Book Review: ‘Pessoa – A Biography’ (NY Times)

Village Walks: Sperlonga In Southern Italy (4K)

Sperlonga is a coastal town in the province of Latina, Italy, about halfway between Rome and Naples. It is best known for the ancient Roman sea grotto discovered in the grounds of the Villa of Tiberius containing the important and spectacular Sperlonga sculptures, which are displayed in a museum on the site.

Video timeline: 0:00 – [Drone intro] 2:00 – [Walking tour begins / Belvedere] 8:54 – [Freedom Square / Piazza della Libertà] 10:10 – […walking in the narrow alleys…] 13:00 – [Sea panorama through walls] 14:00 – […walking continues…] 18:48 – [Piazza della Libertà] 20:00 – […walking in the narrow alleys…] 26:15 – [Brief History☀️] 30:14 – [Church of St.Maria] 33:23 – [Murales remembering the saracens and the battles for Sperlonga☀️] 37:00 – […walking continues…] 54:23 – [Exit gate toward the sea] 57:00 – [Chapel of St.Rocco – 15th century] 1:00:00 – [Piazza Fontana] 1:05:21 – [Water Spring square] 1:07:00 – [Walking toward the Truglia Tower] 1:11:30 – [Tower Truglia☀️] 1:15:00 – [Descending to the port] 1:20:00 – [10 minutes of ambience sound of Sperlonga and its port]

Container Shipping: How Maersk Managed Crisis

The global container business is in chaos. Surging consumer demand, covid outbreaks and a shortage of containers has led to higher volume for ocean carriers and congestion at ports.

Maersk, the world’s largest container shipper, has seen record profits. The Danish shipping firm whose customers include Walmart and Nike announced May 2021 first-quarter revenue of $12.4 billion, a 30% increase from a year earlier. Maersk has a fleet of over 700 ships and handles one in every five containers shipped by sea. The company also owns terminals around the world and has a growing land-based logistics business. On average a Maersk container ship calls on a port somewhere around the globe every six minutes.

Like its competitors the company has faced a series of obstacles in the first half of 2021 ranging from the worldwide shortage of shipping containers to the blockage of the Suez Canal. So, with vaccine rollouts in place in the U.S. and consumer discretionary spending shifting towards services will Maersk and its rivals be able to maintain their momentum? And what do bottlenecks at ports and higher freight rates mean for U.S. consumers? Watch the video to find out what’s next for Maersk.

Infographic: What Is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Analysis: The Western U.S. Drought’s Major Impacts

Watering the Country’s Food Basket Is Becoming a Challenge

Droughts are part of a natural cycle of water. But the drought currently gripping the Western U.S. has climate scientists concerned that the cycle may be shifting. This has major implications for those who rely on the water the most: farmers and the communities they surround. Photo Illustration: Carter McCall/WSJ

Safari Views: Leopards At Mala Mala, South Africa

8 leopards in an afternoon at MalaMala.

Mala Mala is a game reserve located within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Mpumalanga province, South Africa. It is the largest and the oldest private big five game reserve in South Africa, It covers around 130 km² or 15 000 hectares of land. 

Walking Tour: Bangkok Phra Nakhon – Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire. 

Aerial Views: Malmö – Southern Sweden (4K)

Malmö Municipality, in southern Sweden’s Skåne province, comprises the city of Malmö and its surrounding area. It’s known for its grand Malmöhus Castle, a Renaissance structure built mostly in the 16th-century by the Danes. Inside are nature, history and art exhibits. In the city center, Lilla Torg is a cobblestone square with cafes, half-timbered houses and shops selling local handicrafts.