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Hawaii Set To Welcome Back Travelers On Nov. 1

Hawaii governer David Ige has announced on Twitter that starting on Nov. 1, Hawaii will welcome back both essential and non-essential tourists. Due to the state's uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in late August, Ige made the request for non-essential travelers to stay away. That severely hurt Hawaii's tourism industry, as it saw millions lost in revenue. Meanwhile, Hawaii's "Safe Travel" plans will continue to remain in place.

Climate Activists Call For Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro To Face Punishments For ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

AllRise, an Austrian nonprofit, has submitted a landmark complaint to the International Criminal Court, advocating that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro should have to pay for his crimes against humanity. Critics claim that under Bolsonaro, deforestation has increased every year— along with high gas emission rates— while environmental fines have decreased.

Cause Of Gabby Petito’s Death Revealed To Be Strangulation

Following the discovery of Gabby Petito's remains, an autopsy has revealed death by strangulation through "human force." It was also revealed that Petito's remains were left in the wilderness between three-to-four weeks. While Brian Laundrie has yet to be charged with murder, the evidence is continuing to mount against him. Meanwhile, a massive manhunt continues for Laundrie, who may or may not be alive after supposedly disappearing into the Carlton Reserve area after going for a hike in mid-September.

Blue Origin’s New Shepard Makes Second Launch, With William Shanter In Tow

On Wednesday morning, actor William Shatner became the oldest person to reach space while flying on a Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket. This was Blue Origin's second launch, with the first having come this past July. Shatner and his crew spent around 10-15 minutes in space. While many are happy to see Shatner, who portrayed Captain Kirk on Star Trek, reach space, others feel his flight may give off a negative perception about space travel.

Dr. Fauci Tells America To ‘Go Out There And Enjoy Halloween’

Speaking with CNN's State of the Union, Dr. Anthony Fauci gave his approval for families to go trick-or-treating this year, while also urging unvaccinated to consider the benefits of receiving the shot. While the CDC issued some guidelines for continued safety practices on Halloween, some may not be as necessary as they were this time last year.

House Flipping Is Heading Upwards, But Profit Margins Are Down

The real estate market saw an increase in home flipping in the second quarter of 2021, as 4.9% of all homes sales were from flipping. However, despite a 2.5% increase in the total gross profits of house flipping, the return on investments are just 33.5%, which is down from 37% in the first quarter.
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Despite COVID And Vaccine Controversies, NFL Ratings Are Better Than Ever

Everything seemed to be pointing the wrong way for the NFL's ratings heading into 2021. The previous year saw record-lows, and the league has been right in the middle of COVID-19 vaccine feuds. However, they're managed to overcome the predictions and have soared to rating highs.

How Gene Therapy Became The Future Of Modern Medicine | Dr. William Kelley

In the world of 21st century medicine, gene - based medicines and vaccines (AKA gene therapy) is thought to be the future, and physicians like William Kelley are among those who were involved at the beginning of this new field of medicine which is now revolutionizing the way we prevent, cure and/or treat many human diseases.

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Australia And New Zealand Rethinking ‘Covid Zero Strategy’ Amid Spreading Of Delta Variant 

Initially both countries had strategies implemented that would bring the total number of cases down to zero before any type of social gatherings would be allowed, however, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently claimed that he believes it's unlikely his country will ever return to zero cases. 

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Jerusalem Excavation Reveals Toilet Dating Back To 2,700 Years

A 2,700-year-old toilet has been excavated in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in Jerusalem, giving us a look into what life was like back in seventh century BCE. The toilet was also found to possess a septic tank underneath, which held animal bones and broken pottery.

US Special Envoy To Haiti Resigns Over ‘Inhumane’ Expulsions Of Haitian Migrants 

The Biden Administration’s special envoy to Haiti resigned this week after citing “inhumane large-scale expulsions of Haitian migrants to their homeland,” which has already been ravaged by natural disasters, and civil unrest. 

