Published On 02 September,2021 01:56 pm

“The road will have five interchanges, five flyovers, 21 km of service roads.”

ISLAMABAD (APP) – Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib on Thursday said completion of Sialkot-Kharian Motorway would reduce travel time between the two cities and create thousands of employment opportunities.

The 69 km motorway, whose foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Imran Khan, would cost Rs 27.32 billion and it would reduce the traveling between the two stations by an hour, he said in a series of tweet.

The minister said the road would have five interchanges, five flyovers, 21 km of service roads and would create thousands of job opportunities.

He said the Communications Minister Murad Saeed while presenting the comparison of three years performance of the incumbent government with the Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz regime stated that PML-N constructed 645 km roads during (2013-16) whereas, PTI constructed 1753 km road during (2018-2021).

Work on 12 projects have begun while 19 projects would start in the current financial year.

PTI earned revenue of Rs 161.264 billion in three years whereas in comparison, the PML-N collected Rs 73.54 billion during the same period in their era, he further stated.

PTI has collected a record 119.27 percent additional revenue in three years, he said.

In three years of PTI rule, land worth more than Rs five billion was retrieved but no land recovery was done during the PML-N’s first three years.

During PTI rule more than Rs 16 billion were recovered in accountability and audit process during this time span, whereas no recoveries were done during the PML-N era.

The number of job openings in the U.S. economy jumped to more than 10 million in June, the highest on record, as the U.S. labor market continues a choppy recovery from last year’s economic shutdowns, the Labor Department said Monday.

There were 10.1 million open jobs on the final day of June, the report said, up from 9.2 million in May. Economist polled by Dow Jones were expecting 9.1 million openings. The jump came as the quits rate increased while the layoffs and discharges rate was unchanged, reflecting increased bargaining power and employment options for workers.

By industry, leisure and hospitality show one of the highest level of job openings at more than 1.6 million. Health care and social assistance has 1.5 million openings.

A ‘We’re Hiring!’ sign is posted at a Starbucks on August 06, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

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“Labor demand keeps getting stronger. This is the third straight month of record-breaking job openings,” Indeed Hiring Lab director of research Nick Bunker said in a note. “The quits rate is also close to its all-time high, which was set just two months ago in April. This wave of demand will eventually recede, but job seekers should ride it until then.”

Despite the unemployment rate remaining above 5% and the U.S. economy being millions of jobs short of pre-pandemic levels, many businesses have reported difficulty finding workers. Nominal wage gains, especially among non-management employees, also points to a tighter labor market.

The job openings survey was conducted before the July jobs report released last week which showed the economy adding 954,000 jobs. Hiring has accelerated during the summer after some disappointing results earlier in the year.

The Labor Department said in Friday’s jobs report there were 8.7 million Americans looking for work, meaning there were more open jobs than potential workers. To be sure, improving economies and tight labor markets can bring workers off of the sidelines and back into the labor force.

The high level of job openings comes even as some states have ended the extra unemployment benefits that were created during the pandemic in an effort to motivate Americans to return to work. The extra benefits are set to expire for the rest of the country next month.

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In recent weeks, the State of Hawaii — like much of the United States — has seen a surge in Delta variant COVID-19 cases. Recently, Governor David Ige pleaded with would-be tourists at a press conference, saying, “Now is not the time to visit the islands.”

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Hawaii has had strict requirements for travelers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, such as a mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival or, to avoid self-isolating, COVID-19 testing within 72 hours of departure. Many of these measures are still in place for unvaccinated travelers.

In July 2021, the testing and quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated vacationers were lifted.

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Nonetheless, with hospital beds in the island state scarce, USA Today reports:

“It’s not a good time to travel to the islands,” he [Governor Ige] said at a news conference Monday.

Monday’s announcement does not mean travelers cannot visit Hawaii, as the state did not tighten its entry requirements. Since October, travelers have been able to visit by presenting a negative COVID test to bypass the state’s strict quarantine. In July, the testing requirement went away for vaccinated travelers.

There has been speculation the testing requirement would return due to the spike in COVID cases from the delta variant but Ige said that is difficult to do since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says domestic travel is safe for vaccinated travelers.

