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Thinking about sailing away? You’ll need to roll up your sleeve first



Mandatory jabs are growing in commonality as more US companies ask their customers and employees to join the vaccination bandwagon.

Disney cruises require passengers 12 and up to have the jab

Cruise ships and parcel delivery services are among some of the latest companies in the United States mandating COVID-19 vaccines.

Passengers boarding Walt Disney cruises require proof of vaccination following the company’s relaunch of their cruise service. 

The Disney cruise line will commence its first sailing since trips were cancelled at the beginning of the pandemic. 

In line with their updated policy, all passengers aged 12 and older are required to be fully vaccinated before boarding the cruise en route to the Bahamas on September 3. 

Passengers who fail to show proof of vaccination will be barred from boarding the ship. 

“The Bahamas will require that all passengers ages 12 and older be fully vaccinated in order for a ship to be allowed entry into any of its cruise ports,” Disney said in a statement. 

“This includes private islands like Disney Castaway Cay.”

A change of heart?

Initially, the company did not insist on such mandatory measures.

However, advice from the US health regulator warned those who were at high-risk of contracting the virus to avoid cruising, in turn leading to a decline in potential customers. 

Cruise line Royal Caribbean have also implemented similar measures for cruise ships departing Seattle and the Bahamas among other destinations. 

The policy changes are in line with the Bahamian government’s new requirements to have all cruise ship passengers and crews vaccinated against coronavirus. 

Even the mailman needs a vaccine

UPS mandates the COVID vaccine for their employees

Postal and delivery company United Parcel Services also joins a long line up of US companies mandating vaccines for their employees. 

Concerns surrounding the increase in case numbers from the Delta strain encouraged the company to implement the mandate. 

“In certain US office locations where employees have been working remotely, UPSers must be vaccinated when they return to office,” the company said in an emailed statement.

“Those office environments are very different from our operating facilities, which have been safely staffed in-person since the beginning and throughout the pandemic.”

All three companies follow suit, joining several other US workplaces and services that mandate vaccines for their workers.

America reported an average of 320 COVID-19 infections per one-hundred thousand people in the last week.

Written by Rebecca Borg


Did The Simpsons predict Musk’s Twitter takeover?



New Twitter boss Elon Musk claims The Simpsons predicted his takeover years ago

Elon Musk has alluded to the fact that The Simpsons predicted his takeover of Twitter in a 2015 episode.

The episode titled “The Musk who fell to Earth” showcases Lisa Simpson feeding birds in a letter box with the label “Home Tweet Home.”

During the episode, Musk flies in on his rocket ship before meeting the Simpsons family.

Before Musk leaves, the show throws to the bird house. Lisa Simpson then says “I guess humanity wants its change one bird house at a time.”

Fans of the series have been quick to jump on its so-called prediction capabilities. They often draw parallels between the episodes and monumental events in history.

Lovers of the show are convinced it predicted Donald Trump’s Presidential run, Disney’s purchase of Fox and the 9/11 attacks.

More recently, they’re certain the show predicted England and America’s 2022 World Cup match in an 1997 episode.

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British lawmakers want to fine social media



Social media companies could be fined if they don’t remove harmful content, according to a new plan from the UK Government

Lawmakers want to make it illegal to encourage users to harm themselves online.

It’s part of a crackdown on online behaviour on content that leads to self harm.

In a statement, Digital Secretary Michelle Donelan said these firms “can no longer remain silent bystanders”.

She says they’ll face fines for allowing this abusive and destructive behaviour to continue on their platforms.”

It follows the death of Molly Russell in 20-17, which sparked concern for harmful content online.

A coroner ruled social media platforms fed her content that “romanticised acts of self-harm”.

Sexually explicit materials will also be banned under the new policy.

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Twitter adds millions of users after cutting staff



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Twitter boss Elon Musk says new user signups to the social media platform are at an “all-time high”.

That’s despite his recent struggles with a mass exodus of advertisers and users fleeing to other platforms.

Musk says signups to Twitter are averaging over two million per day over the past week.

Reported impersonations on the platform spiked earlier this month, before and in wake of the Twitter Blue launch.

Musk says buying Twitter will speed up his ambition to create an “everything app” called X.

Musk’s “Twitter 2.0 The Everything App” will have features like encrypted DMs, longform tweets and payments.

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