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Britons looking for the best pies around the country now have some pointers thanks to the British Pie Awards. Ranking the best pies in 23 classes, the Awards are quite prestigious.

George Bowring, co-owner of Bowring Butchers said: “We are only a local business and we’ve already sold out of our pies.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet and it is overwhelming, it’s exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time.”

He continued: “My dad started making the pies 35 years ago.

“I think we won because it has perfect pastry, perfectly cooked and perfectly glazed.

“The meat and potato one is my personal favourite.”

The local butchers sell a variety of pies, from huntsman and game pie to best seller chicken pies.

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At the British Pie Awards, the Newcomer Award was given to Pullman Jacks from Liverpool.

Pullman Jacks won big with eight awards.

The shop was opened in March 2020, just before Covid restrictions were put in place, but it didn’t stop owner Lee Caffery from succeeding.

He said: “I was delighted to win the Newcomer Award on Friday along with many of my pies winning individual awards too.

“There were 813 pies entered so to achieve the recognition I received is a true testament to my hard-work and my products and I am looking forward to growing my business nationally now too.”

Lee trained as a chef and cooked on tour for some of the biggest stars, including Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Britney Spears and Katy Perry.

The British Pie Awards also recognised a member of the team at WeeCOOk in Carnoustie, Scotland with the Young Piemaker Award.

WeeCOOk also received the Best Vegan Pie Award.

Britons who want to try the pies at WeeCOOK can go to their restaurant in Carnoustie, the shop at Dundee’s Wellgate shopping centre, or visit one of the markets the team attends regularly.

Britons may find WeeCOOK at Montrose, Forfar, Dundee, Arbroath and Bowhouse markets.

Other winning pie shops were:

Samworths Savoury Pastry

The Pie Shak

AE.Chambers Butchers

Phat Pasty

Proper Cornish

Mum and Dad’s Kitchen (MAD K)

Provincial Inns

Cheshire Pie Company

Truly Traceable Venison & Game Pies

Baldys Pies

Nice Pie

Fine Piehouse

March House Farm

The Bell Pie Shop

Thorner’s of Somerset

Cheshire Pie Company

Jarvis Pickle

MUD Foods

Pepper’s Cottage Bakery

Rourke’s

Tailormade Bakery and Kitchen

Uncle Henry’s

Paul’s Proper British Pies

The Red Kite

MYPIE

Pepper’s Cottage Bakery

Wm Frasers Butchers

Passion For Pie

Pie Jackers

Piemezzanae

Pie-Eyed Kitchen

Kings Pies

Billington Foods





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Business Travel Show Europe Innovation Faceoff: Meet the finalists


The Business
Travel Show Europe Innovation Faceoff finalists represent the most cutting-edge products, tech
and services developed by start-ups to address big challenges facing the business travel
industry.

The Innovation
Faceoff takes place online and will be streamed live to visitors attending the
in-person event at ExCeL London on 30 September-1 October 2021. Register at
businesstravelshoweurope.com to for a free pass to both.

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Zenab
Ishani, sales and marketing associate, PredictX

What do you
do?

PredictX is a Software-as-a-Service
(SaaS) company that develops, delivers and manages decision support
applications. Our mission is to empower businesses to make better strategic
decisions while automating tactical ones, all based on better and more accurate
data. Our AI technology allows our clients to predict future business costs and
trends, see the likely future impacts of their decisions today and use this to optimise
their policies and strategies.

What problem
do you solve?

Our advanced
analytics platform gives companies the power and independence to improve
sourcing and policy decisions for all aspects of employee generated spend (EGS). EGS is any spend
which is produced by the employees of a company while conducting business activities, and thus includes travel and expense
as well as meetings and events, subscriptions, home office applications and a
host of other spend areas.

We use
ground-breaking technology that enables users to improve stakeholder engagement,
manage risk and achieve – and exceed – savings goals. In addition, our
investment in R&D enables innovative applications to solve complex travel
and other EGS problems.

What are the
benefits to travellers and organisations with travellers?

