Space balloon company raises funds, will conduct first test flight next year

A company that plans to send passengers to the edge of space in a pressurized vehicle beneath a large balloon said Wednesday it is on track to fly a demonstration mission next year and has raised the funds needed to accomplish this.

Space Perspective, which is based at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, announced it has raised $7 million in seed funding in a round of funding

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The U.S. blood supply is so low, blood banks are offering donors VIP Jets tickets or Krispy Kreme donuts for a year

Here’s one way to roll up your sleeve and make a difference during this pandemic Giving Tuesday.

America is facing a critical blood supply shortage this winter, largely thanks to COVID-19-related closures canceling blood drives, as well as the wildfires in the West and hurricanes and severe storms in the south further disrupting donations.

The AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks), America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross recently issued a joint statement warning that the country’s blood centers have reported “significant declines” in collections this year.

Someone in this country needs a blood transfusion every two seconds, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While the spiking number of COVID cases and hospitalizations across the country has dominated headlines this year, that doesn’t mean that all other medical emergencies have stopped. People are still undergoing surgeries and organ transplants, for example, which require blood supplies.

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Hong Kong-Singapore Travel Bubble Won’t Happen This Year

A plan to allow quarantine-free travel between Hong Kong and Singapore, delayed last month as Covid-19 cases began surging in Hong Kong, has now been pushed back beyond the end of the year.

The travel bubble, announced on Nov. 11, was set to begin on Nov. 22, but authorities delayed it by two weeks after Hong Kong was hit by dozens of new cases.

On Tuesday, after Hong Kong announced a host of stringent new measures to curb the growing outbreak, Singapore’s civil aviation authority said the two governments had agreed to delay the start of the travel bubble again, until after the end of 2020. It said they would review an exact start date in late December.

Hong Kong has seen a surge in infections in the past two weeks, after keeping daily new cases largely to the single digits and teens since late August. The city reported a

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Tickets Required To View Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, Changes Made To Other Holiday Traditions In City This Year

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s no place like New York City during the holidays, but the usual grandeur is different this year.

The Rockefeller Center tree is up, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are new guidelines for viewing the tree.

As CBS2’s Ali Bauman reports, it’s a New York City tradition, and even though the lights haven’t been turned on yet, people are already stopping by to see the tree for themselves.

MORE: Workers Find Owl In Branches Of Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

If you’re planning a visit once the lights turn on, prepare for some COVID-compliant changes.

Standing 75 feet tall and 45 feet wide, the Norway spruce comes to Midtown Manhattan from Oneonta, New York. Its admirers hail from all over.

“New York Christmas is the best Christmas,” said visitor Louisa Gallagher.

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Tickets Required To View Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree This Year

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A touch of New York City normalcy is being mixed with new norms.

The Rockefeller Center tree is up, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are new guidelines for viewing the tree.

As CBS2’s Ali Bauman reports, it’s a New York City tradition, and even though the lights haven’t been turned on yet, people are already stopping by to see the tree for themselves.

More: Workers Find Owl In Branches Of Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

If you’re planning a visit once the lights turn on, prepare for some COVID-compliant changes.

Standing 75 feet tall and 45 feet wide, the Norway spruce comes to Midtown Manhattan from Oneonta New York, and its admirers hail from all over.

“New York Christmas is the best Christmas,” said visitor Louisa Gallagher.

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Tickets will be required to see Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree this year

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has been a beacon of holiday cheer in New York City for the past eight decades. This year, however, spectators won’t be able to just walk up to the tree to snap photos. To prevent crowds in Rockefeller Center during the coronavirus pandemic, tickets will be required to visit the iconic tree this year.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the “ticketing pan” during a press conference Sunday, which mostly focused on reopening the city’s elementary schools. New York has been dealing with a rise in coronavirus infections, though not as severe as the devastating outbreak the city suffered last spring.

“This is not a spectator event as it was in the past,” de Blasio said about the Rockefeller Center tree. “What we do not want and can’t have is large crowds of people crowding in there.”

2020 Christmas Tree Delivered To Rockefeller Center For Holiday Season
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
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The year of no vacation: Take time off during a pandemic? Workers say, ‘Why bother?’

Most years, Zelia Padilha tries to take one big vacation, a trip she can plan for and look forward to. This year, the destination was going to be Italy.

“For a brief period of time, we even considered going.” She laughs a little as she says it. That was early on in the pandemic, before anybody understood the sort of year that lay ahead.

She and her husband moved to Oakland from Brazil a year ago, and they also hoped to get out, see the country. Instead, she canceled all those plans and has spent the year becoming a “terrible workaholic.” Never mind vacations, now Padilha — like many others working from home — struggles to take any time off at all.

“I’m almost all the time at my work computer,” Padilha said. “Home just becomes the office nonstop. There’s no more boundaries; you’re always available.”

For a considerable chunk

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‘Much-needed’ new secondary school is due to open in temporary accommodation next year

A ‘much-needed’ new secondary school is due to open in temporary accommodation next year.

Outline planning permission to build the Edgar Wood Academy at a site in Bowlee, Middleton, was granted last month, and an autumn 2022 opening date was penciled in.

But the Altus Education Partnership – which will run the school – has announced that it will open earlier than expected at Hopwood Hall’s Middleton Campus next September.

Rochdale council is forecasting a shortage of 114 secondary places in Middleton in 2021 and 138 the following year, despite all the town’s schools having been expanded.

The news that the new school is now accepting applications has come as a huge boost to education chiefs.

It will open with an initial intake of 120 Year 7 pupils – four classes of 30 children.

The headteacher will be Marcin Kojder, who has been closely involved in the development of academy.

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Thanksgiving Air Travel Down 60 Percent From Last Year, as Officials Tell People to Stay Home

In a sign that many people are heeding officials’ request to stay home for Thanksgiving, airplane travel in the days leading up to Thanksgiving is down about 60 percent from the same time last year.



a group of people wearing costumes: Holiday travelers pass through Los Angeles international Airport on Thanksgiving eve as the COVID-19 spike worsens and stay-at-home restrictions are increased on Wednesday in West Hollywood, California. Holiday plane travel is down dramatically from last year, but for the first time since March, more than 1 million people passed through TSA checkpoints in one day.


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Holiday travelers pass through Los Angeles international Airport on Thanksgiving eve as the COVID-19 spike worsens and stay-at-home restrictions are increased on Wednesday in West Hollywood, California. Holiday plane travel is down dramatically from last year, but for the first time since March, more than 1 million people passed through TSA checkpoints in one day.

Cases of a new coronavirus in the United States have now surpassed 12 million. With spikes in cases occurring across the country, deaths on Tuesday were higher than they’ve been in six months. Officials urged people to stay home and imposed quarantine requirements for out-of-state visitors. While more people are traveling than health experts would like, there’s

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U.K. Allows Christmas With Mixed Households But Not For New Year

The U.K. will end its second lockdown on 2 December, and has outlined its vision for a British Christmas in 2020–it is to relax restrictions over Christmas but not for New Year.

During the U.K’s current lockdown, everyone has been advised to stay at home but can leave for work purposes or to buy essential items. Crucially for parents’ ability to work, schools have stayed open.

Like many of its European neighbors, critical public services remain operational and essential shops are open. Social interactions between different households are not allowed, unless in some kind of caring capacity. People have been told to avoid traveling either in the U.K. or overseas.

England to reintroduce tiers to restrict movement

From 2 December in the U.K., regions will be placed back in tiers, similar to the three-tier system which was being

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