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Consider yourself a senior scholar and can name the world’s oldest, continuously-operating airline: Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij voor Nederland en Kolonien. If you can spell and pronounce it, consider yourself a genius.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines began operations in 1919, just one year after the end of World War I. The first American airline was Delta, which emerged from its crop dusting business to begin hauling passengers in 1924.

Is Coronavirus Encouraging Survival Of The Fittest In Italy? PDF Print E-mail


If your spring or summer travel plans include Italy, it may be time to reconsider. Italy so far has suffered more coronavirus-related victims than China with nearly 5,000 deaths and another 5,000 confirmed patients in the last 24 hours.

Another factor may be very disturbing to many authorities and advocates for the elderly. With shortages of modern medical equipment, reports from Italy tell of local physicians are making decisions as to which patients are considered worth saving. Rumors indicate that instructions to medical staffs are not to use the limited number of artificial respiratory machines on coronavirus patients over age 60, with priority decisions for younger patients.

 
Can’t Visit Springtime In The Park In Person? Do It Live Online! PDF Print E-mail


Central Park in New York now offers online tours. Because of the coronavirus problems, the US National Park Service has closed some locations around the country, but keeping several open with no entrance fees.

It’s also offering 32 virtual tours, including the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Maine’s Acadia National Park. Check online for info, including open hours, restrictions and fees.

 
Q: Coronavirus Fear: Should I Wear Gloves While Traveling? PDF Print E-mail


I obey all the warnings recommending washing hands while dealing with dirty surfaces on the road and in the air. I’ll be taking a train trip next week and wonder if I should not only wash, but also put on gloves. Advice? JKH, New Amsterdam NY

A: If you have sore or tender skin, wear gloves. No matter what your skin condition, it’s a good idea to wear tight plastic gloves when using public transportation, especially when using public toilets. Thoroughly wash hands and gloves as often as possible in hot, soapy water. Carry an extra pair so you’re always prepared for protection.

 
Los Angeles CA: Ban Cars Downtown To Solve Traffic Mess? PDF Print E-mail


Even with the reduction in cars due to the coronavirus scare, the City of Angels’ center can get absolutely devilish with its heavy congestion. It’s especially crowded during morning and afternoon drive time. Also at night, when dining and entertainment venues fill downtown streets with drivers seeking parking spaces.

The City Council and other officials have suggested a total ban on driving and parking to rid the downtown streets, both day and night, of the ever-growing problem. Further discussions will include expanding subway and regularly scheduled buses and trains to make public access to the downtown more convenient, while less hectic with car jams. www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-02-16/los-angeles-ban-cars-broadway-downtown-streetcar-pedestrian-zone

 
California Shuts Down To Ease The Virus Impact PDF Print E-mail


The governor issued an order that encourages seniors and others to stay safe at home. All non-essential retail businesses are to be closed. Still allowed open and functioning include dine-in restaurants, bars and nightclubs, entertainment venues, gyms and fitness studios, public events and gatherings, convention centers.

Additionally, essential services still available include gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants, banks, laundromats/laundry services. Also, essential state and local government functions, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services are open. This is now in effect throughout California and in many other states.

 
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