Feds should require international travelers to test negative for coronavirus

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is calling on U.S. Customs and Border Protection to require international travellers to test negative for the coronavirus before boarding flights to the United States, or allow the state’s Port Authority to take on that role.

The governor’s request comes as a highly contagious variant of the coronavirus is spreading in the United Kingdom and has been discovered in New York. The governor called on airlines to require confirmation of a passenger’s negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding, but Cuomo does not have authority to mandate airlines to take those precautions and thus was only able to convince a select few airlines to confirm a negative test voluntarily.

New York confirmed its first case of the U.K. variant on Monday in a man who worked at a jewelry store in Saratoga Springs, and Cuomo and state health Commissioner Howard Zucker have both acknowledged that

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Luxury accessories club Vivrelle launches mobile app

Dive Brief:

  • Luxury accessories rental club Vivrelle is launching its mobile app Tuesday, the startup announced in an email to Retail Dive. 

  • Beginning at $99 per month, members can rent luxury items like handbags, watches, diamonds and jewelry from Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Hermès, Cartier and other high-end brands. Subscribers can exchange the items, extend their rental term or purchase products at members-only prices, the company said. 

  • The mobile app allows users to bookmark their favorite accessories as an extension of their wish list and receive push notifications when items become available. The app also gives perks for members who refer other users, and offers access to celebrity and influencer closets like former “The Real Housewives of New York City” star Jill Zarin and “Summer House” star Paige DeSorbo, per the press release.

Dive Insight:

Vivrelle noted in its announcement that it aspires to make luxury fun, affordable and

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Turns out that’s Christina Hendricks on the ‘American Beauty’ poster

More accurately, it’s Christina Hendricks’ hand that features on the iconic ‘American Beauty’ poster but it’s still quite a morsel of pop culture and movie trivia.

Christina Hendricks revealed she had a previously unknown role in the 1999 Best Picture Oscar winner ‘American Beauty’ this week. Taking to Instagram, the actress divulged that before she was an actress she worked as a model and “sometimes a hand model”, and her biggest gig? The poster for ‘American Beauty’.

Her caption reads: “Fun fact…. wait for it…I used to be a model and sometimes a hand model…. this is my hand and another model’s stomach….proud to be a part if this film in ANY WAY!!!”


If you’re wondering why it took her so long to share this info, you’re not the only one. Former ‘Mad Men’ co-star January Jones was one of the many celebs to comment on the post,

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Report: Unilever Picks Credit Suisse for Beauty Brands Sale | The Business of Beauty

Unilever Plc is planning to sell a portfolio of non-core beauty brands in the US and Europe as it continues with its divestment program, people familiar with the matter said.

The company is working with Credit Suisse Group AG on a potential disposal of the assets, which have combined annual sales of around $600 million, according to the people. No final decisions have been made on the size or timing of any sale, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private.

Unilever is also working on a sale or spinoff of its tea business, the people said. That process could kick off in the coming months, according to the people. During a third-quarter results call in October, Unilever management said the separation of the tea business was expected to conclude by the end of 2021.

Representatives for Unilever and Credit Suisse declined to comment.


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