Nightmare scenarios as travelers attempt to fly with pets amid coronavirus

first_imgCourtesy Elizabeth Johns(SAN DIEGO) — BY: CLARA MCMICHAELWhat started as a complicated international move for Elizabeth Johns, an Australian hairstylist who has lived in Mexico for the past 10 years, has become a $40,000 nightmare as she tries to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic with her pets — four Persian cats and one dog.Last July, Johns began planning to move back home to Australia with her pets because Mexico had become too dangerous a place to live, she said. Australian customs won’t allow animals to be imported directly from Mexico, so in early February, Johns drove north to San Diego, her cats meowing the entire trip in the back seat. She planned on staying in California for two months while getting the tests and vaccinations for her pets to comply with Australian regulations.As fears of the pandemic spread, the window for Johns to leave the U.S. tightened. Five days before she was scheduled to fly from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Qantas canceled her flight and she was stranded in San Diego.“I feel like a nomad,” Johns said. “I’ve got nowhere to go, I’m just kind of stuck in the middle of nowhere in a country that’s not mine.”Traveling internationally with pets is hard under normal circumstances. Many countries have vaccine requirements for animals and it’s common for nations to require animals to be quarantined before entry to make sure they are disease-free.The biggest challenge for pet owners is that airlines limit the amount of space for animals — whether that’s in the cargo hold or the cabin. Many airlines have temperature requirements for animals in the cargo, so depending on the weather, the pet will not be allowed to fly.“On a given Tuesday, [traveling with pets] could be a pretty difficult situation outside of any other shutdowns that may occur,” according to Katie Hartman, a travel adviser based in Edmond, Oklahoma.Johns’ move was even more problematic because of her Persian cats. “The cats with the squishy faces,” she said.Snub-nosed animals, which include Persian cats and dogs like pugs and bulldogs, have trouble breathing because of their shortened nasal passages and elongated soft palates. Airlines must ensure that they have proper respiratory conditions during the flights. Hartman says that because of this, the animals are a higher risk and the airlines see them as a liability. Many carriers have banned snub-nosed animals entirely.Because of the pandemic, airlines have tightened their pet regulations, with some of the larger carriers suspending all international pet travel, only allowing pets in the cabin as carry-ons or not allowing animals on flights with connections. As a result, owners around the world have found themselves in tough situations.Sally Smith, owner of Airborne Animals, says that she shipped a bird on April 6 from New York to London. That was the first animal she’s moved in six weeks.Lisa Durnford, an elementary school teacher from Thunder Bay, Ontario, was scheduled to receive her new black lab puppy from Warsaw, Poland, in mid-April. The flight was canceled due to the pandemic. Later that month, flights opened up between Warsaw and Chicago, so Durnford flew the puppy, named Rush, into Chicago on April 29. She and her husband took a flight from Thunder Bay to Toronto, and then from Toronto to Chicago. Once they picked Rush up from the airport, they drove him across the border and 10 hours back home to Thunder Bay. Durnford and her husband are now self-isolating for 14 days.“What should’ve been a normal, direct flight to Toronto … turned into all this,” Durnford said.To fly Rush directly to Toronto would have been about $1,200. With the added price of airline tickets, a rental car, and the duty of importing the dog, Durnford estimates she paid about $3,000.Hartman recommends that travelers flying with a pet plan early and preferably use a travel adviser. If a change must be made in the reservation, passengers can’t just hop on the next flight — they have to find the next flight that will allow their animal.Despite all her planning, Johns has spent $40,000 on her travel and living expenses.“I’ve spent so much money on this, it’s just ridiculous, and it never seems to end. It’s kind of a breaking point,” Johns said.Johns’ travel agency, Pet Express, is searching for a way to get her home, looking at options like transporting the animals on the empty leg of a private jet or on a 747 cargo plane. According to Scott Williams, the owner of Pet Express, the cargo planes have been flying nonstop in order to keep worldwide supply chains open. They’re only stopping long enough to refuel.“The sheer shortage of aircraft in the skies at the moment is making pet transport near impossible,” said Williams.If Johns manages to get to Melbourne, her pets would have to quarantine for 10 days, and she herself would have to quarantine for 14 days, before driving the eight hours to her home outside of Adelaide.That’s just wishful thinking at this point.“I don’t know what the future is going to be with me and my animals,” said Johns. “If we don’t get home, I may need to put them up for adoption because I won’t be able to afford to stay here … I really don’t want to be separated from them.”For now, Johns is still in San Diego. She and her five pets are milling about her apartment, counting down the days and dollars until they can go home. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Working, and riding, to end hunger

