Cruise CEOs discuss restart on call with Mike Pence

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From left, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, Chad Wolf, acting secretary of Homeland Security, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio attended a meeting with cruise line executives to discuss the coronavirus response at Port Everglades on March 7, 2020.

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CEOs from the four largest cruise companies met via phone with Vice President Mike Pence Friday in an effort to get the industry operating again.

According to a White House readout of the call, the group discussed a published proposal from Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings that the companies say will allow cruises to resume safely in the U.S. The proposal calls for 74 protocols including testing all passengers between five days and 24 hours before boarding, requiring passengers and crew members to wear masks, lowering doctor-to-passenger ratio on ships and upgrading air-conditioning systems. The industry’s lobbying group

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Pompeo warns of China risks ahead of US-India talks

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday urged closer ties with India as he warned of China’s growing might on its doorstep, amid a flurry of diplomacy between the world’s two largest democracies.

“They absolutely need the United States to be their ally and partner in this fight,” Pompeo said of his four-way meetings earlier this week in Tokyo with his counterparts from India, Japan and Australia.

“The Chinese have now begun to amass huge forces against India in the north,” Pompeo told radio host Larry O’Connor.

“The world has awakened. The tide’s begun to turn. And the United States under President Trump’s leadership has now built out a coalition that will push back against the threat,” he said.

Following the Tokyo meeting, Pompeo will travel shortly to New Delhi with Defense Secretary Mark Esper for annual talks with their Indian counterparts.

Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun will

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Body Language Share ‘Travel Guide’ LP

Premiering on Glide, Brooklyn-based Body Language’s album Travel Guide is now out everywhere on Om Records.

Body Language Share 'Travel Guide' LP

Premiering on Glide, Brooklyn-based Body Language’s album Travel Guide is now out everywhere on Om Records. Shimmering, infectious, and playful tracks line the 10 song album, infused with elements ranging from R&B to trance-inducing rhythms. Glide praised the band’s pristine genre-melding, “combining the electronic innovations of Sudan Archives and the go-anywhere soul of Brittany Howard, the touchpoints are numerous. Body Language indeed creates their own musical mood swings over a virtuous mix of loops, beats and spot-on vocals.”

Travel Guide chronicles an itinerary in route through ten tracks of genre-bent psychedelic R&B. From writing the record on both coasts to slowly spreading themselves out beyond the limits of Brooklyn, NY, distance and wayfaring seem to hold no water to their force as writers, as they triumphantly deem this record to be their most collaborative

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Travel Begins to Bounce Back in China During Golden Week Holiday



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Travel Begins to Bounce Back in China During Golden Week Holiday

Some 637 million residents of China traveled inside their country during the recent eight-day Golden Week holiday, spending tens of billions of dollars at a time when officials hope to get consumers to spend more and perk up the economy.

More than 45 percent of China’s 1.4 billion people traveled during the holiday, which began October 1. They spent 466.6 billion yuan (US$69.5 billion), according to data from China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism. 

That’s 21 percent fewer trips and 30 percent less spending than last year, but the numbers show consumption is beginning to bounce back following the battering it took earlier in the year from the coronavirus pandemic.

The numbers are a “positive sign” both for China and the rest of the world that economies can revive pretty quickly

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South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott to travel to NH to host fundraiser for Sununu

(New Hampshire Primary Source is a regular feature of WMUR’s political coverage every Thursday morning, with frequent updates throughout the week. To sign up for WMUR’s weekly New Hampshire Primary Source and political email newsletter, which will be delivered to your inbox on Thursday at 6 a.m., click here.)>> Download the FREE WMUR appSCOTT TO FUNDRAISE IN NH FOR SUNUNU. South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, who is emerging as a conservative leader nationally, will visit New Hampshire later this month to headline a fundraiser for Gov. Chris Sununu.New Hampshire Primary Source first reported news of Scott’s visit on Twitter earlier Friday. Scott is among a widening groups of Republicans who are in the national conversation as potential presidential candidates in 2024.Scott is scheduled to be in New Hampshire on Thursday, Oct. 22, for an evening reception for Sununu’s campaign committee, with tickets beginning at $1,000 per person. The Sununu campaign … Read More

Latest COVID-19 numbers for Memphis and the Mid-South; 862 new cases & 6 new deaths in Mississippi

Local 24 News continues to track the latest COVID-19 numbers in Memphis and the Mid-South.  On this page you will find case information for Shelby County, as well as the state’s of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. 

