Urbanites are fleeing to rural communities out West

first_imgCitydwellers fleeing coronavirus have descended on rural communities across the Western U.S. (Credit: iStock)Well-heeled city slickers are looking far and wide to escape the virus. And many are settling on the remote communities of the American West.The influx of potential coronavirus carriers to small rural communities has some full-time residents worried about local outbreaks that their healthcare systems can’t handle, according to the Wall Street Journal.That’s the same dilemma facing many vacation communities outside New York City where urbanites fled in droves in recent weeks.The ski resort town of Big Sky, Montana is among the otherwise small off-season communities experiencing a surge in visitors. The local county, Gallatin County, accounts for more than a third of Montana’s 330 or so cases of COVID-19.Some community groups, like the Big Sky Chamber, are “not encouraging people to come at this time,” said CEO Candace Carr Strauss. Yellowstone Club, a resort in the town, also asked members to stay away.Late last month, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock issued a stay-at-home order and recently ordered out-of-state visitors to self-quarantine for two weeks.The Victory Ranch preserve outside Park City, Utah saw a surge in members coming out to wait out the pandemic in their cabins. It’s taxed the property’s management company, who is delivering groceries and takeout to people in their cabins. [WSJ] – Dennis Lynch This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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Alstom completes share buy-back

first_imgALSTOM: The public share buy-back offer which aimed to return to shareholders part of the proceeds of the energy business transaction with General Electric has been successfully completed, Alstom announced on January 28. Following the reduction mechanism, 91·5 million shares representing around 29·5% of Alstom’s capital have been repurchased for €3·2bn and cancelled. This takes the number of Alstom shares to approximately 220 million and market capitalisation to €5·4bn. Bouygues owns 28·3% of Alstom’s capital.The Alstom board has accepted Patrick Kron’s previously-announced resignation as Chairman& CEO with effect from February 1. He will be succeeded by Henri Poupart-Lafarge, who is currently Director & Executive Vice-President.last_img

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Incoming PCB official hopeful of Australia visit in 2019

first_img(REUTERS) – Incoming Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) managing director Wasim Khan has said he hopes Australia will come to the South Asian nation to play at least part of a one-day series currently scheduled to take place in the United Arab Emirates in March.Most cricket nations have avoided touring Pakistan since 2009 when gunmen attacked a bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketers, injuring six players and killing six security personnel and two civilians.Australia have not toured Pakistan since 1998 but Khan hopes they can be persuaded to play there.“I will ask the question,” Birmingham-born Khan told ESPNcricinfo.“We will continue to offer them the highest level of security and, if they have any concerns, we will act to meet them.”Sri Lanka returned to Pakistan in 2017 for a one-off Twenty20, while West Indies played a three-match Twenty20 series in Karachi in April this year.Khan said he wanted to speak with other boards to see how he could help get regular international cricket back to Pakistan.“It will probably be a process of baby steps,” Khan said.“I need to sit down with other boards and ask them: where are the gaps in our plans that worry you? What can we do to assure you? What will it take to get you to come back? I want to hear what concerns they have and find a way of meeting them.”English county teams would be invited to use the PCB academy in Lahore for pre-season training, said Khan, who remains Leicestershire chief executive until the end of January.“We have excellent facilities. We have a great passion for the game. If we can get more foreign players coming to Pakistan more often, hopefully we can normalise playing in the country again.”last_img read more

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