For travel
specifically, we use technology like machine learning to combine data sources
including TMC, card, expense, corporate hierarchy, supplier and meetings data
and provide a 360° travel programme view. Our intuitive analytics applications
provide travel‐related data on demand at an executive summary and category
manager level while simultaneously allowing drill‐downs to supplier,
department, trip and detailed transactions.

What are
your plans for future growth?

We envisage
several areas that are key to growth. The pandemic has refocused corporations’ outlook on how
travel should be managed and created an environment where programmes need to be
reimagined and seen in the context of the holistic management of employee
mobility.

We believe that
our approach leaves us uniquely qualified to address these issues and enable
our partners in travel to emerge from the pandemic reformed but empowered.

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Willem
Melis, carbon advisor, Climate Neutral Group

What do you
do?

We offer accurate
calculations for the CO2 emissions of flights, giving companies a clear insight
on their emissions
and allowing them to compensate these via climate offsetting projects directly via the travel
agent or in after‐calculation.

What problem
do you solve?

By using a
variety of data we guarantee flight-specific calculations. Rather than
averages, we offer accurate data giving the correct CO2 information to
companies.

What are the
benefits to travellers and organisations with travellers?

A traveller
sees the correct CO2 emissions when making a reservation and can decide on taking
another airline using a less polluting plane, as this information can be shown directly in the
tool. This indirectly pushes airlines to use the most modern aircraft. This accurate data
is no longer based on averages and as such a company will only have to
compensate their effective
CO2 emissions. Very often our tool calculates lower emissions thanks to the
variety of criteria taken
into account.

What are
your plans for future growth?

We want to
create impact and have as many travel agents as possible proposing this
solution to their clients. People
can continue flying if necessary but should take account of their emissions. Our
core markets are
France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium.

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Christopher
Hecht, co‐founder and CEO, PayPense

What do you
do?

PayPense is a
corporate credit card and expense management system in one. Employees receive a PayPense card
and an app that can be used to apply for funds in real time. This results in
budgets that can be
defined in terms of amount, occasion and duration. Payments can be made at any Mastercard
acceptance point worldwide. For each payment, a receipt is captured, digitised
and checked
according to country‐specific requirements.

What problem
do you solve?

We avoid any
cash advance payment by employees. With PayPense everything is company billed
and paid without
having a time‐consuming reimbursement process afterwards.

What are the
benefits to travellers and organisations with travellers?

For travellers
as mentioned above – there is no need to pay in advance for any company expenses. For companies
we’re offering a safe and compliant way to support employees with liquidity
when and wherever it’s
needed. Which means instead of giving them cash in advance or handing out corporate
credit cards, where the spend behaviour cannot be controlled by the firm, we’re
taking care of that.
An employee gets liquidity for a particular request and only if that demand was approved by the
line manager can money be spent. The solution today is already integrated into
Amadeus Cytric and the corporate booking portal of HRS. PayPense can be used
for any kind of payment. Travel is an important case, but the system works for
any B2B purchases.

What are your
plans for future growth?

Bring your own
bank – as we’re focused on the big corporates, we bring our intelligence into
the corporate’s card programme. Corporate doesn’t want to move away from their
existing suppliers, especially when it comes to the finance part. Therefore, we
want to offer them the ability to stay with their current supplier (like
Citibank) with our solution on top, making it even more convenient for
the corporate in the future. We also want to offer carbon offsets.

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Gavin Smith,
director, Element Travel Technology

What do you
do?

We make
selecting, adopting and maximising the value of tech easy. We are travel
technology specialists
with over 20 years’ real‐world experience in TMC operations and corporate
travel. Whether it is
corporate online booking systems, mid‐to‐back-office software, or chatbot
servicing, our
partnerships with leading travel tech providers give TMCs access to new,
cutting-edge technology, backed by the all‐important layer of personalised
consultancy, service and on‐going support. In an
ever‐evolving technological landscape, smaller TMCs can find it hard to support
the increasing
technological demands of their customers.