first_imgAccording to the Greater Boston Food Bank, 1 in 10 locals routinely don’t have enough to eat. In an effort to help address food inequality, Harvard began partnering with Food For Free, a Cambridge based nonprofit working to end chronic hunger by “recapturing fresh food that might otherwise be discarded” and ensuring that it finds its way to those who need it most.Through the partnership, Harvard donates approximately 2,000 nutritious meals each week to families in need. To ensure that breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available for every undergraduate student, Harvard University Dining Services regularly purchases more food than is actually consumed. In the past, excess fresh food was composted. Instead, now the untouched, surplus food is donated to Food for Free, which delivers it to local families.For the second year in a row, a group of riders from across Harvard will be participating in the annual Ride for Food on Sunday, Sept. 24. If you have an interest in joining their ride (either the 10, 25, or 50 mile course), or even just contributing to the cause, please contact Harvard University Dining Service’s Crista Martin at [email protected], or 617-496-6705. There is a $75 registration fee, and a request that you raise a minimum of $250 dollars in donations.You can also donate directly to one of the Harvard or Food For Free riders by visiting HERE.  (Be sure to click the Food For Free team.)last_img read more

Research Results.

first_imgWalter Reeves Host Walter Reeves checks out research results in the next “Gardening inGeorgia” Sept. 13 and 16 on Georgia Public Television. Reeves revisits Tim Smalley atthe University of Georgia in Athens to find out how the flowers fared in his experimentalplots. Smalley is managing a research project investigating how various soil amendmentsaffect plant growth. His conclusion? You’re very lucky if you live near a chicken farm!In another segment, Reeves will show that fertilizer isn’t the only thing important forplant health. He explains why it’s time to lime now. Finally, Shirley Hubbard of CallawayGardens shares her favorite ornamental grasses. These gorgeous grasses aredrought-tolerant and beautiful to boot.Wednesdays, Saturdays on GPTVDon’t miss “Gardening in Georgia” Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at10 a.m. The show is designed especially for Georgia gardeners. “Gardening inGeorgia” is produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences and GPTV.last_img read more

Clamp down on Garda overtime as spending reduced by €6.5m for 2019

first_imgGarda overtime spending has been halted from midnight last night, it has emerged. The ban on Garda overtime other than for special duties was sanctioned by senior management and ordered with immediate effect by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, according to the Irish Times.A spokesman for Mr Harris also confirmed that overtime for special operations will only be granted with the approval of the force’s most high ranking officers. “As previously stated by Commissioner Harris, An Garda Síochána is experiencing budgetary pressures and must also prepare for reasonably foreseeable operational pressures in the near future,” the spokesman said.“To minimise the impact on policing and security activity, while reducing the current rate of overtime spend, overtime is only being sanctioned for non-discretionary duties. Administrative overtime has been cancelled immediately.”The spokesman added: ”Overtime will still be available for specific policing/security operations, but only with the prior approval of the relevant Assistant Commissioner following discussion with Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security.”Clamp down on Garda overtime as spending reduced by €6.5m for 2019 was last modified: September 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Homecoming Revolution expands to African diaspora

