Carnival drops exemption request for unvaxxed guests, eases testing policy

Carnival drops exemption request for unvaxxed guests, eases testing policy

Carnival Cruise Line is easing its testing requirements for vaccinated passengers and allowing unvaccinated guests to travel without an exemption.  The cruise company will no longer demand testing for vaccinated passengers staying onboard for under 16 nights. Additionally, unvaccinated guests will no longer be required to file exemption requests. “Carnival is pleased to announce new guidelines effective for cruises … Read more

Passage of Inflation Reduction Act gives Medicare historic new powers

Passage of Inflation Reduction Act gives Medicare historic new powers

A pharmacist collects medications for prescriptions at a pharmacy. Simon Dawson | Bloomberg | Getty Images Medicare is poised to renegotiate the prices of some of its most expensive drugs through a historic expansion of its power, which could reduce costs for many seniors as well as federal spending on its prescription drug plan. The … Read more

Continued COVID precautions urged for LA County

Continued COVID precautions urged for LA County

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — One day after Los Angeles County escaped the federal government’s “high” COVID-19 activity category, advancing to the “medium” level, the public health director urged residents Friday to maintain precautions against virus spread, saying transmission remains high. The county moved into the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “medium” virus-activity category on … Read more

Our $3M dream home is unfinished thanks to COVID price surge

Our M dream home is unfinished thanks to COVID price surge

What does it really cost to build a dream home? These days, it’s a lot of time, major headaches and many dollars above the initial budget — all thanks to forces out of the homeowners’ control. In 2018, couple Carrie and Nate LaChance — the former of whom is an Instagram model with 1.1 million … Read more

COVID News: New CDC guidelines under review by NYC Department of Education, teachers union ahead of new school year

COVID News: New CDC guidelines under review by NYC Department of Education, teachers union ahead of new school year

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — The CDC has issued new guidance on COVID protocol easing restrictions when it comes to social distancing, contact tracing, and quarantining. And with the school year just around the corner, many are wondering if students will return to a more normal classroom setting. The United Federation of Teachers will review … Read more

Government deletes 'failed' COVID tracing app – Sky News Australia

Government deletes 'failed' COVID tracing app – Sky News Australia

Government deletes ‘failed’ COVID tracing app  Sky News Australia The COVIDSafe app is dead – but was it ever really alive?  ABC News Australia news LIVE: Olivia Newton-John tributes continue; Sydney train industrial action continues; Matt Kean becomes NSW Deputy Leader; Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home raided by FBI; ACTU economic plan revealed  The Age ‘Please uninstall COVIDSafe’: App branded … Read more

From Burning Man to the largest lantern release in the WORLD, the hottest upcoming festivals

From Burning Man to the largest lantern release in the WORLD, the hottest upcoming festivals

Nothing says summer fun like gathering up your tribe and hitting one (or two!) of the many festivals that take place around the globe. And after over two years of disappointment due to cancellations and postponements, events are back, baby!  From Burning Man to the world’s largest lantern release, and a few Adriatic adventures, here … Read more

Is Japan open to travelers? It’s where Singaporeans want to travel

Is Japan open to travelers? It’s where Singaporeans want to travel

Some 49% of Singaporeans say they are considering Japan for their next vacation abroad, according to the market research firm YouGov. Interest may be even higher among young citizens. Some 68% of Singaporeans aged 16 to 24 years old indicated they are considering Japan for their “next vacation,” compared to 37% of those aged 55 … Read more

Queensland’s latest COVID wave has passed, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says

Queensland’s latest COVID wave has passed, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says

Queensland has passed the peak of the third COVID wave with it expected to end in the coming weeks, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says. Ms Palaszczuk made the announcement at the Ekka today with hospitalisation numbers falling steadily since last month. “We actually peaked around July 25 … that’s excellent news,” she said. Chief Health Officer John … Read more

It will be a sprint to avoid an NHS winter crisis

It will be a sprint to avoid an NHS winter crisis

He has set up a task force in his department to “bring much more focus to this issue, to work at it at pace and to see what is the scope of the opportunity”. “I have been working at pace over recent weeks to accelerate our contingency plans, to look at specific levers such as … Read more