We have focused
on developing our ability around NDC to advise the SME market and connect them to the right
suppliers. We work with a carefully selected group of tech products from the
world’s leading providers, helping our TMC customers select and implement the
best choice for them.

What problem
do you solve?

Element enables
smaller TMCs to compete with their larger industry peers and to continue to
grow their
businesses in line with client demands for technologies and associated
services.

There is no one
else that we know of who can provide expense management and three online
booking tools, with more tech to come, on one contract with one service
package. Straight away our clients can offer their clients a choice – something
they cannot do now, as they can only focus on one product due to resource and
investment restrictions.

We support a
couple of clients with SAP Concur – they have a resell deal, but we do all the
support for them and their clients. This has helped them win business off other
TMCs due to our experience.

The primary
suppliers have demand for their products from smaller TMCs and they cannot
fulfil this requirement.
This has led to dissatisfaction from travel managers, travellers and their
businesses in general, as
they cannot get the tech they want from the service provider of their choice.

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Jack Dow, founder
and CEO, Grapevine

What do you
do?

Grapevine is an
AI engine designed specifically to improve how corporate TMCs engage with
travellers and drive revenue. Our AI engine Marvin integrates with TMC data
sources, identifies booking opportunities and then retargets travellers with ‘right
time, right channel’ personalised and bookable recommendations, providing total
trip value to the traveller and increased booking commissions for the TMC.

What problem
do you solve?

TMCs currently
leak more than 70 per cent of non‐air and rail bookings to external sources.
Not only does this impact TMC revenues, but it impacts corporates’ travel
policy and duty of care obligations.

What are the
benefits to travellers and organisations with travellers?

Travellers get
a great end‐to‐end booking experience and a trusted source of personalised recommendations.
Corporates ensure that their employees book in‐policy, as well as having confidence to
meet their duty of care obligations.

What are
your plans for future growth?

We’re initially
focused on driving value to TMCs and their corporate clients. Once we have
established ourselves, we plan to offer additional tools to corporate travel
bookers before rolling out to other travel verticals.

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Ciaran
Delaney, founder and CEO, hubli

What do you do?
Hubli is the
first enterprise platform for in‐person connections. We combine meetings,
workspaces and group stays
in one platform, allowing teams to succeed from anywhere without sacrificing sustainability,
safety, or control.

What problem
do you solve?

15 million US
employees have left their jobs since April 2021, while 67 per cent of employees
are craving in‐person connections. They want social and interpersonal time with
colleagues. Group travel for distributed teams is set to become a rapidly growing
segment in business travel. Hubli is the online booking tool powering these
connections.

What are the
benefits to travellers and organisations with travellers?

Travellers have
access to a state‐of‐the‐art booking solution with more than 185,000 spaces
around the world available on demand when they need them. Travellers can
self‐serve booking in‐policy while also easily managing invites and rooming
lists in one place.

Organisations
have the controls they need to ensure safety, sustainability and savings. Hubli
is now used by organisations
like BP that have more than 10,000 employees on the platform with the ability
to connect in‐person following central safety and security controls.

What are
your plans for future growth?

Hubli will
shortly launch a new sustainability module which will help organisations to
track savings from less team
commuting and travel while also giving them the tools they need to drive
increased carbon savings.
Travellers will be able minimise their carbon footprint by picking meeting
cities based on the
lowest carbon emissions while also booking spaces based on their sustainability policies. All
carbon savings will be also reported back to the travel management team.



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UPDATE 1-European shares rise on Evergrande relief, gains in travel & leisure


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* Evergrande’s Frankfurt listing up 24%

* Travel & leisure stocks at mid-June highs

* Traders focus on Fed meeting, dot plot (Adds comment, updates prices)

By Sruthi Shankar

Sept 22 (Reuters) – European stocks rose on Wednesday, recovering from its early-week losses after debt-laden developer China Evergrande said it would make some interest payments, while travel and leisure index jumped to a 14-week high.

Evergrande’s Frankfurt-listed shares jumped 24% after hitting multi-year lows in the previous session.