Manila Residents Overcrowd Vaccination Centers Ahead Of Two-Week Lockdown 

Residents in the Philippines capital of Manila are rushing to get their Covid-19 vaccines ahead of the weekend, as the nation announced they would be going under another two-week lockdown starting Friday evening. 

Chinese Billionaire Sun Dawu Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison 

Billionaire Sun Dawu is a vocal critic of the Chinese government. Now, Sun has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for “picking quarrels and provoking troubles,” according to an official statement published by the court. 

U.S. News

California Wildfires Growing At Rapid Pace, National Forests Close As A Result 

Millions of acres of national forest space in Northern California are being closed due to dangerous conditions created by wildfires that have already destroyed hundreds of homes. The US Forest Service announced this week that it would be closing nine national forests stretching from Lake Tahoe to the Six Rivers National Forest. 

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Mother And Son Arrested For Theft of Laptop During Capitol Riots

Maryann Mooney-Rodon and her son, Rafael Rodon, were arrested by the FBI for their connections in the theft of a laptop during the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. Mooney-Rodon and Rodon are facing several charges which include theft of government property, disorderly conduct, and entering and remaining in government buildings and rooms.

Politicians Warn Of Recession If Debt Limit Is Hit In Coming Weeks

The Democrats and Republicans are in a bitter feud over the effort to raise the debt ceiling, and a number of Democratic members have voiced their concerns that if the debt limit isn't addressed by Oct. 18, the U.S. economy could go into a recession.

Has “Missing White Woman Syndrome” Played Into Gabby Petito’s Coverage?

Many have argued that the fierce coverage of Gabby Petito's death has been inflated due to "missing white woman syndrome," and that disappeared minorities don't receive the same amount and intensity of coverage due to their race.

Massive Oil Spill Threatens Wildlife, Forces California’s Huntington Beach To Close

A major oil spill has occurred off the coast of California's Huntington Beach, forcing a closure of the popular destination spot. The oil spill is also threatening to cause environmental impacts that could last for years as it spills into preserves and affects wildlife.

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United Airlines Now Requiring All US Employees To Get Covid-19 Vaccinations 

United Airlines will now require all of its 67,000 US employees to get vaccinated against Covid-19 by October 25th or they will risk termination. This is a first for major US travel agencies that will likely ramp up the pressure for rival services. 

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US Restaurant Workers Demanding Livable Wages Amid Reopenings 

America’s restaurant industry has opened up for business, however, a majority of staffers in these eateries are still coping with the hardships of the Covid-19 pandemic, its economic impact, and the responsibility of enforcing health and safety protocols on angry customers for small wages. 

Johnson & Johnson Claim Booster Shots Will Increase Immune Response 

Johnson & Johnson reported this week that booster doses of its one-shot Covid-19 vaccine generated a big spike in antibodies. Individuals who received a booster shot six to eight months after their initial J&J shots say their antibodies “increase nine-fold higher than 28 days after the first shot,” Johnson & Johnson said.

Sexism In Irvine Activision Blizzard Office Leads To Worker Walkout 

Workers at Activision Blizzard, one of the nation’s leading…

General Motors Issues Second Recall Of Chevy Bolt EVs After Vehicle Fires

General Motors (GM) has issued a second recall of its 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVs after at least two of the electric vehicles erupted into flames.

Culture News

Music Teacher Creates Map Of Female Composers Lost In History 

We all know who Wolfgang Amadeaus Mozart was; one of the most famous composer prodigies of the 18th century and all time. However, most of us don’t know he also had a sister, Maria Anna, who was just as much of a prodigy as her brother, but wasn’t given the same opportunities due to the fact that she’s a woman. 

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Abdulrazak Gurnah Awarded 2021 Nobel Prize In Literature

Abdulrazak Gurnah, a Zanzibar-native novelist, has been award the prestigious Noble Prize for Literature. Gurnah's works, which include Desertion, By The Sea, Paradise, and The Last Gift often deal with the themes of colonialism.

