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Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 23: New Virus Sub-Variant Raises Concerns in the U.K.

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 23: New Virus Sub-Variant Raises Concerns in the U.K.

Health officials across the globe are keeping a close watch on the so-called “delta plus” variant of the coronavirus, formally known as AY.4.2.    This variant has two new mutations to the spike protein, A222V and Y145H, which allow the virus to enter the body.
Some scientists believe the new sub-variant, which has been identified in over 6% of new infections in the United Kingdom, could be 10% to 15% more transmissible …

United Airlines Reports 32% Drop in Revenue for Third Quarter

United Airlines Reports 32% Drop in Revenue for Third Quarter

United Airlines announced financial results for the third quarter of 2021.
The Chicago-based airline reported net income of $473 million, a figure that was boosted by $1.13 billion in federal payroll aid, on revenue of $7.75 billion,
Net income was down 54% from $1,024 million in 2019, while revenue fell 31.9% compared to the same period in 2019.
United said that, despite the impact of the Delta variant of the coronavirus in the …

Apple Unveils New MacBooks, AirPods, and $5 Music Service

At what ostensibly was part two of the company’s annual virtual product launch, Apple introduced two new MacBooks, new AirPods, and a $5 music-streaming service.
The new MacBook Pro laptops, which come equipped with 14” and 16” displays, are powered by new Apple silicon.  They address many of the complaints customers have had about the current MacBook lineup until now by restoring several connectors including the MagSafe power connector that had …

Alaska Air Appoints Veteran Marketing Executive to Board

Alaska Air Appoints Veteran Marketing Executive to Board

Alaska Airlines’ parent company, Alaska Air Group, announced the appointment of Adrienne Lofton to its board of directors.
Ms. Lofton currently serves as vice president of brand marketing at Google. Until August 2021, she was head of marketing for North America at Nike, a company she joined in August 2018,  Prior to that, she was vice president of global marketing at Under Armour, having joined that company in January 2015.
The new …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 17: Covid Cases in Russia Surge to Record Highs

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 17: Covid Cases in Russia Surge to Record Highs

Russia reported its largest daily number of new coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic, health officials there said on Sunday.  The figure – 34,303 – was over 70% higher than the number of new cases just one month ago as the country faces what may be its greatest coronavirus challenge yet.  Just 20,174 new cases were reported on September 19, 2021.
The country’s national coronavirus task force said on …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 16: United Air Vaccine Mandate On Hold for Workers Claiming Religious or Medical Exemption

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 16: United Air Vaccine Mandate On Hold for Workers Claiming Religious or Medical Exemption

Russia reported its largest daily number of new coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic, health officials there said on Sunday.  The figure – 34,303 – was over 70% higher than the number of new cases just one month ago as the country faces what may be its greatest coronavirus challenge yet.  Just 20,174 new cases were reported on September 19, 2021.
The country’s national coronavirus task force said on …

With ‘Big Expectations,’ United Airlines Will Ramp Up Transatlantic Service in 2022

With ‘Big Expectations,’ United Airlines Will Ramp Up Transatlantic Service in 2022

United Airlines announced a major expansion of its transatlantic service, adding five routes and increasing the frequency of flights to five more including new capital-to-capital service to Berlin from the United States.
In making the announcement. United said it has “big expectations for a rebound in travel to Europe for summer.”
The Chicago-based carrier said it will start new flights from Washington, D.C. to Amman in Jordan and from New York City …