The property developer said it would make a coupon payment on its domestic bonds, offering relief to investors worried about payments default following financial troubles.

Boosting the travel & leisure index, Entain surged 6.2% to a life high after the UK gambling firm revealed a $22.4 billion takeover proposal from Boston-based DraftKings which was nearly double the bid it rejected from MGM this year.

Online betting group Flutter Entertainment gained 4.6% after it agreed to pay $200 million to the Commonwealth of Kentucky to settle a judgement reinstated last year.

The Europe-wide STOXX 600 index rose 0.5%, extending Tuesday’s bounce after its worst session in two months, with commodity-linked stocks also in the lead.

Meanwhile, in the United States, the Federal Reserve is set to conclude its two-day policy meeting later in the day, with investors expecting it to clear the way for cuts to its monthly asset purchases later this year and update its inflation and growth projections.

“Fed Chair Jerome Powell will most probably be clear on the central bank’s commitment to start lowering bond purchases before year-end but short on details about the pace and the composition of tapering,” Unicredit analysts said in a note.

“An announcement like this would be in line with Powell’s presentation at the central bank symposium in Jackson Hole in late August and is unlikely to surprise investors.”

After seven straight months of gains, sentiment has soured across global equities in September on worries about China’s slowing growth, the fast-spreading Delta variant of COVID-19 and tighter monetary policies.

The STOXX 600 is down more than 2% so far this month and is set for its worst monthly performance in about a year.

Deutsche Post fell 1.3% after U.S. delivery firm FedEx Corp cut its full-year forecast after labour shortages crimped earnings and slowed packages.

German truck maker Traton slid 0.6% after it said that sales in September were particularly hit by a global shortage of chips and other car parts. (Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)



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Local business teams up with Virginia is for Lovers to inspire travel across the Commonwealth


ROANOKE, Va – A Roanoke nonprofit is teaming up with Virginia is for Lovers to encourage more Black people to travel across the commonwealth.

Humble Hustle founder Xavier Duckett started the partnership to change the narrative around Virginia’s complicated history. The clothing line Hmble Hstle is where the partnership started.

The organization also hopes the partnership will inspire others to pursue their passions and explore more areas across the state.

“I mean, with everything travel, I think everybody knows the things that you get exposed to. It starts to change your mind and changes your perspective about things and so I think it’s important to promote that travel to the state, because of the history of Virginia,” said Duckett.

Organizers will host an event kicking off the partnership this Saturday at 1 p.m.

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Travel blogger who spotted Gabby Petito’s van reacts to news of homicide: let’s make her ‘dreams come true’


Travel blogger Jenn Bethune, who identified Gabby Petito’s van in video footage from a summer trip to Wyoming, on Tuesday reacted to news of the FBI confirming remains discovered Sunday belonged to the 22-year-old.

The agency on Tuesday said Teton County coroner Brent Blue had identified remains located in the Bridger-Teton National Forest on Sunday as Gabby Petito’s and that she had died of homicide. 

“I’m tired. I’m worn out. I am exhausted. I am drained emotionally and physically,” Bethune said in a Tuesday Instagram post. “My brain is mush. My phone has been attached to the charger so much, I feel reminiscent of the corded phones I grew up with. I think I’ve consumed like 30 calories in the last 36 hours. Coffee counts, right?”

She added that her emotions have felt like a “flipping carnival ride” that keeps spinning. 

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“But every bit of it was worth it,” she said of the aftermath that followed her decision to publish footage of Petito’s van, which she located around the same vast campground area the 22-year-old’s remains were discovered. “It was worth it because this community came together and brought Gabby home.”

Bethune went on to say that Petito has “brought so many people together, so many hearts, beating as one.”

GABBY PETITO’S REMAINS FOUND IN WYOMING, FBI CONFIRMS ‘HOMICIDE’

“She is a beacon of light and hope. And we can never fully repay her for what she’s done for us,” the travel blogger said before encouraging her followers to get Petito to 1 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, Nomadic Statik, to make her dreams of becoming a travel blogger come true. 

