Visiting family for the holidays? How to Stay Safe Amid Rising COVID, Flu, and RSV Cases – National

It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas in Canada compared to previous years, when COVID-19 lockdowns limited or canceled in-person time with loved ones. However, with viruses like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and flu thrown into the mix with COVID, health experts are urging Canadians to take protective measures amid the festivities. “I really … Read more

Sober or clear? Europe stands for holidays during the energy crisis

VERONA, Italy (AP) — Early-season revelers sipping mulled wine and shopping for holiday decorations filled Verona’s Christmas Market over the inaugural weekend. But beyond the wooden market stalls, the Italian city still hasn’t decked out its granite-clad pedestrian streets with twinkling Christmas lights as officials debate how bright to make the season amid an energy … Read more

High-flying balloon figures star in Thanksgiving parade

NEW YORK (AP) — Crowds of onlookers lined the streets of New York on Thursday as colorful, high-flying balloons helped usher in the holiday season during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The annual tradition, dating back nearly a century, filled the streets as a procession of giant inflatables and floats flowed more than 40 blocks … Read more

Shopping for the holidays starts with inflation dampening spirits

NEW YORK (AP) — While Black Friday will mark a return to familiar holiday shopping patterns, uncertainty remains. The US labor market remains strong, consumer spending is resilient and inflation is slowing. But higher prices for food, rent, gas and other household expenses have taken a toll on shoppers. As a result, many are reluctant … Read more

Is Japan open to travelers? It’s where Singaporeans want to travel

According to market research firm YouGov, some 49% of Singaporeans say they are considering Japan for their next vacation abroad. Interest may be even greater among young citizens. According to research published in May, 68% of Singaporeans aged 16 to 24 say they are considering Japan for their “next vacation”, compared to 37% of people … Read more