Disney To Stay CLOSED Indefinitely

@DavidSecurity here always bringing you EMPOWERING Security Information in under 5 minutes or less and today we are focused on:

The Walt Disney Company’s decision to CLOSE the theme parks INDEFINITELY.

Now here’s what we now:

  • The Walt Disney Company has extended the closures of its two theme parks until “until further notice,” calling the coronavirus pandemic an “increasingly complex crisis” on Friday.
  • The initial closings of Disney World in Orlando, Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, California were only meant to last until the end of March— but now, the parks will stay closed until further notice, according to a Disney statement, “in line with direction provided by health experts and government officials.”
  • Florida’s Orange County, where Disney World is located, was placed under a stay-at-home order Thursday. 
  • Disney has paid employees since the closures began, the company said, and hourly employees working at parks and resorts will continue to receive paychecks through mid-April.

Impact

Disney’s decision comes at a high price. The closure of every Disney theme park around the world could cost the entertainment company more than “$500 million in lost admission revenue as its global attendance takes a 11 million visitor hit due to the coronavirus outbreak.”

This is even more impact-full for Orlando as it relies heavily on Disney for revenue, visitors and much more. This quote sums it up pretty well:

“The wellbeing of Disney‘s theme parks is critical for the success of Orlando tourism and travel, a $70 billion industry that attracted a record 75 million visitors in 2018 — many of which headed through Disney parks turnstiles.”

@DavidSecurity’s take

Obviously many people are disappointment with Disney’s decision to close the parks indefinitely mainly due to personal reasons, however the decision is inline with President Trump’s announcement yesterday March 29th to “extend social distancing guidelines” to April 30th.

Additionally, the company’s theme parks in the U.S., France, Japan and China remain closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic once again highlighting that Disney is taking this serious at all levels.

What do you think?

Let me know what you think about Disney decision. Do you think it was the right decision? Will you visit Disney parks once the country opens up?

As always Stay Safe & Be Healthy!

@DavidSecurity here reminding you to Stay Safe and Be Healthy!

U.S. offering $15 Million for the arrest of Venezuelan President…

The U.S. indicted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for drug trafficking on Thursday, offering a $15 million reward for information leading to his arrest. Why you may ask??

Well…according to US Attorney General William Barr: “The Maduro regime is awash in corruption and criminality…while the Venezuelan people suffer, this cabal lines their pockets with drug money and the proceeds of corruption.”

The indictment against Maduro, who [IMPORTANT DETAIL TO FOLLOW..] isn’t recognized by the U.S. and dozens of other nations, marks the first against a sitting head of state since the U.S. issued charges against former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega..[and we all saw how that turned out].

Specific Charges

The US is building a strong case against the infamous South American president. The charges allege that he is directly involve in a conspiracy involving the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

The Attorney General further stated that:

We estimate that somewhere between 200 and 250 metric tons of cocaine are shipped out of Venezuela by these routes,” Barr said, adding that the shipments were equivalent to 30 million lethal doses of drugs.

What’s Next…

$15,000,000 during a global pandemic/ economic meltdown can get people to take risky ACTION. Venezula is entering their seventh straight year of economic hardship. Additionally, local doctors warn that “this once-wealthy country has few defenses against the global coronavirus pandemic.”

These 2 factors plus the current oil price war that’s taking place don’t add well for Nicolas Maduro.

Stay Safe & Be Healthy….@DavidSecurity is OUT!

Sources:

Maduro wanted: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/26/821933849/u-s-unseals-drug-trafficking-charges-against-venezuelas-president-maduro

Venezuela Coronavirus: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/26/americas/venezuela-coronavirus-fears-intl/index.html

No jobs=Higher Crime?

Now that we know that a record number of Americans filed have field unemployment benefits we can begin to consider the consequences from a SECURITY (crime) perspective.

Initial jobless claims soared to a seasonally adjusted 3.28 million in the week ended March 21, according to the Department of Labor.

Does HIGH unemployment lead to more crimes?

A report from NPR back in 2008 when the economy was in bad shape sheds some light on this question. The report states that when the economy trouble “many people assume a crime wave is just around the corner. But criminologists say that’s just an American myth.”

For evidence they point to the 1920s: “It was a period of booming economic prosperity, the roaring ’20s, and very high crime,” says David Kennedy, director of the Center for Crime Prevention at John Jay College of Criminal Studies.

The 1950s and ’60s were the same. The economy was great, but crime rates rose every single year.

Conclusion: Experts say there will always be some people who take to robbing liquor stores in tough times. But those people were already likely to rob stores even in good times, making it a statistical wash. And there’s something else: When the economy goes bad, many people move in with parents or relatives, and they stay home more — both of which appear to have a calming effect, experts say.

Criminologists go a step further and say these economic crimes eventually will show up in the overall crime rate. But experts say never in huge numbers, and rarely do they appear in large increases to violent crime.

Team HOPE!