Facebook Postpones “Instagram For Kids”

Facebook has announced that it's stopping development on their Instagram spinoff, "Instagram Kids," which would target young teens ages 10-12. This halting comes after criticism from lawmakers, parents and users, as well as a report that claims Facebook knows more about the ill-effects social media has on young teens than they let on.

‘The Wire’ Creator, David Simon, Pulls Upcoming HBO Series From Texas Following Abortion Ban

David Simon, mainly known for being the creator of popular series “The Wire,” announced that he will not be filming his newest upcoming series for HBO in Texas as originally planned because of the state’s abortion ban that passed earlier this month. 

Aaliyah Estate Releases Statement After Former Label Teases Music Release 

Aaliyah’s earlier singles and debut album Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number (1994) are available. This week, fans on social media began to speculate that the remainder of her discography would finally be uploaded to streaming services after the account Blackground Records 2.0 shared a new website and hashtag: #AaliyahIsComing. 

Entertainment News

Jamie Spears Will Retire As Britney’s Conservator, According To Court Filings

Britney Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, will eventually step away from his role as conservator to her estate once a proper plan is set in place, according to new court filings released this Thursday.

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Venom: Let There Be Carnage Goes Full Violent Romcom Mode—And It Works

Sony's Venom: Let There Be Carnage continues where 2018's Venom left off. Eddie Brock/Venom must defeat serial killer Cletus Kasady/Carnage, while dealing with each other in the process. The film manages to succeed thanks to its mixed identity as a cheesy romcom and violent thrill.
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‘Controlling Britney Spears’ Documentary Further Exposes Singer’s Struggles Under Conservatorship

The New York Times released their follow-up to the ‘Framing Britney Spears’ documentary which detailed the abuse and struggles Spears has endured under her 13-year conservatorship. The newest installment is called ‘Controlling Britney Spears,’ which includes claims that her phone was monitored and recorded at all times and her security team even installed recording devices in her personal bedroom. The newest documentary is 70-minutes and aired last Friday Night. It’s currently available to watch on FX on-demand as well as Hulu. The documentary interviewed Felicia Culotta; Spear’s former longtime assistant, Latisha Yates; onetime head of wardrobe, Dan George; former your manager, and Alex Vlasov; a former security staffer. Vlasov especially revealed the extensive security measures Britney endured at the request of her father, Jamie Spears. The individuals listed above detailed how Jamie would work directly with the head of Black Box Security, Edan Yemini, as well as Robin Greenhill, an employee of Tri Star Sports and Entertainment Group, which worked to handle the business side of Spears’ career. The insiders discussed how Jamie would meet with these individuals to oversee nearly every aspect of the singer’s life. Vlasov claimed that “the trio had a group chat that discussed every step she took, including closely managing her intimate relations. Greenhill proposed setting up an iPad to monitor her iCloud activity, including texts, notes, calls, and browser history. Conversations with her friends, her mother, and her then lawyer were all closely watched.” Vlasov didn’t just make empty claims, however, he provided emails, texts, and audio recordings from his nine years as an executive assistant and operations/security manager. In the documentary, Vlasov shows an email from Ingham asking Jamie’s legal team for “confirmation that no one other than my client can access her calls, voicemails, or texts, directly or indirectly.” “Elaborate surveillance operation allowed almost every aspect of her life to be controlled by people, including her father and Greenhill. It really reminded me of somebody that was in prison, and security was put in a position to be the prison guards, essentially.” Vlasov discussed how Yemini had installed an audio recording device in Britney’s bedroom back in 2016 which captured more than 180 hours of audio; including conversations between the singer and her boyfriend and children. He then explained how Jamie was “fixated” on his daughter’s male friends and potential love interests, and would make countless individuals sign long NDA’s and contracts. Yates discussed how Britney was constantly denied small pleasures by her father and Greenhill. These pleasures included sushi, sneakers, or any other new products that caught her eye. Yates recalled a time where Britney was told “you had sushi yesterday, it’s too expensive.” The documentary also noted how, at the time, Jamie was paying himself $16,000 a month from Britney’s personal bank account. The newest film’s release comes just days before a court decides on the future of Britney Spears’ conservatorship, which has been instituted since 2008. Between 2008 and now, the pop star has barely had any time to rest because of how much she was being worked. One of the biggest points made in these documentaries is how a majority of the individuals in the legal field who have worked with individuals under conservatorships before, claim that they’ve never had a client under the control of a conservatorship who was also working; let alone constantly touring, promoting and releasing new music and business ventures, etc. In June, Britney was able to address the court herself for the first time. She spoke in depth about the flaws of the legal/judicial system that kept her in the conservatorship for more than a decade, while also condemning her conservators, managers, and family, calling the entire arrangement abusive. The judge then authorized Spears to choose her own lawyer, and on September 29th, the court will be considering Mathew Rosengart’s - her chosen lawyer - request to remove Jamie Spears as the conservator of the dinger’s estate. On September 7th, Jamie surprised the public by abruptly asking the court to consider whether to terminate the conservatorship entirely, which they will also be considering this week in court.

