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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” …

Coronavirus Update: 8,000 Cases, 170 Dead, Russia Seals China Border, 7,000 in Quarantine on Cruise Ship

Coronavirus Update: 8,000 Cases, 170 Dead, Russia Seals China Border, 7,000 in Quarantine on Cruise Ship

The number of reported cases of coronavirus jumped by 30% in just one day, according to figures reported by officials in China.  Over 170 have died from the virus thus far, all of them in China.  The number of people with confirmed infections in China is now over 8,000.
Over 100 people in 20 countries outside China have become infected with confirmed cases of the virus as of Thursday.
As a result …

As Coronavirus Cases Hit 6,000, U.S. Evacuates Citizens from Wuhan

As Coronavirus Cases Hit 6,000, U.S. Evacuates Citizens from Wuhan

Chinese officials confirmed on Wednesday that the number of reported cases of the coronavirus had hit 6,000 as new reports of the virus spreading to those who had not visited China.
The United States sent a charter plane to evacuate over 200 Americans, mostly diplomatic staff and businesspeople.  It landed in Anchorage shortly after 9:20 p.m. Tuesday evening, where all passengers underwent two medical screenings before being permitted to continue to …

Brexit is Happening on Friday: Here’s What You Need to Know

Brexit, the departure of the United Kingdom or Britain from the European Union, will take place Friday at 11 p.m. GMT.
Britain is leaving the bloc following a 2016 referendum in which 17.4 million people voted in favor of Brexit, giving the so-called Leave side 52% of the vote.
Despite the hoopla, little will change immediately.
A transition period begins immediately after Brexit and will continue through December 31, 2020. During this 11-month period, …

Hyatt Reflags Two IHG Properties in Manchester

Hyatt Reflags Two IHG Properties in Manchester

Hyatt Hotels announced the opening on Monday of the Hyatt Regency Manchester and the Hyatt House Manchester, the latter being the brand’s entry into the United Kingdom.
The hotelier opened the 212-key Hyatt Regency Manchester Oxford Road and the 116-key Hyatt House Manchester/Oxford Road in the Lume, a building that also houses two restaurants, reflagging two InterContinental Hotels Group properties currently operating in the building.
Both the Crowne Plaza Manchester Oxford Road …