A closer look at COVID-19 numbers for Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020

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862 new cases & 6 new deaths in Mississippi; 57 new cases & 2 new deaths in DeSoto County

10:45 a.m. – The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 862 new COVID-19 cases and 6 new deaths, for a total of 103,681 cases and 3,080 deaths in the state.

Desoto County has a total of 6,076 cases and 74 deaths in the county.

Find the full breakdown from the Mississippi State Department of Health HERE.

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Resort backed by Universal Music Group coming to Biloxi

Massive new hotel and entertainment destinations backed by Universal Music Group are coming to Biloxi, Atlanta and Orlando.

Universal Music Group, in partnership with the Dakia U-Ventures investment group, announced new details Friday about their joint venture called UMusic hotels. Renderings of the planned UMusic Broadwater Hotel show a waterfront venue that appears to rival Biloxi’s biggest resort, the Beau Rivage Casino, Resort and Spa, in scale. The design features an indoor concert hall substantially larger than those at Beau Rivage, the Hard Rock Biloxi and other casino properties, with a large exterior screen facing a marina.

According to information released Friday, the venue “will seamlessly integrate a stunning performance venue and a luxury hotel with an immersive architecture style.” A publicist said plans call for the property to include casino gaming.

Dakia describes its U-Ventures branch as managing “a portfolio of incubated companies growing interrelatedly across the hospitality and

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Emily Ratajkowski is working on book of essays, ‘My Body’

NEW YORK (AP) – Model and activist Emily Ratajkowski has a book deal. “EmRata,” as her millions of online followers know her, is working on an essay collection called “My Body.” Metropolitan Books will published it in 2022.

According to Metropolitan, an imprint of Henry Holt and Company, Ratajkowski will explore “what it means to be a woman and a commodity,” how men treat women and why women permit it.

“Emily Ratajkowski reveals herself to be devastatingly honest, nuanced, and strong – I’m not surprised that she thinks of herself first as a writer,” Metropolitan editor Sara Bershtel said in a statement Friday. “I also admire how outspoken she is, how political, and how unafraid – what force she’ll be!”

Ratajkowski first rose to international attention through her starring role in the “Blurred Lines” music video, in which she appeared alongside singer Robin Thicke. She is an entrepreneur and activist

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Local woman who lived in her car while in college now cruises the streets to help the homeless

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — When Yasmine Charles’ workday with the Census Bureau is over, she hits the streets of Hampton Roads looking for the homeless, especially veterans.

On Thursday, just as she arrived at the flyover at Military Highway and Virginia Beach Boulevard, so did Norfolk Police officers who responded to complaints about the homeless. Apparently, passersby had complained of panhandling and the officers told the small group of men and women who had set up cots and blankets to move along.

In an hour, the sun would set, so Charles returned to her car that was parked nearby just outside a beauty supply store. A veteran named David, who frequents the area, agreed to speak with Charles who was wearing a mask while seated behind the wheel of her red Toyota.

David, deeply tanned from sun exposure, tossed his backpack to the ground and appeared eager to share —

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We’ll be back to full deployment within a year



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Many cruise lines haven’t operated a single voyage since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. And many have said that when they do return to operations, they’ll do it slowly.

But one of the industry’s longest-serving executives on Thursday said he expected his brand, at least, to be back to full deployment by a year from now.

“Our ambition is to be fully operational by October (of 2021), even as soon as next summer,” Rick Sasso, chairman of MSC Cruises North America, said during a panel discussion at Seatrade Cruise Virtual, an online version of the cruise industry’s annual meetup.

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While a return to

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