So will HIGH global unemployment give birth to a “global crime wave”? We don’t know but one thing is for certain: In a volatile world having a security mindset will become an essential skill.

However this ends up here’s a quote to get us in the right mindset for what’s to come: “Prepare for the WORST and hope for the BEST!”

@DavidSecurity and we’re out!

How Prince Charles FAILED his Social Distancing test….

Prince Charles now has IT. We all know what IT is so let’s get into it.

On Wednesday, March 25 it was announced that the Prince of Wales, (71 and first in line to the British throne)  tested positive for the coronavirus.

In this post I want to briefly outline what I think the Prince did right and more importantly how I think it got it WRONG.

Charles loves to Travel!

According to Travel + Leisure, the future monarch and queen consort actually spend the most out of any of the royals. In 2017, the family as a whole racked up a bill of over $6 million dollars for their travels.

The most expensive trip that year was, of course, Charles and Camilla, whose visit to Italy, Austria, and Romania in the time span of just over a week cost well over $200,000.

Where Prince Charles got it RIGHT…

On March 13, Prince Charles and his wife announced they were canceling their spring tour due to the escalating coronavirus pandemic. The pair had been set to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Jordan.

By canceling their spring tour the Royals not only make a good decision for their own health but they also gave UK citizens as well as the reset of the world a good example of making safe decisions during the pandemic.

Well done Prince Charles!

Where he got it WRONG…

When I read the article concerning the prince’s positive test result one particular line got my attention: “The prince has carried out a high number of public engagements during the past few weeks and therefore it was not possible to know when or where exactly he had caught the virus, the statement said.”

Basically what this means is that the Prince did not practice effective social distancing in spite of being HIGH RISK due to his age.

Thankfully…

Prince Charles is now self-isolating and working from home at the Balmoral Estate in Scotland. His wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, tested negative for the virus, the statement said.

The Prince of Wales is experiencing mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health,” Clarence House said in a statement.

Please don’t be like Prince Charles. If you’re over the age of 65 you’re basically automattically HIGH RISK. According to the CDC “8 out of 10 deaths reported in the U.S. have been in adults 65 years old and older.”

So there you have it. COVID-19 doesn’t even respect royalty so do your part and Stay Healthy!

Sources:

Prince Charles tested positive: https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2020/03/prince-charles-tests-positive-for-coronavirus

CDC Guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications/older-adults.html

5 Minute Shelter-In-Place overview COVID-19 edition…

While the term “shelter in place” has traditionally been used in association with natural disasters or chemical incidents, it is now being used for COVID-19.

In simple terms, it means all non-essential trips from your home would not be allowed for a certain period of time. The length is set by local leaders or the governor, depending on whether the order is issued at the county or state level.

5 Minute Overview of Shelter In Place…

The goal is to keep people away from each other, as much as possible, to help stop the spread of COVID-19. It’s all about social distancing, which is one of the strategies that helps limit the spread of COVID-19.

If a stay-at-home order is put in place, you are still allowed to make trips to the grocery store, go to get tested or drive to an ‘essential’ job. But trips to the hair salon, local bar or dinner parties are not.

General Guidelines…

  • Stay at home. They can leave for essential activities like grocery shopping, doctors visits and getting equipment needed to work from home. They can also leave to care for a family member or pet in another household.
  • Exercising outside is allowed, but you must be no closer than 6 feet from others.
  • Religious services can be done thorough broadcasts but not in person. There are restrictions on the numbers of staff members for the recordings. 
  • Elective medical, surgical and dental procedures are prohibited in the county. 
  • Businesses — except for essential businesses, such as hospitals, pharmacies, grocery stores and gas stations — should stop operations at facilities in the county. Employees can work from home. 

Stay Safe and be healthy!

Full Article: What’s a ‘Shelter in Place’ Order, and Who’s Affected?https://www.wired.com/story/whats-shelter-place-order-whos-affected/

Will Trump ORDER a mandatory 2-week quarantine?

The claim: President #Trump will invoke the Stafford Act to order a national, mandatory two-week quarantine?

From a USA Today article: “A recent viral post on Facebook claims that the president of the United States would enact a mandatory quarantine using a law called the Stafford Act. “The president will evoke what is called the Stafford act,” Facebook user Jasmine Morgan wrote on March 16. “The president will order a two week mandatory quarantine for the nation.”

What’s the Stafford Act

On March 13, Trump declared a national emergency under the 1988 Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Under the Stafford Act, about $40 billion from the Federal Emergency Management Agency can be used by the federal government to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The declaration of emergency also allows the federal government to waive certain regulations on health care providers so that resources can be deployed faster. This power is again derived from the Stafford Act, which was enacted by Congress to ensure that states would have a way of signaling for aid from the federal government in times of crisis.

The Verdict: False

According to the USA Today the claim that Trump will invoke the Stafford Act to order a national, mandatory two-week quarantine FALSE because it is not supported by research.

