Delta CEO says it’s ‘proper’ to ask first before reclining your seat

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said Friday that while he does not recline his seat on flights, he believes people should have the right to do so. “The proper thing to do is, if you’re going to recline into somebody, you ask if it’s OK first,” Bastian said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “I never recline, because I don’t think it’s something as CEO I should be doing, and I never say anything if someone reclines into me.” The debate on whether people flying economy should be able to recline their seats…

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ faces video game adaptation box office curse

Hollywood has long tried to capitalize on the financial success and cultural relevance of video games by turning them into feature-length films. Unfortunately, there has always seemed to be something lost in translation between the game controller and the theater. These films have tended to make back their production budgets — so studios keep making them — but fail to become as beloved as the video games they’re based on. Movies like “Super Mario Bros.,” “Street Fighter,” “Need for Speed,” “Assassins’ Creed,” “Prince of Persia,” and both iterations of “Tomb…

Trump administration may stop exporting GE’s engines to China: WSJ

A logo is displayed next to a gas turbine at the General Electric Co. (GE) energy plant in Greenville, South Carolina, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. General Electric Co. is scheduled to release earnings figures on January 20. Sharrett / Bloomberg / Getty Images The Trump administration may stop exporting jet engines manufactured partly by General Electric to China for the country’s airliner, over fears that the Chinese could mimic the production techniques, The Wall Street Journal reported. The White House is considering a proposal to decline a license…

Basketball Africa League reveals teams

Details and information are projected on a screen during the announcement of the The NBA-backed Basketball Africa League (BAL) at the Museum of Black Civilisations in Dakar, on July 30 2019. SEYLLOU The Basketball Africa League is set after the 12 teams that will participate in the inaugural season next month were announced during the National Basketball Association’s 2020 All-Star Weekend in Chicago. BAL president Amadou Gallo Fall revealed the teams at the 2020 Africa Luncheon in Chicago, with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts, NBA Global…

Here’s why the White House doesn’t trust China’s coronavirus numbers

Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, inspects the novel coronavirus pneumonia prevention and control work in Beijing, capital of China, on Feb. 10, 2020. Xinhua News Agency The coronavirus that emerged from China’s Hubei province over a month ago and has spread to two dozen countries is already fueling mistrust from the U.S. government on whether China can provide accurate information about the epidemic.  The White House said this week it does “not have…

Carrier will go ‘fully carbon neutral’ next month

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian told CNBC on Friday the company is going “fully carbon neutral” starting March 1. “It’s a big challenge and it’s a big commitment,” Bastian said on “Squawk Box.” Delta is committing at least $1 billion over the next decade to reduce environmental impact, focusing on clean technological investments for engines and carbon removal, he added. “There’s no greater challenge that I know of that we need to be investing in and innovating in as environmental sustainability,” he said. The company, which has made environmentally…

Bloomberg is considering Hillary Clinton as his running mate, says Matt Drudge

Hillary Clinton speaks onstage at ‘Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton discuss their new book ‘The Book of Gutsy Women’ at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on November 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, Emma McIntyre | Getty Images Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is considering Hillary Clinton as a vice presidential running mate after positive internal polling about the potential pairing, according to the Drudge Report, which cited sources close to the Bloomberg campaign. According to Drudge, in such a partnership Bloomberg would change his official residence from New York to Colorado or…

Nielsen data show audiences are tired of award shows

The Academy Awards may be the biggest night in Hollywood, but fewer and fewer people are tuning into the big event. Last Sunday, viewership for the annual Oscars telecast plunged to a new low, with only 23.6 million people watching to find out which film took home the best picture prize, according to Nielsen data. It was a 20% drop from 2019’s ceremony. Those numbers do not include viewers who watched the broadcast on a streaming platform. The Academy Awards weren’t the only awards program to see ratings slip. The…

France confirms first death outside of Asia

A train attendant gesturing to medical staff leaving for Wuhan in Nanchang, China’s central Jiangxi province on Feb. 13, 2020. Stringer | AFP | Getty Images This is a live blog. Please check back for updates. All times below are in U.S. Eastern Standard Time. Chinese officials on Saturday reported 2,641 new coronavirus cases and 143 additional deaths in the last 24 hours. 10:30 am: WHO calls on global leaders to ‘stop stigma and hate’ surrounding virus  WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged global leaders on Saturday to stop stigma and…

How to make the leap from gig worker to prosperous business owner

A stretch of stores along the base of Munjoy Hill had open signs out and were ready for business as part of small business Saturday, November 28, 2015. Gabe Souza | Portland Press Herald | Getty Images When Miguel Sanchez, 29, started driving for Uber in 2012 after dropping out of Glendale Community College in Arizona, he dreamed of starting a taco stand. Driving around the Phoenix metropolitan area, he noticed that the upscale neighborhoods where people took a lot of Uber rides were also the ones where restaurants did…