ABBA Teases Comeback Music And Tour After 40 Year Hiatus 

Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad make up the iconic Swedish-pop group ABBA. The group was made famous in 1974 after winning the Eurovision Song Contest with their entry of Waterloo. 
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Dance Music Producer Kelli Hand, K-Hand, Dies At 56

DJ and music producer Kelli Hand, more commonly known as K-Hand, has died at the age of 56 this week. Her death was confirmed by close friends on social media. 

Health News

Pentagon Announces Vaccine Mandate For Troops Starting In September 

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin issued a memo this week detailing his request to president Joe Biden to require all US troops to get vaccinated against Covid-19 by mid-September. 

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Study Finds Sleeping “Sweet Spot” Helps Older Adults Maintain Cognitive Performance

According to a new study published, there is a "sweet spot" during sleep that can help maintain cognitive performance. Among the 100 participants who were tested for cognitive decline and early Alzheimer's disease, those who slept between five and a half to seven and a half hours retain cognitive behavior. Those who slept over or under that time frame experienced a cognitive decline. The findings could go a long way towards improving both the brain functionality and sleep habits of patients suffering from Alzheimer's.

Dr. Fauci Tells America To ‘Go Out There And Enjoy Halloween’

Speaking with CNN's State of the Union, Dr. Anthony Fauci gave his approval for families to go trick-or-treating this year, while also urging unvaccinated to consider the benefits of receiving the shot. While the CDC issued some guidelines for continued safety practices on Halloween, some may not be as necessary as they were this time last year.

Study Says Merck COVID-19 Pill Cuts Risks Of Hospitalization, Death In Half

Merck & Co. and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics announced that a study has shown their experimental COVID-19 pill cuts the risk of hospitalization and death by 50%. The pharmaceutical companies have submitted an application for emergency use to the FDA, and could produce up to 10 million courses by the end of 2021.

How The Northeast Can Prevent A Covid-19 Surge This Winter According To Dr. Fauci 

Dr. Anthony Fauci recently spoke on CNN to advise the Northeast on the best ways to prevent a wave of Covid-19 this fall and winter season. The South is currently enduring multiple waves and spikes on infection, but Fauci believes those in the Northeast can get ahead of it. 

Lifestyle News

Meet The French Drag Pair Who Are Redefining The Wedding Dress Market 

James and ViviAnn Du Fermoir-de-Monsac are redefining the current vision of an “ideal bride,” which is often portrayed in the mainstream as someone thin, white, and able-bodied. The two meet with their clients in full drag as a means of creating a safe atmosphere where everyone can feel accepted for who they are. 

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Finnish Firm Seeks Funding For ‘Performative Sneakers’ Made Of Coffee Waste

Finnish footwear firm Rens is working on creating performative trainer sneakers that are made from recycled plastic bottles and used coffee beans. 
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Clubessential Launches Lifestyle Clubs For Post-Covid Era Businesses 

Clubessential is known for providing the next generation of club and business leaders with full suite memberships and club management solutions that enable more than 1,300 private clubs to make “smart decisions, deliver exceptional member experiences, build stronger clubs, and create members for life.” 

