Dutch royal family to temporarily stop using Golden Coach, following criticism of colonial ties

Written by By Sana Noor HaqMick Krever, CNN King Willem-Alexander has said the Dutch royal family will temporarily stop using the Golden Coach until “the Netherlands is ready,” following criticism of colonial ties to the horse-drawn carriage. “Our history contains much to be proud of. At the same time, it also offers learning material for … Read more

Some Starbucks, Chipotle Sites Cut Hours, Limit Seating Over Omicron

Diners are feeling a sense of déjà vu as restaurants are again selling food for takeout only, closing dining-room seating or shortening hours as the Omicron variant of Covid-19 spreads. Chains such as Starbucks Corp. SBUX -2.23% and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. CMG -0.62% said they are temporarily limiting operations at individual stores or regions … Read more

People Really Want to Ski. Vail Is Racing to Keep Up.

Vail Resorts MTN 2.12% operates a growing empire of dozens of top ski properties around the world. This season it is plowing into a blizzard of problems. There were long lines for chairlifts at major Vail resorts in Colorado, Utah and California over the holidays, and angry customers aired their complaints on social media. Other … Read more

McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski Is Learning to Lead in Uncertain Times

CHICAGO—McDonald’s Corp. Chief Executive Chris Kempczinski is starting the year at the helm of one of the world’s most recognizable restaurant brands battling the latest coronavirus variant, rising inflation and workforce shortages. Longer term, he is trying to figure out how to maintain growth at a company whose products feel outdated to many young consumers … Read more

Restaurants Seek Federal Aid as Omicron Surge Threatens Another Hard Winter

Small restaurants are heading back to Congress for help, saying their challenges are worsening as the Omicron variant drives a surge in Covid-19 cases across the country. Nearly two years into the pandemic, U.S. restaurants and bars are dealing with higher costs, accumulating debts and customers fearful of the latest virus variants, according to a … Read more

Deliveroo, Probing Restaurant-Delivery Snags, Plans to Open Own Eatery

Deliveroo PLC, a food-delivery company based in the U.K. and backed by Amazon.com Inc., plans to open its own pizza parlor in London in an effort to better understand restaurateurs. The drawbacks to the delivery experience have become familiar: Helmet-clad drivers and cyclists form knots at restaurants as they wait to pick up orders, doors … Read more

John Legend Sells His Music Catalog to KKR, BMG

KKR & Co. Inc. and BMG have acquired the songwriting catalog of John Legend. The deal, disclosed in a regulatory filing, closed last fall and illustrates how red-hot the market for music investments has become. Mr. Legend, at 47 years old—still an active songwriter, recording artist and performer—is younger and earlier in his career than … Read more

After Two Weeks of Flight Cancellations, Airlines Assess What Went Wrong

At JetBlue Airways Corp., executives felt confident coming into the Christmas season. The airline had flown through Thanksgiving week with hardly any hiccups. Then Covid-19’s Omicron variant arrived. With its headquarters in New York, which leads the country in new case counts, JetBlue was quickly overwhelmed. Daily sick calls more than quadrupled. On Dec. 21, … Read more

Omicron and the Week America Is Calling In Sick

Hundreds of first responders in Los Angeles are out sick or quarantined due to Covid-19. A hotel staffing company is flying housekeepers to Florida and Texas to fill in for absent staff. A medical laboratory in Denver doesn’t have enough staff to send people to nursing homes to take blood samples. The first full week … Read more

Hong Kong’s statues are disappearing, but their symbolism may prove harder to erase

Written by Oscar Holland, CNNHong Kong Contributors Teele Rebane, Lizzy YeeCheryl Ho Depicting a heap of screaming faces and contorted torsos, the “Pillar of Shame” was not just a reminder of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre — it was, for many, an emblem of free speech in Hong Kong. One of the vanishingly few memorials … Read more