Month: December 2020

Miami wedding season continues but with precautions

When it comes to Miami winter weddings, some couples have decided that the show must go on.

Despite warnings against holiday travel issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Miami hotels say many couples are going ahead with December wedding plans. Most events are smaller than in years past, hotels say, and come with a host of new requirements — masks, social distancing — that public health experts say can help mitigate the risk of infection.

“Success is that our guests come and we are following the protocols and the guidelines to ensure that the safety element is there

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Tide turns on plans for North Korean ‘Ibiza’ beach resort

Wish you were here? Wonsan, a port city on the east coast of North Korea. - Teun Voeten
Wish you were here? Wonsan, a port city on the east coast of North Korea. – Teun Voeten


ITS tourism potential has been lauded by no less a real estate expert than Donald Trump, who praised its “great beaches”. But six years after it was first proposed as North Korea’s answer to Ibiza, work on the country’s first international tourist resort appears to have ground to a halt.

Backed personally by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, the Wonsan beach project was supposed to show a lighter side to the hermit state, with luxury hotels, a marina, and a sports complex.

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Laguna Beach to mull $1 million relief program for small businesses, nonprofits

Tables, chairs, and umbrellas were installed on dining decks at the Promenade on Forest Avenue earlier this year. Photo by Daniel Langhorne

The Laguna Beach City Council on Tuesday will consider a $1 million relief package for small businesses and nonprofits to help alleviate the financial hardship created by the regional stay-at-home order.

Laguna Beach restaurant and bar operators could apply for a single $5,000 grant per establishment. Similarly, retailers could each apply for a $2,000 to $3,000 grant.

The so-called LB CARES program proposed by Mayor Bob Whalen, signals that city officials are interested in shoring up local organizations

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Sydney imposes lockdown on beach suburbs as Covid cluster grows

Beachgoers walk along Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, on Dec. 7, 2020.

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Around a quarter of a million people in Sydney’s northern beach suburbs were ordered on Saturday into a strict lockdown until midnight on Wednesday in an effort to contain a coronavirus cluster which authorities fear may spread across the city.

Authorities will on Sunday announce whether further restrictions will be imposed on the rest of Sydney, Australia’s most populous city.

“I want to make that clear, to say to greater Sydney, please, please, do not go out tonight or the

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