Tunisia extends COVID-19 LOCKDOWN to May 4th…

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Update Icon of Colored Outline style - Available in SVG, PNG, EPS ...UPDATE: Tunisia extends coronavirus lockdown to May 4th

Source: Reuters April 19, 2020

Data Insight Svg Png Icon Free Download (#532568) - OnlineWebFonts.COMKey Article INSIGHT: The North African country has confirmed 866 cases of the coronavirus and 37 related deaths, and has imposed a lockdown since March. 20.

Security | Free IconSecurity INSIGHT:  The outbreak is hitting Tunisia’s tourism sector, which represents nearly 10% of gross domestic product (GDP) and is a key source of foreign currency, particularly hard.

Globe Planet Travel Plane Svg Png Icon F #1505326 - PNG Images - PNGioTravel:  At the time of this writing both the U.S. and UK embassies advises against all but essential international travel.


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3 Lessons from the Queen’s COVID-19 Speech that we can ALL learn from today…

On Sunday, April 5th Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II addressed the nation in a rare televised speech and called for unity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

What she said was EMPOWERING!

After reviewing her speech I was able to pull out 3 Lessons that we can all benefit from during these challenging times.

Lesson#1- Think BIG Picture!

Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it,” the Queen said. “I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge.”

Speaking in a pre-recorded video shot at Windsor Castle, the Queen took on a forward-thinking tone. As we deal with this unprecedented crisis many of us are looking for the “light at the end of the tunnel” and when the Queen stated “in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride…” she enabled her audience to look past the current situation and consider the BIG picture.

Big picture thinking enables people to let go of their current fears and consider that no matter how bad things are now this too…shall pass.

“If you think small, your world will be small. If you think big, your world will be big.” — Paulo Coelho

Lesson #2-TEAM Work makes things work!

“The moments when the United Kingdom has come together to applaud its care and essential workers will be remembered as an expression of our national spirit; and its symbol will be the rainbows drawn by children,” she said.”

Everyone agrees that teamwork is essential to success yet it is seldom practiced in corporation and governments. When the Queen highlighted the amazing work of her nation’s essential workers she motivated them and Maslow’s hierarchy shows us that recognition is the KEY to organizational success.

Lesson #3- Authenticity is EMPOWERING!

This “challenging” time…”It reminds me of the very first broadcast I made, in 1940, helped by my sister. We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety,” the Queen said, adding “today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones.”

By sharing a personal story about a challenging time in her life, the Queen was able to create an “authentic moment”. Authentic leaders share stories to connect with their audience.

In this case the Queen talked about a time of great uncertainty (WWII) and how she was able to positively contribute in her own small way. This story is very powerful on many levels. Most importantly it makes her appear “human”…a viewer could easily think “oh ….wow…the Queen was once a child and she went through World War II…” This realization leads to a connection that cultivates courage in the sense of “if she can do it so can I!”.

@DavidSecurity Take

Security professionals can take a lot from the Queen speech because we’re often in a position to advise, empower and lead others.

By thinking BIG we can liberate ourselves from the current “crisis” and think long term. Teamwork is something we can never have too much of because security is all about collaboration. Lastly, the only way that people and organizations will listen to us in challenging moments is if we’re authentic.

Let’s all learn to apply the Queen’s lessons and use her story as fuel to get past this challenging time.

Stay Safe…Live Healthy!

COVID-19 IMPACT: Major Damage to Tunisian Economy

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Article Analysis:

Coronavirus may cause 400,000 travel-related job losses in Tunisia”-Published date: 15 April 2020 

Tunisia forecasts $1.4bn-loss in revenue in tourism sector over Coronavirus pandemic

3-Quick Key INSIGHTS:

  • Estimates project Tunisian economy will lose $1.4bn tourism revenue.

  • Tunisia has recorded a total of 747 cases of the virus and 34.

  • To mitigate the economic effects of the pandemic, Tunisia is seeking to secure a loan up to $877m (Source:  North African Post)

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What’s going ON?

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated Tunisia’s tourism industry, with the vital sector expected to see 400,000 people lose their jobs this year and $1.4bn in lost revenue.

Like many countries across the globe, Tunisia has been under lockdown for weeks, with most residents only leaving their homes for exercise, grocery shopping and pharmacy runs.

 

Economic Challenges Ahead…

But as the second-biggest contributor to the country’s economy after agriculture, the tourism industry has almost completely shut down. Restaurants have closed, as have hotels and land borders, and international flights have been banned.

Tourist arrivals fell from over 7 million in 2010 to 5 million by 2015. But the number of visitors rose to 8.3 million in 2018, a 17 percent increase from 2017

Tourist arrivals fell from over 7 million in 2010 to 5 million by 2015. But the number of visitors rose to 8.3 million in 2018, a 17 percent increase from 2017

Now, under the pandemic, that number is expected to plummet.

Tunisia has recorded a total of 747 cases of the virus and 34 coronavirus-related deaths. So far, 43 people have recovered from the infection.

Tunisia’s number of cases falls well below neighbouring Algeria, which has reported 2,160 cases and 336 deaths, highlighting the need to ban tourism in order to slow the spread, as tourists from Algeria, Russia and the EU make up a large portion of the country’s yearly visitors.

Security Bottom Line

In a report released on Wednesday, the IMF said in general, economies across the Middle East and North Africa are expected to shrink by 3.3 percent during 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic could not have come at a worse time for Tunisia.  Having just completed a complicated election cycle, the country was looking forward to a much needed successful tourism season.

At the time of this writing both the U.S. and UK embassies advises against all but essential international travel.


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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