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Lucid Air Gets 520 Miles on a Charge, Beating Tesla in EPA Rating

Lucid Motors, a start-up in EVs compared to Tesla, has beaten its competitor at its own game, namely extending the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a single charge.
The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that the Lucid Air Dream Edition Range can go 520 miles (837 kilometers) on a single charge.  The Tesla Model S Long Range, which previously was the record holder, has a range of 402 miles …

WestJet Names Current CFO as Interim CEO

WestJet Names Current CFO as Interim CEO

WestJet announced the appointment of Harry Taylor, its chief financial officer and executive vice president, as interim CEO.
The current CEO, Ed Sims, announced his plans for retirement in June.
Mr. Taylor first joined the low-cost Canadian carrier in 2015.
He attended the University of Toronto, graduating in 1983 and taking a position at Ernst & Young as a staff accountant.  He held executive-level positions in finance at multiple companies including PepsiCo, Home …

Hilton to Extend Elite Status Into 2023

Hilton to Extend Elite Status Into 2023

Hilton Worldwide announced it would extend the current elite status of members of its Hilton Honors guest loyalty program into early 2023 and pause the expiration of points in member accounts to the end of 2022.
The move comes amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn in travel.
The hotel chain last extended loyalty status and pushed back expiration dates in October 2021.
All Hilton Honors members with elite status will receive an extension of their …

Apple Releases Emergency Security Updates for Its Operating Systems

Apple Releases Emergency Security Updates for Its Operating Systems

Apple issued emergency software patches for its line of operating systems on Monday after researchers uncovered a security flaw that could allow hackers to secretly install invasive spyware on Macs, iPhones, Apple Watches, or iPads  without so much as a click by the user.
The spyware, created by Israel’s NGO Group, a hacker-for-hire company, is capable of eavesdropping or stealing data from any of these devices once installed.
The move came after …

Cape Air Plane Crashes on Landing in Provincetown

Cape Air Plane Crashes on Landing in Provincetown

A Cape Air aircraft crashed on landing at Provincetown Municipal Airport late last week.
All six passengers and the one crew member on board the Cesna 402C survived, albeit with injuries, some severe.
The airline confirmed the crash.
“Cape Air confirms that all six passengers and one crew from Flight 2072 are being transferred by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital,” the airline said in a statement.
Cape Air Flight 2072, which the Federal Aviation …

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 12: Denmark Lifts Last Remaining Covid Restrictions

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 12: Denmark Lifts Last Remaining Covid Restrictions

As the country hit the 73% fully-vaccinated mark, officials in Denmark said they were lifting all remaining coronavirus restrictions, saying that the virus was no longer a “critical threat to society.”
“It is an important milestone in our epidemic management that covid-19 is no longer categorized as a socially critical disease today,” said Sundhedsminister Magnus Heunicke in a statement.  “This can only be done because we have come a long way …

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 11: Unvaccinated Americans Are 11 Times More Likely to Die of Covid, Says CDC

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 11: Unvaccinated Americans Are 11 Times More Likely to Die of Covid, Says CDC

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a series of studies that, when viewed together, showed that individuals who were not fully vaccinated were 4.5 times more likely than vaccinated people to become infected with the coronavirus, ten times more likely to be hospitalized, and 11 times more likely to die from the coronavirus.
“What I want to reiterate here is it’s still well over 90% of people who …