Cathay Pacific turns to old playbook for virus crisis amid employee resistance

Leaning on its SARS experience, Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd has slashed flights, asked staff to take unpaid leave and is re-assessing its fleet as it battles an epidemic and a crisis of morale after pro-democracy protests.
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The White House Shouldn't Downplay Coronavirus
Trump's typical confidence and occasional downplaying of the threat continued the occasional discordant messaging that has come from the administration.
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Pushing coronavirus panic: one WHO expert’s outrageous record
No one really knows how hard COVID-19 will hit the world: It’s impossible to trust any data out of China, and it’s too early to learn much from coronavirus cases in other nations. And even “experts” can be deceptive. We’re thinking in particular of the World Health Organization’s Bruce Aylward, who told reporters Tuesday in...
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C.D.C. Confirms First Possible Community Transmission of Coronavirus in U.S.
A case in California may be the first infection without a known link to travel abroad.
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"Contagion" star Gwyneth Paltrow posts photo in face mask
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Trump addresses shooting at Milwaukee Molson Coors facility: ‘Our hearts break for them’
President Donald Trump gave his condolences to the families of those killed in the mass shooting Wednesday at the Molson Coors Milwaukee campus. “Our hearts break for them and their loved ones,” Trump said before the start of a press conference on the coronavirus held at The White House. “We will be with them, and...
While Trump tried to reassure America about the coronavirus, another case was reported
President Trump and senior officials held a press conference on US preparedness to the coronavirus outbreak, on February 26, 2020. | Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images The novel coronavirus may now be spreading in California. No one at the White House press conference seemed to know about it. At 6:30 pm on Wednesday, President Donald Trump and a team of senior officials involved in coronavirus preparedness held a press conference to reassure the public that, well, everything is going fine. Trump talked about how there’d been only 15 cases in the US so far, adding, “The threat to America is low.” “Our containment strategy has been working,” Alex Azar, Health and Human Services secretary and chairman of the coronavirus task force, said. But as they spoke, the Washington Post reported a scary new milestone in the novel coronavirus outbreak: A new person has been diagnosed with the virus in Northern California — and they had not travelled to any of the affected regions of the world, nor had known contact with anyone else who did. Officials don’t yet know how the person was exposed, and have begun tracing the person’s contacts in order to determine how they got sick. The new case marks the first instance of a novel coronavirus infection in the US that seemingly isn’t tied to cases overseas. It suggests the coronavirus may now be spreading in the country, person-to-person — with this person just the first to be symptomatic, seek medical care, and test positive. Some public health experts involved in the national response to coronavirus knew this milestone was likely coming. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said yesterday, “We expect we will see community spread in this country. It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness.” That claim reportedly infuriated Trump. I’m told the president’s anger about the CDC briefing yesterday is focused on Dr. Nancy Messonnier, who said it’s not whether, it’s when the virus will hit the US. “She never should have said that,” a senior administration official told me. “it’s bad.”— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) February 26, 2020 Less than 24 hours later, the claim has been vindicated with the report that potential community transmission within the US has now been detected. The timing of that announcement — during a press conference during which the president and his advisers were assuring the American public that the situation is under control, that containment is working, and that the threat is low — is, on one level, just an unfortunate coincidence. But in another sense, it reflects an ongoing problem in the government’s pandemic response. As my colleague Matt Yglesias wrote yesterday, “The Covid-19 outbreak ... is a reminder that it remains a scary world and that the American government deals with a lot of important, complicated challenges that aren’t particularly ideological in nature. And we have no reason to believe the current president is up to the job.” So far, the administration’s coronavirus response has been disorganized, with no single official having authority over the US response. Different departments have clashed over whether to take sick Americans back to the US from Japan on the same plane as healthy ones. Trump reportedly wasn’t even told about that decision. There have also been problems with faulty tests for the virus. No one on the White House response team at the press conference seemed to know about the new Northern California coronavirus case. Now that community transmission of the novel coronavirus within the United States has begun, we can’t afford such disorganization.