first_imgAngel Jones, founder and CEO of Homecoming Revolution, at the Wharton African Business Forum. (Image: Homecoming Revolution) • Homecoming Revolution +27 11 879 1961 [email protected] • Meet Heshan de Silva, Kenya’s 25-year-old dollar multimillionaire • Bill Gates: Who says Africa will always be poor? • Cape to Cairo trade agreement to open African borders • Africa rising • A vision for 2030: South Africa’s National Development PlanSulaiman PhilipAngel Jones’s office at Homecoming Revolution is neat, professional and as tranquil as the surface of a pond. The mid-morning sun floods through the windows, adding a shimmer to an eye-catching fixture mounted to the wall – a pair of bronzed angel wings.It’s the room next door that reveals the frenzied work below the surface. Jones and her staff are busy finalising the first Homecoming Expo in four years, set for London on 15 and 16 March. Papers cascade off the table in what she calls the “sweat room”. Newsprint pasted to all four walls are a riot of lists and columns and colour, helping the staff keep track and make sense of the task ahead of them.Fifteen years ago, after seven years working in London, Jones felt the tug of home when she heard Nelson Mandela speak in Trafalgar Square. She came back to South Africa and, in 2003, set up Homecoming Revolution as a non-profit organisation to encourage expatriates to return to the country and smooth their trip home.Watch: Homecoming Revolution Africa – It’s time to come home:With just over a month to go to the London Expo there are still details to be finalised. For the first time, Homecoming Revolution is targeting not just South Africans but people from all across Africa who want to return.“We are expecting 2 000 delegates over the two days who want to hear from people who have returned and who are able to speak about the opportunities in Africa,” says Jones. “There are micro details that need to get sorted. Do we have corporates from across the continent? Is everyone able to make their speaking slot? For the first time we are bringing together Africans to celebrate the continent – it’s not just South Africans or Nigerians or Ugandans interested in their own part of the continent.”At the expo, corporations will showcase opportunities across sub-Saharan Africa. The focus is on getting the talent of the diaspora to return to Africa – but not necessarily to their own countries. “We want South Africans to consider opportunities in Lagos,” she says. “Or a Kenyan who wants to work in South Africa. We are there to provide assistance. It is important at this point in time that we celebrate the wider Africa.”Africa rising“The global slowdown has made Africa attractive, but the fact that Africa is on the rise is the reason so many educated Africans are looking to return. They see that Africa offers them a chance to be innovative and entrepreneurial in their careers.”The Homecoming Revolution message is simple: Africa needs the skills its citizens in the diaspora have acquired. The continent is on the cusp of greater prosperity, and it will take the talents of all of its people to grow it. As more expat Africans want to give back, the expo, taking place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London, will showcase opportunities and to provide assistance to those ready to return.Jones says Africa stays in your blood, and it is simply the role of initiatives like Homecoming Revolution to engage with people who want to return and to smooth the path home. “We began as an NGO and are stilled underpinned by the idea that Africa deserves its skills back. People are mobilising around that idea. They want to play their part, whether it’s by returning or investing or using their skills to mentor while on holiday.”The wave of immigration will benefit the continent, Jones says. While a significant minority are Europeans looking for an escape from an economy in the doldrums, the fact that the majority are successful Africans returning home is good news. For the most part they are Africans with skills in finance, engineering and construction, nursing and even retail. “These are people who have developed global relationships and, most important, they are people who know how to apply them in an African context.”Being part of something biggerThe decision to return is a personal one and, for those who make the leap, career advancement is the least important factor. Jones has found that those who haggle over an employment package are not ready to return and will leave as soon as a better offer comes along.“Africans choose to return because they want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. For me the trigger was hearing Mandela speak in Trafalgar Square. For others it is marriage or the birth of a child.”Being close to family and friends becomes important once you begin a family, she says. Also, she chuckles, don’t underestimate the lure of the lifestyle. You may have pictures of yourself in front of the Eiffel Tower to show off, but your friends who stayed behind own their home, have cars and house help.Going home isn’t easyOn a cold snowy day in London returning to sunny Africa may seem like the perfect dream, but there are snags to overcome once you are back. Not hiding these has helped the staff at Homecoming Revolution ease the path for returnees. “We don’t pretend everything will be perfect, we tell people it will be hard to settle. We tell them there will be frustrations to manage their expectations. Little things like opening a bank account or choosing a school or where to get fresh vegetables … there are people who have dealt with these annoyances and you can talk to them.”Africa may be full of problems, but six of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world over the past decade have been African. By 2015 the African middle class – people with an income of $3 000 a year – will number around 100-million. For every entrepreneur who returns and starts a business there are nine people, in both the formal and informal economy, who benefit.Jones realises that bureaucratic red tape is a stumbling block that adds to the stress of rebuilding a life in Africa. Homecoming Revolution helps with the little annoyances like applying for visas for a spouse and children or with the transfer of funds into the country. “The biggest concern for a lot of people who come to us is a work visa for a foreign spouse,” she says.“We are looking for ways to build a stronger relationship with the government. People want their kids to grow up barefoot on the grass, they want to feel like they are building their own nation, but they need help with the practical things. We fill this crazy void to help fast-track their return.”last_img read more