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USA Today also shared that Ige has spoken with businesses within the tourism sector, including airlines and hotels — like Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, though it is not known if Aulani was specifically singled out for a conversation with the Governor — asking that they “do what they could” to curb tourism at this time.

Ige told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser:

“I think it’s important that we reduce the number of visitors coming here to the islands. Certainly, I expect cooperation from the visitor industry.”

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It is important to note that visitors from the contiguous United States are not banned from traveling to Hawaii at this time — the Governor is simply urging caution and would prefer people delay vacations if at all possible.

How does this impact Disney’s Aulani?

While Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko’Olina, Oahu has not issued a statement specific to Governor Ige’s recent comments, there is little doubt that the Resort is being affected by families delaying their Hawaiian vacations.

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Right now, it does not seem as though Aulani intends to reduce offerings or alter the amenities that are currently available, including socially distanced character breakfasts at Makahiki restaurant and the KA WA‘A, a Lu‘au event.

If you have plans to visit Disney’s Hawaii Resort in the near future, however, make sure you regularly check the property’s official website

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Health experts have previously warned Hawaii residents against traveling to areas of high COVID risk like Las Vegas, Florida and Texas.

Now a prominent emergency physician in Los Angeles is telling travelers to stay away from Hawaii.

Dr. Michael Daignault is an emergency physician for a Los Angeles medical center and is a frequent expert featured on LA media outlets.

And here’s his advice to those interested in traveling to the islands right now:

“I would advise people to not go now. You have to be responsible. You have to consider that Hawaii is a national treasure and we need to preserve it and protect its people,” he told Hawaii News Now.

In a recent Instagram post, he said travelers who can’t postpone a trip should test before and afterwards regardless of vaccination status, get travel insurance that includes medical evacuation to the mainland, avoid large crowds and events, and avoid high-risk activities.

“I think Hawaii of all states is such a fragile situation.”

“I advise patients or family member or friends to not travel anywhere that has has a high surge of COVID cases,” he added.

The governor on Monday also asked visitors to postpone upcoming travel to Hawaii given the state’s surge in COVID infections and hospitalizations.

Travel experts say they don’t blame the tourism industry for the recent surge in COVID cases as health officials agree much of the spread is due to resident gatherings.

“From the very beginning, COVID in Hawaii has not been generated by visitors coming in,” said travel consultant Keith Vieira, of KV and Associates.

He says tourism demand is starting to cool partly because of people’s safety concerns.

Group travel has flattened. And Asian, Australian and Canadian travelers still aren’t coming to Hawaii in large numbers.

“I think to tell visitors not to come, all it will do is hurt our economy, put thousands of people back out of work and not solve the problem, but it feels good because we did something,” said Vieira.

“We’ve got to get on with our lives,” he added.

Both Daignault and Vieira say vaccine passes in restaurants, bars and events are a way to balance safety and the economy.

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Fifth-year Dallas Mavericks power forward Maxi Kleber is thrilled to be back in Dallas.

After the Mavs’ season came to a close in early June, Kleber took a brief respite to travel back to Germany where he focused on healing his body and mentally rejuvenated after a grueling season.

“I mainly did recovery rehab in Germany because I had all those issues at the end of the season,” Kleber said, referring to the lingering Achilles soreness that limited him during the final weeks of the season.

“So I wanted to make sure that once I started working out again, that I was fully healthy. I think I still have to watch out a little bit, but I feel a lot better and I’m excited to get back at.”

Last week, the 6-10, 240-pound Kleber arrived back in Dallas to continue workouts and preparations for the upcoming season. The NBA season is slated to start the second week of October, giving Kleber exactly 10 more weeks of rest.

“I was pretty beat up at the end of the season,” said Kleber, who acknowledged how strenuous the compressed schedule was on his body. “So I took time to just do rehab stuff and recover. I am a lot better now. I’m not 100 percent, but I’m starting to do basketball stuff again and normal movement. I’m feeling great. As long as it doesn’t get worse and I keep making progress, I’m happy.”

The 29-year-old German said he also returned to North Texas to spend more time in the community, something he’s been passionate about since first joining the Mavericks.

He got his first chance of the summer to interact with local youth at two Mavs Academy Hoop Camps that took place in Grapevine and Plano.

