Port Fourchon, Hit Hard by Hurricane Ida, May be Closed for Weeks (Maritime Executive, August 31, 2021): This article highlights the reverberating impacts that damage or destruction of ports and other critical infrastructure can have on a city, a region, and an economy. These impacts are reminiscent of the damages to the Port of Kobe following the Kobe Earthquake (1995) that toppled that city’s prime status as a shipping powerhouse when commerce moved to other cities during reconstruction and never fully returned.
The private sector is offering biometric technology solutions to streamline security at airports. One such company is Clear (www.clearme.com). Clear has since expanded it’s cloud-based identity information network to include COVID vaccine status, which enables public health monitoring and assessment at stadiums, restaurants, and other public venues. This article from PRI Newswire (3/1/2021) explains the new COVID-specific partnership.