Petito and her 23-year-old fiancé, Brian Laundrie, were traveling from New York to Oregon in a white 2012 Ford Transit van that they converted into a camper. Petito had aspirations of becoming a travel blogger and had set up a YouTube page and website under the name Nomadic Statik to get her blogging career off the ground just before she disappeared. 

Gabby Petito's Van may have been caught on Youtuber's camera

Gabby Petito’s Van may have been caught on Youtuber’s camera
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Petito’s Instagram and TikTok accounts also display various places she and Laundrie traveled over the summer. Her last Instagram post with a specific location was in Moab, Utah, at Arches National Park, though she published photos afterward with no location. Her last Instagram post was published three weeks ago.

Bethune’s video suggested the pair was last together in late August in Wyoming near Grand Teton National Park.

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Bethune concluded: “I know I am completely spent, but that is NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING compared to what Gabby’s family is going through. I know they are hurting, they are broken, and extremely tired. But I also know that They are incredibly strong and beautiful humans and I admire them more than words can say.”

Bethune previously told Fox News that she noticed the white van that Petito and Laundrie were driving in her blogging footage after someone tagged her in a story urging her and anyone in the Tetons at the end of August to look through photos and videos for any possible clues in Gabby’s disappearance. 

Petito’s family reported her missing on Sept. 11, weeks after she last spoke with her mother in late August. 

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Laundrie returned home to North Port, Fla., where the couple lived with Laundrie’s parents, 10 days earlier on Sept. 1 with no sign of his fiancé. Authorities recovered the van on Sept. 11, and began a forensic examination of the vehicle on Sept. 14.

Laundrie is a person of interest in the case and has since also been reported missing. North Port law enforcement officers are continuing their search Tuesday for any signs of the 23-year-old in an area of the Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve not far from Laundrie’s family home.



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Congress Hears Testimony on Importance of Infrastructure, Brand USA to Travel Recovery


The Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion held a hearing on “Legislative Solutions to Revive Travel and Tourism and Create Jobs,” which included testimony on its Omnibus Travel and Tourism Act of 2021.

The hearing, led U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), chair of the committee, included a panel of leading travel and tourism industry experts, including Tori Emerson Barnes, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy, U.S. Travel Association; Christopher Bidwell, Senior Vice President of Security, Airports Council International–North America; Chirag Shah, Senior Vice President of Federal Affairs, American Hotel and Lodging Association; and Suzanne Neufang, CEO, Global Business Travel Association.

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Rosen began the hearing, highlighting the positive trends that are currently buoying the industry such as the administration’s move to reopen U.S. travel to those who are fully vaccinated.

“It is just one more sign that the industry is in the process of slowly recovering,” said Rosen. “Thankfully, consumers are planning leisure travel again.”

Rosen addressed efforts to help assist the travel and tourism industry in its recovery such as the Paycheck Protection Program and the Shuttered Venues Operator Grant. She also noted that the Omnibus Travel and Tourism Act would take further steps at helping the industry make strides to not only recover but to thrive in the future. An example she highlighted is the proposed addition of an assistant secretary in the Department of Commerce who is focused on travel and tourism as well as further investment in Brand USA.

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Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), who also serves on the committee, noted the importance of a robust travel and tourism industry in the country.

In her testimony U.S. Travel’s Emerson Barnes outlined three ways Congress could begin to restart travel by providing continued economic relief for impacted travel businesses, enacting stimulus measures to spur travel demand and accelerate rehiring, including the Hospitality and Commerce Jobs Recovery Act (S. 477) and the Restoring Brand USA Act (S. 2424) and making long-term investments to build a more modern and competitive travel industry, including investments in travel infrastructure, streamlining aviation security, and elevating federal leadership in travel policymaking.

These strategies were largely echoed by other panelists.

