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

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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

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Is Netflix going bankrupt?

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2022 hasn’t been good for the streaming giant, In April alone the company said that they lost subscribers for the first time in ten years

And on top of that, it’s stock price has plummeted more than 60% so far this year.

Some have speculated that these are indications that Netflix is going down, and going down fast.

But they’re probably wrong, because Netflix is simply transforming into what CNN Business has referred to as a ‘traditional media company’.

What does that entail?

Like many technology companies, Netflix relied on subscribers and that was based on producing plus streaming movies and tv shows-on the platform in return for a fee.

It was only in 2019 when Netflix was ranked as America’s fastest growing brand, and many conventional media companies like Disney, Paramount and Warner Bros. amongst others started imitating the Netflix model.

But now it seems, Netflix will imitate them. And that means it will start having advertisements.

And the streaming platform has already changed the way it’s releasing new shows.

Instead of what we’re used to, which was a release of the entire series – to a more gradual release.   

And the streaming company also says that it will crackdown on password sharing.

Netflix has always been regarded as a tech company, but now it’s transitioning to a media company.

It’s not in trouble, It’s simply transforming to a more traditional business model.

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Meta faces a probe into triggering poor mental health

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Meta is facing a string of lawsuits that relate to the mental health of young people

The legal disputes blame Instagram for eating disorders, depression and even suicides among children and teens.

It comes after whistle-blower Frances Haugen exposed internal documents about how Instagram impacts body image and mental health.

The leaks allegedly show Meta is aware that its products hurt children but the company chose to put its growth and profits ahead of user’s safety.

Meta has not responded to these latest legal blows.

Of course, if you or someone you know needs help, please contact your local helpline.

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Musk creating hybrid of Uber and Airbnb

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Musk is predicting the company’s robotaxi will be like a combined version of Uber and Airbnb

Unlike Uber though, Musk says the system is not being designed with a launch city in mind, the way competitors have approached the concept.

Are we better off without Uber and taxi drivers?

Musk said Tesla owners will have the choice of using it themselves or adding their cars to the robotaxi fleet to earn money when they do not need them.

The tech billionaire mentioned that regulatory hurdles will limit where it can be deployed.

He estimates that a typical vehicle added to the system will see its usage jump from 12 hours a week to 60 hours a week and become a revenue generator for the owner of the Tesla.

The idea is that when your car is parked, it then joins the fleet and takes off on its own with no driver.

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