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Ojai Valley Inn Reopens Following Major Renovation

Ojai Valley Inn Reopens Following Major Renovation

The Ojai Valley Inn announced its reopening following the completion of a $5 million renovation project.
The renovation work included what the hotel termed “a new, modern luxury inspired design” for Spa Ojai, the hotel’s spa.  The project included a complete redesign of the spa’s 24 treatment rooms and all public spaces.
The scope of the work included the addition of infrared saunas, new outdoor showers, and updates to the spa’s locker …

Report: Pandemic Has Decimated New York City’s Arts and Culture Sector

Report: Pandemic Has Decimated New York City’s Arts and Culture Sector

Employment in New York City’s arts, culture, and recreation sectors has plummeted by 66% amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel and dining, according to a new report issued by the state’s Comptroller’s Office.
The sector, the report noted,is “a cornerstone of the city’s ability to attract businesses, residents and visitors alike.”
It further noted that “the sector relies on audiences who gather to take part in shared experiences, and this way …

European Leaders Consider Vaccine Passports but Plan No Change in Travel Restrictions

European Leaders Consider Vaccine Passports but Plan No Change in Travel Restrictions

EU leaders convened via videoconference Thursday to address the bloc’s lagging vaccination rollout and other pandemic-related concerns including the issue of vaccination passports.
The main issue the union of 27 countries faces is whether to ease current travel restrictions, especially given that the bloc is one of the hardest hit areas in the world.
“The epidemiological situation remains serious, and the new variants pose additional challenges,” European leaders will reportedly say, according …

Amtrak to Allow Passengers to Bid for Upgrades with New ‘BidUp’ Service

Amtrak to Allow Passengers to Bid for Upgrades with New ‘BidUp’ Service

Amtrak, the operator of most of the United States’ passenger rail services, announced it would offer passengers the opportunity to bid for business-class or first-class seats on its trains.
“All Amtrak customers enjoy roomy seats and legroom,” the railroad said in a statement, noting that those who want “even more comfort and amenities” can bid on such upgrades with its new BidUp service.
BidUp is available for all bookings up to two …

T-Mobile Introduces New Magenta Max 5G Offering

T-Mobile Introduces New Magenta Max 5G Offering

T-Mobile introduced Magenta Max, a 5G smartphone plan that the company says has no limits in terms of high-speed usage.
Magenta Max will be available starting on February 24, with pricing that is similar to current Magenta plans offered by the mobile operator.
The plan offers unlimited high-speed 5G data, which is capped on the traditional Magenta plan. It also offers 40 GB of 5G mobile hotspot tethering usage, versus 5 on …

Movie Theaters in New York, London to Reopen

Movie Theaters in New York, London to Reopen

Movie theaters in New York City will be able to reopen next month, albeit at limited capacities, while those in London will be able to reopen in May.
The move comes almost exactly at the one-year point after theaters closed in the state, namely on March 12, 2020.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the plan on Monday at a news conference.
Starting on March 5, cinemas in the Big Apple can …

Boeing 747 Engine Catches Fire, Parts Scatter Over Maastricht

Boeing 747 Engine Catches Fire, Parts Scatter Over Maastricht

An engine on a Boeing 747 Freighter bound for New York and operated by Longtail Aviation caught fire, resulting in the injuries of two people on the ground after parts broke off and fell to the ground.
The incident occurred one day after a United Airlines Boeing 777-200 had a similar incident while en route from Denver to Honolulu.
The news was confirmed by the responsible Veiligheidsregio or safety region in the …