Business travel is back to about 50% of pre-Covid levels

Jessica Wong

Hilton CEO Christopher Nassetta told CNBC on Wednesday there are reasons to be optimistic about the recovery of corporate travel following a prolonged coronavirus-related slowdown.

“This is as good as I’ve felt since the pandemic started in terms of where we are and what I see in forward-looking trends and bookings in the business,” Nassetta said in an interview on “Closing Bell.”

Leisure travel has been propelling the industry’s recovery so far, and Nassetta said he expects to see record numbers in that category this summer. However, a return of business travelers is crucial for a complete rebound in the

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5 Songs To Discover In San Diego In May

Jessica Wong

We’re listening to new music from San Diego’s Vákoum, Kahlil Nash, Kori Gillis, Francisco Eme and The Strawberry Moons — plus a bonus show alert (!) for Carrie Feller and D.WREX.

Credit: Vákoum

Above: Album art for Vákoum’s new album, Linchpin, released Feb. 19, 2021.

‘Golden Love’ By Vákoum

The San Diego-based experimental pop duo of Natalia Padilla and Kelli Rudick recently released “Linchpin,” a sweeping, inventive and lush debut album on the heels of several years of EPs and live performances. Two of the tracks, “Spark” and “Airotic” have incredible new videos out, but I can’t stop

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More than a sandbox: Augmented reality lets students explore changing landscapes – School News Network

Jessica Wong

Lowell — Have you ever wanted to make it rain with just a wave of your fingers? Carve a river into an empty field and then make it flood? Topple a mountain with your bare hands and see what happens to the surrounding landscape?  

At the augmented reality (AR) sandbox in Jennifer Bolhuis’ fourth-grade classroom, students wield all this power and more. The sandbox is an Eagle Scout project and gift from one of Bolhuis’ former students, Lowell High School sophomore David Johnston. 

Student David Johnston built the AR sandbox himself, with help from friends, family, and YouTube tutorials (courtesy)
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TSA warns of longer airport wait times as travel ramps up

Jessica Wong

WASHINGTON — With a growing number of people returning to the skies, Transportation Security Administration officials are preparing for a busy summer, boosting efforts to hire more officers and using new technology to improve the screening process, the agency’s acting administrator told lawmakers Wednesday.

“Like all of us, TSA faced tremendous challenges over the past year with the ongoing global pandemic,” acting TSA administrator Darby LaJoye said during a subcommittee hearing on the agency’s budget and operations. “Air travel came to a near-standstill, and operational agility and the resilience of our workforce and the strength of our partnerships was tested

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Acknowledging the Armenian Genocide gives many in N.J. and elsewhere a chance to end the lie | Opinion

Jessica Wong

By Linda Stamato

President Biden did what he promised to do — unlike his predecessors — he declared that Turkey was responsible for the massacre of some 1.5 million Armenians during World War I. Biden called it what it was: Genocide.

On Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day last month, the 106th anniversary of the start of the massacre, the president announced the U.S. would join the more than 30 nations of the world — and Pope Francis — in acknowledging the genocide.

As anticipated, Turkey reacted with a ferocious denial and staunchly defended the nation against “the lie of the so-called

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