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Nobu Hotels to Open Properties in Chicago, London, Riyadh, and Warsaw

Nobu Hotels to Open Properties in Chicago, London, Riyadh, and Warsaw

Nobu Hotels announced plans to open new locations later this year in Chicago,London, Riyadh, and Warsaw.
The 119-key Chicago property will be located in the West Loop neighborhood, an area known for its restaurants and nightlife.  The Warsaw location will be on the Ulica Wilcza, or Wolf Street in English, in the city center.  The Nobu Hotel Riyadh will be a new 23-story tower that the company said will reflect Nobu’s …

British Members of Parliament Call for Reduction in U.K. Air Departure Tax

British Members of Parliament Call for Reduction in U.K. Air Departure Tax

A number of lawmakers in the United Kingdom are calling for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to reduce the country’s air departure tax.
Forty-two members of Parliament, including 27 Tories and three peers, wrote to Mr. Sunak urging him “to take decisive action to cut the APD by at least 50%.”
The Air Departure Duty is calculated using a banding system that is based on the distance from London to the destination country’s capital …

Coronavirus Update: Cases in Korea Double, CDC Prepares for Pandemic

Coronavirus Update: Cases in Korea Double, CDC Prepares for Pandemic

SATURDAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
The Chinese National Health Commission reported 397 new confirmed coronavirus cases, a 55% drop from the 889 reported the prior day. This brings the total number of cases in the country to 76,288. The death toll on Friday was 109, bringing the total of those killed by the virus to 2,345.
In Europe, officials in several countries said that the total number of confirmed  cases in England is …

Britain, Battered by Weather Bomb, Sees Floods, Landslides, and Travel Chaos

Britain, Battered by Weather Bomb, Sees Floods, Landslides, and Travel Chaos

Britain was battered by a major storm over the weekend that brought widespread flooding, high winds, and significant damage, as well as widespread travel chaos.
The storm christened Storm Dennis by the U.K. Meteorological Office and classified as a “weather bomb,” was the second strongest non-tropical storm on record in the North Atlantic Ocean.
With winds in excess of hurricane force, the storm brought widespread damage and chaos to parts of England, …

Heathrow Airport Returns to Normal After IT Meltdown

Heathrow Airport Returns to Normal After IT Meltdown

At London Heathrow Airport, the large displays throughout the various terminals that directed passengers to their gates were frozen in time for much of Sunday.
“Do not rely on any information from these screens,’ read notes on A4 paper taped to the displays.
The IT outage also impacted baggage delivery systems and impacted arriving aircraft waiting for a gate and passengers awaiting their luggage.
The problem, which brought operations at Heathrow Airport to a …

Coronavirus Update: 20,000 Cases, China Admits ‘Shortcomings,’ Hong Kong Reports First Death, Tokyo Prepares for Olympics

Coronavirus Update: 20,000 Cases, China Admits ‘Shortcomings,’ Hong Kong Reports First Death, Tokyo Prepares for Olympics

TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
Officials in China reported 20,438 confirmed cases as of Tuesday. The figure is roughly 15,000 more than the total reported during the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak, according to the World Health Organization. The death toll in China is 425, bringing the worldwide total to 427.
CORONAVIRUS NEWS
02-04 China’s Politburo Standing Committee admitted “shortcomings and deficiencies” in the country’s response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
02-04 Great Britain told its citizens …

Brexit: Britain Leaves the European Union

Britain officially left the European Friday at 11 p.m. GMT.  The move was accompanied by the removal of the U.K. flag from EU buildings in Brussels and numerous celebrations in the United Kingdom.
It took three prime ministers, 43 months, and thousands of debates and newspaper editorials from both sides to get Brexit done.  The moment was marked by a pre-recorded address by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Johnson declared a “new beginning” …