White House press secretary Jen Psaki tests positive for Covid-19

PSAKI, 43, confirmed the news early Tuesday afternoon. “Today, in preparation for the trip to Europe, I took a PCR test this morning. This test came back positive, which means I will follow CDC guidelines and will not travel again on the President’s trip to Europe,” PSAki said in a statement from the White House. …

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CDC Warns Not to Travel on Cruise Ships No Matter What Your Vaccine Status

Skift grip Top U.S. health officials deal another blow to the cruise industry with a level four warning, the highest level, for people considering setting sail. The industry says it is puzzled, but these outbreaks in on board have so far affected 90 ships. Tom Lowry The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) …

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Disney employees walk out, as ESPN and Disney+ back LGBTQ+ rights

While many employees at Disney’s corporate headquarters in Burbank, Calif., protested, it didn’t appear to be a massive company-wide demonstration. “We know how important this issue is to our LGBTQ+ employees, their families and allies, we respect our colleagues’ right to express their opinions, and we pledge our continued support to the LGBTQ+ community in …

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Dmitry Peskov, Putin spokesman refuses to rule out use of nuclear weapons if Russia faced an ‘existential threat’

In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday, Dmitry Peskov repeatedly refused to rule out that Russia was considering using nuclear weapons against what Moscow considered an “existential threat.” When asked under what conditions Putin would use Russia’s nuclear capability, Peskov replied, “If it’s an existential threat to our country, then it can be.” …

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Norwegian and Royal Caribbean Cancel Further Cruise Sailings

Skift grip Even with zero infections on board, cruise lines are breaking strict protocols. They just can’t win. Matthew Parson On Wednesday, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line canceled sailings amid growing fears of Omicron-linked coronavirus infections that have dampened the nascent recovery of the pandemic-ravaged cruise industry. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd has canceled its …

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What we know about Russia’s death toll in Ukraine

Destroyed Russian military vehicles are seen on a street in the settlement of Borodyanka, Ukraine, March 3. (Maksim Levin/Reuters) It has been nearly a month since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, deploying tens of thousands of troops in an offensive against its neighbor from three sides. While the Ukrainian army is much smaller, its …

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Delta Air Lines to Raise Pay by 4 Percent for Almost All Staff

Skift grip Delta hasn’t offered a raise in two years, so this move is long overdue — and most likely necessary when the job market is so tight. It doesn’t hurt that the least unionized major airline in the United States can do this without protracted labor with union leaders. Rashaad Jordan Delta Air Lines …

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Royal Caribbean Pauses 3 Cruise Voyages Due to Omicron

Skift grip A current Royal Caribbean marketing slogan is that “this is the year of yes”. But the company’s latest pause on sailings comes after tests found cases on board on more than 90 ships from different cruise brands. Call it the “Winter of Waiting” instead. Sean O’Neill Royal Caribbean Cruises at suspended some of …

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Vietnam Requests More Tourism Investment

The number of visitors to Vietnam has steadily increased in recent years, but 70% of international visitors do not return for another visit. Many visitors cite issues such as personal safety, traffic congestion and pollution. Railways and roads are alarming and often unsafe. The lack of comfortable services and travel facilities are other reasons. Vietnam’s …

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