Guangdong tested positive for the novel coronavirus, meeting the conditions for a “circuit breaker” suspension of the flight route, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement.In keeping with an international flights adjustment policy announced on June 4, the administration issued its first “circuit-breaker” directive and announced the four-week suspension would begin on June 22.Earlier this month, China eased restrictions on international passenger flights contingent on epidemic risks being under control. Authorities highlighted the “reward and circuit breaker mechanism” for the carriers to increase or have flights suspended in accordance with the companies’ epidemic control work.Under the policy, airlines must suspend flights on a route for a week if five passengers test positive for coronavirus. If the number exceeds 10, the airline must suspend the flights for four weeks.As an incentive, carriers may increase the number of international flights to two per week on a route if for three consecutive weeks no passengers test positive for the virus in nucleic acid tests.Many airlines have been scaling up their epidemic prevention and control measures to comply with the administration’s requirements.Since Friday, Sichuan Airlines has required all travelers on its Cairo, Egypt, to Chengdu flight to take a nucleic acid test 72 hours before the flight and to check in with a valid written report of the test results. Passengers who cannot produce the document or who test positive for the virus are not permitted to board.Lately, United Airlines has required passengers to complete a “health self-assessment” as part of its check-in process to confirm that they have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 21 days and that they haven’t had symptoms such as fever, coughing, chills, muscle aches or sore throats in the past two weeks.China registered 19 confirmed COVID-19 cases involving travelers from overseas on June 13, according to the National Health Commission. Seventeen of them arrived in Guangdong province.

Govt encourages poor to train in domestic services

Govt encourages poor to train in domestic services
Women attend a training program for baby care in Suichuan county, Jiangxi province, on May 28. LI JIANPING/FOR CHINA DAILYThe central government is encouraging poverty-stricken people to serve in the domestic services sector to consolidate the nation’s poverty alleviation work.Ten ministries and central departments including the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security as well as the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development jointly released a notice on Thursday to help channel more poor workers into the domestic services industry by improving job information platforms and giving preferential policies to the sector’s companies.According to the notice, the commerce ministry will organize companies to post job information on the ministry’s website and help connect job seekers and employers.More training courses on domestic services will be open to those from poverty-stricken areas. Companies are encouraged to join the government-initiated campaign on skills training, which offers free training courses for poor people.The government is emphasizing more quality training courses, which support industry associations and large-scale companies in domestic services to evaluate the workers by their skills and grant them certificates. These certificates will be uploaded to domestic services platforms and be open for queries from the public.The notice also said that more financial support will be given to small and medium-sized domestic services companies that didn’t reduce employees in previous months. The central government will financially support companies that organize their poor employees to join skills training programs.The government will also encourage financial agencies to offer unsecured loans to domestic services companies that have good credit and support people near the edge of poverty who are willing to start their own domestic services companies with microcredit.Gao Feng, spokesman of the commerce ministry, said at an online news conference on Thursday that the government is making efforts to improve domestic services-driven poverty alleviation work to help more poor workers find jobs in the sector.It is meant to get over the side effects brought by COVID-19 and secure a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, as well as winning the battle against poverty, he said.Previously, Wang Xing, a professor from Nankai University who focuses on social work and social policy, said in an interview with China Daily that the domestic services industry requires lower working skills and is much easier for people to enter.