New Pickleball Lifestyle Magazine Launches In US 

The pickleball craze sweeping across America has become so popular that a new lifestyle magazine is being launched specifically regarding the sport. 
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Gap Announces Second Collaboration With Kanye West

The Gap has released their second item from its collaboration with Kanye West’s Yeezy label. The new black puffer called a “go round jacket,” looks similar to the blue puffer jacket the two brands recently released together as well. 

Real Estate News

Mattel Family Barbie Penthouse On The Market In Los Angeles For $10 Million

A 3,200-square-foot Century City residence formerly owned by Mattel founders Ruth and Eliot Handler has just been listed for $10 million. The property was initially acquired from the Handler’s in 2012 by developer and designer Nicole Sassaman for $3 million.

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Global Wellness Real Estate Market Surging Throughout Pandemic 

The pandemic fueled the shift in the real estate and construction industries toward wellness: from 2019-2020, wellness real estate continued to grow by over 22%, even as overall construction shrank.

US Homebuyers Investing In Florida Real Estate 

The amount of homebuyers in Miami have tripled over the past couple of years. According to a new analysis by Redfin, in July the net inflow of Redfin users moving to Miami rose to 7,610 from 2,216 last year. 
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Tips For Investing In Real Estate Right Now 

Real Estate investments have been on the rise within the past year, especially among first-time investors. So what should you know as you enter into your investments in 2021?

International Buyers Looking At US Housing More Than One Year After Pandemic Began 

During the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, the US saw a major increase in domestic real estate transactions. International buyers took the opposite approach and avoided investing in any US properties while the pandemic continued due to the uncertainty of the world’s economy.

Science News

White House Discussing Covid-19 Booster Shot Plan Amid New CDC Data

Top Biden administration health officials have decided that most Americans will need Covid-19 booster shots after reviewing a new set of data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data showed a drop in vaccine efficacy over time after several months of observation and collection. 

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Scientists Discover Tiny Fossil Found In 16-Million-Year-Old Amber, ‘A Once-In-A-Generation Find!’

Microscopic tardigrades are a species that have lived on Earth for more than 500 million years. It’s thought that these miniscule creatures will also outlive humans, however, due to their extremely small size, they don’t typically leave behind fossils for us to learn about them. Recently, however, scientists discovered the third-ever tardigrade fossil on record, and they found it suspended in a piece of 16-million-year-old Dominican amber. 
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Experts Are Hopeful Over Covid-19 Antiviral Pill, But Emphasize Vaccines Are Still Our Way Out Of The Pandemic 

Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics announced this past week that they created an antiviral pill that can reduce Covid-19 hospitalization and death by 50%. Experts believe this pill could be a “game-changer” in the way we treat Covid, however, they’re also emphasizing that this pill is not an alternative to getting vaccinated, and vaccinations against the coronavirus arte the most effective way Americans can bring this pandemic to an end. 
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BioNTech Co-Founder Says ‘Covid Will Become More Manageable’ In The Coming Months 

Co-founder and chief medical officer of BioNTech, the German firm which developed a Covid-19 vaccine with Pfizer, Dr. Ozlem Tureci, told the media recently that the “world should not live in fear of the Covid-19 virus.”

‘The Acrobats Of The Skunk World,’ Scientists Discover Handstanding Spotted Skunks

Scientists have recently discovered that there are more spotted skunk species than initially thought. Initially, it was agreed that there were four different species of spotted skunk, but according to the Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution scientific journal, there are seven spotted skunk species. 