Kleber took part in various drills, played games and delivered motivational words of wisdom to the 100-plus children at the camps. He stressed the importance of hard work and character, both on and off the court.

Both opportunities will give Kleber the chance to remember his love for the game through the eyes of children.

“My advice to them is just to have fun,” Kleber shared. “When I was a kid, all I cared about was having fun and I spent every day in the gym not thinking about anything in particular and just played. Obviously, when you get older, there are certain things you need to work on like dribbling, passing, shooting, and they’re all important. But my main advice at this stage is just for the kids to have fun.”

At both camps, the youngsters were in awe of Kleber and they had plenty of questions for the German, ranging from his height to “who is the toughest opponent you ever faced?”

No questions were off-limits and after thinking for a few moments, Kleber said “Kevin Durant” was probably the toughest person he’s ever faced. The kids seemed thrilled to have an NBA player join them for one-on-one sessions and the Mavs’ big man was

Signs hang to remind children of precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the classroom at South Boston Catholic Academy in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., January 28, 2021. REUTERS/Allison Dinner/File Photo

July 22 (Reuters) – Americans watched more TV last year, played more computer games, thought and read a bit more, caught up on a little sleep and on average spent an extra hour each day alone and two additional hours wrangling or educating their kids.

Exercise? Meh.

The pandemic upended daily life for much of 2020, and updated government data released Thursday pinned down by just how much.

The American Time Use Survey, a detailed accounting from the Labor Department of what people do each day, confirmed much of what is already known or suspected about the months under lockdown and quarantine, from the increased burdens of childcare, particularly for women, to the jump in home-based work.

Between May and December of 2020 for example, the share of people working from home nearly doubled, from 22% to 42% compared to those same months in 2019.

That change affected women more than men – among those working nearly half of the women surveyed did so from home last year versus just over a third of men – and it skewed heavily towards those with more education and white collar jobs.

Nearly two-thirds of people with a college degree worked from home compared with under 20% of those with no higher education. Among those in the finance industry nearly 70% worked at home, more than double the year before. By contrast, the share of people working from home in the leisure and hospitality industry increased from 11% to 19%.

The schism between those who could do their jobs from a dining room table and those who faced a choice between showing up – and possibly getting sick – or losing income, was among the defining economic and social impacts of the pandemic, and continues to shape the recovery. While most industries are nearing their pre-pandemic levels of employment, for instance, the leisure and hospitality sector remains more than 10% below the number of jobs it had before the health crisis.

THREE HOURS OF TV?

The time use survey goes a level deeper to show what people did day-to-day at a time when much of the country had to rearrange its schedule, millions were unemployed, schools were closed, and the major diversions – from restaurants to movie theaters – were shuttered.

For the adults in households with children under 13, that meant time spent caring for them rose from five hours, four minutes a day in 2019 to six hours, three minutes last year – even if that meant fielding work calls as well. Households with younger children saw a larger increase of around 90 minutes spent on child care.

Though the increase was across the board, the division of labor remained skewed towards women, who spent more than seven hours a day on “secondary” child care – overseeing

Luke Brokaw lives in a school bus, and he does it by choice. The 36-year-old left Michigan three years ago and set out West. Landing in San Diego, he worked as a delivery driver for Amazon. But he wanted even more freedom, so he started freelancing as a graphic and web designer — and roaming.

When I reach him, he’s outside Zion National Park, using his cellphone as a hot spot. “There’s so much red,” he says of the bluffs and canyons around him. “Everything is red.” Living on the road, he says, “does get stressful from time to time. But it’s still a lot better than working a nine-to-five somewhere.”

After buying his “skoolie” in 2018, he built it out, putting in a full kitchen and solar panels. It was painted like an American flag. He painted it black — a choice he later came to regret. “When I parked in residential areas, it looked creepy,” he says. So he repainted it teal and added a landscape of mountains, trees and a sunset. Now random strangers knock on the door, saying they recognize the bus from his YouTube channel. He goes by “The Digital Nomad Guy” on Instagram and sometimes wraps his long red beard in rubber bands.

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Millions have embraced this lifestyle since the advent of COVID-19. As companies responded to the pandemic by making office jobs remote, they also untethered their employees from geographic limitations, at a time when housing costs are skyrocketing. According to a report from MBO Partners, a company that recruits independent professionals to do contract work for businesses, 7.3 million Americans described themselves as “digital nomads” in 2019; a year later, that number increased by half.

