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United Airlines Prepares to Dismiss Its Unvaccinated Employees

United Airlines Prepares to Dismiss Its Unvaccinated Employees

United Airlines began the process of firing employees who had not received at least one shot of coronavirus vaccine by Monday.
In August, the Chicago-based company announced a vaccine mandate requiring all workers to get inoculated against Covid by the end of September.
The company estimates that 99% of its employees including the CEO of the airline have been vaccinated and that 593 workers did not get the jab by the September …

UK Puts Army on Standby as Petrol Pumps Run Dry

UK Puts Army on Standby as Petrol Pumps Run Dry

In Britain, a shortage of truck drivers has led to empty fuel pumps and high fuel prices across the country, resulting in long lines at gas stations that have petrol, panic buying, and a few reports of price gouging.
Petrol prices have hit an eight-year high, the Royal Automobile Club said, due to a rise in the cost of wholesale fuel.
The RAC said that the average price of a litre of …

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 28: Healthcare Workers Rush to Get Vaccinated in New York, Averting Crisis

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 28: Healthcare Workers Rush to Get Vaccinated in New York, Averting Crisis

In New York State, thousands of healthcare workers were inoculated against the coronavirus ahead of the Monday deadline that requires them to either do so or be dismissed. Statewide, the vaccination rate for hospital employees rose to 92%, averting a major staffing crisis.
As of Tuesday morning, the world has recorded 233.2 million Covid-19 cases and almost 4.8 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 209.9 million …

Ford Announces $11.4 Billion Investment in EV and Battery Plants at ‘Blue Oval City’

Ford Announces $11.4 Billion Investment in EV and Battery Plants at ‘Blue Oval City’

Ford Motor Co. said late Monday that it plans to invest over $11 billion to build three battery factories and an electric truck plant in the United States.
The move, which the company said was the largest investment in its 118-year history, will create 11,000 jobs over the next four years.
The automaker said that the investment would allow it to build over one million electric vehicles per year by the second …

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 27: N.Y. Declares State of Emergency as Mass Firings of Non-Vaccinated Healthcare Workers Loom

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 27: N.Y. Declares State of Emergency as Mass Firings of Non-Vaccinated Healthcare Workers Loom

Monday is the deadline for healthcare workers in New York State to be vaccinated or be dismissed.  The dispute is dividing hospitals, where the overwhelming majority of employees are already inoculated, and other healthcare institutions.  In mid-August, then Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered that all healthcare workers in the state, including staff at nursing homes, adult care, and other congregate care settings, be inoculated against the coronavirus by September 27.
Some hospitals …

Amazon’s Whole Foods Grocer to Add $10 Surcharge to All Delivery Orders

Amazon’s Whole Foods Grocer to Add $10 Surcharge to All Delivery Orders

If you’ve become accustomed to ordering from Whole Foods and having your order delivered to your home or office, you may soon be in for sticker shock: the Amazon-owned grocer will be adding a $9.95 service fee in many areas that it serves.
The fee, Amazon said in a letter to customers, is to help “cover operating costs so we can continue to offer the same competitive everyday prices in-store and …

Coronavirus News Update – Sept: 26: Panel of Scientists Investigating Covid Origins Disbanded Amidst Wuhan Ties

Coronavirus News Update – Sept: 26: Panel of Scientists Investigating Covid Origins Disbanded Amidst Wuhan Ties

A panel of scientists who were investigating the origins of the novel coronavirus was disbanded amidst a possible perception of bias.
Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs said he had shut down the task force in favor of engaging in wider biosafety research.  Sachs specifically cited his concerns about the panel’s link to the EcoHealth Alliance, which has been under scrutiny for using U.S. funds for studies on bat coronaviruses with the …