Sports News

Paralympics Bar All Fans From Attendance Due To Covid-19 Concerns

Just as all fans were recently banned from the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games, organizers for the Paralympics this year announced that all spectators will be barred from the event due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Urban Meyer Continues Apologies For Scandalous Footage As Situation Reaches “Crisis Point”

Urban Meyer continued his apology tour on Wednesday, speaking with his team and reporters about the footage that caught him with another woman on Friday night. While Meyer is pulling out all the stops to show his remorse, reports from Jacksonville's locker room suggests that the team, which is now 0-4 on the season, has virtually lost all confidence in their first-year head coach.

Covid Outbreaks Among Unvaccinated LA County Children Linked To School Sports

Health officials in Los Angeles County are reporting an increased spread of Covid-19 among unvaccinated children. As of right now, the officials are mainly connecting the increase to the start of school sports.
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Sydney McLaughlin Wins Gold In World Record Time For 400m Hurdles 

Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad of the United States and Femke Bol of the Netherlands delivered an amazing 400m hurdles race at the Olympic finals for the sport. In the final strides of the race McLaughlin overtook both her competitors to win in 51.46 seconds.
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Simone Biles Pulls Out Of Olympics Due To Medical Issue 

Simone Biles has suddenly pulled out of all Olympic competitions due to a medical issue. This update comes after the US Women’s gymnastics' team took silver in the women’s team final, right behind Russia. 

Technology News

This Company Is Using New Technology With Nature To Combat Excessive AC Use

The heat waves in the US have become more and more common as climate change has worsened in recent years. SkyCool Systems is a relatively new company attempting to combat the harmful greenhouse gases emitted from excessive air conditioning use throughout the country through new technology. 

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Facebook Whistleblower To Testify In Front Of Senate Regarding Company’s Impact On Kids

Frances Haugen is a former Facebook product manager who was recently identified as the Facebook whistleblower who released tens of thousands of pages of research and documents that indicate the company was more than aware of the various negative impacts its platforms have, particularly on young girls. 

Chromebooks Dominating PC Market With 75% Annual Growth Internationally 

According to reports from Canalys, Chromebooks have been outperforming the rest of the industry product categories thanks to a 75% annual growth and shipment of over 11 million units last quarter. 

Europe’s Proposed Artificial Intelligence Law Could Cost Its Economy $36 Billion 

A new law proposed for the European Union designed to regulate artificial intelligence could cost the nation up to 32 billion euros; about $36 billion. The payments would be spread out over five years according to a report from the Center for Data Innovation, a Washington-based think tank. 
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Facebook Claims Hackers In Iran Used Platform To Target US Military Personnel 

Facebook announced last week that it had removed 200 accounts that they discovered were run by a group of hackers based in Iran as a part of a larger cyber-spying operation mainly targeting US military personnel and people working at defense and aerospace companies. 

Travel News

Demand For Air Travel Dropping Exponentially As Delta Variant Continues To Spread 

The demand for air travel has begun to plummet as the delta variant of the Covid-19 virus continues to spread rapidly. According to reports from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), cancellations have been on the rise this month alongside less passenger loads and lower air fares. 

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Australia’s Prime Minister Says International Travelers Won’t Be Welcome Until At Least 2022

Prime Minister Scott Morrison outlined plans for lifting some of Australia’s toughest Covid-19 this week. Part of this outline stated that foreign tourists won’t be welcomed back until at least 2022.

Airlines Pushback Reopening Flights Between US And Europe Amid Covid Case Surges 

US borders are currently closed to travelers from the European Union (EU) and the UK, and have been that way for over 500 days now. While there hasn’t been a formal announcement as to when these borders will reopen, airlines are beginning to push back the scheduled restart of their London-New York flights. 

England, Scotland, And Northern Ireland Loosen Travel Restrictions For Vaccinated Americans 

Fully vaccinated Americans can now visit England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland without quarantining beginning next week. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps made the announcement on Twitter this week. 

US Will Not Lift Covid-19 Travel Restrictions Amid Spreading Of Delta-Variant

The United States has no plans to lift any of the existing travel restrictions put in place to protect from the spreading of Covid-19 and its much more contagious Delta variant.