Bill de Blasio has never stopped his sleazy funny-money games
He’ll probably get away with it yet again, but Mayor de Blasio couldn’t stop himself from playing funny-money games in what’s likely his last campaign ever. Politico reports that he abused his federal and state Fairness PACs to keep his feckless presidential run afloat after its coffers ran dry — to the tune of nearly...
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Trump says Pelosi trying to create 'panic' with coronavirus comments
President Trump accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday of trying to create a panic around the coronavirus outbreak after the California Democrat criticized the White House’s emergency planning as “inadequate.”
Four alleged neo-Nazis accused of intimidating journalists
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Grandstanding on a NYPD tool that is zero threat to anyone not a criminal
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Elisabeth Moss gives it her all, but this ‘Invisible Man’ isn’t a must-see
Bad movies are one thing, but there’s a more potent disappointment reserved for ones that coulda been contenders. Director-writer Leigh Whannell’s reboot of “The Invisible Man” squanders a juicy and topical premise: That this version of H.G. Wells’ classic is fueled by toxic masculinity. The idea of combining creature-feature invisibility with domestic-abuse gaslighting — playing...
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Whistleblower in Michigan sex abuse case to speak
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Cooper to Bloomberg: Seems you've only had change of heart because you're running for president
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AG William Barr laments 'massively consolidated' mainstream press; claims journalists now 'less objective'
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Trump Campaign Sues The New York Times for Defamation Over Putin
The lawsuit said the newspaper knowingly published false and defamatory statements
Trump tears into Pelosi, Schumer for politicizing coronavirus
President Trump on Wednesday ripped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer over their criticism of his response to the coronavirus threat — charging that they were playing politics while he was trying to protect the American people. “I think Speaker Pelosi is incompetent. I think she’s not thinking about the country,”...
Trump: US is 'very, very ready' for coronavirus
President Donald Trump says the U.S. is "very, very ready" for whatever the new coronavirus threat brings. Trump held a news conference to push back against criticism that his administration isn't doing enough to meet the virus threat. (Feb. 26)
Brendan Allen plans to finish Tom Breese, then turn attention to Trevin Giles
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Is Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert the right fit for Chargers?
After 235 consecutive starts by Philip Rivers, the Chargers will have a new quarterback under center to start the 2020 season. Will it be Oregon's Justin Herbert?
Dodgers beat Angels behind good pitching and offense in spring training exhibition
The Dodgers mount a comeback to beat the Angels 9-4 on Wednesday at Camelback Ranch to improve their spring training record 3-1.
More than 70% of Americans with kids think they’re better than their parents were
Three in four parents think they’re better moms and dads than their own parents, according to new research. A study of 2,000 parents of school-aged children found 76% believe they’re a better parent than their own. And three in four respondents think parenting is more difficult in the modern world than it was when they...
Rangers defend Jacob Trouba’s crushing hit against Islanders
Jacob Trouba’s hit on Islanders winger Michael Dal Colle on Tuesday night was as bone-crushing as they come, but all within the rules, according to Rangers coach David Quinn. Dal Colle had his head down to corral a pass just inside his own blue line early in the third period when Trouba came in and...
Meet the trainer responsible for Drew Barrymore’s 20-pound weight loss
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Female wrestlers competing at historic state championship
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Proposed budget increases Metro, public transportation money
The proposed Virginia state budget continues to increase funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and includes an amendment to extend rail and bus service in Northern Virginia
‘World’s most identical twins’ claim one ‘died’ after using a cryotherapy chamber
Sister Anna and Lucy De Cinque, dubbed the “world’s most identical twins” have claimed one of them “died for a minute” during a botched anti-ageing treatment. Thankfully Lucy came back to life after “dying” while undergoing cryotherapy, which uses freezing or near freezing temperatures to restore and tighten the skin. The treatment is offered at...