Some commonalities found in Pansare, Dabholkar murders

first_imgInvestigating agencies told Bombay High Court on Friday that they found some commonalities in the way rationalists Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar were murdered and that they will soon start a country wide search to look for the pistols used for the murder.A division bench of Justices SC Dharmadhikari and GS Patel was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by members of the Pansare and Dabholkar families. The Central Bureau of Investigation’s special investigation team (CBI SIT) is investigating the Dabholkar murder and the State Crime Investigation Department (CID) is probing the Pansare murder. The additional solicitor general and CBI’s counsel Anil Singh told the court that a country wide operation will be carried out within a month to search for the four countrymade pistols used to kill Dabholkar. It is believed that the pistols were dismantled and thrown in a creek next to Thane.He said the agency is waiting for confirmations and permissions from some government agencies to commence the operation. The court responded to this by saying the operation should not be delayed, and must be carried out before the onset of monsoon.Senior counsel Ashok Mundargi representing CID reiterated that the main conspirators in Pansare’s murder have been arrested and they will soon catch hold of the attackers.The bench then questioned if there are any commonalities between the two crimes. To this Mr. Mundargi said, “yes to some extent commonality is established between the two crimes.”The court then remarked, “we feel like there is some spark missing in this case [Pansare]. It is not the case that the shooters will never be arrested. They will be nabbed one day. But it should have been done by now. It is the credibility of the probe agency that is at stake. It is a case where eminent persons like Dabholkar and Pansare have been killed.”“Political leaders, who are in power, and made promises to the public that they stand for peace and constitutional rights of citizens should ensure this,” the court said.Dabholkar, a well-known anti-superstition activist, was shot dead on August 20, 2013 in Pune.Pansare was shot on February 16, 2015 near his house in Kolhapur in western Maharashtra. He died four days later.last_img read more