The president arguably has considerable authority in times of national crisis. The specific powers granted by the Stafford Act, however, do not provide the president or the federal government the authority to order a national quarantine. It is unclear if such power is provided by other federal laws. But current laws and the constitutional scheme, which reserves certain powers for the states, suggests that the power to order quarantines is left to state, local and tribal authorities.

@DavidSecurity reminding you to Stay Safe and be Healthy!

Fun Spot remains OPEN through Coronavirus worries…

Though many amusement parks have closed down due to coronavirus concerns, Fun Spot in Kissimmee and on I-Drive are still welcoming guests.

The park’s owner said Fun Spot is smaller than Disney and Universal, so the team of employees can handle disinfecting everything at the park.

Owner John Arie said the decision to stay open was for the more than 1,000 people who work at his parks.

@DavidSecurity’ VIEW on this topic

“It was about giving them enough payroll and income that they can still put food on their table, keep the power on in their house, do everything they need to do just to survive,” Arie said.

While there are fewer visitors, employees do have a lot to do. The list includes constantly spraying disinfectant on railings, tables and rides.

“We’ve added tons of sanitizers all across the property. We’re encouraging the guests not to walk by them and look at them, but hit every single one of them. You can’t keep your hands too clean,” Arie said.

Important to NOTE:

Guidance as of 3/15/2020

CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. Read full recommendation.

@DavidSecurity reminding you to Stay Aware so that you can Stay Safe!

Full Article: https://www.wesh.com/article/fun-spot-remains-open-through-coronavirus-worries/31679247#

3 Effective Ways to Practice”Social Distancing”​

“Social Distancing” is the current buzz word when it comes to effective methods of protecting yourself against COVID-19. Dr. Martin (San Francisco epidemiologists) recently stated that: Social Distancing is currently the most important factor we can control in the COVID-19 outbreak, and therefore critical.”

While most people NEVER heard the term “Social Distancing” before COVID-19; I learned about it at boot camp. Let me explain…

1 Arm’s Distance!

Paris Island, South Carolina home to Marine Corps Recruit Depot is the training facility for all enlisted Marines east of the Mississippi. I will never forget the sensation of fear I felt the first time I arrived to this dreaded place and heard the terrifying sound of the Drill Instructor saying: “One arm’s distance RECRUIT!”

Later I learned why the DI was ordering us to stay 1 arm’s distance apart. During boot camp all recruits are told they must keep a one arm distance between them and the drill instructors at all times. A rule that if violated would quickly get you in a world of pain.

And that’s how I learned to keep 1 arm’s distance from a threat 🙂

Later I learned why the DI was ordering us to stay 1 arm’s distance apart. During boot camp all recruits are told they must keep a one arm distance between them and the drill instructors at all times. A rule that if violated would quickly get you in a world of pain.

And that’s how I learned to keep 1 arm’s distance from a threat 🙂

3 Tips for Effective Social Distancing

The CDC defines social distancing as it applies to COVID-19 as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.”

When it comes to Social Distancing here’s an easy was to remember how to apply it: Adhere, Avoid, Address (Think AAA!)

Tip #1-Adhere:

The CDC has a vast amount of information and practical guidelines dealing with Social Distancing. It’s important that we adhere to these guidelines and at the minimum we keep distance from each other (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

Tip #2-AVOID

Avoid “high risk” areas or simply crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.

Tip #3 Address

We’re social animals so therefore Social Distancing does NOT come “natural” to us. Make sure you address the elephant in the room by stating why you’re not shaking hands if the situation becomes awkward. Be the leader in the room and don’t be afraid to state why you’re practicing Social Distancing.

Be a Social Distancing Leader in your circle! Set the example and remember…we’re all in this TOGETHER!

Stay Safe…Be Healthy!

Disney CLOSES…things just got serious

As various sports leagues and major conferences decide to postpone seasons and events in wake of the spreading coronavirus pandemic, Disney has decided to close all of its amusement parks.

Full Article: The Verge: Disney closes all theme parks as coronavirus spreads globally. https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/12/21176494/disney-parks-world-land-coronavirus-covid19-closure-california-florida-paris

President Trump SUSPENDS all flights from Europe

Hours after the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic, President Donald Trump on Wednesday night announced a 30-day travel ban on most of Europe.

Flights Ban Details:

•30-day travel ban targets 26 countries that are part of a visa-free travel area known as the Schengen Area.
•Begins Friday, March 13, at midnight.
•Does NOT include the United Kingdom.
•Goods and cargo are exempted.

US Travelers face Restrictions

Why is this happening?

Coronavirus is spreading around the world. Italy has been hit the hardest, with more than 12,000 confirmed infections and more than 800 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. France, Spain and Germany each have about 2,000 confirmed cases.

The restrictions will “deny entry to foreign nationals who have been in affected areas and will keep Americans safe and save American lives,” said Wolf.