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Delta CEO gives airline workers free travel passes as thank-you for work during pandemic

After a turbulent 2020 for the airline industry, Delta is thanking employees for their work during the pandemic with free travel. 

Delta CEO Ed Bastian, in a Monday memo to employees obtained by Fox News, said they would be gifted two passes for any travel destination of their choice for their work during COVID-19. 

Delta is giving its employees two free travel passes to thank them for their work during COVID-19. 

Delta is giving its employees two free travel passes to thank them for their work during COVID-19. 


“I hope these passes will help with your own healing as we move into the future, whether it’s to connect with family, experience a brand-new part of the world, or embark on an adventure with a loved one,” Bastian said in the memo. 

“Those of you who have worked consistently throughout the crisis have done so under conditions that were unimaginable a year ago,” Bastian wrote, “and you still provide the best service and professionalism in the industry.”

Bastian went on to note the thousands of Delta employees who took voluntary unpaid leaves of absence to save airline jobs. Those who continued working and those who took a leave in 2020 will receive the free travel passes, which do not expire. 


With travel restrictions implemented during the pandemic, Delta lost $5.38 billion in the third quarter with passenger volume down more than 70 percent compared to the same quarter in 2019. 

Still, the Atlanta-based airline was able to prevent furloughing its flight attendants and frontline workers, unlike some of its competitors, such as American and United.


Airlines have been urging Congress to fund additional relief to the struggling industry during the pandemic. The industry has so far received $25 billion in aid under the CARES Act to save aviation industry jobs.

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Churches in the Philippine capital Manila have been told not to hold any Christmas carol activities this season as part of measures to limit the transmission of Covid-19.

The Philippines, a catholic majority country, has one of the longest Christmas periods in the world, with celebrations beginning at the start of September and, for some, lasting as late as Valentine’s Day.

It’s the country’s most important holiday, but this year’s festivities will be different: as well as a ban on carols in church, there are also limits on church attendance,

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Hanahan presses ahead with new recreation complex, upgrades after $13.9M referendum passes | News

HANAHAN — The city is expected to break ground in April on a 53-acre recreation complex in Tanner Plantation after voters overwhelmingly passed a $13.9 million bond referendum to fund the new facility and upgrades to existing parks.

Since 2010, the population in Hanahan has grown more than 50 percent from 18,000 to nearly 27,000 residents. The Recreation Department has not been able to keep up with the demand for new facilities, especially youth baseball, softball and soccer fields.

“We haven’t been able to add a single recreation field and our youth programs have grown significantly in the last 10 years,” said Mayor Christie Rainwater. “With the bond referendum passing, hopefully, we’ll be able to spread out a little bit more to accommodate all the programs we want to offer.”

The referendum, which was on the Nov. 3 ballot, passed 76 percent (3,817 votes) to 24 percent (1,176).

The new facilities and upgrades will hopefully mean that youth soccer programs will not have to share the same fields with baseball teams.

C.J. Yerage has a daughter who plays soccer and a son playing baseball and often times both are having to use the same complex.

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“The city has such a great recreation program, but it needed more space because there was so much interest,” Yerage said. “Our daughter would practice soccer in the outfield of the baseball field and the next day our son would be playing baseball on the same field. I’m glad everyone supported the bond because the city was in desperate need of more fields and recreation facilities.”

The bond will include funds for:

  • 53-acre park on Williams Lane in Tanner Plantation.
  • Steward Street/Old Public Works — fishing, pavilion, community room.
  • Loftis Field improvements with lighting.
  • Spell Field improvements with lighting.
  • Railroad Avenue complex improvements.
  • Venice Park improvements.
  • Roma Park improvements.
  • Bettis Boat Landing boardwalk.

“We’ve got a little something for everyone, young and old,” Rainwater said. “We’ll have a kayak launch and a playground on Steward Street and some party shelters. We wanted to encompass the needs of all of our citizens.”

The new park in sprawling Tanner Plantation will be a top priority. Plans for the complex have been in the works for more than two years, and bids will go out in January. The city hopes to break ground in April.

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Hanahan Parks and Recreation Director Randy Moneymaker said he anticipates the complex will open to the public in fall 2022.

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Hanahan voters passed a bond $13.9 million referendum to fund new parks and for multiple upgrades to existing parks. The money includes funds for fishing, pavilion, and a community room at Steward Street/Old Public Works. Lauren Petracca/Staff

“That’s the goal,” Moneymaker said. “Our youth programs have become very popular. The added fields will free up other fields and have a positive impact on every program we have.”

The referendum is part of an overall plan to update and expand the city’s recreation reach.

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Novato Voters Approve Hotel Tax Hike, San Rafael Passes Sales Tax Increase

Novato residents Tuesday appeared to favor, by a three-to-one margin, a ballot measure that would increase the city’s hotel tax by 2 percent.

With all 13 of the city’s precincts reporting, slightly more than 77 percent of Novato voters favored the “transient occupancy tax” increase. The city’s current transient occupancy tax is 10 percent of a hotel guest’s room rate and has remained unchanged since 1997.

The 2 percent hotel tax increase would provide an additional $400,000 in annual tax revenue, according to city officials.

Novato collected $1.82 million in hotel tax revenue during the 2019-2020 fiscal year but is projected to collect only $1.45 million during the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

City officials estimate the tax increase could boost hotel tax revenue by $400,000 in its first 12 months. All hotel tax funding is used to fund local expenditures like infrastructure repairs, emergency response services and recovery efforts from the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Elsewhere in Marin County, San Rafael voters appeared poised to approve a quarter-cent sales tax increase over nine years that is estimated to generate some $3.4 million per year for services like street repairs, disaster preparedness and park maintenance.

Just over 62 percent of San Rafael voters approved of the measure, according to the county’s unofficial election results.

The measure’s approval would nudge the city’s sales tax rate to 9.25 percent. All sales tax revenue would be placed in the city’s general fund, according to San Rafael City Attorney Robert Epstein.

Unofficial results also showed Marin County voters overwhelmingly supporting three school district funding measures, including a pair of parcel tax extensions.

The Shoreline Unified School District’s Measure L, which would extend a $212 per parcel tax for eight years, had roughly 84 percent support from voters with both of the district’s precincts reporting.

Measure M, which would extend the Tamalpais Union High School District’s $469 annual per parcel tax for nine years, had nearly 74 percent support, according to unofficial results from the district’s 57 precincts.

Some 77 percent of voters in the Sausalito Marin City School District appeared to support a measure that would authorize the district to issue $41.6 million in bonds, which district officials said will fund the construction and modernization of classrooms and upgrades to the district’s libraries and science labs, among other things.

Marin County election officials have reported 101,111 ballots cast as of Tuesday night. Approximate 58 percent of the county’s registered voters cast a ballot, according to the county.

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