Big Bash League introduces 5-team finals series for 2019-20 season

first_imgCricket Australia has revamped the structure of the Big Bash League (BBL), bringing in a number of changes to it. On Thursday, it introduced a new-look, five-team finals series in the upcoming BBL season to better reward teams that finish in the top two.Played over two weekends, the new five-match finals system guarantees a double-chance for teams that finish first and second in the regular season. The finals will start on January 30, 2020 and run across two weekends, culminating in a Saturday night decider on February 8.The five finals have all been given unique monikers; The Eliminator, The Qualifier, The Knock-Out, The Challenger and The Final.As per the new format, the teams finishing fourth and fifth will play ‘The Eliminator’ on January 30 while the teams finishing first and second will play ‘The Qualifier’ on the next day.On February 1, the Winner of ‘The Eliminator’ will take on the third-placed before the action unfolds on the next weekend. In ‘The Challenger’, the loser of ‘The Qualifier’ will go up against the winner of ‘The Knock-Out’ on February 6 to have a chance to get to ‘The Final’. The Final will be played on February 8 between the winner of ‘The Qualifier’ and the winner of ‘The Challenger'”The number one element is to give the best chance for the teams finishing first and second to make it through,” said Cricket Australia’s Head of the BBL, Alistair Dobson, at the launch of the 2019-20 BBL fixture.”We want to reward the teams finishing first and second as well as we can.advertisement”(We want) more fans to be part of the finals and this model also gives us a chance for the team hosting the final to have more preparation,” he added.In six of the eight previous BBL seasons, the team that has finished top of the table has been knocked out in a cut-throat semi-final and Cricket Australia has moved to make the finals fairer for the teams that dominate the regular season.The tournament will start on December 17 with Brisbane Heat taking on Sydney Thunder in a home game as the tournament will go on for 42 days this time instead of 54 with 56 games being played.Also Read | England collapse against Ireland ’embarrassing’, says Michael VaughanAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s Team India to have new shirt sponsors: Byju’s to replace OppoAlso See:last_img read more

10 months agoCrystal Palace defender Kelly happy for Gauita after winning debut

first_imgCrystal Palace defender Kelly happy for Gauita after winning debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace defender Martin Kelly was delighted to be part of victory over Leicester City.The Scouser was impressive for the 1-0 win.Kelly said, “I felt we did really well as a team,” he said. “We showed again how dangerous we are at home, especially with how loud the fans are. We had a really strong performance and every one of us fought for those three points today.”Every game now feels massive, it always does in the Premier League. There are no games that you take for granted but we know going into home games we’ve got a real chance of getting a result because of how good our fans are. They put us on the front foot.”On debutant Vicente Guaita’s clean sheet, Kelly added: “Vicente has been working his socks off in training, waiting for his chance, and he saved us today with that stop. He was brilliant.”He’s quite a character if you get to know him. He doesn’t know much English but he knows the basics, he knows enough to communicate with you on the pitch and that’s what you want when the big man’s behind you. You need him to be talking, he can see the whole pitch. He’s settled in and I’m sure he’ll be made up that he’s had his chance and he’s done well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Get Acquainted With A Vancouver Stunt Performer Cassandra Ebner

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Big blockbuster films continue pumping money into the local economy like over $40 million from Deadpool and $69 million from Star Trek Beyond. There are also a slew of Hollywood North productions for primetime television and original streaming content. This trickles down to a lot of jobs for local talent like actors and crew.We chatted with stunt woman, actress, YouTuber/vlogger and cosplayer Cassandra Ebner about her work and the local film & TV industry. She’s appeared in local productions like Arrow, The Tomorrow People, Continuum, Witches of East End, iZombie, The Flash, Supernatural and Once Upon a Time. As a stunt woman she both stunt doubles adrenaline-filled scenes and stunt performs intricate background/extra scenes. She’s doubled for actresses like Alex PenaVega, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Emilie de Ravin. When she’s not on that set she also acts/stunts in independent films like the 2013 fan film Croft.What inspired you to pursue acting and stunts? Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Growing up I wanted to be a superhero so bad. I remember going out to the back yard everyday and thinking if I could jump and reach the monkey bar then after that I would be able to fly! I’m not sure where the logic came from but I really believed in it! One day I jumped and grabbed the monkey bar and no super powers… My parents explained, in a loving way, that they weren’t real and that’s when a new goal was made. I wanted to be a superhero in the movies!What’s it like to step into identical shoes of other actors and characters on screen as a stunt double?It’s so much fun! It brings together all the things I love doing. Being a different character with wigs, different outfits and different postures. Trying to mimic different people and how they might fall or pose in fights is so much fun. And The best part is I meet so many talented actresses who are doing such cool amazing things in the world or being inspiring great people and it’s so awesome to see! Twitterlast_img read more