Digital nomads have become a common sight across the West, especially in small towns near national parks or ski resorts, where they rely on a hot spot or cafe Wi-Fi to get through the workday, then explore the outdoors once 5 o’clock hits. They’re part of a growing class of transient professionals who use the internet to work remotely and travel at the same time, eschewing traditional roots and responsibilities. But that kind of freedom does not come without a cost, or an impact on the places they visit.

Culturally, they occupy a space between “Zoom Town” movers (similarly remote professionals who’ve resettled in smaller or cheaper towns) and #vanlifers (wealthy hobbyists who might sink $100,000 into a decked-out Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van and retire early.) A quick Instagram search reveals millions of images tagged #vanlife or #digitalnomad, showcasing customized vehicles replete with light wood cabinetry and string lights. The glamorous images can be unnerving in a time when many are living in their vehicles out of economic desperation, with ingenious modifications made out of necessity. Each group adapts in its own way.

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Aside from the mode

It’s Shark Week, and for 2021, the Discovery Channel is bringing more teeth, more jaws and more heart-pounding TV specials featuring everyone’s favorite undersea predators than ever before.

You can dive in to the Shark Week action starting Sunday, July 11 (7/11/2021) on the Discovery Channel, which can be streamed live fuboTV, Sling and other live TV services. In addition, this year, special additional Shark Week content will be available on Discovery+.

This year, Shark Week will be on for four hours a day, with TV episodes featuring celebrities like William Shatner, Tiffany Haddish, Brad Paisley and more. They’ll be joined some of the top marine biologists from renowned science institutions as they explore the world of sharks.

Highlights this year include the first in utero camera tag in a pregnant Tiger shark, a potentially new Great White mating behavior and the discovery of an elusive pupping ground.

Fans can also get in on the Shark Week fun on social media, where Discovery will be adding new AR filters for Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook, plus seven nights of livestreams on TikTok. Viewers can also participate in the JAWscers hosted by Bob the Shark, where they can vote on their favorite Shark Week moments of all time.

Below, find the complete Shark Week 2021 TV and live streaming schedule.

All times ET on The Discovery Channel. All content available to stream on fuboTV, Sling, AT&T TV, Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV. All TV episodes available next day on Discovery+. Episode descriptions via Discovery Channel.

Sunday, July 11

Sharkbait with David Dobrik – 4 a.m. on Discovery+

Internet megastar David Dobrik is ready for his craziest adventure yet, with the biggest influencer of the sea — SHARKS! Bringing the Vlog Squad along for the ride, they embark on an adventure to Florida to face their fears and dive with Sharks.

Shark Rumble – 4 a.m. on Discovery+

Marine biologist and Shark expert, Luke Tipple, takes WWE Superstar, Drew McIntyre to the world renowned Georgia Aquarium for a shark dive never to be forgotten.

Shark Academy – 4 a.m. on Discovery+

Shark Academy, a series that will follow eight people over six weeks as they compete against one another for a crew spot on shark scientist Riley Elliott’s next expedition.

Crikey! It’s Shark Week – 8 p.m. on Discovery Channel.

In this unique and thrilling Shark Week special, Robert Irwin comes face to face with a Great White Shark for the first time ever. Following his father’s footsteps, Robert will have similar first time experiences, getting as close as possible to these incredible and terrifying creatures.

Tiffany Haddish Does Shark Week – 9 pm. on Discovery Channel

Tiffany Haddish and friends travel to the crystal blue waters to dive into something they’ve never done before, swim with sharks. Knowing nothing about sharks, she will meet up with the world’s top shark experts to learn everything there is to know about

Who doesn’t want to quit their job and travel the world? We all do. But then quitting our job for travel is easier said than done! Every time you come across stories of people who have done it, does it make you wonder how they do it? The most urgent question being—where do they get all the money from if they don’t have a job that pays them monthly? Do they have enough savings to pay for their trips? Or is it sponsored? Blah, blah and blah!