Coronavirus concerns: Two Italian golfers isolated; other sports events affected
Two European Tour players withdraw from the Oman Open, the NHL is monitoring the coronavirus in China and a Red Sox prospect is quarantined.
8 best things to do in L.A. and O.C. on Leap Day weekend: Ballet BC, Ebersole, Chaplin
Christine Ebersole stars at the Wallis, violinist Philippe Quint salutes Charlie Chaplin, Los Angeles Ballet dances Balanchine and more.
Trump Taps Pence to Lead Coronavirus Response, Says Infection Spread Seems to Have 'Gotten Smaller' in China
President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday that Vice President Mike Pence would be heading up the U.S. response to the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. Trump also said the spread of the infection in China had "gone down quite a bit."
Architects let imaginations run wild building Catskills retreats
Principals at four New York City architecture firms dreamed up modern masterpieces for their own weekend homes in the mountains.
Trump promises more lawsuits against New York Times
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday more lawsuits would be filed against the New York Times after his re-election campaign said it was filing a libel suit over what it said was a false opinion article that suggested Russia and the campaign had an overarching deal in the 2016 U.S. election.
Obama to send cease and desist letter over pro-Trump super PAC's ad hitting Biden
Former President Obama's team denounced an ad created by a pro-Trump super PAC Wednesday as "disinformation" and "despicable" for juxtaposing Obama's words about race with claims about former Vice President Joe Biden.
‘It’ star Sophia Lillis says her New York classmates aren’t impressed with her acting career
Brooklyn-born actress Sophia Lillis says her high school classmates aren’t impressed with her TV and movie career. “It’s not a big deal to them really at all, which is fun,” says Lillis, who’s 18 and in her senior year of high school. “That’s one real good thing about New York — that nobody cares!” Lillis...
Trump addresses coronavirus threat to U.S.
President Trump is outlining plans for dealing with the coronavirus threat after his administration sent mixed signals this week. Cases worldwide are now top 80,000 with more than 2,700 deaths. Paula Reid reports.
Mekhi Becton could make Giants forget NFL draft trade noise
INDIANAPOLIS — Sometimes, often, the NFL draft is a difficult grind through checks and balances, pros and cons, needs versus wants. Coming to a consensus on your top pick is as smooth and effortless as running through sand on the beach wearing ankle weights. Sometimes, though, it can be easy. For the Giants, the answer...
Opinion: Milwaukee takes a bullet to its heart
Multiple people were shot to death at the Molson Coors brewery in Milwaukee. That's the biggest headline of the day, whether or not you heard about it.
Gospel for Asia calls on Christians to pray and fast for end of coronavirus during Lent
With the deadly coronavirus outbreak spreading, Christians around the world are taking precautions while publicly observing Lent, as a prominent international mission organization calls on believers to pray and fast for the end of COVID-19 that has killed over 2,700 people. Gospel for Asia (GFA) created a Lent devotional calendar online that includes daily prayers and Bible readings as Christians remember the 40 days...
'It's About Time': House Approves Historic Bill Making Lynching A Federal Crime
The Emmett Till Antilynching Act was overwhelmingly approved on a bipartisan vote. "It's never too late to repudiate evil," Rep. Bobby Rush said.
Multiple killed in shooting at MillerCoors building in Milwaukee
A gunman went on a shooting rampage the campus of the Molsoon Coors brewing company in Milwaukee. The gunman killed at least six people and himself. Dean Reynolds reports.
Powerball Drawing For 02/26/20: Wednesday Jackpot is $70 Million
The Powerball jackpot for 02/26/20 is $70 million, with a cash option of $50.7 million. The drawing will be held at 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
Trump’s CDC chief faces increasingly harsh scrutiny
Early missteps on coronavirus, lack of a consistent message make the nation's disease-fighting agency a focus of criticism.
Trump sends condolences for Milwaukee shooting
U.S. President Donald Trump has extended his "deepest condolences" to the victims and families in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Feb. 26)