Supply chain disruption and Omicron variant to slow UK recovery; German factory orders tumble – business live

Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business. The UK’s economic outlook looks less bright this morning, as shortages, rising costs, and the possibility of more Covid restrictions all threaten growth. KPMG has warned that GDP growth could more than halve next year if … Read more

Elon Musk Has Strong Views on Hydrogen. Not Everyone Agrees

Electric vehicles have batteries that need to be charged by plugging the vehicle into a charging point, whereas fuel cell vehicles utilize hydrogen gas and “generate their electricity onboard.” Firms including Toyota and Hyundai have produced hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, while smaller manufacturers such as Riversimple are also working on hydrogen-powered cars. Tesla CEO Elon … Read more

Too many firms fail to recognise the influence staff have on business success

Q: A senior executive has had to quickly fill a mid-level management position – and they’ve done it badly. The person appointed is clearly underqualified and incapable, but the successful candidate thinks they’re doing well. They push back on everything we suggest or question, and generally make our lives difficult. My colleagues and I all … Read more

Spread Your Wings: Vegas Company Offers Tickets To Mile-High Club

A company in Las Vegas is offering flights to a unique destination: An initiation into the “mile high club.” Out-of-this-world sex is being offered for lovers on 45- to 90-minute flights on a twin-engine Cessna by Love Cloud. The flight includes a red carpet, red satin sheets and noise-cancelling headphones — for the pilot, according … Read more

COVID outbreak on cruise ship approaching New Orleans

Officials say 10 people aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship approaching New Orleans have tested positive for COVID-19 ByThe Associated Press December 5, 2021, 2:18 AM • 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article NEW ORLEANS — Ten people aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship approaching New Orleans have tested positive for … Read more

Looming foreclosure puts businesses like Epic Times in jeopardy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Epicentre — one of Charlotte’s hot spots for eating, drinking and entertainment — has cooled off.   What You Need To Know Epicentre’s lender could foreclose on the commercial property next spring The lender filed a lawsuit in June claiming Epicentre defaulted on its $85 million loan James Mack opened Epic Times … Read more

Food pantry looking forward to more infrastructure money coming to N.C.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Thursday will be a big day for infrastructure in the Queen City. Vice President Kamala Harris and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will be in Charlotte, talking about the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This nearly $1 trillion bill will help fund a lot things, including highways and roads. And one … Read more

Five things to know about inflation and what it could mean long term

People only need to drive by a gas station to know that prices are going up. Inflation is driving up prices across the United States economy, and not just on gas. The economy has been a roller coaster through the pandemic, with shutdowns, hoarding, supply chain delays and labor shortages. COVID-19 is still here and … Read more

There’s a Santa shortage just weeks before Christmas | Houston Public Media

Meg Crady, left, and her husband Charlie Crady have been performing as Mrs. and Mr. Claus since 1987. Santas are in short supply this year. HireSanta, a Texas company that books Santa Claus actors for appearances across the country, is seeing fewer Santas available to spread holiday cheer, according to CEO Mich Allen. There’s been … Read more