Congress can accelerate a safe return to travel. 1. Continued relief. 2. Stimulus to spur demand 3. Investment

In her testimony, GBTA’s Neufang highlighted the need for international companies to know that it is safe to come to the U.S. and advocated for the Visit America program. She also pointed to the need to streamline visas to the country as well as passport services, which are taking months rather than weeks to process in the current pandemic climate.

Neufang also noted that it will take a long time for business travel to make a comeback.

“As we look ahead, the business travel industry is still recovering, and will be for the near future,” said Neufang. “That is why it is so important that government and business work together to end the pandemic and to increase vaccination uptake.”

Security, Airports Council International Bidwell noted the need for the reopening of U.S. borders. He also called for investment in infrastructure and hiring.

“Once international travel resumes Congress must ensure there are sufficient numbers of CBP officers, TSA officers and technology in place to keep security checkpoints and federal inspection stations open, operational and safe,” he said. “Long passenger queues create security vulnerabilities associated with large groups of people congregating in public areas. In addition, there is the potential for misconnecting checked baggage and passengers who miss their intended flights.

Bidwell also praised the inclusion of legislation in the omnibus bill for the Ensuring Health Safety in the Skies Act, which passed the Senate unanimously last year. ACI-NA strongly supports this provision, as well as the TSA pilot program for one-stop security. This program would allow international travelers to check their luggage all the way to their final destination without having to retrieve it before their domestic connections.

Bidwell also expressed support for the idea of having officials within the Departments of Commerce and Transportation who would be able to coordinate and advocate for policies that would expand travel and tourism opportunities.

AHLA’s Shah mirrored his colleagues in his support for the omnibus bill’s inclusion of the Visit America Act.


Chirag Shah, American Hotel and Lodging Association, testifying on Capitol Hill.
Chirag Shah, American Hotel and Lodging Association, testifying on Capitol Hill.

“Visit America reinforces national travel and tourism strategy by charging the Commerce Department, through consultation with the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board and Tourism Policy Counsel to submit a 10-year growth strategy to identify goals and necessary resources to achieve them,” he said. The plan will not only consider recommendations on recovery from COVID-19, but also a long-term vision for continued economic development within the sector.”

He also expressed the hospitality industry’s need for the Save Hotel Jobs Act.

“The Save Hotel Jobs Act would create a bridge for our distressed sector by providing payroll and benefits assistance for our employees until hotel guests return and the travel sector begins to experience a more even recovery,” he said. The bill provides grants to hotels that can demonstrate a loss of at least 40 percent of gross receipts during a three-month period in 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. All grant funds support hotel workers and must be used exclusively on payroll and benefits including wages, leave, healthcare plan expenses, retirement, and payroll taxes.”

Shah also recommended Congress pass the Hospitality and Commerce Job Recovery Act, which he said will help jumpstart the industry by incentivizing businesses to book and plan conventions, trade shows and large group events with tax credits.





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Illinois coronavirus: Positivity rate dips to two-month low as Chicago updates travel advisory


Illinois’ latest COVID-19 numbers suggest most of the state may have gotten through the worst of the Delta variant storm — for now — but downstate hospitals are still being stretched thin.

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Tuesday reported 3,002 new cases of the disease were diagnosed among almost 74,000 tests, lowering the average statewide case positivity rate to 3.4%, its lowest point since late July.

After two months of exponential increases, daily caseloads now have been on the decline since Labor Day weekend. New hospital admissions have trended downward, too, with the 2,039 COVID-19 patients hospitalized Monday night marking a 10% decrease since last week.

In Chicago, the improvement has been even more pronounced. The city’s positivity rate is down to 3%, with average daily cases down 8% since last week and hospital admissions down 50%.

“We really are looking like we’re coming down the other side of this,” city Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said. “Broadly, things are going quite well, honestly, in Chicago at this point.”

New COVID-19 cases by day

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The situation is still far worse in southern Illinois, but even that region — the least vaccinated in the state — is seeing marginal improvement. Two intensive care unit hospital beds were available for the region’s 400,000-plus residents Monday night following an entire week of operating at full capacity, which had forced hospitals to divert some patients as far away as St. Louis or Nashville to receive critical care.