Scrolling through those dreamy and jaw-dropping travel pictures on Instagram does make you want to leave everything behind and just live that life. Our instant reaction is — “What a life! This is how life should be.” But, then, are we ready to risk it all and take that leap of faith? The reality of quitting your job to travel is far from what we think. Just like you, I have had these thoughts in my mind too and for the longest time. Read on and let us know if you relate.

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1. “Can I live life like a vagabond? Living out of backpacks and in nomadic style sounds fun and adventurous, but can I really do that all my life? It has its own perils. Am I ready for all the challenges?”

2. “Will I miss my job? Is leaving a perfectly good job to travel like a nomad rational? Having worked for so many years, I am used to a certain lifestyle and routine. Is it okay to disrupt that?”

3. “Where will I get all the money to keep travelling? I want my fixed monthly salary. Or am I okay with life and finances being uncertain? I guess not!”

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4. “Even though I love travelling as much, how much can I really travel? I know there’s no end to exploring far off lands, the people, their culture, food and lifestyle. But then, can I continue doing it for the rest of my life? There’s a reason it’s called a vacation or a holiday that breaks the monotony of our work life and start afresh.”

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5. “Will I get bored or tired after a point? Just like we get bored at work sometimes and crave for a break? Of course, meeting new people and travelling to places is exciting. It does sound more fun than finishing your assignments and meeting deadlines, but can it be a prolonged plan?”

6. “Even travelling like a backpacker is not cheap. My savings will be exhausted one day, what happens then? Since I am not planning to become an influencer, I won’t have brand collaborations or free stays. So how will I pay for my expenses? And, of course, I can’t do that alongside my regular job.”

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7. “Maybe, I can take a sabbatical instead! Just go out and do the things that interest me and see

Being fully vaccinated looks likely to increase the chances of travelling abroad this summer. Boris Johnson said this week he was confident double jabs would be a “liberator” and did not rule out that they could enablequarantine-free overseas holidays.

However, most under-30s have received just one jab. Four young people share their feelings about their chances of taking a trip abroad.

‘We’ve made a lot of sacrifices but we haven’t got any of the benefits’

Remy Haggard, 26, London.
Remy Haggard, 26, London

For Remy Haggard, a 26-year-old risk and intelligence analyst in London, the focus on vaccinations for travel is misplaced. Double vaccine requirements discriminate against young people, he says. “People who are the least vulnerable, yet again, have to wait the longest and suffer the most setbacks by way of opportunities.”

Instead he thinks testing should be prioritised and required of all travellers, vaccinated or not. “There’s been a lot of mixed messaging on transmission. Vaccinated people can still be carriers of variants. And the testing should be affordable and regulated, not done by rogue private companies.”

Haggard also thinks the pandemic has entrenched generational divides. “As millennials, typically living in flatshares, on relatively low incomes, we haven’t had some of the privileges of our parents’ generation, people who bought their homes much cheaper 30 years ago and now have homes that they can work from,” he says. “We’ve made a lot of sacrifices but we haven’t got any of the benefits.”

‘It feels incredibly unfair on young people’

Because she has an underlying medical condition, Georgia Bevan, 22, is fully vaccinated, but her boyfriend and friends are not, meaning a foreign holiday is probably off the cards for this summer.

“I completely understand the reasoning behind allowing those who have had both vaccinations to evade quarantine on arrival, but it feels incredibly unfair for those who haven’t had their chance to receive their second vaccine,” she says. “Young people have been neglected throughout, especially students. They’ve missed out on so many experiences and their mental health has taken a massive toll.”

Bevan, from Kent, who graduated mid-pandemic and now works in executive search, worries that many young people won’t be able to have a break this summer even in the UK. “Many young people can’t afford to holiday in the UK now,” she says, as prices have skyrocketed in many seaside destinations. She adds that as foreign travel entails testing or vaccination requirements, she would “feel safer going abroad than with everyone rushing to Cornwall or Devon”.

Bevan thinks it is time for things to open up again. “For months we’ve been told how as soon as vulnerable people – that includes me – have been vaccinated, things will open up. The majority of vulnerable people are double vaccinated – it’s time to start travel again.”

‘I believe I have a social and moral responsibility to protect others’

Ash, 24, West Lothian
Ash, 24, West Lothian

Despite being fully vaccinated, Ash, 24, won’t be travelling abroad this year. She lives with her mother, who