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United Airlines mandates COVID-19 vaccines for new US employees



United Airlines has confirmed its new policy which will require future flight attendants to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The airline says it’s an effort to return the travel industry back to its former pre-pandemic glory.

Current flight attendants and pilots will be able to choose if they want to be vaccinated and the airline has offered incentives to those that do get the jab.

The airline will be rewarding flight attendants who get shots with extra vacation days. Those who don’t won’t be allowed to travel to countries that require vaccines and if they’re assigned to an international flight, can be removed from the schedule without compensation. That’s in addition to a vaccination requirement for new hires.

This follows a number of other companies implementing similar measures

Just today investment banking firm Goldman Sachs announced that it will require all employees to disclose whether or not they have been vaccinated against the virus.

The requirement of vaccination however, actually has a long history in the United States.

“Vaccine requirements have been around forever,”

Stephanie Wasserman, executive director of the pro-vaccine, Immunize Colorado.

“George Washington required his troops to get vaccinated for smallpox.”

“I imagine a big airline that suffered a lot of losses during the pandemic wants to bring back their business model where everyone wants to fly and everyone wants to fly in a safe and comfortable environment.”

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 


Russia defaults on foreign debt for the first time in a century



Russia has failed to pay out its overseas debt for the first time in over 100 years

The country missed its Sunday deadline due to challenges in transferring the payments to international creditors.

Moscow has the funds to make the 100 million dollar payment but sanctions have complicated the process.

The country is unhappy with the situation with the finance minister calling the situation “a farce”.

The last time that Russia defaulted on its foreign debt was in 1918 when leader Vladimir Lenin did not pay out debts on behalf of the Russian Empire.

Russia has been hit with sanctions by a number of countries in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

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Instagram introduces new process to crack down on underage users



The majority of social media platforms have an age limit of 13 years old, but how is this really being regulated?

Instagram is exploring new ways for teenagers to verify their age and comply with platform rules.

The gram is turning to video selfies to crack down on minors editing their date of birth to make them appear over 18.

The Meta-owned app is testing video selfies with facial analysis software as a new age-verification method.

For a U.S. teen who wants to join insta, they will need to upload ID, ask three adult users to vouch for them or take a video selfie.

Meta says it hopes the new methods will ensure teens have an “age-appropriate experience” on the content sharing app.

Video selfies have become a popular way for digital platforms – such as online banking apps – to verify users’ age or identity.

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U.S. firms to pay staff travel expenses for abortions



Major companies have reassured staff that if they require an abortion, they will cover their travel expenses

Disney, JP Morgan, Amazon and Meta are among the companies to announce similar moves for women.

This comes as millions of US women face restricted access after a landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion.

A growing number of companies have confirmed they will cover travel costs through their health insurance plans for employees who leave their home state to get an abortion.

Disney employs around 80,000 people at its resort in Florida, where the governor has already signed into law a ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, which is scheduled to take effect on 1 July.

Banking giant JP Morgan and another leading US investment bank, Goldman Sachs, also said it would cover travel expenses for employees.

Social media company Meta said it intended to reimburse travel expenses where permitted by law.

Other companies which have indicated they will take similar steps include Vogue publisher, jeans brand Levi and ride hailing companies Lyft and Uber.

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