Southern Illinois’ regional positivity rate also dipped below 10% Tuesday for the first time since mid-August. Only about 37% of eligible residents in the region are fully vaccinated, compared to about 62% statewide. In Chicago, it’s 66%.

The nation as a whole is “still not doing very well” in containing the Delta variant surge, Arwady said. The city updated its travel quarantine advisory for unvaccinated people to remove California and Puerto Rico, where case numbers have improved, but nonessential travel is still discouraged across the rest of the country.

While coronavirus deaths remain on the rise in Illinois, experts say that’s to be expected because it takes several weeks for ballooning cases to develop into fatal infections. The state reported 23 more deaths Tuesday, while the virus has claimed an average of 37 Illinois lives each day over the past week.

Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady discusses the return to an indoor mask mandate in August.

Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady discusses the return to an indoor mask mandate in August.
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As officials urge unvaccinated residents to finally roll up a sleeve, they’re also reminding people sign up for a flu shot early this fall.

“Flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time if you haven’t already gotten your COVID-19 vaccine,” Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in a statement. “Vaccines are our best protection against severe illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths due to either flu or COVID-19.”

For help finding a shot, visit coronavirus.illinois.gov or call (833) 621-1284.



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Packers travel out West to play the 49ers


Packers head coach Matt LaFleur worked with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta (2015-16), Washington (2010-13) and Houston (2008-09)…Shanahan’s father, Mike Shanahan, was the head coach of Washington when LaFleur was the quarterbacks coach…Packers offensive line coach Adam Stenavich spent two seasons as the 49ers’ assistant offensive line coach (2017-18)…49ers offensive passing game specialist Bobby Slowik is a native of Green Bay…Green Bay players with connections to California include: WR Davante Adams (Palo Alto, Fresno State), T David Bakhtiari (San Mateo), LB Krys Barnes (Bakersfield, UCLA), Corey Bojorquez (Lakewood), (DL Kenny Clark (Rialto, UCLA), TE Josiah Deguara (Folsom), C Jake Hanson (Eureka), CB Kevin King (Oakland), TE Marcedes Lewis (Long Beach, UCLA), QB Jordan Love (Bakersfield), QB Aaron Rodgers (Chico, University of California)…California natives on the Packers’ coaching staff include offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett (Fullerton), defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery (Los Angeles)…LaFleur has worked with a number of 49ers assistant coaches, including special teams coordinator Richard Hightower (Houston, 2008; Washington 2010-13), offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel (Houston, 2008; Washington, 2011-13; Atlanta, 2015-16), assistant head coach/tight ends Jon Embree (Washington, 2010), linebackers coach Johnny Holland (Houston, 2008-09), Slowik (Washington, 2011-13), Butch Barry (Green Bay, 2020), and running backs coach Robert Turner Jr. (Washington, 2010-13; Atlanta, 2015-16)…Holland played linebacker for the Packers for seven seasons (1987-93)…Packers tight ends coach Justin Outten was on the Atlanta coaching staff with LaFleur, McDaniel and Turner Jr. …Packers inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti was on the Washington staff with LaFleur, Shanahan, Hightower, Embree and Turner Jr. …Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry’s first NFL job was with the 49ers in 2000…Packers quarterbacks/passing game coordinator Luke Getsy signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2007…Packers director of college scouting Matt Malaspina was with the 49ers from 2005-16…Embree was the head coach at Colorado in 2011-12 when Bakhtiari played for the Buffaloes…Packers outside linebackers coach Mike Smith was 49ers DL Dee Ford’s position coach in Kansas City in 2018. Additionally, Smith and 49ers wide receivers coach Wes Welker were teammates at Texas Tech…Packers assistant chief of staff Joe McKillip worked with 49ers administrative assistant to the head coach Nick Kray on the N.C. State football operations staff (2015-16)…LaFleur was the quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame when 49ers OL Mike McGlinchey was a freshman for the Fighting Irish.



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